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1860s General Knowledge

Do you have what it takes to answer these questions about the 1860s?
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Last updated: March 11, 2017
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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 as 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 54
Mar 30, 2015
Dammit, knew it was Blue Danube, misread the question, so only typed Danube.
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level 49
Aug 18, 2017
As in, "Dan, yu be comin' to my party."
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level 63
Aug 18, 2017
Imgurian? Imgurian.
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level 63
Aug 18, 2017
Me too...
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level 71
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 49
Aug 18, 2017
That's right. There may have been a goat or two. Or the Pope.
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level 56
Aug 18, 2017
What do you sugggest? People seem to understand the question well enough.
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level 77
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 51
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 38
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 70
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 60
Aug 7, 2015
It's so easy to write off things like people claiming to be the brother of Jesus like this, but so hard for people to write off the words in the bible for what they are....fiction. I don't get it.
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level 76
Aug 10, 2015
So true.
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level 72
Aug 20, 2015
Perhaps someday you will
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level 49
Aug 18, 2017
1 Corinthians 2:14King James Version (KJV) 14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned
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level 61
Aug 18, 2017
Another completely uncalled-for jab at Christians. PorcNBeanz, that comment was completely useless and unnecessary.
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level 38
Nov 30, 2017
A man has GOT to know his limitations.
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level 77
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 73
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 76
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 49
Aug 18, 2017
The United States Post Office did not become the United States Postal Service until 1971.
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level 73
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 70
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 51
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 34
Feb 10, 2018
alfred nobel also invented the nobel peace prize
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level 73
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 63
Oct 12, 2019
The exact same question millions of death in china/borther of jesus is in the previous quiz! (1850s)