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Between World Wars: Question 1 of 13
In the 1920ís and 1930ís, the rise of totalitarian governments in Germany, Italy, and Spain was largely the result of
  1. the success of the Communists in establishing a command economy in the Soviet Union
  2. severe economic and social problems that arose in Europe after World War I
  3. the active support of the United States
  4. movements demanding the return of the old monarchies

Correct Answer Number: 2

Explanation: The Great Depression caused many people to lose faith in democracy and turn toward more radical ideas, such as communism and fascism. People were willing to give up individual rights of freedom for the promise of stability offered by these types of totalitarian regimes.


Between World Wars: Question 2 of 13
The harsh conditions imposed by the Treaty of Versailles after World War I helped lay the foundation for the
  1. rise of fascism Germany
  2. uprisings during the French Revolution
  3. division of Korea along the 38th parallel
  4. Bolshevik Revolution in Russia

Correct Answer Number: 1

Explanation: Under the Treaty of Versailles, Germany lost large areas of land, was forced to pay large reparations, and accept complete responsibility for the start of World War One. The German people felt humiliated by this treaty, which led them to readily accept the Fascist, who promised a return to Germany's former position of world power.


Between World Wars: Question 3 of 13
Between the Meiji Restoration and World War II, Japan tried to solve the problem of its scarcity of natural resources by
  1. exporting agricultural products in exchange for new technology
  2. establishing a policy of imperialism
  3. building nuclear power plants
  4. cooperating with the Soviet Union to gain needed resources

Correct Answer Number: 2

Explanation: Japan became imperialistic during this time period, seeking colonies as a source of raw materials and new markets for their products.

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Between World Wars: Question 4 of 13
Which idea was included in the provisions of the Treaty of Versailles to show the intent of the Allies to punish the Central Powers for their role in World War II?
  1. all nations shall maintain open covenants of peace
  2. freedom of the seas will be maintained
  3. Germany will accept full responsibility for causing the war
  4. territorial settlements shall be made along clearly recognizable lines of nationality

Correct Answer Number: 3

Explanation: Under the Treaty of Versailles, Germany lost large areas of land, was forced to pay large reparations, and accept complete responsibility for the start of World War One. The German people felt humiliated by this treaty, which led them to readily accept the Fascist, who promised a return to Germany's former position of world power.


Between World Wars: Question 5 of 13
Fascism in Europe during the 1920ís and 1930ís is best described as a
  1. demonstration of laissez-faire capitalism that promoted free enterprise
  2. form of totalitarianism that glorified the state above the individual
  3. type of economic system that stressed a classless society
  4. set of humanist ideas that emphasized the dignity and worth of the individual

Correct Answer Number: 2

Explanation: Fascist government is rule by a one party dictatorship, which is both nationalistic and imperialistic. Fascism glorifies the state over the individual and often uses terror and violence to maintain control of its population.


Between World Wars: Question 6 of 13
Censorship, mass arrests, and a secret police force are most characteristic of
  1. parliamentary democracies
  2. republics
  3. totalitarian regimes
  4. constitutional monarchies

Correct Answer Number: 3

Explanation: Totalitarian governments use terror and violence in an attempt to control all aspects of the lives of the citizens. Tools of this type of regime are usually censorship and a secret police force.


Between World Wars: Question 7 of 13
After World War I, Japan attempted to solve some of its economic problems by
  1. establishing extensive trade with the Soviet Union
  2. expanding its influence in Asia
  3. practicing the principles of Marxism
  4. refusing to rely on Western technology

Correct Answer Number: 2

Explanation: Japan became imperialistic during this time period, seeking colonies as a source of raw materials and new markets for their products.

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Between World Wars: Question 8 of 13
Which policy shows that appeasement does not always prevent war?
  1. British policy toward Germany in Munich during the 1930ís
  2. French policy in Indochina in the 1950ís
  3. United States policy toward Cuba in the early 1960ís
  4. Iraqi policy toward Iran in the 1980ís

Correct Answer Number: 1

Explanation: Under the policy of appeasement, Britain and other European nations allowed Germany to annex the Sudentenland and Czechoslovakia in hopes of preventing further conflict. But, this only allowed Germany to gain strength and eventually challenge the appeasing nations.


Between World Wars: Question 9 of 13
In the 1930ís, the Japanese government followed a policy of imperialism primarily to
  1. acquire new sources of raw materials
  2. spread Zen Buddhism throughout Asia
  3. sell more consumer goods to European nations
  4. spread the ideas of bushido

Correct Answer Number: 1

Explanation: Japan became imperialistic during this time period, seeking colonies as a source of raw materials and new markets for their products.

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Between World Wars: Question 10 of 13
What was one reason the Nazi programs and policies of the early 1930ís appealed to many people in Germany?
  1. the people were frustrated with their current economic and political situation
  2. Germany had been denied membership in the United Nations
  3. a coup díetat had forced communism on the German people
  4. the German people feared that the French of the British would soon gain control of the Polish corridor

Correct Answer Number: 1

Explanation: Under the Treaty of Versailles, Germany lost large areas of land, was forced to pay large reparations, and accept complete responsibility for the start of World War One. The German people felt humiliated by this treaty, which led them to readily accept the Fascist, who promised a return to Germany's former position of world power.


Between World Wars: Question 11 of 13
The imperialist policies followed by Japan after World War I were based on a desire to
  1. convert people to Shinto
  2. acquire markets for its oil industry
  3. compete with Chinese trade policies
  4. obtain natural resources for manufacturing

Correct Answer Number: 4

Explanation: Japan became imperialistic during this time period, seeking colonies as a source of raw materials and new markets for their products.

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Between World Wars: Question 12 of 13
During the mid-1930ís, which characteristic was common to Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany, and Communist Russia?
  1. government ownership of the means of production and distribution
  2. one-party system that denied basic human rights
  3. encouragement of individual freedom of expression in the arts
  4. emphasis on consumer goods rather than on weapons

Correct Answer Number: 2

Explanation: Totalitarian governments use terror and violence in an attempt to control all aspects of the lives of the citizens. Tools of this type of regime are usually censorship and a secret police force.


Between World Wars: Question 13 of 13
One reason the Fascist governments of Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler came to power in Italy and Germany was that these nations
  1. were threatened by the United States
  2. supported civil liberties for all
  3. failed to join the League of Nations
  4. faced economic and political difficulties

Correct Answer Number: 4

Explanation: Both nations faced severe economic hardships due to the Great Depression. This made people lose faith in democracy and begin to support more radical forms of government that promised and end to these problems.




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