Quiz about FunTrivia History Mix Vol 15
Quiz about FunTrivia History Mix Vol 15

FunTrivia History Mix: Vol 15 Trivia Quiz


A mix of 10 History questions, submitted by 10 different FunTrivia players! The first few questions are easy, but the last couple are tough!

A multiple-choice quiz by FTBot. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Author
FTBot
Time
3 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
410,931
Updated
Nov 10 22
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Easy
Avg Score
9 / 10
Plays
737
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1. The peaceful 1974 revolution in Portugal was named after what kind of 'divine' flower? Hint

Carnation
Spanish Oyster
Stork's Bill
Bermuda Buttercup

2. Which famous ruler had a really, really bad day one March 15? Hint

Elizabeth I of England
John F. Kennedy
Julius Caesar
Adolf Hitler

3. How many children did Adolf Hitler have? Hint

one boy
none
a boy and a girl
two girls

4. What is the name of the hurricane that devastated New Orleans and southern Mississippi in August 29, 2005? Hint

Rita
Katrina
Camille
Hugo

5. The Book of the Dead, used to log ancient burial rites, would have been written in which of the following? Hint

Olde English
Latin
Egyptian hieroglyphs
Aramaeic

6. In 1971, forty seven women travelled by train across the Border from Dublin to Belfast, and back again, to buy which product that was illegal for sale in the Republic of Ireland? Hint

Scotch whisky
Malibu Barbie dolls
English linen
Condoms

7. Which of the following cities was a WWII battleground, in which an estimated 1.8 million casualties resulted from the fight for control of the city which, at the time, had roughly 400,000 residents? Hint

Tokyo
Stalingrad (Volgograd)
Paris
London

8. Ferdinand Magellan was a famous explorer known for being the first to cross the Pacific Ocean and for discovering the Philippines. What was his nationality? Hint

Portuguese
Italian
Spanish
British

9. On November 7, 1940, a local camera shop owner in the US state of Washington filmed the collapse of a four month old suspension bridge nicknamed "Galloping Gertie". What was the proper name of this bridge? Hint

Tacoma Narrows Bridge
Manette Bridge
Interstate 182 Bridge
Snake River Bridge

10. Britain introduced a system of voluntary enlistment during the First World War -- 3rd September 1914 saw the biggest number of enlistments in a single day. How many men joined up on that day? Hint

6,012
33,204
765,321
1,973


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. The peaceful 1974 revolution in Portugal was named after what kind of 'divine' flower?

Answer: Carnation

The Carnation Revolution ended the longest lasting dictatorship in Europe, the Estado Novo. Young captains of the Portuguese army, disillusioned by the brutal and hopeless war they were fighting in the Portuguese colonies of Mozambique and Angola, organised a bloodless coup on 25 April 1974. Tanks rolled into Lisbon just after midnight and seized important bridges, the radio and television stations and the national airport. Troops stormed the barracks where Prime Minister Dr Marcello Caetano, successor of António de Oliveira Salazar, had taken refuge. Without a single bullet fired, they accepted his surrender. After 50 years of dictatorship, Portugal took its first steps towards democracy.

The botanic name for the carnation is Dianthus Caryophyllus. The first word is derived from the Greek words for divine ("dios") and flower ("anthos").

Question by player Debarrio
2. Which famous ruler had a really, really bad day one March 15?

Answer: Julius Caesar

Caesar was assassinated, as you may have guessed-- March 15 is the Ides of March. However, it was William Shakespeare who introduced the soothsayer warning Caesar to "Beware the Ides of March"!

Question by player pu2-ke-qi-ri
3. How many children did Adolf Hitler have?

Answer: none

Hitler married at the very end of his life as the Red Army was closing in on his bunker in Berlin. He married Eva Braun and they committed suicide one day later.

Some glossy magazines occasionally claim to have found an illegitimate child of his, but none of the major scholarly biographies takes such claims seriously.

Question by player 19351977
4. What is the name of the hurricane that devastated New Orleans and southern Mississippi in August 29, 2005?

Answer: Katrina

Hurricane Katrina crossed the southern Florida peninsula as a weak category 1 hurricane and then slowly developed into a category 5 hurricane while surging in the Gulf of Mexico. It then slammed into the Louisiana-Mississippi coast with 150-mile-an-hour winds, killing over 1800 people and creating more than 80 billion dollars in damage.

Question by player rwillia1
5. The Book of the Dead, used to log ancient burial rites, would have been written in which of the following?

Answer: Egyptian hieroglyphs

The Book of the Dead is an Ancient Egyptian text scrawled on papyrus in the BC era used to note funerary proceedings and customs for those to be buried in accordance with priests' rites in those days. The 'Book' was mostly a series of stories, alleged magic spells, and images used to help guide the dead on to a peaceful afterlife, and there's no full surviving copy (only pieces) or sole writer (there were hundreds). Today you could find copies of the Book of the Dead in the British Museum in London and the Brooklyn Museum in New York City.

It also provides some of the clearest outlines as to how to properly mummify a body.

Question by player kyleisalive
6. In 1971, forty seven women travelled by train across the Border from Dublin to Belfast, and back again, to buy which product that was illegal for sale in the Republic of Ireland?

Answer: Condoms

In the prevailing Catholic ethos of Ireland, legislation enacted in 1935 prevented the import and sale of contraceptives including condoms and (later) the pill. This was underpinned by the papal encyclicals 'Casti connubii' (1930) and 'Humanae vitae' (1968) that said any form of artificial birth control was immoral.

In May 1971, a group of Irish feminists made the 100-mile train journey to Belfast (in the British jurisdiction of Northern Ireland), and bought a large volume of condoms before returning on what became dubbed 'The Condom Train'.

At the railway station in Dublin they defiantly declared their purchases to customs officials, who declined however to confiscate them. Nonetheless, it wasn't until 1980 that contraception (including condoms) became available on prescription in Ireland, and not until 1993 that restrictions on where condoms could be sold without prescription were removed.

Question by player dsimpy
7. Which of the following cities was a WWII battleground, in which an estimated 1.8 million casualties resulted from the fight for control of the city which, at the time, had roughly 400,000 residents?

Answer: Stalingrad (Volgograd)

The Battle of Stalingrad lasted from August 1942 to February 1943, and along with the Siege of Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg) and the Battle of Berlin, all during WWII, were among the bloodiest battles in history. Though Stalingrad had nowhere near the population of Leningrad or Berlin, it held a key strategic position on the banks of the Volga, and was a gateway to the Caucasus and its oil. Hitler also thought it would be demoralizing to Stalin to take control of Stalin's namesake town.

The Red Army ultimately won, once they were able to isolate and completely surround the German Sixth Army.

Question by player mcdubb
8. Ferdinand Magellan was a famous explorer known for being the first to cross the Pacific Ocean and for discovering the Philippines. What was his nationality?

Answer: Portuguese

Magellan is also credited for being the first person to circumnavigate the globe, although in reality only his men completed the trip as Magellan was killed in a battle in the Philippines. He was born in 1480 in Northern Portugal, but during his expedition he was under the service of the King of Spain, Charles I.

Question by player aircorwin
9. On November 7, 1940, a local camera shop owner in the US state of Washington filmed the collapse of a four month old suspension bridge nicknamed "Galloping Gertie". What was the proper name of this bridge?

Answer: Tacoma Narrows Bridge

The Tacoma Narrows Bridge was prone to swaying, even during its construction, but in November 1940, only four months after the opening of the bridge, the swaying became very pronounced, resulting in the collapse of the center span of the bridge. Although the winds in Puget Sound were only 40 miles per hour, they produced a regular, rhythmic twisting in the bridge deck, causing it to collapse.

This twisting has been called "mechanical resonance" or "aerostatic flutter" and was recorded on film by local camera shop owner Barney Elliot.

This film is one of the most famous and commonly seen from the era and is still used in Engineering Studies today.

Question by player rb6359
10. Britain introduced a system of voluntary enlistment during the First World War -- 3rd September 1914 saw the biggest number of enlistments in a single day. How many men joined up on that day?

Answer: 33,204

The system of voluntary enlistment was spearheaded by Lord Kitchener, who was a national war hero from previous campaigns and who was Secretary of State for War. The campaign saw nearly half a million men join up between 4th August and 12th September 1914 and 3rd September was the biggest single day.

Question by player Luckycharm60
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