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1900s General Knowledge

Can you answer these questions from the decade of 1900-1909?
Last updated: February 16, 2018
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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 80
Feb 20, 2015
Consider accepting just plane?
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level ∞
Feb 20, 2015
Okay
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level 49
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 64
Jul 10, 2015
Only got Belle Epoque because I was trying for the tire question.
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level 59
Oct 5, 2017
I typed 'la belle' it wasn't accepted.
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level 39
Dec 18, 2017
Pray tell: How did Michelin get you to Belle Epoque?
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level 57
Jul 10, 2015
A dreadnought is also a type of guitar, which was developed in the early 1900s.
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level 68
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 56
Jul 23, 2015
I can safely say I wouldn't have gotten it either way
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level 69
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 68
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 35
Jul 10, 2015
I thought the plane was first tested out in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Must be wrong.
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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 44
May 10, 2018
"Just Saying?" Can't you end your comment with something more trite?
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level 67
Oct 20, 2015
should be "experienced by France"
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level 71
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 49
May 10, 2018
The dot point should be 1900-1999 :) But I'm being pedantic.
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level 41
May 10, 2018
But that would be a century, not a decade :) Just being pedantic.
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level 57
May 10, 2018
That's just called being wrong. It's okay though.
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level 55
May 10, 2018
accept T Model?
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level 57
May 14, 2018
or just T .. the model is Ford T
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level 57
May 11, 2018
Why not Pompeii for Mt Vesuvius?
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level 14
May 11, 2018
Pompeii was long gone by this time, destroyed in the eruption of AD79.
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level 73
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 65
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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