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  • 1. 

    Who was the first known European to sight Australia?

    • A.

      Dirk Hartog

    • B.

      Jan Carstens

    • C.

      Captain James Cook

    • D.

      William Jansz

    Correct Answer
    D. William Jansz
    Explanation
    William Jansz is considered the first known European to sight Australia because in 1606, he landed on the western coast of Cape York Peninsula. He was a Dutch explorer and captain of the ship Duyfken. Jansz's sighting of Australia predates the voyages of Dirk Hartog, Jan Carstens, and Captain James Cook, making him the earliest recorded European to have encountered the continent.

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  • 2. 

    Which country sent the Kagnew Infantry Battalion to the Korean War?

    • A.

      Ethiopia

    • B.

      Thailand

    • C.

      Greece

    • D.

      France

    Correct Answer
    A. Ethiopia
    Explanation
    During the Korean War, Ethiopia sent the Kagnew Infantry Battalion to support the United Nations forces. This battalion was comprised of Ethiopian soldiers who were trained and equipped to fight alongside other international troops in the conflict. Ethiopia's decision to send troops to Korea was motivated by their desire to support the UN's efforts and maintain international peace and security. The Kagnew Infantry Battalion played a significant role in the war, contributing to the overall UN mission and demonstrating Ethiopia's commitment to global peacekeeping efforts.

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  • 3. 

    What was the name of the first B29 to land on Saipan in WWII?

    • A.

      Uncle Tom's Cabin

    • B.

      Gertie

    • C.

      Pacific Pioneer

    • D.

      Joltin' Josie

    Correct Answer
    D. Joltin' Josie
    Explanation
    During World War II, the B29 aircraft played a significant role in various military operations. The question asks for the name of the first B29 to land on Saipan, an island in the Pacific. Among the given options, "Joltin' Josie" is the correct answer.

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  • 4. 

    What U.S. sub damaged the Yamato, the largest battleship in WWII?

    • A.

      Gurnard

    • B.

      Rasher

    • C.

      Lizardfish

    • D.

      Skate

    Correct Answer
    D. Skate
    Explanation
    The U.S. sub Skate damaged the Yamato, the largest battleship in WWII.

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  • 5. 

    What was the cargo of the Japanese submarine I-30 when it docked in France in WWII?

    • A.

      Diplomats

    • B.

      Plundered Gold

    • C.

      Heavy Water

    • D.

      Tungsten

    Correct Answer
    D. Tungsten
    Explanation
    During WWII, the Japanese submarine I-30 docked in France carrying a cargo of tungsten. Tungsten is a metal known for its high melting point and strength, making it valuable for various industrial and military applications. It was used in the production of weapons, ammunition, and electrical equipment. The presence of tungsten on the submarine suggests that it was likely being transported to support the war efforts of Japan or its allies.

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  • 6. 

    Who was the Flying Shamrock in WWII?

    • A.

      Glenn Martin

    • B.

      Floyd Bennett

    • C.

      Roger Dyer

    • D.

      Brendan Finucane

    Correct Answer
    D. Brendan Finucane
    Explanation
    Brendan Finucane was known as the Flying Shamrock in WWII. He was an Irish fighter pilot who served in the Royal Air Force. Finucane earned this nickname due to his Irish heritage and his exceptional flying skills. He became one of the top-scoring RAF pilots during the war and was highly respected for his bravery and leadership.

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  • 7. 

    What was the nickname of the first B29 to fly over Japan in WWII?

    • A.

      Joltin' Josie

    • B.

      Tokyo Rose

    • C.

      Dauntless Dottie

    • D.

      Long Distance

    Correct Answer
    B. Tokyo Rose
    Explanation
    Tokyo Rose was not the nickname of the first B29 to fly over Japan in WWII. Tokyo Rose was actually the nickname given to a series of English-speaking female radio broadcasters who broadcasted Japanese propaganda to Allied troops during the war. Therefore, the correct answer is not Tokyo Rose.

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  • 8. 

    Which country did Great Britain fight in the War of Jenkins' Ear?

    • A.

      Ireland

    • B.

      France

    • C.

      Spain

    • D.

      Portugal

    Correct Answer
    C. Spain
    Explanation
    During the War of Jenkins' Ear, Great Britain fought against Spain. This conflict, which took place between 1739 and 1748, was named after an incident involving a British merchant ship called the Rebecca, captained by Robert Jenkins. Jenkins claimed that the Spanish coast guard had severed his ear during an inspection of his ship. The war was primarily fought in the Caribbean and along the coasts of Spain and Portugal, with Britain seeking to challenge Spanish dominance in the region. Ultimately, the war ended with the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle, which restored territorial boundaries to their pre-war status.

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  • 9. 

    In what South American country did Christopher Columbus first set foot?

    • A.

      Brazil

    • B.

      Venezuela

    • C.

      Guyana

    • D.

      Colombia

    Correct Answer
    B. Venezuela
    Explanation
    Christopher Columbus first set foot in Venezuela. This South American country was the first place where Columbus arrived during his exploration of the Americas. He landed on the coast of present-day Venezuela in 1498, during his third voyage. This marked the beginning of European contact and colonization in the region.

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  • 10. 

    Who remarked that he would rather have newspapers without a government than a government without newspapers?

    • A.

      Thomas Paine

    • B.

      Ronald Reagan

    • C.

      Ralph Waldo Emerson

    • D.

      Thomas Jefferson

    Correct Answer
    D. Thomas Jefferson
    Explanation
    Thomas Jefferson is the correct answer because he believed that a free press was essential for a functioning democracy. He understood the importance of having newspapers to hold the government accountable and provide the public with information. Jefferson's statement reflects his belief in the power of the press to keep the government in check and ensure transparency and freedom of information.

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  • 11. 

    Who was a highly-regarded "Oscar" in WWII?

    • A.

      Nickname For Jimmy Dolittle

    • B.

      Test Dummy

    • C.

      Sea Plane Used For Rescues

    • D.

      Nickname For "Bomber" Harris

    Correct Answer
    B. Test Dummy
    Explanation
    During World War II, test dummies were highly regarded for their role in various military experiments and tests. They were used to simulate human behavior and gather data on the effects of different conditions, such as impacts and explosions. These tests played a crucial role in improving the safety and effectiveness of military equipment. Therefore, it can be inferred that the correct answer refers to the test dummy, which was highly regarded during WWII.

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  • 12. 

    What country had the first military college in modern warfare?

    • A.

      Armenia

    • B.

      China

    • C.

      Russia

    • D.

      Holland

    Correct Answer
    D. Holland
    Explanation
    Holland had the first military college in modern warfare. This means that Holland was the first country to establish a military college specifically for training soldiers in modern warfare techniques.

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  • 13. 

    What country did U.S. forces invade in 1831?

    • A.

      Iraq

    • B.

      Falkland Islands

    • C.

      Pitcairn Islands

    • D.

      Libya

    Correct Answer
    B. Falkland Islands
    Explanation
    In 1831, U.S. forces did not invade Iraq, Libya, or the Pitcairn Islands. The correct answer is the Falkland Islands. The Falkland Islands, located in the South Atlantic Ocean, were invaded by the United States in 1831. This invasion was part of an attempt to establish a presence in the region and assert control over the islands. The invasion, however, was short-lived and the United States eventually withdrew its forces from the Falkland Islands.

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  • 14. 

    The Skirmish at Monroe's Crossroads is also called what?

    • A.

      The Battle Of The Fruit Orchard

    • B.

      The Battle For Kilpatrick's Pants

    • C.

      High Water Mark Of Lee's Army

    • D.

      McClellan's Last Defeat

    Correct Answer
    B. The Battle For Kilpatrick's Pants
    Explanation
    The Skirmish at Monroe's Crossroads is also known as the Battle For Kilpatrick's Pants. This name refers to an incident during the skirmish where Union General Hugh Judson Kilpatrick's pants were shot off by Confederate soldiers. This humorous and memorable event has become a popular nickname for the skirmish.

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  • 15. 

    In WWI, what did British Pilot Norman Platt become the first to do?

    • A.

      Sink A U-Boat With A Bomb

    • B.

      Gain An Aerial Victory

    • C.

      Drop Bombs From A Plane On Berlin

    • D.

      Shoot Down A Blimp Over England

    Correct Answer
    B. Gain An Aerial Victory
    Explanation
    During WWI, British Pilot Norman Platt became the first to gain an aerial victory. This means that he successfully shot down an enemy aircraft during an aerial combat. This achievement was significant as it showcased the skill and bravery of pilots in engaging and defeating enemy forces in the air.

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