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The Reign of Napoleon

Guess these facts about Napoleon and his reign as Emperor of France.
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Last updated: December 16, 2019
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Napoleon's surname
Bonaparte
Island he was born on
Corsica
Island he was exiled to
Elba
More remote island he was exiled to after escaping from the above
Saint Helena
His final defeat
Battle of Waterloo
English commander at the above battle
Duke of Wellington
Frigid city which marked the easternmost point of his conquests
Moscow
Name of his first wife and true love
Joséphine
His greatest victory which led to the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire
Battle of Austerlitz
System of weights and measures that he helped to spread
Metric System
Famous relic, used to translate hieroglyphs, discovered during his Egyptian expedition
Rosetta Stone
French colony which declared independence in 1804 following a slave revolt
Haiti
Territory sold to the United States in 1803
Louisiana
1805 battle at which the French navy was defeated by British admiral Horatio Nelson
Battle of Trafalgar
Anti-communist book featuring a pig named Napoleon
Animal Farm
The name for his system of enlightened laws
Napoleonic Code
Monument in Paris commemorating his conquests
Arc de Triomphe
Napoleon's nickname - a reference to his perceived short height
Little Corporal
The name of Napoleon's army
Grande Armée
Peace conference that set national boundaries after Napoleon's defeat
Congress of Vienna
74 Comments
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Level 79
Jan 7, 2017
Bit too easy?
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Level 83
Jan 7, 2017
Easy but it's ok. There's always room for Napoleon quiz - advanced level.
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Level 61
Aug 10, 2019
You're so smart!
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Level 75
Feb 5, 2023
Technically, smart is someone who can perform logical operations, such as math or physics, not someone who merely remembers information, so more like "You're so good at memorising stuff"
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Level 75
Jan 30, 2024
They're being sarcastic.
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Level 65
Jul 8, 2024
r/whoooosh?
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Level 60
Jan 7, 2017
Liking these quizzes! Maybe some about other countries like Spain, Italy and many more. Maybe even some dictators like Stalin, Mao or Pinochet :P
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Level 82
Apr 28, 2017
I actually think British resistance to Napoleonic France caused more deaths than the actions of Napoleon himself, under his rule life for the average European improved immeasurably.
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Level 58
Apr 28, 2017
British resistance? What about the Russians, Prussians, Austrians, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch et al who resisted Napolean at one time or another, and who formed grand coalitions against France?
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Level 69
Apr 28, 2017
True, but a lot of them only did so at the instigation of or due to support from the British, and furthermore many deaths were caused by British interference rather than actual war (e.g. blockading places and thus causing food shortage is one example I can think of). It's likely a lot of continental regimes wouldn't have been able to get back up without British help, when Napoleonic rule was often popular (what with abolishing feudalism and independence as a puppet instead of direct subjugation and all that)
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Level 89
Aug 5, 2018
'K...
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Level 71
Oct 23, 2018
Damn you Brits for defending yourselves, what were you thinking? You should've been grateful such a great man wanted to rule over you!
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Level 82
Aug 9, 2019
We had a pretty shitty aristocracy ruling over us, in some regards we still do, the average brit might've benefited from a changing of the guards.

Further more Napoleon never really attempted to invade Britain despite our pretty much constant attempts to undermine both the republic and French empire.

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Level 75
Feb 5, 2023
At least he rose up on grounds of skill, contrary to the legions of lords they like to bow down to on the grey island, getting free places in the House of Lords even today.

Then again, he did appoint his own brother as king of Spain.. so.. maybe not that different after all lol

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Level 23
Mar 1, 2024
That is the "fraternite" part of the deal he defended, lol. As for "egalite"...
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Level 43
Feb 20, 2024
Did Napoleon really ever want to truly hold Great Britain? I've always seen it as wanting continental Europe and just wanting GB to go the hell away.
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Level 83
Nov 6, 2023
*white male Europeans, maybe. Life for women and black people went absolutely down the drain under Napoleon
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Level 43
Feb 20, 2024
Was it made meaningfully worse under Napoleon? I don't think so.
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Level 83
Jun 8, 2024
I mean, his government brought back slavery and reduced women's status within the family to that of a child, so
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Level 65
Jun 8, 2017
I feel offended that 95% of people get the battle of Waterloo correct but that only 25% got the battle of Austerlitz, clearly the greatest and most influential battle of the war.
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Level 70
Aug 2, 2018
He has returned!
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Level 83
Nov 25, 2018
Abba didn't write a song about Austerlitz :)
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Level 75
Feb 5, 2023
This is a US site, its main audience are Americans and British and their historical narrative of Napoleon is of course 100% negative i.e the stuff they are most likely to know are his defeats and how he was "short", instead of the whooping he distributed to almost the entire continent xD
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Level 37
Jun 20, 2018
Ironic that the UK and France seem to be natural enemies (The Napoleonic Wars, France's support of the American Revolution, et al) yet there is a tunnel connecting the two countries. Easier access for fighting troops perhaps?
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Level 66
Oct 23, 2018
I was watching an interview with Patrick Stewart online the other day, and he joked that this is why Captain Picard had a British accent, even though the character was French.
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Level 82
Oct 23, 2018
Countries close to each other often end up rivals with contentious pasts. They also often end up with interconnected transportation networks. There's nothing ironic about this.
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Level 38
Aug 9, 2019
I rather doubt that a tunnel is the best way for an army to invade.
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Level 64
Aug 9, 2019
Since the rise of Germany, France and Britain have become really strong allies.
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Level 73
Aug 9, 2019
The enemy of my enemy is my friend
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Level 78
Aug 9, 2019
Yet in recent decades, France and Germany have fostered a stronger friendship.
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Level 91
Dec 23, 2018
Is the imperial system synonymous with the metric system?
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Level 86
Dec 24, 2018
Nope! The imperial system is the one in use in the U.S. today, with miles, feet, gallons, etc.
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Level 80
May 9, 2019
Along with Liberia and Myanmar. And nobody else.
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Level 83
Apr 11, 2024
And a country for whose empire the imperial system is named; place you may have heard of called the United Kingdom.
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Level 47
Jul 7, 2024
partially. but we always knew they were hidebound
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Level 56
Aug 9, 2019
Jetpunk level 85. Still doesn't know that the metric and imperial systems are two different things. Am I the only one who finds that strange?
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Level 90
Aug 9, 2019
Of course, everyone knows when you're above level 80 you should have infinite knowledge of the universe and how it works. Perhaps we have a slip in the cracks.
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Level 78
Aug 9, 2019
Maybe English isn't his first language. Otherwise it would be pretty strange for him to not know that.
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Level 61
Aug 10, 2019
Very few people in the US use the term "Imperial System" & not having heard the term are not even aware that they use the system every day.
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Level 80
May 9, 2019
Please accept petit for little
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Level ∞
Aug 7, 2019
Ok
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Level 43
Aug 9, 2019
sad only got 11
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Level 84
Aug 9, 2019
Surprising how little you hear about the Napoleonic Wars, including the Battle of Austerlitz, in general historical discourse.

One of the great military victories in recent history.

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Level 50
Feb 28, 2023
It just shows that the british version of history is more prevalent. Nobody want to teach children about Napoleon's glory :(
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Level 48
Jul 5, 2024
I'm British and there's been plenty of history at school and television documentaries and TV and film dramas about the period in my lifetime. The French Revolution, and the period following it, and the Congress of Vienna (among other conferences) are all covered to one degree or another in various GCSE and A Level syllabuses over the years. And then there's Sean Bean in the Sharpe series of programmes (plus the books).
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Level 77
Aug 9, 2019
The "little corporal" nickname had nothing to do with his height. It's a myth and you should ditch or reword this question.
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Level 82
Aug 9, 2019
Napoleon was short - another fact that everyone knows that isn't really true
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Level 78
Jun 21, 2022
It's still used as a nickname
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Level 59
Jun 21, 2022
The little corporal had everything to do with height, it’s just that the name itself was inaccurate (mostly due to a difference in french measurements and british measurements leading to either confusion and/or opportunity to smear his name)
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Level 55
Sep 18, 2019
Playing this before my history test 😄
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Level 29
Jan 23, 2020
The Duke of Wellington was born in Dublin, making him Irish, not English.
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Level 56
May 5, 2020
I don't think he would have liked you saying that! His family was English and, like a true English aristocrat of his time, his view of the Irish was as a "nation of scoundrels".
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Level 56
May 5, 2020
Idiot. "Tiny" corporal, "Half" corporal, "Micro" corporal... didn't think of "little".
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Level 39
Aug 25, 2020
It's sad that more people know about Waterloo or Trafalgar, than Austerlitz. The 100 day campaign was inevitably going to fail since Napoleon had already been defeated and he couldn't create a large enough army to face all of Europe. If he won at Waterloo then he would of lost soon after, it just happened to be Waterloo that he lost (all this and yet he still almost won at Waterloo). People that don't know better act as if Waterloo was where Napoleon got defeated and that the British were the ones who beat them, even though Napoleons real defeat was when the Russians, Austrians, and Prussians joined together and pushed Napoleon from Moscow to Paris all the while the British were still in Spain fighting smaller french generals. I feel that battles such as Austerlitz, Borodino, and Leipzig should be way more famous.
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Level 71
Jun 18, 2022
At the end of the day, most people care less about military strategies and more about landmark events. If the Napoleonic Wars ended at Austerlitz then more people would talk about it, but as it is, they actually ended at Waterloo, and so Waterloo is much more significant in the eyes of most people.
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Level 74
Nov 22, 2022
To be honest, the only reason I know about Waterloo is become of how often it comes up in trivia (on this website and more generally). I think there's probably a lot of factoids like this. For example, I really don't care who the first dog in space was, but "Laika" has been drilled into my head against my will.
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Level 68
Nov 23, 2021
Eh, Animal Farm is less anti-communist and more anti-authoritarian in general.
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Level 48
Jun 19, 2022
I was just about to write a similar sentence. Agrred
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Level 50
Feb 28, 2023
Actually Animal Farm is both anti-communist and anti-authoritarian. There is no contradiction.
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Level 69
Jul 6, 2024
Not necessarily? Old Major, the allegory for Marx and Lenin, is portrayed in a positive light.
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Level 49
May 25, 2022
Man, memory loss is really bad for me! Watched that video called “Napoleonic Wars” by Oversimplified like 1 year ago?
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Level 50
Feb 28, 2023
It is not bad for you, it works like this for almost everybody. You have to repeat an information (thrice?) to remember it permanently.
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Level 81
Jun 18, 2022
You know, for the longest time I thought it was Napoleon ice cream, and just a couple years ago I found that I was reading it wrong, and that is was actually Neopolitan ice cream.
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Level 48
Jun 19, 2022
"Frigid city"? Are we now assigning human temperaments to locations?
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Level 59
Jun 21, 2022
Uh… yes?
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Level 74
Nov 22, 2022
Animal Farm question is a little odd, in my opinion. It's a reference to his name doesn't really have anything to do with him or his name. Might as well have put in a question about Napoleon Dynamite.
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Level 74
Feb 24, 2023
I scored 18/20, not too bad. Thanks for the quiz!
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Level 28
Jun 28, 2023
i can't believe people know stuff like rosetta stone over the battle of austerlitz in literal NAPOLEON QUIZ
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Level 50
Sep 30, 2023
"There is nothing we can do." - Napoleon Bonaparte
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Level 54
Nov 25, 2023
Even this quiz was better than the Napoleon movie.
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Level 23
Mar 1, 2024
"Little" Corporal, "Grande" Armee - two opposite adjectives preventing me from obtaining full marks (as a history buff l really should have settled for no less, especially on this topic). Oh well, at least l am pleased with myself for remembering George Orwell's "Animal Farm'.
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Level 72
Mar 27, 2024
I know it's not the main topic here, but Animal Farm is an anti-authoritarian and anti-Stalinian book, but not anti-communist.
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Level 56
Apr 16, 2024
pretty cool quiz, but animal farm is not anti-communist.

it is anti-authoritan and especially heavily anti-stalin, but not anti-communist.

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Level 69
Jul 6, 2024
As others have said, Animal Farm is not anti-communist.