1880s Decade Quiz

Do you have what it takes to answer these questions about the 1880s?
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Last updated: January 3, 2020
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What artist lost an ear?
Vincent Van Gogh
What statue did France give to the United States?
Statue of Liberty
What tower, built for the World's Fair, became the tallest man-made structure in history?
Eiffel Tower
What serial killer stalked the streets of Whitechapel, London?
Jack the Ripper
What Paris cabaret was famous for the can-can dance?
Moulin Rouge
What city was the site of the Home Insurance Building, the world's first
steel frame skyscraper?
Chicago
What character made his first appearance in the story "A Study in Scarlet"?
Sherlock Holmes
What became the last country in the Americas to abolish slavery?
Brazil
Who wrote "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"?
Mark Twain
What U.S. state (then a territory) was opened up to a land rush?
Oklahoma
What Apache leader finally surrendered after 30 years of fighting?
Geronimo
What Indonesian volcano erupted - killing thousands and lowering temperatures worldwide?
Krakatoa
What notorious outlaw was shot in the back by the coward Robert Ford?
Jesse James
What was invented by Karl Benz?
Automobile
In what U.S. state (then a territory) would you find the city of Tombstone?
Arizona
In what country did "bushranger" Ned Kelly meet his end?
Australia
Who did Friedrich Nietzsche say was dead?
God
What "nerve tonic" was created by John Pemberton of Atlanta, Georgia?
Coca Cola
What was Western showman William Cody better known as?
Buffalo Bill
What Liberal British Prime Minister served two of his four terms?
William Gladstone
What city was the Eastern terminus of the Orient Express?
Constantinople
What huge English dictionary, started in 1857, was first published?
Oxford English
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Level 88
Feb 23, 2015
Pecos Bill, Wild Bill Cody, Buffalo Bill... never can keep them all straight.
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Level 68
Jul 24, 2015
Many of us have trouble with our bills!
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Level 74
Feb 23, 2016
^ this comment has not had anywhere enough love.
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Level 73
Jul 24, 2015
Don't forget Billy the Kid.
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Level 59
Jul 28, 2015
It's Wild Bill Hikock. aka James Butler Hickok.
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Level 88
Sep 8, 2015
See, I told you I couldn't keep em straight. 'Cody' belongs to the Buffalo Bill...
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Level 59
Jul 28, 2015
Slick Willy
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Level 53
Oct 2, 2017
It's written in Cod(Y).
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Level 67
Oct 12, 2019
Groundskeeper willy?
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Level 38
Aug 28, 2020
He's my "Idol"... no, wait
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Level 82
Apr 3, 2015
In the 1880's, Tombstone was not found in any U.S. state.
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Level 81
Jul 24, 2015
Well played, sir.
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Level 65
Oct 2, 2017
Dern tootin' Arizona was a territory back then.
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Level 78
Oct 4, 2017
Oklahoma didn't exist then, either. Most of it was called Indian Territory at the time.
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Level 81
Jul 24, 2015
Exciting times, the 1880s.
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Level 52
Jul 24, 2015
Not accepting Car for Automobile is harsh haha
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Level 43
Jul 24, 2015
Well looks like that changed because it accepted car for me
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Level 75
Jul 24, 2015
or motor car?
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Level ∞
Jul 25, 2015
Car always would have worked.
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Level 46
Oct 11, 2017
Karl Benz didn't really invent the car, more like the modern version of it.
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Level 75
Aug 27, 2020
As opposed to the Flintstone car
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Level 65
Jul 24, 2015
Was really hoping the British Prime Minister would be Lord Palmerston or Pitt the Elder.
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Level 81
Nov 4, 2019
He would've been elderly all right.
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Level 72
Aug 4, 2016
I mixed up orient express and trans siberian and kept trying various spellings for cities in eastern Russia...
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Level 72
Sep 29, 2016
If we're being technical neither Arizona nor Oklahoma were states in the 1880s, nor was Australia a country.
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Level 58
Oct 2, 2017
That's annoying. I went to wikipedia to prove the Orient Express answer was wrong, ended up surfing Wikipedia for 10 minutes and missed filling in the last answer, which I know like the back of my hand. And the answer is not wrong, because despite the city not being called Constantinople for 500 years, that was what was written on the destination boards and the advertising posters, at least when the service started.
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Level 80
Oct 2, 2017
Really depends on what standard you use to define skyscraper... but in about 4/5ths of those New York gets the title, not Chicago.
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Level 71
Oct 2, 2017
Not really. Stone or masonry construction means that the base of the building must grow almost exponentially with height in order to support additional weight. Just being tall does not a skyscraper make. Steel framework does. This is the architectural distinction, not the presence of elevators or height above a minimum, or a certain number of occupied floors.
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Level 80
Oct 2, 2017
sky·scrap·er
ˈskīˌskrāpər/
noun

1. a very tall building of many stories.
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Level 80
Oct 2, 2017
Liverpool, St Louis, and Philadelphia are also in contention for being home to the first skyscraper, depending on what precise definition you use. But I guess pkerr is the expert...
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Level 81
Nov 4, 2019
Shibam in Yemen is a small sea of midrises several hundred years old. Bologna, Italy had very tall single family towers in the medieval age 100, 200 and even 300 feet high. Some still remain, but nowhere near what were there in the heyday. They could build cathedrals that are bafflingly tender in support, but didn't have the building materials or know how for lasting skyscrapers - the surviving crop tend to lean like the tower in Pisa, another contender.
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Level 74
Aug 27, 2020
I'm wondering why you don't accept just "Liberty" for the second clue. You already give the "statue" part, seems redondant to have to type it again. And you do accept only "Eiffel" for the next clue... (Also, this quiz is too Eiffel-centric! I mean, two clues in a row are about his work. ;)
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Level 78
Aug 28, 2020
I wondered the same thing.
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Level 55
Aug 29, 2020
I think Lady Liberty should be accepted, I always try it