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'Darkest Hour': Who's Who in History? Quiz


Gary Oldman stared as Churchill in 'Darkest Hour'. Do you know who was who in the events at the beginning of World War Two?

A multiple-choice quiz by AcrylicInk. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Author
AcrylicInk
Time
3 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
391,810
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Easy
Avg Score
8 / 10
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Question 1 of 10
1. Before there was Churchill, there was another Prime Minister. Who was pressured to step down from the role? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Churchill is famous for being Britain's Prime Minister through most of World War Two, but which position did he hold before that? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Elizabeth Layton was Churchill's personal secretary between 1941 and 1945. Which actor played Layton in 'Darkest Hour'? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. This man was Secreterary of State for Foreign Affairs in 1940 and turned down the position of Prime Minister when it was offered to him. Who was he? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Churchill married his wife in September 1908. She was a strong character who stood up to Winston when others were afraid of him. What was her name? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. 'Darkest Hour' was set in 1940. Which British monarch invited Churchill to form a government? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. In 'Darkest Hour', Churchill asked for the ships that Britain had bought from America. Which American president was he on the phone to? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. The 30th Motor Brigade played an important role in May 1940, which was captured in 'Darkest Hour'. What did they do? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Churchill met with Paul Reynaud to discuss the Battle of France in 'Darkest Hour'. What position did Reynaud hold? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. One well-known person associated with 'Darkest Hour' was the film's director. He also directed 'Pride and Prejudice' (2005) and 'Atonement' (2007). What was his name? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Before there was Churchill, there was another Prime Minister. Who was pressured to step down from the role?

Answer: Neville Chamberlain

The opposition Labour party thought Chamberlain was weak. They believed his response to Nazi aggression was inadequate and called on the Conservatives to choose a new leader. Even after his resignation as Prime Minister, Chamberlain was respected in Parliament and played an important role in Churchill's War Cabinet.

In 'Darkest Hour', Chamberlain was played by Ronald Pickup.
2. Churchill is famous for being Britain's Prime Minister through most of World War Two, but which position did he hold before that?

Answer: First Lord of the Admiralty

As First Lord of the Admiralty, Churchill was the political head of the Royal Navy. He oversaw the administrative side, such as promotions and officer appointments.

In the film, a group of politicians and advisers discussed the idea of Churchill as Chamberlain's successor. They pointed out his flaws, but reluctantly agreed that they had no other choice. When the King was presented with the recommendation of Churchill as Prime Minister, he pointed out numerous problems, too.

Gary Oldman was nominated for many awards for his portrayl of Churchill, including a BAFTA and a Golden Globe.
3. Elizabeth Layton was Churchill's personal secretary between 1941 and 1945. Which actor played Layton in 'Darkest Hour'?

Answer: Lily James

Lily James played Elizabeth Layton. At the beginning of the film, Layton had just started her job as Churchill's secretary. Her first task was to transcribe a telegram as the First Lord of the Admiralty walked around his bedroom in a dressing gown.

In 'Darkest Hour', she had a brother who died at Dunkirk, but that 'fact' was fictional. You might have noticed that the qustion said Layton began her job in 1941. The film, however, is set a year earlier in 1940. Layton wrote a memoir, detailing what it was like to work for the Prime Minister. It was published shortly before her death in 2007.
4. This man was Secreterary of State for Foreign Affairs in 1940 and turned down the position of Prime Minister when it was offered to him. Who was he?

Answer: Lord Halifax

Lord Halifax was a popular choice for Prime Minister: Neville Chamberlain, the King, and the Conservative and Labour parties all supported the idea of him in the position. He, however, thought that Winston Churchill would make a better leader. Lord Halifax was a member of Churchill's War Cabinet.

The tension between the two men over a potential peace deal with Hitler was depicted in the film. Lord Halifax wanted Britain to negotiate with Germany through Mussolini. In 'Darkest Hour', Churchill almost gave in to Halifax's idea... almost.
5. Churchill married his wife in September 1908. She was a strong character who stood up to Winston when others were afraid of him. What was her name?

Answer: Clementine

In 'Darkest Hour', Clementine rebuked Churchill for being too harsh on his secretary, Elizabeth Layton, within minutes of meeting her for the first time. Winston was 11 years older than Clementine. How they came to be married was explained in the film: they met in 1904, but didn't see each other again for a number of years.

When they met again at a dinner party in 1908, it was like love at first sight. They were married for 56 years until Winston died.
6. 'Darkest Hour' was set in 1940. Which British monarch invited Churchill to form a government?

Answer: George VI

Not all Prime Ministers were elected in the UK. In 1940, the Conservative party were in power because they had gained the most votes in the previous election. When Neville Chamberlain stepped down as Prime Minister, it was up to the Conservative party to choose a new leader.

They made a recommendation to King George VI, who then invited Churchill to form a new government. During World War II, the government was a coalition: it had MPs from five different political parties.
7. In 'Darkest Hour', Churchill asked for the ships that Britain had bought from America. Which American president was he on the phone to?

Answer: Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin D. Roosevelt was the American president between 1933 and 1945. He was the president who entered the USA into World War Two in 1941. After Pearl Harbor, America declared war on Japan, and in turn, Germany and Italy declared war on the USA. All of that, however, happened a year after the events in the film.

At the time, neutrality laws prevented Roosevelt from helping Churchill with Britain's war effort.
8. The 30th Motor Brigade played an important role in May 1940, which was captured in 'Darkest Hour'. What did they do?

Answer: They distracted German forces so that troops could be evacuated from Dunkirk.

The defence at the Seige of Calais was commanded by Brigadier Claude Nicholson. Originally, Brigadier Nicholson was told that his troops would be evacuated with the rest of the British Expeditionary Force, but in the end he received a telegram from Churchill stating that every hour they defended against German attack was of great help to the BEF.

He wrote that he admired their bravery, but that they would not be evacuated. Though the seige was expected to fail eventually, the soldiers in the brigade gave their lives so that others could be evacuated from the beaches at Dunkirk.
9. Churchill met with Paul Reynaud to discuss the Battle of France in 'Darkest Hour'. What position did Reynaud hold?

Answer: French Prime Minister

When Churchill spoke to Reynaud in the film, he didn't quite grasp the power and military strength Germany had in comparison to France.

Like Britain, France was torn between signing a peace treaty and continuing to fight. On 26th May, Reynaud informed Churchill that he had no intention of signing a treaty. He also said that he might be forced to resign so that another politician could.
10. One well-known person associated with 'Darkest Hour' was the film's director. He also directed 'Pride and Prejudice' (2005) and 'Atonement' (2007). What was his name?

Answer: Joe Wright

Joe Wright has directed a number of historical films. In addition to 'Darkest Hour' and the two mentioned in the question, he directed 'Anna Karenina'. He worked with composer Dario Marianelli and production designer Sarah Greenwood on many films, including 'Darkest Hour'. All three have been nominated for awards for the films they have collaborated on.

Ken Loach and Tim Burton are also directors. Laurence Olivier played Darcy in the 1940 film adaption of 'Pride and Prejudice'.
Source: Author AcrylicInk

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