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Historic Weapons From Around The World Quiz

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What is the name of the levers used by early Americans to hurl spears over long distances to hunt distant prey?
Atlatl
Khopesh
Tomtom
Quiver

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What is the term for the Medieval European polearms that had axe blades attached to them and were tipped with spikes?
War pick
Truncheon
Pikebill
Halberd

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The gladius was a style of symmetrical angular longsword that was favored by foot soldiers of what ancient empire?
The Persian Empire
The Umayyad Caliphate
The Mali Empire
The Roman Empire

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Polynesian clubs were often adorned with the teeth of what animals to give them a deadly edge?
Snakes
Sharks
Rats
Wolves

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What is the name for the Indian whip swords that allowed their wielders to manipulate waves of razor-sharp steel?
Urumi
Bisharp
Regnus
Tailtius

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What ancient weapons of the Middle East used centrifugal force to toss stones over long distances and were known for their use by shepherds to ward off wolves?
Stave
Point
Sling
Veloce

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What is the encompassing term for the European classification of weapons that consisted of a pole and a chain with a weighted and/or spiked bludgeon at its end?
Quarterstaffs
Flails
Cudgels
Lashes

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What countries Khanate forces conquered much of Eurasia using their signature shortbows on the backs of horses?
Mongolia
Russia
Japan
Iran

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What German word simply meaning "two-hander" refers to the massive greatswords used by German knights to cut armored opponents down to size?
Dreihander
Vierhander
Einhander
Zweihander

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What is the name of the curved machetes that have been commonly used by soldiers in Nepal during both the past and present?
Kukri
Stilettos
Boomerangs
Talwar

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What avian name is used to refer to French Medieval hammers that had thick spikes on the opposite sides of their heads?
A raven's foot
A flacon claw
A crow's beak
A rooster peck

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What is the unusual name for this equally unusual device that was deployed in naval warfare to flip enemy boats?
The Hand of God
Plato's Grasp
Bernoulli's Delight
The Claw of Archimedes

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What is the name of the tribal tube weapons that allowed a person to use their breath to project darts to strike distant targets?
Trinice
Punchers
Shuttles
Blowpipes

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What is the common name for the class of massive spears which European knights would use on horseback to pierce their opponents' armor?
Historic Weapons From Around The World Quiz
Lances
Javelins
Kurgens
Shotels

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The haladie are double-sided knives that were favored by the Rajput which were noble warriors of what nation's ancient past?
China
India
Egypt
Peru

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What French word meaning "mercy" is the name for the long thin blades that European knights would carry to finish off downed opponents?
Misericordes
Mercelles
Marceaus
Mignons

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What is the name for the Japanese polearms that had short sword blades at their tip and were famously used by the onna-musha noble warrior women?
Orochi
Katana
Naginata
Kunai

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What is the name for the European siege engine that used potential and kinetic energy to fling large projectiles over vast distances?
Gauntlets
Battering rams
Ballistae
Catapults

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Wei Boyang was the alchemist who invented gunpowder. What country was Wei Boyang from?
South Korea
China
Thailand
Bangladesh

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What is the common name for the Eastern Roman Empire's incendiary burst weapons that they used to burn down enemy naval vessels?
Egyptian fire
Mongolian fire
Ottoman fire
Greek fire

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Shillelaghs are wooden clubs that are culturally known for their use among the peasants of what land?
Mexico
Peru
France
Ireland

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What is the name of the Japanese shortswords that samurai carried for close quarters or for finishing off their wounded opponents?
Wakizashi
Kobani
Adachi
Kunai

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What is the name for the weapons used by South American tribal peoples that consisted of two weights connected by a rope that would be thrown to restrain an opponent?
Manjas
Sickles
Tightropes
Bolas

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What is the name of the massive shields which Spartan warriors used to bash their foes opening them up for a follow-up attack? (Hint: they are also called Aspis by some historical sources)
Bulwarks
Stalwarts
Aegis
Hoplons

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What is the name of the European siege weapons that resembled large crossbows and launched hefty bolts?
A piton
A caltrop
A truncheon
A ballista

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What is the name for the Indian push daggers that placed a blade in front of the knuckles of a wielder's clenched fist?
Gandals
Vajras
Olivans
Katars

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What Okinawan clubs had perpendicular bodies and handles to protect the wielder's forearms from bladed weapons?
Shisa
Nanda
Raijin
Tonfa

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The Zhuge Crossbow of Ancient China was a repeating weapon that took its name from what famous strategist of the Three Kingdoms Period?
Zhuge Liang
Ja-Zhuge Tran
Zha Huj Ia-Na
Zhuge Lo

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What is the name of the style of curved swords that were used by Ancient Egyptian nobles and their guards?
Talon
Longyuan
Saira
Khopesh

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In Medieval Europe, some infantry would drop large metal spikes to halt possible pursuers. What is the name for these types of spiked weapons?
Portcullis
Caltrops
Pikes
Savages

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