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HintAnswer% Correct
RussiaWhat territory did Russia sell to the U.S. in 1867?Alaska
91%
What country colonized Brazil?Portugal
90%
What country invaded Cuba in 1898, ending Spanish colonization?United States
90%
In what year did the Berlin Wall fall?1989
89%
What did Rio de Janeiro host in 2016?Summer Olympics
88%
Prior to 1917, what was the title of the leader of Russia?Tsar
88%
What city was second to be struck by an atomic bomb?Nagasaki
87%
Who had children with both Mark Antony and Julius Caesar?Cleopatra
86%
Who led Cuba from 1961 until 2008?Fidel Castro
86%
What was France's currency before the Euro?Franc
86%
What naval base did Japan attack in 1941, bringing them into war against the U.S?Pearl Harbor
86%
What city in Egypt was famous in ancient times for its library?Alexandria
85%
What European power colonized Cambodia?France
85%
What was discovered in Saudi Arabia in 1938, seriously changing the Saudi economy?Oil
85%
What country was united with Norway from 1814 to 1905?Sweden
85%
EgyptWhat monumental structure is thought to have been built
as a tomb for the pharoah Khufu?
The Great Pyramid
85%
What city was supposedly home to the Hanging Gardens?Babylon
84%
Who was famously killed by Brutus and other Senators?Julius Caesar
84%
Who was born in Mecca in 570 AD?Muhammad
84%
What empire had its capital at Tenochtitlan?Aztec
83%
Whose assassination was Serbia blamed for in 1914?Franz Ferdinand
83%
What island group did Argentina invade in 1982?Falkland Islands
82%
What island did China cede to Great Britain as a result of the Opium Wars?Hong Kong
82%
What country was Austria merged with from 1867-1918?Hungary
82%
What system of racial discrimination was ended in the early 1990s?Apartheid
81%
What were women allowed to legally do for the first time in 2018?Drive
81%
What country invaded Indonesia in 1941?Japan
81%
Who painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel?Michelangelo
81%
What Spanish king were the Philippines named after?Philip II
81%
GreeceOn what island was the Minoan civilization based?Crete
80%
What disaster struck London in 1666?Great Fire of London
80%
What European power briefly occupied Ethiopia in the 1930s?Italy
80%
NetherlandsWhat flower was the center of a famous investment bubble in the 1600s?Tulip
80%
ChinaOn what river did Chinese civlization first begin?Yellow River
80%
What partially-recognized country seceded from Serbia in 2008?Kosovo
79%
Who led the Indian independence movement against Britain?Mahatma Gandhi
79%
Who supposedly nailed 95 theses to a church door?Martin Luther
79%
ArgentinaWhich element did the Spanish name Argentina after?Silver
79%
Vikings from Norway were the first Europeans to reach Vinland.
In what modern-day country would you find Vinland?
Canada
78%
What series of conflicts involved European efforts to capture the Holy Land?Crusades
78%
What bird did Australia fight a "war" against in 1932?Emus
78%
South AfricaWhat country originally colonized the Cape of Good Hope?Netherlands
78%
What was placed in Cuba in 1962, sparking a crisis?Nuclear Missiles
78%
What country invaded and occupied Cambodia in 1979?Vietnam
78%
What country did Iraq invade in 1990?Kuwait
77%
MexicoWhat civilization's cities included Tikal and Yaxchilan?Maya
77%
What empire controlled the coastal regions of Saudi Arabia from
the 16th century until WWI?
Ottoman Empire
77%
JapanWhat religion was introduced to the country in 538 A.D.?Buddhism
76%
What destroyed much of Tokyo in 1923?Earthquake
76%
IsraelIn what town did Jesus grow up?Nazareth
76%
What city-state bested Athens in the Peloponnesian War?Sparta
76%
What country did Iran fight a war against from 1980-1988?Iraq
75%
Who was the teacher of Aristotle?Plato
75%
What nation declared independence from Pakistan in 1971?Bangladesh
74%
What award has been given out in Norway to people such as
Nelson Mandela and Mother Theresa since 1901?
Nobel Peace Prize
74%
GermanyWhat river was generally considered the boundary between the
Roman Empire and the Germanic tribes?
Rhine River
74%
CubaWhat style of music, whose name means "sauce" in Spanish,
is based on Cuban traditions?
Salsa
74%
What world famous painter was born in the Netherlands in 1853?Vincent Van Gogh
74%
FranceWhat was the Roman name for France?Gaul
73%
What leader had millions killed in Cambodia by mass killings or
malnutrition in the seventies?
Pol Pot
73%
What did Johannes Gutenberg invent?Printing Press
73%
What wind-powered device was used by the Dutch to drain wetlands
and greatly expand the land area of the country?
Windmill
73%
What Portuguese-speaking country gained its independence from Indonesia in 2002?East Timor
72%
PeruWhat animal was domesticated in Peru around 5000 BC?Llama
72%
What country did Turkish troops enter in 2019?Syria
72%
AustraliaWhat type of curved stick was used by Aboriginal Australians to hunt small prey?Boomerang
71%
Who became the world's first psychoanalyst in 1886?Sigmund Freud
71%
What footballer was born in 1940 as Edson Arantes do Nascimento?Pelé
70%
What term refers to the hereditary military nobility of medieval Japan?Samurai
70%
What war caused the downfall of the Ottoman Empire?WWI
70%
Who gave the Gettysburg Address?Abraham Lincoln
69%
In 2010, what series of protests spread to Egypt, forcing the president to resign?Arab Spring
69%
What philospher's sayings are collected in the "Analects"?Confucius
69%
PakistanAlong what river did civilization in Pakistan first develop?Indus River
69%
Who was the Kaiser of Germany during WWI?Wilhelm II
69%
What British explorer charted maps of Eastern Australia?James Cook
68%
IndiaIn what language were most important Hindu scriptures written?Sanskrit
68%
What Adriatic port city once controlled Crete, Cyprus, and parts of Crimea?Venice
68%
In what city did Allied leaders meet to make plans for WWII in 1943?Casablanca
67%
What Argentinian fought in the Cuban Revolution and met his end in Bolivia in 1967?Che Guevara
67%
AustriaWhat royal house controlled Austria for most of its existence?Hapsburg
67%
What river was established as the U.S-Mexico border after
the Mexican-American War?
Rio Grande
67%
What North American city did the Dutch cede to the English in 1664?New Amsterdam
66%
Who was the top U.S. commander in Europe during WWII?Dwight D. Eisenhower
65%
What three letter word ending in J refers to the period of
British rule in India and Pakistan?
Raj
65%
What peninsula did Israel annex in 1967 but return in 1982?Sinai Peninsula
65%
ItalyWhat northern region takes its name from the Etruscans, who
lived in the area before the Romans?
Tuscany
65%
What territory declared its independence from Morocco in 1979?Western Sahara
64%
What killed over 1 million Ethiopians in the early 1980s?Famine
63%
Who was dictator of Spain from 1939 until 1975?Francisco Franco
63%
United KingdomWho is the most famous conspirator of the Gunpowder Plot?Guy Fawkes
63%
SpainWho was the wife of Ferdinand II?Isabella I
63%
IraqWhat term refers to the Cradle of Civilization between the
Tigris and Euphrates rivers?
Mesopotamia
62%
What kingdom did Shaka rule?Zulu Kingdom
62%
PhilippinesWhat Portuguese explorer died in the Philippines during the first
circumnavigation of the globe in 1521?
Ferdinand Magellan
61%
CambodiaWhat empire ruled Cambodia from the 9th to 15th centuries?Khmer Empire
61%
What M word refers to the Northern African people who conquered Spain?Moors
61%
In 1687, what Greek monument was severely damaged by an explosion?Parthenon
61%
What empire was conquered by the Ottoman Empire in 1453?Byzantine Empire
60%
Who wrote "A Tale of Two Cities"?Charles Dickens
60%
What country did Peru fight against in the War of the Pacific?Chile
60%
In what city, starting with F, was a madrassa founded in 859 AD
that some people call the world's oldest university?
Fez
60%
Who painted "Guernica" a depiction of a bombing that
happened during the Spanish Civil War?
Pablo Picasso
60%
What was the original purpose of the Taj Mahal?Mausoleum
59%
What Portuguese explorer reached India by going around Africa?Vasco Da Gama
59%
What khan conquered China in 1279?Kublai Khan
58%
United StatesWhat religious group first settled Pennsylvania?Quakers
58%
On what tiny island in the Atlantic did Napoleon die?St. Helena
58%
Who was the leader of Yugoslavia from 1953-1980?Josip Broz Tito
57%
CanadaWhat Viking famously settled in Eastern Canada around 1000 AD?Leif Erikson
57%
SerbiaWhat ethnic group migrated into the Balkans (and also Russia)
from the 5th to 10th century A.D.?
Slavs
57%
What group of people did the British go to war with in 1880 and 1899?Boers
56%
Who was the first president of the Russian federation?Boris Yeltsin
56%
On what island was Spain's first permanent settlement in the New World?Hispaniola
56%
What group raided Baghdad in 1258?Mongols
56%
Who wrote "Les Misérables" and "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame"?Victor Hugo
56%
Which Roman emperor moved the capital of the empire to Turkey?Constantine
55%
What was the first country to secede from the USSR?Lithuania
55%
BrazilWhat cash crop was, by the mid-16th century, Brazil's most important export?Sugar
55%
What was the most important city in Greece during the Middle Ages?
(Hint: It starts with T)
Thessaloniki
55%
In which state was the first battle of the American Revolution fought?Massachusetts
54%
What spice, starting with N, did Dutch traders export from Indonesia?Nutmeg
54%
What was the last Chinese dynasty?Qing Dynasty
54%
What German general's advance into Egypt was halted at El Alamein in 1942?Erwin Rommel
53%
What northern city was hit by Japanese air raids during WWII?Darwin
52%
What religion, started in the 15th century, teaches its followers to wear
five items, including a small knife?
Sikhism
52%
What saint helped convert the area to Christianity, and is the namesake
of the alphabet used by many Eastern European countries?
St. Cyril
52%
What British dominion joined Canada in 1949?Newfoundland
51%
What Thomas Edison invention was a predecessor to the record player?Phonograph
51%
EthiopiaWhat was Ethiopia known as prior to the 1600s?Abyssinia
50%
What was the capital of the Inca Empire?Cusco
50%
Who led France during the radical phase of the French Revolution?Maximilien Robespierre
50%
What war did Great Britain fight against France between 1756 and 1763?Seven Years War
50%
What was the title of the Iranian monarch prior to the 1979 revolution?Shah
50%
What U.S. general fled the Japanese invasion of the islands in 1942,
but returned two years later?
Douglas MacArthur
48%
MoroccoWhat seafaring people established the city of Tangier before 800 BC?Phoenicians
48%
What building was destroyed by the Romans 70 AD?Second Temple
48%
During what war did the U.S. capture the city of Toronto, then known as York?War of 1812
48%
And what was the capital of the above empire?Angkor
47%
Which Argentinian first lady was nicknamed "Evita"?Eva Peron
47%
IranWhat was the most popular religion in Iran prior to Islam?Zoroastrianism
47%
Who was Prime Minister when Britain voted to leave the EU?David Cameron
46%
What was the last Muslim city in Spain?Granada
46%
IndonesiaWhat "upright" hominid species inhabited Indonesia as far back as
two million years ago?
Homo erectus
46%
Saudi ArabiaAccording to the Quran, what cubic black structure was built by Abraham and Ishmael?Kaaba
46%
What was the name of the Australopithecus skeleton discovered in Ethiopia in 1974?Lucy
45%
What was Australian prime minister Harold Holt doing when he disappeared in 1967?Swimming
45%
What legendary sailor of the seven seas hailed from Basra?Sinbad
44%
TurkeyWhat city in Turkey was supposedly destroyed in 1180 BC?Troy
44%
What was the term for Austria's merger into Germany in 1938?Anschluss
43%
What Spaniard conquered most of Peru?Francisco Pizarro
43%
Who was emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974?Haile Selassie
43%
What appeared in the skies over Chelyabinsk in 2013?Meteor
43%
What telegram was sent to Mexico in 1917 in an attempt to
convince them to invade the U.S?
Zimmerman Telegram
43%
What currency was introduced in 1994 as part of a successful
campaign to stop hyperinflation?
Real
42%
NorwayWhat four-letter word is the term for an oral history of the Norse people?Saga
42%
What Norwegian explorer was the first person to reach the South Pole?Roald Amundsen
41%
Who was the first "Great" emperor of Persia?Cyrus the Great
39%
What scientific device was greatly improved by Antonie van Leeuwenhoek?Microscope
39%
Name one of the three Arab caliphates which ruled Iran.Rashidun, Umayyad,
or Abbasid
39%
What word refers to an Israeli agricultural commune?Kibbutz
36%
What political party has dominated South Africa since 1994?African National Congress
34%
What notorious Nazi was captured by Israeli agents in Argentina in 1960?Adolf Eichmann
33%
Who, in 1611, explored much of Northern Canada while seeking
the Northwest Passage?
Henry Hudson
33%
Near what small town was Leonardo born?Vinci
33%
Who was the dictator of the Philippines from 1972-1981?
(hint: his wife had a large shoe collection)
Ferdinand Marcos
32%
Who was dictator of Cuba before that?Fulgencio Batista
28%
Who was the only woman to rule the Austrian empire?Maria Theresa
28%
Who was Pakistan's only female Prime Minister?Benazir Bhutto
26%
Who was the first president of Indonesia?Sukarno
24%
What volcano lowered global temperatures when it erupted in 1991?Mount Pinatubo
22%
What was the first empire to unite India?Maurya Empire
17%
What Japanese-Peruvian President helped defeat Shining Path
terrorists but was convicted of crimes against humanity?
Alberto Fujimori
16%
What priest is often considered to be the father of the Mexican nation?Miguel Hidalgo
12%
Who was the Canadian Prime Minister during World War II?Mackenzie King
11%

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