World War I Quiz

By: Kelly Scott
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About This Quiz

The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand was the event that launched the world into a war that would span more than four years and occupy every ocean and nearly every continent of the world. But do you know which terrorist group was responsible for the assassination of Ferdinand?

This was the war that pitted the Central Powers (Germany. Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire) against the eventual winners, the Allied forces. But with advancements in warfare strategy and military technology, more than 16 million people, soldier and civilian alike, died by the end of the war, leaving many to wonder if there ever was a winner. 

This was the war to end all wars, yet would sadly be repeated with even worse carnage 20 years later. How much do you know about the first world war? Well, you're about to test your limits. Do you know which weapon discovered by the Greeks was never implemented in warfare until World War I? Or, can you recall the nickname for the famous German fighter ace later parodied by a comical dog?

The history of World War I is a horrific time in history, but thanks to buffs like you, we'll be cautioned against repeating the past. Are you ready to arm the trenches and take up this quiz? It's time to lead the attack!

While World War I was fought from 1914-1918 on every ocean and on almost every continent, where did most of the fighting take place?

What weapon, patented in the US in 1884, was introduced to widespread use in WWI?

What was the nickname of Mafred von Richthofen, World War I's leading fighter ace?

Which of the following was NOT a nickname for World War I?

What was the original name for "tanks?"

What was the term coined to describe the reaction of some soldiers in WWI to the trauma of battle?

What was the name of the terrorist group responsible for the assassination of Franz Ferdinand?

What is the name for the land warfare that uses occupied fighting lines and a no-man's-line between two enemies?

What does the German word "Schrecklichkeit" refer to in the context of WWI?

Which of the following war terms originated in WWI?

When did World War I start?

When did World War I end?

Britain entered the war in response to Germany's invasion of which neutral country?

What was the name given to the combined military forces of Russia, Britain, and France?

Which of the following is NOT an empire that collapsed after WWI?

Which country did Germany offer an alliance in the infamous Zimmerman Telegram?

Approximately how many men fought in World War I?

Which battle was notable for over a million soldiers killed, and for the first use of the tank?

In what year did the unofficial Christmas truce take place?

What was the real name of the woman best known as Mata Hari, the Dutch exotic dancer accused of being a double agent?

As part of the Treaty of Versailles, which country infamously accepted responsibility for "all the loss and damage" of the war?

Despite first being used by the Greeks in the 1st century AD, which weapon didn't come into use in modern times until World War I?

What was the total cost of World War I for the US?

What was the first country to use tear gas grenades against enemy troops in WWI?

What was the most widely used chemical weapon leveraged in WWI, and often cited as the most effective?

Approximately how many total civilian and military casualties, including deaths and serious injuries, are attributed to World War I?

When did US troops fight their first battle of WWI, near the vIillage of Cantigny, France?

Which type of animal was prominently used in World War I?

When and where did the Battle of Verdun take place?

Which country exited the war in March 1918 by signing the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk?

What was "Little Willie?"

Which of the following WWI battles came first chronologically?

How many ships were sunk by German U-boats between 1914 and 1918?

What was the name of the British nurse who saved soldiers from all sides and become a popular propaganda figure?

What was Big Bertha, a nickname for a short gun for firing shells on high trajectories at low velocities, named after?

How many African Americans served in World War I?

What happened in World War I to create what's known today as The Pool of Peace in Belgium?

Which battle is renowned as one of the greatest Ottoman victories during the war and a defining moment in the nation's history?

Which of the following is NOT one of the ways soldiers were instructed to protect themselves against poisonous gas attacks?

Which battle, also known as the Third Battle of Picardy, was the opening phase of the Allied strategy later known as the Hundred Days Offensive?

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