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Trivia Quiz - Amerigo Vespucci - after whom America was named.


Amerigo Vespucci's first name has been used to name two continents and the world's most powerful nation. Test your knowledge of this man whose name lives on. (I suppose all Americans are glad they don't live in the United States of Vespucci!)

Quiz Number: 5863
Date Submitted: July 19, 2020
Quiz Categories: History
Quiz Type: General Quiz
Author: grant228
Average Score: 100 percent
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1. Where was Amerigo Vespucci born on March 9, 1454?
  A.   Spain
  B.   Italy
  C.   Portugal
  D.   Greece

2. As a young man, Amerigo Vespucci had a passion for what?
  A.   sailing ships
  B.   foreign languages
  C.   books and maps
  D.   music

3. The exploits of which famous explorer sparked Amerigo Vespucci's desire to explore?
  A.   Erik the Ref
  B.   Sebastian Cabot
  C.   Prince Henry the Navigator
  D.   Marco Polo

4. The number of voyages Amerigo Vespucci took to explore the Americas has been long debated but where did Vespucci initially think he was on his first trip?
  A.   Asia
  B.   Atlantis
  C.   Eden
  D.   Shangr-la

5. Being an extraordinary mathematician, what remarkable calculation did Amerigo Vespucci make?
  A.   He introduced the concept of a nautical mile based.
  B.   He devised the system to calculate time for boats travelling east/west.
  C.   He predicted the circumference of the Earth to within 50 miles.
  D.   He invented the sextant which made exploration and cartography more accurate.

6. On a voyage to South America in 1501, what observation did AmerigoVespucci make that made him realize he was exploring a new continent?
  A.   He discovered plants never recorded in Europe.
  B.   He saw constellations not visible from Europe or Asia.
  C.   He encountered ice around Tierra del Fuego
  D.   He analyzed soil and rock samples that had no equivalent in Europe.

7. How was knowledge of Vespucci's exploits spread around Europe?
  A.   A series of letters describing his voyages were published in many languages.
  B.   Vespucci engaged on a speaking tour.
  C.   Italian composer, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina devised an opera called "Amerigo".
  D.   Jonathan Swift used Vespucci's observations in his work "Gulliver's Travels".

8. It was the work of Martin Waldseemüller that saw two continents named after Amerigo Vespucci. Apart from being a clergyman, what other skill did Waldseemüller possess?
  A.   mathematician
  B.   printer
  C.   artist
  D.   cartographer

9. Amerigo Vespucci died Feb. 22, 1512 of what cause?
  A.   lost at sea
  B.   executed for failing to find El Dorado
  C.   malaria
  D.   in a mental asylum suffering dementia

10. "America" is a derivation of Vespucci's first name. What does it mean?
  A.   It is the anglicized version of Amerigo.
  B.   It means "land of milk and honey".
  C.   From its Biblical origins of "land of hope".
  D.   It the female form of Amerigo.


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