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  1. In 1904, the Japanese fleet made a surprise attack against which country's ships at Port Arthur?
  2. Which Victorian Scottish philosopher claimed that "History is nothing but the biography of the Great Man"?
  3. Which Chinese teacher and philosopher is traditionally credited with having authored all of the Five Chinese Classics?
  4. Until 1962, for over 100 years the French Foreign Legion's headquarters were in which country?
  5. Who in 1324 was buried in the church of San Lorenzo in Venice?
  6. How was Edward of Woodstock, the eldest son of Edward III, better known?
  7. What was the World War II codename for the operation of deception employed by the Allied states before the 1944 D-Day landings?
  8. Which English king reigned for 50 years, the second longest in medieval England, and was monarch during the ravages of the Black Death?
  9. Name the commander of the American Expeditionary Force on the Western Front in World War I?
  10. The meaning of the name Geronimo, is 'one who ....'?
  11. How is Yugoslav communist revolutionary and statesman Josip Broz better known?
  12. Which battle in the First War of Scottish Independence ruined William Wallace's military reputation and led to his resignation as Guardian of Scotland?
  13. Before his death in Newark in 1216, which king requested to be buried at Worcester cathedral?
  14. Which country withdrew from the Warsaw Pact in 1968?
  15. What was the name of Edward II's wife, sometimes described as the She-Wolf of France?
  16. Which Empire was founded in 1526 in the Indian subcontinent?
  17. The Grand Duchy of Finland was part of which empire between 1809 and 1917?
  18. The 1863 Battle of Gettysburg was fought in which American State?
  19. Which English painter and engineer constructed the first Eddystone lighthouse and died there during the Great Storm of 1703?
  20. The Battle of the Plains of Abraham (sometimes known as the Battle of Quebec) was a pivotal battle in which war?
  21. Where did Elizabeth I deliver the words 'I know that I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king'?
  22. What name was given to the series of trials started in August 1685 after the Battle of Sedgemoor, which ended the Monmouth Rebellion?


  1. Russia's
  2. Thomas Carlyle
  3. Confucius
  4. Algeria
  5. Marco Polo
  6. The Black Prince
  7. Operation Bodyguard
  8. Edward III
  9. John Pershing
  10. One who yawns
  11. Marshal Tito
  12. Battle of Falkirk
  13. King John
  14. Albania
  15. Isabella
  16. The Mughal Empire
  17. Russian Empire
  18. Pennsylvania
  19. Henry Winstanley
  20. The Seven Years' War (1756 to 1763)
  21. Tilbury
  22. The Bloody Assizes

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