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Isaac Asimov's Super Quiz!

Post by Tom Houlihan » Fri Aug 03, 2007 8:41 pm

Me mum-in-law pulled this out of today’s newspaper. No googling, take it clean and honest! I’m pleased to say that I scored 17!

ISAAC ASIMOV’S SUPER QUIZ
Take this Isaac Asimov’s Super Quiz to a Ph.D. Score 1 point for each correct answer on the Freshman Level, 2 points on the Graduate Level, and 3 points on the Ph.D. Level.

Subject: WARS AND BATTLES
(e.g., What 1800s fleet was called “The Invincible Fleet”? Answer: The Spanish Armada

FRESHMAN LEVEL
1. Name Napoleon’s last battle?
2. What was the first city in history subjected to nuclear war?
3. Which countries were involved in the Cod Wars? (this was the one I missed.)

GRADUATE LEVEL
4. What new weapon was used at the Battle of the Somme?
5. What general surrendered at Yorktown in 1781?
6. Name any of the three U.S. aircraft carriers in the Battle of Midway?

PH.D. LEVEL
7. The aim of this 1900 uprising was to rid China of foreign influence?
8. What famous battle took place on Oct. 14, 1066?
9. What war started on the Jewish Day of Atonement in 1973?

ANSWERS:
Well, they go here, but I’m not gonna post ‘em just yet!

SCORING:
18 points – congratulations, Doctor!
15-17 points – honors graduate
10-14 points – you’re plenty smart, but no grind
4-9 points – you really should hit the books harder
1-3 points – enroll in remedial courses immediately
0 points – who reads the questions to you?
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Post by Commissar D, the Evil » Fri Aug 03, 2007 9:49 pm

Uh,, lets's see:

1, Napoleaon's last battle: Waterloo
2, Hirsoshima
3. The Soviet Union aganst Nato.
4. Poison Gas
5. Cornwallis
6. Lexington
7. The Boxer rebellion to end German, Japanese and American influence.
8. Battle of Hastings.
9,. The 1973 War against Syria and Egypt, a tactical win for Israel but a Strategic draw with Egypt.

No offense, but f**k Isaac Azimov, he's dead and we're alive, right?

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Post by Commissar D, the Evil » Fri Aug 03, 2007 9:51 pm

By the way, name two carriers in the WWII Pacific battles that were torpedoed by the same Japanese Destroyer....?

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Post by Tom Houlihan » Fri Aug 03, 2007 9:55 pm

10 points, David!
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Post by Commissar D, the Evil » Fri Aug 03, 2007 10:00 pm

well Tom, the Somme question was a trick question, since most of the caualties were inflicted by machine-gun and artillery. Nothing new here since the Russo-Japanese war of 1905. Oh well, I was still wrong...

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Post by Commissar D, the Evil » Fri Aug 03, 2007 10:05 pm

By the way, exceptionally good quiz , Tom.

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Post by phylo_roadking » Sat Aug 04, 2007 6:39 am

LOL and once again good ol' Internet speed reading catches you out on who "fought the COD Wars...." :D
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Post by Rosselsprung » Sat Aug 04, 2007 7:41 am

Off the top of my head, wasn't poison gas used at one of the Battles of the Ypres? It wasn't a "new" weapon by the time of the Somme.

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Post by Paulus II » Sat Aug 04, 2007 10:13 am

So here goes my try, took me less than a minute 8) , really do wonder about the exact result though!

1. Waterloo
2. Hiroshima
3. England and Iceland

4. Gas
5. Wahington (not a clue really, wild guess this one)
6. Yorktown

7. Boxer Rebellion
8. Hastings
9. Yom Kipur War

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Post by Rolf Steiner » Sat Aug 04, 2007 1:57 pm

ahh yes I remember the dark days of the Cod War. Thank heaven Captain Birdseye pulled us through.
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Post by phylo_roadking » Sat Aug 04, 2007 2:01 pm

the dark days of the Cod War
....aye, remember the price a fish supper spiralled up to!!!
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Post by Paulus II » Sat Aug 04, 2007 2:15 pm

Just noticed the Wars. Did some Googling on it and there were actually 3 :shock: Cod Wars. Now that was new to me!
Will never forget the British frigates ramming Icelandic fishing boats. Unbelievable footage. 8)

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Post by phylo_roadking » Sat Aug 04, 2007 2:19 pm

Other way round - Icelandic fishery protection ships ramming british frigates! That was the first sign that there was something wrong with RN ship designs...they crumpled...
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Post by Paulus II » Sat Aug 04, 2007 2:41 pm

Don't think the Icelanders (?) will agree to that, they claim an Icelandic ship (coastal protection, granted) was rammed by Star Aquarius (twice) and HMS Andromeda. The English have another version of those rammings.
HMS Falmouth did some ramming for sure. Although that was against one of the four Icelandic patrol boats too. Even the British account I read says that.

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Post by phylo_roadking » Sat Aug 04, 2007 2:52 pm

The RN Frigates job was to put themselves between the Icelandic patrol boats and the trawlers...and on many occasions this meant putting themselves on converging courses or else the trawlers would have been hit anyway - by the RN!!! The Icelanders did everything they could - given the fact that they were unarmed - to damage RN ships, including using anchors as grappling hooks and pulling plates loose! But by their rules of "non"-engagement, the RN was unable to take any steps to protect themselves if it meant proactively damaging Icelandic vessels. Unfortunately for the RN, Icelandic patrol boats are hardened against ice, and they "responded better" to ramming than the RN frigates did! The RN revised this problem of hull strength in their next designs, building for far better bracing in aluminium, so more strength for the same same all-up displaced tonnage....and got vessels that later burned but didn't sink...
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