Quiz: The Date That Will Live in Infamy: Pearl Harbor Quiz
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The Date That Will Live in Infamy: Pearl Harbor Quiz
By: Staff
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About This Quiz

Pearl Harbor is a lagoon harbor located on the island of Oahu, Hawaii and was acquired by the United States in 1875. It received its name from the pearl oysters that were once harvested from the waters.

It consists of five historic sites that honor the past events, namely the USS Arizona Memorial, USS Oklahoma Memorial, USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, Battleship Missouri Memorial and the Pacific Aviation Museum. Visitors will hear survival stories, tread through airplane hangars and visit the final resting place of the USS Arizona which remains a place of quiet reflection and solemn beauty sunk in this shallow harbor.

On the morning of December 7, 1941, there was a surprise military attack on the United States by Japan at the harbor. During this attack, 188 United States aircraft were damaged with over 2,300 Americans being killed and a further 1,178 were wounded. The following day, the United States raised fury and declared war on Japan, leading to America’s entry into World War II.  

This has been recorded as one of the deadliest attacks in United States’ history and will forever be remembered as the day that changed the course of history. To this very day, Pearl Harbor remains an active United States naval base with heightened security. But can you tell us more about that fateful day? Can you tell us about one of the most tragic events in US history?



1 of 30
What day was Pearl Harbor attacked by the Japanese?
2 of 30
True or false: The attack on Pearl Harbor lasted just 30 minutes.
3 of 30
More than 1,000 U.S. sailors were killed when this ship was sunk.
4 of 30
Which ship did NOT sink during the attack on Pearl Harbor?
5 of 30
What did the Japanese NOT attack that allowed the U.S. Navy to quickly recover?
6 of 30
How many Japanese planes are estimated to have attacked Pearl Harbor?
7 of 30
Who was the commander of the Pacific Fleet when Pearl Harbor was attacked?
8 of 30
Who was the commander of the Japanese Combined Fleet when Pearl Harbor was attacked?
9 of 30
What Japanese naval commander was in charge of the 1st Air Fleet that attacked Pearl Harbor?
10 of 30
Who said this? "Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan."
11 of 30
True or false: Congress passed a formal declaration of war against Japan on Dec. 8, 1941.
12 of 30
Who was the only member of Congress to vote against going to war?
13 of 30
What commission was appointed to investigate the attack on Pearl Harbor?
14 of 30
How many U.S. battleships were moored at Pearl Harbor when it was attacked?
15 of 30
True or false: The U.S. didn't think Pearl Harbor was vulnerable to an attack from Japan despite the fact that the Hawaiian island chain proved defenseless from a carrier strike during war games.
16 of 30
True or false: In 1942, shortly after America joined World War II, President Roosevelt issued an executive order authorizing all Japanese-American citizens be placed in "relocation centers."
17 of 30
Who said this? "I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve."
18 of 30
Where did the Japanese attack planes take off?
19 of 30
True or false: The Japanese called the operation to attack Pearl Harbor "Operation H."
20 of 30
What famous Morse code message did air attack commander Mitsuo Fuchida transmit to his other Japanese A6M2 Zero fighters?
21 of 30
What day and time was the attack on Pearl Harbor?
22 of 30
What detected the Japanese attack force 70 miles (113 kilometers) out from Pearl Harbor, but soldiers thought it was friendly aircraft?
23 of 30
The USS Arizona is one of two ships the Japanese sunk during Pearl Harbor that was NOT able to be raised later. What is the other?
24 of 30
True or false: Construction didn't begin on the Pearl Harbor memorial until 1960.
25 of 30
When did the USS Arizona Memorial become part of the National Park Service?
26 of 30
On what U.S. battleship did representatives of the Allied and Axis powers sign two copies of the Instrument of Surrender?
27 of 30
True or false: Japanese Emperor Hirohito’s radio broadcast announcing that the Japanese government had accepted the unconditional surrender of the Japanese military at the end of World War II was likely the first time an emperor of Japan had spoken to the common people.
28 of 30
True or false: The name of the conference defining Japan's surrender in World War II was the Potsdam Conference.
29 of 30
What did the ultimatum in the Potsdam Declaration say Japan would face if it did not surrender?
30 of 30
True or false: The attack damaged or destroyed about 10 U.S. ships.
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