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History Multiple Choice #1

Can you answer these multiple choice questions about world history?
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First submittedFebruary 1, 2019
Last updatedJuly 15, 2019
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1. Which of these countries did the Soviet Union NEVER invade?
Sweden
Afghanistan
Finland
Poland
2. Who was the first person to orbit the Earth?
Neil Armstrong
Valentina Tereshkova
Yuri Gagarin
John Glenn
3. Which of these cities was NOT founded by the Romans?
London
Alexandria
Cologne
4. Where did Zoroastrianism originate?
India
South America
Egypt
Persia
5. Which of these writers was NOT English?
Jane Austen
Agatha Christie
Oscar Wilde
Charles Dickens
Oscar Wilde was Irish
6. What does a dendrochronologist use to establish dates?
Solar eclipses
Ice cores
Tree rings
Carbon isotopes
The unique pattern of tree rings, based on growing seasons, can determine the time period and location that a piece of wood came from
7. In terms of weapons, what is a pike?
A very long spear
An improvised explosive device
A trench knife
A spiked helmet
Pikes ranged from 10 to 25 feet long
8. Why did whalers hunt sperm whales?
For skin to make leather
For oil to make candles
For sport
For meat
Sperm whales have a large amount of "spermaceti" in their heads. It was highly prized for making odorless candles. Its biological purpose is unknown.
9. The spinning jenny was one of the earliest innovations in the Industrial Revolution. What was a spinning jenny?
A water pump
A device for making cloth
A device for storing energy
A steam engine
10. How many wives did Henry VIII have?
2
3
6
1
11. Which of the following was a result of Mao's "Great Leap Forward", a plan to remake China's agrarian economy?
A famine that killed 36 million people
Not much really changed
Improved standard of living
The overthrow of Mao
12. Which event triggered World War One?
The sinking of the Lusitania
The tsar's refusal of an offer to visit Germany
Germany's invasion of Poland
The assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand
13. What was the Byzantine Empire?
A continuation of the Roman Empire
An alliance ruled by the Pope
The empire founded by Alexander the Great
A confederation of European tribes
14. When was the last time Moscow was ever captured by a foreign power?
By Napoleon in 1812
By Hitler in 1942
Never
By Ögedei Khan in 1238
15. Which of the following was NOT originally invented in China?
Paper money
Gunpowder
Silk
Concrete
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level 72
Feb 1, 2019
Why is Lenin's picture there? He doesn't connect to any of the questions!
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level 69
Feb 2, 2019
He was really good at multiple choice.
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level 68
Feb 3, 2019
He never invaded Sweden.
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level ∞
Feb 3, 2019
He's a famous Zoroastrian, duh.
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level 75
Feb 3, 2019
His remains were the first person to orbit the earth.
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level 61
Feb 7, 2019
He was one of Henrys wives.
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level 68
Feb 7, 2019
He wasn't invented in China
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level 77
Mar 14, 2019
You can date his corpse by counting rings of cigarette smoke.
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level 73
Mar 14, 2019
He was hunted to make candles
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level 30
Mar 14, 2019
He invented the spinning jenny
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level 79
Mar 14, 2019
He captured Moscow.
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level 68
Mar 14, 2019
His policies led to famines killing millions of people.
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level ∞
Mar 23, 2019
And now I'm sad.
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level 45
Mar 14, 2019
He's the only city to not be founded by the Romans so he assassinated the Archduke of Ferdinand and then became a tree ring
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level 66
Mar 14, 2019
He was Henry VIII's 7th wife.
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level 56
Mar 14, 2019
He singlehandedly invaded Afghanistan armed with only a pike
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level 43
Mar 16, 2019
He's not an English writer.
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level 37
May 20, 2019
Lol.
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level 57
Oct 16, 2019
He was an amateur dendrochronologist
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level 66
Feb 2, 2019
This may be a bit nit-picky, but can it really be said that World War I started with the assassination? I mean, it was an important event in triggering the war, but it didn't really start until Austria-Hungary began to bomb Belgrade after Serbia rejected its ultimatum.
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level 77
Mar 14, 2019
Sure it can be and it often is.
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level 64
Feb 2, 2019
All answers to the start of World War 1 are wrong. I guess "a simple misunderstanding" still comes the closest to the real story. Please specify the question to something like "which event is considered as a cause for World War 1".
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level 69
Feb 3, 2019
The assassination of Franz Ferdinand was in june 28th, and the start of the WWI was in july 28th.
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level ∞
Feb 3, 2019
I can see that this is going to be a thing, so I changed the question slightly. I stand by the original version, however.
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level 79
Feb 4, 2019
As well you should. The assassination and the outdated alliances associated with it were the excuses that the failing powers of Europe used to justify the resulting conflict that they hoped would restore their power and/or increase their territory. IMO one of the most indefensible and stupid wars ever and only resulted in an even greater conflict.
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level 73
Mar 14, 2019
I heard it was when a bloke called Archie Duke shot an ostrich because he was hungry
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level 43
Mar 16, 2019
I have a cunning plan!
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level 85
Feb 4, 2019
I thought Napoleons invasion of Moscow/Soviet Union failed and that was what led to his downfall...
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level 41
Feb 4, 2019
I wasn't sure if he took over Moscow but his invasion of Russia definitely failed.
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level 79
Feb 4, 2019
Well, his army actually only occupied the territory that was Moscow after the Russian Army abandoned and burned it before their retreat.
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level 77
Mar 14, 2019
The invasion failed because of the Russian tactics and the fact that Napoleon kept pushing until he reached Moscow, deep into Russian territory on the eve of the Russian winter, stretching his supply lines thin. The Russians continually retreated through the whole invasion, burning everything as they did so that there was nothing for Napoleon's army to eat. When they arrived in Moscow they found it burned, as well. He was faced with the option to turn around, or stay in Moscow where his entire army would surely starve or freeze to death. The famous Minard Map, sometimes called the best statistical graph ever drawn, vividly depicts just want a catastrophe this was for Napoleon's Grand Armee.
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level 56
Mar 14, 2019
He certainly failed in invading the Soviet Union...
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level 62
Mar 14, 2019
Indeed, he was about a century too early.
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level 70
Feb 12, 2019
I have never heard the Austrian Archduke Ferdinand called Francis before, always Franz. Can you point to a source which has Francis and not Franz? The first 10 online sources that I looked up all had Franz.
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level ∞
Feb 12, 2019
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archduke_Franz_Ferdinand_of_Austria#Character
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level 61
Sep 4, 2019
because one italian Guy called him Francis....this is your source? I think you should change it to Franz! No one in Austria goes by the name Francis at this time.
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level 38
Mar 14, 2019
Napoleon's invasion of Russia was not successful.
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level 62
Mar 14, 2019
Nobody is saying it wasn't.
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level 66
Mar 14, 2019
Actually the Byzantine Empire has a confusing name, since the city wasn't called Byzantium then anymore... I tried to reason this question and I was wrong because of this. Let's do better next time. :)
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level 62
Mar 14, 2019
The fact that the Byzantine Empire's name is confusing doesn't negate the fact that that's what it's called. And so, the question is correctly made. Or is the "let's do better" comment directed at yourself?
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level 56
Mar 14, 2019
Technically, annulling a marriage means it essentially didn't happen, so Henry VII was only married 3 or 4 times (depending on whether you believe Henry or the Pope). The show Quite Interesting did a whole thing on it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvdXBmLmqZ4 And I wish I had never seen it because then I would've got the question right. :(
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level 62
Mar 14, 2019
So, is an annullment then a powerful magic spell that alters the past? If not, then the events still happened, wether they "count" or not; if yes, then you're not talking about history but fantasy, which is irrelevant to the topic.
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level 57
Mar 14, 2019
While this is an interesting fact by QI standards, I think it is a bit silly to say that Henry VIII was never married to Catherine of Aragon (or Anne Boleyn or Anne of Cleves, but slightly less so in those cases). They were married for upwards of 20 years, and Catherine of Aragon acted as the Queen of England for the duration of that time. Henry created his own religion for the sole purpose that he could have the marriage annulled. That feels like cheating to me. If as Henry claimed he could never have married Catherine because she was his ex-sister-in-law, then that really raises the question of why he claimed she was his wife for 20 years.
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level 38
Apr 21, 2019
Rtabram: If a marriage didn't take place, it couldn't have been annulled. So, if Henry married them, then he was married; whatever he did afterward is another matter entirely.
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level 57
Mar 15, 2019
Just to be pedantic, (and this is the place for it, if anywhere!), the spinning jenny was a spinning machine - it made yarn (thread), not cloth.
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level 38
May 10, 2019
Just noticed this. Since when has Franz Ferdinand been known as "Francis" - Do you do this just to generate comments? - Do you somehow get extra perks or something based on the number of comments your quiz receives?
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level 61
Sep 4, 2019
Look in one of the comments before you. Someone else asked the same question. The only source for that seems to be an articel by some italian guy. I do not understand that either. His name was Franz and not Francis.
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level 37
May 20, 2019
12/15 let's gooo