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History of The Tower of London
"This quiz is on the history of the Tower of London and some of the people, famous and infamous, who were imprisoned there over the centuries."
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During which king's reign was the Great (White) Tower, the original stone fortress of the Tower of London, built?
King Harold II
King Henry I
King William I
King Edward the Confessor
In 1100 one of the first state prisoners to be housed in the Tower of London was Rannulf Flambard, Bishop of Durham. Which of the following is true about the Bishop?
He was pardoned after 35 years in the Tower.
While he was in the Tower, the Bishop wrote the "Canterbury Tales".
He climbed down a rope, swam the moat, and escaped.
King Henry I had him beheaded for treason.
The Great Tower is also called the White Tower, because it was whitewashed in what year?
By what name was the rack, the most widely used instrument of torture in the Tower's dungeons, commonly known as?
Elizabeth's Only Son
Henry's Seventh Wife
Duke of Exeter's Daughter
What was the Little Ease?
The nickname given to the Tower's moat
Private boudoir where wealthy state prisoners could entertain female visitors
Small rooms where guards could rest or play dice
Dungeon too small to do anything but crouch in
Three of the people listed below were state prisoners in the Tower of London during the reign of Henry VIII and were subsequently beheaded. Which one of the following did not suffer that fate?
Sir Thomas More
Which one of these events in the history of the Tower of London did not happen during the reign of King Charles II?
The skeletons of two boys were found underneath a staircase in the White Tower.
Colonel Thomas Blood almost stole the Crown Jewels.
Guy Fawkes was put on the Tower of London's rack for the Gunpowder Plot.
The Tower of London was threatened by the Great Fire.
Lord Lovat, the Scottish Lord captured at Culloden, was housed in the Tower until his execution. How old was Lord Lovat when he was beheaded?
In what year did a fierce fire burn down Bowyer Tower, the Brick Tower, the armories, the storehouse, and badly damage other structures of the Tower of London?
Who was the last prisoner-of-war housed in the Tower of London?
Karl Ernest Haushofer
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