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History Multiple Choice #2

Can you answer these multiple choice questions about world history?
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Last updated: May 22, 2019
First submittedMarch 26, 2019
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1. What was the original purpose of the Taj Mahal?
A palace
A mausoleum
A mosque
An armory
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?
Constantinople
Rome
Alexandria
Jerusalem
3. Which came first?
The Neolithic
The Paleolithic
Classical Antiquity
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?
Fossil fuels
Slavery
Its military
Taxes
5. What was the Tunguska event of 1908?
A giant explosion in Siberia probably caused by a meteor impact
A rebellion in Austria
The mysterious disappearance of a ship in the Caribbean
6. What was a dreadnought?
A demon in Norse mythology
A type of battleship
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?
Maize
Hemp
Tomatoes
Tobacco
8. What decade was known as "gay" in America and "naughty" in Britain?
1920s
1890s
1720s
1960s
9. What was Abraham Lincoln doing when he was assassinated in 1865?
Inspecting the troops
Walking on the grounds of the White House
Giving a speech
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?
David Livingstone
Adam Smith
Robert Malthus
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?
London
Moscow
Berlin
Buenos Aires
13. Compared to 50 years ago do French people drink more or less wine?
Less
More
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?
Kenya
Uruguay
Zimbabwe
Greece
15. What did the Qing dynasty force all men to do when they took over China in the 1600s?
Serve in the army
Wear specific clothing
Wear a specific hairstyle
Get circumcised
The "queue" was a hated symbol of loyalty and submission to the Qing regime, who were Manchu invaders not Han Chinese
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level ∞
Mar 26, 2019
Too hard?
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level 70
Mar 26, 2019
A good challenge no doubt, but not too hard that it needs to be watered down. I got 12/15.
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level 75
Mar 26, 2019
Nope. Nice quiz, thank you.
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level 80
Mar 26, 2019
Nope, nice and challenging
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level 16
May 23, 2019
yeah it was fine i guess
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level 71
Mar 27, 2019
No, it's good! Sure it's a bit of a challenge, but that's why we're all here!!
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level 77
Apr 12, 2019
No, I think it is well-balanced. I got all of them right (!) but even if I hadn't I think it is nice to be challenged.
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level 77
May 22, 2019
No. Got them all. Maybe you should add Thanos the Mad Titan as an answer for #10 that might trick some people.
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level 68
May 22, 2019
A decade ending in 40s might have tricked some people too, given "naughty forties". Anyway, no, not too hard. Good quiz.
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level 76
May 22, 2019
Nope. Missed three, just a bit of a challenge which is good.
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level 72
Mar 27, 2019
That circumcision choice is a joke.
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level 86
Mar 27, 2019
I like how Laika's trip is referred to as a 'suicide mission', suggesting she was fully aware of what the trip entailed and made the decision to do it!
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level 74
Apr 7, 2019
It was a murder mission indeed. Or at best collateral damage mission.
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level 59
Mar 27, 2019
Why "Robert" Malthus? Thomas was his first name.
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level ∞
Mar 27, 2019
He was known by his middle name.
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level 66
May 23, 2019
Not by contemporary economists ...
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level 77
May 28, 2019
I've always heard Thomas, but he's the only Malthus I know, so...
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level 38
Mar 27, 2019
Good quiz. Should have scored higher.