Guess the Table of Contents!

So you know twenty of the entries in the book - but can you guess the other eighty? You have a month to make your best guesses for the other eighty, before they're revealed. Whoever gets the most correct the fastest gets a free signed copy of the book.

Here's the rules:

  • Mail your guesses to by the end of day, September 9, 2016.
  • You have to guess all eighty - or as many as you can - at once.
  • One guess per question, and only one email per entrant - any followup emails with adjustments to your first guesses won't get counted.
  • If nobody gets all the questions correct, whoever got the most correct the fastest wins.
  • Some entries break standing RP traditions - a couple have been alive in the past fifty years. At least one is a group as opposed to an individual. Several have been at least mentioned on the site before.
  • If you're unsure as to the spelling of some names, just do your best, I'll probably be able to tell what you meant.
  • If you're related to me, I can't have you enter this. Sorry, y'all - I'll get you books anyways.
  • A lot of the hints are quite difficult. They're meant to be.

The Questions

  1. Some are born with silver spoons in their mouths - this goat-riding princess princess was born with a wooden one in her hand.
  2. Chaste before justice, this ancient doctor beat the charges levied against him-er, her.
  3. The reluctant royal who became the Maori's greatest leader - but don't call her princess.
  4. This undercover queen saved her people by finding the secret weakness of the Egungun.
  5. This American teen showed Paul Revere how midnight rides should be done.
  6. This crafty Kyrgyzstani ruler played the Russians and the Khans against each other.
  7. This clever Canario laid down the law.
  8. Two Crimean nurses at opposite ends of a spectrum: one a cheery Kingstonian, one a lamp-wielding Victorian.
  9. Maybe now I can take down that warning on the "contact me" page.
  10. The Wild West's biggest, baddest babysitter (according to Gary Cooper).
  11. Farming doesn't factor heavily into most acts of teen rebellion, but this Dagomba warrior princess was no ordinary teen.
  12. Polio, poverty, measles, mumps, scarlet fever, racism, whooping cough, and teenage pregnancy couldn't stop this Tennessee native from making Olympic history.
  13. If Rapunzel had been a viking, maybe she would have gotten serpentine sidekicks, like this pirate princess.
  14. This griffin-riding amazon queen ruled California.
  15. This widow admiral kept the seas of 17th century Indonesia safe.
  16. Receiving the only gold medal the French Academy of Sports ever gave for All Sports (yes, all of them) was just a warmup for this woman's life of sky-high adventure.
  17. This Susa-excavating archaeologist's peculiar personal style made her a surprise fashion icon.
  18. This Imazighen queen led her people to a new land.
  19. An oft-misquoted genius once called her "the most significant creative mathematical genius thus far produced since the higher education of women began."
  20. Honolulu's controversial taboo-abolishing kuhina nui.
  21. Lady Hercules, suffragette, and strong woman, she did it all.
  22. Oscar Schindler was to the Holocaust as this woman was to the Inquisition.
  23. This Moroccan pirate queen had no shortage of titles, but nobody knows her name.
  24. If Canossa will not come to you, you must come to Canossa.
  25. This roaring girl ruled the London underground in Shakespeare's day.
  1. Infiltrating insane asylums and exposing slavery rings were all in a day's work for this enterprising journalist.
  2. Raced #26 - and Phileas Fogg - around the world.
  3. They may have only kept out invaders for a few short years, but Vietnam will never forget these sisters.
  4. This queen mother started a war to protect the gilded soul of the Asante.
  5. This mountaineering adventurer literally showed Lawrence of Arabia how it's done.
  6. These two legendary teen vigilantes left quite an impression on 17th century Potosi.
  7. The spy who set fire to the Confederate White House.
  8. The reason new popes sat on a Roman birthing chair.
  9. The woman who jumped off a "women's war" against British taxation.
  10. This "undutiful daughter" was the first woman on the books to build ships.
  11. Leprosy didn't deter this Filipina from becoming a spy - it actually helped.
  12. This kindly patron of orphans and widows was in actuality the (very) secret weapon of Takeda Shingen.
  13. This Nigerian princess ran a roaming gang of roughneck lady teachers.
  14. The face of Jamaica's $500 bill.
  15. The devilish namesake of Xtebentun.
  16. This samurai, a match for any god or demon, actually made other samurai flee rather than face her.
  17. The chief detractor of this prostitute-turned-empress claimed her head fly about at night, vexing the citizens of Constantinople.
  18. Refusing to give up her Jhansi.
  19. Long before MC Hammer, Deborah celebrated this woman's hammer time with a different song.
  20. This yellow-haired Islamic princess put the slam into slam poetry.
  21. She needed no machine to help differentiate her from everyone, but she built a difference engine regardless - in her head.
  22. This 1800s heroine somehow managed to have high level positions in both Greek and Russian navies.
  23. Architect of the City of Ladies.
  24. This Civil War-era Moses, as she was nicknamed, saved many through her faithful spirituals.
  25. This uneducated rebel preacher so undermined colonial authority that they founded Harvard University in part to prevent anyone like her from rising again.
  1. This best-beloved mother of Islam was at the center of the Sunni-Shi'a split.
  2. If the legend about how Genghis Khan took Volohai is true, he likely got the idea from this saintly Russian.
  3. This deposed African queen came back from the country of the whites to a field of pineapples.
  4. This eye of the day was a decent dancer, but a terrible spy.
  5. This unparalleled black entertainer found her tribe in the realm of rainbows.
  6. When scholars can't tell if your name means "woman of noble purpose" or "she-wolf," as both totally fit, you know you're pretty epic.
  7. She may not show up on IMDB, but this movie-making detective was quite the Illinois celebrity back in the day.
  8. To avenge herself against an unstoppable warrior, this legendary gender-swapping Shiva devotee had to go down in flames first.
  9. In order to rescue her brother, this early Islamic warrior poet would need to do some rectifying of brains.
  10. Well, the fact that she added an extra syllable to the end of "Java" should have been your first sign that she wasn't actually from there.
  11. Who sewed the Red Shirts?
  12. "Pank! Pank! Pank!" read a trinket sold to further the work of this purple-clad notable's organization.
  13. it's a shame they cut off the title of Ali Baba's story at the mention of the 40 thieves, as this badass deserves way more credit.
  14. When her uncle turned down a proposal from Charles II, betrothing her to an abusive husband, he set the stage for this memoir-writing hedonist to flee across Europe.
  15. Joined her sister, #64, in fleeing across Europe from escaping a husband who'd tried to poison her.
  16. The grandest seductress in the Bible, and she didn't even have sex.
  17. If she ever decided to return to China, this Qing dynasty critic told her supporters, they were to stab her with her own dagger.
  18. #67 didn't live to meet her, but she would have hated this infamous Qing dynasty princess, who didn't even go by a Chinese name.
  19. The warrior woman to whom all others are now compared.
  20. The Nazis almost never heard them coming - and when they did, they thought they were on brooms.
  21. This mythical Moroccan is at the heart of al-Aita.
  22. She wanted to see New France, she just didn't want to do so alone for several years.
  23. She was well on her way to changing the course of Korean history, yet we don't even have any surviving photos of this assassinated empress.
  24. If amateurs talk tactics while professionals study logistics, Tupac Amaru II was the amateur to this woman's professionalism.
  25. In 1986, this chief flight attendant gave her life to save those of others from hijackers.
  26. The firebrand behind the Baroque's most personal depiction of Judith and Holofernes.
  27. According to legend, when the Prince threatened her children, she infomed him she could always make more.
  28. The male subjects of this ballsy Somali queen had a very understandably more negative take on her than the female ones.
  29. This 16th century Mexican interpreter is so reviled by some that her name has become an insult.
  30. This tough-as-nails dacoit royalty swapped her rifle for a seat in parliament.