New Year's Trivia Challenge by Jesse Bluma



New Year's Trivia Challenge





Write down your answers, then check them below. (10 total)


1.  _____________ is known for creating the calendar we use today over 400 years ago.

A)  Emperor Constantine
B)  Mansa Musa
C)  Pope Gregory XIII
D)  John Henry

2.  The following describes which period in time?  "The period 9 B.C. to 1 and 1 to 9 A.D., the first nine years of the 1st centuries--there is no year zero (0) in the calendar. Hence 1 A.D. came after 1 B.C."

A)  The 0s
B)  The beginning of time
C)  When cookies were invented
D)  medieval times

3.  Decade:  The word is derived (via French) from Latin _________, from Greek ________.

A)  decadem, decas
B)  decas, decadem
C)  dec, ade
D)  ade, dec

4. True/False:  Decades such as January 1, 1800 to December 31, 1809, January 1, 1900 to December 31, 1909, and January 1, 2000 to December 31, 2009 are known as “aughts". 

5.  True/False:  Century is from the Latin centum, meaning one hundred.

6.  True/False:  Centuries are numbered ordinally.  Ordinal numbers refer to a position in a series.  Common ordinals include:  1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, etc. 

7.  Why is the 1700s the 18th century, the 1800s the 19th century, the 1900s the 20th century, etc.?    

A)  The years 1 to 100 are counted as the first century.  The first century is not 101 to 200.
B)  There was a four year miscalculation in the calendar by Roman Abbott Dionysus Exiguus.
C)  The years 1 to 100 are counted as the first century.  The first century is not 100 to 201.
D)  There was a ten year miscalculation in the calendar by Roman Abbott Dionysus Exiguus. 

8.  True/False:  A millennium is a period of time equal to one thousand years (from Latin mille, thousand, and annum, year) 

9.  True/False:  2000–2009 is a decade, 2001–2100 is a century, and 2001–3000 is a millennium (A.D.)

10.  Complete the list of centuries

100 to 1 B.C. = 1st century B.C.
1 to 100 A.D. = 1st century A.D.
101 to 200 A.D. = 2nd century A.D.
201 to 300 A.D. = 3rd century A.D.
301 to 400 A.D. =__________________
1401 to 1500 A.D. = 15th century A.D.
1501 to 1600 A.D. = 16th century A.D.
1601 to 1700 A.D. =__________________ 
1701 to 1800 A.D. = 18th century A.D.
1801 to 1900 A.D. =__________________
1901 to 2000 A.D. = 20th century A.D.
2001 to 2100 A.D. =__________________

Check your answers below...




Answers 

1.  C)  Pope Gregory XIII

2.  A)  The 0s

3.  A)  decadem, decas

4.  True

5.  True

6.  True

7.  A)  The years 1 to 100 are counted as the first century.  The first century is not 101 to 200.  

8.  True

9.  True

10.  301 to 400 A.D. = 4th century A.D.
1601 to 1700 A.D. =  17th century A.D.
1801 to 1900 A.D. =  19th century A.D.
2001 to 2100 A.D. =  21st century A.D.







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