History General Knowledge #6

Can you answer these random history questions?
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Who is said to have committed suicide via an asp bite?
Cleopatra
Who was Louis XVI's wife?
Marie Antoinette
In what city did Muhammad die?
Medina
What paper-like writing material was used by the ancient Egyptians?
Papyrus
On what famous statue is it written "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses"?
The Statue of Liberty
In what country is chess thought to have originated?
India
What city marked the easternmost point of Napoleon's conquests?
Moscow
What "stick-thin" model became a symbol of Swingin' Sixties London?
Twiggy
What ancient Mediterranean language was the first to develop a sound-based alphabet?
Phoenician
What Russian princess, murdered in 1918, did many imposters claim to be?
Anastasia
What name is given to the Japanese suicide pilots of WWII?
Kamikaze
What was the last name of power couple Eva and Juan?
Perón
What abolitionist raided Harpers Ferry in 1859?
John Brown
Which King of England was beheaded?
King Charles I
What African-American athlete defied Hitler's theories of racial superiority by winning
four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics?
Jesse Owens
In what city did Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier have a "thrilling" fight?
Manila
What became the 50th U.S. state in 1959?
Hawaii
Whose advisors included Sir Thomas More, Cardinal Wolsey, and Thomas Cromwell?
King Henry VIII
On what ship did English sailors mutiny against Captain Bligh?
HMS Bounty
What drug did Sigmund Freud recommend as a pain reliever, stimulant,
and nasal decongestant?
Cocaine
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Level 82
Jun 11, 2015
oh... Moscow... duh.... somehow I misread that clue as Alexander, not Napoleon, and spent two minutes guessing cities in India and Pakistan.
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Level 74
Jun 11, 2015
I tried about twenty different spellings for Marie Antoinette... :(
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Level 27
Nov 8, 2017
Didn't work for mary antoinette.
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Level 69
Dec 16, 2017
Because her name was Marie, not Mary.
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Level 64
Feb 26, 2021
I still don't think you should just accept "Marie". Her name was Marie-Antoinette. I'd much rather see the quiz accept a misspelling such as Mary-Antwanet than accept half her name.
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Level 55
Sep 6, 2021
Agree absolutely! It's Marie-Antoinette, and double and hyphenated names in French need to be in full. Ever heard of Jean-Claude Van Damme being referred to as Jean Damme? Or Jean-Marie Le Pen as Jean Pen?

No, me neither.

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Level 25
Jun 15, 2015
Can you accept Madeenah for Medina.
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Level 82
Dec 15, 2017
Or even Yathrib... the name of the city. Medina/Madinah is just short for "Madinah an Nabi": city of the prophet.
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Level 60
Jan 16, 2017
If only I knew east from west. D'oh!
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Level 79
Oct 21, 2017
Too monarch-centric...
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Level 58
Dec 15, 2017
No, no, no. We need more kings.
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Level ∞
Nov 1, 2020
A benevolent dictatorship/monarchy is probably the best form of government. The problem is that the non-benevolent version is much more common.
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Level 50
Jan 29, 2021
Like the Gulf countries? Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar
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Level 74
Feb 26, 2021
I would argue that Qaboos bin Said, the former Sultan of Oman would count as an enlightened despot. His response to the Arab Spring was not the best, but overall, he was pretty good for Oman. Emir Sabah al-Ahmad of Kuwait was also pretty good for his country. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Qatar I would argue are the non-benevolent types with the UAE being a special case since there are seven emirates and each ruling house is different.
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Level 70
Jun 7, 2018
Someone want to save me a trip to Google, the abolitionist and Harper's Ferry.....?
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Level 52
Oct 7, 2018
only reason i guessed was because of the song, John Brown's body
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Level 66
Feb 26, 2021
Same.
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Level 50
Dec 9, 2018
"Believed" to have originated? Chess did originate in India, no doubt about it.
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Level ∞
Nov 1, 2020
Were you there?
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Level 36
Feb 26, 2021
Yes I am god so I can confirm chess originated from India.
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Level 51
Jul 8, 2019
Persia should be accepted for India.
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Level 57
Feb 19, 2021
Why? Persia for Iran makes sense, but maps I can find show greatest extent Persia bounded by the Indus River, which is in modern day pakistan
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Level 70
Sep 13, 2020
Wow this quiz had 4 questions about the UK compared to 4 about the U.S., definitely not U.S.-centric...
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Level 66
Feb 26, 2021
A lot of people think Hitler snubbed Owens by not awarding his medal, but by then Hitler had basically been banned from awarding medals by the Olympics committee because he only wanted to award them to Germans. If anyone snubbed him it was the American people - he had to take the trade elevator to his own victory reception in NY because "coloreds" weren't allowed in the hotel lobby.

Also, as far as I know, he was the first African American ever to have any kind of sponsorship deal - Gebrüder Dassler Schuhfabrik (later Adidas and Puma) gave him free running shoes for the Olympics.

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Level 76
Feb 26, 2021
Owens himself said that Hitler shook his hand, whereas his own president, Roosevelt, refused to.
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Level 60
Feb 26, 2021
This is not accurate. Hitler never shook his hand. And Owens never said he did. Moreover, Roosevelt did not refuse to shake his hand — he just didn't invite Owens to the White House. And Owens rightly felt snubbed over that.
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Level 61
Feb 26, 2021
It's kind of weird how anyone would think athletics is a way of showing superiority. Being able to run faster or put a ball into a net more times than your oppenent doesn't mean you're superior to someone and that goes for Hitler's athlete, Jesse Owens or anyone else for that matter.
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Level 64
Feb 26, 2021
Well, it does show that you're the superior runner.
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Level 60
Feb 26, 2021
Emma Lazarus's extraordinary poem — which includes the words "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses" — is not actually written or engraved on the Statue of Liberty. Indeed, it wasn't even there when it was first unveiled. A few years later, a plaque with her poem inscribed was placed inside the statue's pedestal.
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Level 64
Feb 26, 2021
Gaah! I couldn't get the Napoleon one because I was thinking of Alexander!
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Level 64
Feb 26, 2021
The Proto-Sinaitic script is ancestral to the Phoenician script and is just as sound-based. However, since you're asking for the language rather than the script, "Phoenician" is still sort of correct because the Phoenicians would have adopted the Proto-Sinaitic script before developing it into their own script. Even so, this was not the first "sound-based alphabet." Proto-Sinaitic was in turn derived from Egyptian heiroglyphs, a partially sound-based system which included symbols for words, for grammatical features, and for sounds. Mesopotamian cuneiform had a similar structure, also predating the Proto-Sinaitic script. The distinction of the Proto-Sinatic script is that it was the first writing system in which *all* the symbols represented sounds. So you could describe it as the first "fully sound-based alphabet." Personally I prefer "fully sound-based writing system" because the term "alphabet" has multiple conflicting definitions.
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Level 15
Feb 27, 2021
After doing this quiz I felt very stupid😖