WWII for Dummies

Can you answer these relatively easy questions about the Second World War?
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1. Who won the war?
The Allies
The Axis
2. What was the name of the Soviet Army?
The Black Army
The Red Army
The White Army
3. Which of the following types of ships was more important in WWII?
Aircraft carrier
Battleship
4. What country did Germany attack on September 1, 1939 – considered the beginning of WWII?
France
Poland
United States
5. Who of the following was NOT President of the U.S. during some part of WWII?
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Harry Truman
Woodrow Wilson
Woodrow Wilson was President during the first World War
6. Which of the following people was NOT a Nazi?
Adolf Hitler
Friedrich Nietzsche
Hermann Göring
Joseph Goebbels
Nietzsche was a 19th century philosopher
7. What country was the site of the D-Day invasions?
France
Greece
Italy
Morocco
8. What battle was considered the "turning point" of the Pacific Theater?
Battle of the Bulge
Battle of Midway
Pearl Harbor
9. If the Luftwaffe is attacking, what should you be on guard for?
Airplanes
Ships
Tanks
10. Which of these countries was NOT part of the Axis?
Germany
Italy
Japan
Soviet Union
11. True or False. American prisoners captured by the Japanese were generally well-treated.
True
False
About 1/3rd of American POWs died in Japanese captivity
12. Which of these countries was never invaded?
Brazil
China
France
13. What animal was Winston Churchill compared to?
Bulldog
Moose
Octopus
14. Who was leader of Italy during most of the war?
Silvio Berlusconi
Guglielmo Marconi
Benito Mussolini
15. True or false. Germany suffered relatively few casualties during the war.
True
False
Millions of Germans died, about 8% of the population
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Level 74
Sep 23, 2020
When I saw "WWII for Dummies" I wondered if it would ask "Who won the war?" and lo and behold the first question does!
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Level 88
Sep 23, 2020
Really dislike the inclusion of 'relatively' in the last question. Relative to the Soviet Union or China, 'few' is arguably true.
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Level 80
Sep 23, 2020
Germany lost a higher percentage of its population than China did, and half the percentage that the Soviet Union lost. I don't think either qualifies as "relatively few".
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Level ∞
Sep 23, 2020
The Germans had massive losses on an absolute scale and relative to other countries. True, there were a handful of other countries that suffered even worse. But Germany's losses were horrific, and among the very highest of any country.
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Level 73
Sep 25, 2020
I agree with this. One man's big is other man's "let's dig out the microscope".
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Level 70
Sep 26, 2020
I agree, Germany had a high number of casualties, and that's what the question is meant to be about. What purpose does the word "relatively" serve? It only makes you think about the countries that had heavier losses (which include most of Eastern Europe) and makes the question ambiguous and confusing.
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Level 81
Sep 23, 2020
The Soviet Union was allied with Germany on the "official" act of starting the war. They both invaded Poland to reclaim the territory they lost in World War the First. Technically not part of the Tripartite Pact of Japan, Germany and Italy, they were Germany's equal partner for the only European event of the war for its first 8 months. They were considered an extremely intimidating German ally by the Allies.
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Level ∞
Sep 23, 2020
The Soviet Union was not part of the Axis powers. You are trying to find a valid nitpick where none exists.
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Level 73
Sep 30, 2020
It was a non-aggression pact, not an alliance.
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Level 82
Sep 23, 2020
If Marconi had run Italy, then Europe, not Japan, would have had been the site of intense radio activity. (rimshot)
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Level 49
Sep 24, 2020
The specific reference to American prisoners is really odd. The Japanese treated all prisoners very badly. If any one nationality was given especially sadistic treatment by them it was the Chinese.
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Level 70
Sep 24, 2020
Yeah I second this big time, really ought to be changed.
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Level 82
Sep 24, 2020
Agreed.
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Level 75
Sep 24, 2020
I think it's part of the question, it's not trying to say americans were treated worse, one could even get the question wrong thinking americans were treated better than other prisoners or something.
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Level 73
Sep 30, 2020
Agree that the need for the American qualifier in the question is redundant.
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Level 70
Sep 24, 2020
I think question 11 should read 'All allied prisoners captured by the Japanese were well treated'......... prisoners from all the countries on the Allied side were treated extremely badly, not just the American prisoners.
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Level 65
Sep 25, 2020
If I said that Americans run marathons, would you be unhappy because people from other countries run marathons too?
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Level 49
Sep 26, 2020
there's missing the point, and there's REALLY missing the point