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History General Knowledge #7

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What fleet of warships did Spain launch against England in 1588?
Spanish Armada
What started on October 29, 1929 and lasted for about a decade?
Great Depression
What name is given to the ancient region in the area of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers?
Mesopotamia
On what Pacific island did islanders build giant statues called moai?
Easter Island
Who was the personification of the American female factory worker in WWII?
Rosie the Riveter
Whose "little red book" of quotations has been printed billions of times
Mao Zedong
What fermented food product was called "liberty cabbage" during WWI?
Sauerkraut
What figurative barrier separated democratic and communist Europe?
Iron Curtain
What country was once led by military leaders called shoguns?
Japan
In which modern-day country was the Anglo-Boer war fought?
South Africa
What insecticide was banned, partially due to Rachel Carson's book "Silent Spring"?
DDT
What British monarch had the title "Empress of India"?
Queen Victoria
What country was ruled by "Papa Doc" and "Baby Doc" Duvalier?
Haiti
What modern-day country was once the largest and most profitable Dutch colony?
Indonesia
What did Karl Marx and the Unabomber both write?
Manifestos
What Mexican general defeated the Texans at the Alamo?
Antonio López de
Santa Anna
What 1950s subculture was famous for wearing berets, playing bongos, and snapping?
Beatniks
Who famously lived at Robben Island prison from 1964-1982?
Nelson Mandela
What was the tallest manmade structure in the world in the year 1900?
Eiffel Tower
What group of French-speaking people settled in Louisiana after being
forced out of eastern Canada?
Acadians
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level 79
Jan 11, 2015
Liberty cabbage, freedom fries ...
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level 70
Jan 15, 2015
Although Detroiters and Vermonters seemed happy with their French names...
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level 80
Apr 30, 2015
Beatnik = Beat Generation :: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beatnik
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level 49
Jun 28, 2016
Agreed
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level ∞
Feb 16, 2017
"Beat" will work now
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level 26
May 3, 2015
I find it interesting that more people know of Mesopotamia than Santa Anna at the Alamo. I wonder why.
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level 47
Jul 2, 2015
because we're not all Americans
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level 31
Jul 3, 2015
because Mesopotamia is world history and everyone learns it, and the other is only known from movies?
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level 57
May 13, 2016
Mesopotamia is the birthplace of Civilization. I would hope more people knew it than Santa Anna
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level 69
May 22, 2016
I actually kept putting "Cradle of Civilization" and "Fertile Crescent" and totally spaced on Mesopotamia.
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level 49
May 18, 2018
Fertile Crescent was the first thing that popped into my head. I never did get to Mesopotamia.
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level 78
Jul 2, 2015
Please accept Rapa Nui for the moai question. That is the indigenous name of the island. The Islanders who built the moai didn't call it "Easter" Island.
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level 28
Jul 2, 2015
Can you accept Rapanui?
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level ∞
Jul 2, 2015
Okay
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level 56
Jul 2, 2015
Mesopotamia is also referred to as "the cradle of civilization". That would be a good acceptable answer as well.
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level 59
Jul 2, 2015
Agreed
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level 69
Jul 2, 2015
Mandela was on Robben island until 1982, he was then moved to another prison not on Robben island (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nelson_Mandela)
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level ∞
Feb 16, 2017
Fixed!
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level 67
Jul 2, 2015
Acadians, huh? What's the difference between an Acadian and a Cajun? I've only ever heard of the latter.
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level 74
Jul 2, 2015
I tried Cajun first, which is a corruption of the word Acadian, but it's commonly used. Accept it?
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level 59
May 4, 2016
Clue's wording is precise. Refers to settlers who started out in Acadia and settled in Louisiana. It's the descendants who are Cajun.
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level 69
May 22, 2016
If the QM had worded it as the people who LEFT Eastern Canada, then the answer "Acadian" makes sense, but since it refers to the people who *settled* there – and I understood "people" to mean people in the general sense, such as "the Columbian people" or "We the people" or "People of the Book" as opposed to only the actual people who arrived at the time of the migration – then I feel the answer is more appropriately "Cajun". It makes sense to accept both, no?
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level 73
Jul 13, 2015
agree with ander217 but for slightly different reason Cajun is the more common way to refer to the ethnic group that exists today in Louisiana. here is a possible resource https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cajun please consider accepting. otherwise nice quiz that I could score 100% on with that answer.
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level 39
Nov 24, 2017
As the QM explained previously, Cajuns are the DESCENDANTS of the Acadians who migrated to Louisiana.
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level 65
Dec 29, 2017
agreed.
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level 71
Apr 18, 2016
Please accept Beats and Beat for beatnik. Beatnik more often refers to an individual but the subculture itself is referred to as beat/s or Beat Generation.
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level 69
May 22, 2016
Exactly – this is another example of where the specific wording in the question has a grammatical agreement issue with the answer. If you really want to require "Beatniks" as the answer, you should refer to the *members* of the 1950s subculture.
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level 51
Sep 4, 2017
Can you also accept Fertile Crescent for the Tigris/Euphrates area?
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level 73
Oct 14, 2017
The Fertile Crescent also includes a large area to the west of Mesopotamia.
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level 73
Oct 14, 2017
Liberty Cabbage is great with a side of Freedom Fries.
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level 49
Dec 29, 2017
Great quiz, thank you. I thought the answer was 'The Great Depression' but, whatever I typed in, it wouldn't work. Perhaps I was typing too fast and made a typo, but I thought I would mention it, in case a greater number of possible type-ins could help help future players. Thanks again.
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level 37
Jan 24, 2018
Saying that the division was between democratic and communists states is not the most accurate. First because `democracy` has more than one meaning depending to who you ask. Democracy does not necessarily mean free elections. Not to say that Spain and Portugal were dictatorships during a part of the cold war
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level 69
Jan 25, 2018
The real Rosie the Riveter just died a couple of days ago, aged 96. Her name was Naomi Parker Fraley.
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level 66
Jun 7, 2018
Good quiz. I got 16 straight off and then sat and stared blankly at the last four.