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1840s Decade Quiz

Do you have what it takes to answer these questions about the 1840s?
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What crop failed in Ireland, triggering the Great Famine?
Potato
What independent republic joined the U.S. as the 28th state?
Texas
Who wrote "Manifesto of the Communist Party"?
Karl Marx
Friedrich Engels
What was discovered near Sutter's Mill in California?
Gold
Who wrote about a repetitive raven that said "nevermore"?
Edgar Allan Poe
Who wrote "The Three Musketeers" and "The Count of Monte Cristo"?
Alexandre Dumas
What desert city was founded by Brigham Young in 1847?
Salt Lake City
What is 1848 known as?
Year of Revolution
Who did Queen Victoria marry? (They were first cousins)
Albert
What "empire" was ruled by Dom Pedro II?
Empire of Brazil
What did Samuel Morse invent?
Telegraph
And what was the first message he sent using it?
What Hath God
Wrought?
What African country, founded as colony for African-Americans, became independent?
Liberia
What party of pioneers resorted to cannibalism when stuck in the
Sierra Nevada mountains?
Donner Party
What did Charles Goodyear learn how to "vulcanize"?
Rubber
What country did the United Kingdom annex after signing the
Treaty of Waitangi with Māori chiefs?
New Zealand
What country did the United States fight a war against?
Mexico
Who wrote "Jane Eyre"?
Charlotte Brontë
Who began his 67 year reign as Emperor of Austria?
Franz Joseph
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Level 74
Mar 23, 2017
Good mix of questions!
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Level 82
Nov 9, 2017
Easy. But forgot the Jane Eyre author.
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Level 59
Nov 9, 2017
Just allowing Bronte for the "Jane Eyre" question is a bit naff!
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Level 81
Nov 9, 2017
I admit I wasn't sure of the first name, but It would have been my second guess. I think most people would guess either "E" or "C" and get it, so I don't think it matters.
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Level 67
Nov 9, 2017
Eh, I see your point, but people generally lump the Bronte sisters together mentally, so if you know it's by a Bronte, then you just need to shuffle through the three names (or, if you don't know Anne, the two names) and you'll get it. I think allowing the last name only is basically just saving time.
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Level 65
Nov 9, 2017
I always remember Anne before the others, but only because her she died (and is buried) in the town where I live :)
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Level 68
Oct 22, 2020
Scarborough! Lovely town. I visited her grave the last time I was there.
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Level 70
Nov 9, 2017
Left the s off of Engels - grrr.
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Level 54
Nov 10, 2017
me too...
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Level 71
Jan 8, 2020
and me
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Level 38
Nov 10, 2017
Would you start accepting NZ or nz for New Zealand?
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Level 67
Oct 12, 2019
Only if NL is accepted for the netherlands
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Level 71
Jan 8, 2020
Netherlands is one word, whereas New Zealand is 2 as in United Kingdom UK and USA etc.
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Level 91
Nov 11, 2017
Why is “empire” in quotation marks? It legally was an Empire and Brazil is certainly big enough.
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Level 71
Jan 8, 2020
'CaritasInVeritate'...... wins the "Golden Nitpick" award for Nov. 2017...... congratulations.
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Level 80
May 13, 2022
It's a legitimate question.
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Level 66
Nov 4, 2022
Indeed. The quotations may be more fitting for, like… the Central African Empire.
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Level 82
Apr 15, 2018
More like the dinner party! I'll see myself out...
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Level 67
Nov 7, 2022
I figure they had kebab

Never heard of them FWIW Only answer I didnt know

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Level 44
Oct 22, 2020
didn't the USA fight wars against Spain, Japan, UK, Germany, Afghanistan, and Iraq as well?
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Level 68
Oct 22, 2020
In the 1840s?
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Level 77
Oct 22, 2020
^ Perhaps not, but the question here is not 'if', but 'who' they started a war against in that specific decade.
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Level 80
May 13, 2022
Did you forget what quiz you had just taken?
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Level 82
Nov 4, 2022
If this was for all time then you missed a couple.
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Level 57
Oct 24, 2020
You said Dom Pedro instead of Don Pedro
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Level 75
Oct 26, 2020
Because Dom is correct. It's Portuguese, not Spanish.
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Level 48
May 26, 2021
if franz joseph was emperor of austria, then how did a place in russia get named after him, wondering?
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Level 66
Jul 3, 2022
Oh my god, you don't accept Telegram for Telegraph, this is unbeliveable.

You can't have the Telegraph without the Telegram, and telegram is a much more familiar concept. And it seems Morse wasn't the first to do telegraphs, he was the first to do them electronically.

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Level 69
Nov 4, 2022
hate to complain, but over half are American questions, which seems a bit much
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Level 82
Nov 4, 2022
Being related to America or Americans doesn't make them "American" questions... and 7/20 have something to do with the British Isles or their inhabitants or subjects but that's perfectly fine, right?
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Level 82
Nov 4, 2022
Also... I'm trying to be as generous as possible and can only connect 10 questions to America. That's not more than half. So what are you even talking about? Are you including the one about Brazil as an "American question?" Now we have to neglect learning about the entire Western Hemisphere?

I suppose... the Irish potato famine led to a huge wave of Irish immigration to the US.. and the Communist Manifesto did help inspire the Red Scare... The 3 Musketeers was the subject of a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio... The Year of Revolution was partially inspired by the American Revolution... Queen Victoria was still technically head of state of Canada this decade... Liberia was founded by freed American slaves... New Zealand would later give birth to Taika Waititi who directed Thor: Ragnarok, Jane Eyre was adapted into a film released in American theaters, and Franz Joseph declared war on Serbia starting WW1 which the US was involved in.. omg this whole dang quiz is American

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Level 69
Nov 4, 2022
I stand to be corrected by those from Ireland, but as I understand it, calling it a 'famine' is not accepted universally since a famine is a severe shortage of food. There was not a severe shortage in Ireland, rather the English and landlords were exporting all the food grown there so Irish people had to rely on potatoes, then starved when blight hit (and the English continued to export food grown there).
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Level 41
Nov 5, 2022
Known by many names "the Great Famine" is not often refered to as "a famine". Perhaps "a man made famine", when fixing blame. I see that you are trying to be fair to the Irish.

"The Great Potato Famine" as a clue would give the answer.

The Famished Land by Elizabeth Byrd

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Level 89
Nov 6, 2022
It certainly fits the term genocide more than a lot of other occurrences labeled as such.