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1840s General Knowledge

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What crop's failure triggered the Great Famine in Ireland?
Potato
What independent republic joined the U.S. as the 28th state?
Texas
Who wrote "Manifesto of the Communist Party"?
Karl Marx
Friedrich Engels
What was discovered near Sutter's Mill in California?
Gold
Who wrote about a repetitive raven that said "nevermore"?
Edgar Allan Poe
Who wrote "The Three Musketeers" and "The Count of Monte Cristo"?
Alexandre Dumas
What desert city was founded by Brigham Young in 1847?
Salt Lake City
What is 1848 known as?
Year of Revolution
Who did Queen Victoria marry? (They were first cousins)
Albert
What "empire" was ruled by Dom Pedro II?
Empire of Brazil
What did Samuel Morse invent?
Telegraph
And what was the first message he sent using it?
What Hath God Wrought?
What African country, founded as colony for African-Americans, became independent?
Liberia
What party of pioneers resorted to cannibalism when stuck in the Sierra Nevada mountains?
Donner Party
What did Charles Goodyear learn how to "vulcanize"?
Rubber
What country did the United Kingdom annex after signing the
Treaty of Waitangi with Māori chiefs?
New Zealand
What country did the United States fight a war against?
Mexico
Who wrote "Jane Eyre"?
Charlotte Bronte
Who began his 67 year reign as Emperor of Austria?
Franz Joseph
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level 71
Mar 23, 2017
Good mix of questions!
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level 80
Mar 27, 2017
The case for Francis Joseph (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Joseph_I_of_Austria)
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level ∞
Mar 27, 2017
Francis Joseph will work now
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level 70
Nov 10, 2017
Shouldn't Habsburg (/Lorraine) also count, as last names mostly do? Bronte counts, two possibilties there.
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level 73
Nov 9, 2017
Easy. But forgot the Jane Eyre author.
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level 56
Nov 9, 2017
Just allowing Bronte for the "Jane Eyre" question is a bit naff!
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level 69
Nov 9, 2017
I admit I wasn't sure of the first name, but It would have been my second guess. I think most people would guess either "E" or "C" and get it, so I don't think it matters.
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level 57
Nov 9, 2017
Eh, I see your point, but people generally lump the Bronte sisters together mentally, so if you know it's by a Bronte, then you just need to shuffle through the three names (or, if you don't know Anne, the two names) and you'll get it. I think allowing the last name only is basically just saving time.
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level 61
Nov 9, 2017
I always remember Anne before the others, but only because her she died (and is buried) in the town where I live :)
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level 63
Nov 9, 2017
Left the s off of Engels - grrr.
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level 40
Nov 10, 2017
me too...
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level 34
Nov 10, 2017
Would you start accepting NZ or nz for New Zealand?
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level 81
Nov 11, 2017
Why is “empire” in quotation marks? It legally was an Empire and Brazil is certainly big enough.
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level 70
Apr 15, 2018
More like the dinner party! I'll see myself out...
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