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History Multiple Choice #2

Can you answer these multiple choice questions about world history?
Last updated: May 22, 2019
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1. What was the original purpose of the Taj Mahal?
A mausoleum
An armory
A palace
A mosque
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
Alexandria
Jerusalem
Rome
3. Which came first?
The Paleolithic
The Neolithic
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?
Taxes
Slavery
Fossil fuels
Its military
5. What was the Tunguska event of 1908?
A rebellion in Austria
A giant explosion in Siberia probably caused by a meteor impact
The mysterious disappearance of a ship in the Caribbean
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?
Tobacco
Hemp
Maize
Tomatoes
8. What decade was known as "gay" in America and "naughty" in Britain?
1960s
1920s
1720s
1890s
9. What was Abraham Lincoln doing when he was assassinated in 1865?
Watching a play at Ford's Theatre
Walking on the grounds of the White House
Inspecting the troops
Giving a speech
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
David Livingstone
Adam Smith
Robert Malthus
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
Laika the dog
Ham the chimpanzee
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?
Uruguay
Greece
Zimbabwe
Kenya
15. What did the Qing dynasty force all men to do when they took over China in the 1600s?
Get circumcised
Serve in the army
Wear a specific hairstyle
Wear specific clothing
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 67
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 79
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 70
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 74
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 76
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 62
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 75
May 22, 2019
Nope. Missed three, just a bit of a challenge which is good.
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level 71
Mar 27, 2019
That circumcision choice is a joke.
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level 84
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 73
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 65
May 23, 2019
Not by contemporary economists ...
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level 76
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.