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History's Most Famous Trials I

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Historys Most Famous Trials I game quiz
"This quiz will cover the most famous, outrageous and significant trials from ancient times forward. Let's see how much you know about these court cases that have helped alter human history...good luck!"

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1. The famed Greek philosopher Socrates went on trial in 399 B.C. Whose work provides us with the greatest source of information about the trial of Socrates?
    Plato
    Democritus
    Aristotle
    Diogenes


2. Another famous trial of ancient times was that of Jesus, which was held C. 30 A.D. What was the name of the location of Jesus' execution?
    Gethsemane
    Golgotha
    Mount of Olives
    Sanhedrin


3. Which of these famous historical figures went on trial for heresy in the year 1431?
    Giordano Bruno
    Joan of Arc
    Jan Hus
    Peter Abelard


4. In 1521, the famed Protestant theologian Martin Luther stood before the Diet of Worms where he was ordered to recant. Who was the Holy Roman Emperor responsible for Luther's summons?
    Charles V
    Henry IV
    Frederick II
    Lothar III


5. Another significant trial of the 16th century: In which year did the famous trial and execution of Sir Thomas More, former Lord High Chancellor of England, take place?
    1576
    1541
    1535
    1558


6. In the history of humankind, there have been a number of great injustices performed on individuals whose sole motivation is human progress. Which of these great scientists was a victim of one such injustice when he went on trial in 1633?
    Copernicus
    Galileo
    Newton
    Kepler


7. In the history of England, only one currently reigning monarch has ever been forced to trial for treason. Who was the unlucky potentate to have suffered this indignity?
    Charles I
    James I
    Elizabeth I
    Anne


8. One of the most ghastly periods in American history took place in 1692 when a series of trials at Salem Village, Massachusetts helped determine the ultimate fate of twenty individuals, all charged with practicing 'witchcraft'. What was the preferred method of execution for the victims of the Salem Witch Trials?
    Beheading
    Hanging
    Burning
    Drowning


9. The 1735 trial of John Peter Zenger in New York City regarded which of the following freedoms now taken for granted in the United States?
    Freedom of the press
    Freedom of assembly
    Freedom of religion
    Freedom to petition


10. Another important set of trials of the American colonial period were that of the perpetrators of the Boston Massacre of 1770. Which of these famous American Founding Fathers was an attorney for the defense (the soldiers) in these cases?
    Alexander Hamilton
    John Adams
    Thomas Jefferson
    James Madison


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Compiled Jun 28 12