US History


A little Exam                                                         name:


TRUE / NOT TRUE.  If the statement is entirely TRUE, then write “T” on the answer sheet.  If the statement is partially or completely false, write “F” on the answer sheet.

1)      The sinking of the Lusitania set off a chain reaction of secret treaties and alliances.  This is one of the causes of World War One.

2)      The British were fighting against the Germans in WW1.

3)      Great Britain intercepted a telegram from the French, called the Zimmerman Note.  The note supposedly offered Mexico the opportunity to form an alliance with the Allies.

4)      Germany used U-boats used to break a British naval blockade. German U-boats hindered the ability of the allies to transport goods and munitions.

5)      Before officially entering the war, the US loaned money to Great Britain.

6)      France was an ally of the US.

7)      Selective Service is a term used to describe someone who avoids the draft.

8)      The Espionage Act is an act of congress, which states that groups or individuals cannot interfere with the policies of the government (related to war), while the US is involved in war.  It is still in use today.

9)      President Wilson was re-elected mainly due to the fact that Wilson had kept the US out of the war in the early years of WW1.

10)   Zinn concludes it was unrealistic for the Germans to consider Americans “neutral” – because they sold munitions to the allies.

11)   JP Morgan, through loans and business deals, attempted to link the US to Germany.

12)   Preparedness is a term used by the Germans as they prepared to fight war against the French and the Russians – they needed to ready their troops and their citizens.


MULTIPLE CHOICES. Choose the BEST answer.

13)   Which of the following is not a member of the Central Powers?

a)      Germany

b)      Ottoman Turks

c)      Austria

d)      All of the above

e)      None of the above

14)   Belgium & Luxembourg are important to WW 1 because…

a)      They decided, initially, to fight with the Central Powers

b)      They sold poison gas to the Germans

c)      They were quickly defeated by the Russians and became communist countries

d)      They separated from the Ottoman Turk Empire and joined the allies

e)      None of the above

15)   Which of the following is “the last straw” – the final event that draws the US into the war?

a)      A German attack on Pearl Harbor

b)      The Russian revolution

c)      Germany sinks 3 US ships between March 16 & 18

d)      The Zimmerman Note

e)      None of the above


16)   Which of the following is not a contributing factor to WW ONE?

a)      Imperialism                                   d) Militarism

b)      Nationalism                                  e) Communism

c)      Alliances                                      f) None of the these (all are contributing factors in WW 1)


17)   Armistice is:

a)      The final Allied assault leading to the defeat of Germany

b)      A tactic of war strategy, coordinating tanks & airplanes in an attack

c)      A town in France, where the treaty between the allies & Germany was signed

d)      None of the above

18)   Which of the following is not one of Wilson’s Fourteen Points:

a)      End secret alliances

b)      Reduction in arms

c)      Germany should pay reparations to allies

d)      Self-determination for colonies

19)   The Russian Revolution had a great affect on the war.  Which of the following demonstrates its greatest affect?

a)      It now supported Germany with an alliance between Lenin & the Kaiser

b)      It signed a peace treaty with Germany; thus, Germany only had to fight on one front

c)      The Revolution revived the Russian spirit, turning the war effort around, they began routing German forces

d)      None of the above


TRUE / NOT TRUE.  If the statement is entirely TRUE, then write “T” on the answer sheet.  If the statement is partially or completely false, write “F” on the answer sheet.

20)   The League of Nations does not have military authority, only moral authority.

21)   Du Bois believed WW1 was a war based on the exploitation of the darker nations.  And the gains from the war would be shared among nations rather than aristocrats and the elite.

22)   The Espionage Act led to the arrest of hundreds of persons who expressed disrespect and dislike for conscription.

23)   Zinn argues “war is good for the health of the state” – he states it helps to defuse class tensions as a temporary common enemy is articulated for the nations.

24)   Socialists are challenging the Democrats and the Republicans in elections during this era.

25)   The US relied on foreign markets, as well as domestic markets.

26)   Eugene Debs helped the US government enforce the Conscription Act.

27)   The US Postal Service denied use of its services to those publications, which printed anti-war views.

28)   Zinn says the point of WWI was to spread democracy to other nations.


MATCHING. Match the historical figure with the characteristic that best suits them.

29)   Woodrow Wilson                       a) autocratic leader of Germany

30)   Teddy Roosevelt                        b) socialist, prosecuted under the Espionage Act

31)   Vladimir Lenin                              c) Russian leader, following the revolution

32)   Eugene Debs                                               d) American President during WW1

33)   Kaiser Wilhelm                            e) no characteristic listed



34) The USA was reluctant to join the fighting in WW1 because…

a)      The Russians were ruled by a Czar (or monarchy)

b)      The US had isolationist policies

c)      Many US immigrants were either of German ancestry or were anti-British

d)      The business community wanted a neutral policy in order to trade with both sides in the conflict

e)      All of the above

35) According to Zinn, “war is the health of the state,” which of the following is not a gain or result of war (in the warring nation)?

a)      Unity among the citizens

b)      Class issues lessen or dissolve

c)      Economic gains, through the selling / making of goods

d)      The overthrow of government leaders

e)      Both B & C

36) Which of the following is the least likely to be a point in the Treaty of Versailles?

a)      German reduction in military

b)      Germany to cede lands to France

c)      Germany is required to participate in the League of Nations

d)      Germany to pay reparations