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This city-state of Sumer is the city Abraham from the Bible and his family hailed from and left for Canaan.

Ur, Ur Kasdim, Ur of the Chaldeans

100

Who did Pocahontas, the princess of the Powhatan tribe who, in legends, saved Jamestown captain John Smith from death, marry?

John Rolfe

100

How long was the Hundred Year’s War?

116 years

100

What was the costliest hurricane in history?

Hurricane Katrina

100

Which Roman emperor brought about the Pax Romana, a period of peace, prosperity, and expansion for Rome?

Augustus

200

Which seafaring civilization first colonized Tunisia in ancient times?

Phoenicians

200

Who was the first president to declare war?

James Madison, declaring the War of 1812

200

What year following the eruption of a large volcano in Indonesia became known as the Year Without a Summer due to atmospheric ash?

1816

200

By what disaster was St. Pierre, the old capital of Martinique, destroyed?

Volcanic eruption

200

Which Roman emperor was rumored to have played the fiddle while Rome burned?

Nero

300

This group of people attacked many Mediterranean civilizations around the 12th century B.C. and contributed greatly to the collapse of societies such as Ugarit and the Hittites in the Late Bronze Age collapse.

Sea Peoples

300

Who was the shortest-serving United States president?

William Henry Harrison, died 31 days into his term after being elected in 1841

300

Who became the youngest person to win a Nobel Peace Prize at age 17 in 2014?

Malala Yousafzai

300

This flood event, combined with the ensuing famine, was the deadliest flood in history, killing anywhere between 400,000 people to 4,000,000 people.

1931 China floods

300

Which Roman emperor is rumored to have wanted to appoint his horse, Incitatus, consul?

Caligula

400

Which of the following is not an ancient Phoenician city?      
(a) Baal     (b) Berut     (c) Astarte  (d) Moloch

(b) Berut

400

In what year did the Liberty Bell last ring?

1846

400

According to legend, which king of Norway founded the city of Bergen in 1070?

Olaf III

400

Possibly the most famous fire in U.S. history was the Great Chicago Fire in 1881, but on the same night, an even deadlier fire, the deadliest wildfire in U.S. history, burned through Wisconsin. What was its name?

Peshtigo Fire

400

Under which Roman emperor was the Colosseum completed?

Vespasian

500

The Xia Dynasty is the (possibly mythical) first dynasty in traditional Chinese historiography. Who is considered the founder of the Xia Dynasty in ancient China?

Great Yu

500

What is the oldest European-founded city in the United States and who founded it?

St. Augustine, Florida, founded in 1565 by Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles of Spain

500

Which English lady rode allegedly through the streets of Coventry, Warwickshire nude to protest against the high taxes imposed by her husband on his tenants?

Lady Godiva

500

This was the first known pandemic in the Roman Empire, lasting from 165 to 180 AD and killing about 5-10 million people, about a quarter of the empire’s population. It marked the end of the Pax Romana and led to centuries of crises following the event.

Antonine Plague

500

Which successor to Marcus Aurelius believed himself to be Hercules and often roleplayed as the figure in gladiator fights against animals?

Commodus

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