To (actually) be fair, the United States is a part of the world, and in the same way that events in Pharaonic Egypt, Classical Greece, Imperial Rome and Victorian England are a vital part of world history, events in the USA and American colonies over the past four centuries are also a vital part of world history. Since the decline of the European empires and the rise of American industrial might in the 1800s, to a large extent, world history IS American history. To be fair.
2nd, if you're going to rope in every entity that ever existed in this territory under the all-encompassing umbrella of "China" as if they were the same thing... then... I think you're still wrong. Check out this graph for a start (from a good book worth reading).
Anyway... point taken about entertainment > fairness. And I appreciate your occasional efforts to make the quizzes more international or teach us something about China. :) But, to be fair, there *is* a reason why modern history texts focus more on Western civilization than Eastern and it's not just cultural chauvinism.
by the way I found the text of that book in pdf form in its entirety if anyone wants to read. Though I recommend buying a copy.
b) depends. United States (American) history could be said to have begun in 1776 when the country was founded. But of course the people and lands eventually incorporated in to that country have histories that extend back much farther than that.
c) If half the people on this quiz were Italian that would indeed be odd. Sort of like if half the people on the quiz were from Texas. On the other hand, if half of them were European (and they are), it wouldn't be any more strange than if fewer than half of them were American.
Seeing how worldly you are, how many languages can you speak/read/write?
All that said, I still think the comment is not valid for two reasons, 1. The quiz is titled "Name that Historical Figure"...That is pretty broad and means it could be anyone...in fact, it would still be an accurate title if all the answers were American ones. 2. And most importantly, this is an open site with guest contributors...It doesn't say anywhere that content must show global diversity...The quizmaster made a quiz that was entertaining and fair, and that's all they are required to do...period.
Now, to the point of American's learning more about the world outside America...thats a different argument...and one not suited for online quiz sites ;)
To the quizmaster: I think Mark Twain's real name, Samuel Clemens, should also be accepted.
The Civil War is the greatest challenge in the history of the USA, it was the country tearing itself apart and in MANY cases, brother literally fighting against brother.
Why should it be a shock that Americans (and not in such large numbers, seeing by the fact that 63% of takers got Lee wrong) might be able to recognize the chief military figure of the Confederacy?
JRomance is 100% right...it is one thing to be completely ignorant of history, but if one is not and merely knows more about the history of their home country than they do of general world and foreign history, then they should not be called ignorant.
Washington, Jefferson, Bolivar, Hirohito, Sukarno, Gandhi, Selassie, Nasser and many others all came before Điện Biên Phủ, and the majority of them were vastly more important to the ultimate end of European colonialism than late-to-the-party footnote Ho.
and the difference between the words "attempted" and "succeeded?"
Do you perhaps need help judging which number between 1919 and 1865 is larger?
Hard to say if, 500 years from now, he'll be as well remembered as Beethoven. Probably not. But maybe. If humans even still exist then. I think Malbaby is probably right.
(I tried and failed with "Geranimo" and then moved on thinking it must be someone else.)
I forgot the one T and that's that?
It took just writing 'Ho' for Ho Chi Minh!
And then it only gave me 67% for that answer.
Elvis look like he is gonna sneeze, I thought kfc when seeing twain.. and mcarthur looks like bruce willis.