Total Quiz XIII

Archived questions and answers to AE's history contest
Total Quiz XIII was held on October 26, 2007. Almost 40 participants took part, the largest amount of Total Quiz. The number of questions was extended to 20, which became the standard for subsequent quizzes.

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Quiz moderators: Imperator Invictus, Poirot
Winner: Decebal

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Total Quiz XII

1. Who is widely acknowledged as the founder of Islam?
2. What chief of the Ottawa led a rebellion against the British in North America in 1763?
3. Upon what existing city did Constantine build a new city in 330 A.D. which he called "New Rome"?
4. What ancient city, founded by a great conqueror, was known for a lighthouse and a library?
5. What King of the Mali Empire was known for incorporating Timbuktu into his empire and his famed pilgramage to Mecca?
6. What is the name of a famous literary piece, commonly accepted as the work of a noblewoman during the Heian Period in Japan, is also arguably claimed by many to be the first novel in the world?
7. What civilization overthrew Hammurabi's Dynasty?
8. As the important statesmen gathered in Versailles to end the Great War and reorganize the balance of power, an unknown young nationalist who worked in various odd jobs and spoke multiple languages tried to voice his disapproval, but to no avail. The likes of Woodrew Wilson, David Lloyd George, and Georges Clemenceau never knew that the young nationalist would one day rise up and become an important statesman himself. Embracing a leftist ideology and embraced as his nation's idol, he led an independence movement against one foreign power and a major conflict against another. Today, an important city is named after him and a national currency bears his picture. Who is he?
9. With the help of a military genius, my armies terriorized an entire continent, and were only stopped by the news of my uncle's death. Later, I set up my capital close to a 'sea.' Though questions about my father's bloodline and legitmacy circulated among my extended family, I was quite influential and helped one of my cousins ascend to power. After my death, one of my brothers eventually took my place and waged wars against another cousin of mine. Who am I?
10. Mother and daughter. Both mother and daughter shared the same name, and both married famous husbands whose ideals were radical for their times. The mother was herself a radical, was best known for a radical and influential piece of writing, and died soon after giving birth to the daughter. The daughter grew up and later produced a very well known piece of writing of her own. 1. Name the mother and her most influential piece of writing. 2. Name the daughter and her most famous piece of writing.
11. In the 15th century, I rose from a very religious upbringing to become leader of a powerful tribe whose name begins with the letter "Z." We conquered a major city with a name similar to the surrounding landscape. Other famous warriors have come from the country this city is now capital of, though not many have been honorable. Who am I?
12. I was extremely wealthy and well known for defeating a famous rebel. For a while, I essentially ruled a great power with two other powerful men, until one day I got ambitious and decided to attack a powerful empire. Needless to say, I suffered defeat in a decisive battle, as my heavy infantry proved no match for the enemy's cavalry tactics. As a result, both my son and I were killed. Some captive soldiers from my shattered army were exiled, by the enemy empire, to remote regions, where they were believed to have encountered forces from another powerful empire. Who am I?
13. Though of humble origins, her beauty elevated her to imperial ranks. Her husband died young and consequently, as mother of the youthful heir, she began to taste the nectar of power. Her thirst for power was so great that she eventually mercilessly deposed her discontent son and ruled alone. As a result of her actions, a new emperor was crowned in the west. After relishing in power for years, she was brought down to earth by a coup, and died in exile. Who was she?
14. I was a king of two countries. Before I became King, I participated in the killing of a lot of innocent people. Some time later, I was chosen as king of a great country. I literally escaped a few months after my coronation to claim the throne of another country. Who am I and of which two countries was I king?
15. A Tale of Two Generals. One general was famously featured in a painting, while the other, in a novel. The two commanders led two opposing armies in a decisive battle of a much bigger war that has more than one name. Both generals led brilliant military careers prior to the battle, but both suffered wounds from the battle and died as a result. The outcome of the battle eventually led to the end of one country's dominance over a certain region that was, at the time, very large in area but with very little population. Name the two generals.
16. The despot and the reformer. The despot had a famous nickname, ruled a certain region for decades, and was known for excessive cruelty against his enemies; his cruelties were even noted by a famous poet. Though nominally serving under the reformer, the despot ruled with virtual independence, thriving in an age of constant conflict between foreign powers, forming various alliances to advance his interests. Nevertheless, the reformer had the last laugh and orchestrated the despot's ultimate demise. Struggling in an era of change and conflict, the reformer tried to bring vitality back into his stagnant country, resulting in some notable accomplishments. Yet, despite his efforts, his country lost one important region to an independence movement, suffered major defeat at the hands of a foreign power, and was on the verge of losing another major region by his death. Name the despot and the reformer.
17. I lived in a dark century of conflicts and wars around Europe. I still managed to do many impressive things to ensure my security. A composer and artist died in the year in which I was born, both of whom have also made their name famous enough to be known amongst the wise and unknown amongst all others. During my time of rule, I had to fight and was soon defeated by my enemy. Then I surrendered to another of my enemies whom I had fought previously and whom my state had fought many times previously. The enemy was also an enemy of my enemy so I became one of the most loyal servants of my previous enemy. I later on became a great prince and served my former enemy loyally and my successors governed the same territories until my successors were defeated by our common enemy that I had fought before. Who am I?
18. Prince, assassin, and king. The prince sent the assassin to kill a rival king. The assassin was disguised as an ambassador, pretending to make an offering to the rival king, carrying the map of a region in the prince's realm and the head of someone whom the king wanted dead. The assassin almost succeeded in killing the rival king, but still ended up as sword fodder, partly because of a court doctor. The king went on to assume a very prestigious title. Name the prince, the assassin, the king, and the king's prestigious title.
19. This is a story of three brothers and a foreign conqueror: The first brother was the heir apparent of the realm for a long time, but at the time the father of the three died in an epidemic, the father had a change of heart and named the second brother as successor. However, the second brother soon died in the same epidemic that killed the father. Since there was no heir apparent, the first brother believed himself to be the ruler, but many people supported a third brother, which led to civil war. Initially, the third brother was captured by the first brother, but he escaped with the aid of a girl. Then, the third brother defeated the first brother, and seemed to be on his way to ruling the realm until an outside invader captured him. In the end, the first brother was killed by his own supporters and the outside invader conquered the realm. Give the names of the three brothers as well as the name of the leader of the outside invaders.
20. I am considered a legendary hero by many, and though of lowly birth, my heroic actions against a great empire and its powerful emperor are still recounted today. I was defeated and held captive by the powerful rival emperor, but managed to escape and then carve out a realm of my own. After my death, my son was captured, blinded, and executed by the rival emperor. After my grandson, power in my realm passed on to a certain group of influential men; then, many years afterwards, the territories I initially carved out were absorbed by forces from another great empire. Who am I?
Question Authors: (user who contributed the question) 1. poirot; 2. Imperator Invictus; 3. Imeprator Invictus; 4. poirot; 5. Imperator Invictus; 6. by poirot; 7. Imperator Invictus; 8. poirot; 9. poirot; 10. poirot; 11. Mila; 12. poirot; 13. poirot; 14. cavalry4ever; 15. poirot; 16. poirot; 17. Rider; 18. poirot; 19. Decebal; 20. poirot;

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