Multiple-Choice Quiz: Which Came First?
Which came first: the chicken or the egg? Fortunately, this fun quiz doesn't ask such esoteric questions. Instead, it checks out your knowledge of history by asking you to pick which came first among three selections. You’ll find the answers after the test, including a short explanation and relevant link. This makes the quiz suitable for parents and kids.
Don’t spoil the fun by looking for answers online or in books. This is a test of what you personally know. Put your scores, thoughts, and suggestions in the comment box.
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1. Dogs are humanity’s oldest pets, having been domesticated 16,000 years ago in Europe and then again 14,000 years ago in Asia. But a 32,000-year-old skull found in Belgium may have been the first dog. Cats were buried with their owners about 12,000 years ago. Hamsters were bred in the 1930s from an original litter at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. They reached the US as pets by 1938.
2. The USA was founded on July 4, 1776, which is celebrated as Independence Day. France was founded on July 14, 1789, since celebrated as Bastille Day. Germany originated as the unified German Empire on January 18, 1871. It was split into East and West Germany during the cold war and became the current Federal Republic of Germany on October 3, 1990, which is celebrated as Unity Day.
3. Cable TV came out as early as 1948 to bring over-the-air TV signals to remote communities in Pennsylvania, Arkansas, and Oregon. In 1954, Texas Instruments produced the first pocket transistor radio, the Regency TR-1. Depending on who you ask, the first personal computer was either the KENBAK-1, introduced in 1971, or the Altair 8800, for which the term was described, which came out in 1975.
4. Ratifying the Constitution allowed a state to join the United States. New Jersey did it first on December 18, 1787, followed by New York on July 25, 1788, and then Rhode Island on May 29, 1790.
6. Dinosaurs lived over a very long time span starting with Apatosaurus (aka Brontosaurus) around 150 million years ago during the late Jurassic. Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops lived around the same time around 67 million years ago during the Cretaceous.
7. Although these toys continue to fascinate kids today, they all originated over 50 years ago starting with LEGO in 1958, Barbie in 1959, and G.I. Joe in 1964.
8. Sausages have been around since Roman times. However, hot dogs were sold by German immigrants on pushcarts in the 1860s. Hamburgers showed up in the late 1800s although the origins are contested by many locations. They appeared to a wide public at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. The term “milkshake” appeared in print in 1885 to refer to a whiskey and egg concoction but came to mean an ice cream drink made with vanilla, strawberry, or chocolate syrup by the early 1900s.
10. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886. The Eiffel Tower was dedicated on March 31, 1889. Gustav Eiffel designed the internal structure of the grand lady as well as the Paris landmark. The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated on May 30, 1922.
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