1840s Decade Quiz

Do you have what it takes to answer these questions about the 1840s?
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Last updated: January 4, 2020
First submittedMarch 17, 2017
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What crop failed in Ireland, triggering the Great Famine?
What independent republic joined the U.S. as the 28th state?
Who wrote "Manifesto of the Communist Party"?
Karl Marx
Friedrich Engels
What was discovered near Sutter's Mill in California?
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)
What "empire" was ruled by Dom Pedro II?
Empire of Brazil
What did Samuel Morse invent?
And what was the first message he sent using it?
What Hath God
What African country, founded as colony for African-Americans, became independent?
What party of pioneers resorted to cannibalism when stuck in the
Sierra Nevada mountains?
Donner Party
What did Charles Goodyear learn how to "vulcanize"?
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?
Who wrote "Jane Eyre"?
Charlotte Bronte
Who began his 67 year reign as Emperor of Austria?
Franz Joseph
Level 75
Mar 23, 2017
Good mix of questions!
Level 83
Nov 9, 2017
Easy. But forgot the Jane Eyre author.
Level 58
Nov 9, 2017
Just allowing Bronte for the "Jane Eyre" question is a bit naff!
Level 78
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.
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.
Level 64
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 :)
Level 67
Oct 22, 2020
Scarborough! Lovely town. I visited her grave the last time I was there.
Level 68
Nov 9, 2017
Left the s off of Engels - grrr.
Level 54
Nov 10, 2017
me too...
Level 71
Jan 8, 2020
and me
Level 38
Nov 10, 2017
Would you start accepting NZ or nz for New Zealand?
Level 67
Oct 12, 2019
Only if NL is accepted for the netherlands
Level 71
Jan 8, 2020
Netherlands is one word, whereas New Zealand is 2 as in United Kingdom UK and USA etc.
Level 87
Nov 11, 2017
Why is “empire” in quotation marks? It legally was an Empire and Brazil is certainly big enough.
Level 71
Jan 8, 2020
'CaritasInVeritate'...... wins the "Golden Nitpick" award for Nov. 2017...... congratulations.
Level 51
May 13, 2022
It's a legitimate question.
Level 81
Apr 15, 2018
More like the dinner party! I'll see myself out...
Level 43
Oct 22, 2020
didn't the USA fight wars against Spain, Japan, UK, Germany, Afghanistan, and Iraq as well?
Level 66
Oct 22, 2020
In the 1840s?
Level 74
Oct 22, 2020
^ Perhaps not, but the question here is not 'if', but 'who' they started a war against in that specific decade.
Level 51
May 13, 2022
Did you forget what quiz you had just taken?
Level 57
Oct 24, 2020
You said Dom Pedro instead of Don Pedro
Level 77
Oct 26, 2020
Because Dom is correct. It's Portuguese, not Spanish.
Level 36
May 26, 2021
if franz joseph was emperor of austria, then how did a place in russia get named after him, wondering?
Level 59
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.