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The racial segregation system used by South Africa from 1948-1993
Japanese code of the samurai
Well-known site from the Mayan Civilization
Author of the Divine Comedy
This papal power was used by Rome and Constantinople resulting in the Great Schism
System of Government in medieval Europe
Legendary knot that Alexander the Great cut
Chinese Dynasty during which trade along the Silk Road flourished
Imaginary line that divided Europe during the Cold War
Greatest Byzantine emperor
Capital of the Russian Empire before Moscow
Leader of the Bolshevik Revolution
Well-known site from the Incan Civilization
Man who built the Hanging Gardens of Babylon
Lord Protector of England, Scotland, and Ireland
Leader of Athens during the Peloponnesian War
The Seven Years' War battle where Montcalm and Wolfe died
Leader of the 'Reign of Terror' during the French Revolution
Leader of the Muslims during the 'King's Crusade'
First female Prime Minister of the U.K.
Organization that replaced the League of Nations
Old Hindu scriptures
Where Napoleon was defeated for the last time
The cause of tensions between France and the U.S. leading to the Quasi War
Mongol Dynasty in China
Last major battle of the 2nd Punic War
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Feb 4th, 2011 at 22:31 GMT
The Battle of Quebec is more commonly known as The Battle of the Plains of Abraham.
Feb 5th, 2011 at 16:31 GMT
Please accept alternate spellings for Nebuchadnezzar.
Mar 24th, 2011 at 04:12 GMT
Aagh! Of course it turns out 'Chapultepec Park' is an Aztec site!
Mar 24th, 2011 at 07:30 GMT
The clue for 'E' is a little confusing. Now knowing the answer it's clear what you're asking for but there may be a better way to word it. Great job though!
Mar 24th, 2011 at 13:32 GMT
In some cases the letter refers to an individual's last initial (L, R, T), in others their first initial (D, O). Should probably choose one or the other and go with it. Agree with Riko, wgert, and RedLIon above.
Mar 26th, 2011 at 19:12 GMT
@ wgert It may be correct that the battle is more commonly known as the Battle of the Plains of Abraham but it is also known as the Battle of Quebec. Also, the clue states that the battle name starts with a "Q" so I don't feel it is ridiculous. @ RedLIon If there are alternate spellings of Nebuchadnezzar I don't know of them, but this, in my opinion, shouldn't be a spelling test so I added some mispellings of his name. If you think of others that are reasonable I will add them. @ Riko I rewrote the "E" clue - hopefully it makes more sense now. @ Isstvan I now added a line to the instructions of the game that both last and first names are used. I think it is reasonable to use both with this warning. Thanks to everyone for the comments.
Apr 5th, 2011 at 00:44 GMT
I have always thought that the Quasi War was the result of xenophobia.
May 17th, 2011 at 15:48 GMT
Consistency please... Maximillien Robespierre for R and Oliver Cormwell for O... Concistency please.
Game published: Aug 15th, 2011 at 17:03 GMT
Aug 15th, 2011 at 17:13 GMT
It took me 4 tries to correctly spell Machu Pichu...wait, no, Macchu Pichu...that's not it...Macchu Picchu...aw, come on!...Machu Picchu lol yes!
Aug 15th, 2011 at 17:26 GMT
Coba should be accepted for the Mayan site.
Aug 15th, 2011 at 17:27 GMT
I agree with the Machu Picchu comment and the excommunication comment. I was also surprised you went with a first name for 'O'. What about Oslo Accords, Octavian, Ovid, Odysseus/Odyssey, etc.?
Aug 15th, 2011 at 17:30 GMT
The "C" clue needs to be more specific. "Cozumel", for example, also qualifies.
Aug 15th, 2011 at 17:33 GMT
The Russian Empire lasted from 1721 (when Peter the Great proclaimed himself emperor rather than tsar in an effort to westernize Russia) until 1917 (the Russian Revolution of 1917). During this time period, the capital started at St. Petersburg, moved to Moscow in 1728, then back to St. Petersburg in 1930 (then renamed Petrograd in 1914 to avoid having a German-sounding name). Kiev was
the capital of the Russian Empire. One "empire" (more accurately a "polity") from before the Russian Empire was the Kievan Rus, the only "Russian" region which held Kiev as a capital, but that is definitely not the Russian Empire. The question should either be made clearer or changed. Either that or I'm missing out on some information, although I do know for sure that Kiev was
the capital of the Russian Empire.
Aug 15th, 2011 at 17:33 GMT
At least accept "Cromwell"
Aug 15th, 2011 at 17:37 GMT
It took me two minutes just to get Nebed...whatever spelled correctly
Aug 15th, 2011 at 17:55 GMT
The Q question threw me for a bit because the Seven Years War was known as The French & Indian War in the United States (at least back when I was in school too many years ago to contemplate!)...but I remembered in time and got it!
Aug 15th, 2011 at 18:00 GMT
Starting to get a little tired of Sporcle accepting part of an answer. I was still typing the "ism" portion of Feudalism and then started typing "gordian" and wound up with ismgordian before I realized anything.
Aug 15th, 2011 at 18:05 GMT
This is more of a spelling quiz. I knew 3 of them but couldn't spell them, which is a little unfair as their original spellings weren't even in English. I know: whaaaah.
Aug 15th, 2011 at 18:08 GMT
very difficult. Nice
Aug 15th, 2011 at 18:16 GMT
Excommunication really wasn't what caused to the Great Schism, it was just the formalization of it.
Aug 15th, 2011 at 18:18 GMT
Nebuchadnezzar is harder to spell than Kyrgyzstan. Ick.
Aug 15th, 2011 at 18:20 GMT
Challenging! A lot of hard to spell ones there, but isn't a little inconsistent that the answer for T is Margaret Thatcher and the answer for O is Oliver Cromwell?
Aug 15th, 2011 at 18:21 GMT
Furthering a comment above, it really irks me when some answers rely on a first initial and some on a last, with few exceptions (Dante, Leonardo, Napolean, e.g.). I'm okay with either, I just don't care for a mix as is shown with the L, O and T answers.
Aug 15th, 2011 at 18:48 GMT
Several of these are far too generic.
Aug 15th, 2011 at 18:54 GMT
@Smunch: well, at least we hadn't to spell it in the original Cuneiform script. (Fortunately Verdi decided to name his opera simply Nabucco. If he had chosen the full name Nebuchadnezzar, probably it had attracted much less audience).
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Aug 15th, 2011 at 19:07 GMT
Some of these clues are wicked obscure. Why not use more famous examples than the Gordian Knot and Yuan dynasty?
Aug 15th, 2011 at 19:26 GMT
Minor point: I think "Chichen Itza" is the main (i.e. "normal") spelling. Since it is accepted, it's really a minor point. About Nebuchadnezzar: I haven't tried them all but some alternatives I know of: "Nebukadne(z/s/ts)ar" throughout the Germanic languages, also "Nabu(h/g/ch)odnetsar" in the Slavic languages. It's not English, so it needn't be included (and is too much probably), but since you may gather most of your information about him from Museums from outside the English speaking world, it may be included.
Aug 15th, 2011 at 19:31 GMT
@M_C_HAMEL: First, I think a good mix of obscure and easy does make a quiz like this enjoyable. Just a typing challenge for easy ones ain't the same level of fun, neither would some all-obscure quiz be good, which can only be solved by a history professor with all his reference works handy and a week of time. So some obscurity ain's bad as such. Second: The "Gordian Knot" is really something one could, maybe even should have heard about IMO. Quite a famous episode. Same goes for the major Chinese dynasties. I don't mean that you should necessarily have them at the ready at all times, but a little "oh, ah, yeah" after seeing the solution in these cases should be okay. I second the comments about O for Oliver, though (consistence), as well as about Kiev (though St.Petersburg 1940 Russian Empire is a mixup above), and apart from what I said earlier, maybe two Chinese dynasties is stretching it.
Aug 15th, 2011 at 19:37 GMT
I would have done so much better had I known how to spell most of these... I don't like how it only accepts one spelling when most of these words arn't even English...
Aug 15th, 2011 at 19:45 GMT
For clarity's sake, you might change the J answer to Justinian I, as there were several Byzantine emperors named Justinian. But overall, great quiz.
Aug 15th, 2011 at 20:55 GMT
Yeah, spelling is too rigid, and it's awkward how you switch from first to last names as far as what begins with the letter.
Aug 15th, 2011 at 21:19 GMT
I swear that Babylonian king did not spell his name with an H. I just had a seance with him as guest of honor, and he crossed his heart/hoped to die.... No H. Really. Please?
Aug 15th, 2011 at 21:40 GMT
Along with Coba and Cozumel, you might also want to consider accepting Copan for the C clue.
Aug 15th, 2011 at 21:59 GMT
Nebuchadnezzar is sometimes spelled Nebuchadrezzar; for instance on the Encyclopaedia Britannica website, as well as some translations of the Bible.
Aug 15th, 2011 at 22:28 GMT
Lost several points on spelling... but good quiz nevertheless.
Aug 15th, 2011 at 22:31 GMT
@Bobman1: actually, Nebuchadnezzar didn't spell his name neither with nor without an H. The Cuneiform script used at the time was a writing system resembling more Chinese characters than alphabetic letters. (Neither was Machu Picchu spelled this nor any other way. In time of the Incas, Quechua was only an oral language. It was written only after the Spanish conquest).
Aug 15th, 2011 at 22:54 GMT
For one wild moment, I went with the emperor Joe.
Aug 15th, 2011 at 23:11 GMT
Kiev wasn't the capital before Moscow. It was Moscow, then St Petersburg, then Moscow. At least get the facts right. This should never have been published.
Aug 15th, 2011 at 23:40 GMT
I knew the answers for 15 of them but I only knew how to spell 9. :(
Aug 15th, 2011 at 23:41 GMT
@dancastro: I think the quiz should've allowed for a lot of alternate spellings since many of the answers have been spelled more than one way in English.
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