Total Quiz XI

Archived questions and answers to AE's history contest
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The Total Quiz XI Series consisted of four separate quizzes held from July 2005 to April 2006. Under a new quiz moderator, the style and format of the contest was redefined in several aspects. Total Quiz XI "Part 2" introduced a new style in which questions were arranged from easy to difficult in order to attract greater participation from those who might be intimidated by difficult questions early in the quiz. In addition, more emphasis on question-writing was gradually placed on the moderator as opposed to reliance on user-submitted questions.

-- Summary and Results --
Total Quiz XI Series Champion1: Dawn
Title Date Champion Moderators
Total Quiz XI-4
April 2006 
Decebal Imperator Invictus, Poirot
Total Quiz XI-3 
Jan. 2005
Decebal, Dawn  Imperator Invictus
Total Quiz XI-2 
Oct. 2005 
Poirot Imperator Invictus
Total Quiz XI-1 
July 2005 
Dawn Imperator Invictus
1This title was discontinued after TQ XI, the last quiz title to be divided into multiple parts.

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Total Quiz XI Part 1

1. First I had a military career. Then by applying some of the skills learn there, I became the "Father" of the modern version of this pursuit.. I had many names including Augustus. I was definitely influenced by a fellow into evaluation, into details. I died at the turn of the century and it took 30 years for my countrymen to catch up with my standards. Who am I?
2. His burial place states the three cities: where he was born, where he died, and where his body lies. He spent the last years of his lifetime working on a poem commissioned by a certain ruler. He was unable to complete the poem at his death, and thus wished it to be destroyed. But this work was already so magnificent that the emperor saved it from destruction, and survived to become one of the most famous poems. Name the great poet who wrote works on "Pasturelands, countrysides, and leaders."
3. If we are to believe his accounts, then they would stand among the greatest journeys. Curiosity drove him into Mongol lands, where he met a Khan whose empire would fracture after his reign. After returning, he would later enter Mongol lands again and even took part in royal matters. Other area he visited included Byzantium, Samarkand in Central Asia, the Far East, the sea routes of the Indian Ocean, and a city orignally a camp for Kel Tamasheq nomads. Name this traveler.
4. A manuscript illustrated by Sicilian monks, which now rests in Spain, tells the story of a particular emperor who distrusted his son, who might have been illegitimate. During a hunting trip, the emperor discovered that his son hid a knife in his boot. Threatened, he had his son jailed. However, his son's supporters pleaded and brought in a parrot during a banquet, which in sad tone uttered the name of the emperor's son. Finally, the emperor forgave his son and named him his successor. Name this emperor, who was also known for a written work that has the same name as a type of building.
5. He was once one of the most powerful men of his time. However, he was put on trial before a court, presided over by his successor, and pleaded guilty to all charges. As punishment he was stripped of all his titles and after his death his body was thrown into the river. Who was he and was unusual about his trial?
6. He was born the son of a humble craftsman in Holland. His profession took him all over Europe and in the country, in which he died, a title was bestowed on him, that wouldn’t be given to another foreigner for many a year. He is not well known under his birth name. and even more famous is an old school friend of his. Who is he and what’s his friend’s name?
7. Who invented the Turtle Ship?
8. 'Chinese' who lead an army into the Sahara.
9. What ethnic group founded the Jin (Gold) dynasty of China?
10. Who and when carried first bombing raid on Berlin in WW2.
11. This was the great capital of a great European empire. The city was named after the beloved wife of its ruler. What is the name of this city?
12. What do the following people have in common : Edward the Black Prince of Wales; Henry Plantagenet, then Earl of Derby; Thomas Beaucamp, Earl of Warwick; Sir John de Grailly, Vicomte de Benanges et Castillon; Ralph. 1st Earl of Stafford; Roger (Mortimer), 3rd Earl of March?
13. This "War" was fought in the 19th century and its global influence lasts until this day. On one side was a great innovator who aggressively promoted his ideas in his country, resulting in the death of several animals and a particularly "awful" execution. Despite his prestige at the time, he ultimately lost to another brilliant innovator born on the borderland of Austria-Hungary
14. As a Prince, he struggled to hold his inherited homelands. As an outcast, he rallied his men and returned to power in foreign lands. As a poet, he composed his autobiography to remind future generations of his hardships and victories. As a man, he was one of the greatest of his time. Who was he?
Question Authors: (user who contributed the question) 1. Not Available; 2. Imperator Invictus; 3. Imperator Invictus; 4. Imperator Invictus; 5. Komnenos; 6. Komnenos; 7. Gubuk Janggoon; 8. Paul; 9. Gubuk Janggoon; 10. Mosquito; 11. cavalry4ever; 12. Dawn; 13. Imperator Invictus; 14. Imperator Invictus;

Total Quiz XI Part 2

1. What is the name of the trade route that once ran between China and the Roman Empire?
2. The Treaty of Andrusovo ended what war and when it was signed?
3. Who Founded the Shilla Dynasty?
4. I commanded the Tang troops at the Battle of Talas in 751 A.D. Although I served under the Tang Empire, I am Korean in origin. I was beheaded at the start of the Anlushan Rebellion. Who am I?
5. I founded the great Swedish fortress in a province of Finland in 1747. The fortress became my life work. I died in 1772 at the age of 62. Who am I and what are the names of the fortress?
6. This question has three parts: I was one of the major figures of a major revolution in a country south of the United States. I did not survive past 1960. Bad weather was attributed to my death, but there have been speculations that my death was ordered by another major figure of the same revolution. 1. What is the country that I refer to? 2. Who is the other major figure who many speculate may have ordered my death 3. Who am I?
7. Over the 20th century, quite a few of countries have called themselves 'People's Republic' (For example: Yemen, Belarus and Algeria). But which 'People's Republic' has been the longest-living one so far? Give the country, plus the years in which the people's republic was proclaimed, and (if applicable) discontinued.
8. At one point, it became somewhat common for Roman emperors to call themselves "unconquerable." One Emperor, however, was so great that he was not merely unconquerable. One of his feats is that he had his title "Imperator" proclaimed and renewed more times than any other Roman emperor had in history. Who is this Emperor and how did he modify his title, after a victory that convinced him that "unconquerable" was not enough?
9. This person was born in midst of the 15th century. She married the Prince of a neighbouring kingdom. She was the brother of the ruling king and with difficulties gained the throne. She fought against nobles, neighbours and furious clerics but most of the time had the support from the lower classes. She created the basis for an united kingdom. She had the respect of one pope who ruled at the most of the ruling time of the person. Most of her children died from small ages. She died a few years after Columbus' fourth voyage. Who was she?
10. He rose from a humble beginning to become a prophet and a king. For a short time, he ruled a new Jerusalem, establishing a new Zion.
11. I am the only Chinese emperor who, although belonging to the same dynasty, did not share the same surname as my predecessor. I was adopted as successor by the previous emperor and the name of the dynasty stayed the same after I ascended the throne. Who am I?
12. According to legend, what Englishwoman learned in the sciences who lectured in Saxony, Rome, France and Greece was elected to the most unlikely job in the world for a women to do."
13. "Amun", "Ra", "Ptah" and "Seth" are names of Egyptian Gods. One time, Amun, Ra, Ptah and Seth got into an interesting situation. Ra was badly attacked and fled, but the Ptah and Seth were able to save the day. What event in history is this referring to?
14. What links the following together: Marcus Licinius Crassus (1st Century BC), Charles Ewart (19th Century), Hermann Goering (1940), Helmut Rosenbaum (1942)and why?
15. Father and Son: It was a bad day in the office for the whole family: The father died, the son was so badly injured that he only could run the family business for another few weeks, before his brother-in-law had to take over. This brother-in-law, who although was the first to bear an impressive title, lost it all as well after a couple of years. Who were the three (name the Father, his Son, and his Son-in-law), and what happened to the father after his death?
Question Authors: (user who contributed the question) 1. Imperator Invictus; 2. Rider; 3. Gubook; 4. Poirot; 5. Rider; 6. Poirot; 7. Yan; 8. Imperator Invictus; 9. Rider; 10. Hugoestr; 11. Poirot; 12. Paul; 13. Imperator Invictus; 14. Submitted by Dawn, from another source; 15. Komnenos;

Total Quiz XI Part 3

1. In 1492, who set sail from Spain to the "new world"?
2. What important revolutionary leader fought against Spanish colonial control in South America and was known as "The Liberator"?
3. What 12th century Muslim leader is known for his leadership against the crusaders and whose achievements include the recapture of Jerusalem and victory at Hattin?
4. The Charge of the Light Brigade: In which war and battle did the charge happen? Who was the commander of the Light Brigade? What was the units name that supported the Light Brigade (French unit)? Who is the author of the original poem, 'Charge of the Light Brigade'? (Answer all four parts to receive full points)
5. The capital of Korea has been approximately located at the same area since the Joseon dynasty. When Yi Seonggye went out searching for a capital, he first went to the Daejeon area. While there, a geomancer informed him that he could not make his capital there, as it would be the capital of the next dynasty. Taking this in mind, he arrived in what is now present day Seoul and made that his capital. The current capital of South Korea has gone through numerous name changes. In Baekje times it was called Wiryeseong, in Joseon it was called Hanseong, and in modern day South Korea, the city is referred to as Seoul. What old Shilla word is the word Seoul derived from and what does it mean?"
6. These two Japanese clans, often fierce rivals, spearheaded the Meiji Restoration
7. As a teenager he went to study at the University of Oxford. However, it was a trip to another city that prompted him to compose one of the most important writings on imperial history – a work that took him about 15 years to finish. Many such as Churchill praised his work. In All Empires Forum, however, his work has seen more criticism than praise. Who was he?
8. I came to court one day with a deer, and told my emperor that it was a horse. My emperor, fearing my power, had no choice but to agree with me. Who am I and who was my emperor.
9. I lived in a heavenly palace and had 500 wives though I forbade my subjects to have more than one. I made all property in my kingdom common so I could be called by some to be the first communist. My brother was a famous founder of christianity. Tens of Millions died in the war I started and eventually lost. The general that defeated me had a dish of food named after him that can be found on menus around the world today. Who was the general that defeated me?
10. Troublesome times in the family and country - A nomadic power had recently invaded nearby regions. Worse yet, after the death of their father, chaos took hold of the family. The one son who inherited the throne was killed by another son with the help of nomadic allies. However, after achieving the crown, he (the latter) turned against his allies and was captured and later killed in battle. Then, another brother of the two ascended the throne, but was blinded and deposed after only a few years. Eventually, the throne passed on to a son of one of the above. Name the "family" (dynasty) in which the events took place.
11. Father and Daughter. The two lived in a time of invasion, conquest, and uneasiness within the family. The father was described as a warrior of great courage in battle, who led his armies in some of the most dynamic times in history. The daughter wrote about the life and times of her father in a work distinguished for its time.
12. What ancient artifact, which bears the words of a child, was unearthed during a time of war between powers on a continent across the sea from where it was buried? Due to the outcome of the war, the artifact had to be surrendered to another power, although with great reluctance. Name this important artifact, whose name today has reached symbol status.
13. I am associated with the most powerful men of my time. I am probably the most famous ruler of my very old kingdom and my death brought the end of an era. My successor blackened my name so thoroughly that even hundreds of years later I am still misrepresented in literature and film works. I reigned for 21 years and had 4 children.
14. Though considered a barbarian, the blood of emperors ran through his veins. A great warrior, his reign was part of the golden age of his country. He also founded a city named after himself which was for a while to become the capital of an even greater country than his own. Who is he? (Hint: Part of his name refers to a warrior fighting with no one by his side. His crown, still preserved today, is the subject of legends and has been used to support a controversial idea. The fact that he was a descendant of emperors must be taken literally.)
15. This king was given his name due to a swarm of flying insects said to have surrounded him at his birth. He built a city named after himself which was modeled on Jerusalem. The city still stands today as a place of pilgrimage and has amazing architecture, unlike any other in the world. What is the name of the king?
16. This historical region takes it name from a river whose ancient name that resembles a type of animal. This region was one of the most highly contested in history and was part of many empires. According to work of a certain European poet, one of the rulers who ruled the region was a "Scythian." What is the name of this region?
17. This is a fierce clash between the blue and gray that lasted two days and decided the fate of two historical figures. This is a tale of two opposing figures. One was a "loser" on the winning side, and became a scapegoat for his superiors, blamed for incompetent command. The other was a "winner" on the losing side, and, despite being wounded, saved his side from being relentlessly pursued by the victorious enemy. Both figures went on to accomplish more things. The loser on the winning side became a famous writer, and the winner on the losing side became a leader of a famous organization. This is a multipart question: (1.) What was the name of the battle that involved these two figures (2.) Who was the loser on the winning side? What was his most famous piece of writing? (3.) Who was the winner on the losing side? What was the name of the famous organization that he led?"
Question Authors: (user who contributed the question) 1. Imperator Invictus; 2. Imperator Invictus; 3. Imperator Invictus; 4. Rider; 5. Gubook Janggoon); 6. Gubook Janggoon; 7. Imperator Invictus; 8. Poirot; 9. Poirot; 10. Imperator Invictus; 11. Imperator Invictus; 12. Imperator Invictus; 13. Dawn; 14. Decebal; 15. Decebal; 16. Imperator Invictus; 17. Poirot;

Total Quiz XI Part 4

0. Name the Roman dictator who was murdered by senators on the Ides of March.
0. What important military and political figure created a civil code for France and fought in battles such as Austerlitz and Waterloo?
0. Name the civilization whose magnificent capital rested at the center of a lake and whose agriculture included the use of Chinampas.
0. This organization took its name from a famous temple and has been featured in numerous books and legends about famous relics. It met its doom at the hands of a certain monarch with a famous nickname. The demise of the organization created another legend, about a certain day. 1. What was the organization, 2. Who was the monarch that brought an end to the organization? 3. What was the legend about a certain day that could have been originated from the demise of this organization?
0. She probably was born a Roman Catholic but deviated from the faith throughout the course of her life. In her later years, she returned to Roman Catholicism - and to the city over which she once reigned - to rebuild a church. For this she was made a Roman Catholic Saint, one whose feast day (October 25) many Muslims celebrate as well - but not those Muslims whom she fought against. Who is she?
0. What German priest, who led a failed uprising and ultimately ended up beheaded in the town where his rebellion began, became venerated by socialist writers centuries after his death?
0. This is a tale of two different military plans adopted by two warring nations. One plan emphasized "the fighting spirit," while the other stressed punctuation and minute execution. Once the two opposite plans were executed, two belligerent armies would travel in completely opposite directions. The plan stressing "the fighting spirit" proved to be a disaster, while the other plan was almost successful, until the outcome of a famous, bloody battle spelled its doom. 1. What was the plan stressing "the fighting spirit" and who was its originator? 2. What was the plan that almost succeeded, and who was its originator? 3. What was the battle that spelled the doom of the plan in #2?
0. What sea-faring people, whose expeditions include places like Britain and Iceland, had their most important base of operation at a place named for a trio of cities? The nickname of one particular leader of this group refers to the person's beard.
0. Times of war and peace are depicted in what object, an archaeological discovery whose discoverer imagined that it was used like a flag?
0. I am not known for my virtue. I may have been responsible for the sudden death of my first husband. Then, I planned the murder of my second husband with my new lover. One of my sons had a famous nickname, and, as a military man, was buried so that he could forever hear his soldiers training for battle. 1. Who am I 2. What was my son's famous nickname?
0. He started out as an adventurer in the service of a great conqueror. After the great conqueror retreated from a certain part of the world, the adventurer stayed behind since he was from that region anyway. He raised an army and carved up a large empire for himself, which would outlast the empire of the great conqueror. Once he achieved everything he wanted, he renounced worldly possessions, became a monk and eventually died as a result of his privations. Who was he?
0. What ancient city, once destroyed in war by a conqueror who cursed anyone who might rebuild it, later rose to become the capital of a powerful empire? The animal statues guarding its mighty gates still stand today.
0. Writer, poet, adventurer, and businessman: I was friend to a queen and executed by a king. I was reputed to be an atheist. I earned vast estates in a place where I helped subdue rebels. I spent some time in search of gold and wrote a history of the world. Who am I?
0. He was a foreign general fighting for a great empire. His last name indicates his place of origin (a great city), which sounded differently in the language of the empire. His first name means light in his native tongue. He rose up from humble origins, to become the great empire's most important military commander. He then rebelled against his imperial masters in a bloody war, and actually succeeded in proclaiming himself emperor, before losing it all and getting killed by his own son. After him, the great empire would never be the same. Who is he?
0. I am a man of legends, known as the father of a once glorious country. My name, which reminds one of a certain Disney movie, is partly derived from the name of a woman with unattractive looks. Who am I?
0. His life was full of journeys and adventures. In exile at an isolated region of the world, he broke free from his captors and escaped. On a captured warship, he sailed across the waters of East Asia. With a small army, he ventured to a distant place and became emperor. As a rebel he died while fighting for his land. Who was he?
0. I was considered a non-conformist in my country of birth. I was the only person from my birth country to be buried in a very special burial place, located at another country. I wrote a famous first hand account of a major event that took place in the country of my burial. After my death, my work was subsequently banned by a leader of the country where I was buried. 1. Who am I? 2. What is the name of my famous work? 3. Who was the leader (of the country where I was buried in) that banned my famous work? 4. Where was I buried (name the burial place)?
Question Authors: (user who contributed the question) 0. Imperator Invictus; 0. Imperator Invictus; 0. Invictus; 0. Poirot; 0. Mila; 0. Imperator Invictus; 0. Poirot; 0. Imperator Invictus; 0. Imperator Invictus; 0. Poirot; 0. Decebal; 0. Imperator Invictus; 0. Dawn; 0. Decebal; 0. Poirot; 0. Imperator Invictus; 0. Poirot;