History Trivia Questions XVIFree Trivia Questions - Printable
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In 1610, what explorer was marooned by his crew in a bay that now
bears his name?
a. Martin Frobisher
b. Henry Hudson
c. Bobby Joe Biscayne
d. Vitus Bering
Once best known for protesting tea prices, what Founding Father had
a beer brewery that folded in 1764?
a. Patrick Henry
b. Sam Adams
c. Paul Revere
d. Adolph Coors
Although Hammurabi founded Babylonia, he is best known for
something he supposedly received in the 18th century BC from the sun-god Shamash. What is it?
a. A code of laws
b. Pandora's Box
c. The secret of fire
d. The Ten Commandments
In the capital of Ashgabat, a 12-meter statue of Saparmurat
Niyazov, aka Turmenbashi, was built to rotate to constantly face the sun. What country was this?
In Laramie, there is a sculpture of Louisa Swain, the first woman
to vote in the first state to give women the vote. What state was this?
Deposed for good in 1955, Bao Dai was which country's last
Katharine Gun, an English-Mandarin translator for British
intelligence, blew the whistle on an illegal US plan to do something. What?
a. Bug the UN offices of six swing-vote nations on the UN Security
b. Falsify records of WMD production in Iraq
c. Plant false stories about Iraq in the world media
d. Jam the frequencies used by Al-Jazeera
In 1986, nuclear technician Mordechai Vanunu converted to
Christianity and told the world about which country's secret nuclear program?
The Philippines was named for Philip, who was king of what country
in the 1500s?
Gregor Strasser was a socialist rather than a nationalist. Who
arranged for Strasser to be killed in 1934, as part of the Night of the Long Knives?
a. Adolf Hitler
b. Josef Stalin
c. Francisco Franco
d. Harry Potter
In 1942, several of my companies were seized by federal government
under the Trading with the Enemy Act. Even though I had dealings with Nazis, my grandson still became
president. Who am I?
a. Prescott Bush
b. Joe Kennedy
c. Walker Bush
d. John Kennedy, Sr.
On October 21, 1805, Horatio Nelson destroyed a French fleet off
Cape Trafalgar. Where is this cape?
This future president played center at the University of Michigan,
where he was named MVP. After graduating in 1935, he turned down the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers
to study law at Yale. Who?
a. Dwight Eisenhower
b. Gerald Ford
c. George HW Bush
d. John F Kennedy
Named for the Fianna, a band of Irish warriors of the 2nd and 3rd
centuries, the Fenians were trying to free what country in the 19th century?
Which country's 1701 Act of Settlement restricts the monarchy to
the "Protestant heirs" of the Electress Sophia of Hanover?
a. Great Britain
In 1822, Sir Walter Scott organized this monarch's visit to
Scotland, the first such visit since 1650, and in the process rekindled interest in tartan kilts. Who was the
a. George IV
b. Edward VII
d. William IV
After Pius VII had me excommunicated in 1809, I had him arrested.
Who am I?
Fred Grandy was elected to Congress in 1986 as an Iowa Republican. What did he do from 1977 to
a. Played Gopher on "The Love Boat"
b. Was governor of Wisconsin
c. Served time in Folsom Prison
d. Ran a shrimp farm
After an April 19, 1861 riot in this state's largest city, the
Union declared martial law and arrested the state's pro-Confederacy governor and legislature. What state is
Napoleon I, Tsar Alexander I of Russia and Emperor Francis II of
the Holy Roman Empire personally led troops in the Battle of the Three Emperors at Austerlitz, now called
Slavkov in what present-day European country?
a. Czech Republic
On September 2, 1945, this man declared his country's independence,
while standing beside US spies and while flying an American flag. Who was he?
a. Ho Chi Minh
b. Ferdinand Marcos
c. Shah of Iran
d. PW Botha
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