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History by Letter - V

Name these historical people, places, and things beginning with the letter V.
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Last updated: November 18, 2016
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First submittedJuly 31, 2014
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Norse raiders who terrorized Europe
Vikings
Italian city-state and naval power
of the Middle Ages
Venice
Explorer of Puget Sound
George Vancouver
Roman term for "exit", not actually a
place where people threw up
Vomitorium
Namesake of two continents
Amerigo Vespucci
Edward Jenner invented the
first one in 1798
Vaccine
Group of ancient Hindu scriptures
Vedas
Mononymic author of "Candide"
Voltaire
Norse colony in Canada
Vinland
One who swears allegiance in
exchange for a fief
Vassal
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Communist guerrilla group of
South Vietnam
Viet Cong
Wallachian duke who impaled people
Vlad
Style of variety show popular around 1900
Vaudeville
Germanic tribe who sacked Rome in 455
Vandals
Beard style of V.I. Lenin and Charles I
Van Dyke
American railroad tycoon,
one of the richest people ever
Cornelius
Vanderbilt
City that was the center of classical
music around 1800
Vienna
River on whose banks the
Battle of Stalingrad was fought
Volga
Official Latin translation of the Bible
Vulgate
U.S. state briefly an independent nation
Vermont
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Level 82
Nov 4, 2014
Vermont was an independent state? If not for the fact that I knew the answer had to start with V, I don't think I would have gotten that one.
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Level 49
Nov 4, 2014
The original thirteen were all independent countries until ratification, which of course includes Virginia.
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Level 68
Nov 4, 2014
They were still under the article of Confederation until the ratification of the new Constitution so they were not each independent states.
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Level 90
Dec 30, 2014
@OneMoreDown, to begin with... nah I'm not even going to start with that one.
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Level 74
Nov 5, 2017
Uhhhh.... No.
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Level 36
Feb 7, 2018
If you really want to split hairs, Virginia isn't a state. It's a commonwealth.
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Level 47
Aug 14, 2020
NOOOO what are you talking about?!
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Level 71
Aug 14, 2020
Yeah, it's a cool but little known fact. They gained independence around the time of the American Revolution but joined the US pretty soon after the end of the war. I remember learning this from my APUSH teacher who asked a trivia question about the 4 states that were once independent (the others being California, Texas, and Hawaii).
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Level 71
Aug 15, 2020
Clarification: I just took another JetPunk quiz and (according to Quizmaster) it turns out California wasn't really an independent country. I guess my teacher was wrong on that one.
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Level 44
Nov 4, 2014
Vedic Scriptures for ancient Hindu?
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Level 57
Nov 5, 2014
What are you asking? The Vedic texts are what were used in early Hinduism, then the Upanishads came along after.
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Level 80
Nov 5, 2014
That was a tough one -- sure helped to know that the answer begins with V.
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Level 45
May 18, 2016
Is Vinland also known as Vindalanda or did I make that up? Tried every spelling I could think of for that! Also is there any chance of accepting Vietkong instead of Cong?
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Level 86
Nov 5, 2017
You probably confuse it with the roman settlement of Vindolanda, near the Hadrian wall.
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Level 75
May 15, 2018
Always only Vinland, I believe.
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Level 82
Mar 22, 2017
A quiz without queen Victoria as an answer? Let alone a history quiz. Let alone a history quiz beginning with V..
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Level 89
Nov 6, 2017
That surprised me too.
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Level 62
Apr 7, 2017
Wow Vandals..... I tried Visigoths, Visi Goths, Visagoths, Visogoths, Visugoths. Turns out that was a different sack of Rome (year 410).
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Level 86
Nov 2, 2022
Same here. Thought for sure I must have just misspelled Visigoths somehow
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Level 56
Nov 5, 2017
I spelled Cong wrong about 5 times until I thought I was using the wrong word. I guess I've played too much Donkey Kong...
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Level 74
Aug 14, 2020
Trying to think of 5 ways to spell Cong...
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Level 71
Nov 5, 2017
Could you accept "vaccination" for "vaccine" please?
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Level 37
Jun 14, 2018
He did not invent a "vaccination"; he developed a "vaccine" with which to vaccinate.
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Level 90
Nov 6, 2017
Could you accept Vine or Win as acceptable prefixes? Both are listed as acceptable spellings on Wikipedia.
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Level 76
Nov 7, 2017
And here I thought Volga language was forbidden.
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Level 71
Nov 11, 2017
Vespucci is a myth - look it up!
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Level 69
Feb 1, 2018
I'm afraid to ask.
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Level 82
Feb 7, 2018
I heard he brought down WTC 7
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Level ∞
Sep 17, 2019
15th century cartographers can't melt steel beams!
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Level 89
Aug 14, 2020
You don't know that. Maybe they had special mutant powers.
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Level 66
Mar 13, 2020
Vespucci is a myth is a myth - look it up!
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Level 74
Apr 24, 2018
if Vomitarium was the exit, may I ask if the entrance was the rectum?
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Level 71
May 15, 2018
No, that was the 'Emergency Exit'
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Level 37
Nov 11, 2018
JoanSR: I believe it is "Vestibulum", which is where we get the English "Vestibule" from.
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Level 77
Oct 3, 2018
In what sense is the Vulgate the official Latin translation of the Bible?
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Level 76
Apr 3, 2019
In the sense of the Catholic Church, who affirmed it as their official Latin translation during the Council of Trent (1545-1563).
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Level 69
Aug 14, 2020
Explorers beginning with V and no Vasco da Gama?
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Level 72
Aug 21, 2020
This quiz goes by last names (and it's the right way to do it, as opposed to all the "Musical acts by letter" quizzes that go by first names, for some reason - which always messes with my head).
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Level 62
Nov 2, 2022
Whereas going by surnames confuses me to the point that I’ve learnt to just skip the people questions. Any non-mononymic person whose name I’ve stored is stored by first name-(other names)-surname, never by surname first.
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Level 75
Aug 14, 2020
I first tried Viet Minh, then VC, and finally got the right answer. The Viet Minh did join with the VC in South Vietnam, so even though Viet Cong is the obvious answer, please think about accepting those others, too?
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Level 68
Feb 11, 2022
Accept Vedic Texts for Vedas?
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Level 47
Jul 1, 2022
I came down here to the bottom to ask the same thing. Hopefully he changes it to accept it.
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Level 56
Nov 2, 2022
I tried both Visigoths and Vulgars for V, only got Vandals at the last seconds
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Level 67
Nov 2, 2022
Can you accept ‘Viet Kong’?
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Level 36
Nov 2, 2022
5/20. Found it kinda difficult but after seeing the answers I should've known at least 16/20. Will think harder next time haha Great quiz!!
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Level 65
Nov 2, 2022
Wish I had another 5 minutes. That was tough
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Level 67
Apr 19, 2023
Funny how while taking this quiz I'm supposed to be writing an essay with a large focus on Hinduism and the Vedas due in 7 hours at 11 am
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Level 67
Dec 21, 2023
I am surprised only 14% knew “vulgate”.