Hard World History Quiz
1 - On which island did the Dutch East India Company establish Batavia as the center of its control of the spice trade in the early 17th century?
2 - King Mongkut is known as the Father of Modern ___ ?
3 - After Japan closed itself from foreigners in the 17th century, from which nationality were the only traders who had the right to trade with Japan in the bay of Osaka?
4 - Which family dominated Japan during the Heian period ?
5 - Which Russian tzar was killed in his bedroom on March 11, 1801?
Alexandre IPaul IPeter IIIPeter II
6 - The Khanates of Astrakhan and Kazan were conquered in the reign of which Muscovite ruler?
Dmitrii DonskoiIvan IIIVasilii IIIIvan IV
7 - Which British officer was defeated at Isandlwana by Zulu troops armed with shield and spears?
Lt. Gen. Lord ChelmsfordSir Henry Bartle FrereLord Baden-PowellSir Theophilus Shepstone
Lt. Gen. Lord Chelmsford
Sir Henry Bartle Frere
Sir Theophilus Shepstone
8 - Where is the oldest university in Europe?
9 - How is this medieval coin called?
An écuA ThalerA FlorinA Pieterman
10 - Where did Charles the Bold, last reigning Duke of Burgundy, die?
In DijonIn NancyIn LondonIn Paris
11 - 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?
Yuri AndropovAndrei GromykoKonstantin ChernenkoIvan Kissov
12 - Since Italian unification in 1861, which of these cities has never at one point been capital of Italy?
13 - Which of these battles was largely a Russian success?
Battle of Warsaw (1920)Operation BagrationThe Battle of TannenbergOperation Mars
Battle of Warsaw (1920)
The Battle of Tannenberg
14 - Which of the following was not part of the reforms undertaken by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk during his rule in Turkey?
Granting women the right to vote in electionsBreaking up large estates and redistributing land to the peasantryReplacing Islamic law with Western legal codes as the basis for family lawAdoption of the Latin script for writing the Turkish language
Granting women the right to vote in elections
Breaking up large estates and redistributing land to the peasantry
Replacing Islamic law with Western legal codes as the basis for family law
Adoption of the Latin script for writing the Turkish language
15 - In which month of 1945 was an atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima?
16 - In which US State had Sweden for a time a Colony?
New YorkMarylandDelawareRhode Island
17 - Who brought the name Santa Claus with them to the New World?
Welsh ColonistsFrench ColonistsDutch ColonistsScandinavian Colonists
18 - 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?
19 - From which country did Singapore receive Independence?
ThailandFranceMalaysiaThe United Kingdom
The United Kingdom
20 - How did the rule of Charles V of Spain end?
He was murderedIn a civil warHe was deposed by his sonHe abdicated
He was murdered
In a civil war
He was deposed by his son