Can You Ace This History IQ Drill?

By: John Miller
Estimated Completion Time
2 min
Julius Caesar was a major figure in which area?
Canada
Roman Empire
In the heady days of the Roman Empire, Julius Caesar was a dictator of immense power. But other Romans conspired against him in hopes of restoring a republic, so they assassinated Caesar in one of history’s most famous betrayals.
Australia

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The Red Baron was a famous _____.
inventor
fighter pilot
During World War I, German pilot Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen, or simply the Red Baron, became one of the conflict’s deadliest fighters. But in the end, he was killed as he killed — in the air.
king

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In the late 1800s, the linotype machine greatly affected which industry?
publishing
Linotype machines of the late 1800s greatly improved the efficiency of publishing, particularly newspapers. The machines made it much easier for people to share information.
farming
computing

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Where was paper invented?
America
China
Around the year 100, a Chinese man named Cai Lun invented paper and the processes used to make it. Paper, of course, transformed the way people communicated ideas.
United States

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What was the name of the horrifying epidemic that killed millions of people in the mid-1300s?
smallpox
Black Death
Around 1350, the plague began sweeping across much of Europe and Asia. The Black Death left incredible numbers of dead in its wake and completely altered societies.
AIDS

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In the late 1880s, what did Gottlieb Daimler invent?
sailboats
Honda Accord
gas-fueled engine
In the 1880s, Gottlieb Daimler tested many engine types until he created the first gas-powered engine. His engines would help spark the automobile revolution.

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Who wrote a masterpiece of drama titled "Hamlet"?
Ludwig van Beethoven
Alexander Hamilton
William Shakespeare
At the end of the 1500s, English legend William Shakespeare wrote "Hamlet." It is called an apex in the history of world literature.

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What was the name of the military force that fought the British in the American Revolution?
Continental Army
George Washington led the Continental Army against the mighty British Army in the Revolution. What started as a group of rough colonists eventually morphed into a well-oiled military machine.
Merchant Marine
SEALs

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Which entity started The Crusades in 1096?
British Prime Minister
Bank of Europe
Catholic Church
In 1096, the Pope decided to drive Muslims out of the Holy Lands near Jerusalem, and so, The First Crusade began. Many people died, but no one really won.

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Where was the first democracy documented?
Laos
Greece
George Washington and Co. had nothing on the Greeks of the 6th century. It was there that the first documented democracy was built, inspiring many nations to reach for liberty in later centuries.
United States

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What did Eli Whitney invent?
gin rummy
cotton gin
In 1793, American Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin, which made it much easier to separate cotton fibers from seeds. His machine jumpstarted the Industrial Revolution in the United States.
gin

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Nelson Mandela was a world leader known for his work on which issue?
leprosy
apartheid
In South Africa, Mandela was an activist who fought apartheid (racial segregation). He was imprisoned for nearly three decades ... and then became president.
space exploration

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In 1803, the United States bought a huge swath of land from ____ in what’s known as The Louisiana Purchase.
Portugal
Iceland
France
President Thomas Jefferson knew a good deal when he saw one. America doubled its territory in the Louisiana Purchase, thanks to the seller ... France, which got just $11 million in return.

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What was the name of the NASA mission that landed the first men on the moon?
Gemini 8
Voyager 2
Apollo 11
On July 20, 1969, NASA’s Apollo 11 landed two men on the moon. It was America’s most famous space accomplishment.

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What was the purpose of the Archimedes Screw?
to kill soldiers
to move water
The Archimedes Screw, often attributed to the famous Greek thinker of the 3rd century BC, is a screw pump. It features a large screw inside a pipe, and when the screw is turned, it can move water uphill.
to make babies

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Who won the Battle of Gettysburg?
South
North
In July 1863, both the North and South suffered terribly in the bloody Battle of Gettysburg. The Union won, and the battle became a turning point in the Civil War.
West

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Who painted the "Mona Lisa"?
Pablo Picasso
Leonardo da Vinci
In the early 1500s, Leonardo da Vinci created the "Mona Lisa," a painting of a woman with a slight smile. On display at the Louvre in France, it is easily the most famous painting in the history of humankind.
Vincent van Gogh

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A Serbian assassin famously started which war?
Spanish-American War
World War I
One killing turned into millions. In June 1914, a Serbian extremist killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, and the murder spiraled into World War I.
American Civil War

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Where was "The Empire of the Rising Sun"?
Mexico
Japan
The Empire of the Rising Sun grew to fame in the 20th century in large part due to its military conquest, including the bombing of Pearl Harbor in WWII. The Empire was then bombed to pieces.
Brazil

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In the 1940s, Robert Oppenheimer was in charge of making which technological leap?
smokeless gunpowder
atomic bomb
He was the guy in charge of the Manhattan Project in WWII. Robert Oppenheimer led Allied scientists in their frantic bid to develop the atomic bomb.
microwaves

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Who was the second president of the United States?
John Adams
After George Washington served two terms, it was John Adams’ turn to become president. Adams was an odd duck who often conflicted with his peers ... and he lasted just a single term.
John Tyler
Gerald Ford

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Samuel Colt became famous for his work with which product?
tires
horse saddles
firearms
In the mid-1800s, Colt created a process to mass manufacture revolvers. His pistols became world famous and made him rich during the Civil War.

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In 1884, Charles Parsons invented which powerful technology?
steam turbine
Parsons invented the steam turbine in 1884. His turbines were great for propelling ships and powering electrical generators.
solar panels
kerosene engine

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Which of the following eras came first?
Dark Ages
Middle Ages
Bronze Age
The Bronze Age started roughly around 3300 BC, far before the other ages. It was then that humans first learned to use bronze for things like tools and weapons.

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Which U.S. president signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965?
Theodore Roosevelt
Lyndon Johnson
In 1965, Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act that made it much easier for minority groups to cast their votes. It is frequently called one of the most important federal bills ever signed.
Ronald Reagan

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English inventor Percy Shaw developed the "cat’s eye," which is good for what?
toasters
safer roadways
In the 1930s, Shaw made reflective cat’s eye roadway markers, which are now used all over the world. These markers make it much easier for drivers to see the road in dark conditions.
space travel

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The Glorious Revolution of 1688 overthrew the king of which country?
England
England’s King James II was cast out of power by the English conspirators and Dutch rivals in the Glorious Revolution. James’ overthrow severely hampered the Catholic Church’s influence.
Japan
Norway

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Louis Daguerre greatly contributed to the development of which field?
photography
In the 1820s, Daguerre began developing technologies that would lead to photography. He used light-sensitive chemicals to produce daguerreotype, a forerunner of photographs.
biology
physics

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In 1889, the invention of the electric furnace greatly impacted what part of society?
arson reduction
metal working
Invented in 1889, industrial electric furnaces transformed metal factories. It made it much easier and cheaper for companies to work with and crank out steel, aluminum, and more.
home heating

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