Hard World History Quiz


1 - What Chinese dynasty did the Manchu minority establishes?

2 - Which of the following US Presidential elections had the closest electoral vote?

3 - During the Iranian revolution, a group of Americans was taken hostage at the US embassy by radicals, leading to a serious international incident. For how long were these hostages held?

4 - In which modern country does Kapilvastu, birthplace of Buddha, lie?

5 - Which parts of South America beside Surinam and the isles was colonized by the Dutch at some point?

6 - Which family dominated Japan during the Heian period ?

7 - In which country was the use of the longbow first reported?

8 - What was the capital of the NorthWest Territory in the modern day USA?

9 - Rising from political obscurity, this dark horse candidate defeated the famous Henry Clay in the 1844 US Presidential elections on an expansionist platform. In four years, he fulfilled virtually all of his campaign promises by taking the current American southwest from Mexico, forcing Great Britain to give up their claim to the southern half of the Oregon territory, slashing tariffs, and building an independent treasury. He then retired and died a few years later. Who was this protege of Andrew Jackson nicknamed 'Young Hickory' or 'Napoleon of the Stump?'

10 - What Russian leader often staged elaborate mock battles when he was a boy?

11 - Who is Stamford Raffles?

12 - What did the Battle of the Plains of Abraham decide?

13 - Who was the first Caliph?

14 - In which US State had Sweden for a time a Colony?

15 - What were the Tonypandy Riots?

16 - Which Chinese dynasty moved the capital to Beijing?

17 - Which Middle Eastern empire created its own language for government use?

18 - Since Italian unification in 1861, which of these cities has never at one point been capital of Italy?

19 - Many scholars choose May 6, 1527, as an end point for the Renaissance. What event occurred on that date?

20 - What happened to a Dutch fleet during the Napoleonic wars?