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1.
Alive in the 20th Century
  Alive in the 20th Century!   best quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
This may be a shock to some of our younger players, but there are some of us here who were (gasp!) alive in years beginning with '19'! See if you know what happened when history was recorded in ink instead of Wikipedia pages. Good luck!
Easier, 10 Qns, kyleisalive, Jul 29 13
Easier
kyleisalive editor
6200 plays
2.
  A History Lesson from Billy Joel editor best quiz   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
'We Didn't Start the Fire' is a history lesson in song, listing events from the years 1948-1986. Unfortunately, he only gives a list, without any explanation as to what the events ARE! Here are some questions on the historical events mentioned there.
Tough, 15 Qns, kevinatilusa, Aug 27 13
Tough
kevinatilusa
24478 plays
3.
  The Doomsday Clock is Ticking editor best quiz   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The Doomsday Clock was created more than 60 years ago to represent how close we are to destroying our civilization. This quiz will cover some of the history behind the clock as well as some events that have led to the clock's hands being moved.
Easier, 10 Qns, kevinatilusa, Nov 04 12
Easier
kevinatilusa
12722 plays
4.
Trying to distill all the major events that occurred in the 100 years of the twentieth century is impossible. Here are a few examples that triggered larger events and spaced roughly a decade apart. Match the event to the year it occurred.
Very Easy, 10 Qns, 1nn1, Mar 16 21
Recommended for grades: 8,9,10
Very Easy
1nn1 gold member
Mar 16 21
1722 plays
5.
  Things That Changed the World   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
All multiple choice on some things that had a major impact in the world. It should be easy. I hope that you enjoy it. :-)
Average, 10 Qns, Nightmare, Dec 02 15
Average
Nightmare gold member
14006 plays
6.
  Revolution! 20th Century Revolts and Uprisings   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
You say you want a revolution? Here's a mixed bag of questions about revolts and other conflicts that occurred during the 20th century, some which changed the world more than others.
Average, 10 Qns, guitargoddess, Mar 24 11
Average
guitargoddess gold member
5208 plays
7.
  Our Dumb Century   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Can you guess the year and the events described by these spoof headlines from 'The Onion'?
Average, 10 Qns, Snowman, Jan 26 15
Average
Snowman gold member
8498 plays
8.
A Blessing or a Curse
  A Blessing or a Curse   best quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
History is filled with all sorts of miraculous blessings and terrible curses, but what if one became the other? Let's take our time machine back to the 20th century and see what headlines might have materialized.
Average, 10 Qns, trident, Apr 29 19
Average
trident editor
Apr 29 19
562 plays
9.
  Ten Different Minutes in History   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I will give you the specific minute and date of a major world event - and you tell me the event. *Note all times appear in the the time zone in which they occurred.
Average, 10 Qns, anaxahra, Jan 24 12
Average
anaxahra
7940 plays
10.
  At This Point in History   popular trivia quiz  
Classification Quiz
 10 Qns
Five of these historical events happened in the 20th century and five in the 21st century. Drag and place them in the right century.
Easier, 10 Qns, tiye, May 18 22
Easier
tiye gold member
May 18 22
699 plays
trivia question Quick Question
What year did the space shuttle Challenger explode?

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11.
  No, Not Today   best quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Each of these 20th century events is described as having occurred on an incorrect date. Can you match each one with the correction to the stated date?
Easier, 10 Qns, looney_tunes, Mar 30 16
Easier
looney_tunes editor
2267 plays
12.
  When I Was a Lad ...   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I am fairly young so all these questions should be pretty easy for people to remember. Everything on this list has happened since my birth in 1975.
Easier, 10 Qns, Nightf10182003, Feb 25 10
Easier
Nightf10182003
7073 plays
13.
  This Is It   best quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Most news in history is infamous as it is bad news. "This is it!" implies anticipation and excitement. This quiz is about those news moments in the latter half of the 20th century. You just need to pinpoint the year.
Easier, 10 Qns, 1nn1, Nov 17 16
Easier
1nn1 gold member
1741 plays
14.
  20th Century History in General   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
A very simple quiz from WWI until the Cold War. I want to do this for those who aren't really into history and still HAVE to learn it at school somehow.
Easier, 20 Qns, WW2Master123, Nov 28 15
Easier
WW2Master123
3214 plays
15.
  Through the Good Times and the Tears    
Ordering Quiz
 10 Qns
In world history, there have been many tragic events; however, there have also been many fantastic events. Here are some good and some bad things from more recent history. Please put them in order from the earliest to the most current.
Average, 10 Qns, Ilona_Ritter, May 09 22
Average
Ilona_Ritter gold member
May 09 22
376 plays
16.
  20th Century Analogies   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
A collection of analogies about the 20th century. Confused? It works like this: Fidel Castro is to Cuba as Mao Zedong is to where? China. Easy!
Average, 15 Qns, quogequox, Oct 12 09
Average
quogequox
6299 plays
17.
  Fall of Giants   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
It was Lord Acton who wrote 'Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely'. Sadly, the twentieth century leaders in this quiz prove his point, but they all fell, either by death or coup.
Easier, 10 Qns, rossian, May 28 12
Easier
rossian editor
2396 plays
18.
  Out of Left Field   top quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
These 20th and 21st century events took the world by surprise, confounding even the experts. Can you pair them up correctly? Some answers may seem to fit for more than one question but there is only one solution.
Very Easy, 10 Qns, zorba_scank, Apr 09 17
Very Easy
zorba_scank gold member
Apr 09 17
1373 plays
19.
  A Day To Remember   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Recent events, such as the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, remind us of other times in our history when we have suffered devastating loss. Somehow, we have survived and flourished in spite of our grief. Match the date to the event.
Average, 10 Qns, DillPickle, Jun 27 10
Average
DillPickle
9801 plays
20.
  Decade Dents   great trivia quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
I have listed 10 historical events - one for each decade of the 20th century. Match the year on the right with the correct event. (NO, they are not in chronological order!)
Easier, 10 Qns, nyirene330, Nov 28 16
Easier
nyirene330
1293 plays
21.
Match these 10 dates with the corresponding events from the Billy Joel song "We Didn't Start the Fire". The song actually lists the events in chronological order, so you can listen to the song while you play the quiz! Good luck and have fun!
Easier, 10 Qns, BigTriviaDawg, Apr 08 22
Easier
BigTriviaDawg gold member
Apr 08 22
378 plays
22.
  Major Events in My Lifetime: Part I   popular trivia quiz  
Match Quiz
 15 Qns
Can you determine the year of some of these historical and major events that have taken place from 1946-2010.
Easier, 15 Qns, zambesi, Oct 10 16
Easier
zambesi
1556 plays
23.
  We Didn't Start the Fire   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Using the lyrics to Billy Joel's song "We Didn't Start the Fire," this quiz tests your knowledge of the historical references in the song. You needn't have heard the song before- but do you know the events he mentions?
Easier, 10 Qns, Giniw, Feb 05 16
Easier
Giniw
2001 plays
24.
  Determine the Decade   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Simple concept here-pick the decade in which the event in question took place.
Easier, 10 Qns, austinnene, Nov 06 16
Easier
austinnene
1669 plays
25.
  I Can't Spare a Square   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I can't spare a square. Fortunately our roving reporter Getha Scoop can. She even has ten on offer. All these squares were the scene of historical events. See how much you remember about those events.
Average, 10 Qns, James25, Feb 26 11
Average
James25 gold member
2313 plays
26.
  Ethnic and Religious Conflicts   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This and the past century have seen their fair share of ethic and religious conflicts. Some are better known than others.
Average, 10 Qns, albinerhawk, Mar 06 14
Average
albinerhawk
3511 plays
27.
  "We Didn't Stop The Fire"   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
In this Sprint III quiz, Billy Joel chronicled his lifetime in 1989 in a very famous song. This continues that chronology as we have not "stopped the fire". To help you solve this quiz SING the questions to the tune of "We Didn't Start the Fire".
Easier, 10 Qns, 1nn1, Jul 11 19
Easier
1nn1 gold member
Jul 11 19
709 plays
28.
  Coups of the World   best quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
This quiz covers some of the twentieth century's coups from around the world. Can you match the country in which the coup occurred to the information provided?
Easier, 10 Qns, rossian, Mar 22 16
Easier
rossian editor
933 plays
29.
  The Year of the Cat   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The Vietnamese zodiac has replaced one animal out of the Chinese zodiac with a cat. The twentieth century included nine "Years of the Cat". I'll ask something about every of these years. Have fun.
Average, 10 Qns, JanIQ, Jun 24 14
Average
JanIQ gold member
1757 plays
30.
  20th Century - Which Year? 1   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I'll tell you things that all happened in the same year, and all you have to do is select the correct year from a choice of four...
Tough, 10 Qns, EnglishJedi, Dec 24 10
Tough
EnglishJedi gold member
4642 plays
31.
  Operatic History in the Twentieth Century   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
Here's my final instalment on classical music named after historical events or people. The operatic background was provided by Phaƫton's Great Opera Book and by www.operone.de
Average, 15 Qns, JanIQ, Sep 03 17
Average
JanIQ gold member
Sep 03 17
2513 plays
32.
  The Prohibition Era    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Getting a good, stiff drink would've been quite difficult in the 1920s. See what you know about the Prohibition Era in the United States of America.
Average, 10 Qns, cavalier87, Jan 22 23
Average
cavalier87 gold member
Jan 22 23
249 plays
33.
  Great Moments of the Twentieth Century    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
These are 10 events that highlight many of the key events of the 20th century.
Average, 10 Qns, robert362, May 18 18
Average
robert362
May 18 18
9258 plays
34.
  D Is For Daladier    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Following Sue Grafton's example, I decided to write history quizzes in which every correct answer starts with the same letter. For the letter D, I limited myself to the Second World War and the events leading up to this dreadful devastation.
Average, 10 Qns, JanIQ, Nov 11 20
Average
JanIQ gold member
Nov 11 20
304 plays
35.
  Goals of the Century   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Throughout the 20th century, world leaders had quite some lofty goals, either for themselves, for their country or for humanity as a whole. Not all of them became reality, however.
Tough, 10 Qns, WesleyCrusher, Jan 17 12
Tough
WesleyCrusher editor
1220 plays
36.
  Seeing Via Television    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Of all the inventions of the past 100 years, television must surely rank high up there in changing our lives. In particular, live television could take an armchair viewer right to the centre of things - immediately.
Average, 10 Qns, darksplash, Jun 20 20
Average
darksplash gold member
Jun 20 20
407 plays
37.
  20th Century - The First 50 Years   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Ten questions covering the period up to 1950.
Difficult, 10 Qns, romeomikegolf, Apr 28 09
Difficult
romeomikegolf gold member
2937 plays
38.
  Famous Photos   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Some of the most famous photos (and moving pictures) capture key moments in history.
Average, 10 Qns, robert362, Jul 31 22
Average
robert362
Jul 31 22
6333 plays
39.
  20th Century    
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
This quiz contains questions about 20th century history from music to politics to people. This is my first quiz so please be patient. Thanks and I hope you enjoy it.
Average, 20 Qns, RaceGirl24, Nov 02 12
Average
RaceGirl24
6328 plays
40.
  Events In My Lifetime    
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
It's amazing how quickly time passes. Were these events really so long ago and can you match them to the correct year?
Average, 10 Qns, 480154st, Nov 14 18
Average
480154st gold member
Nov 14 18
506 plays
41.
  Communist Countries in History    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Several countries have adopted communism as their mode of government in history, with varying longevity and success. How well do you know about these countries and their communist histories?
Average, 10 Qns, angikar, Feb 20 18
Average
angikar
Feb 20 18
474 plays
42.
  A 20th Century Who's Who    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
How well do you know your school history? Well enough to recognise these famous people? Take this quiz and find out. Good luck.
Tough, 10 Qns, Fiachra, Aug 18 05
Tough
Fiachra
6335 plays
43.
  Headlines and Deadlines    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
Failte. With a little help from these 'headlines' (Fiachra's zany humour at work), can you earn 150 points? Good luck!
Average, 15 Qns, Fiachra, Jan 21 13
Average
Fiachra
4400 plays
44.
  Notable Twentieth Century Dates    
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Match each event with the correct year it occurred. All dates are post-World War II, and cover a wide range of topics.
Average, 10 Qns, AlexT781, Feb 16 18
Average
AlexT781
Feb 16 18
533 plays
45.
  A Cult Gone Wrong   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The People's Temple seemed an ordinary cult. But in November of 1978, the name People's Temple became associated with death. Learn about one of the worst mass murder/suicides in history and their leader in this quiz.
Average, 10 Qns, BG07, Aug 10 16
Average
BG07
2814 plays
46.
  Contemporary History - Missing Links    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Find the "missing link" in each question, relating to the key events and achievements of the 20 century. Good luck!
Average, 10 Qns, Mr5, Jul 23 23
Average
Mr5
Jul 23 23
3973 plays
47.
  From the 20th Century   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is based in the Modern World History that I've studied at school which focused on four topics - 'Rise and Fall of The Communist State'(1924-1991),'A Divided Nation' (U.S Politics post-war),'Vietnam' and 'Nazi Germany'.
Average, 10 Qns, zzniperr, Aug 25 09
Average
zzniperr
3893 plays
48.
  Riot or Wrong   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Picking up the gauntlet to a challenge here is a mixture of riots and assassinations in the 20th century.
Average, 10 Qns, gme24, Jun 10 18
Average
gme24 gold member
Jun 10 18
476 plays
49.
  Major Events in My Lifetime: Part II    
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Can you determine the year of some of these historical and major events that have taken place from 1946-2010.
Average, 10 Qns, zambesi, Oct 20 16
Average
zambesi
787 plays
50.
  Shake Your Booty   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is not about wriggling your tush or callypigian* delights. It's about robbers and the loot with which they got away. Test your knowledge of major heists of the 20th and early 21st century. (*Look that one up in your Funk and Wagnall).
Very Difficult, 10 Qns, Cymruambyth, Sep 17 10
Very Difficult
Cymruambyth gold member
825 plays
51.
  Burn After Reading   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This terminology is applicable to covert operations, spies, espionage, and sabotage. Test your knowledge on all kinds of devious programs, people, and methodologies employed in the 20th century's history of secrets.
Tough, 10 Qns, KatieK54, Mar 18 11
Tough
KatieK54 gold member
1085 plays
52.
  Famous Firsts    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
This quiz asks a number of questions about historical firsts. If answered correctly, the questions will lead you to another famous piece of history.
Difficult, 15 Qns, dchidawg, Nov 24 05
Difficult
dchidawg
2136 plays
53.
  Nonviolent Revolutions   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The last half of the 20th century saw changes in the governments in many countries of the world, achieved through mass demonstrations of the people as opposed to using military force. Here are questions about ten such nonviolent revolutions.
Tough, 10 Qns, chessart, Nov 18 06
Tough
chessart gold member
1682 plays
54.
  The 20th Century by Decades - Part III    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Here are some more interesting and sometimes relatively unknown facts about last century.
Average, 10 Qns, zambesi, Aug 27 15
Average
zambesi
880 plays
55.
  Friday the Thirteenth   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Al these events took place on a Friday the thirteenth. Take care: this is NOT an easy quiz. If you are superstitious, I advise you not to play on a Friday the thirteenth :-)
Difficult, 10 Qns, JanIQ, Oct 01 04
Difficult
JanIQ gold member
1974 plays
56.
  Which Year in the 20th Century?   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
I will give you an event of note in the 20th century, all you have to do is guess the year. Use numbers in your answers please.
Tough, 15 Qns, b3ardy, Aug 20 15
Tough
b3ardy
5395 plays
57.
  Contemporary History - Other Missing Links    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is about the key figures and the main events that have shaped the history of the 20th century. Every "missing link" is logically related to the names listed in each question.
Tough, 10 Qns, Mr5, Sep 23 08
Tough
Mr5
1198 plays
58.
  The Year of the Horse   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz looks at historical episodes that took place during Chinese "Years of the Horse" in the 20th Century. The Chinese year does not exactly equate to the Western January to December year.
Average, 10 Qns, darksplash, Sep 28 11
Average
darksplash gold member
777 plays
59.
  The 20th Century by Decades - Part II    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Here are some more interesting facts that happened in each decade of last century.
Average, 10 Qns, zambesi, Aug 20 15
Average
zambesi
861 plays
60.
  History in Decades    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I give you well-known event from 20th century and you'll have to place it in proper decade. Good luck! All this interesting info's and of course much, much more you can find on www.wikipedia.com
Average, 10 Qns, krzys44, Mar 11 12
Average
krzys44
3320 plays
61.
  The 20th Century by Decades - Part I    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Most of us have lived for some part of the 20th Century. Here is a look back of some of the happenings during this century.
Average, 10 Qns, zambesi, Aug 18 15
Average
zambesi
846 plays
62.
  Guess the Decade    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Let's take a little trip down memory lane, it should be fun! Pick the right decade for the following historical events.
Tough, 10 Qns, brandysmom1, May 03 14
Tough
brandysmom1
2285 plays
63.
  Whistleblowers and Leaks   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Speaking up to tell secrets -- in some cases treason and in other cases, the highest duty to a nation. What do you know about these whistle blowers and leaks?
Average, 10 Qns, kingmaxwell, Jul 10 19
Average
kingmaxwell
Jul 10 19
605 plays
64.
  Hot Spots I: Wandering Heights ...    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
First the Jews, later the Palestinians: condemned long enough not to have a place to call home. First in a series of quizzes looking at some of the world's hotspots...
Average, 10 Qns, ace_sodium, Sep 25 12
Average
ace_sodium
1126 plays
65.
  Terrorists, Terrorists    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A brief look at terrorism and acts of terrorism in the 20th century.
Tough, 10 Qns, rockdoktor, Jan 13 12
Tough
rockdoktor
1173 plays
66.
  The Taliban   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The Taliban ruled most of Afghanistan after the Soviet Union withdrew its forces. Their rule was something to be forgotten.
Tough, 10 Qns, beterave, Nov 22 12
Tough
beterave
446 plays
67.
  Doomsday: Would You Want to Survive?    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The U.S. ushered in the Atomic Age in 1945. Within five years the Soviets responded, commencing an arms race in which mankind amassed the power to destroy itself. This quiz explores that race and how it has changed the world.
Difficult, 10 Qns, jiminaz, Jul 23 09
Difficult
jiminaz
2177 plays
68.
  20th Century Events and People    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is about events and people that made the headlines between 1900 and 1999, "somewhere in Europe".
Very Difficult, 10 Qns, flem-ish, Apr 03 09
Very Difficult
flem-ish
1769 plays
69.
  What's Your Mindset?    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Each August since 1998, Beloit College in Wisconsin, USA, has published its "Mindset List." This list gives us a glimpse of the world view of US students entering college as freshman each year. (Visit http://www.beloit.edu/~pubaf/mindset/)
Tough, 10 Qns, peachy_1, Nov 25 06
Tough
peachy_1
732 plays
70.
  Short-lived 20th Century States : 2    
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
In this quiz I ask for 20 more short-lived states, this time in Asia, Africa and Oceania. I give you the capital and the period of existence, you give me the state.(Few of the states were acknowledged by anyone).
Tough, 20 Qns, author, Jun 26 23
Tough
author
Jun 26 23
596 plays
71.
  Twentieth Century Stuff    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Facts, oddities,...
Difficult, 10 Qns, chrissie_26, Jul 19 07
Difficult
chrissie_26
2734 plays
72.
  Some Key Events in the Early 20th Century    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Here are some questions about some interesting headlines of the early years of the 20th century
Very Difficult, 10 Qns, Mikej941, Jun 12 14
Very Difficult
Mikej941
1273 plays
73.
  Which Came First: The Chicken or the Egg?    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Unlike the famous philosophical question "Which came first: the chicken or the egg", we can determine which of the following "came first". Each decade of the 20th century is represented.
Very Difficult, 10 Qns, robertearl, Oct 02 11
Very Difficult
robertearl
650 plays
74.
  The World Since 1945    
Multiple Choice
 25 Qns
During the half a century since the end of the Second World War, the world has changed dramatically. The political shape of the world had been completely transformed. Let's see how well have you kept track of contemporary history.
Very Difficult, 25 Qns, swashbuckler, Dec 05 14
Very Difficult
swashbuckler
2949 plays
75.
  Debut History    
Multiple Choice
 5 Qns
This quiz tests your knowledge of the debut of some events in history.
Difficult, 5 Qns, racemany2k, Jul 15 07
Difficult
racemany2k gold member
1684 plays
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