History True or False #1

Guess whether these historical statements are true or false.
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Last updated: March 9, 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. Egypt, Jordan, and Syria have all invaded Israel
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 32
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 59
Mar 9, 2020
Same here. I looked and couldn't find anything online. If someone would be label to point me in the right direction that would be very helpful.
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Level ∞
Mar 9, 2020
That question is probably too hard, I apologize. Most people would only think of the Six-Day War and Yom Kippur War. But Israel was also invaded by several Arab nations on the day after they declared independence in 1948. Lebanon sent a small force of 436 soldiers to join the fray.
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Level ∞
Mar 9, 2020
I changed the question to remove Lebanon and make it easier.
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Level 82
Feb 26, 2020
I say tomato.
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Level 67
Mar 9, 2020
You say tomahto
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Level 70
Feb 26, 2020
Well worded to receive false positives. I particularly like the parenthetical (very old).
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Level 67
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 68
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 67
Mar 2, 2020
Thanks for adding a source to who scholars refers to! This answers the very specific question on the believe of the majority. And I am not arguing that the very topic is false. But it is a bit lame to persist in absolute truth for any side when you can not prove it. This is not like climate change where you have literally tons of scientific observations. Anyway. Case closed. ;-)
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Level 72
Mar 11, 2020
The academic study of historical literary authorship isn’t just wild, random guesswork, TheLastFish. They practice scientific rigor as well!
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Level 70
Feb 26, 2020
Great quiz!
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Level 81
Feb 27, 2020
Trying to figure out the significance of the picture on this quiz. Any suggestions?
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Level 81
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 80
Feb 28, 2020
It's a Neanderthal weapon used to hunt dinosaurs.
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Level 72
Mar 11, 2020
Personally, after I saw the picture, I was all excited to be getting a question about “The Nightmare Before Christmas”! Imagine my disappointment :-(
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Level 46
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 52
Feb 28, 2020
Actually, the USSR did fight in China. The Red Army invaded Manchuria in August, 1945.
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Level 52
Feb 28, 2020
The Chinese fought (without much success) against Japan from 1941-1945. The Flying Tigers fought as part of the Nationalist China Air Force. China was a participant in the Cairo Conference in 1943. The first B-29 raids against Japan were launched from air bases in China.
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Level 40
Mar 13, 2020
Since China was occupied by the Japanese, did “China” fight in the war or did the “Chinese” fight. Big difference.
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Level 52
Mar 14, 2020
The Japanese never occupied all of China. The Nationalist Chinese government retreated to Chunking and stayed there until the end of the war.
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Level 69
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.
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Level 52
Feb 28, 2020
The German invasion of Greece in 1941 led Winston Churchill to curtail a successful campaign in North Africa in order to send troops to Greece. The German overran Greece anyway and captured Crete as well, with heavy losses to British troops and ships.
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Level 72
Mar 9, 2020
Basically, the Italians made such a hash of it, the Germans just decided to do it themselves.
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Level 72
Mar 11, 2020
I too would not have know about the Nazis invading Greece had I not read a really interesting (and kinda sad) novel about the occupation and its long aftermath. For anyone interested, it’s called My Last Lament by James William Brown (Berkeley Books, 2017).
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Level 64
Feb 29, 2020
Shouldn’t the title of this quiz be “History True or False”?
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Level ∞
Mar 1, 2020
Okay
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Level 60
Mar 9, 2020
About the dinosaur question: humans actually are partly responsible. Birds are dinosaurs (not just descended from them, they technically ARE dinosaurs, check Wikipedia), and humans did bring some of them to extinction.

So this question made me wonder how technical/specific to be. Could it be worded differently? For example, by specifying it’s about non-avian dinosaurs.

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Level 83
Mar 9, 2020
You're thinking about this too much.
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Level 48
Mar 9, 2020
Lebanon never invaded Israel.
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Level ∞
Mar 9, 2020
Except for 1948.
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Level 48
Mar 17, 2020
Lebanon invaded British Palestine before Israel declared independence. It wasn't recognized as a nation by the UN until 1949.
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Level 80
Apr 2, 2020
Israel declared independence on May 14, 1948. On May 15, Britain gave up their mandate of Palestine and withdrew. At that point Israel was a de facto sovereign state. They were immediately invaded by the Arab League which sought to destroy the new state and drive the Jews into the sea, but the Arab League failed. JetPunk places reality higher than UN recognition, which is why they recognize the sovereignty of Kosovo and Taiwan but not of Palestine. International recognition is only one component of sovereignty, and it's possible to be recognized with or without the UN.
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Level 48
Apr 3, 2020
Let me ask two questions: 1. Where exactly did Lebanon allegedly invade? (do you know a specific village?) 2. When did Lebanon allegedly invade there?
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Level 80
Mar 9, 2020
it's amazing how opaque the blind spots are for people who want to believe a certain narrative. Like those who want to believe that Israel is always the antagonist act like the country didn't exist until after the '48 armistice or maybe only after the Arab League invaders started losing territory. Or when people talk about there being no terrorist attacks on US soil during the Bush presidency... who only start counting *after* 9/11. Or those that like to say that there have been more casualties from "white terrorism" than Islamic in the US, they also conveniently start counting from the same date.
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Level 48
Mar 17, 2020
We have to have definitions of things in order to talk about those things. I'm open to hear your definitions.
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Level 80
Apr 2, 2020
My definitions are most often the ones found in the dictionary. The first one for country found on google is "a nation with its own government, occupying a particular territory." Nothing in there about UN recognition. If you don't recognize that Israel existed as a country until 1949 that makes you even more extreme than the people I was alluding to in my previous comment.
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Level 48
Apr 3, 2020
The Israeli government was formed March 8 1949, according to the Israeli government itself: https://www.knesset.gov.il/govt/eng/GovtByNumber_eng.asp?govt=1
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Level 59
Mar 9, 2020
The question about the Inca written language infused me because I wasn't sure what counted as being written. Maybe trying to find a way to reword the question to clarify it would be useful.
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Level 80
Mar 9, 2020
What were you infused with?
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Level 65
Mar 9, 2020
It was the old confusion infusion.
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Level 63
Mar 9, 2020
I thought that china invented black powder, but gunpowder was an improved version of that which was invented in europe.
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Level 15
Mar 10, 2020
Greece was invaded and occupied by Italians, Germans helped.. they did most of the work, but still they weren't the ones that invaded Greece.
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Level 48
Apr 3, 2020
They invaded Greek Macedonia, which was and still is part of Greece, from the north. Greece was invaded also in the south by Italy and in the east by Bulgaria.
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Level 64
Jul 31, 2020
It doesn't say invaded- it says occupied.
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Level 48
Oct 8, 2020
"they weren't the ones that invaded Greece." - the post to which I referred.
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Level 23
Mar 10, 2020
When in the war did the Nazis occupy Greece
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Level 48
Apr 3, 2020
April 1941 - October 1944.
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Level 44
Aug 7, 2020
That was the Italians. The Germans occupied a few small areas - several islands and part of the north - until they took everything over in 1943. Says Wikipedia!
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Level 44
Mar 10, 2020
Seven percent of respondents thought that humans were partially responsible for the extinction of dinosaurs... let's all just take that in for a second.
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Level 72
Mar 11, 2020
I was hoping someone else would notice and be alarmed by that! Surely all 7% of those people weren’t talking about our wiping out, for instance, the dodos, but I do applaud those who took the question that literally. I am always reminding people that dinosaurs are not all extinct!
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Level ∞
Jul 9, 2020
To be fair, I'm kind of a jerk so I worded the question in a way that would trick people who aren't confident in their knowledge.
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Level 68
Aug 18, 2020
Flat-earthers, I expect. And/or creationists.
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Level 43
Apr 20, 2020
The Great Pyramid of Giza is the only Ancient Wonder that stands in its entirety, but there are still standing pillars of the Temple of Artemis.