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?
True or false: Genghis Khan was born with the name Temujin.
True or false: Khan primarily appointed family members and friends to positions of power.
What technique did Khan use to take Xi Xia in northern China?
overwhelming them with troops
What was Genghis Khan's weapon of choice?
bow and arrow
Which of these did Khan NOT ban?
killing captured enemy troops
True or false: Khan preferred to use infantrymen over cavalry.
True or false: The Mongols were protected by lightweight suits of armor.
What modern-day country did Khan and his troops conquer at Khwarezm?
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.
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.
How many deaths are attributed to Khan and his men?
True or false: Genghis Khan instituted very liberal religious policies for his people.
What was the Yam?
code of laws
huge shopping center
What likely killed Genghis Khan?
a fall from a horse
shot with an arrow
What is allegedly over Khan's grave?
Great Wall of China
True or false: One in 200 men are direct descendants of Genghis Khan.
True or false: Genghis Khan was one of the earliest world leaders to use carrier pigeons.
True or false: When Khan and his men conquered a city, they killed every single citizen.
What was the Yasa?
type of weapon
path through Mongol Empire
True or false: Genghis Khan often used conquered people as human shields.
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
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.
How many horses did the Mongol forces have on hand for each warrior?
True or false: The Mongols preferred hand-to-hand contact over any other form of battle.
True or false: No one alive today knows what Genghis Khan looked like.
How long did the Mongol Empire united under Genghis Khan survive?