Monday, July 13, 2015

The New Monday Quiz Classic


All ready to show off your keen understanding of the 1050s? Tough! We will stay nice and historical, however, in this New Monday Quiz Classictm that first appeared in December 2008.

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

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.

Last Week: the 1040s

1. The Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan hat beer gemacht.
2. A “catapan of Italy” was the Byzantine governor of the Italian provinces during a reconquest of the southern peninsula that lasted for a generation or two.
3. England's sainted Anglo-Saxon King was Edward the Confessor.
4. Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar was El Cid.
5. The Wujing Zongyao had gunpowder recipes.
6. The three-pope situation was sorted out by the Holy Roman Emperor.
7. The Egyptian empire at its apex was The Fatamids.
8. Bi Sheng invented moveable type.
9. Casimir I “The Restorer” was duke, but never kind, of Poland.
10. Japan had a one-family monopoly on imperial power.

It looked like Christine had a lock with 8 correct answers, until Mrs.5000 popped up with 9, but then what should happen but Unwise Owl waltzed in with what I believe was the first perfect slate of answers in the History of Through History With the Monday Quiz.  I should have smote him with a classical music rerun this week.


Christine M. said...

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

Morgan said...

E (Dunno but I feel like the Netherlands has been independent for a while)
G (Late 1600s?)
B (1780ish)
I (By the time Victoria II starts in the 1840s South America is independent)
J (1870ish)
F (Wild guess)
H (March 7th, 1917)
C (1950ish, I think)
A (I think it was somewhere in here?)
D (1990ish)

pfly said...

Not sure about the Carnation Revolution, and a little vague on some others. But here's my guesses, with date guesses (all of which should be suffixed -ish, and probably "?"):

E 1600s
G 1680
B 1770s
I 1820+
J 1890
F 1900?
H 1920
C 1950
A 1960s
D 1990

pfly said...

Checking, wow I was wrong about Portugal. I was thinking Angola was German controlled before WW2, so it must have stopped being Portuguese before that. Apparently I confused Angola and Namibia...

Michael5000 said...

The Owl sez:

A) That’s probably around the 50s, I reckon

B) 1760s? It’s not like it’s a significant event.

C) Ouch, I was also thinking 50s for this. Maybe it’s the 40s.

D) 90s. Ok Lock it in, Eddie.

E) Eek,no idea, let’s say 1500ish?

F) Crap…no idea…probably after British Africa, though.

G) 1680s….

H) 1900s

I) Ok, This is after the US, but before Africa…maybe 1850s?

J) Bleh. Europe. Maybe 1880ish?

See, it’s weeks like this that remind me that I’m mostly just guessing this stuff.

So…E,G,B, I, J, H, C,A,F,D?

Anonymous said...

A - 1960s
B - 1776
C - 1955
D - 1990
E -
F - 1965-1975
G - 1660s
H - 1917
I - Last half of 19th century
J - 1880s
Susan - Lots of guesswork here