Correct answer: Mary, Queen of Scots
Mary, Queen of Scots, also known as Mary I of Scotland, was Queen of Scotland from 14 December 1542 to 24 July 1567. She was the only surviving legitimate child of King James V of Scotland. She was executed at Fotheringhay Castle in England for her complicity in a plot to murder Queen Elizabeth I. D'oh.
Germany, The Netherlands, America, and IranGermany, Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire, and Bulgaria
Correct answer: Germany, Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire, and Bulgaria
The Kaiser and his pals faced off against the Allies, aka Russia, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, and the United States. Oh, the Allies won, btw.
16 July 194511 April 19691 January 1935
Correct answer: 16 July 1945
Project coordinator J. Robert Oppenheimer later described the reaction to the test: "A few people laughed, a few people cried. Most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad Gita... 'Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.'"
To fight battles for his liege lordTo protect pretty womenTo perform tricks and jousts for entertainment
Correct answer: To fight battles for his liege lord
Knights were basically the warrior class of medieval Europe, responsible for defending their feudal lord's territory from rival lords and keeping the local serfdom in line with the lord's rule.
The German navyThe German air forceThe German catering service
Correct answer: The German air force
Luftwaffe was the official name for the Nazi air force, which was founded in 1935 and led by Hermann Goering, a veteran World War I fighter pilot ace.
1 August 183418 December 1865
Correct answer: 18 December 1865
The 13th Amendment, banning slavery in all US states and territories, was ratified on 6 December 1865, and proclaimed 12 days later. 1 August 1834 is the date that the UK abolished slavery.
FascistCapitalistReally cool guy
Correct answer: Fascist
Mussolini is considered to be one of the founders of fascism, defined as an ultra-nationalist, ultra-right-wing political ideology. He was also very good at swaggering and crossing his arms.
Correct answer: 1305
He was stripped naked, dragged through London behind a horse, hanged, drawn, and quartered. His decapitated head was also dipped in tar and placed on a pike on top of London Bridge – just to make sure he was dead, presumably.
Correct answer: 1955
In December 1955, Rosa Parks was returning home from work on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. She refused to give up her seat to a white passenger, and was arrested, which sparked a boycott of buses by the African-American population. She's a true hero.
Correct answer: 1707
The Treaty of Union was subject to fierce debate in Scotland, with one petition against it reading: "We want a lasting friendship with England. But we judge that this Union will bring a high burden of taxation upon this land...The Union will ruin our industry, our religion, laws and liberties." Union went ahead anyway.
Germany offering Mexico the return of territories lost to the US if it took Germany’s side.A submarine attack on Miami.The Kaiser calling President Wilson a "son of a whore."
Correct answer: Germany offering Mexico the return of territories lost to the US if it took Germany’s side.
The "Zimmermann Telegram" was a message from Germany offering the Mexicans the return of territories lost to the US if they joined the war on Germany’s side. The US couldn't risk this happening, so on 6 April 1917, Congress voted to declare war on the Central Powers.
William the GreatWilliam the LionheartWilliam the Bastard
Correct answer: William the Bastard
Bastard in the sense that he was an illegitimate child, but he was pretty damn mean as well. Orderic Vitalis, an 11th century English chronicler and monk, said: “The whole of the North (was) stripped of all means of survival. So terrible a famine fell upon the people, that more than 100,000 young and old starved to death." What a massive bastard.
Can You Pass This Basic History Test?
Oh well, never mind. Who needs to know stuff about history, anyway? It's not like we're all doomed to repeat it or anything.
Not bad! You're not quite as smart as a Scottish kid, but then who is? You clearly know quite a lot of history. Give yourself a pat on the back.
Congratulations! You’re officially as smart as a Scottish kid…when it comes to history, anyway. You could probably present some kind of BBC documentary or something. Go straight to the top of the class.