SAT II World History : Germany in World War I

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for SAT II World History

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Germany In World War I

For which of these countries was unrestricted submarine warfare an important part of World War I strategy?

Possible Answers:

Italy

Japan

France

Russia

Germany

Correct answer:

Germany

Explanation:

The German U-boat policy of unrestricted submarine warfare was an important strategy in the Atlantic theatre of the First World War. In an attempt to cut off the British isles from foreign trade, the German submarines would sink any merchant boat headed there. This caused the sinking of American ships and helped turn public opinion in America towards war against Germany.

Example Question #2 : Germany In World War I

Who was the leader of Germany during the First World War? 

Possible Answers:

Kaiser Wilhelm II

Prince Otto von Bismarck

Frederick the Great

Adolf Hitler

King Leopold II

Correct answer:

Kaiser Wilhelm II

Explanation:

The leader of Germany during the First World War was Kaiser Wilhelm II. He replaced Bismarck as ruler of Germany in 1890 and set the nation on a course for warfare from the very beginning. He was forced to abdicate power following the end of the war and German capitulation.

Example Question #3 : Germany In World War I

The Zimmerman Telegram was an attempt to __________.

Possible Answers:

get Mexico to declare war on the United States during World War One

rid Germany of communist influences during the First World War

create a Jewish state in the Palestinian territory

trick the American people into voting for Woodrow Wilson

get China to declare war on Japan and Germany during World War One

Correct answer:

get Mexico to declare war on the United States during World War One

Explanation:

The Zimmerman Telegram was sent to Mexico by the German government during World War One. It was designed to preempt American involvement in the war in Europe by ensuring that Mexico would keep America distracted at home. The telegram was made public knowledge and was an important motivating factor in America's final decision to enter the conflict.

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