Which statement best describes Germany after World War 2?a. became a communist nation. b. became a capitalist democracy. c. was divided between communism and capitalism. d. remained under NAZI...

Which statement best describes Germany after World War 2?

a. became a communist nation.
b. became a capitalist democracy.
c. was divided between communism and capitalism.
d. remained under NAZI control for another six years.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Whenever confronted with a multiple choice question, it is good practice to make sure a text or course readings are consulted in finding the right answer.  In this particular question, I think that you can start with the elimination of answers that could not possibly be correct. The top of that list would be the last option, as Nazi control of Germany after World War II is implausible.  The first two and the third are opposite of each other.  Indeed, the background behind the question helps us understand the answer.  At the time of the aftermath of World War II, the two preeminent superpowers, the United States and the Soviet Union, were experiencing a breakdown in their relationship.  The same common threat of Hitler having been neutralized, little else was there to keep their union together.  This resulted in the construction of Europe in each of their likeness.  Accordingly, it does not make sense that either of them would simply surrender Germany to the other, ruling out the first two options.  The logical answer then becomes the third option because half of Germany was meant to represent the Western/ American interests, and the other half was designed to act as a buffer state for the Soviet Union.  In this, Germany after World War II was divided along capitalist and communist lines.

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