History 28

From the quiz on 23/8/16.

  1. Which 18th-century Venetian adventurer is famous for his dissolute and womanizing lifestyle recounted in the definitive version of his autobiography, Histoire de ma vie? Casanova

  2. In 1992, Stella Rimmington became the first female Director General of which UK government agency? MI5

  3. Millard Fillmore, who was in office from 1850 to 1853, was the last US President from which political party? Whig

  4. The Circus Maximus was an ancient Roman stadium built between the Aventine and Palatine hills specifically for what form of entertainment? Chariot racing

  5. In 1925, a con man named Victor Lustig managed to sell which famous landmark for scrap metal despite not even being the owner? Eiffel Tower

  6. The largest ship lost during World War I was which of RMS Titanic‘s sister ships, which struck a mine and sank off the Greek island of Kea in 1916? HMHS Britannic

  7. In 2011, Muammar Gaddafi was killed shortly after he was discovered hiding in a culvert beneath which Libyan city? Sirte

  8. Who was Ian Brady’s female accomplice in the series of five child killings known as the Moors murders? Myra Hindley

  9. By what abbreviated Russian name was the Soviet Union’s All-Union Leninist Communist League of Youth more commonly known? Komsomol

  10. Which French philosopher and which French mathematician were the original co-editors of the Encyclopédie, the monumental French Enlightenment encyclopaedia whose first volume of 35 was published in 1751? (Denis) Diderot and (Jean le Rond) d’Alembert


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