History Multiple Choice #4

Can you answer these multiple choice questions about world history?
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1. Did Buddha live before Jesus or after?
Before
After
2. Did the Mongols ever conquer China?
Yes
No
3. What supposed Medieval practice was known as "droit du seigneur" or "jus primae noctis"?
The right to trial by combat
The drowning of witches
The ability to purchase admittance into heaven
The right of a lord to sleep with a newlywed maiden
There is no documented example of this ever happening in reality
4. In what modern-day country was Stalin born?
Georgia
Germany
Russia
United States
5. Why is Phineas Gage known to history?
He invented the cotton gin
He standardized the dimensions of railway tracks
His personality changed when an iron rod was driven through his head
He traveled around the world in 80 days
6. Croesus was the king of Lydia (in modern-day Turkey) during the 500s BC. What is he famous for?
Being old
Being rich
Being wise
Being strong
7. What was the original worth of a British pound?
A pound of sheep's wool
A pound of copper
A pound of silver
A pound of gold
In 2020, a pound of silver is worth about £200
8. What was the Balfour Declaration?
A papal bull excommunicating Thomas Balfour
A statement of British support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine
A statement of U.S. intent to expand to the Pacific Ocean
The French declaration of war against Germany in WWI
9. In 1457, the Scottish Parliament banned football and golf. Why?
Men were playing sports instead of practicing archery
Windows at the royal palace were broken by errant shots
Scotland had recently lost matches to England
Women had started to play
The ban was repealed a couple decades later
10. When did the Crimean War happen?
1700s
1800s
1900s
11. Did the Incans have written language?
Yes
No
12. True or false. Before the arrival of Europeans, the Hawaiian islands had high levels of social equality.
True
False
Ancient Hawaii had a strict caste system enforced by the death penalty
13. What royal house did Queen Elizabeth I come from?
Plantagenets
Tudors
Stuarts
Windsors
14. How did Napoleon die?
Guillotine, Paris, 1815
Old age, London, 1848
Stomach cancer (or maybe poisoning), St. Helena, 1821
Struck by gunshot, Waterloo, 1815
15. Who did John Hinckley shoot in 1981?
Ronald Reagan
John Lennon
Golda Meir
Gianni Versace
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Level 76
Feb 5, 2020
This was surprisingly difficult!
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Level 68
Feb 5, 2020
The Incas had quipu or rope knots which could be described as a written language. Croesos is also famous for becoming wise, after losing everything.
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Level 74
Feb 5, 2020
I'm not sure how you would write a knot?
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Level 51
Mar 30, 2020
You could always write a lot.
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Level 54
Mar 31, 2020
Depends what your definition of writing is.
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Level ∞
Feb 6, 2020
"Rich as Croesus" is a common saying. The best answer is clear.
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Level 68
Feb 9, 2020
Not in Britain. Never heard that saying, or his name, before in my life.
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Level 48
Mar 30, 2020
Common? Yeah, no.
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Level 51
Mar 30, 2020
Extremely common.
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Level 72
Mar 30, 2020
He's a croesus = he's rich, in my language.
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Level 63
Mar 30, 2020
@camus Yeah, in German „ein [wahrer] Krösus sein“ means to be as rich as Croesus.
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Level ∞
Mar 31, 2020
Well, maybe you won't hear it on the streets. Common in the literary world, haha.
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Level 62
Feb 5, 2020
I'm very surprised by how many people didn't know that pounds were linked to silver.
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Level 73
Feb 6, 2020
Especially considering the formal name of the currency is pound sterling.
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Level 65
Mar 30, 2020
If I had thought of pound sterling, I probably would have gotten it.
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Level 69
Mar 30, 2020
England had an agricultural economy for a long time. I fell for the sheep answer.
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Level 63
Mar 30, 2020
@WanHuangdi But was the first country to be industrialised.
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Level 69
Mar 31, 2020
@Jackinthebox That’s true, but the Pound Sterling first came about during the pre-Norman Anglo-Saxon period, so the Industrial Revolution doesn’t have much of an impact on the term’s origin. Back then, a sheep was worth a lot (but apparently not as much as silver).
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Level 63
Apr 3, 2020
Oh yes, of course. I actually also fell for the sheep answer. 😁
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Level 64
Mar 30, 2020
It's probably because most people think that it's connected to gold. I agree with the others who said that pound sterling should be a giveaway.
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Level 69
Mar 30, 2020
There aren’t any documented cases of that medieval practice because it’s not something the literate men of the time would be interested in writing about. They were mostly concerned with theology and the affairs of the court, not what local lords were up to with their female serfs. The existence of this concept, coupled with the high likelihood of powerful men abusing that power, means that it is very likely to have occurred, but how systemically is probably lost to history.
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Level 30
Mar 30, 2020
The Hawaiian question is a bit interesting how many people got it wrong
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Level ∞
Mar 31, 2020
People think that Hawaii was some idyllic paradise. It was anything but. Every person had a strict place in the social hierarchy. The lowest caste had it worst. They were subject to ritual killing and sacrifice.
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Level 24
Mar 30, 2020
most of these are more like folk lore questions than actual questions about history
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Level ∞
Mar 31, 2020
What is history but stories?
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Level 74
Mar 31, 2020
"hi"?
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Level 69
Mar 31, 2020
Question 13 - it's usually written as 'Stuart', rather than 'Stewart'.
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Level ∞
Mar 31, 2020
Fixed
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Level 35
Mar 31, 2020
The question about the Mongols conquering China is a little sketchy. Yes, they did invade and conquer MOST of China, but the Chinese never honored a surrender to the Mongols. Genghis Khan ended up leaving China with his army before the job was done. To make the question more clear, I would suggest changing to something along the lines of, "Did the Mongols ever conquer the Chinese capital?"
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Level ∞
Mar 31, 2020
The Mongols, under Kublai Khan, captured China and held it for nearly 100 years

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuan_dynasty