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1910s General Knowledge

Do you have what it takes to answer these questions about the 1910s?
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What ship famously sank after hitting an iceberg?
RMS Titanic
What canal was completed in 1914?
Panama Canal
What epidemic killed more than 3% of the world's population?
Spanish Flu
What group of people were the victims of genocide in the Ottoman Empire?
Armenians
What illegal practice was advocated by Margaret Sanger?
Birth Control
Who was assassinated in Sarajevo?
Franz Ferdinand
What communist faction came to power in Russia?
Bolshevik
Who was President of the United States for most of the decade?
Woodrow Wilson
What "lost" city of the Incas was rediscovered?
Machu Picchu
What playwright wrote "Pygmalion"?
George Bernard Shaw
What ballet by Igor Stravinsky shocked audiences when it premiered in 1913?
The Rite of Spring
What Native American athlete won gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon?
Jim Thorpe
What movie by D.W. Griffith glorified the Ku Klux Klan?
The Birth of a Nation
What yellow-brown chemical weapon was used?
Mustard Gas
What oil baron became the first dollar billionaire?
John D. Rockefeller
What treaty officially ended WWI between Germany and the Allies?
Treaty of Versailles
What song featured the lyrics "from glen to glen, and down the mountain side"?
Danny Boy
What Frenchwoman won a Nobel Prize for chemistry?
Marie Curie
What was the nickname of pilot Manfred von Richthofen?
The Red Baron
What British adventurer fought in the Arab Revolt?
T.E. Lawrence
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level 75
Mar 15, 2015
Curie French? And not a single Pole has yet to complain here?
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level 71
Apr 23, 2015
I'm American but part Polish and I agree that she is Polish!!!!!!
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level 48
Jun 26, 2015
Since issues of nationality are going to (understandably) cause debate in her case does the question need to reference it? 'Who became the first woman to win a Nobel Prize?' would work just as well, and would give due deference to her amazing achievements as a scientist and researcher, regardless of her marital status or the country she happened to be in while she worked. I enjoyed this quiz, even though I found it quite a challenge.
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level 79
Aug 19, 2015
She didn't win "a" Nobel Prize. She won two!
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level 67
Sep 12, 2017
Isulv - She won a single prize for chemistry in this decade (1911) so the question is right in that respect. The other was for Physics in 1903.
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level 78
Aug 19, 2015
She became French, why don't you admit that? On the other hand, I think that Sklodowska should be accepted.
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level 79
Aug 19, 2015
She became French just because she married a Frenchman; it wasn't something she was given a choice about in those days.
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level 65
Aug 22, 2015
I believe that Americans would complain if anyone called Stanley Kubrick "Englishman", French - Marcel Duchamp - "American", Spaniards - Pablo Picasso - "French" etc. And here we are talking about one of the most famous scientists ever (no matter male or female). No wonder we want the world to acknowledge that she was Polish, not French
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level 76
Sep 12, 2017
Does Europe not do the hyphen and include both countries? Why can't she be Polish-French?
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level 50
Sep 12, 2017
because that would spoil all our fun You'll be telling us to accept that both Myanmar and Burma are acceptable next
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level 67
Sep 12, 2017
Spoken like a true Jetpunker xD
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level 62
Sep 12, 2017
As an Irish-American, I beg you to let this issue die right now. There is absolutely nothing worse than enduring some smug European get on his soap box about Americans not being Irish, Italian, German, whatever, and not being able to hyphenate their heritage. It is absolutely insufferable to listen to.
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level 74
Dec 5, 2017
There's plenty of migration around Europe, mixed marriages, ex-colonies etc, so no problem with hyphens.
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level 60
Jun 16, 2018
Ban the hyphen! There is no need.
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level 76
Jul 24, 2015
For the song lyrics I was trying to think of every war song from that era I could - The Caisson Song, Over There, etc. Never would have thought of the beautiful "Danny Boy".
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level 65
Aug 19, 2015
I was about to get on my high horse about Danny Boy actually being called the Londonderry Air, but when I looked up Londonderry Air on Wikipedia I discovered that the melody is called Londonderry Air. Danny Boy was a separate song originally written with a different melody in 1910, and only put to the music it is so well known by today, in 1913. I learn something new every day!
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level 72
Oct 2, 2016
Same thing here. That's why I enjoy these quizzes so much. Adding to my wealth of completely useless information. Except when on this site. Then it's invaluable.
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level 41
Aug 19, 2015
Please accept abortion/abortions for Margaret Sanger.
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level 79
Aug 19, 2015
Actually, she didn't favour abortions but much preferred the use of contraceptives, athough she wanted abortions to be safe. Her enemies linked her to abortions because they wanted to discredit her and her work.
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level ∞
Mar 6, 2017
Contraception would have worked
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level 49
Sep 12, 2017
should accept infanticide.
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level ∞
Sep 14, 2017
Contraceptives will work now
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level 60
Aug 12, 2017
I agree that abortion should be there. She started planned parenthood and targeted abortion and birth control toward undesirables ( according to her). She was also very racist. So I tried abortion and racism.
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level ∞
Sep 14, 2017
I was curious so I looked this up. Here's what Wikipedia says:
Consequently, she rejected race and ethnicity as determining factors.[115] Instead she stressed limiting the number of births to live within one’s economic ability to raise and support healthy children. This would lead to a betterment of society and the human race.[116] Sanger’s view put her at odds with leading American eugenicists, such as Charles Davenport who took a racist view of inherited traits. She continually rejected their approach.[117]
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level 52
Sep 12, 2017
"Who was President of the United States for most of the decade?" what?
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level 58
Sep 12, 2017
Um...what "what"?
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level 80
Sep 12, 2017
The question's very straightforward. Who was the President of the United States during most of the 1910s? Why is that confusing?
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level 56
Sep 12, 2017
Just to mention, when Maria Skłodowska was born, there was no Poland at the time - it was divided by Russia, Germany and Austria. But she was Polish and claimed it all the life
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level 59
Sep 12, 2017
please, accept Iprit and Yprite for mustard gas, since these forms are also valid in English and more common than "mustard gas" in some languages
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level 72
Sep 12, 2017
It was many years after I finished school that I learned of the Armenian genocide of this era. Once you learn about it, it's staggering that it is so largely unknown. From what I understand, Turkey refuses to call it genocide, which would go some way to explaining why it doesn't seem to get the attention you would assume it would. Especially since it seems to have laid the blueprint for how Nazi Germany conducted its genocide years later.
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level 77
Sep 13, 2017
"Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?" -Hitler, August 1939
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level 51
Apr 19, 2018
Excuse me, but mustard gas was both colorless and odorless: it was chlorine gas that was yellow-brown.