03.03 The Great War

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Which statement summarizes ordinary Americans’ attitude toward the war in Europe?

They worried that the war would hurt trade and business.

They wanted the U.S. to fight on the side of the Allies.

They wanted the U.S. to fight on the side of the Central Powers.

They felt that the war was none of their business.


Ideas of nationalism within its empire particularly threatened which of these European nations in 1914?






Which of these groups of nations were called the Central Powers?

France, Britain, and Russia

Germany, Ireland, and Mexico

The United States, Britain, and France

Germany, Austria-Hungary, and the Ottoman Empire


What was Germany’s greatest problem at the beginning of the war?

It had begun a two-front war with Russia and France.

A Communist revolution threatened to overthrow the Kaiser.

The United States had entered the war on the side of the Allies.

The British navy had blockaded its ports and began sinking its ships at sea.


Which statement explains why a German submarine sunk the Lusitania?

Germany wanted to draw the U.S. into the war.

The German commander mistook it for a warship.

Germany practiced unrestricted submarine warfare.

Germany had warned Americans not to travel on British ships.


After the sinking of the Lusitania, the United States responded to an attack on a French passenger ship by doing which of the following?

signing a formal alliance with the Allied powers

issuing the Zimmermann Note and declaring war on Mexico

issuing Germany an ultimatum and accepting the Sussex Pledge

declaring war on Germany and the Central Powers


Why did most Irish Americans favor neutrality?

Ireland did not take sides in the war.

They were afraid for their relatives in Ireland.

They had a long-standing hostility toward Britain.

They had a long-standing friendship with Germany.


Which of these describes Wilson’s position on the war during the 1916 campaign?

He was undecided because of the divided public opinion.

He wanted to keep the U.S. out of war under any circumstances.

He hoped to avoid war but expected that the U.S. would be drawn in.

He asked the American people to support him in going to war.


"They joined the war effort on the side of the Allies because they thought it would bring them independence after the war." What nation or people does this sentence describe?

China and Japan

Australia and New Zealand

Communist supporters in Russia

African colonies of France and Britain


Which of the following was a result of immigration from Europe being cut off during the war?

Most immigrants to the U.S. now came from Asia.

Native-born Americans became less hostile toward immigrants.

Submarine warfare prevented would-be immigrants from leaving their countries.

African Americans left the South in large numbers to work in war-related industries.


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