Napoleon: Emperor of France Quiz

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Napoleon: Emperor of France Quiz
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Napoleon Bonaparte is, to this day, one of the most famous emperors and conquerors of all time. See if you can conquer this Napoleon quiz from HowStuffWorks!
What was Napoleon's last name?
Bienvenutto
Bonaparte
Napoleon's surname was Bonaparte. While his parents' surname was originally spelled Buonaparte, he changed it to a more French spelling for himself.
Durand
Alexandre

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What was the first country Napoleon overtook?
Russia
France
Napoleon was part of the 1799 event known as 18 Brumaire, during which a key part of the French government was overthrown. In 1804 he crowned himself emperor of France.
Ireland
Belgium

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Napoleon Bonaparte was famously:
Short
Napoleon is known for being short, but his small stature is actually a myth. His height was average for a Frenchman of the era.
Tall
Overweight
One-legged

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In what area did Napoleon achieve the most long-lasting influence on France?
Law
Napoleon's rule made a huge difference for French law. He invented the Napoleonic Code, which French civil law is based on to this day.
Art
Music
Religion

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Which of these countries did Napoleon not invade?
Egypt
Belgium
Italy
Great Britain
France either conquered or indirectly controlled most of Western Europe through various alliances by 1812. While Napoleon planned an invasion of Great Britain, it was never carried out.

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A failed invasion of which country led to Napoleon abdicating for the first time?
Russia
In 1812 Napoleon lead a massive army into Russia. Within six months most of the men died due to Russia's freezing temperatures, disease, lack of supplies and Russian attacks. This was the beginning of the end for Napoleon.
Austria
South Africa
The United States

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Where was Napoleon born?
The West Indies
The United States
Switzerland
Corsica
Napoleon was born on the island of Corsica, which is between France and Italy in the Mediterranean sea. He was born on August 15, 1769.

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Where was Napoleon sent during his first exile?
Russia
New Orleans
Haiti
Elba
After his first abdication, Napoleon was exiled to the island of Elba. This Mediterranean Island is a part of Tuscany, Italy.

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What complex was named after the emperor and conqueror?
Tiny Emperor Complex
Bonaparte Complex
Napoleon Complex
The Napoleon Complex is a theoretical condition where short people try to overcompensate for their height by aggressively overachieving. Common knowledge says this is why Napoleon was so obsessed with conquest. In reality, he was not even short for his day.
French Complex

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How many times was Napoleon exiled?
Once
Five times
Twice
Napoleon was forced into exile in 1814 after a series of military failures. After escaping exile only to be crushed by British and Prussian forces at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, he was forced into exile on a remote island in the South Atlantic Ocean.
He was never exiled

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Which famous deaf composer wrote a symphony for Napoleon?
Beethoven
According to his secretary, Beethoven meant to dedicate his third symphony to the man out of respect for the revolutionary ideals he thought he represented, only to tear up the title page after Napoleon declared himself emperor of France. Later, Beethoven admitted the piece was really dedicated to Napoleon.
Chopin
Liszt
Mozart

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What do some historians believe killed Napoleon?
stomach cancer
Napoleon died on Saint Helena, the island he had been exiled to in 1821 at the age of 51. Some speculate that he always posed for paintings with his hand in his vest because he had been suffering from stomach pain for years.
cholera
execution
old age

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Where did Napoleon want to be buried?
Elba
Egypt
Paris
Napoleon wanted to be buried on the banks of the Seine river, which runs through Paris. Instead he was buried on Saint Helena, where he died. His ashes were returned to Paris in 1840.
Corsica

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Did Napoleon ever marry?
Yes
Napoleon had two wives. The first was older than him, and he had their marriage annulled so he could remarry and have an heir.
No

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Did Napoleon ever have any children?
No
Several daughters
Seven sons
Only one legitimate child
Napoleon had one son with his second wife, Marie Louise, daughter of the Austrian emperor. He also had several illegitimate children.

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Napoleon was raised:
Catholic
Napoleon was baptized and raised Catholic but was not religious himself. He respected the Catholic Church as a tactical tool and tried to re-establish it in France during his reign.
Muslim
Atheist
Buddhist

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What are the wars Napoleon waged known as?
The War Of Frankish Agression
The French Revolution
The War of the Roses
The Napoleonic Wars
France instigated the Napoleonic wars from 1803 to 1815. These major conflicts involved treaties, alliances and violence between different groups of European nations.

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What did Napoleon famously sell to the United States?
The Louisiana Territory
Napoleon sold the French territory of Louisiana to the United States, allowing it to expand further. During what became known as the Louisiana Purchase, the U.S. bought the territory for $15 million.
Wine
Haiti
French Guinea

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Which major Empire did Napoleon's military victories end?
The Holy Roman Empire
During the 1805 battle of Austerlitz, Napoleon won an impressive victory against the Austrians and Russians. As a result of this victory, the thousand-year-old Holy Roman Empire crumbled.
The Ottoman Empire
The Ming Dynasty
The Byzantine Empire

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How old was Napoleon when he died?
26
51
Napoleon was 51 when he died. He was born on August 15, 1769, and died on May 5, 1821.
78
95

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What is Napoleon also known by?
King Napoleon
Napoleon I
Napoleon crowned himself emperor of France. As the first emperor of France, he is often referred to as Napoleon I.
Baron Napoleon
President Napoleon

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How long did Napoleon's empire last?
Two years
10 years
While Napoleon dominated global affairs, his empire only lasted about 10 years. He was only emperor of France from 1804-1814. His empire collapsed in 1815.
400 years
Six months

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During which revolution did Napoleon begin to gain fame?
The American Revolution
The French Revolution
Napoleon quickly worked his way up through the ranks of the French military during the French Revolution. This is where he got his start before taking power in 1799.
The October Revolution
The Iranian Revolution

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As a boy Napoleon:
Studied
As a boy Napoleon attended school in France. He went on to graduate from a French military academy as a young man.
Worked
Was homeless
Was orphaned

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What famous battle did Napoleon lose to the British?
The Battle of Trafalgar
Napoleon's forces lost this naval battle against the British Royal Navy in 1805. This was one of the many battles of the Napoleonic Wars and also one of Napoleon's biggest defeats.
The Battle of Gettysburg
The Battle of the Bulge
The Battle of Marathon

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Napoleon was descended from:
Corsican nobility
Napoleon's parents were minor Corsican nobility. Despite this, his family was not incredibly wealthy.
French peasants
African royalty
Russian refugees

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Napoleon is largely considered:
A hero
A villain
A controversial figure
Napoleon is considered both a hero and a tyrant, and many historians view him differently. While his political and military successes are undeniable, he also ruthlessly crushed opposition and had a vast network of spies policing his empire. Historians have considered him influential to both democracy and fascism.
A failure

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As well as an emperor and military strategist, Napoleon was also:
A writer
Napoleon wrote a romance novella as a young man. It is called "Clisson et Eugenie" and was about a young soldier's affair with a younger woman.
A painter
A composer
An actor

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Napoleon's army made which famous discovery?
The New World
The Rosetta Stone
Napoleon not only brought an army into Egypt, but a team of 150 scientists, engineers and other academics to study it. The stone was discovered while a wall was being demolished in Rosetta. It enabled scholars to read ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics for the first time.
The Fountain of Youth
The Grand Canyon

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Napoleon was very liberal when it came to:
Government
Religion
Unlike many other Europeans of his time, Napoleon was tolerant of those of different faiths. He even legally gave Jewish people rights they had not had before in parts of Europe that he controlled.
Gender equality
Sexuality

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When did Napoleon attempt suicide?
As an old man
Before he was exiled
After his embarrassing military failure in Russia, Napoleon was forced to abdicate and exiled to the island of Elba in 1814.
While in school
He didn't

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In which American city was a house built for Napoleon?
Washington
New York City
Richmond
New Orleans
The mayor of New Orleans was a big fan of Napoleon. He helped some of Napoleon's guard escape, and hoped that Napoleon would follow and live in a house he had built for him. Napoleon died that year and the mayor moved his own family into "Napoleon House," which still stands today.

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What was Napoleon's nationality?
Mostly French
Mostly Italian
Born on Corsica, Napoleon's nationality was more Italian than French. He was born Napoleone di Buonaparte and was mocked for his accented French throughout his life.
Syrian
English

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How did the Russians beat Napoleon's troops?
Tanks
Machine guns
Strategic retreat
The Russians burned their own villages and cities as they went, forcing Napoleon's men to chase them farther and farther into Russia's frigid interior. The army was not prepared to handle these tactics and most of the men died, making it easy for Russia to defeat them.
Ambush attacks

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Napoleon was arrested for:
Murder
Theft
Treason
During the violent Reign of Terror, Maximilien Robespierre acted as the leader of France. While his brother's good opinion of Napoleon helped to advance his career, it also got him arrested on suspicion of treason after they were overthrown. Napoleon was released only two weeks after being arrested.
Conspiracy

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