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How Well Do You Know World War One?

Time for a history test.

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  1. 1. Which heir to the Austrian throne was assassinated in Sarajevo?

    Franz Joseph
    Franz Ferdinand
    Maximilian
  2. 2. In which month of 1914 did the fighting on the western front begin?

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    June
    July
    August
  3. 3. Who was the Kaiser of Germany in 1914-18?

    Wilhelm I
    Wilhelm II
    Friedrich Wilhelm II
  4. 4. Which of these countries was NOT a member of the Triple Entente in 1914?

    France
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    France
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    Russia
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    Russia
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    Italy
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    Italy
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  5. 5. Which Belgian city was brutally sacked by German forces in August 1914?

    Brussels
    Louvain
    Antwerp
  6. 6. Which English city was bombarded by the German navy in December 1914?

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    Scarborough
    Southampton
    Portsmouth
  7. 7. Which weapon was first used by the Germans at Ypres in 1915?

    Poison gas
    Tanks
    Machine guns
  8. 8. Which German flying ace, credited with 80 aerial victories, became known as the ‘Red Baron’?

    Hermann Goering
    Hermann Goering
    Manfred Von Richtofen
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    Manfred Von Richtofen
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    Oswald Boelcke
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    Oswald Boelcke
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  9. 9. Which future Turkish leader made his name in the defence of Gallipoli in 1915?

    Ali Bayar
    Ismet Ataturk
    Mustafa Kemal
  10. 10. Which 1916 battle saw almost 1 million casualties, split evenly between France and Germany?

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    Loos
    Amiens
    Verdun
  11. 11. Which 1916 naval battle saw the German and British fleets clash for the only time in WW1?

    Dogger Bank
    Copenhagen
    Jutland
  12. 12. How many British casualties were there on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1st July 1916?

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    60,000
    100,000
    160,000
  13. 13. Which British general was featured on the famous poster bearing the words “Your country needs you”?

    Haig
    Haig
    Kitchener
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    Kitchener
    Getty
  14. 14. Lloyd-George became the British Prime Minister in 1916; who was his predecessor?

    Asquith
    Baldwin
    Balfour
  15. 15. Which famous telegram, intercepted by British intelligence, revealed a German attempt to incite a Mexican invasion of the USA?

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    Hindenburg telegram
    Novikov telegram
    Zimmerman telegram
  16. 16. Which of these future American Presidents served in the trenches in WW1?

    Franklin Roosevelt
    en.wikipedia.org
    Franklin Roosevelt
    Harry Truman
    Via en.wikipedia.org
    Harry Truman
    Dwight Eisenhower
    Via en.wikipedia.org
    Dwight Eisenhower
  17. 17. Which of these future British Prime Ministers did NOT serve in the trenches in WW1?

    Winston Churchill
    Anthony Eden
    Harold Wilson
  18. 18. Which item were British school children encouraged to collect, to help make explosives during WW1?

    Peter Macdiarmid/Archive, Topical Press Agency / Getty
    Unused fireworks
    Unwanted vinyl
    Horse chestnut conkers
  19. 19. In which 1917 battle were the Italians soundly defeated by Austria-Hungary?

    Veneto
    Treviso
    Caporetto
  20. 20. Which city did British forces take from Ottoman Turkey in December 1917?

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    Mecca
    Istanbul
    Jerusalem
  21. 21. Which people suffered a genocide at the hands of the Turkish government during WW1, in which around 1 million civilians died in the process of forced deportation?

    Jews
    Armenians
    Azeris
  22. 22. Which Russian leader was overthrown in November 1917?

  23. 23. Which harsh treaty did Germany impose upon Russia in 1918?

    Treaty of Brest-Litovsk
    Treaty of Konigsberg
    Treaty of Warsaw
  24. 24. What was Germany’s last ‘big push’ on the Western Front in 1918?

    Via Peter Macdiarmid/Topical Press Agency / Getty
    Hindenburg Offensive
    Ludendorff Offensive
    Falkenhayn Offensive
  25. 25. Which 1918 battle marked the beginning of the successful ‘One Hundred Days’ that took the western allies all the way to the borders of Germany?

    Battle of Amiens
    Battle of Passchendaele
    Battle of Cambrai
  26. 26. On which precise day of 1918, fateful in German history, did the Kaiser abdicate?

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    9th November
    11th November
    13th November
  27. 27. Where was the armistice agreement signed on 11th November 1918?

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    Versailles
    Reims
    Compiegne
  28. 28. What is the most widely accepted estimate of the total military dead in WW1?

    5 million
    10 million
    25 million
  29. 29. Which US President attended the Versailles peace conference?

    Teddy Roosevelt
    Teddy Roosevelt
  30. 30. In which year was an unknown soldier buried with full military honours inside Westminster Abbey?

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    1919
    1920
    1921

How Well Do You Know World War One?

This post has been updated to clarify the mass killings described in question 21.

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