SAT II World History : World War II

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : World War Ii

Which of these nations gained its independence after the Second World War?

Possible Answers:

Brazil

China

India

Colombia

Canada

Correct answer:

India

Explanation:

The Second World War led to the complete decline of the ability of European nations to maintain overseas colonies. Britain and France were exhausted from financing the war and there was little desire among the populations of either nation to continue their imperial past. India, a country that had supported the British war effort, gained its independence in 1947.

Example Question #4 : 1900 C.E. To Present

Hitler's policy of "Lebensraum" was concerned with __________.

Possible Answers:

completely eradicating the Jewish population of Central Europe

attacking the Soviet Union before it could become involved in the conflict on the side of the allies

providing more territory for German people through aggressive expansion

bombing the British Isles into submission and capitulation

limiting the civil rights of the Jewish population of Germany

Correct answer:

providing more territory for German people through aggressive expansion

Explanation:

"Lebensraum" means living space. It was Hitler's belief that the German people needed more territory to grow and to prosper, and he felt that as much of Central Europe was settled by German-speaking people, he had a "legitimacy" to expand aggressively into neighboring states. The policy of "Lebensraum" led to the annexation of the Sudetenland and much of Central Europe. 

Example Question #5 : 1900 C.E. To Present

What two treaties emerged as a result of the division of Europe at the end of World War Two? 

Possible Answers:

The Warsaw Pact and the United Nations

The Warsaw Pact and the League of Nations

The European Union and the Warsaw Pact

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the South East Asian Treaty Organization

The Warsaw Pact and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization

Correct answer:

The Warsaw Pact and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization

Explanation:

At the end of World War Two, Europe was divided between a capitalist and democratic West and a communist East. The capitalist nations signed the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to combat the perceived threat of communism and the communist nations countered with the Warsaw Pact.

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