Germany True or False?

Can you guess whether these statements about the country of Germany are true or false?
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Last updated: February 25, 2021
First submittedOctober 22, 2019
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1. The east part of the country is less densely populated than the west
True
False
2. Germany borders Liechtenstein
True
False
Liechtenstein borders only Austria and Switzerland
3. Turks are the largest ethnic group in Germany, other than German
True
False
4. Germany is larger than France by land area
True
False
5. Innsbruck is a German city
True
False
It is Austrian
6. In WWI, German soldiers wore a spiked helmet called a Pickelhaube
True
False
7. Holocaust denial is a crime in Germany
True
False
8. Otto von Bismarck was one of the German emperors
True
False
Otto von Bismarck was a chancellor, not an emperor
9. Kaiser Wilhelm II was the grandchild of Queen Victoria
True
False
10. Prussia is one of the current states of Germany
True
False
Prussia was abolished by the Allied forces in 1947
11. The headquarters of Adidas and Puma are both located in Germany
True
False
The two companies were founded by the feuding Dassler brothers in the small town of Herzogenaurach
12. The highest mountain in Germany is only a little more than 1000 meters high
True
False
The Zugspitze is 2962 m (9718 ft) in elevation
13. Part of Germany borders the Baltic Sea
True
False
14. There are parts of the Autobahn that have no defined speed limit
True
False
15. The current government of Germany, following reunification in 1990, is known as the "Fifth Reich"
True
False
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Level 83
Apr 17, 2020
Good quiz!
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Level 75
Apr 18, 2020
Thank you!
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Level 16
Jan 21, 2021
this quiz is nice and is going to be nice for ever and its about germany my favorite country.
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Level 16
Jan 21, 2021
pls play this quiz . I made it .name is country quiz
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Level 64
Jan 21, 2021
14/15, should have been 15 as a German. I thought "Hmmmm... emperor? Well kinda something like that... Leader-ish...". Appearently not close enough.
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Level 68
Jan 21, 2021
well, he definetly was not emperor. Bismarck was the first chancellor of the german Reich under the emperors Wilhelm I, Friedrich III and Wilhelm II (who fired him)
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Level 58
Jan 21, 2021
damn, as an Austrian it is bad when the only question you get wrong is the one about Kafka
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Level 25
Feb 15, 2021
Finde diese Frage eh etwas fragwürdig.

Kafka stammte aus einer jüdisch-böhmischen Familie aus Südböhmen, dessen Muttersprache deutsch war (und damit in Prag, wo er später lebte, was ja damals Teil von Österreich-Ungarn war, klar in der Minderheit).

Technisch gesehen war er also ursprünglich Bürger der K.u.K und später Österreicher, aber irgendwie trifft das ideell nicht wirklich auf ihn zu.

Er selbst hat mal gesagt, dass er von anderen ''weder richtig als Deutscher noch als Tscheche'' akzeptiert würde, was ihm wohl sehr unagenehm war - aber als Österreicher hat er sich sicher nie gesehen, da sogar eher noch als Jude oder Prager.

Ergo: Technisch gesehen richtig (im Sinne der Staatsangehörigkeit), aber trotzdem irgendwie auch falsch.

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Level 63
Feb 15, 2021
Ganz meine Meinung, aber die komplizierten Verhältnisse in Mitteleuropa vor dem 20. Jahrhundert sind halt schwer in solche Quizze zu fassen. Viele Menschen kennen heutzutage nur Nationalstaaten mit klar definierten Grenzen und Staatsangehörigen, die alle im Chor mit der eigenen nationalen Fussballmannschaft mitfiebern, und können sich nicht vorstellen, dass das nicht nur nicht immer so war, sondern dass Nationalstaaten eine Erfindung des 19. Jahrhunderts sind, deren Ende vielleicht sogar schon näher ist als ihr Anfang.
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Level 75
Feb 15, 2021
I don't think it's as fuzzy as you two make it appear. Whether Kafka was truly Austrian can perhaps be debated but it's clear that he wasn't German. The German Empire had already been established when he was born, and neither did he have its citizenship nor did he ever live there. If Kafka is German then Austrians born after him could also be considered German.
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Level 25
Feb 15, 2021
Ja, da hast du wohl recht.

Auch überhaupt, dass diese Identitäten sich oft auch überlappen. Ich selbst zum Beispiel bin Deutsch-Italiener, ein Münchner Kindl und überzeugter Europäer.

Aber dennoch, wenn ich nach Österreich fahre, fühle ich mich noch immer zu Hause (Im Burgenland etwas weniger). Wenn ich dagegen in NI oder SH bin, komme ich mir vor wie in einem fremden Land.

Ich bin mal nach Dänemark gefahren, und hatte den Eindruck, dass Kopenhagen und Lübeck und das flache Land dazwischen - von der Sprache abgesehen - soviel näher aneinander sind, auch kulturell, als selbst eine Stadt mit so vielen ''Zuagroasten'' wie München und Lübeck beispielsweise.

@camus Well, he certainly never was a German citizen and didn't try to become one either, that is true. However, especially in Germany's case, being German doesn't necessarily mean living in Germany or even been born there.It is not exactly clear if he was Austrian (he did hold the Austrian citizenship and later Czechoslovak one).

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Level 25
Feb 15, 2021
Let me for instance cite as an example the Russian Germans:

Those are clearly German, even today the FRG recognizes them as full Germans despite not having lived in Germany for centuries (likewise recognized Jews have right to Aliyah).

In his case, being of Jewish-German (Jewish-Bohemian) in the sense it was used before 1848 descent it could be argued that he was in fact German as much as he was Czech and Jew, even though he himself did not really feel comfortable with any of those identities, including the Austrian one.

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Level 75
Feb 15, 2021
@Thrasymachos: My grandparents were born in Germany as Germans, considered themselves Germans, but grew up speaking only Polish and as citizens of Poland, all while never changing their location (Upper Silesia). I admit repatriates/Aussiedler are a tough case. In many cases they can cite only a vague cultural bond to Germany (like Kafka), but unlike Kafka, they at least actively seek to be part of the German nation and come to live there.
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Level 63
Feb 16, 2021
I'm not arguing that Kafka was German, although he was German-speaking - I'm arguing that assigning him any nationality in the modern sense is probably an over-simplification, as it would be for many people, both ancient and modern. That being said, I think that, for the purpose of this quiz, the clue and the answer are fine.
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Level 63
Feb 16, 2021
Ist bei mir etwas ähnlich wie bei dir, @Thrasymachos. Meine Mutter ist Deutsche, mein Vater aus der Bretagne (was auch noch mal etwas anders ist als Frankreich), und ich bin in Paris geboren und habe da auch den grössten Teil meines Lebens gewohnt. Ich fühle mich als Deutscher und als Bretone, obwohl ich an beiden Orten nie permanent gewohnt habe. Ich fühle mich als Franzose, und arbeite auch im französischen öffentlichen Dienst, aber kann mich zum Beispiel im Sport nicht mit Frankreich identifizieren (ich bin immer für Deutschland, oder für die Sportler, die gerade gegen Frankreich spielen). Ich fühle mich auch als Europäer, bin aber zum Beispiel Italien und Griechenland, deren Sprachen ich spreche/lerne, mehr verbunden als vielen Ost- oder Nordeuropäischen Ländern, die ich noch nichtmal besucht habe. Ich finde die USA sowohl abschreckend wie auch faszinierend. Ich habe in gewissermassen eine doppelte Staatsangehörigkeit und eine komplexe Identität. - und ich bin davon (...)
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Level 63
Feb 16, 2021
(...) überzeugt, dass es noch viel mehr Menschen mit solchen oder noch komplexeren Identitäten gibt. Diese sind aber in einer Welt, in der Nationalstaaten (noch) so wichtig sind, schwer durchzusetzen. Ich hoffe das die Zukunft das wieder etwas lockerer sieht!
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Level 48
Feb 16, 2021
Response to camus:

"Whether Kafka was truly Austrian can perhaps be debated but it's clear that he wasn't German. [...] If Kafka is German then Austrians born after him could also be considered German."

Austrians generally did identify as Germans before WWII, though. That's why someone called the whole Mitteleuropa situation fuzzy, not just Austria-Hungary.

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Level 75
Feb 18, 2021
Do you have a source for that, KatSip97? German Wikipedia refers to Kafka as an "Austrian-Czechoslovak, German-speaking author" and in my German studies (Germanistik) at the uni they did the same as far as I remember. Jetpunk tends to look for the clearer, more obvious answer. But since several people complained already, I'll look for an even more obvious answer. Suggestions are welcome.
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Level 66
Feb 15, 2021
I don't speak German, so I couldn't understand previous comments, but I am pretty confused about explanation Kafka being Austrian (although I answered correctly). When we studied about Process in school, they told us Kafka was from Jewish family, but lived in Prague. I know Prague was part of Austria-Hungary back then, but Czech people lived there and it was more of a political representation. Prague was culturaly Bohemic rather than Austrian(?) Sooo, I'm not sure what is Austrian about Kafka other than specifically the name of the country he lived in.

Explanation anyone?

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Level 58
Feb 15, 2021
His mother tongue was German. And Prague was part of the Austrian part of Austria-Hungary. However, he did become a Czechoslovak citizen after WW1.
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Level 25
Feb 15, 2021
Indeed he was of Austrian-(Hungarian) nationality and of Jewish-Bohemian ethnicity and became a Czechslovak citizen after WWI.

However, unlike in English, were Bohemian basically was and is synonymous with Czech, in German ''böhmisch'' historically included Czechs and Germans and Jews and did not differentiate. It was only after the 1848 revolution that a clear distinction between Czechs and Deutschböhmen (German Bohemians) was generally made.

The differentiation between those two groups was mainly arbitrarily and depended on the language spoken. Since Kafka's mother tongue was German, he was arguably also German in that regard. Whether Austrians in general are German, is also a quite disputed topic on its own.

Most Austrians nowadays would disagree, but historically that has not been always the case.

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Level 58
Feb 15, 2021
Well, until the unification of Germany, Austria also had ambitions to unite Germany under their dominance.
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Level 66
Feb 15, 2021
Thanks for explanation, everyone! I understand it now
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Level 62
Jan 21, 2021
"There are parts of an Autobahn THAT have no defined speed limit.” Not than, please fix.
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Level 55
Jan 26, 2021
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Level 58
Jan 27, 2021
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Level 74
Feb 15, 2021
" The headquarters of Adidas and Puma are both located in Germany"

Not only that, they are both headquartered at the same town, Herzogenaurach in Bavaria.

And they were founded by brothers, Adolf "Adi" Dassler and Rudolf Dassler.

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Level 75
Feb 15, 2021
Which is mentioned in the explanations :)
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Level 34
Feb 15, 2021
Very good quiz
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Level 75
Feb 15, 2021
Thanks Poudlard :)
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Level 60
Feb 15, 2021
No offense, but the word "only" still applies to the height of the Zugspitze XD
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Level 56
Feb 15, 2021
Technically the Pickelhelm was phased out during WW1 and replaced with the Stahlhelm design.
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Level 73
Feb 15, 2021
Marvellous, got all right! (Having learnt German in school helps I guess)
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Level 48
Feb 18, 2021
Terrific quiz! However, that Kafka question could go either way. 20 percent of Prague was once German and German-speaking. Though Kafka was probably Jewish in any census (which is problematic), I wouldn't be surprised if he identified as German too? He certainly wasn't Czech.

Just a thought. Open to hearing evidence to the contrary!

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Level ∞
Feb 18, 2021
Good points all around, and I'd like to change the question. Care to suggest a different author where it's not totally obvious if they are German based on their name?
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Level 75
Feb 19, 2021
Waltz held German citizenship from birth and only obtained Austrian citizenship in 2010. He sure is culturally Austrian and considers himself that but he's not the kind of clear case we're looking for. Fassbender was born in Germany but raised in Ireland, and his native language is English. Heigl is American for sure but who would think otherwise?
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Level 74
Feb 25, 2021
Michael Ende, Anna Seghers, Kurt Tucholsky may be safe choices.

Wladimir Kaminer, Nelly Sachs or Elfriede Jelinek, if you want to trip people up.

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Level 75
Feb 25, 2021
Someone deleted their comment so what I wrote doesn't make sense now. QRU - thanks for the suggestions, although I think these are probably not famous enough for an international audience. And I'll stay away from Austrians (Jelinek) since that seems to cause too much confusion. Since nothing else comes to mind, I'll add a different kind of question.
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Level 55
Feb 23, 2021
The Pickelhaube was phased out during the course of WWI as it wasn’t a practical design for trench warfare, so the question is a bit problematic.