So you think you know history?

World History. Important? You betcha. Why did things happen the way they did, and how did certain events and people effect the future and balance of power we see around us today? History is a dose of politics, a shake of philosophy, and a lot of making things up as they went.

So let's see what you know, or can scrounge up from memory. We all remember that Columbus landed in 1492, but was he the first to do so? Was Troy a real place? When did countries begin to have power instead of monarchies? These are just some of the questions not asked in this quiz.

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1. Alright lets begin easy. The Declaration of Independence was written in which year?
1776
1492
1914
33 A.D.
1864
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2. What very important book was written that same year?
Winesberg, Ohio, by Sherwood Anderson
War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy
Wealth of Nations, by Adam Smith
War of the Worlds, HG Wells
Walden Pond, Henry David Thoreau
What's Going On, by Marvin Gaye
3. Moving back across to Europe, when did that Norman Conquest take place?
256 B.C.
1066
1812
1255
1156
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4. The Black Death killed about a third to a half of the world's population. Which of the following may it NOT have been?
Typhus
Bubonic Plague
Anthrax
Ebola
Tuberculosis
Influenza A H1N1
5. In 1206 Genghis Khan created the Mongol Empire, the largest contiguous empire in history. When did it collapse and why?
1207, due to bad governance.
1227, when Genghis Khan died no sucessor could be found.
1271, when Marco Polo was sent in to conquer.
1279, when the empire was at its greatest extension.
1294, with the death of Kublai Khan the empire collapsed.
None of the above.
6. In 31 B.C. the Roman Empire hinged on the balance of a single dispute, the Battle of Actium. What was it all about?
Julius Caeser vs. the Roman Republic.
Spartacus vs. Crassus.
Hannibal vs. Gauls.
Octavius Caesar vs. Antony and Cleopatra.
Atilla the Hun vs. Aetius.
Gaius Paulinus vs. Boudica.
7. Tariq ibn-Ziyad is rather important in western history. Why?
He repulsed a Viking attack at the height of their empire against the Persians.
He invented a new type of algebra that allowed faster computing methods.
He defeated the Visigoths and set up the Moors in Spain.
He was the first man to navigate south of the horn of Africa.
He set up relations with the Persians that would lead to roughly 450 years of cooperation.
He was the first prophet to succeed Mohammed and influenced Islam.
8. 1204. Very important for the Crusaders. Why?
They set off on the First Crusade.
They captured Jerusalem.
They were defeated and repelled back to Europe.
It marks the end of the Third Crusade, the last succesful one.
They created the trebuchet, an important weapon.
They conquered Constantinople.
9. In 1532 Pizarro conquered the Incan Empire, the most powerful South American empire in history. How many men did it take to do the job?
10
170
250
440
1,000
None. Pizarro conquered the Aztecs.
10. Qin Shi Huang may not be well known in Europe, but he was extremely important in China. Why?
He ordered the Great Wall be built.
He is the most celebrated of Chinese poets.
He was a ceramicist in the Ming Dynasty.
He founded the Chinese navy.
He conquered the Japanese.
He felled the Han Dynasty.
11. Themistocles in 480 B.C. prevented something rather important from taking place. What?
The Spartans conquering the Athenians at Plataea.
The Persians conquering Greece at the Battle of Salamis.
Roman marauders conquering Sicilian Greeks in Syracuse.
The Egyptians cutting off the Greek's food supply.
The Greeks falling for a trap set by the Macedonians at Lesbos.
The Carthaginians declaring war on the Thebans.
12. When good ol' Smith told the Algonquin Jamestown wasn't permanent they smelled BS and were going to kill him. But suddenly...!
There's a solar eclipse and he got away!
The chief falls dead, and the Algonquin want nothing to do with him!
The Jamestown settlers storm the village and save him!
A rival tribe attacks the Algonquin!
Pocahontas intervenes on his behalf!
Smith begs for mercy and creates a peace deal!
13. Why would you not want to be at Isandlwana in Winter of 1879?
Because the Zulu Nation is kicking ass and taking names. Eight names, since that's all who survive.
Because the Boers have just entered 'South Africa' and begin a merciless rampage and slaughter.
Because the Portugese settlers are being repulsed back to the coast, where they must retreat, and are killed anyway.
Because the Dutch African colonies have been set on fire, and the locals have surrounded the villages killing whoever escapes.
Malaria has carried off 3,000 British in Kenya.
The French have jsut been routed in Algeria, and you're probably a slave.
14. 1756. William Pitt is now Secretary of State in England. Why should anyone else care?
He began the British involvement in India.
He won the French and Indian War for the British.
He would form a Prussian-British-Hanoverian alliance to throttle the French once and for all.
His costly imperialism would lead to a disasterous debt for the British entering the American Revolution.
He would be given de facto rule of the empire from the King.
All of the above.
15. 1902 and things are going down in terms of Eastern-Western relations. More specifically...?
The Chinese have sealed their borders to outsider contact for a period that will last until WWII.
The Americans have landed in the Phillipines and setting up base will maintain a long presence there.
The Japanese have just defeated the Russian navy and got Manchuria for their effort.
The British are being beaten back out of India, beginning the collapse of the British Empire.
In what would later be Afghanistan locals have gotten riled up and raising an army entered Cossack territory.
The Shah of Iran has abdicated, and a new one must take his place, ending the modernity movement of Iran.
16. Had Lenin's October Revolution in 1917 failed then who would likely have been in power a lot longer?
Nicholas the II, Emperor of Russia until Lenin.
Alexander Kerensky, the man behind the February Revolution.
Sidney Reilly, British spy who was about to seize power.
Grigori Rasputin, confidant of the emperor who challenged Lenin's power.
Lavr Kornilov, a Russian general in charge for a few months.
Karl Marx, the leader of the Communist Party in Russia.
17. 9:15 a.m., August 6, 1945. Details?
"Little Boy" dropped on Nagasaki.
"Fat Man" dropped on Nagasaki.
"Little Boy" dropped on Hiroshima.
"Fat Man" dropped on Hiroshima.
"Gadget" tested in New Mexico.
The Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor.
18. Put these events in order.
MacArthur threatens to use atomic bombs in China, China enters the Korean War, The United Nations retreats to South Korea, General MacArthur lands at Inchon, MacArthur is fired.
China enters the Korean War, General MacArthur lands at Inchon, The United Nations retreats to South Korea, MacArthur threatens to use atomic bombs in China, Macarthur is fired.
The United Nations retreats to South Korea, General MacArthur lands at Inchon, MacArthur threatens to use atomic weapons in China, Macarthur is fired, China enters the Korean War.
General MacArthur lands at Inchon, MacArthur is fired, China enters the Korean War, MacArthur threatens to use atomic bombs in China, The United Nations retreats to South Korea.
MacArthur is fired, General MacArthur lands at Inchon, China enters the Korean War, MacArthur threatens to use atomic weapons in China, The United Nations retreats to South Korea.
General MacArthur lands at Inchon, China enters the Korean War, The United Nations retreats to South Korea, MacArthur threatens to use atomic bombs in China, MacArthur is fired.
19. In 1588 there was a notion that the Catholics could reunite Europe. What was the plan?
Pope Sixtus V issues and edict to reign in the Protestants, by force if needed.
Catholic Philip II of Spain tries to conquer the Protestant British Queen Elizabeth.
Catholic Henry of Guise forces the King, Henry III to flee.
One and Three are correct.
Two and Three are correct.
One and Two are correct.
20. Last one. Which of these rulers had the longest journey, physically, to reach their goals.
Julius Caeser from the Rubicon to the final destruction of the Senate in Spain.
Mao Tse Tung, in his retreat from which only 6,000 survive, but proves him leader of the Party.
Napoleon's march on Russia which ended in disaster in 1812.
Hannibal's march from Iberia into Northern Italy.
Sherman's march from Atlanta to Savannah.
The Bataan Death March of Phillpine and American soldiers forced by the Japanese.

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