The Maginot Line
Reading Comprehension Quiz
Which statement is TRUE?
The Maginot Line provided absolutely no benefit to the French.
The French were betrayed by the Belgians during World War II.
The Maginot Line is still used by the French army today.
Maginot's experiences during WWI led to his support for the line.
Why do you believe this? Use text to support your response.
Which best expresses the author's purpose in writing the FOURTH paragraph?
To inform readers of the types of defenses along the Maginot Line
To persuade readers that the Maginot Line was not at all thin
To compare and contrast 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?
Poor screening let spies take control of the forts from within.
It was built from cheap material and could not resist attack.
The line was not fortified along France's border with Belgium.
The French underestimated the power of newer German tanks.
Which statement is FALSE?
After WWI Andre Maginot believed that Germany would attack France again.
The Maginot Line is named after Andre Maginot.
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?
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.
After WWI, France and Germany became history's greatest allies.
Which best defines the meaning of the word "stalemate" as it is used in the second paragraph?
When one side has a large advantage over the other
When breathing is made difficult by foul odors
When two sides are locked in a draw
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 describes how the Maginot Line is still used today.
It restates the main points of the text.
It explains how the Maginot Line is used as a symbol.
It discusses how the French used the Maginot Line during World War II.
How did the French lose control of the Maginot Line?
The Germans overtook the fortresses with military power.
The French surrendered the fortresses.
The French were starved out of the fortresses by German siege.
The Germans tunneled into the fortresses using new technology.
Which was NOT part of Germany's strategy to invade France in World War II?
Sneak troops into France by tunneling underneath the Maginot Line
Move very quickly
Bring a large army through Belgium
Position a decoy force in front of the Maginot Line
Which title best expresses the main idea of this text?
Blood Feud: The History of War Between France and Germany
Undefeatable: How the Maginot Line Became the World's Strongest Fortress
Strong as the Weakest Link: The Mighty Maginot Wall and Its Shortcomings
Andre Maginot: France's Greatest Patriot
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