Total Quiz IX

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Questions for the 9th edition of the Total Quiz are listed below.

-- Summary and Results --
Total Quiz IX (Series) Champion: Styrbiorn
Quiz Title  Date  Champion  Moderator
Total Quiz IX-4  April 2004  Serge L  TJK
Total Quiz IX-3  Feb 2004  Styrbiorn  TJK
Total Quiz IX-2  Nov. 2003  Serge L  TJK
Total Quiz IX-1  Aug. 2003  Serge L  TJK

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Total Quiz IX Part 1

1. In Roman names, what does the common abbreviation "C" usually stand for?
2. At some time in the 20th century, the corpse of a particularly notable historical figure was exhumed from the earth. The corpse was then examined and a sculpture was made from the dead figure's remains. Interestingly, there was a prophecy that if this figure's body was disturbed after death, a great disaster would come about on the world. Indeed, later on the same day the sculpture was made, the prophecy came true, and a great disaster came upon the "world". Who was this historical figure that was dug up, and what SPECIFIC event "of great disaster" happened (from the perspective of the one who made the sculpture from the corpse).
3. A woman, absolute monarch of an ancient and glorious kingdom, loved to be portrayed with a fake beard. Which was her name?
4. When William I took power in England, he transfered offices in English Hands to Continental Man. In this way who was the new Archbishop of Cantebury.
5. In the late 15th century, a certain location in Africa was given a "negative" name when it was first rounded by a European explorer. However, before the end of the 15th century, this location was re-designated with a "positive" name. What was this new name the loction received that is still in use today?
6. From which Oghuz (Turkoman) tribe did the royal family of Salchuqids (Seljuks) came from?
7. Who was the commander of the Türük (Gokturk/Tujue) army at the Battle of Bolchu?
8. The title "Khan" (and related ones such as "Kaghan", Kha'an, etc) came from which Nomadic horde?
9. What happened to philosopher Jeremy Bentham's body after his death?
10. From what two words does the word "Armageddon" derive?
11. born in the Americas more than 170 years ago, Ana Maria became, in many countries, and together with her husband, a heroine of her time. How, where and when did she die?
12. What did Columbus, according to himself, want to do with the profits of his voyages?
13. During the Second World War, Pablo Picasso stayed in Paris. When he was visited by the Germans, an officer saw his painting "Guernica" (on which the German bombardment on Guernica is shown). The officer found it very ugly, so he asked: "Das haben Sie gemacht?" (Did you made that?). What was Picasso's answer?
14. How was the English word 'to mesmerise' formed?
15. Who did Ceteway want to suceed him as ruler of Zululand?
16. On 18th June 1811, Napoleon ordered to form 9 regiments of lancers. What was the event which convinced him to this decision?
Question Authors: (user who contributed the question) 1. Imperator Invictus; 2. Imperator Invictus; 3. Serge L; 4. fastspawn; 5. Imperator Invictus; 6. Ihsan; 7. Ihsan; 8. Imperator Invictus; 9. Silla; 10. X27; 11. Serge L; 12. Mad Manitou; 13. Mad Manitou; 14. Marcus Petrius; 15. F18fett; 16. TJK;

Total Quiz IX Part 2

1. At Evesham, Prince Edward(later Edward I) did something to sully his honor in order to defeat Simon de Montfort. What did he do?
2. What was the title of the last non-communist Mongolian who ruled Mongolia?
3. The sub-continent in which this man was born and lived is divided in two main religions, although the man did not belong to any of them, but to a third. At very young age he ascended the throne of a very loose confederacy, and despite his young age he used military force to gain a firm control over it. With the help of European commanders, he created a most formidable force and expanded the borders of his nation. He is also known for being the temporary owner of maybe the most famous diamond in existance. However, his nation could not survive without his leadership, and after his death, the British conquered it. His name?
4. which group of western missionaries arrived in China in the 1580s where they introduced to the chinese many things, such as their "automatic ringing bells". The same group of missionaries arrived in Japan 30 years earlier.
5. Which well-distinguish piece of literature ends (at least the main part of it ends) where after returning from a quest that came to an abrupt failure, the hero arrives at the gates of the city he built, describing it's grandur and its immortal place in the world.
6. After which battle did the Seljuks became independent? Whom did they fight with? In which year?
7. Shaving and haircuts helped a famous man to conquer a kingdom. Before the attack, enemy king's spies venture out to gather intelligence; they return with the report of a very large group of "priests" seen nearby, but no enemy soldiers. Those "priests" were actually soldiers, mistaken for Holy Men due to the clean-shaven appearance on their faces and exaggerated pageboy haircuts. They shaved off the hair on the back of their heads but kept a short back and sides look, which gave them all a monk-like appearance. Who was the lord of the shaven and cropped soldiers, who was his enemy, and which kingdom was won by the former from the latter?
8. At what political convention did America's Federalist Party destroy their reputation?
9. After the fall of Rome in 476, there was one area still in West-Roman hands. It was ruled by Flavius Syagrius. In 486 the last city was captured. What is the name of that city.
10. Who was the first one to use the term "Iron Curtain"?
11. An English soldier and explorer who was knighted for his services to the queen, including taking part in the capture of an Iberian city, where he was wounded. Seven years after a certain Armada had been defeated, he sailed West in the hope of finding legendary site, among other things. The question is, what site?
12. What was the seasonal capital of the Türküt (Gokturks/Tu Jue)?
13. Which (medieval) emperor of the Holy Roman Empire had the same nickname as a famous North African pirate (of the Renaissance)?
14. Where and when did the first successful offensive operation of Red Army (on the armies level) against German troops during Great Patriotic War (1941-1945)
15. The newly founded German Empire had a conflict with the Catholic Church. As the Pope refused to welcome the German emissary, Bismarck had a speech in the Reichstag in which he used a term which reffered to a similar event in the history of the Holy Roman Empire. What term was it and what is the date of this event?
Question Authors: (user who contributed the question) 1. fastspawn; 2. Tobodei; 3. Styrbiorn; 4. Imperator Invictus; 5. Imperator invictus; 6. Ihsan; 7. Not Available; 8. Silla; 9. Mad Manitou; 10. Mad Manitou; 11. Styrbiorn; 12. Ihsan; 13. Temujin; 14. Not Available; 15. Temujin;

Total Quiz IX Part 3

1. In the 16th (XVI) century, a particularly notable building was built; Part of its architecture design symbolizes the turbans of the leaders of a certain Muslim nation that was conquered. What is the name of this building?
2. This monarch died less than a century ago after a very long reign. He is noted for the modernization of his country he carried through and that he managed to keep his nation independent despite that all neighbouring countries were made into European colonies. He was, and still is, very popular among his subjects. So popular, that people from his Eastern homeland even in this day erect monuments to him on the other side of the globe, on a place he had visited. Who was he?
3. Which English Monarch had a unique attribute in which his urine was purple?
4. Which battle was the first conflict between the Seljuk Turks and Eastern Romans (Byzantines)
5. What was the name of the vigilantes who monitored government activites in North and South Carolina?
6. Who is "Monty" in the name of Monty Pythons Flying circus?
7. Who is Saloth Sar?
8. The Maya had the most sophisticated calender of their time. Except for time counting, they used it to predict the future. Maya priests had already calculated the end of the earth. At the 23th of Decembre of which year is, according to the Mayans, the end of the Earth?
9. More than a thousand winters after the death of Christ, a large expedition left a Northern land. This campaign, which is said to have reached as far as to the rim of the Khorazm, was to a beginning very succesful, but after many hardship, too many battles and disease very few came back - when the adventurers dragged their boats over the Caucasian passes on their way back home, only twelve boats remained. Many runestones were raised by the wives and mothers of those who did not see their home again. The leader of the journey was one of the dead, what was his name?
10. A genius, and firm opponent of capital punishment, eventually created an execution device just to show the alleged dangers inherent in an enhancement of his own ideas, that was promoted by two rival inventors, one of whom was a former employee of his. Nevertheless, he failed, and his rivals' variation of the invention prevailed. Who were the tree inventors, what was the difference between their respective technologies, and what was the execution machine?
11. I was born October 22,1844. Some think I was a hero, the government thought I was a traitor. I was almost a preist, almost a Lawyer,almost a politician and exacuted as a Traitor. It took only an hour for an all English Jury to find me guilty. Among other things I was held responsible for one of the largest massacres in my country's history. Who am I, where and how was I executed and what was my lasting contribution to my country?
12. There was a famous Arab tribe in a region around modern Kufah in Iraq, In Sassanid era this tribe revolted against emperor Khosrow II (Khosrow Parviz), so Khosrow sent one of his commander to fight against them, a battle took place between persians and arabs and in this battle Persians were defeated and Sassanid commander was killed, What were the names of that Arab tribe, Sassanid commander and Battle.
13. The German Empire had three emperors of which one died just after 99 days of reign, so it happened that within one year the German Empire had three different rulers. Which year was it and what was the name of the second Emperor who died of cancer?
14. What was the name of Hitler's dog (female, German shepherd)?
15. The current British royal family changed their Dynastic name from to Windsor. Which specific event led to this?
Question Authors: (user who contributed the question) 1. Imperator Invictus; 2. Styrbiorn; 3. Imperator Invictus; 4. Ihsan; 5. Silla; 6. Mad Manitou; 7. Mad Manitou; 8. Mad Manitou; 9. Styrbiorn; 10. Serge L; 11. Dawn; 12. Cyrus Shahmiri; 13. Temujin; 14. Temujin; 15. Temujin;

Total Quiz IX Part 4

1. What was the first single engined American aircraft to exceed a velocity of 400 MPH?
2. A first hour fascist, who volunteered to fight in Spain on the side of Generalissimo Franco with such courage and effectiveness to merit a letter where he was authorized to ask everything from Spanish authorities in case of need, eventually used that same letter to save thousands of East Europe jews from Nazi persecutions. He was eventually arrested by Nazi agents, but he managed to escape, and continued his old life at home, never mentioning anybody what he has done, till just some years before he died. Who was he?
3. During what activity would you use the "Filipino Bomb" What is it and when was the term first used?
4. The two most grandiose military enterprises of this famous general were destroyed by two one-eye enemies. Who was the general and who were two one-eye mens?
5. Which polish king has the largest number of childrens (legitimate nad illegitimate)?
6. What is a name of persian priest who set the Zoroastrianism as the state religion?
7. There was ancient Greek commander and military reformer by name of whom a name of leather sandals came from. What was the name of this men
8. What is the name of the famous regiment whom supported a monarchist rebellion during the Weimar Republic? What was the rebellion called
9. What was the capital of the Orkhun Uyghurs?
10. Which monarch was the first one to always wear a uniform, a practice later to be followed by other monarchs all over the world?
11. Italian anti-fascist general in Mussolini Army, he was one of the very few ones to beat the German ex-allies in an action where he showed great ability and courage, leading in person the troops and being wounded more than once. However, other circumstances, leading to his death, (maybe undeservedly) sully his reputation. 1) Who was him? 2) What was the a/m brave action? 3) How did he die?
12. Which essential safety item was patented in 1863? Who obtained the patent?
Question Authors: (user who contributed the question) 1. Ace_Cataphract; 2. Serge L; 3. Dawn; 4. Kolovrat; 5. TJK; 6. TJK; 7. TJK; 8. MikaelXII; 9. Ihsan; 10. Temujin; 11. Serge L; 12. Serge L;

(The questions have been edited from their original state for grammar and clarity. Authors whose username have changed from the time of the quiz are given in their current form)

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