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 80
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 65
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 61
Jul 9, 2020
Nerd
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Level 75
Nov 2, 2020
says someone commenting on a quiz website
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Level 71
Nov 6, 2020
Ha!
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Level 44
May 24, 2015
Got them all, a good quiz.
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Level 52
May 17, 2018
Got Tecumseh, but I couldn't remember his last name.
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Level 66
Oct 10, 2018
'Chariot Race' should work
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Level ∞
Nov 1, 2020
That will work now.
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Level 52
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 81
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 71
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 89
Nov 1, 2020
Great quiz. Thank you.
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Level 76
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.
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Level 66
Jan 2, 2021
Tecumseh has to be up there with the greatest middle names of all times.
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Level 86
Feb 12, 2021
Not gonna lie, I almost put 'stonecutters' for the secret society question.
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Level 74
Feb 12, 2021
Maybe accept Spanish for Spain since that's the answer if you read the question as "what civil war" instead of "what country's civil war"
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Level 68
Feb 12, 2021
Probably should.

Maybe also accept Louis the Last for The Sun King since that's the answer if you read the question as "Louis XVI" instead of "Louis XIV"

:p

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Level 64
Feb 16, 2021
Louis XVI was not the last king of France (that would be Louis-Philippe, 1830-1848), nor was he the last Louis (that would be Louis XVIII, 1815-24).
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Level 68
Apr 25, 2021
"Louis the Last" is a nickname given to Louis XVI, I'm not responsible for its historical veracity...
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Level 59
Aug 31, 2021
Although, it would be funny if someone was called Louis the Last during his life.

"Why are you calling me like that?"

"No reason. Don't worry, your majesty. There certainly won't be any revolution that would dethrone you." *wink*

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Level 85
Feb 12, 2021
Disappointed that the empress question didn't include (and allegedly horses). I imagine quite a few people sent telegrams from Kitty Hawk in 1903 other than the most famous person.
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Level 80
Feb 12, 2021
Wait. The Orient Express only ran between Paris and Istanbul once???

To me, "once ran" means it used to run; "ran once" means it ran exactly one time.

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Level 59
Aug 31, 2021
You are technically correct. The best type of correct.
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Level 62
Jun 11, 2021
Maybe accept just "chariots"? I'd think the racing part would be implied.