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1.What was the original purpose of the Taj Mahal?
Shah Jahan, the Mughal emperor, built the Taj Mahal to house the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal - his favorite wife
2.What was the capital of the Byzantine Empire?
3.Which came first?
The Bronze Age
The Paleolithic is the early part of the Stone Age, lasting from about 3 million years ago until about 10,000 B.C.
4.What did Costa Rica abolish in 1949?
5.What was the Tunguska event of 1908?
The mysterious disappearance of a ship in the Caribbean
A rebellion in Austria
A giant explosion in Siberia probably caused by a meteor impact
6.What was a dreadnought?
A type of battleship
A demon in Norse mythology
An elite German soldier
The HMS Dreadnought was launched in 1906. It was so influential that future battleships with similar capabilities were informally referred to as "dreadnoughts", and earlier battleships were "pre-dreadnoughts"
7.Which of these crops DIDN'T come from the New World?
8.What decade was known as "gay" in America and "naughty" in Britain?
9.What was Abraham Lincoln doing when he was assassinated in 1865?
Walking on the grounds of the White House
Giving a speech
Inspecting the troops
Watching a play at Ford's Theatre
10.Who theorized that, as food levels rise, population levels grow to meet them - thereby ensuring most people will always be poor?
G. W. F. Hegel
This was almost always true throughout history until the time of the Industrial Revolution
11.Who was the first animal to orbit the Earth?
Yuri Gagarin the human
Ham the chimpanzee
Laika the dog
The Soviets had not yet invented a way to come down from orbit, so Laika's trip was a suicide mission
12.Where did Karl Marx spend most of his adult life?
13.Compared to 50 years ago do French people drink more or less wine?
French wine consumption per capita has fallen by more than half in the last 50 years
14.What country was formerly known as Southern Rhodesia?
15.What did the Qing dynasty force all men to do when they took over China in the 1600s?
Wear a specific hairstyle
Serve in the army
Wear specific clothing
The "queue" was a hated symbol of loyalty and submission to the Qing regime, who were Manchu invaders not Han Chinese