Monday, January 5, 2015
The Very First New Monday Quiz of 2015!
We begin the new year with a quiz about times past: the events of 50, 100, 150, 200, 400, 600, 800, 1000, 1500, and 2500 years ago.
Which sets of events happened in 1965, in 1915, in 1865, in 1815, in 1615, in 1415, in 1215, in 1015, in 515, and in 485 b.c.?
A) With the fall of Osaka Castle, the Tokugawa Shogunate begins its 250 years of rule in Japan; Volume 2 of Don Quixote is published; The New Netherlands Company is granted a 3-year monopoly in North American trade between the 40th and 45th parallels.
B) The Battle of Agincourt; Jan Hus burnt at the stake; the Portuguese conquest of Cueta begins the era of European overseas imperialism.
C) Emperor Anastasius I repels the Revolt of Vitalian at Constantinople; Amalasuntha, daughter of Theodoric the Great and future Queen of the Ostrogoths, marries. Emperor Wu of Liang's embracing of Buddhism will help establish that religion in China.
D) Death penalty abolished in Britain; Construction completed on Gateway Arch; Close of the Second Vatican Council.
E) Signing of the Magna Carta; founding of the Dominican Order; the Mongols under Genghis Khan crush the Jin dynasty and sack Beijing.
F) The Battle of Gallipoli, the Sinking of the Lusitania, Einstein formulates relativity.
G) Darius I dies and is succeed by Xerxes I -- their empire probably includes more than 2/5 of all living people. Birth of Herodotus. Three years after Coriolanus' defection, Quintus Fabius Vibulanus defeats the Volsci.
H) Cnut the Great begins his invasion of England; Death of Vladimir the Great, the king who Christianized the Kievan Rus; Berserkers outlawed in Norway.
I) Napoleon's "Hundred Days" and the Battle of Waterloo; first baby of European parents born in New Zealand; birth of Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
J) Publication of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; Assassination of Abraham Lincoln; Gregor Mendel formulates his theories of genetic inheritance.