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History Trivia

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    Trivia questions about history
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  • 1789 marked the beginning of which revolution?
    The French Revolution
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  • Who was the first democratically elected president of Russia?
    Boris Yeltsin
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  • What was the first city to each a population of one million?
    Ancient Rome
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  • For how many years did the 30 Years War last?
    30 years
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  • What Halloween decoration is most popular?
    Jack-o-lantern
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  • What Soviet satellite was the first to be launched into space in 1957
    Sputnik
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  • In what year did Napoleon Bonaparte's reign as Emperor of France begin?
    1804
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  • What kind of transport was used by British police for the first time in 1967?
    Helicopters
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  • Which German city received the heaviest bombing of WWII in early 1945?
    Dresden
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  • In Europe, on the 23rd of August 1939, which two leaders signed a non-aggression pact?
    Hitler and Stalin
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  • Which New York City building was the world's tallest when it opened in 1931?
    The Empire State Building
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  • Which of these countries did the Soviet Union never invade?
    Afghanistan
    Poland
    Finland
    Sweden
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  • Who was the first person to orbit the Earth?
    Valentina Tereshkova
    Yuri Gagarin
    John Glenn
    Neil Armstrong
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  • Which of these cities was NOT founded by the Romans?
    London
    Alexandria
    Cologne
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  • Which of these writers was NOT English?
    Oscar Wilde
    Jane Austen
    Agatha Christie
    Charles Dickens
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  • Why did whalers hunt sperm whales?
    For sport
    For skin to make
    For meat
    For oil to make candles
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  • The spinning jenny was one of the earliest innovations in the Industrial Revolution. What was a spinning jenny?
    A device for making cloth
    A water pump
    A steam engine
    A device for storing energy
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  • How many wives did Henry VIII have?
    2
    6
    1
    3
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  • Which event triggered World War One?
    Germany's invasion of Poland
    The assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand
    The tsar's refusal of an offer to visit Germany
    The sinking of the Lusitania
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  • What was the Byzantine Empire?
    An alliance ruled by the Pope
    A confederation of European tribes
    The empire founded by Alexander the Great
    A continuation of the Roman Empire
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  • When was the last time Moscow was ever captured by a foreign power?
    By Hitler in 1942
    Never
    By Ögedei Khan in 1238
    By Napoleon in 1812
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  • Which of the following was NOT originally invented in China?
    Gunpowder
    Concrete
    Silk
    Paper money
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  • What was the original purpose of the Taj Mahal?
    A mosque
    An armory
    A palace
    A mausoleum
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  • What was the capital of the Byzantine Empire?
    Rome
    Jerusalem
    Constantinople
    Alexandria
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  • Which came first?
    The Paleolithic
    The Neolithic
    Classical Antiquity
    The Bronze Age
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  • What did Costa Rica abolish in 1949?
    Its military
    Fossil fuels
    Slavery
    Taxes
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  • What was the Tunguska event of 1908?
    A rebellion in Austria
    The mysterious disappearance of a ship in the Caribbean
    A giant explosion in Siberia probably caused by a meteor
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  • What was a dreadnought?
    An elite German soldier
    A type of battleship
    A demon in Norse mythology
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  • Which of these crops DIDN'T come from the New World?
    Hemp
    Maize
    Tomatoes
    Tobacco
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  • What decade was known as "gay" in America and "naughty" in Britain?
    The 1960s
    The 1920s
    The 1890s
    The 1720s
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  • What was Abraham Lincoln doing when he was assassinated in 1865?
    Inspecting the troops
    Watching a play at Ford's Theatre
    Giving a speech
    Walking on the grounds of the White House
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  • Who theorized that, as food levels rise, population levels grow to meet them - thereby ensuring most people will always be poor?
    G. W. F. Hegel
    Adam Smith
    Robert Malthus
    David Livingstone
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  • Where did Karl Marx spend most of his adult life?
    Buenos Aires
    London
    Moscow
    Berlin
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  • Compared to 50 years ago do French people drink more or less wine?
    More
    Less
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  • What country was formerly known as Southern Rhodesia?
    Tanzania
    Zimbabwe
    Kenya
    Zambia
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  • What did the Qing dynasty force all men to do when they took over China in the 1600s?
    Serve in the army
    Wear a specific hairstyle
    Get circumcised
    Wear specific clothing
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  • When did World War I end?
    1918
    1925
    1915
    1920
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  • How many republics made up the former Soviet Union?
    15
    12
    20
    10
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  • Which book was written by Niccolò Machiavelli?
    The Good Earth
    The Once and Future King
    War and Peace
    The Prince
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  • Simón Bolívar was president of _____
    Chile
    Argentina
    Bolivia
    Peru
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  • Which Indian president was involved in the struggle for Irish independence?
    Neelam Sanjiva Reddy
    Gulzarilal Nanda
    V.V. Giri
    S. Radhakrishnan
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  • Who was the first U.S. president to appear on television?
    Franklin Delano Roosevelt
    Ronald Reagan
    Harry Truman
    Richard Nixon
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  • Which one of his six wives is England’s King Henry VIII buried alongside?
    Katherine Parr
    Jane Seymour
    Anne of Cleves
    Anne Boleyn
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  • How many kings of England have been named Henry?
    9
    8
    10
    11
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  • Who was the king of England (and the rest of Great Britain) at the time of the American Revolution?
    George III
    Henry VIII
    Edward III
    George II
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  • Which Egyptian pharaoh believed in the idea of a single god?
    Tutankhamen
    Akhenaton
    Nefertiti
    Cheops
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  • Manuel Noriega took refuge in whose embassy after the U.S. invasion of Panama City in 1989?
    Vatican City
    Switzerland
    Nicaragua
    Cuba
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  • On the island nation formerly known as Ceylon, Tamil separatists have been conducting attacks against the Sinhalese majority. What is the name of the country?
    Sri Lanka
    Madagascar
    Cyprus
    Seychelles
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  • Where was the UN headquarters located prior to them moving to Manhattan's East Side?
    Paris, France
    Long Island, New York
    Geneva, Switzerland
    San Francisco
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  • At the time of the Declaration of Independence, what was the approximate population of the United States?
    2,000,000
    20,000
    20,000,000
    200,000
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  • In what year did Leonard Kristensen of Norway lead the first party to land on the mainland of Antarctica?
    1945
    1845
    1895
    1795
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  • Namibia became a colony of what European nation in 1890, under the name South-West Africa?
    The Netherlands
    Germany
    Great Britain
    Portugal
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  • The United States bought Alaska from _______.
    Russia
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  • The 19th Amendment of the U.S Constitution guarantees _______ the right to vote
    women
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  • Who was president during the Cuban Missile Crisis?
    John F. Kennedy
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  • What is considered the largest empire in history?
    The Mongol Empire
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  • How old was Queen Elizabeth II when she was crowned the Queen of England?
    24
    29
    22
    27
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  • What year did India gain independence from Britain?
    1950
    1947
    1943
    1945
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  • How long did the Han Dynasty rule China?
    Approximately 200 years
    Approximately 600 years
    Approximately 400 years
    Approximately 800 years
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