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History General Knowledge #8

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Last updated: February 16, 2017
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What unflattering nickname was given to Queen Mary I of England?
Bloody Mary
Who was the main author of the U.S. Declaration of Independence?
Thomas Jefferson
In what Beijing square were democracy activists massacred in 1989?
Tiananmen
Who did Sirhan Sirhan assassinate?
Robert Kennedy
What is the term for a woman of the 1920s who wore short skirts, had bobbed hair,
drank alcohol, and listened to jazz?
Flapper
Which country was divided near the 38th parallel in 1953?
Korea
What insignia did the Nazi SS wear on their caps?
Skull and Crossbones
Who said "the die is cast" as he crossed the Rubicon?
Julius Caesar
What disease killed over 3% of the world's population in 1918 and 1919?
Spanish Flu
What atoll gained notoriety after the United States tested nuclear weapons there?
Bikini Atoll
What were the 1890's known as?
The Gay Nineties
What design movement was exemplified by the Empire State and Chrysler buildings?
Art Deco
What area of the Near and Middle East is called the cradle of civilization?
Fertile Crescent
Who abdicated in 1936 in order to marry American divorcée Wallis Simpson?
King Edward VIII
Which country was ruled by Idi Amin?
Uganda
In what nearly extinct language were the Hindu Vedas written?
Sanskrit
What duo did Sacagawea help on their famous journey to the Pacific?
Lewis and Clark
Where were Walter Raleigh, Anne Boleyn, and Guy Fawkes imprisoned?
Tower of London
What was once the most abundant bird in North America but was driven to extinction in 1914?
Passenger Pigeon
Europeans brought many new diseases to the New World. What STD
did the New World give Europe?
Syphilis
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level 60
Jul 23, 2015
Maybe accept "London Tower"?
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level 57
Jul 23, 2015
Yeah, I put that too.
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level 75
Jul 25, 2015
Nobody calls it the London Tower... do they?
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level 35
Oct 23, 2017
I called it the "Tower," then the "London Tower"...then I paused and googled, thinking there must be a prison I never heard of in 64 years....
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level 27
Oct 18, 2015
That is like saying 'Building of the Empire State instead of the empire state building
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level 45
Apr 7, 2018
Perhaps accept White Tower too? Since that's what it was referred to back then.
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level 57
Jul 23, 2015
Thomas Jefferson was 33 years old when he wrote the Declaration of Independence. That is staggering to think about. Ben Franklin was 70 when he signed, which I add only because I always thought of the Founding Fathers as a uniform group. It's interesting to think how far apart Jefferson and Franklin were in age, and how most people envision them in the same way.
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level 74
Jul 23, 2015
Have you seen the play or movie, "1776"? That put it in perspective for me, quite well. John Adams speaking about Jefferson: "Good G**...you don't mean...they're not going to...? In the middle of the afternoon?" Franklin: "Not everyone's from Boston, John!"
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level 43
Jul 25, 2015
Franklin: "What will they think we were, demigods?"
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level 43
Jul 25, 2015
The most amazing thing about that movie/play is how much of it was taken directly from the writings of the people involved. The writers had to leave out Adams saying "if we don't deal with slavery now, we'll leave a bigger mess for our descendants to deal with a hundred years from now" because they figured no one would believe Adams actually said that.
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level 35
Oct 23, 2017
Thomas Jefferson was an amazing person, an Enlightenment philosopher equal to any who was able to put his philosophies into practice, not shying away from writing a document that constituted treason, punishable by death. It's such a revolutionary document. He was considered a genius, was extremely well-read (amassing a huge library he sold to the govt after the Library of Congress was burned by the British), and was 6'2" tall, very handsome and imposing for the times--yet he'd talk to people as equals, quizzing them about their opinions, and only later would they discover who that friendly man was! It's hard to believe the quality of men who came together at that place and time in history to create this country.
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level 44
Jan 10, 2018
Biggest hypocrite of the Founders. Railed against slavery, but felt it was good for Africans.
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level 44
Jan 10, 2018
And Franklin would be fun. Jefferson a load.
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level 64
Jul 23, 2015
Spanish Influenza should be accepted.... (not sure why it isn't!)
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level 74
Jul 23, 2015
Agree.
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level ∞
Feb 16, 2017
Fixed
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level 71
Jul 23, 2015
Sanskrit isn't extinct, I've visited a Sanskrit school in Varanasi. It's one of India's 22 scheduled languages and I think it's an official language of at least one state.
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level ∞
Feb 16, 2017
Apparently there are about 15,000 people who speak it natively. So I suppose you are technically correct. Changed the clue to "nearly" extinct.
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level 64
Oct 19, 2018
Maybe "ancient language" would be a better description because it did cease to be a living language at one point.
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level 79
Jul 23, 2015
Clark and Lewis should be acceptable; they are not exclusively known as Lewis and Clark. The two names are the correct answer regardless of the order.
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level 52
Aug 14, 2015
Really? I have never heard anything but "Lewis and Clark". And if you Google "Clark and Lewis"...well, see for yourself.
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level 74
Jan 10, 2018
Lewis was the commander, Clark was his second lieutenant, so Lewis gets top billing. (But I see your point.)
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level 66
Jun 7, 2018
Who are Lewis and Clark, and why should I know them?
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level 70
Feb 20, 2016
"a women"?
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level 78
Mar 21, 2016
It's very erroneous to call Sanskrit extinct, the term you're looking for is "liturgical language" (I'm a linguist I can guarantee this with absolute certainty)
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level 47
Jun 4, 2017
Please accept Bobby for Robert, it is what he is known as most often
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level 74
Jan 10, 2018
When in doubt, always try just the surname.
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level 60
Oct 14, 2017
Accept Totenkopf for SS insignia. That is what it is actually called.
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level 55
Jan 10, 2018
translates to "deadhead"?
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level 54
Jan 10, 2018
Interesting to see the question about syphilis going the "other direction" for a change. It's worth noting whenever critics rag on about what sickness(-es) came from Europe to the New World; it was a two-way street.
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level 73
Jan 10, 2018
I find it amusing that "Clark and Lewis" is not an acceptable answer. Lewis must get first billing!
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level 47
Jan 15, 2018
The 1890s where known as "the..... Eighteen.... ninetys?
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level 39
Jan 24, 2018
This quiz is a little dark isn't it? Blood, massacres, assassinations, Nazi symbols, STDs,...
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level 47
Mar 5, 2018
That's history!
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level 42
Mar 6, 2018
Only got skull and crossbones because Owen Benjamin was on Steven Crowder and they talked about it. That's a dub
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level 66
Jun 7, 2018
Tough quiz. A good few American questions that are a lot tougher for us non-Americans.
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level 73
Jun 20, 2018
I just watched a documentary on YouTube a few days about about how syphilis may have been in Europe prior to Columbus.