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What Were the Events Leading up to the Surprise Attack?

What do you know about the Pearl Harbor Attack
Take this World War II History Quiz
"Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

Take 2 points for each right answer.  Maximum this page: 20 points!

1) The day the Hull note was received from United States Secretary of State Cordell Hull, which the Japanese leaders saw as an unproductive and same old proposal, the carrier battle group under the command of then Vice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo, already assembled in Hitokappu Wan in the Kurile Islands, sortied for Hawaii under strict radio silence.
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  1. November 25, 1941
  2. November 26, 1941
  3. November 27, 1941
  4. November 28, 1941

2) The Kido Butai, the Combined Fleet's main carrier force of six aircraft carriers.

  • True or False?

3) What were the 359 airplanes, organized as?

  1. First Air Force
  2. First Air Fleet
  3. Emperors Air Fleet
  4. Combined Air Force

4) What aircraft carrier was the flag ship?

  1. Akagi
  2. Kaga
  3. Sōryū
  4. Hiryū

5) The fleet had 135 Mitsubishi A6M Type 0 fighters (Allied codename "Zeke")
What was the common name of the fighter?

  1. Naught
  2. Czar
  3. Zipp
  4. Zero

6) The fleet had 171 Nakajima B5N Type 97 torpedo bombers. The Allied codename was "K-9".

  • True or False?

7) The fleet had Aichi D3A Type 99 dive bombers (Allied codename "Val") aboard.
How many Valís were aboard?

  1. 58
  2. 88
  3. 108
  4. 128

8) The fleet contained battleships, two heavy cruisers, one light cruiser, nine destroyers, and three fleet submarines provided escort and screening.
How many battleship were contained in the fleet?

  1. 2
  2. 4
  3. 6
  4. 8

9) Finally, Osami Nagano issued order number 9 on December 1, 1941. He instructed Admiral Yamamoto to crush hostile naval and air forces in Asia, the Pacific and Hawaii, promptly seize the main U.S., British, and Dutch bases in East Asia and "capture and secure the key areas of the southern regions".
What was the order number?

  1. order number 9
  2. order number 18
  3. order number 27
  4. order number 36

10) Upon completion, the force was to return to Japan, re-equip, and re-deploy for "Second Phase Operations". On the home leg, the force was ordered to be alert for tracking and counterattacked by the Americans, and to return to the friendly base, rather than the Home Islands.
Where was the friendly base?

  1. Philippines
  2. Iwo Jima
  3. Marshall Islands
  4. Guam


1) C. 2) True 3) B. 4) A. 5) D. 6) False. The Allied codename was "Kate". 7) C. 8) A. 9) A 10) C.

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