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World War II: A Multiple-Choice Quiz and Study Guide for Students and Homeschoolers

Updated on October 16, 2017

Preparing for a Test on World War II?

This hub was created as a tool (study guide of sorts) for high school students who are studying World War II. Regardless of your grade level, the facts of the war are the same. I have selected questions that you most likely can expect to see on a test. I can't guarantee that these are the questions you will be tested on. as each teacher is different, but I have tried to include the pertinent facts to give you an understanding of the war and the earlier events that led up to the war. I hope this helps in your testing! Keep taking the quiz over and over until you can make 100% consistently. You can take the quiz as many times as you need to.

How World War II began.
How World War II began.

"In the first six to twelve months of a war with the United States and Great Britain I will run wild and win victory upon victory. But then, if the war continues after that, I have no expectation of success."

"You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind each blade of grass."

"I fear all we have done is awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve."
[upon learning of the success of the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor]

                                                               -Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto

© 2011 Mike and Dorothy McKenney


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    • conradofontanilla profile image


      5 years ago from Philippines

      The Japanese launched a sneak attack on Pearl Harbor Hawaii on December 7,1941 then attacked the Clark airfields in Pampanga province the following day. Most of the parked spitfire warplanes of the United States Armed Forces in the Far East (USAFE) were destroyed but some were able to fly to engage the Tora Tora's in a dog fight. Jesus Villamor, a Filipino ace, was able to shoot down several Tora tora with himself unhurt. He joined the company of Gen. MacArthur to Australia and lead the team to pave the way for the return of MacArthur to the Philippines in 1945.

      Corregidor Island was armed with big guns, fortified with barracks, shelter and hospital that served as headquarters of Gen. MacArthur who started from here in his escape to Australia. Corregidor guards the mouth of Manila Bay that is why the Japanese ground forces could not be landed directly to Manila which was their main target. They had to be landed in Lingayen gulf up north. As they proceeded to Manila they were met by the USAFFE, a combination of Americans and Filipino soldiers, in Bataan. Fierce batttles lasted for two months that saw the defeat of USAFFE, who as prisoners of war were forced to march to Capas, Tarlac in what is now called the Death March. Therefore, the schedule of the Japanese imperial army was delayed by two months, otherwise it could have expanded to occupy Australia. Gen. MacArthur made Australia his base to assemble the forces that countered the Japanese. Even if defeated in Bataan, USAFFE was able to save Australia for the Southwest Pacific theatre command for Gen. MacArthur. He used the same route from Lingayen to Manila used by the Japanese invaders to retake Manila. MacArthur was ready for the final assault on Japan from Luzon, Philippines when the atomic bombs were dropped in Nagasaki and Hiroshima in August 1945 that lead to the surrender of Japan. MacArthur was against the use of the bombs as it proved too indiscriminate in killing civilians along with soldiers. Japan could have been conquered by the Navy commanded by Admiral Chester Nimitz and armed forces commanded by Gen. MacArthur.

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      Ronald E Franklin 

      5 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

      Good quiz

    • conradofontanilla profile image


      7 years ago from Philippines

      For World War II, I got a score or 81% (9 mistakes out of 48) in my first try compared with the average score of 84%. I got more correct answers for the Pacific theater than for the European theater. That's my stock knowledge from my fourth year high school back in 1966 when WWII was part of our course in World History. Again, I enjoy my first crack!


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