Influential Figures in European History

Write the correct name of the historical figure with the given description. You can type either the full name or just the last name, both are acceptable. Typing just a first name is NOT acceptable! (i.e. "Vladimir" does not count, while "Putin" does)
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Last updated: August 23, 2017
First submittedAugust 20, 2017
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Sparked the Protestant Reformation in 1517
Martin Luther
Wrote "The Prince" during the Renaissance
Niccolo Machiavelli
Painted the Sistine Chapel ceiling; created the statue of David; St. Peter's Basilica
Michelangelo
Rose to power in 1799 and ruled France until his final defeat in 1815
Napoleon
An English king who had six wives; issued the Act of Supremacy in 1534
Henry the VIII
Born as Francois-Marie Arouet, he would later use a pen-name; satirical French writer
Voltaire
Wrote "On the Revolution of the Heavenly Spheres" in 1543, the same year he passed away
Copernicus
Credited for unifying Germany in 1871
Otto von Bismarck
Notorious leader of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
Biologist who wrote "On the Origin of Species" in 1859
Charles Darwin
He, alongside Friedrich Engels, published the Communist Manifesto
Karl Marx
An Italian banker who dominated Florence during the Renaissance due to his vast wealth
Cosimo Medici
An English feminist credited for writing "A Vindication of the Rights of Woman"
Mary Wollstonecraft
Founder of Italian fascism; fought on the side of the Axis powers in World War 2
Benito Mussolini
French theologian who believed in the doctrine of predestination; passed away in 1564
John Calvin
Current Queen of England
Queen Elizabeth II
After the overthrow of King James II, this Dutch Prince became King of England
William of Orange
Portuguese explorer credited for being the first person to circumnavigate the earth
Ferdinand Magellan
French philosopher famous for his theory of seperation of powers; passed away in 1755
Montesquieu
An English saint and humanist who wrote and published "Utopia"
Sir Thomas More
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Level 32
Aug 22, 2017
I need to brush up on my Europeon history - especially my spelling.
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Level 22
Aug 22, 2017
This quiz is rather difficult! No need to worry... I tried to make this quiz challenging and simple at the same time (if that makes sense).
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Level 37
Nov 14, 2017
Great Quiz. Definitely need to take it again. Two comments: 1) It didn't accept Macchiavelli. And 2) If first names aren't acceptable, why Napoleon, not Bonaparte, Henry VIII not HenryTudor and Queen Elizabeth, not Elizabeth Windsor? ( or Saxe Coburg)
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Level 22
Nov 17, 2017
Thanks for playing! The reason why Napoleon is acceptable and others are not is due to the fact that most historians and people in general, refer to Napoleon as just "Napoleon". I haven't heard anyone refer to Napoleon as Bonaparte, because Napoleon had two siblings who would also become kings (Louis and Joseph). Same for Henry and Elizabeth, the majority of people refer to both Henry and Elizabeth, as Henry VIII and Elizabeth. It would be tedious to add the Tudor and Windsor.
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Level 22
Nov 17, 2017
Also, Machiavelli is the correct spelling of the name.
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Level 82
Aug 22, 2017
Fun quiz, good variety. My only suggestion is to allow first names of kings, as is standard on Jetpunk quizzes. I tried Henry, henry8, henrytheeighth, etc. before finally getting it right. I also tried both william and orange for William the Orange.
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Level 42
Aug 22, 2017
Exactly the comment I was about to make, I missed Henry the VIII because of that.
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Level 22
Aug 22, 2017
Thanks for the feedback! I will make those changes as soon as I can.
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Level 67
Aug 26, 2017
Kicking myself for forgetting Montesquieu. I studied some of his writings in college!
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Level 21
Jun 3, 2020
yasss even after taking AP euro I still remember all of it!