Hard World History Quiz


1 - When did the Dutch declare independence for the first time?

2 - 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?'

3 - How did the rule of Charles V of Spain end?

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

5 - 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?

6 - 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?

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

8 - Who was sometime called the "Bohemian corporal"?

9 - Who was the last Great Khan of Mongolia?

10 - Which family dominated Japan during the Heian period ?

11 - Which crusade founded the Latin empire in Constantinople?

12 - From which country did Singapore receive Independence?

13 - Who was this famous painter?

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

15 - When did Newfoundland become a part of Canada?

16 - 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?

17 - What was the name of the Swiss satelite-state that was established in 1798 by the French?

18 - When was Malaysia formed?

19 - Out of the following unsucessful US Presidential candidates, who won the most electoral votes?

20 - Which British officer was defeated at Isandlwana by Zulu troops armed with shield and spears?