WONDER #2455: Who Invented the Umbrella?

Question 1 of 3

This Wonder was mostly about...

  1. the history and development of umbrellas over time.
  2. why you should carry an umbrella at all times.
  3. how umbrellas are made.
  4. Jonas Hanway and John MacDonald, who made umbrellas popular in England.

Question 2 of 3

The first umbrellas were used to block the __________.

  1. rain
  2. moon
  3. snow
  4. sun

Question 3 of 3

Which is the BEST evidence that umbrellas are not always what they seem?

  1. “In fact, umbrellas show up in many books and movies nowadays.”
  2. “Invented in the 19th Century, the umbrella gun has indeed been used by spies and assassins alike.”
  3. “Most European men didn’t carry umbrellas until the late-1700s.”
  4. “Most umbrellas used today aren’t weapons.”

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