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  1. True of false. Modern man's lifetime is nearer to the time of T-rex, than the T-rex was to the stegosaurus?
  2. Founded in 1209, which university is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world and the world's fourth-oldest surviving university?
  3. John Tyler, born in 1790 and the tenth president of the United States from 1841 to 1845, still has granchildren alive in 2020?
  4. How man days did it take Apollo 11, which placed the first humans on the moon, to get from Earth to the orbit around the moon?
  5. Which era in the United Kingdom was a period at the end of the Georgian era which lasted from 1811 to 1820?

  6. The Black Death killed 60 per cent of Europe’s entire population in which century?
  7. What was the highest-grossing film in the year the saw the last man executed in France by guillotine?
  8. Mr. Samuel J. Seymour was the mystery guest on a 1956 episode of the "I've Got a Secret" game show as the last living eyewitness to which event?
  9. How old was Sir Winston Churchill when Wild West gunfighter Wyatt Earp died:(a) 14, (b) 34, or (c) 54?
  10. In which century was Hadrian's Wall built?
  11. Who was born first: Anne Frank, Martin Luther King Junior, Queen Elizabth II or astronaut Neil Armstrong?
  12. Women in Switzerland gained the right to vote in which year: (a) 1951, (b) 1961, or (c) 1971?
  13. How long did it tale the Titanic to sink: (a) two hours and forty minutes, (b) six hours and forty minutes, or (c) nine hours and forty minutes?
  14. In which decade was the last time Manchester United got relegated?
  15. The last known widow Of an American Civil War Soldier died the same year as which president took office?
  16. When did Great Britian become an island, seperated from the rest of Europe: (a) 8,000 years ago, (b) 80,000 years ago, or (c) 800,000 years ago?
  17. What happened earliest: (a)the first Wetherspoons opened, (b) the first episode of The Simpsons, or (c) the last O-Levels?
  18. Which European country celebrates a national public holiday on 6 December each year to celebrate its independence in 1917?
  19. What happened first: (a) Michelangelo begins painting Sistine Chapel, (b) Magellan's expedition that first circumnavigates the globe, or (c) the Taj Mahal is completed?
  20. The first happened in 793 and the last in 1066, the first and last what?


  1. True
  2. Cambridge University
  3. True
  4. 3 days (75 hours and 56 minutes)
  5. Regency
  6. 14th Century
  7. Star Wars (1977)
  8. The assassination of President Abraham Lincoln (at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C.)
  9. (c) 54
  10. Second Century (begun in AD 122)

  11. Queen Elizabth II
  12. (c) 1971
  13. (a) two hours and forty minutes,
  14. 1970s (1974)
  15. Barack Obama
  16. (a) 8,000 years ago
  17. (a) the first Wetherspoons opened (in 1979) (Simpsons started in 1989, and 'O' Levels ended in 1986)
  18. Finland
  19. (a) Michelangelo begins painting Sistine Chapel (1509) (Michelangelo 1522, and Taj Mahal 1643)
  20. Viking raids in England

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