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1890s General Knowledge

Do you have what it takes to answer these questions about the 1890s?
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First submittedFebruary 21, 2015
Last updatedJanuary 24, 2018
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What character was created by Bram Stoker?
Dracula
What sporting event was held for the first time in over 1,600 years?
Olympic Games
What nickname has been given to the decade?
Gay Nineties
What style of dance was invented in Argentina and Uruguay?
Tango
What nation did the United States declare war on - after the sinking of the USS Maine?
Spain
What Christmas ballet was written by Pyotr Tchaikovsky?
The Nutcracker
What writer was convicted of sodomy and sentenced to hard labor?
Oscar Wilde
What type of baskets were originally used in basketball?
Peach Baskets
What woman was accused of killing her parents with an axe?
Lizzie Borden
What term referred to a wealthy American industrialist?
Robber Baron
What famous hotel in Paris opened? ( The only reason not to stay there was if
you couldn't afford it )
Hôtel Ritz
What was the French term for a impoverished, unconventional, artistic person?
Bohémien
What future President led a group of soldiers called the Rough Riders?
Theodore Roosevelt
What style of sensationist journalism was practiced by William Randolph Hearst?
Yellow Journalism
To what Pacific island did Paul Gauguin move?
Tahiti
What composer wrote his most famous march, "The Stars and Stripes Forever" ?
John Philip Sousa
Who wrote "The Jungle Book"?
Rudyard Kipling
What type of radiation was discovered by Wilhelm Röntgen?
X-Rays
What crime was Alfred Dreyfus accused of committing?
Espionage
What gold rush happened in Canada?
Klondike Gold Rush
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level 76
Feb 24, 2015
Wikipedia says that another name for the Klondike Gold Rush is the "Yukon Gold Rush".
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level 54
Mar 30, 2015
I guessed Yukon as well.
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level ∞
Mar 30, 2015
Okay, Yukon will work now.
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level 54
Mar 30, 2015
For the hotel one, I Googled every way of typing Les Invalides (including with all the hopital business) before giving up.
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level 58
Jul 17, 2015
I spelled it Souza (the Brazilian way I guess). Anyone else see the French hotel question and type in "Paris Hilton"?
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level 57
Jan 25, 2018
I spelled it Souza too. Bummer.
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level 76
Jul 17, 2015
I tried bushel baskets, half-bushel baskets, peck baskets, woven baskets, fruit baskets, wooden baskets...everything but peach.
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level 77
Jul 18, 2015
Is there something about peach baskets that renders them unsuitable for holding other types of fruit?
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level 70
Jun 21, 2016
fruit baskets seems like it should work.
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level 77
Mar 21, 2017
Or just baskets. I'm sure that kids on the street weren't that picky on what was in the basket before they knocked the bottom out of it. "Sorry guys, we can't play a game. All we have are these stupid apple baskets."
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level 73
Jan 24, 2018
@fuanacdc: So the answer to "What type of baskets..." would be "baskets"? Convenient! :) That being said, I feel like fruit baskets should be acceptable. Or even wicker baskets.
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level ∞
Jan 24, 2018
Fruit will work now
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level 61
Oct 12, 2019
wicker baskets seems to make the most sense.
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level 54
Nov 14, 2017
For crying out loud - do you know how many different types of baskets there are?! And I think I tried them all - even laundry baskets. So there may have been a couple of dirty socks ....
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level 67
Jan 24, 2018
For some reason, the peach part of it is always mentioned when telling the history of basketball. If you're a basketball fan, you've probably heard the story. If not, good luck.
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level 47
Jan 24, 2018
The peach basket (specifically) is part of the legend of the story, of YMCA Physical Education Director, (Canadian) James Naismith, inventing basketball, using peach baskets that he nailed to the beam. He soon figured out that cutting out the bottom of the basket saved a lot of time.
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level 55
Jan 30, 2018
Dr. Naismith specifically used peach baskets, because that's what he had on hand, and for whatever reason, it's pretty much always mentioned in any telling of the origin story of basketball. It's called trivia: if you don't know, then you unfortunately get one wrong. Don't get all up in arms over getting one wrong, ok? It really doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things.
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level 76
Jan 8, 2016
I at first read this as "1980s general knowledge", which confused me for the first few questions at least.
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level 70
Oct 2, 2016
Ah yes, the 19th Century. I remember it well. Good times.
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level 56
Jan 18, 2017
Boheme sould be anough
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level 77
Mar 5, 2017
Maybe, but Bohème is the lifestyle, not the person who practices it.
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level 71
Jan 25, 2018
I think jajaco's point is that the opera "La Bohème" is associated with the 90s, since that's when it premiered, but that the term "bohemian" had been part of the English language, and before that French, for 50 years or more before that. You might call this nit-picking--and I plead guilty.
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level 72
Mar 15, 2017
no hh holmes?
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level 60
Mar 27, 2017
I tried typing in Olympics and Olympic games and it didn't take.
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level 67
Jan 24, 2018
I didn't know Gaugin made it into the 20th century. I said Hiva Oa (where he's buried), but he didn't even get there until 1901. (Anyway, Tahiti is obviously his more famous home.)
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level 73
Jan 24, 2018
Surely Bram Stoker created many characters - sure, Dracula is likely to be the most well-known by far but some people might know of his other works but not know he wrote that
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level 66
Feb 6, 2018
I doubt it: The Snake's Pass (1890) Seven Golden Buttons (1891) The Watter's Mou' (1895) The Shoulder of Shasta (1895) Dracula (1897) Miss Betty (1898) The Mystery of the Sea (1902) The Jewel of Seven Stars (1903) The Man (a.k.a. The Gates of Life) (1905) Lady Athlyne (1908) The Lady of the Shroud (1909) The Lair of the White Worm (a.k.a. The Garden of Evil) (1911) The last one is literally the only other Stoker novel I've ever heard of.
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level 73
Jul 5, 2018
And also what about the heroes of the book such as Van Helsing?
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level 67
Jan 24, 2018
It seems to me that most quizzes that feature Oscar Wilde as an answer usually accept just Wild, but this one doesn't. I'm usually a proponent of people needing the proper spelling to get the answer, but if it's accepted on other quizzes, should it be accepted on this one as well?
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level ∞
Jan 24, 2018
I changed the recommended type-in to "Wilde" since I think that most users don't like the answer to complete before typing in the final letter.
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level 38
Jan 25, 2018
Excellent decision!