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Metals of Antiquity

Name the seven metals of antiquity. Until the discovery of arsenic in the 13th century, these were the only pure elemental metals known to man.
  • No alloys, or elemental metals found only in alloys
  • Quiz by interopia - May 16, 2017
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level 68
Jan 27, 2017
Very interesting fact!
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level 68
Jan 27, 2017
What about bronze? It's not a metallic element but it's still a metal.
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level 61
Jan 27, 2017
It's an alloy... Should you accept that, there would be endless answers in this quiz.
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level 72
Jan 27, 2017
Bronze is an alloy of copper and tin.
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level 72
Jan 27, 2017
I am not really sure about zinc (and thus brass). Maybe it was not known as a simple body but I'm pretty sure it was part of ancient alloys.
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level 76
Jan 27, 2017
Zinc needs to be here. Brass has been produced for 5000 years or so...
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level 71
Jan 27, 2017
"To date, the oldest evidence of pure zinc comes from Zawar, in Rajasthan, as early as the 9th century AD when a distillation process was employed to make pure zinc." So, zinc only existed as an alloy before that.
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level 72
Jan 28, 2017
I wonder how they could make brass before. Anyway, maybe you should rewrite the description, this is anterior to the 13th century (and arsenic is not quite a metal either).
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level 71
Jan 28, 2017
I found this: "Although forms of brass have been in use since prehistory, its true nature as a copper-zinc alloy was not understood until the post medieval period because the zinc vapor which reacted with copper to make brass was not recognized as a metal."
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level 54
May 15, 2017
Huh, interesting that it's defined that way if Zinc was known to be an element before Arsenic was.
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level 24
Jan 29, 2017
Cool Quiz :)
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level 50
Apr 7, 2017
Is mercury a metal? Isn't metal in solid state in room temperature?
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level 71
Apr 25, 2017
Yes, and sometimes!
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level 70
May 15, 2017
being a solid is not a requirement to be a metal. And what is "room temperature?" Depending on where your room is located you could see all of these metals in liquid form.
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level 35
May 15, 2017
The definition of "room temperature" is almost always accepted as 20° C, regardless of where the actual room is.
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level 70
May 16, 2017
You missed the point.
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level 40
May 15, 2017
Definition of metal a solid material which is typically hard, shiny, malleable, fusible, and ductile, with good electrical and thermal conductivity (e.g. iron, gold, silver, and aluminium, and alloys such as steel). A metal doesn't have to be a certain state of matter, it just has to have those traits.
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level 37
May 17, 2017
1. Mercury is a metal. Its actually the only known metal that stays liquid in the room temperature 2. Playing with words sounds funny but with all seriousness room temperature is an internationally recognized term and ranges roughly between 15 C and 25 C. Details are below; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Room_temperature
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level 55
Apr 24, 2017
I have no idea what this quiz is about, but I just got 100% guessing random metals.
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level 40
May 15, 2017
Elemental history lesson for you people wondering why Zinc isn't here. Although Brass was used for centuries beforehand, Zinc itself wasn't discovered until the eighteenth century.
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level 33
May 15, 2017
Could you add quicksilver as an alternate for mercury. Got 6/7 because I call it that...
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level 71
May 17, 2017
This has been done.
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level 56
May 18, 2017
Are you an alchemist?
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level 61
May 15, 2017
Although it's not a well established historical fact (in the sense of ancient writings specifically talking about gold, tin and copper), it is believed that Antimony (Sb) was isolated in ancient times, and may have been formed into small ornaments. FYI
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level 56
May 17, 2017
Cool quiz
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level 68
May 22, 2017
No Heavy Metal?
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level 58
Aug 21, 2017
Cuprum, aurum, ferrum, plumbum, hydragyrum, argentum, stannum.
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