Test Your Knowledge: German History Quiz
by Staff
You might say that this country has had its ups and downs in the past few centuries. How much do you know about German history?

In what year were the Summer Olympics held in Berlin?

  • 1936
  • 1932
  • 1934

Charles the Great is sometimes called what?

  • Father of Europe
  • Slayer of Rome
  • King of the Common Man

By population, what was the biggest state in Germany in the 1890s?

  • Prussia
  • Bavaria
  • Saxony

Who was the last German emperor?

  • Wilhelm II
  • Wilhelm I
  • Frederick III

What did Otto von Bismarck accomplish?

  • unified German states
  • prevented what would have been a devastating war
  • stopped disease from spreading throughout Germany

Including civilians, about how many people died during the Thirty Years War?

  • 8 million
  • 12 million
  • 60 million

What was Otto von Bismarck's nickname?

  • Clay Champion
  • Steel Devil
  • Iron Chancellor

Modern Germany is made up of how many constituent states?

  • 12
  • 16
  • 22

Where did Adolf Hitler attempt his first coup?

  • Munich beer hall
  • downtown Berlin
  • in the middle of parliament

How many states made up the German Confederation in 1815?

  • five
  • 32
  • 12

Which country imposed its rule over Germany in 1806?

  • England
  • Spain
  • France

In what year did the unification of Germany occur?

  • 1888
  • 1779
  • 1871

In the 1500s, Martin Luther led reformation against which entity?

  • the Catholic church
  • the German upper class
  • the German military

In what year did the Holy Roman Empire give way to a more modern nation-state entity?

  • 1648
  • 1710
  • 1803

The Battle of Leipzig found Germans and their allies fighting which force?

  • Poland
  • Spain
  • France

The Thirty Years War was a battle between which groups?

  • Germany and Russia
  • Catholics and Protestants
  • Germany and Spain

What event caused the end of the German Empire?

  • World War I
  • Invasion by Napoleon
  • The Seven Weeks' War

What event contributed greatly to the rise of Nazism in Germany?

  • the Great Depression
  • the German Revolution
  • the Napoleonic Wars

How long did the Weimar Republic last?

  • 14 weeks
  • 14 months
  • 14 years

Who built the Berlin Wall?

  • East Germany
  • West Germany
  • the Allies

For how many years did the Berlin Wall stand?

  • 28 years
  • 34 years
  • 42 years

How effective was the Berlin Wall in restricting East Germans from escaping the country?

  • It stopped only the old and frail.
  • It was very effective.
  • It was just a powerful symbol.

In what year was the so-called March Revolution?

  • 1788
  • 1848
  • 1878

What did the Potsdam Agreement accomplish in Germany?

  • ridded the country of Nazism
  • ended overly generous farm subsidies
  • created a highway system

During his rise to power, how did Hitler alter the military oath for members of the armed forces?

  • He substituted the word Nazi in many places.
  • He changed it so that soldiers were sworn to him alone.
  • He abolished it.

In what year did Germany's economy surpass Britain's?

  • 1890
  • 1900
  • 1982

Following World War II, when was West Germany allowed to begin rearming itself with a military?

  • 1950s
  • 1960s
  • 1970s

Before starting World War II, which country did Hitler decide was his biggest foe?

  • United States
  • England
  • Russia

As of 2015, what is Germany's population?

  • 110 million
  • 80 million
  • 60 million

Which country did the Nazis invade to begin WWII?

  • Austria
  • Poland
  • Switzerland