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History True False

Guess whether these historical statements are true or false.
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Last updated: February 27, 2020
First submittedFebruary 26, 2020
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1. Columbus was the first European to sail to the Americas
True
False
The Vikings did it first
2. Gunpowder was invented in China
True
False
3. Israel has been invaded by all four of the sovereign states that border it
True
False
4. The Nazis occupied Greece during WWII
True
False
5. An aristocrat living in St. Petersburg, Russia in the 1800s would be expected to speak fluent French
True
False
6. The Incas had written language prior to European contact
True
False
7. The saxophone was invented by Adolphe Sax
True
False
8. Ireland was colonized by the ancient Romans
True
False
9. Tomatoes originally came from the New World
True
False
10. Most scholars now believe that Shakespeare did not write most of the plays that bear his name
True
False
11. Bach was influenced by Beethoven
True
False
Bach died before Beethoven was born
12. California and Texas were once part of Mexico
True
False
13. Humans were partly responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs
True
False
14. China fought in WWII
True
False
Millions of Chinese soldiers and civilians died in the war
15. Documents written in Classical Greek didn't use spaces between words
True
False
16. Photographs exist of a (very old) George Washington
True
False
Photography was invented after he died
17. The Great Pyramid of Giza is the only one of the ancient Wonders of the World that still stands
True
False
18. Socrates died in battle
True
False
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level 30
Feb 26, 2020
Five stars!
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level 55
Feb 26, 2020
Good quiz, didn't know Israel was invaded by Lebanon
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level 76
Feb 26, 2020
I say tomato.
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level 69
Feb 26, 2020
Well worded to receive false positives. I particularly like the parenthetical (very old).
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level 65
Feb 26, 2020
The Shakespeare question is odd, as it is in fact not clear whether he was the author. And even though it is just a meta question which asks for the "believe" of the majority of scholars: This may heavily depend on who counts as a scholar, right?
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level 66
Feb 27, 2020
"On 22 April 2007, The New York Times published a survey of 265 American Shakespeare professors on the Shakespeare authorship question. To the question of whether there is good reason to question Shakespeare's authorship, 6 per cent answered "yes", and 11 percent "possibly". When asked their opinion of the topic, 61 per cent chose "A theory without convincing evidence" and 32 per cent chose "A waste of time and classroom distraction"." I am willing to bet that the percentages would be even lower among UK scholars. Now it is certainly true and accepted that he did not write or contributed little to several plays (Henry VI, Titus Andronicus, Pericles), but that is a different question.
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level ∞
Feb 27, 2020
Thank you. The correct answer is very clear to those who know it.
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level 66
Feb 26, 2020
Great quiz!
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level 79
Feb 27, 2020
Trying to figure out the significance of the picture on this quiz. Any suggestions?
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level 80
Feb 27, 2020
Looks like part of a Viking ship, referring to the first question.
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level ∞
Feb 27, 2020
Yes!
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level 78
Feb 28, 2020
It's a Neanderthal weapon used to hunt dinosaurs.
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level 43
Feb 27, 2020
I was confused by the Chinese WWII question. I wasn't sure if it was supposed to include the cino-japanese war in WWII, because technically it's not the same, but also technically it is part of it... ? Sooo now I'm also wodering if I'm remembering right, did they also take part in fighting in the bigger conflict ?
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level ∞
Feb 27, 2020
It doesn't matter. They fought in China which was part of the Pacific Theater. Consider this: would you say that Russia didn't "really" fight in WWII because they didn't fight in China?
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level 67
Feb 27, 2020
I thought the Nazis was a trick question. I knew the Italians invaded Greece and that you were looking for "Axis" rather than Nazis.