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History Brain Busters

Think you know history?  Now is your chance to prove it.

They include questions about famous people throughout history, such as Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln, Billy The Kid, and more.  They are all multiple choice, so we are helping you out a little.  See if you can get more right than 9, which is the average score people get (without cheating).

Instructions: Answer each question to the best of your ability. Once you select an answer, you will then find out if it correct or not. There will also be an explanation to help you learn more about history. An orange “Continue” button will appear and allow you to move to the next question.

Good Luck!

How many original colonies were there in the U.S.?
9
11
13
15

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Although the Statue of Liberty is one of the most recognized icons of the United States in the world, it was constructed in another country and was a gift to the United States. Who gifted the Statue of Liberty to the United States?
IHP Clue Link: Statue of Liberty Construction
Canada
France
United Kingdom
Germany

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Below is a picture of Abraham Lincoln during his second Inaugural Address. Who is the man that is also present in the photo that is circled in red?
IHP Clue Link: Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address
Vice President Hannibal Hamlin
Vice President Andrew Johnson
John Wilkes Booth
Robert Todd Lincoln

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Albert Einstein was offered the position of President of which country?
Israel
Canada
Italy
Turkey

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Which of the following figures was surprisingly a correspondent to the New York Daily Tribune?
Adolf Hitler
Karl Marx
Marlon Brando
Mahatma Gandhi

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Which of the following presidents served as a lifeguard in high school?
Jimmy Carter
George W. Bush
Gerald Ford
Ronald Reagan

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In 1912, a Paris orphanage raffled off what in order to raise money?
Stolen art
Headstones
Babies
Juvenile sharks

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A New Orleans man hired a pirate to bust what man out of prison?
Napoleon Bonaparte
Saddam Hussein
Nelson Mandela
Lee Harvey Oswald

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General Ulysses S. Grant had which of the following distinctions about him?
He owned three pet peacocks
He wet the bed throughout his entire life
He originally fought for the Confederacy
He was a slave owner

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Which King of England was actually a German?
James II
Edward I
George I
Henry VI

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Contrary to his legend, Daniel Boone’s cap was truly made of what material?
Muskrat pelt
Felt
Leather
Cotton

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At the beginning of World War I, how many pilots did the U.S. Air Force have?
0
18
11
3

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The very first bomb dropped by Allied bombers in Berlin had what result?
Killing the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo
Killing an American spy
Destroying the Berlin Park
Premature detonation

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Arabic Numerals (The numbers used in English) were invented in what country?
Great Brittain
France
India
Turkey

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The Anglo-Zanzibar War is the shortest on record, lasting how long?

3 hours
11 minutes
38 minutes
7 hours

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J.F.K, Anthony Burgess, and C.S. Lewis share what commonality?
All three were born on the same day
All three died on the same day
All three were members of the Freemasons
All three served in their country's Navy

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Billy the Kid was one of the most notorious outlaws in the Wild West. The legendary outlaw was known as "Billy the Kid", but that was not always the case. What was "Billy the Kid's" name given to him at birth?
IHP Clue Link: Billy The Kid
Pat Garrett
John Tunstall
William Bonney
Henry McCarty

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What country has the oldest Parliament that is still acting to this day? (Hint: It was founded in the year 930 A.D.)
Norway
United Kingdom
India
Iceland

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The Great Fire of London in 1666 destroyed an estimated 13,200 homes, which left 70,000 homeless out of the total population of 80,000 at the time. How many confirmed deaths were there in this great tragedy?
114
530
6
0

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Which Sultan of the Ottoman Empire ordered his 280 concubines drowned after finding out one of them had slept with another man?
Suleiman I
Mehmed II
Mustafa I
Ibrahim I

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It is estimated about how many people were put to death for being witches throughout the Middle Ages?
600,000
400,000
200,000
100,000

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa was never straight due to the fact that its foundation settled unevenly during the beginning of construction. The construction of the tower occurred in three stages over 199 years. When did construction of the Tower begin?
1004 A.D.
1173 A.D.
1472 A.D.
1641 A.D.

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Pablo Escobar, the "King of Cocaine", at one time was estimated to make $420 million per week and have a net worth north of $30 billion. In 1989, he was listed in Forbes as the seventh-richest man in the world. How many years in a row did Escobar appear on Forbes' list of international billionaires?
1
3
5
7

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Gertrude Ederle was the first woman to swim across what body of water?
The English Channel
The Hudson Bay
Lake Michigan
The Atlantic Ocean

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The Hindenburg disaster is one of the most recognizable images of all time. The airship was filled with what gas when it exploded?
Helium
Hydrogen
Oxygen
Methane

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Before the mid-19th century, dentures were commonly made of actual teeth. Where did the supply of these teeth to be made into dentures come from?
Human corpses
Dogs
Horses
Cows

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Pope Gregory IX caused what animal to be exterminated in droves because he associated them with devil worship?
Bats
Spiders
Cats
Owls

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In 1788 A.D., which country's army attacked itself on accident, killing over 10,000 soldiers in the process?
The Ottoman Empire
Greece
England
Austria

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In what ancient civilization was it common for rulers to be entombed along with still living servants and pets?
The Aztec Empire
Ancient Egypt
The Incan Empire
Macedonia

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How long was the longest war in history? (Hint: It was between the Isles of Sicily and The Netherlands)
214 years
511 years
97 years
355 years

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The Romans used what peculiar substance as mouthwash?
Blood
Sewage
Urine
Lard

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How many casualties resulted from the longest war in history?
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7
1
2

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While Andrew Jackson served as president of the United States he had a pet parrot, named Poll, that he kept at the White House. This Parrot was even present at Jackson's funeral, but then had to be taken out of the room for what reason?
It died
It was flying around the room
It was shouting profanity
It was crying

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The picture below is actually of a family portrait that was left on the moon by which United States astronaut?
Neil Armstrong
Charles Duke
Buzz Aldrin
Alan Shepard

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