History Multiple Choice #4

Can you answer these multiple choice questions about world history?
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Last updated: March 31, 2020
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1. Did Buddha live before Jesus or after?
2. Did the Mongols ever conquer China?
3. What supposed Medieval practice was known as "droit du seigneur" or "jus primae noctis"?
The right to trial by combat
The drowning of witches
The ability to purchase admittance into heaven
The right of a lord to sleep with a newlywed maiden
There is no documented example of this ever happening in reality
4. In what modern-day country was Stalin born?
United States
5. Why is Phineas Gage known to history?
He invented the cotton gin
He standardized the dimensions of railway tracks
His personality changed when an iron rod was driven through his head
He traveled around the world in 80 days
6. Croesus was the king of Lydia (in modern-day Turkey) during the 500s BC. What is he famous for?
Being old
Being rich
Being strong
7. What was the original worth of a British pound?
A pound of sheep's wool
A pound of copper
A pound of silver
A pound of gold
In 2020, a pound of silver is worth about £200
8. What was the Balfour Declaration?
A papal bull excommunicating Thomas Balfour
A statement of British support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine
A statement of U.S. intent to expand to the Pacific Ocean
9. In 1457, the Scottish Parliament banned football and golf. Why?
Men were playing sports instead of practicing archery
Windows at the royal palace were broken by errant shots
Scotland had recently lost matches to England
Women had started to play
The ban was repealed a couple decades later
10. When did the Crimean War happen?
11. True or false. The Inca Empire lasted for thousands of years before the arrival of the Spanish.
The Inca Empire had only been around for about 100 years when Pizarro showed up
12. True or false. Before the arrival of Europeans, the Hawaiian islands had high levels of social equality.
Ancient Hawaii had a strict caste system enforced by the death penalty
13. What royal house did Queen Elizabeth I come from?
14. How did Napoleon die?
Guillotine, Paris, 1815
Old age, London, 1848
Stomach cancer (or maybe poisoning), St. Helena, 1821
Struck by gunshot, Waterloo, 1815
15. Who did John Hinckley shoot in 1981?
John Lennon
Golda Meir
Ronald Reagan
Gianni Versace
Level 86
Feb 5, 2020
This was surprisingly difficult!
Level 65
Feb 5, 2020
I'm very surprised by how many people didn't know that pounds were linked to silver.
Level 74
Feb 6, 2020
Especially considering the formal name of the currency is pound sterling.
Level 65
Mar 30, 2020
If I had thought of pound sterling, I probably would have gotten it.
Level 77
Apr 3, 2020
Oh yes, of course. I actually also fell for the sheep answer. 😁
Level 66
Mar 30, 2020
It's probably because most people think that it's connected to gold. I agree with the others who said that pound sterling should be a giveaway.
Level 40
Mar 30, 2020
The Hawaiian question is a bit interesting how many people got it wrong
Level ∞
Mar 31, 2020
People think that Hawaii was some idyllic paradise. It was anything but. Every person had a strict place in the social hierarchy. The lowest caste had it worst. They were subject to ritual killing and sacrifice.
Level 61
Jan 19, 2021
I thought the question felt leading, and remembered that they had at least one successful queen before the end, which is why I got it wrong
Level ∞
Mar 7, 2022
I think this misconception is part of a larger trend where, in Western societies, all Europeans are portrayed as "bad" while other societies are portrayed as "good".

I think it's bizarre and also xenophobic. This attitude infantilizes non-European societies, assuming that only Europeans can be judged for their moral failings, while the horrible things that happened in other places are "just their culture".

Level 71
Oct 3, 2022
I agree with Quizmaster, but I also think Hawaii is a special case. I mean, it's not wrong to say Hawaii is an idyllic paradise today (or at least as close as you can get). I think people have a tendency to project their modern ideas of places and assume it's always been that way.
Level 78
Mar 31, 2020
Question 13 - it's usually written as 'Stuart', rather than 'Stewart'.
Level ∞
Mar 31, 2020
Level 33
Mar 31, 2020
The question about the Mongols conquering China is a little sketchy. Yes, they did invade and conquer MOST of China, but the Chinese never honored a surrender to the Mongols. Genghis Khan ended up leaving China with his army before the job was done. To make the question more clear, I would suggest changing to something along the lines of, "Did the Mongols ever conquer the Chinese capital?"
Level ∞
Mar 31, 2020
The Mongols, under Kublai Khan, captured China and held it for nearly 100 years

Level 52
Oct 26, 2020
"(Or maybe poisoning)" gives away 14, I think.
Level 83
Oct 27, 2020
Agree, but it emphasizes learning new stuff.
Level 74
Nov 8, 2021
Croesus is best known for not being known by me.
Level 68
Oct 3, 2022
Irving Berlin mentioned him in "I'd Rather Lead A Band":
Level 73
Oct 3, 2022
it doesn't especially matter, but surely the two 'true or false' questions still need question marks?
Level 44
Oct 4, 2022
About the Hawaii question - Sad to see so many people (74%) wrongly believe the false narrative of the big bad White Man invading peaceful societies and introducing their evil and oppressive ways into their culture. You couldn't have been more wrong in this case.
Level 79
Feb 25, 2023
Or in a few others probably...