1790s Decade Quiz

Do you have what it takes to answer these questions about the 1790s?
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Last updated: February 3, 2022
First submittedJanuary 5, 2020
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What former French queen was beheaded?
Marie Antoinette
What device was used to behead her (and many others)?
What was the name for the period of the French Revolution during which thousands
of people were killed for having the wrong political beliefs?
Reign of Terror
What "incorruptible" leader is often blamed for that period of history?
Maximilien Robespierre
What country reached the largest geographical extent in its history and now ruled
over 1/3rd of the world's population?
What disease did Edward Jenner create a vaccine to prevent?
What composer died in Vienna at the age of 35?
Wolfgang Amadeus
What city was founded on the Potomac River?
Washington D.C.
Who died in 1796 after a 34 year reign as Empress of Russia?
Catherine the Great
What group of people were now legally forbidden from living outside of the
"Pale of Settlement" in imperial Russia?
What city's 120th and final doge was forced to abdicate by Napoleon?
What system of weights and measures was adopted in France?
Metric System
What did Eli Whitney invent that greatly improved the profitability of cotton farming
and, by extension, owning slaves?
Cotton Gin
What type of bird was killed in Coledrige's poem "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"?
What country ceased to exist after it was partioned between Russia and Prussia?
What country did France (briefly) take from the Ottoman Empire?
What group of ten amendments were added to the U.S. Constitution?
The Bill of Rights
What city's Brandenburg Gate was completed in 1791?
What city on the shores of Lake Ontario was founded in 1793 and
originally named York?
What did Alessandro Volta invent? (Hint: your iPhone needs it)
Level 85
Jan 7, 2020
Despite the fact that France owned Egypt for a while, it is nearly impossible to get a good baguette in Cairo.
Level 74
Jan 8, 2020
Why would you want to have a baguette, if you can have Khubz?
Level 66
Nov 27, 2020
If you can't answer this question, you've never had a good baguette.
Level 76
Jan 8, 2020
Could you accept International System of Units, or ISU?
Level 80
Jul 16, 2020
The ISU was based on metric measures, but not established as a standard until about a century later.
Level 77
Jan 12, 2020
First thought of Richelieu even though I knew it wasn't right, but I couldn't get past him to Robespierre.
Level 59
Jan 23, 2020
3rd parition of Poland was also carried by Austria.
Level 85
Apr 1, 2020
Indeed it was, as is illustrated by this interesting map.
Level 65
Jun 29, 2020
Question on Reign of Terror a bit tendencious. Through much of France's earlier history you could be killed for the wrong political beliefs, though through more brutal methods. In this case, it was less a case of wrongthink as a charge of conspiracy at a time of war with the "nation's enemies", that is the foreign powers of the Alliance aiming to restore the monarchy, so treason.
Level 66
Nov 27, 2020
The problem of the History of the French revolution is that in English-speaking countries, it's very heavily influenced by very conservative Brits such as Burke who were shaking at the idea that the plebs might take away their privileges. When you're educated in an English-speaking country and then read up on the actual events, you almost don't recognise the period.
Level 68
Nov 26, 2020
As it was remarked already, Austria was also taking pieces of Poland (remarkably the then capital Krakow!).

Furthermore, please, please, please cease calling it "metric" system. Or at least give type-ins

Even the imperial metric system is a metric system (although obsolete and impractical). "Metric" means "measurement" (from Greek), so you can decide to call it:

- International System (or ISU, as proposed)

- Decimal Metric System

- MKS (from the basic units metre kilogram and second)

- Anything but "metric" as the imperial system is also a metric system

Level 66
Dec 10, 2020
Metric refers to meter/metre in this context.
Level 80
Feb 6, 2022
Etymology doesn't define the meaning, it doesn't matter what it means in Ancient Greek. Please don't reinvent English language when it's quite clear what metric system is (with some variation): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metric_system
Level 60
Nov 26, 2020
Poland? I think in all my history books and all documents i have it say's the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth or just The Commonwealth. It's a bit of lack of history knowledge and a dishonor for the Lithuanian's to put only "Poland".

I don't need no comments about, it was just poland or it was polonized, I'm a historian and I have official documents proving the fact of the Commonwealth.

Level 57
Feb 3, 2022
Maybe just a wee comment on your usage of double negatives, BlueNick00. 😧
Level 68
Aug 1, 2022
And apostrophes.
Level 35
Nov 26, 2020
This quiz really puts in perspective the simultaneous nature of history
Level 41
Nov 26, 2020
Can 'Wolfgang' be accepted for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart?
Level 66
Dec 10, 2020
Can James be accepted for James Madison, James Monroe, James Polk and James Buchanan? I would really like that.
Level 57
Feb 3, 2022
And James Bond... and James Longstreet... and James Joyce, James Jones, James Earl Jones, Jesse James and Jill St. James? I would be over the moon if I was accommodated with this request. 😁
Level 46
Nov 27, 2020
Level 57
Feb 3, 2022
Er.. that is 'Coleridge'. Unless, of course, you are referring to the famous William Butler Yeats Coledrige. In which case the question is wrong. He did not pen 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner'. Also, the bird in his similar poem was a Swabian Night Hooter.
Level 67
Feb 4, 2022
Typo: Should be "Coleridge" rather than "Coledrige"
Level 68
Feb 8, 2022
please accept the "reign of error". It explains the historical period, my answer, and my life...
Level 75
Jul 27, 2022
I missed only one :D