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The Date That Will Live in Infamy: Pearl Harbor Quiz
by Staff
Two years after World War II began, the Japanese attack of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii incited the United States to enter the conflict. Take this quiz to test what you know about the assault.

What day was Pearl Harbor attacked by the Japanese?

  • Sept. 9, 1942
  • Dec. 7, 1941
  • Aug. 11, 1941

True or false: The attack on Pearl Harbor lasted just 30 minutes.

  • true
  • false

More than 1,000 U.S. soldiers were killed when this ship was sunk.

  • USS Nevada
  • USS Oklahoma
  • USS Arizona

Which ship did NOT sink during the attack on Pearl Harbor?

  • USS Nevada
  • USS Maryland
  • USS California

What did the Japanese NOT attack that allowed the U.S. Navy to quickly recover?

  • oil storage facilities
  • warships
  • destroyers

How many Japanese planes are estimated to have attacked Pearl Harbor?

  • 250
  • 360
  • 450

Who was the commander of the Pacific Fleet when Pearl Harbor was attacked?

  • Lt. Gen. Walter Short
  • Adm. James Richardson
  • Rear Adm. Husband E. Kimmel

Who was the commander of the Japanese Combined Fleet when Pearl Harbor was attacked?

  • Isoroku Yamamoto
  • Toshihira Inoguchi
  • Osami Nagano

What Japanese naval commander was in charge of the 1st Air Fleet that attacked Pearl Harbor?

  • Chuichi Nagumo
  • Isoroku Yamamoto
  • Ibo Takahashi

Who said this? "Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan."

  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  • Rear Adm. Husband E. Kimmel
  • Henry A. Wallace

True or false: Congress passed a formal declaration of war against Japan on Dec. 8, 1941.

  • true
  • false

Who was the only member of Congress to vote against going to war?

  • Thomas W. Harrison
  • Jeannette Rankin
  • John M. Nelson

What commission was appointed to investigate the attack on Pearl Harbor?

  • the Warren Commission
  • the Roberts Commission
  • the Allen Commission

How many U.S. battleships were moored at Pearl Harbor when it was attacked?

  • seven
  • eight
  • nine

True or false: The U.S. didn't think Pearl Harbor was vulnerable to an attack from Japan despite the fact that the Hawaiian island chain proved defenseless from a carrier strike during war games.

  • true
  • false

True or false: In 1942, shortly after America joined World War II, President Roosevelt issued an executive order authorizing all Japanese-American citizens be placed in "relocation centers."

  • true
  • false

Who said this? "I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve."

  • Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Rear Adm. Husband E. Kimmel

Where did the Japanese attack planes take off?

  • Midway Islands
  • aircraft carriers in the Pacific Ocean
  • Johnston Atoll

True or false: The Japanese called the operation to attack Pearl Harbor "Operation H."

  • true
  • false

What famous Morse code message did air attack commander Mitsuo Fuchida transmit to his other Japanese A6M2 Zero fighters?

  • Bonzai! Bonzai!
  • Climb Mount Niitaka
  • to-ra, to-ra, to-ra

What day and time was the attack on Pearl Harbor?

  • about 7:45 a.m. on Sunday
  • about 6:30 p.m. on Saturday
  • about 3 p.m. on Saturday

What detected the Japanese attack force 70 miles (113 kilometers) out from Pearl Harbor, but soldiers thought it was friendly aircraft?

  • a submarine crew
  • U.S. Army mobile radar
  • a weather balloon

The USS Arizona is one of two ships the Japanese sunk during Pearl Harbor that was NOT able to be raised later. What is the other?

  • USS Utah
  • USS West Virginia
  • USS Nevada

True or false: Construction didn't begin on the Pearl Harbor memorial until 1960.

  • true
  • false

When did the USS Arizona Memorial become part of the National Park Service?

  • 1965
  • 1977
  • 1980

On what U.S. battleship did representatives of the Allied and Axis powers sign two copies of the Instrument of Surrender?

  • USS Missouri
  • USS Alabama
  • USS Tennessee

True or false: Japanese Emperor Hirohito’s radio broadcast announcing that the Japanese government had accepted the unconditional surrender of the Japanese military at the end of World War II was likely the first time an emperor of Japan had spoken to the common people.

  • true
  • false

True or false: The name of the conference calling for Japan's surrender in World War II was the Potsdam Conference.

  • true
  • false

What did the ultimatum in the Potsdam Declaration say Japan would face if it did not surrender?

  • inevitable and complete destruction
  • swift action
  • total annihilation

True or false: The attack damaged or destroyed about 10 U.S. ships.

  • true
  • false