Quiz: How Much Do You Know About the Famous Women of WWII?
How Much Do You Know About the Famous Women of WWII?
By: John Miller
Image: Wiki Commons by Collections of the Imperial War Museums

About This Quiz

As the atrocities of World War II consumed Earth in the 1940s, men armed themselves and died by the millions on battlefields all over the globe. Although most countries initially banned women from the fighting, as desperation took hold, more and more women grabbed machine guns and blasted their enemies to pieces. What do you really know about the famous women of the Second World War?

The United States never resorted to sending women to front-line combat. But in the Soviet Union, Stalin knew his country was in peril, so he allowed women to serve in various capacities. In some cases, Soviet women were right in the middle of combat, killing -- and being killed by — Nazi troops at every turn. What do you know about the famous women warriors who fought and died in the war?

Women served in many other capacities, too. They used their wits and courage as intelligence agents behind enemy lines. They coordinated French Resistance attacks, thwarted Third Reich missions, and gained infamy within the Gestapo, who hunted them down at all costs. What do you know about female spies of WWII?

If they weren’t killing and spying, other women toiled in factories to make the guns that made the war go “boom.” Others became indispensable politicians who forged alliances and worked to keep the home front operating smoothly. Pull up your hair so it doesn’t get bloody in this famous women of WWII quiz!

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Which first lady made a name for herself during WWII?
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What vehicle did Allied nurse Susan Travers drive through the German line to disrupt it when French troops were surrounded in Libya?
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The Germans called Virginia Hall "the most dangerous Allied ______."
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Lyudmila Pavlichenko was a Soviet soldier who killed 309 German military personnel. What was her specialty?
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Virginia Hall was an American spy. What incident when she was younger left her with only one leg?
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Nancy Wake aided the French resistance as a ___.
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Why was secret agent Nancy Wake forced to leave France in 1943?
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In 1942, Allied sniper Lyudmila Pavlichenko became the first Soviet citizen to _____
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Eileen Nearne was a British spy working as a radio operator in occupied France. What happened when the Germans captured her?
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Why was Eleanor Roosevelt saddened when it became clear that the U.S. would join WWII?
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Nurse Reba Whittle was the only American woman to become a ____ in the entire European Theater.
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In 1944, Nancy Wake chose to take part in a special Allied operation in occupied France. How did she get back into France?
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When famed sniper Lyudmila Pavlichenko expressed first expressed interest in joining the Soviet army, how did leaders respond?
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How did Eleanor Roosevelt approach Jewish immigration during WWII?
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Elsie Ott made a name for herself in what field?
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Mariana Drăgescu was a famous Romanian _____.
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What did the Gestapo call secret agent Nancy Wake?
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In the fall of 1942, Eleanor Roosevelt toured England. How was she received there?
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Soviet sniper Lyudmila Pavlichenko killed hundreds of German troops. How many officers did she pick off?
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Nadezhda Popova was part of a famous Soviet all-female bombing task force that went by which nickname?
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Spy Virginia Hall had to escape from the Nazis in Spain. She was worried that her ____ might slow her down.
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During the war, many mothers who worked at factories missed shifts due to child care issues. How did Eleanor Roosevelt respond?
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Veronica Foster became an icon for female factory workers in which country?
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True or false: Did Soviet sniper Lyudmila Pavlichenko survive the war?
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During the war, movie star Hedy Lamarr was busy doing what?
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What happened to college student Gertrude Boyarski during the war?
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Sophie Scholl was a college student and German dissident who loudly protested Nazi actions in Germany. What happened to her?
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Sophie Scholl was executed for speaking out against the Nazis. She was part of which activist group?
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Violette Szabo was a British woman who became a spy. How did the war go for her?
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