Hard World History Quiz


1 - What was the last Republican city to fall to the Nationalist in the Spanish Civil War?

2 - What was the name of the (possibly mythical) first ruling dynasty of China?

3 - This Soviet premier, a former KGB head who suceeded Brezhnev, was seen as a potential reformer (even as pro-Western) by much of the European and American press, despite his rather conservative actions. He died after little over a year in office due to acute kidney failure. Who was he?

4 - Friedrich Barbarossa died in 1190, to the great relief of Saladin, while travelling through Asia Minor on crusade. On which Crusade was this?

5 - When did Newfoundland become a part of Canada?

6 - King Mongkut is known as the Father of Modern ___ ?

7 - Which South American country fought against the combined armies of Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay from 1864 to1870?

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

9 - Who was the first Caliph?

10 - Which city served as a co-capital of the ancient Persian empire and was the scene of a bizare mass wedding between hundreds of Alexander the Great's soldiers and native women?

11 - What was the league established by the Macedonian King Philip II to gain hegemony over Greece?

12 - From which country did Singapore receive Independence?

13 - Where is the oldest university in Europe?

14 - Which Brazilian president ordered the construction of Brasília?

15 - In which city did German liberals gather in an attempt to establish a united, democratic Germany in 1848?

16 - The Swahili culture is the result of a synthesis of the cultures of costal East Africa and colonizers from:

17 - The Khanates of Astrakhan and Kazan were conquered in the reign of which Muscovite ruler?

18 - Which of the following was the immediate cause of the Indian Mutiny in 1857?

19 - Which crusade founded the Latin empire in Constantinople?

20 - 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?