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Researchable PM-based history quiz

Discussion in 'World History' started by Plotinus, Jun 18, 2005.

  1. Plotinus

    Plotinus Philosopher Administrator

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    After discussion in XIII's thread - http://forums.civfanatics.com/showthread.php?t=119993 - we decided to open another quiz thread with similar rules. The difference - you can research your answers. Anything from Google to the library is permitted. The idea is that most questions should require a bit of inventive searching to find an answer, so that we have to find something out and hopefully learn a bit along the way.

    The rules, based on those in XIII's thread -

    1) Send your answers to the questioner using a private message. Do not post in the thread.
    2) As many questions as you like, within reason. A balance of cultures/periods/general subjects is encouraged though not codified. However, because people can research and not have to rely on what they already know, it's OK to focus on the areas that interest you - as that won't handicap everyone with different interests.
    3) The quiz-setter should state how long people have to answer. A few days is a good idea.
    4) Will announce points won by each challenger in thread.
    5) Will announce answers at end of round - arguments over answers can take place now.
    6) Highest scorer gets to set the next round of questions, and cycle is repeated.
    7) A poster who won the previous round and prepared a quiz need not prepare a quiz again if he wins again in the round after his prepared quiz - so as not to turn quiz into a two persons affair.
    8) In the event of a tie at the top, the questioner is to decide who gets to do next quiz.
     
  2. Plotinus

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    Here is the first quiz. There are, in theory, 18 points up for grabs here, but I'll award extra to answers that give extra information (no more than a couple of extra per answer, before everyone starts submitting essays!).

    It is now Saturday evening, so I'll give you until, say, Wednesday evening to get your answers in. Have a go!


    (1) Which great reformer and philosopher, credited with igniting a renaissance in his own country, published his first book in Persian in 1803?

    (2) Who told the world in 1927 that they hadn’t heard anything yet?

    (3) This object is valued at nearly half a million US dollars. What empire does it come from?



    (4) What was this used for?



    (5) Which US state became “burned over” in the 1830s?

    (6) A certain man was known as “the Columbus of subterranean Rome”. Who was he and what did he do?

    (7) This form of writing
    He’s considered the father
    Tried to live lightly

    (8) What do all these people have in common?









    (9) The doctrine of “Three Selves” originated in Clapham and is big today in China. What are the three selves?

    (10) Which American soldier, known for his ability to escape, was confined for 30 days and fined $90 after being absent without leave from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina?

    (11) I saw a whole load of these in the British Museum the other day. What kingdom did the British nick them from?



    (12) Which famous figure of Southeast Asia claims to live in the House of Sin?

    (13) He was a king who gave up his throne to his brother in order to sail into the unknown with 2,000 ships. He was never heard of again, but some believe he found a new land and his descendants are still there. Who was he?

    (14) Medieval and Renaissance artists loved to paint saints. But it wasn’t known what most saints actually looked like. So a system of symbols developed to let you know which saint was depicted. For example, Sebastian was generally shown holding an arrow, since he had been killed by arrows, and Peter was generally shown holding keys, since Jesus was said to have given him the keys of heaven. Can you work out who all the saints are in the following pictures? One point for each one.







    (15) Which prophet wore nothing but a white robe, carried nothing but a bamboo cross and a bowl, and was accompanied by no-one but his three wives?

    (16) Which sixteenth-century figure was influenced by Thomas More’s Utopia to create a perfect society in Mexico?
     
  3. Rambuchan

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    Now THAT is one chunky quiz Plot! :cooool:

    I'll be getting round to it in the next couple of days, I hope I make the deadline.
     
  4. Plotinus

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    Well, the deadline can always be extended if necessary. Flexibility, that's the thing...
     
  5. Plotinus

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    Actually, I probably will extend the deadline - say to Friday. I was probably being a tad parsimonious before. Not like me!
     
  6. Rambuchan

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    Very generous of you sir! You will be getting an answer sheet from me later today.
     
  7. Plotinus

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    And Rambuchan leaps into the lead with a credible nine. He could easily get a few more, though, so watch out...
     
  8. Rambuchan

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    Yes the competition has struck the fear of God into me :lol:! I have to say that is an atrocious score I have clocked up. This is the RESEARCHABLE quiz and I only clocked up 9 points :confused: ! I clearly went down the wrong track with some of the research. :shakehead
     
  9. Doc Tsiolkovski

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    :lol: Actually, I believe I'd score higher here without recherceh than in luce's regular PM quiz...
    Friday is fine, Plotinus. I will for sure submit, but need a bit more time.
    Thanks for the questions!
     
  10. Rambuchan

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    Yes Doc you're right. I struck very lucky with Luc's questions. They really overlapped with some of my interests. Plot on the other hand has completely shafted me! It's also quite interesting seeing how you can really go very far down the wrong path when researching. There are several I was sure I got the answer but oh no :nono: Plot's been far more devious than we should at first believe. I stand before you the first victim. :sad:
     
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    I not sure if I can get many correct answers here...but I'm sure I'm completely lost in Luc's. Should know that "tool" and some/most of the Arabs - but that was it. :sad:
     
  12. Plotinus

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    And bed_head7 has entered, scoring seven. He got some of the harder ones right so I'm impressed!
     
  13. Rambuchan

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    Can you give us the score table please Plot?
     
  14. Plotinus

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    Well, it's not a table so much as a footrest...

    bed_head7 7
    Rambuchan 9

    So Rambuchan would currently have the hat-tipping smiley, if I ever used smilies!
     
  15. Rambuchan

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    Thanks Plot. Very good of you :hatsoff:

    I had no idea you were a smiley fascist :lol:

    And I'm still not happy cos Doc is yet to pitch up.
     
  16. Plotinus

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    Updated scoreboard -

    vikingruler 1
    greekguy 5
    bed_head7 7
    Rambuchan 9

    Interesting that nobody has got the one with the four gentlemen yet. I hope you all know who they are...
     
  17. Rambuchan

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    I only know who the middle two are. (you might have to give us some hints)
     
  18. Plotinus

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    Well, the chap at the top is in CivIII (PTW anyway) so you ought to know who he is. The last fellow was the target of a number of Crusades, which makes him pretty distinguished.

    I've just learned that the person in question 12 has just died. I was wondering whether it was OK to use a still-living person in a history quiz - what if I somehow cursed him? In which case, I hope our chancellor is OK too...
     
  19. Doc Tsiolkovski

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    That one is exactly what I'm racking my brain about the most. Unfortunately, I know exactly one of them :lol: (the one with the guitar).
     
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    Yeah, that's the one I recognised at first. Strange how The Artist Formerly Known As Prince pops up in two different quizes at the same time eh? :crazyeye:

    Oooops. Damn it, my edit button is broken. Sorry for giving the question away Plot. :mischief:
     

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