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History True or False #3

Try to guess whether these historical statements are true or false.
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1. The Titanic sank on its first voyage across the Atlantic
True
False
2. There is evidence that humans hunted woolly mammoths
True
False
3. Guy Fawkes was a Protestant activist
True
False
He was a Catholic. The idea behind the Gunpowder Plot was to restore Britain to a Catholic monarchy.
4. Only four people were killed at the Tiananmen Square massacre
True
False
Estimates of the death toll range from several hundred to several thousand
5. Marie Curie discovered penicillin
True
False
6. The Mongols conquered Japan
True
False
Their two invasion attempts were stymied by typhoons, which the Japanese called "kamikaze", meaning "divine wind".
7. "The Three Musketeers" is an example of the swashbuckler genre of literature
True
False
8. Until the 19th century, Italian opera companies employed "castrati" - men who had been castrated as children so that they would have high voices
True
False
The practiced was finally outlawed in 1870
9. The legend of Hercules was well-known in ancient Rome
True
False
Hercules was extremely popular and was the personal deity of many prominent Romans
10. We don't know whether Homer really existed
True
False
11. George Washington was deaf
True
False
12. India has never been involved in a war since becoming independent in 1947
True
False
India has fought wars against China and Pakistan
13. There was a time in the Middle Ages when the Popes lived in France, not Rome
True
False
14. Most of French territory was, at one time, part of the Roman Empire
True
False
15. The year 1 B.C. is followed by 0 A.D.
True
False
There is no year 0 A.D.
16. King Arthur is buried at Westminster Abbey
True
False
There is no record that King Arthur existed in real life
36 Comments
+7
Level 73
Jun 22, 2021
India fought a small war against Portugal, or does that not count?
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Level 77
Jun 23, 2021
that's why the answer is false. They have also fought wars against pakistan.
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Level 54
Oct 16, 2023
They also fought a short war with China in 1962
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Level 79
Jun 22, 2021
It's going too far to say that there is no evidence Arthur existed. There is evidence but it comes from some time after he would have lived. It's pretty implausible to think that the earliest stories aren't at least based on a real person or persons.
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Level 74
Jun 30, 2021
"Evidence" is a high standard here. It requires reliable sources, with similar content and historical sense. Otherwise, each ancient fairy tale could be considered an historical fact.

Many legends could be based on real events or people but that's far from having real evidence, or that such people were or behaved like the ones depicted by such legends.

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Level 76
Jun 23, 2021
Wait, wasn't Washington partially deaf?

Edit: I googled and, aside from an unreliable listicle, this is all I could find:

https://hearinghealthmatters.org/hearinginternational/2014/george-washingtons-deafness/

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Level 72
Jul 29, 2021
I mean, he's deaf now. I'm sure it could be argued that he might have gone deaf before he died. I think the question is a bit vague.
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Level ∞
Apr 25, 2023
No, he was not deaf.

The article you linked is just some people speculating that he might have had hearing loss from firing a musket. In which case literally every soldier at the time would be considered "deaf". This would make no sense.

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Level 76
Feb 5, 2024
Hence the "partially". Also, the fact that one person might have hearing loss from firing a musket doesn't mean everyone that fires a musket will have hearing loss. You're making a false generalization.
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Level 76
Jul 3, 2021
Wait, 0 A.D. doesn't exist? My life is a lie...
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Level 77
Jul 29, 2021
Yup, that's why the 21st century started in 2001 instead of 2000, because there was no year 0 for the 1st century to start in.
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Level 62
Oct 11, 2023
It depends on. Astronomers actually count a year 0, the year 1 AD of the traditional system...
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Level 83
Jul 29, 2021
Great quiz, however the term "French territory" is quite broad. France has territories throughout the world, including in South America and in the Caribbean Islands. Obviously, they would not have been part of the Roman Empire, therefore the answer would be "false." However, France as a nation, on its own, certainly was part of the Roman Empire, so the answer is "true." Far be it from me to complain. I enjoyed the quiz. But, this question can use a little more clarity.
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Level 56
Jul 29, 2021
The question should rather go this way "Most of French Metropolitan territory was, at one time, part of the Roman Empire".
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Level 71
Jul 29, 2021
I don't think it needs more clarity. The only major French "territories" by land area are French Guiana (~84,000 sq km) and New Caledonia (~19,000 sq km), with the remaining territories being absolutely tiny (French Polynesia has a lot of water area, but a land area of only 3,521 sq km). In contrast, metropolitan France has an area of about 550,000 sq km, and the Romans basically controlled all of it. Even if you choose to interpret the question based on majority of all French-owned land around the globe, the Roman Empire still easily controlled a majority of it.
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Level 65
Apr 19, 2023
It's even more one-sided if you consider population. Of the approx. 67 millions French, 65 live in the mainland.
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Level ∞
Apr 25, 2023
Correct. The question is not ambiguous in any way.
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Level 56
Oct 16, 2023
There were no French territories in the Americas nor Asia during the Roman Empires. There is nothing confusing about the question
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Level 32
Jul 29, 2021
All correct, first try 3:30 mins left.
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Level 45
Jul 29, 2021
the homer one is a bit sketchy
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Level 79
Oct 16, 2023
Agreed, would be helpful to have some explanation there. I thought Homer's authorship of epic poems was somewhat controversial, not the mere fact of his existence.
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Level 76
Feb 5, 2024
It is correct. Homer's existence has not been confirmed at all.
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Level 64
Jul 29, 2021
The wording of the Tiananmen square question made me think it was a trick q. IIRC very few people (maybe none?) were actually killed specifically at Tiananmen square, and the hundreds to thousands who died were killed all around Beijing in different areas. We only call it Tiananmen Square Massacre in the west because that's where the picture with tank guy is from. (And if I remember correctly, tank guy is still alive today, kind of highlighting the fact that the violence didn't go down in the literal Tiananmen Square.)
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Level 95
Jul 30, 2021
Guy Fawkes was actually born and baptised as an anglican protestant. Granted that his "relevant/known" years he was catholic, please consider rephrasing this question, maybe to "Guy Fawkes died being a protestant"
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Level 79
Oct 16, 2023
The question asks if he was a Protestant activist, which by all accounts he was not
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Level 67
Jul 30, 2021
There is no 0 AD lol
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Level 85
Aug 2, 2021
I had no idea about the Three Musketeers. Guess I considered Swashbucklers to be more of a pirate thing.
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Level 65
Apr 19, 2023
In french we call swashbuckling "cape et épée", "cape and sword".
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Level 59
Sep 22, 2022
100%
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Level 45
May 20, 2023
Q. The legend of Hercules was well-known in ancient Rome

A. False: Hercules was extremely popular and was the personal deity of many prominent Romans

????

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Level ∞
Jul 1, 2023
Don't know what happened. Sorry about that and fixed!
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Level 48
Jul 20, 2023
So almost half of the people never heard about any of the Indo-Pakistani wars. Interesting...
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Level 72
Oct 16, 2023
And the statement "The practiced . . ." is ungrammatical.
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Level 69
Oct 16, 2023
I'm pretty sure most deaths during the student protests at that day in Beijing took place outside of Tiananmen square if I remember correctly, so the answer to this question is questionable at least
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Level ∞
Oct 16, 2023
No, it's really not. It's called the Tiananmen Square massacre, even if it most of the killing happened slightly outside the square.

You're repeating a propaganda line from the CCP which is meant to obfuscate the very real massacre in which the government slaughtered at least hundreds (but more likely thousands) of students.

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Level 67
Oct 16, 2023
Surprised so many people thought it was 0 BC