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Easy General Knowledge #2

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First submittedJuly 7, 2016
Last updatedSeptember 4, 2016
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What is the capital of Germany?
Berlin
What is the biggest U.S. state by land area?
Alaska
What movie series is about a theme park where dinosaurs are brought to life?
Jurassic Park
What is the longest river in South America?
Amazon
What three countries make up the region of Scandinavia?
Denmark
Norway
Sweden
What country's citizens are often called "Kiwis"?
New Zealand's
What is the biggest city in China that starts with the letter S?
Shanghai
Who recorded the songs "Tiny Dancer", "Crocodile Rock", and "Rocket Man"?
Elton John
What famous general had the last name Bonaparte?
Napoleon
Who is Angelina Jolie's husband?
Brad Pitt
What former Iraqi leader was executed in 2006?
Saddam Hussein
Who was the Roman god of war?
Mars
What is the Spanish word for "hello"?
Hola
What is the most common word in the English language?
The
Who wrote the Harry Potter series of books?
J. K. Rowling
What is the tallest man-made structure in Paris?
Eiffel Tower
What American city is known as Motown?
Detroit
Who conquered England in the year 1066?
William the Conqueror
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level 62
Jul 7, 2016
Didn't get Elton John. Cool quiz!
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level 76
Jul 8, 2016
I was just going to comment that the Elton John question seems a bit out of place here.
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level 54
Jul 14, 2016
The stats would suggest the William the Conqueror question is the most out of place...Elton John is currently sitting at 83%, compared to Mars' 82% or William the Conqueror's 80%.
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level 39
Aug 7, 2016
I'm amazed William the Conqueror is the least known question. Isn't 1066 a date everyone gets taught in school, or is that just the case in Britain?
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level 60
Sep 27, 2016
I'd be amazed if everyone got taught about him.
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level 37
Oct 10, 2016
Pelandreth.. definitly not taught in the USA, or atleast where I've lived. (East coast)
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level 59
Nov 7, 2016
I've even seen American cartoons where the children learn about the Norman invasion.
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level 49
Nov 7, 2016
I learned about 1066 and I don't live in the UK.
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level 51
Nov 7, 2016
Only missed William the Conqueror indeed.. Knew the date, but couldn't think of the name.
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level 38
Nov 7, 2016
I'm from England and was never taught about 1066 lol
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level 72
Nov 7, 2016
I'm French and typed in Guillaume, but it didn't accept it
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level 61
Nov 8, 2016
I got taught about 1066 as a very young child in New Zealand. The hardest question for me was Motown. Took a while to figure that out.
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level 68
Nov 8, 2016
Pelandreth: do English schools teach the date the Moors invaded Spain, the Mongols invaded India or the Turks invaded Serbia? The Norman conquest of England is not that relevant in the world scale, and it certainly doesn't merit to be taught abroad.
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level 29
Nov 27, 2016
Matthew007 I learned about 1066 in seventh grade in Phoenix. He conquered England because Harald Hadrada had just invaded from Norway, in an unsuccessful attempt to kill King Harold Godwinnson. Within a week of that invasion near Scotland, William sailed up the channel from Normandy and succeeded in what Harald failed to do. The king who died in 1066 with no heirs, therefore putting Harold in the throne was Edward the Confessor.
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level 61
Sep 28, 2017
Can you take Ares as an alternate for Mars?
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level 67
Jan 9, 2018
It specifically asks for the Roman god of war. Ares is Greek.
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level 70
Sep 11, 2018
It is absolutely taught in U.S. schools more than once in the 13 years kids are there. Whether they remember an 11th Century English history date even long enough for a test is another matter.
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level 70
Sep 11, 2018
@rocamorar Schools do teach the dates the Moors invaded Spain, the Mongols invaded India and the Turks invaded Serbia? The Norman conquest of England is relevant in the Western world scale, and it certainly does merit to be taught abroad.
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level 59
Jul 7, 2016
The = 60% Haha.
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level 81
Jul 7, 2016
"Scandinavia" is not a simple concept. There's the Scandinavian peninsula and that's only Sweden and Norway. Culturally, yes, Denmark too because the language is almost the same as in the other two. But shouldn't you also add Iceland then even though it's further away? And what about Finland? Northern Finland, Finnish Lapland is on the peninsula, but the souther part of the country isn't. And the language, apart from the 5% minority who speaks Swedish is quite different. So - depending on your way of reckoning, it could be 2, 3, 4 or 5 countries. If it's 3, it's usually the three mentioned in the quiz though.
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level 70
Jul 7, 2016
While the Finns reside in Scandinavia, they are ethnically different than Swedes, Danes, and Norwegians. Finns (along with the Estonians) hail from central Asia. The Finns and Estonians migrated to their respective countries way back when,
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level 66
Jul 8, 2016
When what? When what? Argh, the mistery is killing me!
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level 59
Nov 7, 2016
The Volga valley or Ural mountains were the original location of the Uralic peoples. The Finns and Estonians (probably indistinguishable back then) migrated to their current location more than 5000 years ago.
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level 49
Nov 7, 2016
It's like you are trying to say that Scandinavia somehow belongs to only the "Scandinavian" peoples? Don't forget that the proto-Finns were actually the first modern settlers of Scandinavia after the ice age. When Germanic tribes started to migrate further north from the Central Europe, "Finns" had already lived in Norway & Sweden for centuries. The Volga urheimat theory you are referring to is about Uralic languages, not peoples, so it's somewhat irrelevant here.
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level 57
Nov 25, 2018
This is the creation myth for those countries. There is a similar one for Hungary. Languages did work like this, but "peoples" is really not a thing. I can almost guarantee that the people who now call themselves "Finns" won't have more ancestors who came from the Ural Mountains than any other Eastern Europeans. They just happen to speak a similar language. The fact that people identify with groups of people who lived more than 5000 years ago (according to Sulps) is completely illogical and actually quite dangerous, as it leads to jingoism, nationalist separatism and racism. If someone lived 5000 years ago, they are either an ancestor of everyone who is alive today, or no one who is alive today. OK, maybe that's an exaggeration, but it isn't a very big one. The odds of any individual from 5000 years ago being either the ancestor of both of two given people alive today, or the ancestor of neither, are overwhelmingly high.
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level 43
Nov 8, 2016
According to the "Geography Songs" my kids learned, it's Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland.
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level 19
Mar 22, 2017
Yup. I always learned it was Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Finland, Faroe Islands & Aaland Islands
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level 45
Nov 8, 2016
Fenno-Scandinavia includes Sweden, Norway and Finland. Scandinavia includes Denmark, Norway and Sweden. The Nordics on the other hand includes all the previous countries and Iceland.
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level 59
Sep 3, 2016
"Normans"/"The Normans" should be accepted for "Who conquered England in 1066?"
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level ∞
Sep 4, 2016
Okay
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level 55
Sep 21, 2016
I hate that I know this... Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt yesterday. This quiz needs a replacement question.
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level 55
Nov 7, 2016
argh so annoying when you know about basic pop culture!!!!! only peasants would waste their time with that sort of nonsense!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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level 72
Nov 7, 2016
Surely they're still married until the decree comes through?
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level 58
Jan 9, 2018
i don't think so at this point
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level 44
Oct 13, 2016
Um ... Motown?
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level 59
Nov 6, 2016
What's wrong with Motown?
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level 75
Nov 7, 2016
Detroit's nickname is Motor City or Motor Town because of the car companies based there. The recording company, Motown, also located in Detroit, derived its name from that.
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level 52
Nov 8, 2016
In Detroit, we accept Motown as synonymous with the city.
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level 52
Oct 14, 2016
Matthew07, is it just because there was nothing prior to 1776? ;)
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level 37
Oct 22, 2016
Haha. Nothing before the USA.
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level 2
Oct 31, 2016
Who ever made this choose the hardest to spell answers
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level 49
Nov 7, 2016
Am I the only idiot who desperately started typing "John Lennon" because they had no idea who the singer was, and then got it right by coincidence?
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level 77
Nov 7, 2016
Feautured quiz today but still has the invalid Jolie question
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level 49
Nov 7, 2016
Well they are still married,right? Divorce isn't final as far as I know
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level ∞
Nov 7, 2016
If they get divorced I'll change the question.
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level 60
Nov 7, 2016
Aren't Finland and Iceland part of Scandinavia?
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level 51
Nov 7, 2016
Please correct me if I'm wrong as there tends to be a fair amount of confusion/freedom when it comes to the term 'Scandinavia'. As far as I know, strictly geographically speaking, Scandinavia refers to Norway and Sweden only. Denmark has Copenhagen basically across from Malmö (Sweden) and is politically and economically linked to Scandinavia. For instance, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) is the flag carrier of Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Finland has close cultural ties with Norway and particularly Sweden, but the language is a main hint as Finnish is not a Germanic language like the Scandinavian languages. No Finn that I've ever met would categorise themselves as Scandinavian. Iceland does not fall within the geographic Scandinavian term. Having been under both Norwegian and Danish rule at one point and with Icelandic having Germanic roots, it is closely linked to it. The term 'Nordic countries' is used to refer to all five of them: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland.
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level 43
Nov 7, 2016
I'd agree with you. Finland in particular.
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level 60
Nov 7, 2016
I agree. "Nordic" is the term to use when discussing all five countries. I was ignorant of all these distinctions until I traveled through the region last summer. Every time it came up, it was noted that Sweden, Norway, and Denmark are the Scandinavian countries because of their close linguistic and ethnic relations. The Scandinavian Peninsula itself includes only Sweden and Norway, but Danes are considered Scandinavian as well.
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level 43
Nov 7, 2016
Just a wee bit TOO simple I'd say...
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level 43
Nov 8, 2016
I was doing great, feeling good about myself, thinking, "I'm going to get them all," and then I got to the Motown question. Motown is an actual place? I always thought of it as a style of music. I guessed every city I could think of in the south. Never dreamed it was Detroit. Sigh.
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level 60
Nov 8, 2016
It's a nickname just like the Big Apple for NYC.
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level 49
Nov 8, 2016
You quiz, you learn!
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level 40
Nov 8, 2016
Maybe remove the 'Angelina Jolie's Husband' one... That's not correct any more.
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level 24
Dec 5, 2016
Accept just eiffel for eiffel tower
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level 65
Jan 10, 2018
But Eiffel was a man not a structure and if you know Eiffel then you'll probably know Tower should follow or be able to work it out.
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level 58
Jan 2, 2017
You should change the Angelina Jolie question now that she has filed for divorce. Good quiz though!
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level 67
Mar 22, 2017
If you like mixed quizzes such as this try some of mine, click on Malbaby and go from there.
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level 15
Mar 22, 2017
It should be who was Angelina Jolie's ex-husband. XD great quiz though.
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level 61
Mar 22, 2017
100% to each, my eye.
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level 39
Apr 28, 2017
Oh, I thought it was jurassic world.
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level 29
May 2, 2017
100% with 1:23 left! nice quiz
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level 51
May 19, 2017
'the' is also the joint most common word in 'the English language', ironically enough.
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level 56
May 22, 2017
Only missed Hussein. Never heard of him, but that could be because I try to distance myself from politics.
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level 67
Jun 8, 2017
Easy Capitals quiz at .. http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/120558/mals-1-minute-20-easiest-no-thinking-capitals-quiz
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level 23
Jul 25, 2017
Great quiz thanks
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level 61
Sep 28, 2017
Can you put Ares as an alternate for the God of War? That is his Greek name and arguably well known. It will also be easier for people since Wonder Woman just came out.
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level 67
Jan 9, 2018
Doing this quiz again for fun I wondered what the "Tallest non man-made structure in Paris" would be?
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level 44
Jan 9, 2018
Question about Brad Pitt is now wrong :)
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level ∞
Jan 9, 2018
Has the divorce been finalized? According to Wikipedia they are just separated.
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level 48
Jan 10, 2018
The UK bands of the "Briitish Invasion" recognized Detroit as Motown. Traditionally, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway comprise Scandinavia and the nitpickers need to find some other place to pick. Americans are taught about 1066 because of the effect on their British heritage. The other invasions are certainly interesting and worthy of study and consideration, but not foundational.
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level 65
Feb 26, 2018
If one is using the term Scandinavia geographically to mean the Scandinavian peninsula then it would be Norway and Sweden for sure, with Finland almost certainly. If one is using it culturally and including Denmark but excluding Finland, then you definitely have to include Iceland because Iceland was settled by and is culturally derived from Norway and Denmark. If one is using the term to mean those countries with a Scandinavian cross on their flag then Norway Denmark Iceland Finland and Sweden are all included. The point I am trying to make is that however you try and jig it, the answer in the quiz is NEVER going to be correct, however you interpret the question.
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level 38
Mar 30, 2018
Too Slow :(
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level 58
Apr 15, 2018
Needs to be updated following Brad and Angelina split
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level 43
Mar 25, 2019
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt divorced.