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Materials From History #1

Can you name these materials that played an important part in world history?
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Last updated: February 21, 2020
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Prospectors flocked to California in 1849 looking for this
Gold
Chinese emperors were buried in suits made of this green stone
Jade
The dome of the Pantheon in Rome was built from this. Today, it is possibly
the world's most-used building material.
Concrete
Paper-like writing material first used in ancient Egypt
Papyrus
The U.S. Constitution is written on this type of material, made from animal skins
Parchment
The Stone Age came to an end when people starting working with this copper alloy
Bronze
The Digital Age took off in 1960 thanks to chips made mostly
from this semiconductive element
Silicon
Rifles got a big improvement in the 1600s when they started using this
stone to create a spark
Flint
This semiprecious stone was ground into powder to make ultramarine,
the most expensive blue pigment used by Rennaissance painters
Lapis lazuli
Superhard steel named for a city in the Middle East. Scientists still don't fully
understand the secret of its construction.
Damascus steel
The Chinese monopoly on this fabric ended in the 6th century when Byzantine monks
smuggled out the materials needed to make it
Silk
The first emperor of China was buried with an "army" of 8000 soldiers made
from this earthenware material
Terracotta
Daguerreotypes (an early type of photography) used a sheet of copper
plated with this material
Silver
This element was first produced in 1940 in California. It became the "active" ingredient
in the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki.
Plutonium
Spanish for "mudbrick", it was used to build houses by the Pueblo people of the
American Southwest
Adobe
England's most valuable export in the Middle Ages. Much of it ended up in Belgium.
Wool
Fragrant tree resin supposedly given to the baby Jesus
Frankincense / Myrrh
Fossilized tree resin traded from the Baltic Sea to the Mediterranean in ancient times
Amber
"Heart of Darkness" tells the story of a man who goes mad while working to
export this white-colored material from Africa
Ivory
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Level 83
Feb 21, 2020
More alternate spellings: adobo (yeah I guess it's some kinda sauce, but I don't speak Spanish) and myrrh.
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Level 87
Feb 21, 2020
myrrh is the correct spelling, the quiz has a typo (myrhh) but adobo is not an alternate spelling for adobe.
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Level 73
Feb 21, 2020
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Level 78
Feb 21, 2020
"And thanks a lot for the gold and frankincense, er, but don't worry too much about the myrrh next time. All right?"
- The Life of Brian
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Level 71
Feb 21, 2020
'used' is spelled 'usd' in the daguerreotype question.
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Level ∞
Feb 21, 2020
Fixed
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Level 78
Feb 22, 2020
What about asbestos?
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Level 66
Feb 22, 2020
Excellent quiz.
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Level 69
Feb 22, 2020
"This element was first produced in 1940 in California. It became the "active" ingredient in the atomic bombs dropped on Japan." I believe that the "Little Boy"-bomb dropped on Hiroshima was U-235 based and only "Fat Man"-bomb dropped on Nagasaki used Plutonium. So, that hint should read "bomb" instead of "bombs".
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Level ∞
Feb 22, 2020
You are absolutely correct. This has been fixed.
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Level 63
Feb 22, 2020
Heh, nearly didn't get parchment.
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Level 77
Feb 22, 2020
Same here. I was thinking, "What do they call parchment?" I was trying to think of vellum, and after I finally thought of it I was surprised when it didn't work. So then I tried parchment. I thought a document that important would have been written on vellum but I guess not - not that there's that much difference.
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Level 63
Feb 22, 2020
I was just surprised as that was one of the answers on my own quiz.
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Level 68
Feb 29, 2020
Nice quiz idea Max!
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Level 63
Mar 1, 2020
Thanks :)
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Level 66
Feb 22, 2020
I think it's just "Heart of Darkness" without the "The" at the beginning.
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Level ∞
Feb 23, 2020
Fixed
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Level 60
Feb 22, 2020
Vellum should be accepted in addition to parchment. While there are technically distinctions between them, the two terms are often used interchangeably.
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Level ∞
Feb 23, 2020
Okay
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Level 85
Feb 24, 2020
Got to the steel question, and the only kind I could think of was Beskar.
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Level 67
Mar 2, 2020
I thought of that an Valyrian steel before giving up on it.
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Level 67
Mar 2, 2020
After reading about Damascus Steel I feel like George RR Martin probably got the idea for Valyrian steel from Damascus steel.
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Level 63
Mar 31, 2020
The Valyrian steel swords in the show look somewhat like Damascus steel so if that's anything to go by, I'm inclined to agree.
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Level 81
Feb 24, 2020
I read "steel" and "named for a city in the middle east," and my mind went immediately to Bethlehem Steel. Couldn't think of anything else after that...
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Level 70
Feb 26, 2020
None of England's wool ended up in Belgium in the middle ages. Flanders possibly.
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Level 78
Feb 27, 2020
I'm surprised waffles wasn't accepted.
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Level 75
Feb 28, 2020
Yep. And I know for a fact that it wasn't. :-)
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Level 78
Feb 27, 2020
There aren't that many letters in Renaissance
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Level 62
Feb 29, 2020
I got 12/19 (and was pretty satisfied), then I saw that it beats/equals only 37% of quiz takers. 😯
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Level 53
Feb 29, 2020
Dang I got the one about Lazuli wrong. I thought it was spelt like Lapiz.
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Level 43
Feb 29, 2020
Got Damascus
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