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  1. Which man - the namesake of a country and the currency of his home nation - is credited with leading the liberation of much of South America?
  2. What was the nickname of the famous Bristolian pirate born Edward Teach?
  3. Which densely-populated nation in South Asia was formerly known as East Pakistan before it gained independence in 1971?
  4.  Which city was the official capital of Yugoslavia from its inception in 1918 until its uneasy dissolution in the 1990s?
  5. Which city - the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire - was renamed Constantinople in honour of Emperor Constantine I, before subsequently being renamed Istanbul under the Ottoman Empire?
  6. The spiritual leader Siddhārta Gautama is most commonly known by what mononym?
  7. Which modern-day country in western Africa was formerly known as Upper Volta during its French colonial period?
  8. Which city - the state capital of Massachusetts and one of the oldest major cities in the US - was the location of an infamous "Tea Party" in 1773?
  9. 1 Which battle of 1314 - near modern-day Stirling - marked a decisive victory for Robert the Bruce over Edward II, solidifying Scottish independence over England?
  10. Which Scotsman is generally credited with the invention of the telephone?
  11. What was the surname of French Emperor Napoleon I, who lost decisive battles at Leipzig, Laon and most famously Waterloo?
  12. Which Levantine city was often referred to during the 20th century as the Paris of the Middle East?
  13. Which English explorer became - during his attempts to locate the northwest passage between the Atlantic and Pacific - the namesake of a Canadian island, the world's fifth largest, and its neighbouring bay?
  14. What was the surname of the 19th-century literary siblings Emily, Charlotte and Anne?
  15. Which city in East Asia was often referred to as Peking by westerners during the 19th and 20th centuries?
  16. Which Italian city in Emilia-Romagna (also the namesake of a pasta sauce) is the location of the world's oldest university in continuous operation?
  17. Which British architect and engineer - one of the faces of the Industrial Revolution - is famous for structures such as Box Tunnel and the Clifton suspension bridge?
  18. Which city - the birthplace of JRR Tolkien and the historical capital of the Orange Free State - is now the judicial capital of the Republic of South Africa?

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  1. Which man - the namesake of a country and the currency of his home nation - is credited with leading the liberation of much of South America?
    Simón Bolivar
  2. What was the nickname of the famous Bristolian pirate born Edward Teach?
    Blackbeard
  3. Which densely-populated nation in South Asia was formerly known as East Pakistan before it gained independence in 1971?
    Bangladesh
  4.  Which city was the official capital of Yugoslavia from its inception in 1918 until its uneasy dissolution in the 1990s?
    Belgrade
  5. Which city - the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire - was renamed Constantinople in honour of Emperor Constantine I, before subsequently being renamed Istanbul under the Ottoman Empire?
    Byzantium
  6. The spiritual leader Siddhārta Gautama is most commonly known by what mononym?
    Buddha
  7. Which modern-day country in western Africa was formerly known as Upper Volta during its French colonial period?
    Burkina Faso
  8. Which city - the state capital of Massachusetts and one of the oldest major cities in the US - was the location of an infamous "Tea Party" in 1773?
    Boston
  9. 1 Which battle of 1314 - near modern-day Stirling - marked a decisive victory for Robert the Bruce over Edward II, solidifying Scottish independence over England?
    Bannockburn
  10. Which Scotsman is generally credited with the invention of the telephone?
    Alexander Graham Bell
  11. What was the surname of French Emperor Napoleon I, who lost decisive battles at Leipzig, Laon and most famously Waterloo?
    Bonaparte
  12. Which Levantine city was often referred to during the 20th century as the Paris of the Middle East?
    Beirut
  13. Which English explorer became - during his attempts to locate the northwest passage between the Atlantic and Pacific - the namesake of a Canadian island, the world's fifth largest, and its neighbouring bay?
    Baffin
  14. What was the surname of the 19th-century literary siblings Emily, Charlotte and Anne?
    Brontë
  15. Which city in East Asia was often referred to as Peking by westerners during the 19th and 20th centuries?
    Beijing
  16. Which Italian city in Emilia-Romagna (also the namesake of a pasta sauce) is the location of the world's oldest university in continuous operation?
    Bologna
  17. Which British architect and engineer - one of the faces of the Industrial Revolution - is famous for structures such as Box Tunnel and the Clifton suspension bridge?
    Isambard Kingdom Brunel
  18. Which city - the birthplace of JRR Tolkien and the historical capital of the Orange Free State - is now the judicial capital of the Republic of South Africa?
    Bloemfontein