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  • Where was the UN headquarters located prior to them moving to Manhattan's East Side?
    San Francisco
    Geneva, Switzerland
    Long Island, New York
    Paris, France
  • What did Costa Rica abolish in 1949?
    Its military
    Fossil fuels
    Slavery
    Taxes
  • How many republics made up the former Soviet Union?
    15
    10
    20
    12
  • In what year did Napoleon Bonaparte's reign as Emperor of France begin?
    1844
    1744
    1804
    1704
  • For how many years did the 30 Years War last?
    30 years
  • When was the last time Moscow was ever captured by a foreign power?
    By Ögedei Khan in 1238
    By Hitler in 1942
    Never
    By Napoleon in 1812
  • What was the Tunguska event of 1908?
    A giant explosion in Siberia probably caused by a meteor
    A rebellion in Austria
    The mysterious disappearance of a ship in the Caribbean
  • 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 device for storing energy
    A steam engine
  • The 19th Amendment of the U.S Constitution guarantees _______ the right to vote
    women
  • Namibia became a colony of what European nation in 1890, under the name South-West Africa?
    Great Britain
    Portugal
    The Netherlands
    Germany
  • Which of these cities was NOT founded by the Romans?
    London
    Cologne
    Alexandria
  • What is considered the largest empire in history?
    The Mongol Empire
    The Ottoman Empire
    The Qing Dynasty
    The Russian Empire
  • What country was formerly known as Southern Rhodesia?
    Kenya
    Zambia
    Zimbabwe
    Tanzania
  • Who was the first U.S. president to appear on television?
    Ronald Reagan
    Richard Nixon
    Franklin Delano Roosevelt
    Harry Truman
  • Compared to 50 years ago do French people drink more or less wine?
    More
    Less
  • How many kings of England have been named Henry?
    11
    9
    10
    8
  • What decade was known as "gay" in America and "naughty" in Britain?
    The 1720s
    The 1920s
    The 1890s
    The 1960s
  • How old was Queen Elizabeth II when she was crowned the Queen of England?
    27
    24
    29
    22
  • Which of the following was NOT originally invented in China?
    Paper money
    Concrete
    Silk
    Gunpowder
  • In Europe, on the 23rd of August 1939, which two leaders signed a non-aggression pact?
    Hitler and Stalin
  • What kind of transport was used by British police for the first time in 1967?
    Helicopters
  • The United States purchased Alaska from _______.
    Russia
  • Which of these crops DIDN'T come from the New World?
    Tobacco
    Tomatoes
    Maize
    Hemp
  • Where did Karl Marx spend most of his adult life?
    Moscow
    London
    Berlin
    Buenos Aires
  • What was the capital of the Byzantine Empire?
    Jerusalem
    Rome
    Alexandria
    Constantinople
  • What did the Qing dynasty force all men to do when they took over China in the 1600s?
    Serve in the army
    Wear specific clothing
    Wear a specific hairstyle
    Get circumcised
  • When did World War I end?
    1925
    1918
    1915
    1920
  • 1789 marked the beginning of which revolution?
    The French Revolution
  • How many wives did Henry VIII have?
    2
    6
    3
    1
  • What was the original purpose of the Taj Mahal?
    A mausoleum
    An armory
    A palace
    A mosque
  • Who was the first person to orbit the Earth?
    Neil Armstrong
    John Glenn
    Yuri Gagarin
    Valentina Tereshkova
  • 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
  • Manuel Noriega took refuge in whose embassy after the U.S. invasion of Panama City in 1989?
    Vatican City
    Cuba
    Nicaragua
    Switzerland
  • What was a dreadnought?
    A demon in Norse mythology
    An elite German soldier
    A type of battleship
  • Simón Bolívar was president of _____
    Argentina
    Bolivia
    Chile
    Peru
  • What was the first city to each a population of one million?
    Ancient Rome
  • Which Indian president was involved in the struggle for Irish independence?
    S. Radhakrishnan
    Neelam Sanjiva Reddy
    V.V. Giri
    Gulzarilal Nanda
  • Who theorized that, as food levels rise, population levels grow to meet them - thereby ensuring most people will always be poor?
    Robert Malthus
    David Livingstone
    G. W. F. Hegel
    Adam Smith
  • In what year did Leonard Kristensen of Norway lead the first party to land on the mainland of Antarctica?
    1895
    1945
    1845
    1795
  • Who was the first  president of Russia?
    Boris Yeltsin
  • Which one of his six wives is England’s King Henry VIII buried alongside?
    Katherine Parr
    Anne Boleyn
    Jane Seymour
    Anne of Cleves
  • What Soviet satellite was the first to be launched into space in 1957
    Sputnik
  • Which came first?
    The Paleolithic
    The Neolithic
    Classical Antiquity
    The Bronze Age
  • Which German city received the heaviest bombing of WWII in early 1945?
    Dresden
  • 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
    Seychelles
    Madagascar
    Cyprus
  • Which of these writers was NOT English?
    Agatha Christie
    Jane Austen
    Charles Dickens
    Oscar Wilde
  • What was the Byzantine Empire?
    A continuation of the Roman Empire
    The empire founded by Alexander the Great
    An alliance ruled by the Pope
    A confederation of European tribes
  • Which book was written by Niccolò Machiavelli?
    War and Peace
    The Once and Future King
    The Good Earth
    The Prince
  • Which of these countries did the Soviet Union never invade?
    Sweden
    Poland
    Afghanistan
    Finland
  • Which New York City building was the world's tallest when it opened in 1931?
    The Empire State Building
  • Who was the king of England (and the rest of Great Britain) at the time of the American Revolution?
    George III
    Henry VIII
    George II
    Edward III
  • How long did the Han Dynasty rule China?
    Approximately 400 years
    Approximately 800 years
    Approximately 600 years
    Approximately 200 years
  • Which event triggered World War One?
    Germany's invasion of Poland
    The assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand
    The sinking of the Lusitania
    The tsar's refusal of an offer to visit Germany
  • Why did whalers hunt sperm whales?
    For meat
    For skin to make
    For sport
    For oil to make candles
  • At the time of the Declaration of Independence, what was the approximate population of the United States?
    200,000
    20,000,000
    2,000,000
    20,000
  • What year did India gain independence from Britain?
    1945
    1950
    1943
    1947
  • Which Egyptian pharaoh believed in the idea of a single god?
    Tutankhamen
    Nefertiti
    Cheops
    Akhenaton
  • Who was U.S. president during the Cuban Missile Crisis?
    John F. Kennedy