History Quiz: General Knowledge!

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  • 1. 

    Who actually elected Thomas Jefferson President his first term?

    • A.

      The Public

    • B.

      Congress

    • C.

      The House Of Representatives

    • D.

      He Took Over For John Adams Because He Was Sick

    Correct Answer
    C. The House Of Representatives
    Explanation
    In the election of 1800, Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr tied with the same number of electoral votes. According to the Constitution, in case of a tie, the decision goes to the House of Representatives. After several rounds of voting, the House finally elected Thomas Jefferson as President. Therefore, the House of Representatives is the correct answer for who actually elected Thomas Jefferson as President for his first term.

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  • 2. 

    In the United States, which of these "centuries" was the shortest?

    • A.

      The 1900's

    • B.

      The 1800's

    • C.

      The 1700's

    • D.

      Nonsense! All Are Equal Within A Day!

    Correct Answer
    C. The 1700's
    Explanation
    The 1700's was the shortest "century" in the United States because it only spanned from 1700 to 1799, while the other options, the 1800's and the 1900's, covered a full 100 years each.

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  • 3. 

    Who was the leading Polish Ace of WWII?

    • A.

      B.M.Gladych

    • B.

      Klaus Alakoski

    • C.

      Stanislaw Skalski

    • D.

      Siegfried Lemke

    Correct Answer
    C. Stanislaw Skalski
    Explanation
    Stanislaw Skalski was the leading Polish Ace of WWII. He was a highly skilled pilot who served in the Polish Air Force and the Royal Air Force during the war. Skalski achieved numerous aerial victories, earning him the title of the top Polish ace. He played a significant role in the defense of Britain during the Battle of Britain and later served in the Mediterranean and North Africa. Skalski's exceptional flying skills and bravery made him a respected and decorated pilot during WWII.

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  • 4. 

    Besides being husband and wife, what other family relationship did Prince Charles and Lady Diana share?

    • A.

      2nd Cousins

    • B.

      No Relations At All

    • C.

      11th Cousins

    • D.

      Brother & Sister

    Correct Answer
    C. 11th Cousins
    Explanation
    Prince Charles and Lady Diana shared the family relationship of being 11th cousins. This means that they were distantly related through their family trees, with a common ancestor being their 11th great-grandparent. Although they were not closely related, their family connection added a historical and ancestral aspect to their marriage.

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  • 5. 

    Which country was the first to give women the right to vote?

    • A.

      New Zealand

    • B.

      South Africa

    • C.

      Brazil

    • D.

      Australia

    Correct Answer
    A. New Zealand
    Explanation
    New Zealand was the first country to give women the right to vote. In 1893, the Electoral Act was passed, granting women the right to vote in parliamentary elections. This milestone in women's suffrage marked a significant step towards gender equality and paved the way for other countries to follow suit.

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  • 6. 

    What was the name of Herman Goering's pet lion cub during WWII?

    • A.

      Mickey

    • B.

      Baron

    • C.

      Luftwaffe

    • D.

      Caesar

    Correct Answer
    D. Caesar
    Explanation
    During WWII, Herman Goering, a prominent figure in the Nazi regime, had a pet lion cub named Caesar. This suggests that Goering had a fondness for exotic animals and chose to name his lion cub after the famous Roman emperor.

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  • 7. 

    What former member of Charter 77 became President of Czechoslovakia following the revolution freeing it from Russian control in 1989?

    • A.

      Vaclav Havel

    • B.

      Lech Walesa

    • C.

      Alexander Dubcek

    • D.

      Bela Kun

    Correct Answer
    A. Vaclav Havel
    Explanation
    Vaclav Havel is the correct answer because he was a former member of Charter 77, a dissident movement in Czechoslovakia that advocated for human rights and political freedom. After the revolution in 1989, which led to the country's liberation from Russian control, Havel became the President of Czechoslovakia. He played a crucial role in the peaceful transition to democracy and was known for his activism and writings promoting democracy and civil liberties.

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  • 8. 

    When and where was the first debate between George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore?

    • A.

      University Of Illinois, On October 1st, 2000

    • B.

      Cornell University, On October 5th, 2000

    • C.

      Boston, On October 3rd, 2000

    • D.

      Harvard University, On October 3rd, 2000

    Correct Answer
    C. Boston, On October 3rd, 2000
    Explanation
    The first debate between George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore took place in Boston on October 3rd, 2000.

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  • 9. 

    Where was the first women's rights convention held in the U.S. and in what year?

    • A.

      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1776

    • B.

      Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1920

    • C.

      Seneca Falls, New York, 1848

    • D.

      Berkeley, California, 1968

    Correct Answer
    C. Seneca Falls, New York, 1848
    Explanation
    The first women's rights convention in the U.S. was held in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848. This convention, known as the Seneca Falls Convention, was organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott. It was a pivotal event in the women's suffrage movement and marked the beginning of the fight for women's rights in the United States. At the convention, the attendees discussed and drafted the Declaration of Sentiments, which demanded women's equality in various aspects of life, including voting rights.

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  • 10. 

    What did Grover Cleveland say to Benjamin Harrison after losing the election to him?

    • A.

      Mind The Furniture. I'll Be Back In Four Years

    • B.

      I Never Liked You

    • C.

      Liquor's In The Cabinet

    • D.

      Welcome To Hell

    Correct Answer
    A. Mind The Furniture. I'll Be Back In Four Years
    Explanation
    This answer suggests that Grover Cleveland, after losing the election to Benjamin Harrison, made a lighthearted comment about leaving the White House but implying that he plans to return in four years. The phrase "Mind The Furniture" could be a playful way of saying to be careful with the belongings in the White House while he is temporarily leaving. This response implies that Cleveland had a sense of humor and was not bitter about the election loss.

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  • 11. 

    On what day was Australia first settled by European people?

    • A.

      June 4, 1668

    • B.

      January 26, 1788

    • C.

      April 15, 1770

    • D.

      February 9, 1791

    Correct Answer
    B. January 26, 1788
    Explanation
    On January 26, 1788, Australia was first settled by European people. This date marks the arrival of the First Fleet, a group of British ships led by Captain Arthur Phillip, at Port Jackson in New South Wales. The settlement, known as Sydney, was established as a penal colony and laid the foundation for the colonization and development of Australia by Europeans. This date is now celebrated as Australia Day, commemorating the beginning of European settlement in the country.

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  • 12. 

    Where was the Battle of Shiloh fought?

    • A.

      Mississippi

    • B.

      Kentucky

    • C.

      Tennessee

    • D.

      Virginia

    Correct Answer
    C. Tennessee
    Explanation
    The Battle of Shiloh was fought in Tennessee.

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  • 13. 

    The Richard Nixon Presidential Library is located in which California city?

    • A.

      Los Angeles

    • B.

      Sacramento

    • C.

      Yorba Linda

    • D.

      Simi Valley

    Correct Answer
    C. Yorba Linda
    Explanation
    The Richard Nixon Presidential Library is located in Yorba Linda, California. Yorba Linda is the birthplace of Richard Nixon, the 37th President of the United States. The library is situated on the grounds of the Nixon family's former home and contains exhibits and archives related to Nixon's presidency and life.

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  • 14. 

    In World War II, what country was first to use parachute torpedoes called Motobombas?

    • A.

      Germany

    • B.

      Australia

    • C.

      Japan

    • D.

      Italy

    Correct Answer
    D. Italy
    Explanation
    During World War II, Italy was the first country to use parachute torpedoes called Motobombas. This innovation allowed the torpedoes to be dropped from aircraft and guided towards their targets using parachutes. Italy's use of Motobombas gave them a tactical advantage in naval warfare, as they could effectively target enemy ships from the air.

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  • 15. 

    Who ordered the largest mass execution in U.S. history?

    • A.

      Andrew Jackson-Crow Massacre

    • B.

      George Washington-Mandan Revolt

    • C.

      Thomas Jefferson-Cherokee Onslaught

    • D.

      Abe Lincoln-Dakota Uprising

    Correct Answer
    D. Abe Lincoln-Dakota Uprising
    Explanation
    During the Dakota Uprising in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln ordered the largest mass execution in U.S. history. Following the conflict between the Dakota Sioux and the settlers in Minnesota, Lincoln approved the execution of 38 Dakota men, which took place on December 26, 1862. This decision was made as a response to the violence and to send a message of deterrence to the Native American tribes. The execution was a significant event in U.S. history, demonstrating the complex and often tragic relationship between the government and Native American peoples.

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