AP European History : Political History

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for AP European History

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Example Question #361 : Political History

During World War II the majority of Allied war deaths were suffered by _____________.

Possible Answers:

Yugoslavia

France

Italy

Britain

The USSR

Correct answer:

The USSR

Explanation:

The USSR suffered over 20 million war deaths during WWII, which was over one third of total war deaths. None of the other Allies listed suffered near as many war deaths. Italy was never part of the Grand Alliance. 

Example Question #78 : War And Civil Conflict

What is the significance of the Katyn Forest with relation to World War II?

Possible Answers:

Several concentration camps were located inside the Katyn Forest. 

The Katyn Forest was the site of Poland's surrender to Nazi Germany. 

The Katyn Forest was the location of a massacre of Polish Army Officers by the Nazi Secret Police (Gestapo).

The Katyn Forest was the location of a massacre of Polish Army Officers by the Soviet Secret Police (NKVD).

The Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact was signed in the Katyn Forest. 

Correct answer:

The Katyn Forest was the location of a massacre of Polish Army Officers by the Soviet Secret Police (NKVD).

Explanation:

Although it would not be admitted by Soviet officials until the 1980s, the Katyn Forest was the site of a massacre of thousands of Polish Army Officers by the Soviet secret police (NKVD). Until the 1980s the Soviet Union would claim that the Gestapo had committed the executions.  

Example Question #362 : Political History

What two families (Houses) were chiefly involved in the War of the Roses?

Possible Answers:

The House of York and the House of Lancaster

The House of Capulet and the House of Montague

The House of Tudor and the House of York

The House of Plantagenet and the House of Medici

Correct answer:

The House of York and the House of Lancaster

Explanation:

The War of the Roses was a war fought in England between two royal houses York and Lancaster (who were rival branches of the House of Plantagenet). Following the 100 Years' War there was a lot of social and financial problems, that coupled with the mental issues of King Henry VI led to years of sporadic fighting. 

Example Question #363 : Political History

In what year did Henry VII defeat Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth?

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

The Battle of Bosworth took place at the end of the War of the Roses in Bosworth in August of 1485.

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