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A sampling of facts from around the world to challenge your general knowledge of world events is presented here.
270 World History quizzes and 3,780 World History trivia questions.
Who Wants to Live Forever
  Who Wants to Live Forever?   great trivia quiz  
Photo Match
 10 Qns
(Because you could witness key historical events)
A benefit of immortality means you could have witnessed major historical events. If a person was alive to see the birth of the third millennium on 1 January 2001, what was the MINIMUM age that person would have been to witness the depicted events below?
Average, 10 Qns, 1nn1, Feb 28 24
1nn1 gold member
Feb 28 24
1041 plays
Discover New Frontiers
  Discover New Frontiers   best quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
The desire to discover unknown lands has been a constant in humanity's history. This quiz is dedicated to journeys of exploration that occurred centuries, or even millennia, before the great voyages of discovery of the 15th and 16th century.
Easier, 10 Qns, LadyNym, May 07 22
Recommended for grades: 11,12
LadyNym gold member
May 07 22
879 plays
  Cats in History   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Here is a potpourri of history questions related to our feline friends: cats, lions, tigers, etc. There are also some alternative 'Cats'.
Average, 10 Qns, JanIQ, Jun 07 11
JanIQ gold member
11163 plays
  If Two Can Be as One   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Mergers in World History
Many wars and conflicts have been terrible, ugly, drawn-out affairs. However, peace is what we strive for, that feeling of togetherness. See what you know of these regions that came together to become one.
Average, 10 Qns, LeoDaVinci, Dec 13 22
LeoDaVinci editor
Dec 13 22
713 plays
  History of the World for Experts    
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Match these famous individuals with the historic event with which they are associated.
Average, 10 Qns, nmerr, Jun 22 23
nmerr gold member
Jun 22 23
942 plays
  World History III   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 25 Qns
Welcome to World History 1000-1500 AD. Hope you enjoy it.
Tough, 25 Qns, Sprink1234, Sep 27 21
Sep 27 21
19225 plays
  What Have the Romans Ever Done For Us?   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
In this quiz, I ask what various cultures and groups of people in history have done for the rest of us, and you choose the option that they were NOT responsible for.
Tough, 10 Qns, guitargoddess, Feb 21 14
guitargoddess gold member
7160 plays
  World History V   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 25 Qns
Welcome to 17th century World History!
Tough, 25 Qns, Sprink1234, Oct 03 11
16079 plays
  Dog and Pony Show   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
It's time for the Dog and Pony Show-- World History edition! Join us as we count down the ten most absurd, untruthful campaigns for undeserved attention in history.
Average, 10 Qns, adams627, Dec 26 20
Dec 26 20
2782 plays
  Dates of Independence    
Ordering Quiz
 10 Qns
This quiz asks players to sort dates on which countries celebrated their Independence Day from oldest to newest.
Average, 10 Qns, gme24, Jun 01 23
gme24 gold member
Jun 01 23
318 plays
trivia question Quick Question
In what area did Johannes Gutenberg make a revolutionary development in 1450?

From Quiz "World History Made Simple: 1215-1500"

  What do you know about General History?   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
These questions about history start out simple, get harder, and end up quite difficult. I hope you enjoy this quiz learn a few things.
Average, 15 Qns, buguru, Feb 17 09
15709 plays
  Will This Book Ever Get Written?   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
As some Funtrivia regulars know, I'm writing a book on world history - among other things. This quiz goes over some of the periods I'm working on. Hopefully you'll like the material half as much as I do!
Average, 10 Qns, stuthehistoryguy, Jun 28 23
stuthehistoryguy gold member
Jun 28 23
7906 plays
  Historical People I   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
There have been thousands of great people throughout history, people who have changed the utter fate of the world. How well do you know them?
Average, 10 Qns, RockBou, Jun 29 14
8236 plays
  World History II   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 25 Qns
Welcome to World History First Millenium A.D. Hope you enjoy it.
Tough, 25 Qns, Sprink1234, Mar 15 24
Mar 15 24
14767 plays
  Flagging It Up   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Putting a flag on a parcel of land is a very visual way of stating that it's owned. Take a look into these ten flag placings and test your knowledge of what you know of these cases where someone 'flagged it up'.
Easier, 10 Qns, LeoDaVinci, Jan 24 23
LeoDaVinci editor
Jan 24 23
490 plays
  Basic World History   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
How well do you know world history? Play this quiz to find out.
Average, 10 Qns, Ahmadian95, Aug 17 13
9846 plays
  World History IV   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 25 Qns
Welcome to 16th century World History. Hope you enjoy it!
Tough, 25 Qns, Sprink1234, Nov 01 15
13500 plays
  A Is for Abbas, Ferhat   popular trivia quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Sue Grafton inspired me only for the title of this historical match quiz, not for the contents. Have fun.
Very Easy, 10 Qns, JanIQ, Nov 19 16
Very Easy
JanIQ gold member
702 plays
  World History Mixture   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz includes questions about various regions and periods. It reminds me of the test I had to pass to confirm my college graduation- there was no structure and you just had to pray they asked about things you knew!
Average, 10 Qns, KBCoffelt, Jun 21 15
6296 plays
  World History VI   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 25 Qns
Welcome to 18th century World History. Hope you enjoy it.
Tough, 25 Qns, Sprink1234, Feb 24 10
9084 plays
  Captivating World History   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is a general world history question scramble. I tried to fairly cover the histories of various areas around the globe. Enjoy!
Tough, 10 Qns, thejazzkickazz, Oct 10 10
thejazzkickazz gold member
9406 plays
  Power Corrupts   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
From history to the present, and from fiction to non-fiction, what do you know about these people who let power go to their heads?
Average, 10 Qns, albinerhawk, Jan 03 12
4726 plays
  Peaceful Easy Feeling   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Treaties are an important part of history. They bring about a 'peaceful easy feeling' that has usually been missing for quite a few years. Here questions about ten historical treaties. How many do you know?
Average, 10 Qns, dcpddc478, Aug 03 19
Aug 03 19
1576 plays
  Small Events That Changed the World   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
If a butterfly flaps its wings in Asia can it cause a hurricane in Brazil? Some small events that started that way and unexpectedly changed the world.
Average, 10 Qns, corrupt1, Jun 21 14
2136 plays
  Freshman World History   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I thought my ninth-graders would do better with these semester exam World History questions. I'll bet you can do better than they did. Have fun!
Average, 10 Qns, shvdotr, Oct 17 22
Recommended for grades: 8,9,10
shvdotr gold member
Oct 17 22
1727 plays
  Don't Take the Long Way Around    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
History is full of journeys, long and short. Nowadays, we prefer not to take the long way around but historically, many people went on long journeys that turned out to be both bad and good. Here are ten of history's long journeys.
Average, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Nov 07 22
Joepetz gold member
Nov 07 22
627 plays
  8th Grade History   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Stuff I learned in my eighth grade history class.
Average, 10 Qns, historybuff268, Aug 26 20
Recommended for grades: 7,8,9
Aug 26 20
6058 plays
  History 106    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Here's a quiz based on the content of my history 106 class, a little of everything from the 1500's to the present. Enjoy!
Average, 10 Qns, JsusFreak, May 10 19
May 10 19
7129 plays
  Do You Know Your History?   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Do you consider yourself a history buff? Find out by taking this quiz.
Average, 10 Qns, nmerr, Jul 09 16
nmerr gold member
1268 plays
  How High Would You Score?    
Multiple Choice
 25 Qns
Ever heard of the Junior Certificate? It's an exam for 14/15 year olds half way through second level education. These questions come from one section. I have adapted them to multiple choice, students get no hints. Have fun and enjoy something different.
Average, 25 Qns, Fiachra, May 08 12
7666 plays
  When Did it End?    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Endings of Notable Eras
As the saying goes, all good (or bad) things must come to an end. In this quiz, we'll explore the endings of several notable eras in world history.
Average, 10 Qns, faithish, Dec 08 22
Dec 08 22
390 plays
  Times Like These   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
How much do you know about famous historical periods? Take this quiz and find out!
Average, 10 Qns, dcpddc478, Apr 11 20
Apr 11 20
2553 plays
  Historical People IV: Monarchs   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
This quiz, the fourth in the series, focuses on people who held the fate of their nation in their hands.
Tough, 15 Qns, RockBou, Aug 27 14
2982 plays
  If I'm Not Back In 5 Minutes...Wait Longer   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
"Hurry up and wait" is just how things often seem if you're in the army or catching a commercial flight. History has plenty of example of things that seemed to take much longer than expected...
Tough, 10 Qns, EnglishJedi, May 28 14
EnglishJedi gold member
2283 plays
  Travels Through History    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Hello, you must be the new assistant I sent for. I'm Prof. Quark and this is my Time Machine. Now, I'm sending my apprentice back in time and he'll report back to us. Sadly I'm terrible with History so I'll need your help to figure out where he is.
Average, 10 Qns, easyrider312, Jan 02 13
4631 plays
  Quite Random Historical Facts    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Do you know more than one historical fact starting with the letter Q? Well, surprisingly there are quite a bit more - enough to build a quiz with these. Have fun exploring some random history of the quaternary age.
Average, 10 Qns, JanIQ, Nov 05 18
JanIQ gold member
Nov 05 18
431 plays
  This Land is MY Land   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is all about countries across the world that fought for their independence ... and won! This quiz is in response to an author challenge by kyleisalive.
Average, 10 Qns, funktrumpet, Jul 27 11
1540 plays
  World History    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Distinguish the key events of World History for the average Middle School Social Studies.
Average, 10 Qns, mini70, Jul 07 16
1684 plays
  Coincidence is God's Way of Remaining Anonymous   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
That was Einstein's perhaps very apt comment on coincidence. History can sometimes turn on coincidences or just produce some amazing stories. Let's take a look at some of history's more interesting happenstances.
Tough, 10 Qns, McAngus, Oct 01 17
Oct 01 17
1188 plays
  Survey of World History   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is Funtrivia's first general survey of world history. I will endeavor, in this quiz, to ask some questions which fairly cover the numerous countries and cultures of the world...good luck!
Tough, 10 Qns, thejazzkickazz, Dec 15 02
thejazzkickazz gold member
4325 plays
  Quincentennial Quiz    
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
With my 500th(!) quiz online at the end of August of 2020, can you match these August quincentenary dates with the original events? (Remember - dates given are 500 years after actual event!)
Average, 10 Qns, reedy, Aug 17 23
reedy gold member
Aug 17 23
498 plays
  World History: Which Decade?   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I'll give you three historical events from around the world and all you have to do is tell me which decade they happened in. Good luck!
Average, 10 Qns, timence, Jun 12 13
timence gold member
1549 plays
  General History Questions    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
A quiz on Ancient and Medieval History.
Average, 15 Qns, ladydoor, Apr 03 12
8280 plays
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A look at some of the biggest revolutions and uprisings ever.
Average, 10 Qns, George95, May 05 11
George95 gold member
872 plays
  History of the World: IX   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
From 1700 to about 1850, I see this period as the Revolution Age, or the Enlightenment. This period started to pave the way to our modern world.
Average, 10 Qns, 0c0c0c, Mar 24 09
3327 plays
  Pharaohs, Tsars, Emperors, Kings and Queens II    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A brief quiz on different rulers who have had an impact on our world one way or another.
Tough, 10 Qns, Jaffas85, Feb 11 22
Feb 11 22
4054 plays
  History of the World: VII   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
We've been through the Stone, Bronze, Iron, Classical, and Dark Ages. But now come the Middle Ages, a time of crusades and caliphs!
Average, 10 Qns, 0c0c0c, May 15 18
May 15 18
3460 plays
  Beds are Burning    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Midnight Oil's protest song "Beds Are Burning" is the inspiration for this quiz which looks at forced migration. There are many examples throughout history, often carried out at great cost to those involved.
Average, 10 Qns, suomy, Jun 14 16
786 plays
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is about different historical events involving water. Enjoy!
Easier, 10 Qns, duggarfan04, Nov 21 19
Nov 21 19
755 plays
  Countdown to the Millennium: III    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
It is now time to step into the 3rd century. In the previous century we saw the first signs of chaos erupting in the East and the West, but it will be this century where things really start to fall apart. Get ready for a bumpy ride.
Tough, 15 Qns, Avalice, Sep 18 16
241 plays
  20 Questions: General History Multiple Choice Quiz    
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
This is a very general quiz about everything from world leaders to the Constitution. Good luck and enjoy it!
Tough, 20 Qns, evelina0606, Jun 26 12
4570 plays
  Kings, Khalifs, Sultans and Chieftains    
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
This quiz is about the leaders of many states and times. Good luck!
Tough, 20 Qns, SalamKhan, Sep 14 14
619 plays
  The World's Story    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
From the invention of the wheel to the Cold War this test has an array of questions from history.
Average, 10 Qns, Piecrust, Jan 13 11
3725 plays
  Modern History - Missing Links    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Here's another 'missing links' quiz where you'll have to find the suitable choice, given a series of related names. The questions will cover up aspects up to the 19th century.
Tough, 10 Qns, Mr5, Nov 09 10
3098 plays
  Because Seven Eight Nine    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The year 789 CE is not one you are likely to remember, but this quiz features several significant events that happened that year.
Average, 10 Qns, TimBentley, Nov 11 12
564 plays
  A Look at World History    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A brief look at some historical moments in our amazing past.
Tough, 10 Qns, doomed, Mar 29 11
2815 plays
  Circular History    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Ever heard the phrase "six degrees of Kevin Bacon"? Here is a quiz that is a little like that. We start in a place in time and by question ten we should be back there again with a brief trip around some interesting historical highlights!
Average, 10 Qns, JWJHope, Feb 28 12
1997 plays
  History of the World: I    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Are you a history buff? If so, this quiz is for you! If you aren't a history buff, try anyway. You might find out you know a more than you think.
Tough, 10 Qns, 0c0c0c, Jul 03 11
2900 plays
  Changing World    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
History is fundamentally about 'changes'. Major changes, minor changes. After all we tell stories only when 'things happen', not when everything remains as it was.
Tough, 10 Qns, flem-ish, Apr 21 22
Apr 21 22
2986 plays
  World History: The Ultimate Test!    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
There is nothing more satisfying than knowing who our ancestors were and how they lived. This is exactly what World History tries to accomplish. Like World History? Any good at it? Try this quiz!
Tough, 10 Qns, udbhav, Aug 01 11
1768 plays
  I Hate History    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
You want a tough history quiz? One that will make your brain twist and turn in frustrated consternation? A real challenge? Well, too bad!
Average, 10 Qns, Lost_Player, Oct 06 12
3327 plays
  Interesting World History    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Here's a quiz about some historical events in Europe (and elsewhere). I hope you enjoy them.
Tough, 10 Qns, robert362, Oct 14 04
5787 plays
  All Those Tragedies    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Many tragedies happened around this world of ours. Can you identify where they took place, in which form or even in which year? Good luck!
Average, 10 Qns, Eisenherz, Nov 22 17
Nov 22 17
1259 plays
  Development of Nations    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A general quiz on some examples of nation- building.
Tough, 10 Qns, WW2Master123, Feb 12 18
Feb 12 18
519 plays
  Trifles For The History Buff    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Many a little, makes a mickle, as my grannie said. So a bit of knowledge here, and a bit of information there, may help us end up with a better understanding of the world we live in. That was my teachers' view. Hope it's a bit of fun too.
Average, 10 Qns, chrissie_26, Feb 10 15
2258 plays
  Voyages Aboard the S.S. Quiz    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Its the 1800s and you and your pirate crew are preparing to sail around the world. But can you navigate the obstacles in your way and answer questions from History and Geography.
Average, 10 Qns, James707, Jun 21 14
578 plays
  History Test    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Hello! This is quiz is basically based on Indian history with a little foreign admixture. I hope you enjoy the quiz!
Average, 10 Qns, bikoz, Nov 30 12
1870 plays
  More History 101    
Multiple Choice
 25 Qns
Another batch of history questions. Hope you enjoy it.
Tough, 25 Qns, Livefan, Mar 11 12
4736 plays

World History Trivia Questions

1. When did England's royal Tudor dynasty end?

From Quiz
When Did it End?

Answer: 1603

The storied reign of the Tudors began in 1487 with Henry Tudor's (subsequently crowned Henry VII) victory over Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth. His son, Henry VIII, ascended to the throne upon the elder Henry's death in 1509. Henry VIII is perhaps the most infamous of the Tudors, noted for his many marriages as well as his breaking from the Church of Rome to establish the Church of England with himself as the head. Following Henry's death in 1547, the crown fell to his only legitimate son, Edward VI, who was only 10 years old at the time. Edward died without issue in 1552, shortly before which he'd named his cousin Lady Jane Grey his successor. Supporters of Edward's elder sister, Mary, quickly rose up in rebellion and unseated Jane, who was executed for treason in 1554, having never been officially crowned. Mary Tudor subsequently claimed the throne as Mary I, and despite her best efforts to produce an heir, she died childless in 1558. The crown then passed to Mary's younger sister Elizabeth I, who, having witnessed several women before her (namely her mother, Anne Boleyn) who were treated as pawns of their husbands, staunchly refused to marry and subsequently died without issue (and, it is widely believed, a virgin) in 1603 after a long and fruitful reign. Upon Elizabeth's death, her nearest relative, James VI, King of Scotland, was deemed the heir with the strongest claim. James belonged to the House of Stuart, and upon his crowning as James I of England, the Tudor reign came to an end.

2. One of the more iconic images of raising a flag was the American flag raising on Mount Suribachi in Iwo Jima. Immortalized in pictures as well as a statue, during which conflict was Iwo Jima 'flagged up' by the Americans?

From Quiz Flagging It Up

Answer: World War II

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December 7, 1941, the United States formally entered World War II on the side of the Allies and against the Japanese-German-Italian Axis. The war in the Pacific theatre did not go well for the Americans in the beginning and the Japanese made significant headway, hopping from island to island. However, in the latter stages of the war, the Americans were able to turn things around and began reconquering the lost territory. The battle for Iwo Jima started on February 19, 1945. It was considered an important island to take in the Pacific and the United States placed a lot of emphasis on retaking it. Nevertheless, the island had very little strategic importance to the war. After a long and bloody battle, Mount Suribachi was taken and an American flag was raised on February 23, 1945. The battle for the island would actually continue until March 26. The photograph of the second flag-raising would go on to win a Pulitzer Prize that very same year and became one of the best-known photographs of the war.

3. The Battle of Red Cliffs was a massive battle involving hundreds of thousands of soldiers fighting on land and countless ships fighting for control of the nearby river. What is the name of the river that this battle took place nearby?

From Quiz Countdown to the Millennium: III

Answer: Yangtze

The Battle of the Red Cliffs was a massive battle between the warlord, Cao Cao, who was also the Chancellor of the Han dynasty, and the warlords, Sun Quan and Liu Bei. Cao Cao's goal at the time was uniting China after the chaos of the past few decades; he had already retaken control over the north and was now focusing on the south. Cao Cao attempted to take control over the Yangtze River, but was ultimately repelled after suffering a major defeat on land and in the river itself. The use of fire ships, ships whose sole purpose was to smash into the enemy fleet and set it ablaze, devastated Cao Cao's fleet, including the countless numbers of soldiers and cavalry on board many of his ships. The aftermath of this battle would have massive implications on the future of China as Cao Cao was unable to unite the country while Sun Quan and Liu Bei would both end up becoming major power players in the lead-up to the Three Kingdoms period.

4. In international politics population transfers used to be considered a suitable way of resolving what particular issue?

From Quiz Beds are Burning

Answer: Ethnic conflict

Surprisingly perhaps, international treaties were being signed during the 20th century to sanction population transfers. Ethnic and religious conflicts were the main reasons for such transfers. An example was the expulsion of Germans from Eastern Europe and from Germany east of Oder-Neisse Line following the Second World War, which was sanctioned by the Allies in the Potsdam Agreement of 1945. Some 12 million ethnic Germans and citizens were involved and upwards of 500,000 died as a result, with some estimates putting this figure as high as 2 million. It is now considered to be in breach of International Law although this does not prevent it from happening. Such population movements differ from individually-motivated migrations although in times of war or famine, the lines are frequently blurred.

5. James Garfield, the 20th U.S. President, was assassinated while in office. Who was the assassin?

From Quiz Do You Know Your History?

Answer: Charles Guiteau

Although Guiteau did shoot the President, Garfield didn't die right away. He lived for weeks while doctors probed around inside the wound with unsterilized fingers while trying to retrieve the bullet. All that probing enlarged the wound significantly. Garfield eventually died of a heart attack. Who actually killed President Garfield? Was it Guiteau, who admittedly fired the shot, or the doctors who made things worse by introducing bacteria into the enlarged wound? The legal system answered that question by finding Guiteau guilty of murder and later hanging him.

6. When was the first trip by Columbus to the Caribbean?

From Quiz Water!

Answer: 1492

Christopher Columbus (1450 or 1451-1506) made four trips to the Caribbean between 1492 and 1503. His first landing in the Americas was on an island in The Bahamas. He sailed to many of the islands, which he called the Indies. He seems not have been aware that America was a continent and not the East Indies.

7. Henry III became King of England shortly after his ninth birthday and Richard II was 10 when he gained the throne. Some people have to wait much longer. In British history, which aspiring monarch has spent the longest period as "heir apparent"?

From Quiz If I'm Not Back In 5 Minutes...Wait Longer

Answer: Charles, Duke of Rothesay and Cornwall

Queen Victoria, still the longest-reigning monarch in British history at the end of the 20th century, gave birth to her first son, Albert Edward, a little over four years after she became queen. He was the "heir apparent", first as the Earl of Dublin then later as the Prince of Wales, from November 1841 until January 1901 before taking the throne as King Edward VII. (He died less than 10 years after becoming king.) That was the longest anyone had waited as first in line to the throne until the current Prince Charles, Duke or Rothesay, Duke of Cornwall and Prince of Wales. He became heir apparent when his mother Queen Elizabeth II became Queen in February 1952, when he was just over three years old. In the summer of 2012, Prince Charles surpassed the former King Edward VII as the longest-serving heir apparent in British history. George, Crown Prince of Hanover, was born as heir apparent to George III in 1762 and did not become King George IV until 1820 -- more than 57 years in waiting. Prince Edward's father, Henry III, has already been on the throne for 23 years when he was born in 1239. Even so, he had to wait more than 33 years, until 1272, before he became King Edward I.

8. In the 15th century CE Malaya was ruled by kings of which Sultanate/Empire?

From Quiz Development of Nations

Answer: Malacca

The Malacca sultanate (1400-1511) ruled the peninsula from the founders' retreat in Temasik (Singapore) to the fall of the sultanate at the hands of the Portuguese Empire.

9. Which decade saw the first person set foot on Antarctica, the discovery of X-Rays, and the first publication of "The Jungle Book"?

From Quiz World History: Which Decade?

Answer: 1890s

The 1890s, sometimes referred to as the "Mauve Decade" or "The Gay Nineties", saw a large volume of classic literature published, including Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray" and H.G. Wells' "The Time Machine" and "War of the Worlds".

10. What city, also the name of a type of headgear, was founded in 789 by Idris I?

From Quiz Because Seven Eight Nine

Answer: Fez

The city of Fez (sometimes spelled Fes) produced the dye used for the color of the felt hat called a fez. The fez was popular in the Ottoman Empire and Egypt for a time. Fez was the capital of Morocco until the capital moved to Rabat in 1912, and Fez is still one of the most important cities of Morocco.

11. Who was the Mughal ruler whose government is often thought of as the world's best of its day?

From Quiz Freshman World History

Answer: Akbar

Akbar ruled India from 1556 to 1605. His reign is known for its tolerance, efficiency, and cultural achievements. Temujin is the personal name of Genghis Khan, the great Mongol conqueror. Kamehameha was a king of Hawaii. Salah ad-Din is known in English as Saladin, the Kurd who stymied Richard the Lion-hearted in the Holy Land during the Third Crusade. Coincidentally, Akbar's "first" name is sometimes written as Jalal ud-Din.

12. RMS Titanic sank on 15 April 1912, resulting in the deaths of 1,517 people. From which port did it depart?

From Quiz All Those Tragedies

Answer: Southampton

It departed in the 10th of that month, sinking about five days later after the ship hit an iceberg.

13. The "Glorious Revolution" ocurred in 1688. William the Orange (later William III) was invited to England by a group of Tories and Whigs, to replace the then-current king, who had lost the support of both. Who was this unpopular king?

From Quiz "Revolution"ary

Answer: James II

William the Orange landed at Torbay in England with an army, and soon afterwards many of James II's troops, including some senior officers, defected to William. Thereupon James II panicked and tried unsucessfully to flee to France, dropping the Great Seal of England in the Thames. The throne was declared vacant and William of Orange and his wife Mary became the new joint monarchs England and later also of Scotland and Ireland. The term "Glorious Revolution" was coined in 1689 by John Hampden, and the British parliament still uses that term today. It was also inaccurately described as the "Bloodless Revolution". The revolution also led to the creation of the English Bill of Rights.

14. Marco Polo is famous for his journeys to Mongolia where he met this powerful Mongol emperor.

From Quiz Historical People IV: Monarchs

Answer: Kublai Khan

Kublai Khan was the first of the Khan line to become emperor, instead of following the "Great Khan" tradition (although he kept this title as well). He also welcomed Marco Polo into his empire. Marco Polo then returned to Europe with magnificent stories that made Kublai Khan a legend in Europe. Ghengis Khan was the founder of the Mongol Empire, and thus the first Great Khan. Ögedei Khan was the son of Ghengis Khan and the second Great Khan. Möngke Khan was responsible for conquering Iraq and Syria and was the fourth great Khan of the Mongol Empire.

15. This British leader was originally an outcast, as well as a chain, cigar-smoking alcoholic. He eventually became a pivotal figure in World War II.

From Quiz Historical People I

Answer: Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill initially feared Germany from the start, but his words fell to deaf ears. Attlee was Prime Minister from 1945-1951 while Winston Churchill was prime minister from 1940-1945 as well as from 1951-1955. Anthony Eden succeeded Churchill.

16. In which granary of the Roman Empire was a cat considered holy?

From Quiz Cats in History

Answer: Egypt

New Zealand and Peru were not known to the Romans. The Ukraine was and still is an important grain producer, but was never part of the Roman Empire. Besides, I haven't found any corroboration for the assumption that Ukrainians did ever consider the cat as holy. The veneration of the cat by the Egyptians is well documented. Thousands of mummified cats have been found, as well as temple inscriptions referring to the cat goddess Bastet. Cats did chase mice and rats from the grain storehouses and had thus a very useful function. Bastet was associated with joy and music. (Hint for cat people: seek soft music, best light classical music, if you want to treat your cat to a little music. My cats do appreciate classic violin or piano concertos).

17. Who was assassinated on June 28th, 1914?

From Quiz Small Events That Changed the World

Answer: Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria

The shot heard round the world was fired by Gavrilo Princip, one of six assasins sent to kill the Archduke. He fired into their open car killing both the Archduke and his wife Sophie. No one could foresee that one death would be the impetus for the First World War and the deaths of about 16 million soldiers and civilians and the wounding of another 21 million.

18. He was the chieftain of Gaul. He ruled from about 82 BC to 46 BC. He was a very skilled warrior and won countless battles against the Roman Empire. However, he was defeated by Julius Caesar in 46 BC at the Battle of Alesia.

From Quiz Kings, Khalifs, Sultans and Chieftains

Answer: Vercingetorix

Vercingetorix was born into a small Gallic tribe called the Arverni. His father was the chieftain but he was killed in an accident when a large tree fell and crushed him while he was in his home. Vercingetorix was proclaimed chieftain and won many battles against their enemy, the Roman Empire. But he was finally defeated at Alesia, dragged to Rome and put on display like an animal, and killed for public amusement.

19. What state of the U.S. did Rod Blagojevich govern?

From Quiz Power Corrupts

Answer: Illinois

Facing corruption charges, Rod Blagojevich was impeached and removed from office on January 29, 2009. The most talked about charge was that he was selling the Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama. He was succeeded by the lieutenant governor, Pat Quinn. Blagojevich was preceded by a governor who was jailed for corruption charges as well.

20. The Indian National Army (INA) is also known as?

From Quiz History Test

Answer: AHF

AHF stands for Azad Hind Fauj. The main member of the AHF was Subhas Chandra Bose. The aim of the army was to overthrow the British Rule in colonial India, with Japanese assistance.

21. Who was in the first triumvirate?

From Quiz 8th Grade History

Answer: Caesar, Crassus, and Pompey

Caesar, Crassus, and Pompey teamed up because of what they brought to the table, not because they liked each other. Caesar was the "face man" of the group. He knew both sides of society; the poor and the rich. He was the guy that everyone wanted to be around. Crassus had money. He wanted 'gravitas', or social standing (the more 'gravitas', the more respect), but the only thing he had was business success. Pompey had the support of the soldiers in the legions. He was known as Pompey Magnus or Pompey the Great.

22. For what important document was Martin Luther responsible?

From Quiz World History Mixture

Answer: The 95 Theses

Martin Luther posted the 95 Theses (or arguments) regarding the inappropriateness of the church's sale of indulgences (or forgiveness of sin) on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany in 1517, which led to the Reformation. Martin Luther King, Jr (charasmatic civil rights leader) was responsible for the "I Have a Dream" speech, in which he foresaw a time when Americans could live together harmoniously regardless of superficial traits like color of skin.

23. The Norman invasion of England took place in 1066. What was the key battle called?

From Quiz Basic World History

Answer: Battle of Hastings

The Normans were led by William Duke of Normandy, later nicknamed 'the Conquerer'. They fought against the Anglo-Saxons led by Harold I and won. The battle is depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry. Other choices: The Battle of Waterloo was a battle involving Napoleon. The Battle of the Bulge was fought in World War II. The Battle of Stonehenge never took place. I made it up!

24. This city, founded by Peter the Great in 1703, became Russia's capital until 1918.

From Quiz History of the World: IX

Answer: St. Petersburg & Saint Petersburg & St Petersburg & Petrograd

In 1917 Lenin came to power, and moved the capital of Russia back to Moscow the capital of Russia. After his death Petrograd (as St Petersburg was called at the time) was renamed Leningrad, and stayed that way until 1991, when it was renamed once again, to St. Petersburg.

25. The year is 1002 C.E. and Leif Erikson and some Vikings have landed in America. They called the land Vinland. What is present-day Vinland?

From Quiz History of the World: VII

Answer: Newfoundland

According to legend, a member of Leif's group named Tyrkir found some grapes, causing Leif to name the land Vinland.

26. When did Homo sapiens start to appear?

From Quiz History of the World: I

Answer: 200,000 B.C.E

According to anthropolgists Homo sapiens appeared in Africa about 230,000-200,000 years ago and was a descendent of Homo erectus.

27. The ruling Rana family of which Asian state entered an agreement with the British after 1860 to ensure the state's autonomy?

From Quiz A Look at World History

Answer: Nepal

The British conquest of India in the 18th and 19th centuries posed a serious threat to Nepal which expected to be another victim and left the country with no real alternative but to seek an accommodation with the British to preserve independence. This was accomplished by the Rana family after 1860 on terms that were mutually acceptable.

28. Martin Luther - John Calvin - Heinrich Bullinger - William Tyndale - Phillip Melanchthon - ?

From Quiz Modern History - Missing Links

Answer: Ulrich Zwingli

The central movement of the 16th century was the Protestant Reform. Through its fiery sustainers, the reformation spread from Germany to France, Switzerland, England and other European countries.

29. Why did the Protestant Reformation take place?

From Quiz History 106

Answer: It was the result of objections to Catholic doctrine and practices

Martin Luther objected because in his view Catholic doctrine had abandoned the original teachings of the Bible. He also objected to a range of practices within the Catholic Church. His original aim was to reform the Church, and he and his followers only broke away when it became clear that the Papacy was unwilling to make fundamental changes.

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