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1. Before he became king in 1851, which 'contemplative' Siamese tradition required of all men attaining the age of twenty did Mongkut follow?
2. What skulduggery was responsible for Mongkut's failure to become king when his father died in 1824?
3. Which extraordinary action (to the British, at least) did Mongkut take when he became king in 1851?
4. Beginning in the early 1820s, before he became king, which two cultural revolutions did Mongkut initiate in Siam?
5. As part of his westernisation projects, which 'thumping' traditional Siamese practice imposed on court nobles did King Mongkut abolish?
6. Which free trade treaty with the British Empire 'rang' revolutionary changes in Siam's economy and society during King Mongkut's reign?
7. Who was the English woman hired by King Mongkut to educate his children, particularly his heir Prince Chulalongkorn?
8. After spending twenty-seven years as a celibate, how many wives and children did King Mongkut acquire during his reign? It's more than you think!
9. Which beasts of burden did King Mongkut offer to send to US President James Buchanan?
10. As well as changing the official Buddhist calendar, which 'hot' astronomical event did King Mongkut correctly predict would happen August 18, 1868?
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