Total Quiz V

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Introduction: The fifth series of the Total Quiz history contest was held in Heavengames History Forum and run by a new quiz engine designed by All Empires founder Cyrus Shahimiri (AE Forum username). The transition to using an external engine to generate a questions form to retrieve answers marked a dramatic change in the format of the quiz. The new quiz script allowed the quiz to be run and managed more easily than before. Greater popularization of the Total Quiz attracted more users to submit questions, although many of them were simple enough to be solved with a quick search in a search engine.

-- Summary and Results --
Total Quiz V Series Champion: TJK
Quiz Title  Date  Champion  Moderator
Total Quiz V-4  Feb. 2002  Kolovrat  Serge L
Total Quiz V-3  Feb. 2002  Kolovrat, TJK  Serge L
Total Quiz V-2  Jan. 2002  Salvatore  Serge L
Total Quiz V-1  Jan. 2002  TJK  Serge L

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Total Quiz V Part 1

1. In 166 AD the Emperor of China received gifts from the Emperor of Rome. Who were the two Emperors? (See note on the answer key)
2. After Macbeth was killed by Malcolm in 1057 his stepson became king for a year. What was his name?
3. After the Romans in Britain - when the Angles, Saxons, Scotti and other barbarians were harrying the Romano-British borders and coast lines, the Romano-British King Vortigern hired the services of three boatloads of mercenaries commanded by two Jutes. What were the names of these Jute chieftains, and what did their names mean?
4. How old (in years and days) was Ensign George Keppel, when he bore the Regimental Colour of the 3/14th at Waterloo?
5. The last Grandmaster of the Templars was burnt to death on the order of Philip IV of France in 1314. After pleading his innocence, what did he say, before he was burnt? And why were these words to be significant in later years?
6. How did Peter the Great die?
7. The flagship of the Swedish Navy under Gustavus Adolphus was named what?
8. What is the name of Egyptian general who could best resist against Xerxes? He even killed the Persian generals Pashutan and Behruz!
9. What was the capital of the Lydian Empire?
10. when the Persian general Mardonius quelled the Ionian revolts in Asia Minor at the beginning of the Persian Wars, what kind of government did he install in the Ionian cities?
11. Which king of Sparta decided to invent the "two kings system"?
12. Which explorer discovered the St. Lawrence river in Canada?
13. A Holy War (Jihad) started between Persia and the Ottoman Empire in what year in the 17th Century.
14. Who founded the British Colony of Singapore in 1819?
15. What was the Zulu name for Rorke's Drift?
16. Only once in the history of Teutonic Order did the Grandmaster happened to be killed by one of his Knights. Who was this Grandmaster and who was the Knight?
17. We all know fingerprints are used worldwide as a very reliable means to identify people for investigative needs as well as other ones. In fact, fingerprints are unique even twins have different ones so they are even more reliable than the more recent DNA tests, which cannot be resolutive in case of twins. Question is: who discovered finger prints' properties and used it in a police case for the first time?
18. In WWII, the German submarine U156 fired two torpedoes towards the British transport ship Laconia. Not knowing that there had been POW and civilians on board, U156 torpedoes made the Laconia sinking in minutes. Some hundred survived and the captain of the sub decided to help them. Not only did he pick them out of the water and attach the life rafts, but he also decided to do something unusual. What was it? Why did it end in a catastrophe?
19. What did 'scucca' mean in Old English?
Question Authors: (user who contributed the question) 1. Knight Conqueror; 2. Knight Conqueror; 3. Wulfhere; 4. Robert Edward Lee; 5. Knight Conqueror; 6. Not Available; 7. Knight Conqueror; 8. Cyrus Shahmiri; 9. jeffg006; 10. jeffg006; 11. jeffg006; 12. jeffg006; 13. Knight Conqueror; 14. Knight Conqueror; 15. F18fett; 16. TJK; 17. by Serge L; 18. Targan Khan; 19. Wulfhere;

Total Quiz V Part 2

1. The mere concept of a written constitution is itself a revolutionary idea. No longer did government have to be based upon the whims of a monarch or the commands of a dictator. In the history of the world's nations, the first written constitution was that adopted for the United States of America in 1787. What was the second written constitution and when was it adopted?
2. Six of Charles II of Spain's great grandparents were of the Habsburg. How many of his great grandparents were also his grandparents?
3. In 1793 the new French Government changed the names of the months February and November on their calender. What were they changed to? (Editor: The actual "months" were more complicated than as stated in the question. See note in the answer key.
4. What state in northern Greece was allied to the Delian League in the Pelleponesean Wars?
5. Which famous Carthaginian explorer voyaged around the west coast of Africa?
6. In what year Edward I defeated and slew Prince Llewellyn and subdued Wales?
7. In what field did Francis I and Henry VIII meet in 1520 to make an alliance between France and England?
8. The Blue Mosque in Istanbul was built by who? Who was the Sultan at the time?
9. With victory in WWII, Hitler intended to build, amongst other things, a great domed hall in Berlin that would be larger even than St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. The great hall would hold between 80,000 and 100,000 people. What natural phenomenon would occur to the hall during certain times of the year when the hall was filled to full capacity?
10. Hadrian's Wall in the north of England, build by the Roman Emperor Hadrian to defend from raiders from Scotland, actually cut the lands of one tribe in half. What was this tribe? (Editor: author's answer is disputed)
11. In 409 Ravenna was attacked by Barbarians. One King led his people in this attack and in another more famous attack as well. Who was the King, who were his people - and what was the other more famous attack?
12. Who was called "White general"? (Quiz Moderator's Comment: we intend it as the nickname or codename of a person, not as the name of some general of the so-called "white forces" or "white army" who opposed the "red" ones during Russian Civil war)
Question Authors: (user who contributed the question) 1. TJK; 2. Knight Conqueror; 3. Knight Conqueror; 4. jeffg006; 5. Jeff006; 6. Jeff006; 7. Knight Conqueror; 8. Knight Conqueror; 9. Robert Edward Lee; 10. Wulfhere; 11. Wulfhere; 12. Kolovrat;

Total Quiz V Part 3

1. During the early Roman Empire, one year is known as the "Year of the four emperors". What year was it? and Who were the four emperors?
2. Which Macedonian soldier saved Alexander the Great's life at the Battle of Granikos (Granicus) River?
3. Which Byzantine Emperor is known as "The Greek"? (Editor: this question was considered factually incorrect)
4. In what year did William of Orange join the Calvinist Church?
5. As well as St Paul's Cathedral. Sir Christopher Wren built how many Churches in London after the Great Fire of London
6. In 1714, Russia conquered Finland through Victory in which Battle? (See note in the answer key)
7. Who served as regent for the young Louis XV?
8. This famous writer (and good officer) was glad to see the sea. (Multiple answers are possible; this question refers to a famous ancient Greek writer.)
9. In Britain towards the beginning of the Dark Ages many Roman commanders made bids to become 'little emperors' by detaching lands from the Roman Empire and taking control. Three of these bids for power were made in the following years: 293, 350 and 383. Which commanders made these rebellions?
10. "Weary shall he be who rows against the wind" wrote a Dark Age poet. Of what people was this poet?
11. Who commanded the squadron that won the last battle with the participation of sailing battleships of the line
12. In the 15th century, a European traveler first visited India. Who was he and what country was he from? India has erected a monument to this traveler.
13. Which Persian king had no son?
14. How many Persian kings were women and what were their names
Question Authors: (user who contributed the question) 1. Knight Conqueror; 2. jeffg006; 3. jeffg006; 4. Knight Conqueror; 5. Knight Conqueror; 6. Knight Conqueror; 7. Knight Conqueror; 8. TJK; 9. Wulfhere; 10. Wulfere; 11. Kolovrat; 12. Beloyar; 13. Cyrus Shahmiri; 14. Cyrus Shahmiri;

Total Quiz V Part 4

1. In 1500 Louis XII of France and Ferdinand II of Spain signed the Treaty of Granada. Which country was to divide be between France and Spain?
2. The famous Prussian Field Marshall Gebhard von Blucher was born in what year?
3. The Ancient city of Troy was mythologically founded by what man? (Several possible answers)
4. According to the Bible and Judaic tradition, if one committed an unintentional murder, there were six cities one could find refuge. Out of the ancient "six cities of refuge", which three were on the west side of Jordan?
5. What was the name of Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand's wife?
6. Before the Gregorian Calendar came into use in Britain in 1752, which day actually was the first of the year in that country?
7. Ottakar I ruled as King of Bohemia between what years?
8. A certain Vandal general inflicted defeats upon the barbarian invaders of Britain during 398 and 399. Who was this Vandal?
9. What's the name of an Armenian general serving under the Persian king Darius the Great?
10. Who was the king of Sagartia in 521 BC?
11. In the middle of East Slavic tribes of Russia in the 8th and 9th centuries, there was one Lithuanian tribe separated from their Baltic relatives. What's the name of the tribe?
12. Who invented the famous croissant (sweet bread) and why?
13. In the American Civil War, who was the Russian officer who commanded a division of the North? What was the military rank awarded to him by President Lincoln and what other war did he also fight in?
14. Born on June 12th, 1908 to a typical middle class Viennese family, he attended the University of Vienna to study engineering. He joined the Nazi Party in the twenties and signed up with the SS. During WWII he proved himself to be a superior soldier and was quickly promoted from enlistee to non-commissioned officer, and finally to officer. He bravely and even arrogantly accomplished many deeds in the name of the third Reich, the most famous of which in my country. At the end of the war he gave himself up to the Americans, but eventually escaped to be never more arrested. An irreducibly Nazi, he passed the rest of his life counseling dictators, helping other war criminals to escape justice, and trying to gather the Reich's gold. He died in Madrid on July 1975, in his bed. His name?
Question Authors: (user who contributed the question) 1. Knight Conqueror; 2. Knight Conqueror; 3. jeffg006; 4. jeffg006; 5. jeffg006; 6. Knight Conqueror; 7. Knight Conqueror; 8. Wulfere; 9. Cyrus Shahmiri; 10. Cyrus Shahmiri; 11. Beloyar; 12. Targan Khan; 13. Beloyar; 14. Serge L;

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

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