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Ages and Eras Quiz

Fill the blanks in the names of these historical ages and eras.
Last updated: August 07, 2013
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Description
Era
Europe, c. 500-1500 A.D.
Middle Ages
European "rebirth", c. 1400-1700 A.D.
The Renaissance
Period of increased glaciation
Ice Age
America, 1865-1877
Reconstruction
America, when alcohol was banned
Prohibition
Preceded the Bronze Age
Stone Age
Followed the Bronze Age
Iron Age
Baseball during the 1990's and 2000's
Steroid Era
19th century "Robber Baron" era
Gilded Age
Era of cinema prior to 1929
Silent Era
It came after the Triassic
Jurassic
Description
Era
United Kingdom, 1837-1901
Victorian Era
United Kingdom, 1901-1910
Edwardian Era
England, 1558-1603
Elizabethan Age
The 1920's
Roaring Twenties
The 1890's
Gay Nineties
San Francisco, 1967
Summer of Love
Europe, 1799-1815
Napoleonic Era
The Americas, before 1492
Pre-Columbian Era
The American south, before 1861
Antebellum Period
Launch of Sputnik and after
Space Age
India, 1858-1947
British Raj
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level 43
Sep 7, 2013
Good quiz. Got 18 out of 22.
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level 76
Sep 8, 2013
Great quiz! History minor finally came in handy, for the "Robber Baron" answer.
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level 75
Sep 8, 2013
I'm not sure if I've ever heard of the "Edwardian Era," but I knew enough about English monarchs to guess it correctly, meaning the only one I missed was the Gay Nineties. Sounds like a good time, though.
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level 57
Sep 9, 2013
America = USA plz add this to the description because the rest of the world don't think that the USA is the most important country in the world.
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level 75
Sep 11, 2013
But the rest of the world DOES call the United States of America by its colloquial name, "America." In fact half the time when I tell someone I am from the U.S. or the United States or the USA they just look at me funny until I say "America" and then they understand what I meant. Don't be a twit.
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level 32
Sep 20, 2013
Ruthless as ever there kalbahumat hahaha
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level 71
Mar 22, 2016
for once i agree with this dude...i have spent a great deal of time abroad and most people outside of usa refer to usa as america
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level 56
Mar 22, 2016
No. no one REFERS to the USA as America, everyone in Europe and Latin america says United States. But we all understand that you mean USA when you say America, so I agree with kalbahamut; no need to be a twit.
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level 50
Mar 22, 2016
@giuliano not sure why you're so adamant about this - in the UK LOTS of people refer to the USA as America. And ALSO lots of people refer to it as the United States, the States or the US.
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level 54
Mar 22, 2016
"no one" Well first off, "Europe and Latin america" aren't really everyone. Also, even if everybody there refers to it as the USA, I can assure you that there are many, many people outside of it who do not, including me. But yeah, I'll chime in, no twittery thanks.
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level 55
Mar 22, 2016
It really should say USA. In Canada, we don't usually call the USA "America." We generally refer to it as "the US," or just "the States." This is problematic in a way, too, since Mexico's official name in English is rendered "United States of Mexico" or "United Mexican States," but I digress... Calling the USA "America" is problematic in that it makes it sound as if the ONLY country in America is the USA. "America", or more commonly "the Americas," refers to the continents or North and South America in their entirety, and not just a specific section. Until manifest destiny is realized, Yanks, there will be MANY countries in the Americas! It is a colloquial oddity that normally only citizens of the USA are referred to as "Americans," while technically anyone living in North or South America could be referred to as "American." But then again, maybe I'm just being a "twit" for pointing this out, haha.
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level 59
Mar 22, 2016
Many, many people say "America". In Britain and Australia, most people I've heard say America. It's unambiguous. The people complaining are mostly Hispanic. Unfortunately for them, these quizzes are in English, so it makes no difference what people say in other languages or even what non-native English speakers say.
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level 71
Mar 22, 2016
"The US" would be a clearer fit than "America", which can mean either the US or the greater continent.
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level 75
Mar 22, 2016
giuliano you're just straight up wrong. I travel 365 days a year. Though I've *just started* to notice some people take note when I refer to the USA as the USA or the United States instead of the MUCH more common "America"... and applaud me for it... this is a very recent trend. A new meme that has just caught on. Another invented reason for people to get upset over nothing.

komrad- it's not in any way problematic and people have been referring to America as America for hundreds of years without any sort of problem. NOBODY calls Canada America. Or Mexico. Or Brazil. Canada is in North America. Not the country colloquially referred to as America. There is a difference, and nobody is confused by it. There is no continent known as America. There is North America. South America. Central America (itself a subset of North America). Or, collectively, the AmericaS. The only political or geographic entity ever referred to as America is... America.
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level 73
Mar 22, 2016
Canadians do refer to the USA as "the US" or "the States", although the nationality is "American" not USian. Interestingly I have been told by some Europeans that America refers to the whole hemisphere and thus calling me American is accurate. Since the quiz takes the time and care to use UK and England properly it may want to use USA and the Americas more accurately.
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level 48
Mar 22, 2016
In any English speaking country, America mean the United States. And considering that this website is American, which is an English speaking country, the description is fine.
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level 67
Mar 23, 2016
The fact that most native English speakers will assume that "America" withour further qualification will probably refer to the USA, it doesn't mean that we should refrain to use a more specific denomination (USA, United States,..) to gain precision. Specially in a website with users coming from the whole world.
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level 75
Mar 22, 2017
kdc: oh, I didn't realize that the OIC had settled the continent question. So Antarctica doesn't exit now? Cool. If I find a corporate logo that represents North and South America as separate regions, does that constitute a valid counter argument?

I'll admit maybe I overstated my case when I said that the only entity EVER referred to as America is America. I have since found sources that rely on the odd usage you proclaim is the only valid one. However, these sources reference texts that are either archaic and obsolete, or very recent and new, or texts that specifically add the caveat that America is "almost exclusively" used to mean the USA. That last bit is from the Oxford guide to Canadian English.

I'm writing this from Italy. Country #59 on my list. I maintain it is EXCEEDINGLY rare that anyone would confuse America with the Americas. And still believe that your outrage at this fact is fabricated. Above concession notwithstanding.
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level 52
Jul 24, 2017
tl;dr - The rest of the Americas don't typically like that the U.S. calls itself 'America', but everyone else really doesn't care. We call ourselves Americans except for when we're Frank Lloyd Wright, and most everyone in this comment section has called themselves, someone else, or everyone a twit. kalbahamut has been to lots of countries and has opinions that may or may not be valid. Generalisations are stupid but people use them anyway and then people call them twits for doing so. Antarctica is a continent with no people living there so the Olympics doesn't care, but this fact makes kdc4 wrong according to kalbahamut. Half the time it's impossible to tell who anyone's talking to because Jetpunk's reply system is stupid. Canadians are suddenly right about everything, as are people who travel to places. Anecdotal evidence is now valid. Verdict: this is stupid.
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level 75
Dec 15, 2018
Aesthus that's a terrible summary. But I know you did your best.
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level 72
Mar 24, 2016
Our official name - The United States of America - is the only one in the world with "America" in it.
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level 60
Dec 16, 2016
It's only Spanish (and maybe Portuguese) speakers who fixate on taking offense to citizens of the U.S. referring to themselves as "Americans." In most languages, "America" or a cognate of it means the U.S. Arabic speakers call it "Amrika," Russians and Ukrainians "Amerika," Germans "Amerika," Chinese "Meiguo" (which approximates "America"). Searching for "अमेरिका," which the internet tells me is "amerika" in Hindi, results in a bunch of stuff about the U.S., not the continent. I think it's safe to say that unless you're speaking Spanish (a language that has a distinctive word for things related to the U.S., estadounidense), you can use American to refer to the U.S.
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level 44
Sep 4, 2018
The official name of the country is USA. The rest of America, from Mexico on south, resents the use of America to mean the USA, from Americans themselves. Me, I just resent all the questions about football and baseball that I and everyone outside the US and Canada know nothing about!
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level 75
Dec 15, 2018
So do they also resent people calling themselves Chinese instead of People's Republicans? Should Micronesians call themselves Federated Statesans? Do Australians call themselves Commonwealthians? Just because our country shares part of its name with two continents doesn't mean we cannot use our country name. No one seems to have a problem with people from the United States of Mexico calling themselves Mexicans. What other name are we supposed to go by? Americans from the Country, Not the Continents? Sheesh, people. Get over it, and that includes any Europeans who are adamant that the single landmass of Europe and Asia are two separate continents while the obviously separate continents of North and South America are one.
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level 75
Jan 4, 2019
Zenl, and everyone else here disagreeing with you ander, simply do not know what they are talking about. They want a reason to be mad at America over something (else (fabricated)), like I said.
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level 30
Jan 11, 2019
What else do you want us to call ourselves, United Statesians? If you say you are from America, or if you say you are American, almost everyone will know you mean the USA.
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level 75
Mar 20, 2019
^ this would only enrage people from the United States of Mexico. The real answer here is that it doesn't matter *what* Americans call themselves, or answer to, people will invent stupid reasons to be mad at them for it regardless.
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level 51
Jan 30, 2014
I tried Chalcolithic before Bronze Age
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level 55
May 20, 2014
Nerd.
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level 39
Mar 22, 2016
IAmVerySmart
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level 54
Mar 22, 2016
I tried copper just for lels
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level 59
Nov 26, 2014
Could you accept "golden" for "__ Twenties"? It's how many Europeans call it.
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level 56
Jul 24, 2017
Do we? I've never heard of the Golden Twenties before.
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level 44
Jan 12, 2015
I think it is doubtful that the Renaissance period extended to as late as 1700. Undoubtedly, many of the scientific, cultural intellectual etc. innovations brought by the Renaissance stil plyed a major role in the European and colonial culture of the late 17th century, but I would say that the Renaissance lifestyle and world views were replaced by the Baroque era by 1650 at the latest.
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level 54
Mar 22, 2016
Yeah, that seems dodgy. It's almost into the Enlightenment.
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level 44
Jan 12, 2015
Also, it would probably be helpful to describe the Gilded era as a specifically American phenomenon. Or is it applied also to non-American societies? I have never read this term in such contexts...
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level 54
Mar 22, 2016
It's pretty American.
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level 46
Jun 5, 2015
I belong in the 1890s
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level 54
Mar 22, 2016
Haha, this is a bit oblique
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level 59
Mar 22, 2016
You want to live in a world where black people and woman had less rights, and then you want to die of a curable disease or air pollution at the age of 40?
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level 59
Mar 22, 2016
I'm guessing that @francesca meant it because she is either gay, likes being happy, or both.
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level 56
Jul 24, 2017
I also don't think it was supposed to be taken quite so seriously!
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level 59
Aug 14, 2015
I've done this quiz twice now. I always fail the same question, about baseball. And everytime I expect it to be something like "Greats Era" or "Golden Era" or maybe the "Southpaw Era" and instead the answer is sad and disreputable.
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level 65
Aug 28, 2015
Please accept just Napoleon for Napoleonic era.
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level 60
Mar 22, 2016
How about Plantation as an alternate for pre-Civil War South?
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level 70
Sep 14, 2016
I've never heard of a "Plantation Age", and besides, there were plenty of extant plantations before, during, and after the antebellum South.
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level 56
Mar 22, 2016
please accept "Napoleon" for napoleonic era
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level 56
Jul 24, 2017
Please just type an extra two whole letters after Napoleon. Or is that just too difficult?
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level 54
Mar 22, 2016
Missed the 1865-1877 one... and I've taught HS US History for 34 years! I was thrown by the dates. Reconstruction did not begin until the Civil War was over.... and ended with the election of Rutherford Hayes and the Compromise of 1877.
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level 75
Mar 22, 2017
It's the only one I missed, but it's because I somehow read the dates as 1765-1777 and I tried Revolutionary, Independence, Colonial, British, and then gave up. Why does my brain do that???
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level 69
Mar 22, 2016
Even though its true that there were lots of steroids in the 1990s and 2000s, I have never heard it referred to as the "Steroid Era". Not even once.
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level 70
Oct 19, 2017
I've heard it referred to as the "Steroid Era" so many times, I couldn't possibly count.
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level 54
Mar 22, 2016
Thank goodness it was Jurassic, because that would represent most of my knowledge about paleontological eras.
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level 68
Apr 8, 2016
USA or America , who gives a shit just do the quiz and move on
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level 51
Dec 16, 2016
you could include era of good feelings
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level 20
Dec 16, 2016
i typed in elizabethian, not elizabethan
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level 60
Feb 11, 2017
I absolutely love this quiz! The variety in defining characteristics, including geology, politics, human innovation, pop culture, and sports, makes it particularly interesting.
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level 60
Feb 11, 2017
i would say that the so-called "Space Age," which was defined by the Space Race between the United States and the Soviet Union, ended in the early 1970's.
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level 56
Mar 22, 2017
For the first question, I typed in "Dark" without really reading the question properly, and it accepted it. That's simply wrong. The Dark Ages should not be accepted, as that is only a small part of the Middle Ages, and certainly didn't go up to 1500! Some of the things accepted on Jetpunk can be weird at times (like not needing regnal numbers when being asked for specific monarchs).
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level 75
Jul 24, 2017
Never saw anyone so upset about getting a question right.
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level 23
Mar 22, 2017
I think the Drug Era should be acceptable for "Baseball during the 1990's and 2000's."
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level 49
Mar 23, 2017
good quiz 100 percent first try FIRST TRY !!!!!!!! im smart
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level 38
Aug 10, 2017
Why don't we just remove all doubt and refer to those from the USA the way (if you'll completely honest) most of the world does: Damn Yankee (or Yanqui)
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level 52
Sep 19, 2017
Quizmaster, that whole comment chain up there basically says that the rest of the Americas, excluding Canada, dislikes the use of 'America' to refer to the U.S., but nobody else really cares. Take from that what you will, but 'American south' can be misleading for, say, a Brasilian.
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level 67
Dec 15, 2018
Too bad 'Aesthus' to most of the world American or Americans means citizen/s of USA. Americana, Americana have you heard the song?
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level 40
Apr 16, 2018
Does Quizmaster read all these comments? I would shoot myself
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level 67
Dec 15, 2018
The Quizmaster has to be thick skinned, it takes all sorts to be a jetpunker and I'm sure Quizmaster enjoys reading the comments ...... good or bad.
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level 68
Jul 17, 2018
Gotta love P.C. It's "offensive" to say Dark Ages now. They're now the "Early Middle Ages" even though the Middle Ages were so named because they occurred as a bridge between the Dark Ages and the Renaissance when learning and (re)discovery really took off again with ever weakening counter strikes from the Church.
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level 38
Dec 15, 2018
Yes, it's confusing and frustrating when the sociologists and other "experts" change that which we know to be historically correct to psycho babble in their effort to be "politically correct". By the time the "correction" to all historical events is made, we will all be living in the morass of Orwell's "1984".
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level 75
Mar 20, 2019
It's also offensive to call anything a dialect now, according to some. So they just call everything a distinct language, even though they obviously are not.
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level 57
Jan 11, 2019
I really thought that 'La Belle Epoque' would be on here.