1900s Decade Quiz

Can you answer these questions from the decade of 1900-1909?
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Last updated: January 3, 2020
First submittedFebruary 19, 2015
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What new invention was first tested near Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina?
Airplane
What queen died after a reign of 63 years?
Queen Victoria
Fill in the blank: Speak softly, and carry a big _____
Stick
What art movement was started by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso?
Cubism
What American city was struck by a major earthquake?
San Francisco
On what river was the Aswan Dam built?
Nile
What tire company created a restaurant guide in an effort to promote driving?
Michelin
What civil rights organization was founded by W.E.B. DuBois?
NAACP
What destination was almost reached by explorer Robert Peary?
The North Pole
What period of prosperity was experienced by France?
Belle Époque
What theory of spacetime was formulated by Albert Einstein?
Special Relativity
What musical genre was exemplified by Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer"?
Ragtime
What was a dreadnought?
a Battleship
What Ford automobile came in any color you want - as long as it was black?
Model T
Who was assassinated by anarchist Leon Czolgosz?
William McKinley
Who began writing "In Search of Lost Time"?
Marcel Proust
What city was devastated by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius?
Naples
What style of variety show was popular?
Vaudeville
In what modern-day country was the Second Boer War fought?
South Africa
Who wrote the novel "Kim"?
Rudyard Kipling
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Level 87
Feb 20, 2015
Consider accepting just plane?
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Level ∞
Feb 20, 2015
Okay
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Level 53
Jun 26, 2015
This was fun. Thank for accepting 'plane' as recommended above, as that was my first answer, and it avoided me having to trial and error guess synonyms.
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Level 70
Jul 10, 2015
Only got Belle Epoque because I was trying for the tire question.
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Level 38
Dec 18, 2017
Pray tell: How did Michelin get you to Belle Epoque?
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Level 70
Aug 3, 2020
I was going for Belle Tire - a few years late for an answer, but the same thing just happened again : )
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Level 64
Jul 10, 2015
A dreadnought is also a type of guitar, which was developed in the early 1900s.
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Level 69
Jul 10, 2015
consider accepting "vaudville" as an almost correct spelling?
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Level ∞
Jul 10, 2015
Okay
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Level 74
Jul 10, 2015
Great quiz! The last clue is an interesting one. Google Translate does list Proust's title (A la recherche du temps perdu) as "In Search of Lost Time." I have also seen it rendered as "A Remembrance of Things Past." Since this is the least correctly answered question at this point (only 20%), do you think more of us would get it right with the latter English title?
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Level 55
Jul 23, 2015
I can safely say I wouldn't have gotten it either way
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Level 71
May 10, 2018
And considering that Proust based his French title on a translation of Shakespeare's phrase "Remembrance of Things Past," from Sonnet No. 30, calling it "In Search of Lost Time" is not only awkward but wrong. It's as if we let the Pentagon come up with appropriate titles for works written in other languages: "A State of Active Combat and the Cessation of Same" or "A Century of Isolated Existence." Bah!
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Level 70
Jul 30, 2020
Proust didn't base the title on Shakespeare's phrase, you must be misremembering.
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Level 55
Jul 31, 2020
Indeed, the work(s) that Marcel Proust wrote was called "A la recherche du temps perdu". No-one wrote 'In Search of Lost Time'; this is just one of the translations of the original.
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Level 70
Jul 10, 2015
guitar type should also be accepted, fits the time period as well.
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Level 65
May 10, 2018
Due to its large size, the guitar type was named after the ship. However, it wasn't developed until the following decade.
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Level 34
Jul 10, 2015
I thought the plane was first tested out in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Must be wrong.
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Level 81
Oct 23, 2019
Same vicinity although it's invariably mentioned as happening at Kitty Hawk.
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Level 78
Aug 1, 2020
According to the National Park Service, at the time of the first flight the Kill Devil Hills were a group of sand dunes near Kitty Hawk where the Wrights conducted their flight experiments. Kitty Hawk was the name of the nearest town. The town of Kill Devil Hills did not exist until 1953, but it now includes the area of the first flight. The clue is not incorrect as written, but seems a bit tricksy to me.
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Level 45
Jul 13, 2015
I also like to state that while NC thinks they were 1st in flight, the first airplane testing was in CT a few years prior to the Wright brothers. Just Saying
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Level 65
May 10, 2018
Gustav Whitehead's aircraft designs were nowhere near as sophisticated as the Wright Flyer. Modern researchers were unable to achieve flight with his designs. Also, most importantly, there is no indisputable proof that he ever achieved the results he claimed. He's just another footnote from the race for heavier than air flight of that era. He made little or no contribution to the long term advancement of aviation.
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Level 52
May 10, 2018
"Just Saying?" Can't you end your comment with something more trite?
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Level 81
Oct 23, 2019
"Mike drop" perhaps?
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Level 68
Oct 20, 2015
should be "experienced by France"
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Level 77
Feb 7, 2018
Typo is still there
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Level ∞
Feb 16, 2018
This important issue has been fixed :)
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Level 48
May 10, 2018
The dot point should be 1900-1999 :) But I'm being pedantic.
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Level 45
May 10, 2018
But that would be a century, not a decade :) Just being pedantic.
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Level 59
May 10, 2018
That's just called being wrong. It's okay though.
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Level 56
May 10, 2018
accept T Model?
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Level 63
May 14, 2018
or just T .. the model is Ford T
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Level 65
May 11, 2018
Why not Pompeii for Mt Vesuvius?
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Level 27
May 11, 2018
Pompeii was long gone by this time, destroyed in the eruption of AD79.
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Level 79
May 15, 2018
It's still there. I visited it a couple years ago. But it's part of the metro area of Naples, now, and it was most famously destroyed, as you said, long before the 1900s. I couldn't find information in my cursory search as to whether or not Pompeii was again devastated by the 1906 eruption; all I found was an article that stated Torre del Greco was threatened which would suggest that the path of destruction was further north than Pompeii.
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Level 73
Jul 30, 2020
The modern Pompei was founded in 1891. The modern Pompei and ancient Pompeii are spelt differently, because they are not a continuation of the same thing.
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Level 79
Jul 31, 2020
^... but they're in the same place. I visited the ruins of the ancient city. Had to drive through the modern one to get there. Of course the city had to be repopulated since it was completely destroyed by Vesuvius before. That's kind of a given isn't it?
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Level 73
May 11, 2018
Actually in that decade (from its introduction in 1908) the Model T was available in more than one colour. The limit to black applied from 1914 to 1925, and was then lifted again. http://www.autonews.com/article/20030616/SUB/306160713/model-t-had-many-shades%3B-black-dried-fastest
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Level 52
Jul 30, 2020
Accept Arctic please?
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Level 50
Jul 30, 2020
He did make it to the Arctic.
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Level 50
Jul 30, 2020
Man, that assassin's name threw me off. I was trying to think of an assassination in Eastern Europe.
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Level 48
Jul 30, 2020
I tried T-Ford. Is it same?
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Level 55
Jul 31, 2020
To Mr Quizmaster: I think your general policy is to make jetpunk quizzes appealing to all newcomers, and still challenging for long-time users. If that is correct, I think the question on NAACP is tough for anyone outside the USA.
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Level 73
Jul 31, 2020
And Premier Leauge quizzes are challenging for US users. Classic movie questions are tough for those who only watch modern movies. A South Korea country quiz will be easier for East Asian than for pepole from other regions of the world. So what.