History General Knowledge #5

Can you answer these random history questions?
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Last updated: November 1, 2020
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To what country were 165,000 British convicts "transported"?
Australia
What country was formerly known as Siam?
Thailand
Who sent a telegram from Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in 1903?
Orville Wright
What Jewish banking family rose from the Frankfurt ghetto to become
unimaginably wealthy?
Rothschild
What religious order was founded by Ignatius of Loyola to reform the Catholic church?
Jesuits
What country's civil war was depicted in Picasso's painting "Guernica"?
Spain
What secret society traces its origins to Medieval stone workers?
Freemasons
What Russian empress had affairs with many men?
Catherine the Great
What 1969 music festival is sometimes considered the zenith of the hippie movement?
Woodstock
What was the name of the forced removal of the Cherokee and other
tribes from the southeast U.S.?
Trail of Tears
What Puritanical English ruler is often blamed for banning Christmas?
Oliver Cromwell
What unit of British currency was equal to 1/20th of a pound?
Shilling
What sport would an ancient Roman watch at a hippodrome or circus?
Chariot Racing
What Union general adopted a "scorched Earth" policy on his march to the sea
through the American south?
William Tecumseh
Sherman
What was the nickname of Louis XIV?
The Sun King
Who was the Supreme Commander of the Allied forces that
invaded Normandy in 1944?
Dwight Eisenhower
What famous train ran once between Paris and Istanbul?
The Orient Express
What was the name of the spontaneous WWI ceasefire that happened in late 1914?
Christmas Truce
What term is given to the British rule of India from 1858–1947?
British Raj
Who did Friedrich Engels famously work with?
Karl Marx
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Level 78
Jan 17, 2015
Jesuit singular should be allowed: What order? The Jesuit order.
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Level ∞
Jan 17, 2015
Okay
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Level 58
May 21, 2015
You should change the displayed answer too. What order was it? Jesuit, not Jesuits.
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Level 64
May 21, 2015
Strickly speaking, the Jesuit Order is known as the "Society of Jesus." Jesuit priests have "S.J." following their names.
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Level 45
Jul 2, 2015
Strictly speaking, strickly isn't a word.
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Level 59
Jul 9, 2020
Nerd
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Level 73
Nov 2, 2020
says someone commenting on a quiz website
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Level 64
Nov 6, 2020
Ha!
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Level 44
May 24, 2015
Got them all, a good quiz.
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Level 66
Nov 24, 2017
I'm guessing American south equals North American South (:
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Level 70
Nov 26, 2017
No, it means the southern part of the US, not Mexico or Panama which both could mean the southern part of North America, depending if one counts Central America as separate from North America.
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Level 80
Aug 5, 2018
It obviously refers to the southern half of the United States since America is a country, not a continent. The "North American South"- which nobody in history has ever referred to before- would, I guess, be Panama, Costa Rica, and so on. But this region is already referred to as "Central America"; no reason to start calling it the North American South.
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Level 56
Oct 4, 2020
To most of the world, America is indeed a continent.
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Level 83
Nov 1, 2020
Really? So if someone travels to Australia and says "I'm an American", people will ask "Oh, from which country?"
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Level 62
Nov 1, 2020
You know my friend Paul is from the American South. He lives in Buenos Aires.
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Level 67
Nov 2, 2020
I'm Canadian and calling a Canadian an American is a good way of starting World War III. You will be corrected very quickly. We are North American - NOT AMERICAN!!!!
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Level 81
Nov 24, 2017
Still remember the old pounds, shillings and pence. Much harder to work with than present day decimal coinage. 12 pence to a shilling, 20 shillings to a pound - math(s) was a nightmare back then when the avoirdupois method of weights was also on the syllabus. But we still use miles, yards, feet and inches alongside metres - most odd.
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Level 58
Nov 24, 2017
Can you imagine if we hadn't adopted decimal currency? The old penny would be utterly worthless now! I guess the tanner or shilling would have been the smallest coin now
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Level 69
Nov 5, 2020
What's a "tanner"? I'll give you half a crown if you tell me.
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Level 64
Nov 6, 2020
It's two thrup'ny bits.
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Level 52
May 17, 2018
Got Tecumseh, but I couldn't remember his last name.
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Level 65
Oct 10, 2018
'Chariot Race' should work
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Level ∞
Nov 1, 2020
That will work now.
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Level 54
Jan 26, 2020
This one is insanely hard. Only 7/20 and I got 17 minimum on all the other ones. Jeez
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Level ∞
Nov 1, 2020
I agree. It was too hard. I've now changed three questions to make them easier, although the quiz is still difficult.
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Level 79
Nov 1, 2020
Guess I should feel good about my 19/20! It didn't seem unusually easy, not difficult to me - just kind of middle of the road (as presently updated).
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Level 64
Nov 6, 2020
I felt it was OK. It's a nice quiz QM. Maybe allow the short-cut Xmas...?
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Level 87
Nov 1, 2020
Great quiz. Thank you.
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Level 74
Nov 8, 2020
19/20, found it easy. The only one I didn't get was the American general but I was aware of the name.