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History Quiz: Ethnicity

Guess the answers to these questions about the ethnicity of groups or individuals throughout history.
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1. Servius Tullius, king of Rome, was of what ethnicity?
Greek
Etruscan
Roman
The fifth, sixth and seventh kings of the Roman Kingdom were all Etruscan, with Servius Tullius serving as the sixth (Lucius Tarquinius Priscus or Tarquin the Elder was the fifth while Lucius Tarquinius Superbus or Tarquin the Proud was the seventh). The seventh was seen as a tyrant, and was eventually overthrown. The monarchy was abolished and this led to the formation of the Roman Republic.
2. The Neolithic Vinča culture existed on which continent?
Europe
Asia
Africa
The lived across what is now Serbia, as well as small areas of Bulgaria and Romania, and created artifacts with a high level of technical skill (such as the figurine in the thumbnail).
3. What was Joseph Stalin's ethnicity?
Ukrainian
Russian
Georgian
He was born in the Georgian city of Gori.
4. What was the ethnicity of the Ottoman dynasty?
Turkmen
Persian
Arab
The Ottoman Turks were a people belonging to the collection of ethno-linguistic groups known as the Turkic peoples, which today include Anatolian Turks, Azerbaijanis, Uzbeks, Kazakhs, Turkmens, Kyrgyz and Uyghurs.
5. Which Native American civilisation, consisting of a collection of ethnic groups, built the city known as Cahokia?
Iroquois
Mississippian
Ancestral Puebloans
Today, only the city's mounds can be seen (the most famous is Monks Mound). The archaeological site is considered to be the largest and most complex site north of the great pre-Columbian cities in Mexico.
6. The Kievan Rus' was a loose federation of East Slavic and which other peoples?
North Germanic
Samoyedic
Finnic
The Finnic or Baltic Finnic peoples include the Finns, Estonians, Karelians, Veps, Izhorians, Votes and Livonians. The Finnic people that formed the Kievan Rus', along with the East Slavs, may have come from a region such as Karelia.
7. The Romani originated in which area of the world?
Siberia
Central Asia
Indian subcontinent
Specifically, it is believed that they originated in Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab.
8. The founder of the Fifteenth Dynasty of Ancient Egypt, Salitis, belonged to which group?
Canaanites
Hyksos
Nubians
The Canaanites had appeared in Egypt before the Hyksos, forming the Fourteenth Dynasty in the eastern Nile Delta, which coexisted with the Egyptian Thirteenth Dynasty. The Hyksos appeared in Egypt some time after, at which point both the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Dynasties had, for some reason, been weakened. Because of this, the Hyksos were able to invade both Dynasties, and established the Fifteenth Dynasty. This caused a power vacuum in the south of Egypt, which had been ruled by the Thirteenth Dynasty, allowing the Egyptian Sixteenth Dynasty to form. The Hyksos then conquered this Dynasty as well, if only briefly. As such the Seventeenth Dynasty could form, which coexisted peacefully with the Hyksos. Eventually, three figures defeated the Hyksos: Seqenenre Tao, ruler of a local kingdom; Kamose, the last king of the Seventeenth Dynasty; and Ahmose, who became the first pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty.
9. Which ethnic group did the Imperial Government of the Ottoman Empire commit mass murder against between 1914 and 1923?
Azerbaijanis
Armenians
Assyrians
1.5 million Armenians were either killed or expelled from Turkey and adjoining regions.
10. Of what descent was the bushranger John Caesar?
European
African
Indigenous Australian
He was the first Australian bushranger and also one of the first people of African descent to arrive in Australia. His nickname was "Black Caesar".
11. Which of these groups is not believed to be one of the closest surviving relatives of the Phoenicians?
Kurds
Syrians
Palestinians
The Lebanese and Mizrahi Jews are believed to be closely related as well.
12. A war occurred in 1879, between the British Empire and the kingdom of which Bantu ethnic group?
Zulu
Luba
Shona
While the Zulu won the first battle of the war, which was a major victory, the British annexed the Zulu Kingdom in the end.
13. What was Nikola Tesla's ethnicity?
Croatian
Serbian
Macedonian
He was born in the village of Smiljan, in what is now Croatia to Serbian parents. At the time, the area was a part of the Austrian Empire.
14. In 1832, the Vietnamese emperor Minh Mạng annexed the remaining territories of which ethnic group?
Cham
Hmong
Akha
Champa, a collection of independent Cham polities, once extended along large areas of what is now central and south Vietnam.
15. Ṭāriq ibn Ziyād (known as Tarik in English) was an Umayyad commander who initiated the Muslim conquest of Visigothic Hispania (Spain and Portugal). Which ethnic group did he belong to?
Pashtuns
Dinka
Berbers
Ṭāriq was appointed governer of Tangier by Musa ibn Nusayr, an Umayyad governer and Arab general, after its conquest in 710-711. Elsewhere in Morocco, the Visigothic Count of Ceuta, Julian, sent his daughter to the court of the Visigothic king of Spain, Roderic, to receive an education. It is said that Roderic raped her, so Julian planned to have the Muslims bring down the Visigothic kingdom. He entered into a treaty with Ṭāriq, and provided him with ships so he could secretly land an army at the Rock of Gibraltar. His army consisted of 7,000 Berber horsemen and 5,000 reinforcements sent by Musa, but he faced an army of 100,000 commanded by Roderic. Ṭāriq won the battle, known as the Battle of Guadalete, and Roderic was killed during the fighting. Ṭāriq, after splitting his army, went on to capture Córdoba, Granada and Toledo (among other places); he was present for the capture of the latter. He later captured Guadalajara and Astorga, making him the de facto governer of Hispania until Musa arrived the following year.
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