Total Quiz VIII

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Questions for the 8th edition of the Total Quiz, held jointly between All Empires and Heavengames, are listed below.

-- Summary and Results --
Total Quiz VIII (Series) Champion: Kolovrat
Quiz Title  Date  Champion  Moderator
Total Quiz VIII-5  April 2003  Kolovrat  TJK
Total Quiz XIII-4  Feb. 2002  AwayGlyndwr  TJK
Total Quiz XIII-3  Feb. 2003  Kolovrat  TJK
Total Quiz VIII-2  Dec. 2002  Imperator Invictus  TJK
Total Quiz VIII-1  Nov. 2002  Kolovrat  TJK

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Total Quiz VIII Part 1

1. Who was the last Spartan King?
2. Who was the main French Minister between 1726 and 1743?
3. Who was known as the "cocher de l'Europe" (complete name)?
4. Which group defeated the Mongols in 1277 in a battle where the Mongols fought on foot instead of on horseback?
5. Which "Augustus" became a "Basileus"?
6. Which brilliant commander carried a mace with a dagger-in-a-fist design and used war wagons and hand cannons against his enemies?
7. Which group of Steppe Nomads had a rather small bow, having a unique forward curve at its tips instead of a stiff ear as seen in the bows of other nomads?
8. In 1645 an Army was re-made largely by one man. This army went on to win the war in which it was embroiled, and the man who re-made it went onto lead the country. What was this army, who was the man, and what war did it win?
9. What were the machines which became known as tanks first intended to be named?
10. A most famous Prussian cavalry charge made by one cavalry regiment resulted in the breaking of 20 infantry battalions and the capture of 66 colors. What was the battle and what was the cavalry regiment?
11. What was the last French victory (in battle) during 1815 campaign?
12. The original main use for fingerprints in police practice was not that to find who was present on a crime site, but to identify people: in fact, habitual criminals used to give false names in order to avoid the more severe penalty due to their relapse into crime. Still, at first, another system was the more commonly used to identify people. What was that system called, what did it consist of, and who invented it?
13. In 1809, a very famous monarch was victim of a theft. Only a convicted criminal, turned detective, managed to solve the case. 1)Who was the monarch? 2)What has been stolen? 3)Who solved the case? 4)Why this latter person is very important in the history of police corps?
14. When was Israel officially declared as State?
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Total Quiz VIII Part 2

1. Who made the "October Manifesto?"?
2. Which country did Charles V (who later became emperor) rule first?
3. Which nomadic group invaded Armenia, Cappadocia, Cilicia, and Syria in 395 AD?
4. In 1941, the body of a great conquerer was exhumed and a sculpture was made from his skull. Who was this conquerer?
5. Who was the leader of the force that captured Constantinople in 1261?
6. Who did Draumait Mac Murchada invite to help him recover his kingdom of Dublin in 1170?
7. How did the Nobel family (of the Nobel Prizes) earn most of their fortune?
8. This brilliant Czech commander was killed by one of his soldier - Irish mercenary. Who was the commander and who was the soldier ?
9. Who was the first European king who have come with crusade to the Holy Land?
10. Who was the advisory to Cao Huan who overthrew the Wei Dynasty and replaced it with Jin?
11. Who was the longest Prime Minister of the Latter Han dynasty?
12. In this battle (1378) the infantry decided the destiny of combat by charging with success against the Mongol cavalry. Who was commander of Mongol's enemies?
13. Who were the 5 tiger generals of Shu? (221-26?).
14. Fort William Henry fell to the Marquis de Montcalm during his 1757 offensive. The fort was surrendered to the French after a short siege. Who was the British commandant of the fort?
15. Who was the British naval officer who helped direct the besieged Ottoman forces at Acre during Napoleon's offensive into Syria in 1799??
16. Which of the Three Kingdoms army was mainly a navy?
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Total Quiz VIII Part 3

1. What was the battle when after French defeat the unit of Napoleon's Imperial Guard capitulated for the first time?
2. This formidable ancient commander was killed by an old women during siege of some city in Greece. What is the name of commander ?
3. In a Roman republican army, what was the name of the first line of men (first 6 ranks)
4. By what name were the bands of barbarian tribesmen hired into the Roman Army towards the end of the Empire's power called?
5. Which nineteenth century freedom fighter was a thorn in Russia's Caucasian side for thirty years?
6. Which WWII operation launched by the Allies was considered to be "90% successful" by one of its commanders, despite that it failed to reach its main goal and is generally considered by modern historians a failure for the Allies.
7. How many Uyghur khaghanates were there in history?
8. What did Pope Gelasius do that would "immortalize" a certain 3rd century figure who was executed by the Roman Emperor Claudius Gothicus?
9. During the reign of the Wei dynasty from 220-280 AD, who sat on the Dragon Throne the longest?
10. What U.S.-Spanish treaty gained Americans the "right of deposit" in the port of New Orleans?
11. The famous Native American leader Tecumseh was killed in 1813 while fighting with the British against the Americans at what battle?
12. In which battle did the Ottomans use cannons for the first time?
13. Who was the first ruler in history who used the title "Sultan"?
14. Who was the man that usurped the Han throne in the early years of AD?
15. Who was the Boer commander that "lagered" his wagons and managed to hold off a much larger Zulu force in 1838
16. A forerunner and leading figure of the Greek enlightenment and confederation, he was a visionary of Balkan liberation from Ottoman rule. He was betrayed by a compatriot, who handed him to Austrian autorities who, on turn, extradated him to Ottomans, to be sentenced to death and executed.
Question Authors: (user who contributed the question) 1. TJK; 2. TJK; 3. Imperator Invictus; 4. Not Available; 5. Wulfhere; 6. Imperator Invictus; 7. Not Available; 8. Imperator Invictus; 9. Not Available; 10. Cherub Marechal; 11. Cherub Marechal; 12. Ihsan; 13. Ihsan; 14. Lordostrategy; 15. Serge L; 16. Serge L;

Total Quiz VIII Part 4

1. Since this civilization did not have paper, they used a unique system of keeping record that consisted of knots tied to a bundle of small cords suspended from one thick cords. What civilization that flourished during the 15th century used this system. Name the civilization.
2. This XVIII-century Hungarian nobleman traveled through the Russia and Asia to Africa where he became the Emperor of some African country. Who was this nobleman?
3. Edward III's mother Isabel was the daughter of which French King
4. In China, in 280 AD, which dynasty forced the Sun family's Wu dynasty to submit?
5. For a long starting at the Middle Ages, Europeans believed in a magnificent King of the East that would one day lead the Christians into victory against the Muslims. However, the lack of a clear understanding of this King of caused the Europeans to redefine the location of this King several times over the next centuries, before realizing that the legend was false. Who was this magnificent king of the East as many Europeans once believed existed?
6. Who was the first Osmanli (Ottoman) ruler with "Sultan" title granted by Caliph?
7. During the Ming Dynasty, a unique animal that was identified as a "unicorn" was brought into China for the first time. What was this animal?
8. Which famous West African King was said to have given away so much gold on a pilgrimage to Mecca that it decreased the value of gold in Egypt by as much as 20 percent for a decade?
8. Who was the first Turkologist to read the Orkhun Inscriptions?
9. Name the French Marshal (Marechal du Empire) who served as King Joseph Bonaparte's chief of staff during French rule of Spain during the Peninsular War.
9. Which Turkic peoples converted to Islam first? (Two answers)
10. Which Orkhun Uyghur ruler converted to Manicheism?
10. Who was the author of the famous book "Diwan-i Lugat-it Turk" which gives some great info about the Turkic Peoples of the 11th century?
11. Who founded the royal family of the Khwarezm-Shahs?
11. This King of Denmark converted Denmark to Christianity.
12. Which was the best Allied fighter squadron during Battle of Britain?
12. This medieval European hero saved the day during battle by gathering enemy pikes against his breast. Who was the hero ?
13. What was the name of the Zulu prince that led the attack on Rorke's Drift?
13. Who was the British colonial official that planned and instigated the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879?
14. Very important chemist who demonstrated the role of Oxigen in combustion, rusting and respiration. 1)Who was he? 2)how did he die?
14. What was the name of Cetewayo's political faction when he was fighting for control of Zululand?
15. This magnificent building has an Italian Name, but it is not in Italy. It is one of the most beautiful baroque mansions of its country. This was where a Treaty re-establishing the sovereignty of that same country was signed in 1955, making its name synonymous with freedom. What's this building name?
15. Famous scientist who lost part of his nose in a duel.
16. What type of gladiator in Ancient Rome held a net and a trident?
16. The famous Colosseum was dedicated in 80 AC. Who dedicated it?
Question Authors: (user who contributed the question) 1. Imperator Invictus; 2. tJK; 3. Wulfhere; 4. Lordostrategy; 5. Imperator Invictus; 6. Ihsan; 7. Imperator Invictus; 8. Imperator Invictus; 8. Ihsan; 9. Cherub Marechal; 9. Ihsan; 10. Ihsan; 10. Ihsan; 11. Ihsan; 11. The Adder; 12. TJK; 12. TJK; 13. F18fett; 13. F18fett; 14. Serge L; 14. F18fett; 15. Serge L; 15. Serge L; 16. The Adder; 16. The Adder;

Total Quiz VIII Part 5

1. At some point in the middle ages (500-1450 AD), the Indian Ocean became a particularly flourishing trade network, being perhaps the only medium in which traders from the Far East and Middle East can interact. One factor that encouraged this was the temporary decline of another trade network - which network?
2. Which classical western (Greek/Roman) writer was so renowned that later Medieval scholars considered his work to be magical, and thus they modified his original name to one that meant "Magic wand"?
3. In 1157, a term/word for was introduced for the first time to designate a certain European state. a century later, this term that introduced in 1157 combined with another term that also designated the same nation to form the official name of the state. two centuries later , more terms was added to this official name. What is the name of this European state , as commonly known ?
4. During Napoleon's Wars one regiment of Russian infantry was awarded for the courage in one battle by permission of wearing their old fashioned caps (when other regiments have to change into new model caps). What was the name of infantry regiment and what was the battle ?
5. In the late 1370s, the White Horde launch a series of campaigns that lasted several years against the factions of the collapsed Golden Horde. Somewhere in the 1380s, the the strongest and most prominent lord of the Golden Horde factions was defeated and the entire area became under control under the Khan of the White Horde. Near what famous location did the White Horde triumph over the Golden Horde?
6. What was the Turkish title of Sultan Süleyman I the Magnificent?
7. Which Sun (person by the name "Sun") led forth the Wu dynasty to submit to Jin?
Question Authors: (user who contributed the question) 1. Imperator Invictus; 2. Imperator Invictus; 3. Imperator Invictus; 4. TJK; 5. Imperator Invictus; 6. Ihsan; 7. Lordostrategy;

(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)

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