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Military Tactics: The Genghis Khan Quiz
by Staff
Genghis Khan united the Mongols to create the largest empire on Earth. Today he is as celebrated for his tactical prowess as he is reviled for his murderous ways. Take our quiz to test your knowledge of all things Genghis Khan!

What year was Genghis Khan born?

  • 562 B.C.E.
  • 1162 C.E.
  • 1562 C.E.

True or false: Genghis Khan was born with the name Temujin.

  • true
  • false

True or false: Khan primarily appointed family members and friends to positions of power.

  • true
  • false

What technique did Khan use to take Xi Xia in northern China?

  • overwhelming them with troops
  • Trojan horse
  • false withdrawal

What was Genghis Khan's weapon of choice?

  • bow and arrow
  • gun
  • sword

Which of these did Khan NOT ban?

  • inherited titles
  • killing captured enemy troops
  • kidnapping women

True or false: Khan preferred to use infantrymen over cavalry.

  • true
  • false

True or false: The Mongols were protected by lightweight suits of armor.

  • true
  • false

What modern-day country did Khan and his troops conquer at Khwarezm?

  • Tunisia
  • France
  • Iran

What did Khan do with the spoils of war, like coins and material goods?

  • shared them with his troops
  • kept them for himself
  • let the conquered people keep them

True or false: The weather played a significant role in Genghis Khan's success.

  • true
  • false

How large was the Mongol Empire at its largest point?

  • the size of the United States
  • the size of Australia
  • the size of Africa

True or false: Genghis Khan once celebrated an enemy soldier who shot his horse out from under him.

  • true
  • false

How many deaths are attributed to Khan and his men?

  • 400,000
  • 40,000,000
  • 4,000,000,000

True or false: Genghis Khan instituted very liberal religious policies for his people.

  • true
  • false

What was the Yam?

  • code of laws
  • mail service
  • huge shopping center

What likely killed Genghis Khan?

  • a fall from a horse
  • shot with an arrow
  • old age

What is allegedly over Khan's grave?

  • pyramid
  • Great Wall of China
  • river

True or false: One in 200 men are direct descendants of Genghis Khan.

  • true
  • false

True or false: Genghis Khan was one of the earliest world leaders to use carrier pigeons.

  • true
  • false

True or false: When Khan and his men conquered a city, they killed every single citizen.

  • true
  • false

What was the Yasa?

  • legal code
  • type of weapon
  • path through Mongol Empire

True or false: Genghis Khan often used conquered people as human shields.

  • true
  • false

Under Khan's rule, what age men were draft eligible?

  • 18 to 35
  • 17 to 50
  • 15 to 70

What did Genghis Khan and his men use their lances for?

  • pulling enemies off horses
  • stabbing enemies
  • protection against enemy swords

True or false: The Mongols had great aim with a bow and arrow because they held their horses still while they shot.

  • true
  • false

How many horses did the Mongol forces have on hand for each warrior?

  • two
  • six
  • 12

True or false: The Mongols preferred hand-to-hand contact over any other form of battle.

  • true
  • false

True or false: No one alive today knows what Genghis Khan looked like.

  • true
  • false

How long did the Mongol Empire united under Genghis Khan survive?

  • until the 9th century
  • until the 14th century
  • until the 20th century