Total Quiz III

Archived questions and answers to AE's history contest. See the category link below for more questions
Introduction: Total Quiz III, the third series of the Total Quiz contest, was divided into three parts held 16-18 hours apart. The three-part division was devised so that the timezone distribution of the quiz would be more even, since the first round of each part lasted only 8 hours, after which points could only be scored from unanswered questions. In comparison, current rules call for a 48-hour first round. Also notable is that TQ III was run by a new moderator. The position of moderator would switch several times in future quizzes.

-- Summary and Results --
Total Quiz III (Series) Champions: Salvatore, Styrbiorn
Total Quiz III-3  Date: Dec. 2001  Champion: Angel Reckless Rodent  Moderator: Serge L
Total Quiz III-2  Date: Dec. 2001  Champion: Lady Bevin of Kildare  Moderator: Serge L
Total Quiz III-1  Date: Dec. 2001  Champion: Styrbiorn, Salvatore  Moderator: Serge L

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Total Quiz III Part 1

1. What was the only British territory occupied by the Axis powers in WW2?
2. During his famous offensive in 1916, Brusilov, together with numerous military innovations (carefully and detailed reconnaissance, anticipated definition and correction of targets for artillery, false troop concentrations and contemporary attack in many principal and secondary directions), used one political factor which contributed to initial success. Which factor?
3. When and by whom was the first chemical weapons attack of WWI?
4. What is at the mouth of a river flowing into a former sea; once owned by a knight from a play written by a friend of the one who owned it three centuries later.
5. What is the Use of Sarum?
6. A European commander, with the informal device "You may hazard everything!", became secretly engaged with a princess who later caused one of the largest scandals of that century. Though the engagement was dissolved, the princess who had no children nominated him and his offspring to her successors. Who was she, and what was the scandal?
7. According to an ancient myth, a particular tree that produced mistletoe existed in certain woods. That tree had golden branches and if an escaping slave managed to strip away one, he could win freedom, provided that he succeeded in the following task: to win a mortal combat with a priest of a certain divinity. In case of victory, the slave becomes the new priest and king of the wood until another one takes a golden branch and challenges him! Can you name that divinity?
Question Authors: (user who contributed the question) 1. Wulfere; 2. Kolovrat; 3. Necros; 4. Jayhawk; 5. Lady Bevin of Kildare; 6. Styrbiorn; 7. Serge L;

Total Quiz III Part 2

1. What was a unit of Zulu warriors called?
2. In the Balfour declaration, a letter was written by Arthur Balfour stating that the British government would "view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home of the Jewish People". Who was Balfour writing to?
3. A warrior, a poet and a seer, and cousin to one who won a hundred battles; Married three times, once to a woman who left him for another man but returned. According to myth, his son died when he was over three hundred years old.
4. WWII operation named after a not so especially genial creature in Greek mythology. Ignorance, bad weather and defective command resulted in a total humiliation of the loosing part, which obviously couldn't control its own backyard. Which is the name of the operation?
5. Voltaire is the pseudonym of a great French writer and philosopher. How did he devised his nom de plùme?
6. The ancient Romans were good architects and engineers. For instance they developed better and better techniques for roads construction. The traditional Latin word for road, via, was eventually in part replaced by another one, which referred to that technique. From this latter word, other words in some modern languages were derived. Briefly describe that technique and name at least one of the aforementioned words (the late Latin word or the English, German or Italian derivative).
7. Who was "Il Passatore"?
Question Authors: (user who contributed the question) 1. Wulfhere; 2. Necros; 3. Jayhawk; 4. Styrbiorn; 5. Serge L; 6. Serge L; 7. Serge L;

Total Quiz III Part 3

1. What special material did Mongols use for their incendiary shells?
2. What German General was nicknamed "the poison dwarf" (unser giftzwerg)?
3. Who was the "Thunderbolt of the North"?
4. Baptised by a bishop, he travelled far and wide. His most famous trip took him to the promised land, where he sailed with sixty men on a trip that lasted seven years.
5. Needlework was once the medium of a choice for protests against the illegitimacy of a ruling regime. Who was the protester and what was the needlework?
6. One of the greatest defenses in British history: Less than 300 men against 6,000 of the enemy. Result: 25 British dead, the enemy more than 1,000. At the end only 900 bullets were left to the defenders, while at the beginning there were 20,000 in the warehouse! Which is this battle of the 19th century that led to the most massive award of the highest British military honour, the Victoria Cross?
7. In August 9,1941, Duglas Bader (1910-1982) was the 5th ace of the RAF. On that same day his plane was hit by a German ace, Adolf Galant, above France. Bader was a legend among both British and German pilots. Galant sent his car and called Bader to visit him to his base. The German pilots treated Bader with respect and even allowed him to enter a Messerchmitt . The Germans also proposed a kind of truce with the British in order that a British aircraft to be landed in occupied France to deliver something to Bader. What was to be delivered?
Question Authors: (user who contributed the question) 1. Kolovrat; 2. Necros; 3. Wulfhere; 4. Jayhawk; 5. Lady Bevin of Kildare; 6. Salvatore; 7. Salvatore;

(The questions have been edited from their original state for grammar and clarity.)

Sources: The original quizzes can be found on Heavengames' history forum: