How Well Do You Know British History?

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  1. 1. Who is the longest-reigning monarch in British history?

    Elizabeth I
    Elizabeth I
    Elizabeth II
    Elizabeth II
    Victoria
    Victoria
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Victoria

  2. 2. Who is the shortest-reigning monarch in British history?

    William III
    William III
    Lady Jane Grey
    Lady Jane Grey
    James II
    James II
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Lady Jane Grey

  3. 3. Which former Archbishop of Canterbury was burnt to death in Oxford in 1556?

    William Laud
    William Laud
    Simon Sudbury
    Simon Sudbury
    Thomas Cranmer
    Thomas Cranmer
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Thomas Cranmer

  4. 4. Who is the only British Prime Minister ever to be assassinated?

    Benjamin Disraeli
    Benjamin Disraeli
    Lord North
    Lord North
    Spencer Perceval
    Spencer Perceval
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Spencer Perceval

  5. 5. Who is the longest serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century?

    Margaret Thatcher
    Margaret Thatcher
    Winston Churchill
    Winston Churchill
    Stanley Baldwin
    Stanley Baldwin
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Margaret Thatcher

  6. 6. In which order were Henry VIII’s surviving children born?

    Mary, Edward, Elizabeth
    Mary, Elizabeth, Edward
    Edward, Mary, Elizabeth
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Mary, Elizabeth, Edward

  7. 7. Who was the only female/Queen to try and claim the English throne in her own right in the Middle Ages, prompting a civil war against her rival Stephen?

    Matilda
    Matilda
    Philippa
    Philippa
    Eleanor
    Eleanor
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Matilda

  8. 8. Which medieval monarch was killed at Berkeley Castle? (According to one version he was violated with a red hot poker.)

    Richard II
    Richard II
    Edward II
    Edward II
    Richard III
    Richard III
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Edward II

  9. 9. When did ‘bad’ King John come to the throne?

    1099
    1199
    1299
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    1199

  10. 10. Which British monarch was formerly known as the ‘Prince Regent’ and lent his name to the ‘Regency’ period?

    George II
    George II
    George III
    George III
    George IV
    George IV
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    George IV

  11. 11. Which British monarch was first given the title ‘Empress of India’?

    Elizabeth I
    Elizabeth I
    Victoria
    Victoria
    Anne
    Anne
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Victoria

  12. 12. How did Charles I die?

    Beheaded in public.
    Killed in battle.
    Drowned at sea.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Beheaded in public.

  13. 13. Who was the target of the Gunpowder Plot?

    James I (James VI of Scotland)
    James I (James VI of Scotland)
    Charles I
    Charles I
    Charles II
    Charles II
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    James I

  14. 14. Who was the last King of England to die in battle?

    George II
    George II
    Richard III
    Richard III
    Henry VII
    Henry VII
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Richard III

  15. 15. When did Churchill leave office as a result of an electoral defeat?

    1945
    1951
    1952
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    1945

  16. 16. In what year did Tony Blair enter Downing Street?

    1997
    1996
    1998
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    1997

  17. 17. What was the name of the largest rebellion ever faced by a Tudor monarch?

    The Cornish Rebellion
    The Wyatt Revolt
    The Pilgrimage of Grace
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The Pilgrimage of Grace

  18. 18. Who was Henry VIII’s fifth wife?

    Catherine of Aragon
    Catherine of Aragon
    Anne of Cleves
    Anne of Cleves
    Catherine Howard
    Catherine Howard
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Catherine Howard

  19. 19. What were the names of the Princes in the Tower?

    Edward and Richard
    Henry and Edward
    Arthur and Henry
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Edward and Richard

  20. 20. When was Mary Queen of Scots executed?

    1487
    1537
    1587
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    1587

  21. 21. Which Scottish King supposedly learnt the art of patience from watching a spider building a web?

    Malcolm I
    Malcolm I
    David I
    David I
    Robert I
    Robert I
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Robert I

  22. 22. What did Owain Glyndwr famously do?

    Discover America before Columbus
    Rebel against English rule
    Invent the steam locomotive
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Rebel against English rule

  23. 23. Which Prime Minister led Britain to victory in WW1?

    David Lloyd-George
    David Lloyd-George
    Herbert Asquith
    Herbert Asquith
    Stanley Baldwin
    Stanley Baldwin
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    David Lloyd George

  24. 24. Which boffin broke the German codes at Bletchley Park during WW2?

    Francis Crick
    Francis Crick
    Alexander Fleming
    Alexander Fleming
    Alan Turing
    Alan Turing
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Alan Turing

  25. 25. Which Suffragette threw herself under the King’s horse at the Derby in 1913?

    Emmeline Pankhurst
    Emmeline Pankhurst
    Millicent Fawcett
    Millicent Fawcett
    Emily Wilding Davison
    Emily Wilding Davison
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Emily Wilding Davison

  26. 26. Who is the longest-serving Prime Minister in British history?

    Robert Walpole
    Robert Walpole
    Lord Liverpool
    Lord Liverpool
    William Gladstone
    William Gladstone
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Robert Walpole

  27. 27. In what year was the Battle of Waterloo?

    1785
    1805
    1815
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    1815

  28. 28. Which monarch succeeded Queen Victoria?

    George V
    George V
    George VI
    George VI
    Edward Vii
    Edward Vii
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Edward VII

  29. 29. Who commanded the New Model Army during the English Civil War?

    Thomas Fairfax
    Thomas Fairfax
    Oliver Cromwell
    Oliver Cromwell
    Henry Ireton
    Henry Ireton
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Thomas Fairfax

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