|Chapter 2: World War I Study Guide
1. Define: imperialism, nationalism, colony, Triple Alliance, Triple Entente, ultimatum.
2. Identify on a map the major world empires in 1900.
3. Analyze reasons for expansion of the major imperial powers at the turn of the twentieth
4. Analyze the origins of World War I with reference to nationalism, economic rivalry (imperialism),arms race and military alliances.
5. Analyze the role of Germany in the formation of military alliances before World War I
with reference to:
• Dual Alliance 1879
• Triple Alliance 1882
• Reinsurance Treaty 1887
6. Create a time line of the major steps to war between June 28 - August 4, 1914.
7. Draw conclusions about the impact of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand on
the outbreak of World War I in terms of:
• Serbian nationalism
• Austro-Hungarian /Serbian relations
• German government’s response
• Russian mobilization
8. Assess how German and British attitudes toward war on the eve of World War I contributed to rivalry and conflict.
9. Define: Schlieffen Plan, Battles of the Marne 1914/1918, Battle of Tannenberg, Battle of the Somme (Beaumont - Hamel), Zimmerman Telegram, Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, armistice.
10. Identify on a map the main members of the Allied Powers and Central Powers.
11. Explain how trench warfare contributed to a stalemate on the Western Front.
12. Examine the impact of each new military technology on the nature of war during World
• machine guns
13. Compare and contrast the nature of the war on the Eastern and Western Fronts.
14. Describe two reasons the United States joined the Allied Powers in 1917.
15. Analyze how the American entry into World War I and the Russian withdrawal from
World War I affected the Allied war effort and the war’s outcome. (a)
16. Analyze the social, economic and political impact World War I had on Canada. (a)
• social (change in the status of women)
• economic (e.g., stimulation of Canadian industry)
• political (greater Canadian role in international relations)
17. Assess the issue of responsibility for the outbreak of World War I.
18. The student will be expected to draw upon primary and/or secondary sources to
demonstrate an understanding of the peace process ending World War I.
19. Summarize Wilson’s Fourteen Points.
20. Analyze French and British objectives at the Paris Peace Conference.
21. Summarize the main terms of the Treaty of Versailles.
22. Using evidence from the text, determine whether or not the Treaty of Versailles was a just
23. Explain the purpose for creating the League of Nations.
24. Predict what impact the Versailles Treaty might have on Germany and European stability during the post-war period.