History General Knowledge #2

Can you answer these random history questions?
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What was the name of King Louis XIV's palace?
Palace of Versailles
What was the Democratic Republic of the Congo called from 1971–1997?
Zaire
What Italian adventurer wrote about his 24 year journey from Venice to China and back?
Marco Polo
For what crime was Al Capone convicted of in 1931?
Tax Evasion
From what Latin title are the words "tsar" and "kaiser" derived?
Caesar
What Mexican general redistributed land to the poor and raided the U.S.?
Pancho Villa
From which empire did Greece gain its independence, in 1830?
Ottoman Empire
Who is said to have gained enlightenment sitting under the Bodhi Tree?
Gautama Buddha
What volcano destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum?
Mount Vesuvius
What Greek genius said "Eureka" in the bathtub and is said to have invented a death ray?
Archimedes
Who ruled the Austrian empire for almost 68 years before his death in 1916?
Franz Joseph
Who is the father of the modern country of Turkey?
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
What favorite of Queen Elizabeth tried to colonize Virginia and also popularized smoking?
Sir Walter Raleigh
What was the primary language of the Byzantine Empire?
Greek
What country was led by Haile Selassie?
Ethiopia
And what religious movement views Haile Selassie as the Second Coming of Jesus?
Rastafarian
In what city was Abraham Zapruder living on November 22, 1963?
Dallas
Before becoming king of England, what country was James I the king of?
Scotland
What young pharaoh's tomb was discovered in 1922?
Tutankhamun
In what sport was Henry VIII participating when he suffered a serious leg injury?
Jousting
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Level 80
Jan 10, 2015
I thought Henry got gout in his leg from competitive eating.
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Level 74
Jan 12, 2015
And syphilis from competitive...well, nevermind...
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Level 70
Aug 25, 2016
Funnily enough Henry VIII was a great sportsman in his time, as well as an accomplished musician and voracious reader. It is the media that tries to paint him as some sort of womanising glutton.
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Level 70
Dec 9, 2016
Yes, the vast media conspiracy to slander Henry VIII ... yawn. I'll agree that pop culture tends to be pretty shallow and only remember the juiciest details, but seriously, it isn't unfounded to say that he was a womanizer, glutton, and narcissist.
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Level 54
Jan 27, 2018
There was no syphilis in Europe until the conquistadors brought it back from the Americas.
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Level 45
May 30, 2018
@Cooldrive when someone is so desperate to demonstrate their superior intellect that every joke goes straight over their head.
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Level 53
Mar 23, 2015
'Pancho' 'Poncho' fml...
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Level 52
Apr 5, 2018
I make this mistake every time
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Level 53
Mar 23, 2015
What young pharaoh's tomb was discovered in 1922? I was thinking, Oh, Jesus, I'll never spell it right. Let's see, T...U...T... Oh. Okay, that was enough. Thank you, quizmaster. I mean, I figured it would be enough, but, you know. Luckily you can forget the nickname and still type the nickname.
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Level 79
Aug 14, 2017
According to one noted historian, he was born in Arizona.
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Level 61
Sep 22, 2017
That gave me a chuckle this morning!
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Level 11
Mar 25, 2015
20/20 with 2:53
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Level 28
Mar 26, 2015
You obviously watch the history channel too much. Just saying
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Level 81
Sep 22, 2017
Why? Very few questions about aliens, conspiracies and terrible career choices.
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Level 66
Sep 25, 2017
Tax avoidance for tax evasion?
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Level ∞
Oct 31, 2020
Tax avoidance is legal. Everyone does it. For example, if I shop at a duty free store.
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Level 8
Apr 15, 2018
Surely Abyssinia should be an acceptable response for the question about where Haile Selassie led?
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Level 40
Jul 18, 2018
you should definitely accept Francis Joseph for Franz Joseph as that's his westernized name and the one I learned in History class
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Level 74
Mar 12, 2020
You mean anglicized. Austria is part of the West.
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Level 55
Jan 8, 2019
I also put tax avoidance tax fraud etc. But the funny thing is I got two correct answers to the wrong questions. Henry was injured playing polo and Caesar was the father of Turkey lol
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Level 65
Dec 5, 2019
What?!! How long have you been on Jetpunk?! Caesar father of Turkey?! Some offenses are just not forgivable. Lol.

P.S. Tax avoidance is not a crime.