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Test Your Knowledge: Axis Powers WWII
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History portrays these forces as a shadow that threatened to darken the entire world. How much do you know about the Axis powers of World War II?

The very first use of the term "Axis" originated from a piece of writing done by which leader?

  • Roosevelt
  • Hitler
  • Mussolini

A swift attack and victory by the Axis powers prevented the government officials of which country from escaping?

  • Iceland
  • Denmark
  • Norway

The Pact of Friendship and Alliance between Germany and Italy was informally known as what?

  • Black Coalition
  • Pact of Steel
  • Iron Alliance

Against which country (or countries) did Japan want to focus the Pact of Steel, against the desires of Germany and Italy?

  • France and China
  • China and Thailand
  • U.S.S.R.

Which two countries made up the initial Axis alliance?

  • Germany and Japan
  • Japan and Italy
  • Germany and Italy

What was the original nickname for the Pact of Steel?

  • Pact of Blood
  • Warriors Alliance
  • Gunship Group

What transpired with Axis forces at the conclusion of the Warsaw Uprising?

  • They destroyed the city.
  • The Nazis suppressed the uprising but lost thousands of men.
  • Nazis were chased out of the city and mercilessly murdered on rural highways.

After Japan, Italy and Germany, which country was the first to adopt the Tripartite Pact?

  • Bulgaria
  • Hungary
  • Romania

At the beginning of the Battle of Normandy, how many troops did the Axis have in the area of conflict?

  • About 380,000
  • About 520,000
  • About 610,000

A defeat in which battle resulted in the inability of Axis forces to initiate wide scale offensive operations?

  • Battle of Kursk
  • Battle of Sevastopol
  • Battle of Berlin

How many summits did Italy, Germany and Japan need to coordinate their objectives and strategies during the conflict?

  • 10
  • seven
  • none

After a German invasion, Greece became a puppet state subservient to which country?

  • Italy
  • Germany
  • Bulgaria

Axis powers took a major victory at the Battle of the Java Sea, killing 2,300 Allied sailors. How many sailors did the Axis forces lose?

  • 36
  • 360
  • 3,600

What year did Axis powers temporarily occupy Iceland?

  • 1941
  • 1942
  • Never

The leaders of the Axis powers saw themselves defending humanity from what scourge?

  • Anarchy
  • Communism
  • Freedom

Which area did Germany first occupy during the very first stages of the conflict?

  • Poland
  • The Rhineland
  • Austria

The Japanese lost one soldier during their victory in which Pacific battle?

  • Battle of Badung Strait
  • Battle of Guam
  • Battle of Savo Island

How many Romanian soldiers joined the Germans against the Soviets in 1941?

  • about 800
  • about 800,000
  • about 80,000

After defeating France, how long did Hitler and his allies wait to begin attacking the Soviet Union?

  • A few hours
  • A few days
  • A few weeks

How did the gross domestic product of the United States compare to the combined Axis powers at the start of the war?

  • It was more than the Axis powers combined.
  • It was about half of the Axis powers combined.
  • It was about 20% of the combined Axis powers but more than doubled in four years.

Japan inflicted the Allies with one of their worst defeats in history at which battle?

  • Battle of the Java Sea
  • Battle of Guam
  • Battle of Bataan

Which country was targeted by the Anti-Comintern Pact that was signed by Germany and Italy in 1936?

  • France
  • Britain
  • U.S.S.R.

After being attacked by Japan in 1941, Thailand aligned itself with which power?

  • Allies
  • Axis
  • It remained neutral.

For how long did Japan continue the fight after Nazi Germany surrendered in May of 1945?

  • four months
  • four weeks
  • about two weeks

The lack of which resource spurred Japan to attack the United States and then parts of Southeast Asia?

  • oil
  • steel
  • iron

Which event essentially triggered the beginning of the Pacific War?

  • Japanese invasion of China
  • Bombing of Pearl Harbor
  • The signing of the Tripartite Pact

The Axis powers caught the Allies completely by surprise at the beginning of which battle?

  • Battle of Boulogne
  • Battle of Dieppe
  • Battle of the Bulge

Why did Finland fight against the Soviets even though it wasn't officially part of the Axis?

  • Many Finland residents had German ethnic backgrounds.
  • It wanted to retake land lost during Soviet aggression.
  • Germany promised to pay Finland heaps of money to help fight the U.S.S.R.

Isoroku Yamamoto was a leader of which Axis group?

  • Japanese Army
  • Japanese Air Force
  • Japanese Navy

Hitler said it was "the most famous victory in history" after Axis powers defeated which country?

  • France
  • Poland
  • Greece