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History: What Came First? #1

We give you two things. You guess which appeared earliest on the historical timeline.
Technically a few of these are prehistoric
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Last updated: October 20, 2020
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First submittedOctober 19, 2020
Times taken65,065
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1. The Middle Ages or the Renaissance
Middle Ages
Renaissance
Middle Ages: c. 500–1500. Renaissance: c. 1400–1700.
2. The Bible or the Quran
Bible
Quran
The Bible: c. 1000 BC–100 AD. Quran: c. 650 AD.
3. Flowers or Insects
Flowers
Insects
Insects: 300 million years ago. Flowering plants: 140 million years ago.
4. Julius Caesar or Alexander the Great
Julius Caesar
Alexander the Great
Julius Caesar: 100 BC–44 BC. Alexander the Great 356 BC–323 BC.
5. The Bronze Age or the Iron Age
Bronze Age
Iron Age
Bronze Age started 3300 BC. Iron Age started 1200 BC.
6. Baseball or Golf
Baseball
Golf
Baseball: 1800s. Golf: 1400s.
7. The U.S. Civil War or the English Civil War
U.S. Civil War
English Civil War
U.S. Civil War: 1861–1865. English Civil War: 1642–1651.
8. Beer Bottles or Beer Cans
Bottles
Cans
Bottles: 1700s. Cans: 1935.
9. Dickens or Shakespeare
Dickens
Shakespeare
Charles Dickens: 1812–1870. William Shakespeare: 1564–1616.
10. Louis Armstrong or Miles Davis
Louis Armstrong
Miles Davis
Louis Armstrong: 1901–1971. Miles Davis: 1926–1991.
11. Athens or Rome
Athens
Rome
Athens: before 1400 BC. Rome: 8th century BC.
12. Henry VIII or Richard the Lionheart
Henry VIII
Richard the Lionheart
Henry VIII: 1491–1547. Richard the Lionheart: 1157–1199.
13. Napoleon or Dynamite
Napoleon
Dynamite
Napoleon: 1769–1821. Dynamite: 1867.
14. Jurassic or Triassic
Jurassic
Triassic
Jurassic ended 145 million years ago. Triassic ended 251.9 million years ago.
15. Charlemagne or Genghis Khan
Charlemagne
Genghis Khan
Charlemagne: 748–814. Genghis Khan c.1155–1227.
16. The Airplane or the Digital Computer
Airplane
Computer
The airplane: 1903. The digital computer: 1945.
17. Christopher Columbus or Gunpowder
Christopher Columbus
Gunpowder
Columbus: 1451–1506. Gunpowder: 9th century.
18. Art movements: Baroque or Romanticism
Baroque
Romanticism
Baroque: c. 1600–1750. Romanticism: c. 1800–1850.
67 Comments
+34
Level 83
Oct 19, 2020
Q13 is brilliant :)
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Level 89
Oct 19, 2020
Not as brilliant as the first person to make a liger. It's pretty much like my favorite animal.
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Level 66
Oct 21, 2020
Which came first, the lion or the tiger?
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Level 43
Oct 26, 2020
Based on my short cladistical analysis, Panthera tigris (Tiger) is more ancient than Panthera leo (Lion). This is due to lions being more steps away from the base of Panthera than tigers
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Level 72
Oct 20, 2020
Great quiz - could you put the explanatory comments (with the actual dates) on all of the answers please? Saves a Google!
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Level 85
Oct 20, 2020
Exactly what I was about to write. Saves a dozen Googles.
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Level ∞
Oct 20, 2020
Done!
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Level 48
Oct 20, 2020
Surprised so many people got Dickens/Shakespeare, but couldn't get things like the Bible/Quran, or Bronze Age/Iron Age
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Level 40
Oct 20, 2020
Shakespeare is studied more to be fair.
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Level 77
Oct 21, 2020
I think the Bible is just a little bit more studied on average worldwide...
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Level 64
Dec 22, 2022
True, but the Qaran isn't, so most people won't be able to compare the dates. Meanwhile whilst Dickens isn't as well studied as Shakespeare there have been enough adaptations of his books (Oliver, Christmas Carol etc.) that most people will know he's Victorian.
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Level 34
May 7, 2024
Most people would be aware that Christianity is older than Islam. I would have thought that would be enough.
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Level 65
Oct 23, 2020
'Cross-national/ cultural' comparisons are harder, I think?
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Level 79
Oct 20, 2020
Didn't think mine was that challenging, but having looked at the stats... seems it was.
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Level 82
Oct 20, 2020
I can't believe I knew the flowers/insects and Jurassic/Triassic but not Napoleon/Dynamite >:-(
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Level 79
Oct 21, 2020
I got all but Jurassic/Triassic!!
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Level 22
Oct 21, 2020
Insects before flowers? wtf
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Level 77
Oct 21, 2020
It makes sense. Insects are capable of existing without flowers, but most flowers can't function without insects. Flowers couldn't evolve if there were no insects already present.
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Level 66
Oct 22, 2020
I had not thought of that. Well reasoned.
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Level 34
May 7, 2024
Hmm. Impressive use of logic and knowledge. Had not occurred to me.
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Level 85
Oct 21, 2020
I liked all of them except for the Armstrong/Davis question. They were born 25 years apart and died 20 years apart. You need to specifically know jazz history to know who came first among people who were alive at the same time.
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Level 90
Oct 21, 2020
They definitely lived close to one another, but in terms of their place in jazz history, they're ages apart.
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Level 78
Nov 13, 2022
That's the one question I got incorrect on this quiz.
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Level 78
Oct 21, 2020
I missed 2 in this quiz and got 2 in the other one.
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Level 69
Oct 21, 2020
According to the Bible, plants came before living creatures.
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Level 90
Oct 21, 2020
According to a literalist interpretation of Genesis 1 . . .
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Level 75
Oct 21, 2020
Which interpretation doesn't agree with what perman17 said?
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Level 34
May 7, 2024
Much needed specification. I had no idea what was meant by "the Bible"
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Level 72
Oct 21, 2020
Flowers are plants but not all plants are flowers, anyway.
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Level 82
Oct 21, 2020
yeah and light came before the sun, moon, and stars. Maybe not a reliable source of information.
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Level 83
Dec 22, 2022
I know you're trying to be snide, but light did come far, far before any stars formed in the universe...
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Level 82
Dec 22, 2022
right... because the authors of the Old Testament clearly knew a lot about radiation, ionized plasma and ancient cosmology and that's probably what they were referring to. Makes sense to bring this up in a conversation about the order that things appeared on planet Earth, too.
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Level 77
Oct 21, 2020
On the geological time scale, flowers are relatively new. I believe the first ones didn't appear until the early cretaceous period.
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Level 43
Oct 26, 2020
Late Jurassic (Kimmerdigian epoch) I believe
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Level 22
Dec 22, 2022
Plants probably are older than animals -- but flowering plants are a much later development.
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Level 59
Dec 22, 2022
According to the Bible, Methuselah lived for 969 years...
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Level 69
Sep 5, 2023
Can’t decide what’s more moronic; thinking plants aren’t alive or thinking all plants have flowers.
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Level 82
Oct 21, 2020
Disappointed by the lack of questions about chickens and eggs.
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Level 47
Oct 21, 2020
What came first: quantum mechanics or sliced bread?
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Level 72
Oct 22, 2020
Easy - Quantum Mechanics. Sliced bread (in a package) wasn't invented until the late 1920's. Einstein wrote his four famous papers in 1905, which formed the foundation for general relativity, Brownian motion, quantum mechanics, and mass-energy equivalence. By 1924, quantum mechanics had been pretty well formalized into the set of ideas we still use to define it today (although, like any branch of science, it's grown quite a bit since then).
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Level 45
Oct 26, 2020
So what you're saying is Einstein did not have pre-sliced bread for breakfast while wirting his paper.

(actually this will make it easier to remember for me)

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Level 62
Oct 21, 2020
Never thought I'd see a quiz with Miles Davis and Genghis Khan! Great quiz!
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Level 75
Oct 21, 2020
What came first: rocket science or brain surgery?
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Level 59
Nov 24, 2020
Brain Surgery. The first successful removal of a tumor from the brain was in 1887, and the first liquid fueled rocket was made by Robert Goddard in 1926.
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Level 48
Dec 22, 2022
Also, there is evidence of trepanation surgeries on ancient human skulls.
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Level 69
Sep 5, 2023
Gunpowder rockets were used militarily by the 1200s. Why specify liquid?
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Level 65
Oct 24, 2020
Napoleon/dynamite... I see what you did there hehe
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Level 45
Oct 26, 2020
I don't. What did they do ?
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Level 59
Nov 24, 2020
Napoleon Dynamite is a very popular movie. (at least to some people) Hope that helps!
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Level 76
Dec 10, 2020
"Very popular to some people" is a contradiction. Actually, the movie is a bit of a niche cult semi-classic for more or less recent generations. If that sounds very specific, it's cause it is. The movie is not really popular at all, except apparently here in Jetpunk, as I've seen it in quizzes more times than it merits.
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Level 69
Sep 14, 2021
Napoleon Dynamite is a popular movie. It isn't niche at all.
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Level 33
Feb 5, 2021
Very cool quiz
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Level 48
Dec 3, 2021
Surprising that dinosaurs existed before flowers

and almost existed before insects but we're 50 million years away.

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Level 70
Dec 22, 2022
Airplane is still correct but the Lehmer Sieve was a primitive digital computer first built in 1926. The first digital electronic computer was 1945.
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Level 69
Dec 22, 2022
According to the Bible, flowers came before insects. (1st chapter of Genesis).
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Level 77
Mar 11, 2023
So?
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Level 69
Sep 5, 2023
Fantastic. Are you also going to dispute the existence of the bronze and iron ages? Peddle that trash elsewhere
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Level 68
Dec 22, 2022
So, when I saw Airplane, for some reason I thought it meant Airplane! the movie -- so yeah, missed that one.
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Level 49
Dec 22, 2022
I also had a flashback from that movie. On my part it is because we were taught in school in Finland, that the machine that flies is "aeroplane" (in Finnish it is lentokone, literally flying machine). When I was a child, word "Airplane" (with capital letter) was always connected to that movie, and I wondered, how it is written (and I of course thought that it is logical with word "air" as part of it). It was long before I learned about spelling differences in British and American English.
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Level 49
Dec 22, 2022
Thank you, these are great! Ability to relate events on time line tells much more about historical knowledge than knowing exact dates.

PS. Woman's photo on front page, in which question is she connected to?

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Level 78
Dec 22, 2022
Yeah, what’s with the hip looking princess type lady on the thumbnail?
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Level 82
Dec 22, 2022
she came first
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Level 24
Dec 23, 2022
The photo is related to the first question. According to Google/ Wikipedia, it's from the Three Barons Renaissance Fair in Anchorage. File here: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lady_at_Three_Barons_Renaissance_Fair_Anchorage_(IMG_7768a).jpg
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Level 49
Dec 23, 2022
Nice to know that, thanks for the information!
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Level 70
Apr 21, 2024
Good questions! Quite shocked only 40% got the insect flower question right though!

The 8% that thought the middle ages were very recent was a bit surprising too. Did they think the middle ages went right up to wwII. Or did they think the rennaissance was shortly after the year 0? (to keep religion out of this, but I am sure someone will bring it right back in ;) )

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Level 43
May 15, 2024
For the insect vs flower, you should precise its in an evolutionary perspective.
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Level 46
Jun 5, 2024
Low percents for Triassic/Jurassic and flowers/insects huh... looks like not a lot of people knowing Mezosoic stuff