thumbnail

Animals in World History

Can you guess these types of animals that made an appearance in the history of the world?
Quiz by Quizmaster
Rate:
Last updated: October 27, 2020
First submittedOctober 27, 2020
Times taken11,061
Average score75.0%
Rating4.42
4:00
Enter answer here
0
 / 20 guessed
The quiz is paused. You have remaining.
Scoring
You scored / = %
This beats or equals % of test takers also scored 100%
The average score is
Your high score is
Your fastest time is
Keep scrolling down for answers and more stats ...
Hint
Answer
St. Patrick supposedly drove these animals away from Ireland
Snakes
Of all the animals in the Chinese zodiac, the only one that doesn't exist in real life
Dragon
Many ancient generals employed these huge animals in their armies, Hannibal most famously
Elephants
Laika was a Soviet ___ that became the first animal to orbit Earth in 1957
Dog
Animal that appeared on the standard of the Roman legions
Eagle
Clever Hans was a famous _____ that supposedly could do arithmetic,
but it turned out to be a hoax
Horse
This bird went extinct quickly after Mauritius was first settled in the 1600s
Dodo
In the Middle Ages, people thought the horns of this aquatic creature came from unicorns
Narwhal
Animal that (probably) captured and ate an Australian woman's baby in 1980
Dingo
Fabric-making animal that Byzantine monks smuggled out of China around 550 AD
Silkworm
Aquatic animal that appeared on the coat of arms of the French royal heir
Dolphin
Supposedly, sailors were afraid to kill this type of birds, but in reality
they often shot and ate them
Albatross
Wading bird that was sacred in ancient Egypt
Ibis
Many riots between Muslims and Hindus have been sparked by the slaughter,
or alleged slaughter, of this holy animal
Cow
A flock of these large, noisy birds alerted ancient Romans to a Gaulic attack
Geese
In the book "Animal Farm", these animals ran the show
Pigs
Some people think the legend of the Kraken may be based on this real-life animal
Giant squid
In a Roman legend, Arachne was transformed into a _____ after she bested
the goddess Athena in a weaving contest
Spider
According to the Bible, Noah released one of these birds to see if the flood had receded
Dove
The Greek god Pan had the legs of a ____
Goat
+9
Level 73
Oct 28, 2020
Noah also released a raven to check if the flood had subsided, so perhaps allow this?
+1
Level 75
Nov 5, 2020
True. Well, you know what I mean....
+1
Level 79
Oct 28, 2020
The story of Arachne and Athena is from Ancient Greece, not Rome
+4
Level ∞
Oct 28, 2020
Earliest version was from the Roman poet Ovid:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arachne

+3
Level 58
Jun 15, 2021
Would it not be Minerva then? I may be wrong.
+6
Level 83
Oct 30, 2020
As an Australian, I always find it kind of hilarious to hear the ancient Egyptians considered the ibis to be sacred. Here we have a name for them: bin chickens.
+1
Level 57
Oct 18, 2021
Yeah. I remember in primary school in Australia, we'd sit down for lunch and a bin chook would just unnervingly stare at us as we were eating. They didn't seem all that sacred then.
+1
Level 89
Nov 2, 2020
A flock of seagulls? A flock of crows? A flock of vultures? A flock of turkeys? A flock of chickens?
+7
Level 78
Nov 9, 2020
Very disappointing that it wasn't a flock of seagulls that let the Romans see the Gauls
+4
Level 76
Dec 23, 2020
Could you accept 'pigeon' for dove?
+1
Level 71
Dec 23, 2020
Bested? Is that even a word?
+6
Level 66
Dec 23, 2020
Absolutely!

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/bested

+1
Level 73
Dec 23, 2020
Accept cattle?
+4
Level 67
Dec 24, 2020
Would you consider accepting "albatros", with just one S? That is how it is spelled in many languages (including French, German...). It was my first guess, but it didn't occur to me to add an extra "S", especially since alternative spellings are often accepted, even when there's no linguistic reason for it. Many thanks!
+3
Level 61
Dec 24, 2020
Silkworms don't make fabric! They make silk thread. That's like saying sheep make sweaters.
+2
Level 65
Dec 24, 2020
"Gull" for Albatross?
+1
Level 60
Oct 20, 2021
Why? Gull is short for Seagull, it's a completely different bird.
+2
Level 59
Dec 25, 2020
Not to be that guy, but it's a fact that dingoes took Azaria Chamberlain, not "probably"
+2
Level 90
Mar 19, 2021
my first guess for the australian one, drop bear.
+1
Level 78
Jul 9, 2021
The myth of Arachne is Greek, not Roman. Arachne even means spider in Greek.
+1
Level 60
Oct 20, 2021
Fun fact. People in the Middle ages actually didn't confuse unicorn horn for a narwhal tusk. They knew very well they are from different animals. "Unicornu verum" was a relatively cheap narwhal tusk, "unicornu fossile" was much more expensive and rare, a horn of an actual unicorn.

Another fun fact. Yes, unicorns were actually a real animal. It's scientifical name is "Elasmotherium sibiricum" and it's a type of an ice age rhino. It is not known when it went extinct, there is even a script from an arabian explorer from 921AD that mention it being still alive. Even if you don't believe that, there is no doubt people met it and passed stories and legends about it for generations. And they were also finding it's bones and horns and using them as medicine all throught the Middle ages. The "horse with a narwhal tusk" misconception only came to be in 1558 in a book "Historia animalium" from Conrad Gessner.

+1
Level 74
Mar 22, 2022
honk honk