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Total Quiz XI
(Part 4)

TOTAL QUIZ HAS CONCLUDED. SCORES HAVE BEEN POSTED. THANK YOU FOR PLAYING!

Introduction: TQ is a history trivia contest. Anyone is free to participate and the contest is open to all forum members and guests.

Instructions: Go to the questions page enter your name and submit answers to the questions. You are allowed an unlimited number of submissions and you may use any source, reference or search engine to help you with your answering. Points are awarded for correct answers. The participant with the most points win. The scoreboard will be updated at 4-hour intervals when possible. Only use the answer sheet to submit answers, DO NOT post answers on the forum.


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Current Scores
Last check: 1 PM EST (No change from previous check)


NickNameQ1Q2Q3Q4Q5Q6Q7Q8Q9Q10Q11Q12Q13Q14Q15Q16Q17Total
Decebal11110101110.7010.7210 13.41
Dawn1111111111110.80000 12.8
Goban11110110100010200 10
BoudiccasWrath11110110010010000 8
dave dingleberry11110110010010000 8
fastspawn1111010.661000001000 7.66
Maju11110001000000001 6
Mixcoatl11110100001000000 6
Northman11110100000010000 6
Serge L11110100000000001 6
kotumeyil11110100000000000 5
Omar al Hashim1110000.660000010000 4.66
Digenis1110.330000010000000 4.33
Mila11100.27100000000000 4.27
Achilles11100000000010000 4
Behzad11100100000000000 4
Perseas11100100000000000 4
rider11110000000000000 4
ulrich von hutten11110000000000000 4
Kapikulu1110.660000000000000 3.66
bigl11100000000000000 3
Arpad11000000000000000 2
homers hand 10000000000000000 1
Bonus points for authored questions are included.


Answers to Round One Questions

Q1. Name the Roman dictator who was murdered by senators on the Ides of March. (By Invictus)
  • Julius Caesar
Q2. What important military and political figure created a civil code for France and fought in battles such as Austerlitz and Waterloo? (By Invictus)
  • Napoleon
Q3. Name the civilization whose magnificent capital rested at the center of a lake and whose agriculture included the use of Chinampas. (By Invictus)
  • Aztecs, also known as Mexcas. Their capital, Tenochititlan rested on the center of a large lake in modern-day mexico city. The Chinampas were floating islands used for agricultural production.
Q4. 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? (By Poirot)
  • The Knights Templar, also known as The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon. The monarch was Phillip IV or Phillip the Fair of France. Legend: Legend of Friday the 13th, because Phillip arrested hundreds of Knights Templar on Friday, October 13, 1307.
Q5. 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? (By Mila)
  • Katarina Velika (Queen Catherine the Great of Bosnia). "The memory of Queen Katarina, who was beatified after her death, is still alive in Central Bosnia, where Catholics traditionally mark October 25 with a mass in Bobovac 'at the altar of the homeland', and Muslims give their prayers for the Queen on the last Friday in August." (Wikipedia)
Q6. 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? (By Invictus)
  • Thomas Muentzer who led the peasants' rebellion in 1524. In more recent times, he was venerated by socialist writers who promoted Muentzer as an early socialist. Read more about Muentzer in this month's edition of the AE Magazine.
Q7. 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? (By Poirot)
  • 1. Plan XVII, formulated by Ferdinand Foch 2. The Schlieffen Plan, formulated by Alfred Graf von Schlieffen 3. The First Battle of the Marne. Other commanders involved in the plans were also accepted.
Q8. 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. (By Invictus)
  • Barbary Coast Pirates, who operated in Tripoli ("three cities") in modern-day libya. The Barbary corsairs were a significant pirate group who ventured into many different lands, including Britain and Iceland. One of their leader was nicknamed "Barbarossa" (red beard) by western sources. The key part in this question is about Tripoli. The rest of the question was only there into fooling the reader to give "Vikings" as the answer!
Q9. Times of war and peace are depicted in what object, an archaeological discovery whose discoverer imagined that it was used like a flag? (By Invictus)
  • The Standard of Ur. The Standard of Ur is a wooden box from ancient Sumeria that depicts military events on one side, and a banquet on another. The use of this artifact is unknown, but when discovered, the discoverer imagined that it was used like a battle standard; that is, attached to a pole like a flag.
Q10. 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? (By Poirot)
  • 1. I am Empress Theophano of Byzantium 2. The Bulgar Slayer (i.e. Basil the Bulgar Slayer) A striking beauty, Byzantine Empress Theophano/Theophania was the wife of Emperor Romanus II, of the Macedonian Dynasty. When Romanus II suddenly died at the a young age, it was suspected that Theophano was responsible for it. Then, while serving as regent for her two young sons, Theophano married General Nicephorus Phocas to secure her position within the empire. As soon as she married Nicephorus Phocas, she conspired to kill her new husband with a new lover, John Tzimisces. Theophano/Theophania's son Basil (958 – , 1025) , who became Basil II after the death of John Tzimisces, was known as Basil the Bulgar Slayer, as a result of reportedly blinding 99 out of 100 prisoners from a campaign against the Bulgarians. A military man, Basil II recaptured many of the lands lost after Emperor Heraclius, but the empire was unable to retain them after Basil's death. Unlike previous emperors, Basil II prefered to be buried next to the cavalry training field, where he could forever hear his troops training for battle. His tomb was ravaged by crusaders from during the Fourth Crusade. During the 20th century in Greece, interest for Basil II resulted in Basil becoming the subject of a number of biographies as well as historical novels. Arguably the most popular of them is Basil Bulgaroktonus (1964) by historical fiction writer Kostas Kyriazis (1920 - ). Written as a sequel to his previous work Theophano (1963), focusing on Basil's mother, it examines Basil's life from his childhood till his death at an advanced age, through the eyes of three different narrators (all of them fictional).
Q11. 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? (By Decebal)
  • Chandragupta Maurya, founder of the Mauryan empire of India. The "Conqueror" in this question refers to Alexander the Great.
Q12. 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. (By Invictus)
  • Hattusa, capital of the Hittite Empire. At some point, the city was destroyed in the war. The conqueror of the city left Hattusa abonded, sowed it with weed, and left a curse that anyone who tried to rebuild it would be struck by lightning. However, when the Hittites came to rule the region, they chose Hattusa as their capital, which flourished as a great city. Its lion gates still stand today.
Q13. 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? (By Dawn)
  • Sir Walter Ralegh. His many exploits included the attempted colonization of Virginia, the suppression of rebels in Ireland,  searching for El Dorado, and writing a book on classical history while in prison.
Q14. 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? (By Decebal)
  • An Lushan, who fought as a general for the Tang Empire of China before instigating a massive rebellion in which he declared himself emperor and captured the Tang capital. However, in two years, he was murdered by his son in 757. The rebellion died out shortly later, but it marked the symbolic decline of the empire.
Q15. 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?
  • Sundiata Keita Sundiata Keita or Sunjata Keita (meaning the Lion King )(c. 1190 - c. 1255) is a semi-historical hero of the Mandinka people of West Africa and is celebrated in the Epic of Sundiata as the founder of the Mali Empire. Sundjata is also known by the name Sogolon Djata. The name Sogolon is taken from his mother, the buffalo woman (so called because of her ugliness), and Djata. In the rapidly spoken language of the Mandinka, the two names were merged to become Sondjata of Sundjata or Sundiata. The last name Keita is a clan name more than a surname. The story of Sundiata is primarily known through oral tradition, transmitted by generations of Malian griots. The famous Moroccan traveller Ibn Battuta visited the Mali Empire in the years 1352 and 1353, and his account is an important first-hand written description of this empire.
Q16. 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?
  • Moric Benosvky. (1746-86) He was born a Slovak noblemen. At one point, he went to Poland to fight with the Confederation of Bar against the Russians. He was then captured and exiled to Siberia. In his escape, captured a Russian battleship, on which he sailed down the Pacific. At Macao, he met French officials and obtained an army for an expedition to Madagascar. In Madagascar, he became a successful governor and was elected Emperor by the natives. However, many years later, he got on the bad side of the French, who sent an expedition against Benovsky. Benovsky led a rebellion of the natives, but was killed in battle in 1786.
Q17. 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)?
  • 1. John Reed (1887-1920), American journalist and communist activist 2. Ten Days That Shook the World, a first hand account of the Bolshevik Revolution 3. Joseph Stalin, who believed John Reed favored Leon Trotsky in his work 4. next to the Kremlin Wall in the Red Square, where John Reed rests as the only American buried along with Soviet dignitaries John Reed was a close friend of playwright Euguene O'Neill. Reed, O'Neill, and Reed's wife Louise Bryant were portrayed in the film Reds, where Louise was played by Woody Allen staple Diane Keaton.



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Scores updated!

Decebal, I was impressed at how you were able to see through my question so quickly (sea farring people...).

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Originally posted by Imperator Invictus

Scores updated!

Decebal, I was impressed at how you were able to see through my question so quickly (sea farring people...).

Thanks, but I don't know if I'll do so well on the other questions this time around. By the way, how did Dawn get 2 points for 1 question already? And could you double-check that there's no mistake with question #5?

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Congrats SergeL. Well done, I wasn't expecting someone to answer the last question so quickly   The turnout and performance is far better than I have expected.

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There is no mistake, as far as I can tell, for #5

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ok i did half of it, no time to do the rest.
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The 17th is actually rather easy...

But the rest! Poirot: now is when I hate you most!

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The scoring error mentioned by Decebal was already corrected!
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what happened to the link to the real score board?
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The "Real score board" should not actually be there, since we want to stick with the 4-hour interval rule.

But on the other hand, congrats on answering a lot of my questions. I guess this quiz is still too easy.


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well I like the real score board

and the quizz is not too easy and your questions are evil

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Originally posted by poirot

Congrats SergeL. Well done, I wasn't expecting someone to answer the last question so quickly   The turnout and performance is far better than I have expected.

It's just a coincidence, I recently read about that case. Please keep in mind I just answered the questions I knew from the top of my head without any research since, unfortunately, I am very busy at work and I have very little spare time.

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Originally posted by Imperator Invictus

The "Real score board" should not actually be there, since we want to stick with the 4-hour interval rule.

But on the other hand, congrats on answering a lot of my questions. I guess this quiz is still too easy.

No. it's not! And I don't have the time like other times, since I'm super busy at work.

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I wonder what the first post meant...

My first answer was as stupid as one answer can be... I didn't finish reading the question...

I took Carthaginians as the correct answer... ofcourse, Iceland was never breached by them...

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Did you know that if you put emperor and rebel into the same google search you get 1,000,000 resposes regarding starwars ... hense the answers to all the remaining questions must be Luke skywalker

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Damn, Decebal, you got my question #16, lol.

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Originally posted by Imperator Invictus

Damn, Decebal, you got my question #16, lol.

Yeah, that was  a good one! We should open up a topic on the guy once the quiz is finished.

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My bet is that 14 and 15 are going to the second round!   I was hoping 16 too, but decebal is too talented.
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A lot of people are having trouble with #8. A small hint is that the question is written in a way so that it is deliberately misleading. 
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scores updated, 10:30 EST, I am going to go and say it is 10:00 EST
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