Friday, 7 March 2008


Right, people, let's not get overexcited now. Yes I know we beat Real Madrid in the Bernabeu and knocked them out of Europe, but in the meantime... no wait. Let me just say that again. 4-2. *drifts*

er.... ok no seriously now, we need to remember that Napoli will be no pushover, having just beaten Inter, and we need to be focused and get back to work. Speaking personally I haven't actually stopped work at any stage, today I am translating some more banking terminology, revising some god-awful guff on Islamism and the Central Asian Republics, and marking mid-term exams.

Which brings me to the subject of my post. In a spirit of sharing you get to join in the exam fun! here is part I, the quizzy bit where we see if you've been paying attention in class. Admittedly, you're at a disadvantage here since you've not actually been attending my classes, but hey, let's see what you know. No googling, now.

Part I – General Knowledge – 36 marks in total

1. Give the date(s) of each of the following events:

  1. the Franco-Prussian War
  2. the Boer War
  3. the signing of the Entente Cordiale
  4. the Congress of Berlin
  5. the establishment of the Russian Duma
  6. the Young Turk Revolution

1 mark per answer

2. Which country or countries:

a. signed the Triple Alliance in 1882?

b. went to war in 1911-2 over Libya?

c. suffered a major constitutional crisis in 1911?

d. was defeated by Japan in 1904-5?

e. went to war in 1877-8?

f. was guaranteed neutral by international treaty until invaded in 1914?

1 mark per answer

3. Identify EIGHT out of the following individuals, writing one or two sentences to explain their importance:

  1. Giovanni Giolitti
  2. Franz Josef II
  3. Abdul Hamid II
  4. Otto von Bismarck
  5. Georges Boulanger
  6. Karl Marx
  7. Alfred Dreyfus
  8. William Gladstone
  9. Mustafa Kemel Atatürk
  10. Archduke Franz Ferdinand
  11. Theobald von Bethmann Hollweg
  12. David Lloyd George
  13. Sergei Witte
  14. Christabel Pankhurst
  15. Gavrilo Princep
  16. Wilhelm II

3 marks per answer

See if you can do better than my class, go on. Don't be shy.

[edit] you have a day or two to answer, then I will gratify your curiosity by giving you the answers and issuing you all with a grade.


TrentToffee said...

I was hoping for a multi-guess question. Typically, with answers as follows :-

a). Franz Ferdinand.
b). 10 mJ.
c). Yellowcake.
d). Ulan Bataar.

[sniff sniff] Sorry, but I'm a bit tearful today.

Henry Ford said...

I've never heard of this, but let's say 1861, around surf-time.
I am a constant Young Turk Revolution. Is this what you meant?

2. Can I say britain for 2c) because of the Parliament Act restricting House of Lords authorities, especially vetoes? It's really a very important peice of legislation and has permitted all sorts of subsequent legislative iniquities.
d. Uncle Joe, or rather, not Uncle Joe yet.
f. Herge, Adolphe Sax, Eddie Merckx, Poirot, the Mannekin Pis.

sp3ktor said...

hmmmm guess-a-go-go

1. a 1870-1875
b 1897-1899
c 1904
d haven't a clue
e 1905
f no, sorry
2. a. don't know
b. italy and france
c. don't know (again)
d. Russia
e. don't know
f. Belgium
3. Karl Marx - London based philosopher who wrote the communist manifesto
David Lloyd George - Last Liberal Prime Minister of Britain, PM during WWI
Franz Ferdinand - bloke who got shot in sarajevo leading to the start of the first world war
Wilhelm II - German Kaiser who led Germany into WWI
William Gladstone - late 19th centruy British PM

Anonymous said...

I want to hear more about your life, and less of football........I know this won't go down well with nearly all your readers(?) but I know the other side of you and I'd like it (this blog) to be........shall we say, a little bit more BALANCED.
I wonder if you SHOULD have one separate for football????
This came up before and I'm raising it again.
Philippa xxxxxx

Spangly Princess said...

To be honest it is a question of both time and interest.

I am working 9-10 hour days,most days, and 5 or 6 hours both days on the weekend. This doesn't leave me much time to blog, so I tend to talk about the football cos it seems like more of a priority.

It leaves me even less time to actually do anything else interesting enough to blog about. Like eat, see my friends, go out, shop, have fun.

On the other hand since I am unutterably penniless, it's not such a big problem, since I have no money with which to eat, see my friends, go out, shop or have fun.

I can blog about getting home at 10pm, falling into bed with a library book, talking to CB for 20 minutes on Skype & being asleep by 11 if that's of interest?

Garibaldy said...

Americans are truly morons.

Richard said...

I can't turn down a quiz, even if know absolutely sod all about the subject matter. Can I have both a (low) grade and a certificiate, please?

Part I - General Knowledge

1.a. 1860
b. 1880
c. 1945
d. 1930
e. 1940
f. 1920

2.a. Austria, Hungary, France
b. Italy, France
c. Wales
d. China
e. Britain
f. Belgium

3.b. bloke who had the Josef statue from The Third Man named after him

d. bloke who had a large boat named after him

f. dodgy bearded theorist who wanted to produce the means of ownership

h. Liberal PM, therefore must have lived a long time ago. Once saw his biographer die of a heart attack outside a college in north Oxford

i. founded Turkey. The country, not the animal

l. Welsh-speaking, Welsh PM. No doubt the best PM we've ever had

n. Pankhurst. Hmmm. Was she the first woman to fly to the moon?

p. Wilhelm II. A minor team in the Dutch Eredivisie

chris c paul said...

1a) 1870
b) 1899
c) 1904
d) dunno
e) a bit iffy. 1870 comes to mind...
f)dunno exactly- sometime before WW1.

2) Germany Italy and Austo-Hungary
ii) dunno
iii) UK (cons crisis)
iii) russia (war with Japan)
iv) dunno
v) "Gallant" Belgium.

Abdul Rashid was the last emperor or Sultan of the Ottoman empire. He igmnored things like democracy and stuff which was ultimaltey not very good.

Bismarck was a Prussian Prince. He unified germany thus sowing the seeds for ridiculous pride in the notion of Prussina militarism.

Karl Marx wrote Das Kapital, also other texts together eith Engels (although Marx was always the brains of the two). His ideas of historical materialsm seem(ed) a lot more plausible than other utopian ideas floating round at the time.

Gladstone was UK Liberal PM. He used to fuck whores and pretend he didn't and queen Victoria thought he was boring as he refused to duet chopsticks with her on the piano like Disraeli did.

AD Franz Ferdinanad was the Austain-Hungro Prince and hier to the throne. He got shot and this, some say, started WW1.

Lloyd George was a Welsh MP and later leader of the Liberal Party. Despite being one of the most succesful politicians in UK history he was the last Liberal PM.

Princep was a balkan separitist (serbian?) and in a suicide plot like fothe sort you'd expect in the Middle East today he shot Franz ferdinand and thus allegedly started WW1.

Willhelm 2 was another Prussian/German militarist leader and he liked to build big warships. Lots of people blame him for WW1 too.

FailedGenius said...

Ah...I can justify this as finals revision. I've got the delights of papers on WW1, the inter-war period and Edwardian Britain so if I don't get at least a mediocre mark for this I will be upset...

1 a. Not my period. (I love that historians get-out clause) Plus they were always have a bash at each other...

b. 1899-1902, tho it wasn't much of a war...

c. 1904.

d. Again, not my period. Sometime in the 1870s?

e. Ooo the Duma - which one though? Didn't have the Tsar have a puppet one and then there was an interim one? And they've re-invented it in the 1990s methinks...
Anyway, I'll plump for 1906.

f. Not the foggiest. I'm going to head for 1900 at a guess...

2 a. Germany, A-Hungary and Italy.

b. Oo the Italians and someone. Italy were gagging for an Empire...

c. Is it bad that I don't know? I disagree that it is Britain; it wasn't a crisis, just a cynical ploy by Lloyd George and his buddies to force through legislation.

d. Haha Russia. Gotta love them.

e. Stumped. I'm no good at dates.

f. Belgium. Never the most cunning then, or indeed now.

3. a. Giolitti was a brilliant Italian politician...but not brilliant enough to stay Prime Minister for longer than about 5 minutes at a time. How many bashes did he have?

d. Founder of German state...and German trends. Like organising stuff - primarily healthcare and armies.

f. Bearded bloke with a crack-pot theory who some other bearded (although neater) blokes read, re-interpreted, and went crazy with. The theory, not the beards.

i. Founder of modern Turkey. And thus has given his name to any airport, street or hotel you are ever likely to stay in in Turkey.

j. An Ostrich in the wrong place, wrong time with some very wrong clothes on.

l. The greatest spin doctor the world has ever seen. Also writer of one of the greatest works of fiction: his memoirs. Subtitled: How I Won The War.

n. The first female comedian. Or maybe I mis-interpreted 'The Great Scourge'...heh.

How did I do?

Spangly Princess said...

ah, FG, it's like that is it? would that be AG's Further Subject, followed by Political Pressures & Social POlicy 1899-1914 (ick) and then General XIII?

*reminisces* I only ever taught the first & last of those, wouldn't touch Edwardian Britain with a barge pole.

I shall put up answers & marks for these tomorrow, maybe.

chris c paul said...

"Is it bad that I don't know? I disagree that it is Britain; it wasn't a crisis, just a cynical ploy by Lloyd George and his buddies to force through legislation."

I'd like to take you to task over this. I'll play the part of Ramsey Mcdonald- you can be Bonar Law. THE UNELECTED LORDS WERE FRUSTRATING THE ELECTED CHAMBER. There. I'll stop shouting now.

The crisis was of course resolved with a very British and Liberal compromise- namely 'give the people what they want, a bit, sort of'. Which is the basis of how this island has been governed through crisis ever since the civil war.

Compromise was of course Lloyd George's answer to everything nearly. Reform the Lords- compromise. Give all women the vote- compromise. Home Rule for Ireland- compromise. Introduce a far reaching benefits programme- compromise.

I am unsure to this day whether to love Lloyd George or hate him for everything he started and everything he almost did. I would like to see him as a frustrated radical, but my instincts tell me he was a power hungry pragmatist who saw the benefit of offering little carrots to the poorer classes. Maybe to be a really memorable Britsh poltician, with our deficent stlye of democracy, you need to be both of these things and this is the riddle inside the enigma.

now- where I leave my AJP Taylor...?

Henry Ford said...

Chris C Paul - I think your instinct for democratic legitmacy is laudable but politically unpragmatic.

Most every democracy has a functionally non-democratic safeguard (viz, The Supreme Court, various presidents, France's Constitutional Court) composed of unelected elements. The fact is that no-one really trusts their elected members, and they're right not to do so. For further examples of Constitutionally enshrined distrust of elected bodies, see the clauses on constitutional revision in most written constitutions which, whilst not as rigid as the French Directory, still (mostly) require two-thirds approvals by successive terms of governments. Elected politicians need frustrating.

Lloyd George was a brilliant politician precisely because of his aptitude for compromise - after all, that what politics *is*.

chris c paul said...

Sure thing. I am secretly grateful for the Lords at times.

Modern France is of course built at least partly on the compromise between the conservative aspirations of the Free French in WW2 and the French socialists and communists so instrumental in the success of the resistance.

Interestingly though the 'safeguards' you speak of are not only used to frustrate the elected (a good thing) but also frustrate the electorate, like the Supreme Court ruling for Bush in THAT election or, more arguably, the Lords working against the introduction of social provision in 1911. As executive power has never resided with the electorate the more we pursue this discussion we veer from the historical to the political.

Now I really must go and take the shepheds pie out of the oven.

FailedGenius said...

Haha I appear to have provoked a full-on riot with my abuse of Lloyd-George. Ah well, I'm sure he can take it...

And yes, SP, I'll give you full marks for correctly identifying the three papers! How long ago did you teach them? Edwardian Britain was my last choice - I spent a term utterly baffled/amused by suffragette rants...although I did, much to my tutors amusement, crack up laughing on having to read out some of dear Christabel's ravings about gonorrhea.

Did manage to dodge the period with my thesis however - though the Warden was slightly baffled as to how I could write 12,000 words on the anti-hero in football...

Albert Herring said...

Part I – General Knowledge – 36 marks in total

1. Give the date(s) of each of the following events:

1. 1870
2. please specify which Boer War 3. um, 1904?
4. 1878 (OK, that's the Treaty of San Stefano really, but it was somewhere around there. Unless that was Vienna, which is likely.
5. 1906
6. 1920. Um, maybe

2. a. Germany, Austria, Italy
b. Italy and Abyssinia
c. France
d. Russia
e. That's not the one where there was a naval battle between Denmark and Austria, is it? So Greece and Turkey, mebbe.
f. Brave little Belgium. Treaty of London, etc.

1. Spectacularly nondescript Italian prime minister
2. Emperor of Austria. Not much cop either.
3. A random Ottoman
4. A pilot, dropped
5. A baker
6. A tourist attraction in Highgate
7. The indirect cause of the Tour de France
8. The Earl of Beaconsfield (sadly now demolished to build a Waitrose instead)

Andy said...

I thought he was Gavrilo Princip, not Princep.