The Maginot Line
Reading Comprehension Quiz
Which statement is TRUE?
The Maginot Line is still used by the French army today.
The Maginot Line provided absolutely no benefit to the French.
Maginot's experiences during WWI led to his support for the line.
The French were betrayed by the Belgians during World War II.
Why do you believe this? Use text to support your response.
Which best expresses the author's purpose in writing the FOURTH paragraph?
To persuade readers that the Maginot Line was not at all thin
To compare and contrast defenses along the Maginot Line
To inform readers of the types of defenses along the Maginot Line
To describe what the inside of the Maginot Line looked like
Which best describes the weakness of the Maginot Line?
The line was not fortified along France's border with Belgium.
Poor screening let spies take control of the forts from within.
The French underestimated the power of newer German tanks.
It was built from cheap material and could not resist attack.
Which statement is FALSE?
The Maginot Line is named after Andre Maginot.
After WWI Andre Maginot believed that Germany would attack France again.
Andre Maginot fought against the French in the First World War.
Andre Maginot served as the Minister of War for France.
How do you know this? Cite the text in your answer.
Which best explains why Andre Maginot wanted to build up France's defense rather than their offense?
After WWI, France and Germany became history's greatest allies.
France had far fewer people than Germany and needed to save manpower.
France needed protection from the Germans and the hostile Belgians.
Maginot feared that French commanders might invade Germany if they had the power.
Which best defines the meaning of the word "stalemate" as it is used in the second paragraph?
When two sides are locked in a draw
When one side has a large advantage over the other
When breathing is made difficult by foul odors
When troops lose morale because they miss their families
Why do you believe this? Explain your argument completely.
Which best expresses the main idea of the LAST paragraph?
It discusses how the French used the Maginot Line during World War II.
It restates the main points of the text.
It describes how the Maginot Line is still used today.
It explains how the Maginot Line is used as a symbol.
How did the French lose control of the Maginot Line?
The French surrendered the fortresses.
The Germans tunneled into the fortresses using new technology.
The Germans overtook the fortresses with military power.
The French were starved out of the fortresses by German siege.
Which was NOT part of Germany's strategy to invade France in World War II?
Bring a large army through Belgium
Position a decoy force in front of the Maginot Line
Move very quickly
Sneak troops into France by tunneling underneath the Maginot Line
Which title best expresses the main idea of this text?
Andre Maginot: France's Greatest Patriot
Undefeatable: How the Maginot Line Became the World's Strongest Fortress
Blood Feud: The History of War Between France and Germany
Strong as the Weakest Link: The Mighty Maginot Wall and Its Shortcomings
What is meant by the last line of the text? How did the Maginot Line serve as an example of this saying? Support your explanation with text.
What lesson can readers learn from this text? Cite evidence from the passage to support your response.
How did Andre Maginot's experiences in World War I influence his decision to push for the Maginot Line? Cite text to support your response.
The Maginot Line