Causes of wwii web Quest Treaty of Versailles

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Causes of WWII Web Quest
Treaty of Versailles
1. In your own words, describe the main terms of the Treaty of Versailles:

  • War Guilt Clause:

  • Reparations:

  • Disarmament:

  • Territorial Clauses:

2. What were some of the economic impacts of the Treaty for Germany?

3. Do you think the Treaty of Versailles treated Germany fairly? Why or why not?

4. Name two ways Hitler violated the Treaty of Versailles.

5. Why didn't Britain and France do anything about Hitler violating the Treaty?


6. Define "appeasement" in your own words.

7. What month and year was the Munich Agreement signed? Which countries signed it?

8. What were the terms of the Munich Agreement?

9. How did Hitler violate the Munich Agreement? What was Chamberlain's response?

League of Nations

11. What was the intention of the League of Nations? What would be the consequence for countries that used force?

12. True or False: the United States was a member of the League of Nations. T / F

13. Why did Japan invade Manchuria?

14. Summarize the reasons for the failure of the League of Nations:

  • Not all countries joined the League:

  • League had no power:

  • League had no army:

  • Unable to act quickly:

Great Depression

15. Read over how the different aspects of the Great Depression contributed to the start of WWII. Choose three that you think contributed the most to the start of WWII and explain them.

  • Aspect A:

  • Aspect B:

  • Aspect C:

Totalitarian Governments

16. Germany: List and describe Hitler's three aims:




17. Italy: Why did Italy want to take Abyssinia?

World War II Major Figures

Using the links, fill in the chart below. Choose two people who are not listed and fill in the chart for the, as well.




Main accomplishments

Role in WWII

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Harry Truman

Winston Churchill

Hideki Tojo

Neville Chamberlain

Free Choice 1

Free Choice 2

Eight Steps to WWII
18. List the reasons for WWII listed on the website and briefly describe each:









Nazi-Soviet Pact

19. Why did Anglo-Soviet talks fail? List and describe the reasons.








20. Why did the Nazi-Soviet Pact happen? List and describe the reasons.





21. Describe one of the reasons that historians argue the Nazi-Soviet Pact was crucial in the start of WWII.

22. After reading, choose three of the reasons Hitler invaded Poland that you think are the most compelling and explain them:

Reason A:

Reason B:

Reason C:

Reflection Question:

Which of the following causes contributed most to the start of WWII? Be specific and use historical evidence. Answer the question in 6-10 sentences. Do NOT use the terms "I think," "I believe," etc - this will result in a score of "0" for this portion! Cite your sources using MLA in-text citations.


23. What do you think of the video’s argument about resources? Do you think resources contributed significantly to the start of WWII?

24: Analyze this quote from the video:

“A quick look at the history section in your local bookstore or an IMDB search will tell you that there are hundreds if not thousands of ways to tell the story of World War II. And this is just one history of the war, certainly not a definitive one. But examining the role of resources, especially food, in the Second World War tells a story that has at least one advantage over the narrative of the triumph of Allied good over Axis evil. Because it helps us to see that the war was not only about the soldiers fighting, and it gives us a window into the way the war affected everyone who lived at the time.”
What does this quote tell you about how history can be interpreted? Do you agree?

25. Analyze this quote from the video:

“Also, we live today in a thoroughly globalized world, but so did the people of the 1930s, and it’s very interesting to see some of their responses to it. That hyper nationalist idea, that we can take care of ourselves and don’t need help from outside, as long as we annex a lot of territory that’s currently outside of us - that idea is a response to globalization. But I think history shows us that it’s a horrible response. It’s a dangerous business when humans imagine others as less, when they think their land needs to become our land so we can feed our people. And in that sense at least, you can’t separate ideology from resource allocation, and as long as we live in a world of finite resources, the potential for conflict will always be there. Knowing that, hopefully, will help us to avoid it.”

  1. What is globalization? (You may use an outside source to answer the question!)

  1. Summarize the main point of the quote.

  1. Do you agree with the statement “the potential for conflict will always be there?” Why or why not? What can we do to prevent future conflicts?

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