WWII for Dummies

Can you answer these relatively easy questions about the Second World War?
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Last updated: October 24, 2020
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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, especially in the Pacific Theater?
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. Prisoners captured by the Japanese were generally well-treated.
True
False
For example, 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. Less than 1% of the German population died because of the war.
True
False
About 8% of Germany's population died
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Level 75
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 84
Oct 24, 2020
I can think of at least one self proclaimed super genius who would struggle with this and several other questions here. Probably walk out half way through the quiz, too.
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Level 60
Dec 8, 2020
I'd never heard of...Nietzsche before, so I guessed there and got one wrong.
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Level 67
Sep 30, 2022
Well I want to know about the 1% that though the Axis powers won…
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Level 87
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 76
Sep 30, 2020
It was a non-aggression pact, not an alliance.
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Level 84
Oct 24, 2020
Their relationship probably soured somewhat after Hitler invaded them.
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Level 56
Oct 25, 2020
"they were Germany's equal partner for the only European event of the war for its first 8 months."

You might want to read up about the war or either you're making very broad generalizations about what constitutes a single event.

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Level 56
May 16, 2022
By the argument of a non-aggression pact, would you say Poland was a German ally as well?
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Level 85
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 63
Oct 26, 2020
I Love this comment :)
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Level 65
Oct 9, 2020
I'm more concerned that 1% of people don't know that the Allies won WW2
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Level 87
Oct 24, 2020
100% first try.
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Level 69
Oct 24, 2020
Not to brag, but most of my points come from the "for dummy" quizzes.
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Level 79
Oct 24, 2020
Battleships vs Carriers is really only a clear distinction in the Pacific war. In the Mediterranean theater, carriers had a specific role to play as support for battleships, not often as independent groups.
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Level 76
Oct 24, 2020
I agree, although escort carriers played a vital role in the Atlantic too.
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Level 66
Oct 24, 2020
I agree. From a US perspective, the carriers were surely more important. Maybe, you could specify the region in the question.
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Level 72
Oct 24, 2020
Agreed. It's a really odd question in a quiz about the entire war.
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Level 59
Oct 24, 2020
Yea it's definitely a very bad question. The quiz was probably written by someone who only read american textbooks.
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Level ∞
Oct 24, 2020
I've read Churchill's entire 6 part history of the war. The impression he gives is that battleships were expensive boondoggles that were easy prey for aircraft.

Ask yourself a question. If battleships didn't exist, how would the war have changed? Now do the same for aircraft carriers.

In fact, battleships were so useless that the last American battleship was commissioned in 1944, retired in the 1950s, and there has never been another one since.

That said, I've modified the question to make it more obvious what the correct answer is.

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Level 84
Oct 25, 2020
That was the original design purpose of aircraft carriers - to be support for battleships. But after Pearl Harbor, which destroyed most of the capital ships in America's Pacific fleet but none of its aircraft carriers, it became clear to tacticians and historians alike that battleships had become obsolete and aircraft carriers were what was actually important.
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Level 49
Oct 27, 2020
Exactly, that's the second question I had an issue with. I know this sounds bad, but it isn't meant that way: It would be helpful if quizzers would include "from a US perspective" sometimes. I run into this issue sometimes when I have to guess whether the quizz master is American or not because a question was worded in a way that it can only be answered subjectively.
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Level 61
Jul 11, 2021
Sure. And that is the reason why after the HMS Illistrious was disabled by Luftwaffe in january 1941, the entire fleet of battleships sat in Alexandria for three months until HMS Formidable arrived in march. If only admiral Cunningham knew that the aircraft carriers were not that important in the Mediterranean during that time. And also never forget the famous battleship raid on Taranto, that crippled half of the Italian fleet. Wait, what?
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Level 69
Oct 24, 2020
Battleships were more important throughout the entirety of the war, aircraft carriers played a minimal role in the Atlantic and were mostly pivotal in the Pacific near the end of the war.
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Level 84
Oct 25, 2020
There were a couple battles between battleships in the Atlantic. But even there, submarines and destroyers were arguably more important. However, as much as many Europeans here seem to be completely ignorant about anything that happened in the Pacific theatre or its importance, no serious historian would make the argument you just did. Pearl Harbor. Midway. etc. Battleships were important in WW1. By WW2 they had become largely irrelevant, and military leadership still stuck in a WW1 mindset paid a cost for thinking otherwise.
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Level 60
Dec 8, 2020
I don't know how much Europeans know about the Pacific Theater, but when talking about the battles there, it's hard to imagine how different they would be without Aircraft carriers. I may not know much about naval attacks in the Atlantic, but Aircraft Carriers were absolutely vital to war in the Pacific. It's why the U.S. still has eleven, and continues to sail them around the world just to intimidate other countries like China.
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Level 75
Oct 24, 2020
Question #3 is WAAAAY too subjective to be a genuine quiz question.
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Level 60
Oct 25, 2020
NOOOOOOT.
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Level 63
Oct 26, 2020
Hmm ok I agree that the philosopher who laid the entire foundation for Hitler’s ideology was * technically * not a nazi...
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Level ∞
Oct 27, 2020
My guess is that you haven't actually read Nietzsche. Not recommended, by the way. The thing about Nietzsche is that his language is so convoluted that it's hard to argue that he has a consistent belief system that makes sense. Or rather, you can make virtually any argument you want.
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Level 68
Nov 2, 2021
Calling Nietzsche the 'entire foundation' for Hitler's ideology is ridiculous and almost flagrantly ignorant. I suppose Wagner is to blame for the Battle of the Bulge?
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Level 54
Oct 27, 2020
Is... that Mark Rober?
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Level 41
Feb 15, 2021
i tried getting 0 and i still got 1 correct