The Mental Floss History of the World: Pop Quiz #1

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1 of 5
Who is the only man to be awarded both the Nobel Prize (for brokering peace) and the Congressional Medal of Honor (for waging war)?
Theodore Roosevelt
Frankin Roosevelt
Lyndon Johnson
George H.W. Bush
2 of 5
Most people know Australia was settled by Britain in 1788 as a penal colony. But for the worst of the worst, Australia had its own penal colony. Where was it located?
New Zealand
Papua New Guinea
East Timor
3 of 5
The quote "The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom" is attributed to which great mind of The Enlightenment?
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
John Locke
Thomas Hobbes
Immanuel Kant
4 of 5
What is the estimated worth of the pirate treasure still buried on Cocos Island (a pirate hideout located 300 miles south of Costa Rica)?
5 of 5
At what university did Jonas Salk develop the polio vaccine?
Columbia University
New York University
University of Pittsburgh
Rutgers University