1860s Decade Quiz

Do you have what it takes to answer these questions about the 1860s?
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Who killed Abraham Lincoln?
John Wilkes Booth
What city built the first underground train network?
London
Who wrote "Great Expectations"?
Charles Dickens
What did Alfred Nobel invent?
Dynamite
What city ceased to be the capital of Japan?
Kyoto
What canal opened in Egypt?
Suez Canal
Who had a tea party with the Mad Hatter and the March Hare?
Alice
What company technically owned about 1/3 of the area of Canada?
Hudson's Bay Company
What country was briefly led by Emperor Maximilian - a puppet of France?
Mexico
What service used horses to carry mail across the American west?
Pony Express
What country was unified under King Victor Emmanuel II?
Italy
What derogatory term applied to Yankees who moved to the South for
business reasons?
Carpetbagger
What did the U.S. buy from Russia for just two cents an acre?
Alaska
What mountain on the Swiss / Italian border was climbed for the first time?
The Matterhorn
What was the deadliest battle of the American Civil War?
Battle of Gettysburg
In what country did 20 million die after a man proclaimed himself to be
the brother of Jesus?
China
What waltz by Johann Strauss II was named after a European river?
The Blue Danube
What railroad was completed by a golden spike in Utah?
Transcontinental Railroad
What South American country lost 60% of its population in a devastating war?
Paraguay
Who wrote "Das Kapital"?
Karl Marx
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Level 57
Mar 30, 2015
Dammit, knew it was Blue Danube, misread the question, so only typed Danube.
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Level 53
Aug 18, 2017
As in, "Dan, yu be comin' to my party."
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Level 66
Aug 18, 2017
Imgurian? Imgurian.
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Level 62
Aug 18, 2017
Me too...
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Level 72
Jun 27, 2015
"What mountain on the Swiss / Italian border was climbed for the first time?" - think it should be phrased differently
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Level 53
Aug 18, 2017
That's right. There may have been a goat or two. Or the Pope.
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Level 58
Aug 18, 2017
What do you sugggest? People seem to understand the question well enough.
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Level 80
Aug 7, 2015
I missed two... including the river (I tried Danube but not Blue Danube)... and the Canadian company (should have known the answer, best guess I managed was Tim Horton's)
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Level 80
Aug 7, 2015
I thought Alfred Nobel invented prizes.
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Level 56
Aug 10, 2015
That was Publish R. Clearinghouse
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Level 63
Aug 7, 2015
Apparently I need to work on my reading skills this morning. I thought that second question was about the Underground Railroad, so I was trying all sorts of US cities.
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Level 63
Aug 7, 2015
Same! I think the question about Lincoln put me in that mindset.
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Level 37
Nov 30, 2017
Same here. Need sleep.
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Level 67
Aug 7, 2015
Is TNT not an acceptable answer to the Alfred Nobel question?
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Level 76
Aug 7, 2015
Despite what AC/DC would have you believe, TNT is not the same as dynamite. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinitrotoluene
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Level 60
Aug 7, 2015
Excellent.
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Level 59
Aug 7, 2015
Just read about the Taiping Rebellion. 20 million 20 Million, 20 Million, 20 MILLION PEOPLE! (ALA Danny Devito)
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Level 80
Dec 19, 2015
I am surprised so few people got China by virtue of the simple fact that it is one of the few countries on the planet at the time to be in a position to lose 20 million people. I was able to guess it using that logic.
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Level 75
Jul 7, 2016
I think 10 is badly worded - as it stands, to me the answer would be postal service or mail service, not the name
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Level 61
Mar 3, 2017
The Pony Express was not part of the Post Office. It was a private company.
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Level 78
Aug 18, 2017
I wonder if the reason it lasted only 19 months was because the riders had to sign an oath that they wouldn't swear, drink alcohol, or fight while employed by the company. :)
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Level 53
Aug 18, 2017
The United States Post Office did not become the United States Postal Service until 1971.
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Level 75
Jan 12, 2018
I meant it sounds like the question is asking for the service provided, not the name of the operation. However, looking back at it the answer gives _____ Express so that gives a good indication of what it's asking for
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Level 58
Aug 18, 2017
I'm sure a lot of it was done during the 1860s, but I (rightly or wrongly) associate the unification of Italy with the year 1870.
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Level 74
Aug 18, 2017
1861 -> Italy 1871 -> Germany In 1870, Italy annexed the Papal State and got its hands on Rome. That was just the last piece of the puzzle.
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Level 54
Nov 1, 2017
What, you don't accept Dormouse? I mean, I got it, but still, there was a Dormouse!
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Level 54
Sep 26, 2020
I concur! Alice didn't have the tea party, it was the Mad Hatter and March Hare. There were plenty of other characters there, but it asks who had a tea party with the Mad Hatter and March Hare... the obvious answer being "no one". Or Both.
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Level 39
Feb 10, 2018
alfred nobel also invented the nobel peace prize
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Level ∞
Jan 3, 2020
Not until a long time after the 1860s.
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Level 72
Jun 2, 2018
Just read about the Paraguayan War. What a great idea to attack Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina without having any allies!
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Level 67
Oct 12, 2019
The exact same question millions of death in china/borther of jesus is in the previous quiz! (1850s)
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Level 55
Sep 10, 2020
I am so confuse about term of yankee who move to south
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Level 43
Sep 24, 2020
for "business reasons". ugh, I mean technically- The US government during reconstruction wanted to rebuild the South, both mentally and literally as many places in the south were destroyed by the war. The US decided to do this by supplying civilians (who requested it) with money to buy materials and for their labor to rebuild parts of the South. Carpetbaggers were northerners who moved to the South during reconstruction in order to take advantage of this policy by going town to town asking for money to rebuild, not rebuilding and just going to the next town. These were not your regular ol' 'business reasons' and instead these people were kinda dirtbags.
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Level 71
Sep 24, 2020
Great Expectations sounds more like what my five year-old has than a novel