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History General Knowledge #12

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Last updated: March 13, 2017
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What ancient kingdom worshipped Osiris, Amun, and Isis?
Egypt
What composer was almost totally deaf when he wrote his 9th and final symphony?
Ludwig van Beethoven
What constricting garment was worn by 19th century women to achieve an hourglass figure?
Corset
What is the largest animal that was domesticated in the Americas?
Llama
Who signed the Emancipation Proclamation?
Abraham Lincoln
What expensive fabric was only made in China until around 300 A.D.?
Silk
Who was the daughter of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn?
Queen Elizabeth I
What naval battle is considered the turning point of the Pacific Theater of WWII?
Battle of Midway
What island was ruled by Fulgencio Batista in the 1950s?
Cuba
What country was controlled by Spain, the United States, and
Japan before becoming independent?
Philippines
What city's temple was destroyed by the Roman Empire in 70 A.D.?
Jerusalem
What type of colony was established in Australia in 1788?
Penal Colony
What group of textile workers destroyed job-stealing machines in 19th century England?
Luddites
Which U.S. state was an independent country for almost 10 years?
Texas
What monument was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house
the tomb of his favorite wife?
The Taj Mahal
What bird of Mauritius was driven to extinction in the 1600s?
Dodo
What island of modern-day Tanzania was once a center of the Arab spice and slave trades?
Zanzibar
What "ism" was practiced by the people who assassinated
President McKinley and Tsar Alexander II?
Anarchism
What railroad connected Moscow and Vladivostok when it was finished in 1916?
Trans-Siberian Railroad
What technology did Wernher Von Braun help to develop?
Rockets
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level 66
Mar 14, 2017
Really great quizzes, good mixture of questions, for the life of me I couldn't bring to mind 'Midway' although I knew it well, otherwise would have got 20 / 20.
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level 70
Mar 15, 2017
Ralph Vaughan Williams was also deaf when his 9th and final symphony was composed. Here's my favorite work of his.
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level 10
Nov 11, 2017
I am a great fan of The Solent and his Sea Symphony
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level 80
Mar 15, 2017
I didn't really understand the basis of the "domesticated in the Americas" question. I guess what you were looking for was something native to the Americas, because surely there are larger domesticated animals (oxen, horses, cattle) than the answer presented above.
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level 75
Mar 22, 2017
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level 22
Jun 8, 2017
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level 56
Aug 28, 2017
Agreed that this question was confusing. Besides, American bison have been domesticated and they are much larger than llamas.
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level 35
Oct 23, 2017
So true. Looked it up--buffalo are termed domesticated. If you have ever been to Yellowstone and had one running in the road next to your car (and mine's a jeep cherokee that would have been no match if any of them had turned their massive head toward my hood), you'd never ever think a little llama is larger! Buffalo are massive creatures--their faces outweigh llamas' entire bodies. If that's not enough, even American alligators have been domesticated, and they outweigh llamas enough to swallow one in a single gulp.
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level 42
Mar 11, 2018
Do you mean that they've been tamed? Because domesticating and taming are two very different things.
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level 58
Mar 11, 2018
Cyninoregon, I can't tell if alligators are much bigger than you think they are, or if llamas are much smaller than you think they are.
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level 69
Mar 12, 2018
Bison might not have been domesticated. However, Beefalos have been domesticated and they are larger than Llamas. So the answer should be Beefalo. (Cross between Bison and Cattle).
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level 73
Mar 11, 2018
I thought the clue was very clear.
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level 47
Mar 12, 2018
I tried horses and bisons/buffalos and gave up as I couldn't figure out anything bigger that would've lived in the Americas and been domesticated.
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level 66
Jun 6, 2017
For the Von Braun question, could V-2 be allowed?
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level 34
Sep 1, 2017
V-2 is not a technology but the name of a particular rocket.
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level 26
Nov 30, 2017
Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation; he didn't sign it. I'm making a distinction between authoring and signing a document.
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level 43
Mar 11, 2018
Can't believe only 32% of people got the last one. It isn't rocket science.
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level 25
Mar 11, 2018
HAHA!
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level 74
Mar 11, 2018
Thank you, Tom Lehrer!
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level 61
Mar 27, 2018
i wrote Space and Aerospace but they weren't accepted.
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level 61
Mar 11, 2018
Texas was an independent republic for nine years, from 1836 to 1845. VERMONT was an independent republic for FOURTEEN years, from 1777 to 1791. Please accept Vermont as an acceptable answer, since it was an independent republic for almost 10 years, and then for more than 4 more!!
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level 52
Mar 11, 2018
That's not how "almost" works in English. I'm twenty-seven years old. I can't say I'm "almost sixteen," because I have an extra eleven years on top of that.
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level 44
Mar 11, 2018
So they haven't made silk in China since 300CE? Fascinating!
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level 69
Mar 12, 2018
Isn't a Beefalo bigger than a Llama?
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level 52
Mar 12, 2018
won't accept trans Siberian?
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level 46
Mar 12, 2018
Things started to get tougher around midway.
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level 75
Mar 14, 2018
I can't believe I finally got to use "Luddite". I've been carrying that tidbit around for years and finally got to use it. Now, it's all been worth it.
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level 47
Mar 22, 2018
Yet another advocate of changing the domesticated animal answer to bison. Clearly they've been domesticated (there's some folks just down the road from me who raise them, and bison burgers are definitely a thing), and clearly they're FAR bigger than any llama.