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Why Does It Matter? Trivia Quiz


A mixed bag of history questions in response to a Commission title.

A multiple-choice quiz by zorba_scank. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Author
zorba_scank
Time
3 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
387,299
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Easy
Avg Score
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1. An English company was incorporated by royal charter on December 31, 1600 to carry out trade.

Why does it matter?
Hint

They spread Christianity to South America.
They formed the first American independence movement.
They went on to colonize large parts of Asia.
They discovered Australia.

2. A man carried out a mass shooting attack at Port Arthur, Tasmania on 28-29 April 1996.

Why does it matter?
Hint

The Australian Prime Minister was assassinated.
It led to stricter gun control laws in Australia.
The Summer Olympic Games were on at the time.
Tasmania declared independence.

3. Prisoner 46664 was released from jail in 1990.

Why does it matter?
Hint

He was the last POW of WWI to be released.
He hijacked a US bound flight.
He went on to assassinate the Pakistani Prime Minister.
He went on to become the first black President of South Africa.

4. "The Jazz Singer" released on October 6, 1927.

Why does it matter?
Hint

It was the first movie to air on television.
It was Charlie Chaplin's directorial debut.
It was the first feature length talkie.
It was the first movie shot in colour.

5. Philip Effiong surrendered to the Nigerian army on January 14, 1970.

Why does it matter?
Hint

The country of Biafra ceased to exist.
Eritrea was formed.
Nigeria became a republic.
Zambia became part of Nigeria.

6. The Conservative Party won the UK General Election held on May 3, 1979.

Why does it matter?
Hint

Scotland voted to leave the UK.
It was the first election won by the Tories.
The UK voted to join the European Union.
The UK got its first woman Prime Minister.

7. Members of Hollywood met for a private dinner at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, California on May 16, 1929.

Why does it matter?
Hint

They decided to allow women directors.
It was the first Oscars.
A call was taken to ban non-White actors.
The first movie was publicly screened.

8. A referendum was held in Slovenia on 23 December 1990 in relation to what matter? Hint

It led to the split of Czechoslovakia.
It allowed women to vote.
It led to the abolishment of the monarchy.
It was the first to vote for independence from Yugoslavia.

9. A sheep named Dolly was born in Scotland on July 5, 1996.

Why does it matter?
Hint

It was the first cloned mammal.
It belonged to the first set of sheep twins.
Its mother was a goat.
It was born during a bomb attack.

10. On 11 February 2013, Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger resigned from the position he held.

Why does it matter?
Hint

He was the first head of the European Union to resign.
He was the last to hold the title of Emperor of Germany.
He was the first Roman Catholic pope in 600 years to resign voluntarily.
He was the last CEO of General Motors before it filed for bankruptcy.


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. An English company was incorporated by royal charter on December 31, 1600 to carry out trade. Why does it matter?

Answer: They went on to colonize large parts of Asia.

When the East India Company received a royal charter on December 31, 1600, it was expected to follow in the footsteps of other European companies set up by the Portuguese and Dutch to trade in the east. The Company became so successful that it ended up ruling vast parts of South Asia, south east Asia and even China.

Its dominance over the Indian sub-continent in particular lasted for over 100 years till the Indian Mutiny of 1857 led to the British Crown taking over.
2. A man carried out a mass shooting attack at Port Arthur, Tasmania on 28-29 April 1996. Why does it matter?

Answer: It led to stricter gun control laws in Australia.

Port Arthur is a famous tourist attraction in Tasmania, Australia due to a well preserved former convict prison located there. Martin Bryant perpetrated a mass shooting at Port Arthur which lasted several hours and covered multiple sites ending with the death of 35 people and injuries to over 20 more. Bryant was caught and sentenced to multiple prison terms which would last throughout his life.

The Australian federal government worked with the states to impose stronger gun control laws in the country to ensure such a calamity is not repeated.

A mandatory 'buy-back' scheme was launched to facilitate the return of firearms already held. Strong restrictions were put in place for future firearm purchases.
3. Prisoner 46664 was released from jail in 1990. Why does it matter?

Answer: He went on to become the first black President of South Africa.

466/64 was the prison number allocated to Nelson Mandela when he was held at the Robben Island prison. It indicated that he was the 466th prisoner in the year 1964. Prisoner 46664 was later used as a reverential title for Mandela, in honour of the time served by him for his political ideals. On November 29, 2003, Mandela organized the 46664 Concert to raise funds for AIDS awareness. Well known international artists like Beyonce, Bono, and Bob Geldof, among many others, performed at the event. Mandela served as the President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.
4. "The Jazz Singer" released on October 6, 1927. Why does it matter?

Answer: It was the first feature length talkie.

"The Jazz Singer" was the first full length feature film with sound. It was called a "talkie" while the movies with no audio tracks were called "silent films". While "The Jazz Singer" did not have complete synchronized sound throughout the film like later movies, it had several sequences that did. Based on a play of the same name, it starred Al Jolson in the lead role of a man who pursues a career as a jazz singer, going against his traditional Jewish family.
5. Philip Effiong surrendered to the Nigerian army on January 14, 1970. Why does it matter?

Answer: The country of Biafra ceased to exist.

Biafra is found in the southern part of Nigeria. After Nigeria achieved independence from the British in 1960, there were tensions among the various ethnic tribes of the country. On May 30, 1967, Biafra unilaterally declared independence from Nigeria setting in motion the Nigerian Civil War which continued for the next three years. Biafra was formally recognized as an independent state only by a handful of other African countries, though it did get support from other global powers including France and Spain. Eventually Biafra was unable to continue the fight with the economic blockade imposed by Nigeria resulting in widespread starvation and death.

The war ended with Biafra's leadership surrendering to Nigerian forces and Biafra ceasing to exist as an independent state.
6. The Conservative Party won the UK General Election held on May 3, 1979. Why does it matter?

Answer: The UK got its first woman Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher assumed leadership of the UK's Conservative Party in 1975. When the Tories won the General Election in 1979, Thatcher got elected to the post of Prime Minister, making her the first woman to hold this position. Under her leadership, the party won the next two elections as well, ensuring she continued as the Prime Minister until 1990. Thatcher was nicknamed the "Iron Lady" for her ability to take hard and firm decisions.
7. Members of Hollywood met for a private dinner at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, California on May 16, 1929. Why does it matter?

Answer: It was the first Oscars.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded in 1927 as a not-for-profit organization to promote the interests of the Hollywood film industry. The private dinner hosted at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel was to commemorate achievements in the industry and eventually became the first Academy Awards ceremony. Better known as the Oscars, these awards continue to be regarded as among the most prestigious film honours worldwide.
8. A referendum was held in Slovenia on 23 December 1990 in relation to what matter?

Answer: It was the first to vote for independence from Yugoslavia.

The country of Yugoslavia was formed in 1918 after World War I through the uniting of territories belonging to the erstwhile Austro-Hungarian Kingdom with the Kingdom of Serbia. After World War II, it became a socialist country and was led by Josip Tito until his death in 1980. Tito's death, combined with a prolonged economic crisis, led to discontent within the states of Yugoslavia with each wanting to become an independent country. Slovenia was the first to hold a referendum on this issue and voted for independence.

This was followed shortly by Croatia in May 1991. Ultimately Yugoslavia ceased to exist as a country in 1992.
9. A sheep named Dolly was born in Scotland on July 5, 1996. Why does it matter?

Answer: It was the first cloned mammal.

A team led by Keith Campbell and Ian Wilmut successfully cloned the first mammal when Dolly the sheep was born in Scotland on July 5, 1996. She was named after Dolly Parton, with Wilmut stating the inspiration for the name as - "Dolly is derived from a mammary gland cell and we couldn't think of a more impressive pair of glands than Dolly Parton's".
10. On 11 February 2013, Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger resigned from the position he held. Why does it matter?

Answer: He was the first Roman Catholic pope in 600 years to resign voluntarily.

After the death of Pope John Paul II, Cardinal Ratzinger was elected as the new Head of the Roman Catholic Church in 2005. He took the papal name of Pope Benedict XVI. In 2013, he took the unusual decision of resigning from this position stating that his age made it hard for him to carry out the duties of the pope.

He was 86 years old at the time. This made him the first Pope since Celestine V in 1294 to resign of his own volition. He was succeeded by Cardinal Bergoglio, who became Pope Francis, the first Jesuit priest to become a Pope.
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