FREE! Click here to Join FunTrivia. Thousands of games, quizzes, and lots more!
Quiz about Stories from the Underground
Quiz about Stories from the Underground

Stories from the Underground Trivia Quiz


Can you take on this quiz about the London Underground? Have you got what it takes to engineer an answer, or will you lose your way? Track your way through ten questions and see if you end up with tunnel vision or find the route to an engine-ius score.

A multiple-choice quiz by Razzamajazzie. Estimated time: 3 mins.
  1. Home
  2. »
  3. Quizzes
  4. »
  5. World Trivia
  6. »
  7. U.K. Railways
  8. »
  9. London Underground

Time
3 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
410,126
Updated
Nov 09 22
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
8 / 10
Plays
147
Last 3 plays: rubytops (4/10), Guest 104 (4/10), Jazzotter12 (7/10).
- -
Question 1 of 10
1. Which MP, who shares his first name with the author of 'Martin Chuzzlewit', campaigned for several years for an underground railway system? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Which station, on the Metropolitan and Circle lines, is built on the burial site of plague victims? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Which chat show host was born in Highgate Station in 1944? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Which American author, whose books include "Roughing it" and "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court", rode on the first Central Line journey in 1900? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. The ghost of British actor William Terris is said to haunt which 'theatreland' station? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. The famous logo of a horizontal blue bar across the centre of a red circle first appeared at which station, whose name has been written 3 different ways over the years, mainly due to grammar changes. Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. In which 'Buzz' year did the Victoria Line open? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. What happened on a train at Elephant and Castle Station in 1924? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Who created the London Underground Map? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. In which East London underground station will you find walls lined with murals depicting the life and works of Alfred Hitchcock? Hint



(Optional) Create a Free FunTrivia ID to save the points you are about to earn:

arrow Select a User ID:
arrow Choose a Password:
arrow Your Email:




Most Recent Scores
Mar 01 2024 : rubytops: 4/10
Jan 17 2024 : Guest 104: 4/10
Jan 15 2024 : Jazzotter12: 7/10

Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Which MP, who shares his first name with the author of 'Martin Chuzzlewit', campaigned for several years for an underground railway system?

Answer: Charles Pearson

Pearson put proposals through in 1845 and again in 1846, both of which were rejected. Finally, in 1854, after stressing the need for an underground railway to relieve congestion, his revised proposal was accepted. Sadly, Pearson died in September 1862 so never got to witness the opening in January 1863.
2. Which station, on the Metropolitan and Circle lines, is built on the burial site of plague victims?

Answer: Aldgate

Due to the high number of plague victims, it was impossible to give them traditional burials. Instead, large pits were dug, initially in churches and graveyards, but when these too began to fill, they began digging all around London. Robinson Crusoe author, Daniel Defoe, wrote in his book 'A journal of the plague year' about the plague pit under Aldgate station 'It was about forty feet in length and about fifteen or sixteen feet broad and at the time I first looked at it about nine feet deep; but they dug it near twenty feet deep afterwards in one part of it.'
3. Which chat show host was born in Highgate Station in 1944?

Answer: Jerry Springer

Many of London's tube stations were used as bomb shelters during the war and it was in Highgate Station, where his mother, Margot, was taking shelter that Springer was born. 5 years after his birth, his parents emigrated to the USA.
4. Which American author, whose books include "Roughing it" and "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court", rode on the first Central Line journey in 1900?

Answer: Mark Twain

After spending most of the 1890s travelling around the world, Twain was living in Dollis Hill, in northwest London, in 1900 and was invited to the Central Line's Grand Opening. As part of the celebrations, he took a ride on the maiden journey from Bank to Shepherds Bush along with guest of honour The Prince of Wales who would later become Edward VII.
5. The ghost of British actor William Terris is said to haunt which 'theatreland' station?

Answer: Covent Garden

William Terris was murdered outside the Adelphi theatre by another actor in 1897. As he lay dying in the arms of a co-star he uttered the words "I will come back". His ghost has been sighted in the station on several occasions, but in 1955 there were several sightings in the space of just a few days. On the first occasion, a worker saw a man on the platform after the station had been closed for the night.

He offered to show the man to the exit and turned round to lead him along the platform. When he turned back again, the man had disappeared.

A few days later screams were heard coming from the staffroom and a worker claimed he had seen the ghost of a 'tall man' After being shown photos he later identified the ghost as William Terris.
6. The famous logo of a horizontal blue bar across the centre of a red circle first appeared at which station, whose name has been written 3 different ways over the years, mainly due to grammar changes.

Answer: St James's Park

The logo is called the roundel and was created in 1908 to distinguish the station name from advertising posters on the wall.
St James's park was originally written as St James' Park. Between 1933 and 1951 it was written as St James Park. In 1951 it became St James's Park but there is still one of the original signs of St James' park on the eastbound platform as a sign of nostalgia.
7. In which 'Buzz' year did the Victoria Line open?

Answer: 1969

The Victoria line was opened by Queen Elizabeth II who, as part of the opening ceremony, sat in the cab of a train and drove it. It was the first line to open in more than 50 years. The line is named after Victoria station (which is named for the street it is situated in, not after Queen Victoria) which lies roughly halfway between its northern terminus Walthamstow Central and its southern terminus, Brixton. 1969 is also the year Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong landed on the moon.
8. What happened on a train at Elephant and Castle Station in 1924?

Answer: A woman gave birth

Daisy Hammond's daughter, Marie, was the first known baby to be born on the London Underground. It was another 84 years before the next recorded birth on the underground occurred when Julia Kowalska gave birth to her daughter Jennifer on the platform of Kingsbury station.
9. Who created the London Underground Map?

Answer: Harry Beck

Beck first submitted his map to the London underground in 1931 but it was thought to be inaccurate, mainly because the stations on the map were not plotted to scale and did not show distances. A year later, after Beck's persistence, 500 maps were issued as a trial. The trial proved to be successful and so in 1933 another 700,000 were released. London Underground however, failed to officially recognise Beck as the inspiration or creator of the map until 1997, 23 years after his death.

John Pemberton is the inventor of Coca-Cola, Tom Buchannan is a character in 'The Great Gatsby' and Charles W Fairbanks was Vice President under Theodore Roosevelt.
10. In which East London underground station will you find walls lined with murals depicting the life and works of Alfred Hitchcock?

Answer: Leytonstone

Hitchcock was born in Leytonstone in 1899. The art works were commissioned in 1999, for what would have been his centenary year. The works are mosaics, made up of more than 80,000 pieces of tile. There is only one problem - they are displayed as exhibits, but line the walls leading to and from the platforms, so to stop and admire them in busy times is very difficult, and could get you a few rude and offensive comments from busy commuters.
Source: Author Razzamajazzie

This quiz was reviewed by FunTrivia editor stedman before going online.
Any errors found in FunTrivia content are routinely corrected through our feedback system.
3/5/2024, Copyright 2024 FunTrivia, Inc. - Report an Error / Contact Us