Set by Mel Kinsey
1/ Which king constructed a series of twelve stone monuments
down the east
of England, marking the nightly resting places of he
body on its
way back to London?
2 /Which President of the United States was nicknamed
'Old Tippecanoe', for leading military forces against the American
Indians at the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811?
3.The Battle of the Catalaunian Plains (or Chalons) in 451 AD saw a
combined Roman and Visigothic force defeat the army of which
4/ The turbulent period in Chinese history known as the
'Three Kingdoms' followed the collapse of which dynasty in AD 220?
5/ Which English king defeated the Great Heathen Army led by
Guthrum (King of the Danish Vikings) at the Battle of Edington
in 878 AD?
6/ A political scandal that broke during Ronald Reagan's presidency,
the Iran-ontra Affair saw the administration secretly selling arms to
Iran in order to fund the Contra rebels in which Central American
7/On 3rd February 1960, the British Prime Minister Harold
MacMillan made his famous `Wind of Change' speech in which city? It includes the quote, 'The winds of change is blowing through
this continent. Whether we like it or not, this growth of national
consciousness is a political fact.'
Described by Hitler as the 'man with the iron heart', which Nazi
leader rose to the rank of SS-Obergruppenfuhrer
(just below Himmler) and was one of the chief architects of the Final
Solution? He was assassinated in 1942 by British trained
Czechoslovak soldiers. In revenge, the Czech village of Lidice was
razed to the ground,
with all males above the age of 15 shot by the
9/ Venerated as the 'mother of modern China', Mdm. Song Qingling,
who died in 1981, was the wife of which historical figure
(who was 26 years her senior)? He would die of liver cancer in 1925,
only ten years after they married.
10. Which two word term, named after a castle in the Swedish
province of Smaland, is given to the political arrangement which
brought together the Scandinavian nations from 1397 to 1523?
Primarily an attempt to pre-empt German expansion into the Baltics
via the Hanseatic League, it was initially established under the rule
of Queen Margaret I of Denmark.
Taking place in 1127, the Humiliation of Jingkang refers to the
incident when forces of the Jurchen-led Jin dynasty sacked the
capital Bianjing and captured the
Emperor Qinzong (along with his
father, Emperor Huizong) of which Chinese dynasty?
12. Taken on February 23, 1945 by the Associated Press
photographer Joe Rosenthal, the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph
shows marines raising the US flag atop Mt. Surabichi during which
major battle of the war in the Pacific?
13/ From 1924 to 1991, Yekaterinburg - Russia's fourth largest city
- was renamed after which Bolshevik party leader who allegedly
ordered the massacre of Tsar Nicholas II and his family in July 1918?
He died in 1919, probably of the influenza epidemic after a political
visit to Oryol.
14. Thought to be a variant of an autoimmune non-scarring hair loss
that selectively affects pigmented hairs while sparing white hairs and
triggered by emotional stress such as extreme sorrow or fear, this
sudden whitening of one's hair is
known as .......Syndrome, whose
hair was witnessed to turn stark white after her ill-fated flight to
Signed on 31st May, 1902, the Treaty of Vereeniging brought an
end to which military conflict?
16/ Born around 638 BC, which Athenian statesman is noted for his
series of ultimately unsuccessful reform attempts, and whom
apparently advised the mega-rich king Croesus of Lydia that,
'Count no man happy until he be dead'?
/Dying of fever in the year 410 AD in Cosenza, which ruler’s
followers allegedly diverted the course of the Busento River
temporarily so that he could be buried under the riverbed?
18. Located on the Via Sacra in Rome, this monument was erected in
AD 82 by Domitian to commemorate the military victories of which
Emperor, his brother and predecessor? It is the inspiration for the
Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
19. Which American War of Independance figure is this? As the
leading general during the Battle of Saratoga, he accepted the
surrender of the British under John Burgoyne. Three years later
(1780), he would be at the receiving end of a humiliating defeat at
the Battle of Camden. His perceived role in the Conway Cabal,
which sought to discredit and replace Washington, further clouds
his historical standing.
20/ Born 181 AD, which chancellor of the state Shu Han during the
Three Kingdoms period is considered the greatest military strategist
of his era? Known by the nickname of Wolong (Crouching Dragon),
he engineered the victory at the Battle of Chibi (Flaming Cliffs), but
was ultimately unsuccessful in his quest to reunite China after failing
to defeat the Wei state despite launching five massive
21/ Which city in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy was
the capital of the Western Roman Empire from 402 until its collapse
in 476? It then served as
the capital of the Kingdom of the
Ostrogoths until it was reconquered in 540 by the Eastern Roman
22. Which two word rhyming term, translating as 'renovation', refers
to the economic reforms initiated in Vietnam in 1986 with the goal
of creating a 'socialist
oriented market economy'? It was strongly
advocated by Nguyen Van Linh, who became general secretary of the
Communist Party of Vietnam in that same year, and widely
considered Vietnam's version of Gorbachev.
23/ Portrayed by Ivan Kaye in the 2013 film 'Hammer of the Gods',
which Viking warrior led the Great Heathen Army that invaded the
Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of England from 865 onwards? His peculiar
epithet is said to derive from the possibility of him suffering from the
hereditary condition known as osteogenesis imperfecta.
24/ Which ancient Athenian orator, likened by Longinus to a blazing
thunder, devoted most of his productive life to opposing the
expansion of Macedon under Philip II and later Alexander the Great?
BC, he delivered his most brilliant speech 'On The Crown'
-attacking those who would have preferred peace with Macedon.
25/ Delivered at the 1896 Democratic National Convention in Chicago,
which senator from Nebraska made his famous 'Cross of Gold'
speech in which he decried the adoption of the gold standard?
The speech propelled him to become the candidate in the 1900
presidential election, in which he was defeated by William McKinley.