The History Room Quiz - Pandemics Special

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The History Room Quiz - Pandemics Special

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The 1918 Spanish flu pandemic is generally believed to have originated in which country?
    • A. 

      Spain

    • B. 

      France

    • C. 

      The USA

  • 2. 
    And why was Spanish flu so-called?
    • A. 

      Because the Spanish press were the first to report the outbreak

    • B. 

      Because the first infections occurred in Spain

    • C. 

      Because the first known fatality was a Spaniard

  • 3. 
    In two successive waves, the 1918 pandemic infected how many?
    • A. 

      Ten million

    • B. 

      One hundred million

    • C. 

      Five hundred million

  • 4. 
    What was probably a smallpox outbreak killed at least one million Romans in the middle of the 3rd century AD.  How was it known at the time?
    • A. 

      Caesar’s Revenge, caused by the ghost of Julius Caesar

    • B. 

      The Red Death, after the fever it caused

    • C. 

      The Plague of Cyprian, after the Christian bishop who first described it

  • 5. 
    What recurring pandemic is caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis?
    • A. 

      Ebola

    • B. 

      Influenza (flu)

    • C. 

      Plague

  • 6. 
    The most well-known of all plagues, the Black Death, occurred in the middle of which century?
    • A. 

      The 12th century

    • B. 

      The 13th century

    • C. 

      The 14th century

  • 7. 
    What new types of viruses were first discovered in 1931 in the USA?
    • A. 

      Rhinoviruses

    • B. 

      Coronaviruses

    • C. 

      Computer viruses

  • 8. 
    Who is credited with developing the world’s first vaccine in 1796?
    • A. 

      Edward Jenner, working with cowpox and smallpox

    • B. 

      Louis Pasteur, working with anthrax and chicken cholera

    • C. 

      Maurice Hilleman, working with measles, mumps and many others

  • 9. 
    The first recorded pandemic took place in Babylon in 1200 BC.  Symptoms included cough, fever, shaking and extreme fatigue.  What was the most likely disease?
    • A. 

      Influenza

    • B. 

      Measles

    • C. 

      Typhoid

  • 10. 
    Which disease was officially declared to be extinct in 1980, having killed 500 million people between 1877 and 1977?
    • A. 

      Smallpox

    • B. 

      Typhoid

    • C. 

      Measles

  • 11. 
    Which disease was declared to be a pandemic in 1981, and to date has killed at least 32 million people?
    • A. 

      'Mad Cow' disease

    • B. 

      Dengue Fever

    • C. 

      HIV/AIDS

  • 12. 
    Scientifically speaking, viruses are said to be 'not alive’ – is this true?
    • A. 

      Yes, because they cannot reproduce without a host cell

    • B. 

      No, because they are capable of evolving and mutating

    • C. 

      Both – they are ‘on the edge of life’, because they are neither fully one nor the other

  • 13. 
    The word ‘quarantine’ comes from ‘quarentena’, which means what?
    • A. 

      Restricted movement

    • B. 

      Solitary confinement

    • C. 

      Forty days and nights in isolation

  • 14. 
    Which disease, spread by the parasite Plasmodium falciparum, was once known as ‘Roman fever’ because of its endemic presence in the Roman Empire?
    • A. 

      Plague

    • B. 

      Malaria

    • C. 

      Influenza

  • 15. 
    In 1793, an epidemic raged through Philadelphia killing 10% of the population.  It particularly attacked the kidneys and liver.  What was the disease?
    • A. 

      Yellow Fever

    • B. 

      Dengue Fever

    • C. 

      Saturday Night Fever