Are These Facts, Legends or Myths?

 Any history enthusiasts will be fully aware of the many different historical facts, legends (exaggerated stories based on fact), and myths (entirely fictional tales) that have been passed down from one generation to the next. However, many people seem to struggle when trying to remember which old stories are accepted facts, and which ones are mere legends or myths. Give this quiz a shot, and see how many you can get right!
Trojan horse
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Troy was captured by soldiers in a wooden horse.
In Greek mythology, the Trojan war was waged on the city of Troy after Paris took Helen from the King of Sparta. Odysseus devised a plan that the Trojan horse was a gift, and entered the spartan walls and destroyed the city as it was filled with 100 soldiers.
History
Legend
Myth
ancient warrior
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Achilles was a famous warrior.
In Greek mythology, Achilles was a Greek hero of the Trojan war. His character wasn't based on fact, though.
Myth
History
Legend
Genghis Khan artwork
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Genghis Khan founded the Mongol empire.
Ghengis Khan existed and was the founder of the Mongal empire, which became the largest contiguous empire after his death.
Legend
History
Myth
sword in the stone
 
 
King Arthur ruled over all of England.
King Arthur is a legendary British leader who, according to medieval history, led the defense of Britain against Saxon invaders.
Legend
Myth
History
Ulysses mosaic
 
 
Ulysses was the great king of Ithaca.
Ulysses was a legendary Greek king of Ithaca and the hero of Homer's epic poem the Odyssey.
Myth
History
Legend
Count Dracula
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Count Dracula was a a real vampire.
Count Dracula is a fictional character in the Dracula novel who was inspired by one of the best-known figures of Romanian history, Vlad Dracula.
Myth
Legend
History
statue of Emperor Caligula
 
 
Emperor Caligula promoted his favorite horse to general.
According to the ancient historian Suetonius, the Roman emperor known as Caligula loved one of his horses, Incitatus, so much that he made him general and gave him an ivory manger, a jeweled collar and even a house.
History
Legend
Myth
Vlad the Impaler
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Vlad the Impaler protected the Bulgarians and Romanians from the Danube.
Vlad III is revered as a folk hero in Romania and Bulgaria for his protection of the Romanians and Bulgarians, both north and south of the Danube.
Myth
Legend
History
King Canute artwork
 
 
King Canute dramatically ordered the waves to part.
Cnut's name is popularly invoked in the context of the legendary story of King Canute and the waves, but usually misrepresenting Cnut (Canute) as a deluded monarch believing he had supernatural powers, when the original story in fact relates the opposite and portrays a wise king.
History
Myth
Legend
Medusa artwork
 
 
Medusa was a monster with venemous snakes in her hair.
The 2nd-century BCE novelist Dionysios Skytobrachion puts her somewhere in Libya, where Herodotus had said the Berbers originated her myth, as part of their religion.
Legend
History
Myth
plagues of Egypt artwork
 
 
There is historical evidence that Egypt's 10 Biblical plagues actually took place.
The plagues in the Bible have been marked as ordinary events described in typical Egyptian literary metaphors.
Myth
History
Legend
Romulus and Remus statue
 
 
Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were raised by a wolf.
Romulus and Remus were the main characters of Rome's founding myth.
History
Myth
Legend
confused plastic man
Time to Get Your Facts Right...
Oh dear! Unfortunately, your results show us that your knowledge of world history isn't completely up to scratch... However, there's no need to fret as BabaMail has plenty of articles about all aspects of world history, so if you've got some free time on your hands and the right attitude, you can turn yourself into a history professor in no time at all! In the words of Confucius, "our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."
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The Hero of History
Good job! Your results show us that your knowledge of world history isn't too shabby at all. Of course, you didn't answer 100% of the questions correctly, and as always, there's a little room for improvement. In the words of Victor Hugo, history is "an echo of the past in the future; a reflex from the future on the past."
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A Living Legend
Simply outstanding! Your results show us that history is certainly one of your strong points, particularly when it comes to knowledge of ancient myths and legends. It's great to see that there are still some people left who truly appreciate getting their facts right! In the words of Confucius, "to know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge."
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