Making History Fun!

‘a’ questions

1. What was the Reichstag Fire?

2. What were the results of the March 1933 elections?

3. What was the Enabling Bill/Act?/ What powers did the Enabling Bill/Act give Hitler?

4. What was the Night of the Long Knives?

‘b’ questions

1. Why was the Reichstag Fire important?

2. Why was the Enabling Bill/Act important?

3. Why did Hitler arrange the Night of the Long Knives?

4. Why was the Night of the Long Knives important?

5. Why was the death of Hindenburg important?

‘c’ questions

1. ‘The Night of the Long Knives was the most important step in Hitler’s consolidation of power in the period 1933-1934.’ How far do you agree with this statement? Explain your answer.

WEIMAR REPUBLIC QUESTIONS

‘a’ questions

1. What was the impact of the First World War on Germany?

2. Describe how World War I still affected the lives of German people in the years 1919-1923.

3. What territorial terms were imposed on Germany by the Treaty of Versailles?

4. What were the main features of the Weimar Republic?

5. What were the main weaknesses of the Weimar Republic?

6. What were the following: a) Article 48?

b) System of Proportional Representation?

7. Describe the role of the Chancellor and the President?

8. What problems existed in Germany 1918-20?

9. Describe the attempts to overthrow the Weimar Republic made in 1919-1920.

10. Describe the Spartacist Rising.

11. Who were the Spartacists?

12. Describe the activities of the Freikorps in Germany, 1919-20.

13. Describe the Kapp Putsch.

14. Describe the occupation of the Ruhr in 1923.

15. Describe the effects of the hyperinflation of 1923 on the German people.

16. Describe the Munich Putsch./ What was the Munich Putsch?

17. What did Hitler learn from the Munich Putsch?

‘b’ questions

1. Why did the Germans hate/ resent the Treaty of Versailles?

2. Why were there so many uprisings in Germany in the years 1919-22?

3. Why were the Freikorps important?

4. Why was 1923 a year of crisis for the Weimar Republic?

5. Why did France and Belgium occupy the Ruhr in 1923?

6. Why was there an economic crisis in 1923?

7. Why was there hyperinflation in Germany in 1923?/ Why did Germany suffer hyperinflation in 1923?

8. Why did Hitler organise the Munich Putsch in 1923?

9. Why was the Munich Putsch important?

10. Why was Stresemann important?

10. Why was Stresemann’s foreign policy a success?

11. Why has the period 1923-29 been described as the ‘Golden Years’?

‘a’ questions

1. What was the Domino Theory?

2. Describe the US tactics in Vietnam.

3. Who were the Vietcong?

4. Describe the role of the Vietcong.

5. What was the Ho Chi Minh Trail?

6. Describe the My Lai incident.

7. What was the Tet Offensive?

8. Describe the policy of Vietnamisation.

‘b’ questions

1. Why did the USA become involved in Vietnam?

2. Why did the USA become increasingly involved in Vietnam?

3. Why did the Vietnam War become increasingly unpopular with the people in America?

4. Why was the Ho Chi Minh Trail important?

5. Why did the USA find it impossible to defeat the Vietcong?

6. Why was the Tet Offensive important?

7. Why did the USA withdraw from the Vietnam War?

8. Why was the policy of Vietnamisation introduced?

‘c’ questions

1. How successful was the USA in Vietnam in the period 1963-1975?

2. How far was US public opinion the most important reason for America’s withdrawal from Vietnam?

3. How far can the American withdrawal from Vietnam be blamed on military failure?

4. ‘ The USA’s policy of containment was a complete failure in Vietnam’. How far do you agree with this statement? Explain your answer.

5. ‘The USA was unsuccessful in Vietnam because of the opposition’s use of guerrilla tactics’. How far do you agree with this statement? Explain your answer.

‘a’ questions

1. What was the ‘Cold War’?

2. What was the Yalta Conference?

3. What was agreed at the Yalta Conference in 1945?

4. What was agreed at the Potsdam Conference in 1945?

5. Describe how Poland and Czechoslovakia became communist after 1945.

6. What was the ‘Iron Curtain’?

7. What was the ‘Truman Doctrine’?

8. What was the purpose of the ‘Truman Doctrine’?

9. What was ‘Marshall Aid’?

10. Describe the events of the Berlin Blockade of 1948-1949?

11. What was the ‘Berlin Airlift’?

12. What was ‘NATO’?

 

‘b’ questions

1. Why did the wartime unity of the Allies break down in the period 1945-1947?

2. Why did the tension between the Soviet Union and the West increase after the Potsdam Conference?

3. Why were Western governments suspicious of the USSR in the period 1945 -1948?

4. Why was Eastern Europe largely in the hands of the USSR by 1946?

5. Why was the Truman Doctrine introduced?

6. Why did the USA adopt a policy of Containment?

7. Why was Marshall Aid offered to countries in Europe?

8. Why was Berlin a cause of tension between East and West after World War II? /

Why was there continuing tension over Berlin in the years 1945-1949?

9.  Why did the USSR blockade Berlin?

10. Why did the Berlin Blockade fail?

 

‘c’ questions

1. How successful was the West in containing communism in Europe up to 1949? Explain your answer.

2. ‘The attitudes of Churchill and Truman not Stalin caused the Cold War’. How far do you agree with this statement?

3. ‘It was Truman not Stalin who brought about the Cold War’. How far do you agree with this statement?

4. ‘The Soviet Union was to blame for the Cold War’. How far do you agree with this statement?

5. ‘Only Stalin of the Allies achieved what he wanted as a result of the war with Germany’? Do you agree?

6. ‘The Berlin Blockade brought Europe close to war’. How far do you agree with this statement?

‘a’ questions

1. When Hitler came to power, what did he hope to achieve in foreign policy?

2. What were the aims of Hitler’s foreign policy?

3. In what ways did Hitler build up his armed forces before 1936?

4. What measures had Hitler taken by 1938 to prepare Germany for war?

5. How did the 1935 plebiscite change the situation in the Saar?

6. Describe the events in the Saar in 1935.

7. What was the remilitarisation of the Rhineland?

8. Describe the events of 1938 which led to Anschluss?

9. What was Anschluss?

10. What was the Munich Agreement (September 1938)?

11. What was the Nazi-Soviet Pact?

 

‘b’  questions

1. Why did Italy and  Germany become increasingly militaristic in the 1930s?

2. Why did Hitler remilitarise the Rhineland?

3. Why did Britain and France allow Germany to remilitarise the Rhineland in 1936?

4. Why was the remilitarisation of the Rhineland important?

5. Why was the remilitarisation of the Rhineland a risk for Hitler?

6. Why did Hitler become involved in the Spanish Civil War?

7. Why did Hitler and Mussolini become involved in the Spanish Civil War?

8. Why did Hitler want Anschluss?

9. Why did Britain and France permit the Anschluss?

10. Why did Hitler want the Sudetenland?

11. Why was the Munich Agreement (1938) important?

12. Why did Hitler’s demands over Czechoslovakia not lead to war in 1938?

13. Why did Britain and France end their policy of appeasement?

14. Why did Hitler want the Nazi-Soviet Pact of 1939?

15. Why did Stalin want the Nazi-Soviet Pact of 1939?

16. Why was the Nazi-Soviet Pact important?

17. Why did Britain go to war over Poland in 1939?

18. Why was Hitler’s foreign policy successful up to 1939?

19. How did Hitler destroy the Treaty of Versailles?

20. Why did Britain and France follow a policy of appeasement with Germany?

21. Why did Italy and Germany become increasingly militaristic in the 1930s?

‘c’  questions

1. ‘Hitler was a gambler rather than a planner in foreign affairs’. Do you agree?

2. How important for events in Europe were events in Europe were Hitler’s pacts with Italy and Japan?

3. How far was world peace threatened by Germany and Italy by 1936?

4. How far was the Treaty of Versailles to blame for the outbreak of World War II?

5. ‘War in 1939 was caused more by the Treaty of Versailles than by anything else’. Do you agree with this view? Explain your answer.

6. How far was the Great Depression responsible for the outbreak of World War II?

7. To what extent can the outbreak of World War II be blamed on the failure of the League of Nations?

8. How far was the policy of appeasement responsible for the outbreak of World War II?

9. ‘The policy of appeasement was a failure’. How far do you agree with this statement?

9. ‘ World War II was caused by British-French mistakes 1938-1939.’ How far do you agree with this view?

10. ‘Hitler’s policies in Austria and Czechoslovakia were a complete success’. How far do you agree with this statement?

11. How far was the Nazi-Soviet Pact responsible for causing war in 1939?

12. ‘ The policy of Appeasement was justified’. How far do you agree with this statement?

13. How far was Appeasement justified? Explain your answer.

14. Hitler’s desire for lebensraum was the most important reason for the outbreak of war in 1939? How far do you agree with this statement?

 

‘a’  questions

1. What were the aims of the League of Nations?

2. Describe two successes of the League of Nations in the 1920s.

3. What were the successes of the League in the 1920s?

4. Describe the structure of the League.

5. What was the role of :    a) The Assembly     b) The Council

6. Describe the role and work of two of the League’s agencies.

7. Describe how the League of Nations tried to improve living and working conditions around the world.

8. Describe how the League of Nations tried to prevent future wars between nations?

9. Describe the deficiencies of Britain and France as leaders of the League of Nations.

10. What were the main weaknesses in the structure and organisation of the League of Nations?

11. What was the Covenant?

12. What was ‘collective security’?

13. What was the Conference of Ambassadors?

14. Describe the Vilna crisis.

15. Describe the Corfu incident (1923).

16. What was the Geneva Protocol?

17. What were the Locarno Treaties(1925)? What was the Locarno Pact(1925)?

18. What was the Mukden incident?

19. Describe the Manchurian Crisis.

20. What was the Lytton Report?

21. Describe the Disarmament Conference(1932-1933).

22. What was the Hoare-Laval Pact?

‘b’ questions

1. Why did Woodrow Wilson want a ‘league of nations’?

2. Why did its structure and membership weaken the League?

3. Why was the League dominated by Britain and France?

4. Why did some countries regard the League with suspicion?/ Why did some countries view the setting up the League of Nations with suspicion?

5. Why did the USA decide not to become a member of the League?

6. Why did the USA’s failure to become a member create problems for the League?

7. Why was the League able to achieve some successes in dealing with international disputes in the 1920s?

8. Why was the League unable to achieve its main aims?

9. Why did the Depression make the work of the League more difficult?

10. Why did Japan invade Manchuria in 1931?

11. Why did the League fail to deal with Japanese aggression against Manchuria?

12. Why did the League fail to solve the Manchurian crisis?

13. Why did the Disarmament Conference(1932-1933) fail?

14. Why did Italy/Mussolini  invade Abyssinia?

15. Why was the Hoare-Laval Pact important?

16. Why did the League fail to solve the Abyssinian crisis?

17. Why was the conquest of Abyssinia not prevented by the League of Nations?

‘c’ questions

1. How successful was the League of Nations in dealing with disputes during the 1920s?Explain your answer.

2. How successful was the League of Nations in the 1920s?

3. How far was the League of Nations a failure? Explain your answer.

4. How far was the League of Nations a success? Explain your answer.

5. ‘It was the Abyssinian crisis that destroyed the League of Nations as an effective peacekeeping body’. How far do you agree with this statement? Explain your answer.

6.Which was the most important cause of the failure of the League of Nations – the World Depression of the 1930s or the invasion of Abyssinia? Explain your answer.

7. ‘It was the Hoare-Laval Plan rather than the World Depression that destroyed the League. How far do you agree?

8. How far was the Disarmament Conference (1932-1933) responsible for the collapse of the League?

9. How far were the League’s structural weaknesses responsible for its failure?

10. How far was the absence of the USA responsible for the failure of the League?

DEBATE  TOPICS

The League of Nations was doomed from the start.

The USA was responsible for the collapse of the League.

The Depression destroyed the League of Nations.