Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Thursday Quiz LXV

The Thursday Quiz!

This season, the Thursday Quiz is a sequence game. Arrange the ten items in the proper sequence!

Remember always the Fundamental Rules of the Thursday Quiz:

1. The Thursday Quiz is a POP quiz. No research, Googling, Wikiing, or use of eference books. Violators will lose their internet privileges. All of them. Permanently.
2. As long as you made it this far, you might as well play. It's not all about winning, you know. It's about using your knowledge and reason and making an educated guess. C'mon! It'll be fun!

Independence! Revolution!

Order the following episodes of nation-building from the earliest to the most recent.

A: African Independence -- In about a ten-year period, most of the modern African countries achieve independence.

B: American Independence -- The British colonies in North America declare themselves to be the United States, which depending on who you asked was either an independent country or a bunch of independent countries.

C: The Chinese Revolution -- Mao Tse-Tung (or Mao Zedong for you New School types) declares the communist People's Republic of China after many years of civil war.

D: Collapse of the USSR -- The Soviet Union breaks apart into Russia and fourteen other, smaller countries.

E: The Dutch Revolt -- The Netherlands become independent of the Spanish Empire after a protracted struggle.

F: Freedom From Portugal -- Following the Portuguese "Carnation Revolution," its overseas colonies (including Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, and Cape Verde) become independent countries.

G: The Glorious Revolution -- James II of England is overthrown by a coalition of Parliamentarians and the Dutch, signaling the end of absolute monarchy in Britain.

H: The Russian Revolution -- With Russian society disintegrating, an overthrow of the czar is followed a few month later by a takeover by the Communists, led by Lenin.

I: South American Independence -- Over a period of a few decades, the major Spanish colonies of South America win their independence on the battlefield, while Brazil achieves independence peacefully.

J: Unification of Germany -- After winning the Franco-Prussian war, the Prussian kingdom forges an "Empire" that unites dozens of previously small, independent German-speaking countries.

Post your answers in the comments.

16 comments:

margaret said...

I'm not down with the new sequence thing. It hurts my brain to think so, oh, chronologically. But hell here's a try.

E
G
H
J
B
I
F
C
A
D

Cartophiliac said...

E
G
B
I
J
H
C
A
F
D

Serendipity said...

E
G
B
J
I
H
C
F
A
D

d said...

e g j b i h f c a d

gah

Jenners said...

As usual, I will be leaving a big stink with my suckiness...

G
E
F
H
B
J
I
C
D
A

La Gringissima said...

e, g, b, i, j, h, f, c, a, d

KarmaSartre said...

G / E / B / F / J / I / H / C / A / D

Elizabeth said...

Let me take time out from my knitting to answer these:

E
G
B
I
H
F
J
A
C
D

You'd better give me a good score on this, or La Veuve will have you.

Mme. LaFarge

LegalMist said...

Here's my best guess:

G, J, E, B, F, I, A, H, C, D

Can't wait to see how wrong I am....

mrs.5000 said...

All right!

E Dutch
G Glorious
B American
J Germany
I South American
F Portugese Colonies
H Russian
C Chinese
A African
D USSR

Ben said...

1. E
2. B
3. J
4. I
5. G
6. F
7. H
8. A
9. C
10. D

Phineas said...

G, E, B, I, J, H, C, A, F, D

DrSchnell said...

E
G
B
I
J
H
C
A
F
D

Michael5000 said...

And...

E, The Dutch Revolt, starting 1568ish.
G, The Glorious Revolution, starting 1688.
B, American Independence, 1776.
I, South American Independence, early 1800s.
J, German Unification (part 1), 1871.
H, The Russian Revolution, 1916.
C, The Chinese Revolution, 1949.
A, African Independence, 1950s/60s.
F, Portugal Throws in the Colonial Towel, 1975.
D, The USSR Splits, 1991.

Michael5000 said...

So, taking the TQLXV Gold Star with a perfect score is Cartophiliac. It's his amazing NINTH Gold Star, his fifteenth Star overall.

DrSchnell had a perfect score as well, claiming his seventh Silver Star and twentieth Star overall.

Phineas takes the Blue, his sixth and his seventeenth Star overall.

Two Greens this week: Serendipity and la gringissima.

Kudos to d, Elizabeth, and Mrs.5000, who were right there in the pack.

KarmaSartre said...

As you made the use of eference books illegal, but not reference books, I think I should have done far better than I did.