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How Much British History Do You Actually Know?

So many King Edwards. So many.

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  1. Who is the longest reigning monarch?

    Queen Elizabeth I
    Via Isaac Oliver
    Queen Elizabeth I
    Via Isaac Oliver
    Queen Elizabeth II
    Via Northern Ireland Office/Flickr
    Queen Elizabeth II
    Via Northern Ireland Office/Flickr
    Queen Victoria
    Via Alexander Bassano
    Queen Victoria
    Via Alexander Bassano
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Queen Elizabeth II

    She overtook Queen Victoria as longest reigning monarch in September 2015.

  2. Which of these mythical animals is on the royal coat of arms?

    Phoenix
    Via E111077/Wikimedia Commons
    Phoenix
    Via E111077/Wikimedia Commons
    Unicorn
    Via Sodacan/Wikimedia Commons
    Unicorn
    Via Sodacan/Wikimedia Commons
    Griffin
    Via ClkerFreeVectorImages
    Griffin
    Via ClkerFreeVectorImages
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    A unicorn!

    The other animal is a lion.

    A unicorn!
    Via Sodacan/Wikimedia Commons
  3. In what county would you find Stonehenge?

    garethwiscombe/Flickr
    Somerset
    Wiltshire
    Gloucestershire
    Hampshire
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Stonehenge is in Wiltshire.

  4. Who invaded Britain in 1066?

    William the Conqueror
    Via Wikimedia Commons
    William the Conqueror
    Via Wikimedia Commons
    Oliver Cromwell
    Via Wikimedia Commons
    Oliver Cromwell
    Via Wikimedia Commons
    Alfred the Great
    Via Wikimedia Commons
    Alfred the Great
    Via Wikimedia Commons
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    William the Conqueror

    He became the first Norman King of England.

  5. What is this monument for?

    Eluveitie/Wikimedia Commons
    The plague
    The Battle of Britain
    The Great Fire of London
    The Battle of Waterloo
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It is located 61 metres from where the Great Fire started in 1666.

    And you can actually climb up the inside.

  6. Who designed the current St Paul’s Cathedral?

    Eluveitie/Wikimedia Commons
    Sir John Vanbrugh
    Via Wikimedia Commons
    Sir John Vanbrugh
    Via Wikimedia Commons
    John Nash
    Via Wikimedia Commons
    John Nash
    Via Wikimedia Commons
    Sir Christopher Wren
    Via Wikimedia Commons
    Sir Christopher Wren
    Via Wikimedia Commons
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Sir Christopher Wren

    The Old St Paul's Cathedral was burned down in the Great Fire of London in 1666.

  7. What year did Scotland pass the Union with England Act?

    Diliff/Wikimedia Commons
    1707
    1825
    1650
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    1707

    The treaties joined the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of Scotland into a single, united kingdom named "Great Britain".

  8. Which of these people is George II?

    Via Thomas Lawrence/Wikimedia Commons
    Via Thomas Lawrence/Wikimedia Commons
    Via Allan Ramsay/Wikimedia Commons
    Via Allan Ramsay/Wikimedia Commons
    Via Wikimedia Commons
    Via Wikimedia Commons
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The other two are George III and George IV.

  9. Who was Henry VIII’s fifth wife?

    Hans Holbein the Younger/Wikimedia Commons
    Anne Boleyn
    Catherine of Aragon
    Catherine Parr
    Anne of Cleves
    Catherine Howard
    Jane Seymour
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Catherine Howard

    Catherine was beheaded after less than two years of marriage.

  10. When did America declare independence from Britain?

    John Trumbull/Wikimedia Commons
    1745
    1776
    1861
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    1776

    When the Declaration of Independence was signed.

  11. Who stands on top of the column in Trafalgar Square?

    David Castor/Wikimedia Commons
    Admiral Horatio Nelson
    Via Lemuel Francis Abbott/Wikimedia Commons
    Admiral Horatio Nelson
    Via Lemuel Francis Abbott/Wikimedia Commons
    Napoléon Bonaparte
    Via Jacques-Louis David/Wikimedia Commons
    Napoléon Bonaparte
    Via Jacques-Louis David/Wikimedia Commons
    Duke of Wellington
    Via Robert Home/Wikimedia Commons
    Duke of Wellington
    Via Robert Home/Wikimedia Commons
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It is called Nelson’s Column, after all.

  12. When did all women over 21 get the vote?

    Wikimedia Commons
    1928
    1918
    1924
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    1928

    In 1918 women over 30 who owned certain amounts of property were given the vote.

  13. Which of these universities is oldest?

    Oxford
    Via Peter Trimming
    Oxford
    Via Peter Trimming
    St Andrews
    Via Remi Mathis
    St Andrews
    Via Remi Mathis
    Cambridge
    Via Azeira
    Cambridge
    Via Azeira
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Oxford

    There is no exact date of foundation, but teaching has existed at Oxford in some form since 1096.

  14. What was George VI's real first name?

    Bertram Park/Wikimedia Commons
    Edward
    Albert
    William
    Richard
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Albert

    He was born on the day of the anniversary of his great-grandfather Prince Albert.

  15. Who was elected Prime Minister in 1951?

    Clement Attlee
    Via Wikimedia Commons
    Clement Attlee
    Via Wikimedia Commons
    Winston Churchill
    Via Imperial War Museums
    Winston Churchill
    Via Imperial War Museums
    Anthony Eden
    Via Walter Stoneman/IWM
    Anthony Eden
    Via Walter Stoneman/IWM
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It was Winston Churchill.

    He served two terms as prime minister, 1940-1945 and 1951-1955.

  16. Which of these things was NOT rationed during World War Two?

    Tea
    Via IndigoBetta/Thinkstock
    Tea
    Via IndigoBetta/Thinkstock
    Bread
    Via alexlobur/Thinkstock
    Bread
    Via alexlobur/Thinkstock
    Bacon
    Via Elena Moiseeva/Thinkstock
    Bacon
    Via Elena Moiseeva/Thinkstock
    Margarine
    Via Valengilda/Thinkstock
    Margarine
    Via Valengilda/Thinkstock
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Bread was never rationed during WW2 in Britain, although it was for a short period after the war.

  17. What was stolen during The Great Train Robbery in 1963?

    Keystone / Stringer
    Diamonds
    Money
    Gold bars
    Jewellery
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Money

    The robbers targeted a Royal Mail train carrying used banknotes.

  18. What was Margaret Thatcher's father's profession?

    Margaret Thatcher Foundation
    Undertaker
    Grocer
    Soliciter
    Butcher
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Her father Alfred was a grocer and local politician.

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