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How Well Do You Know British History?

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

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    Elizabeth I
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    Elizabeth II
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    Victoria
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    Wrong!

    Victoria

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

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    William III
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    Lady Jane Grey
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    James II
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    Lady Jane Grey

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

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    William Laud
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    Simon Sudbury
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    Thomas Cranmer
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    Wrong!

    Thomas Cranmer

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

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    Benjamin Disraeli
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    Lord North
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    Spencer Perceval
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    Wrong!

    Spencer Perceval

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

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    Margaret Thatcher
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    Winston Churchill
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    Stanley Baldwin
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    Wrong!

    Margaret Thatcher

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

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    Mary, Edward, Elizabeth
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    Mary, Elizabeth, Edward
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    Edward, Mary, Elizabeth
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    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?

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    Matilda
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    Philippa
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    Eleanor
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    Wrong!

    Matilda

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

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    Richard II
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    Edward II
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    Richard III
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    Wrong!

    Edward II

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

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    1099
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    1199
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    1299
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    1199

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

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    George II
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    George III
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    George IV
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    Wrong!

    George IV

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

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    Elizabeth I
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    Victoria
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    Anne
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    Wrong!

    Victoria

  12. 12. How did Charles I die?

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    Beheaded in public.
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    Killed in battle.
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    Drowned at sea.
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    Beheaded in public.

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

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

    James I

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

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    George II
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    Richard III
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    Henry VII
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    Wrong!

    Richard III

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

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    1945
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    1951
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    1952
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    1945

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

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    1997
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    1996
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    1998
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    1997

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

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    The Cornish Rebellion
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    The Wyatt Revolt
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    The Pilgrimage of Grace
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    The Pilgrimage of Grace

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

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    Catherine of Aragon
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    Anne of Cleves
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    Catherine Howard
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    Catherine Howard

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

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    Edward and Richard
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    Henry and Edward
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    Arthur and Henry
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    Edward and Richard

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

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    1487
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    1537
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    1587
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    1587

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

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    Malcolm I
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    David I
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    Robert I
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    Wrong!

    Robert I

  22. 22. What did Owain Glyndwr famously do?

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

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

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    David Lloyd-George
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    Herbert Asquith
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    Stanley Baldwin
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    David Lloyd George

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

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    Francis Crick
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    Alexander Fleming
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    Alan Turing
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    Wrong!

    Alan Turing

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

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    Emmeline Pankhurst
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    Millicent Fawcett
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    Emily Wilding Davison
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    Wrong!

    Emily Wilding Davison

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

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    Robert Walpole
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    Lord Liverpool
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    William Gladstone
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    Robert Walpole

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

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    1785
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    1805
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    1815
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    Wrong!

    1815

  28. 28. Which monarch succeeded Queen Victoria?

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    George V
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    George VI
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    Edward Vii
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    Wrong!

    Edward VII

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

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    Thomas Fairfax
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    Oliver Cromwell
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    Henry Ireton
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    Wrong!

    Thomas Fairfax

 
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