100 History Quiz Questions


History Quiz Questions Round 1: Mostly World Wars

  1. In which month of 1914 did the First World War begin?
  2. What were people told to “keep burning” in the hit song of 1914?
  3. What was the occupation of Edith Cavell, who was shot by the Germans on a spying charge?
  4. Who became Prime Minister of Britain in 1916?
  5. What did George V ban in his household to encourage others to do the same and help the war effort?
  6. In the 1915 song where did you “Pack Up Your Troubles”?
  7. How did Lord Kitchener die?
  8. At which battle in 1916 was there said to be a million fatalities?
  9. Which new weapon was introduced in battle in 1916?
  10. What was the 1914—18 war known as until 1939?
  11. What was the nationality of dancer Mata Hari, shot as a spy?
  12. In which year did the United States enter the First World War?
  13. Why were British soldiers called Tommies (short for Tommy Atkins)?
  14. Which new British military force was established in 1918?
  15. The German attack on which country caused Britain to enter the Second World War?
  16. Which German word meaning “lightning war” entered the English language?
  17. According to the World War ll poster, what did “Careless Talk” do?
  18. What was the nickname of the anti-British broadcaster, William Joyce?
  19.  According to Churchill, he had nothing to offer in 1940 but what?
  20. Which great evacuation of 1940 was called Operation Dynamo?
  21. What was the German air force called?
  22. What were the Local Defence Volunteers renamed?
  23. Which fruit’ was no longer imported after 1940?
  24. Which US band-leader went missing over the Channel in 1944?
  25. Where did the Bevin Boys work?
  26. What was the popular name for pilotless aircraft, V-1s?
  27. What was snoek?
  28. Who commanded the Allied forces that invaded Europe on D-Day?
  29. Which scantily clad female had a daily strip in the “Daily Mirror”?
  30. In which French city did Germany surrender in World War II?

Round 1 Answers

  1.  August
  2. Home fires
  3.  Nurse
  4. Lloyd George
  5.  Alcohol
  6. In your old kit bag
  7.   Lost at sea
  8.  Somme
  9. Tank
  10. The Great War
  11.  Dutch
  12. 1917
  13. Sample name on recruitment form
  14. RAF
  15. Poland
  16.  Blitzkrieg
  17. Costs Lives
  18. Lord Haw Haw
  19. Blood, toil, tears, and sweat
  20.  Dunkirk
  21.  Luftwaffe
  22. Home Guard
  23. Bananas
  24.  Glenn Miller
  25. Coalmines
  26. Doodle-bug or buzz bomb
  27.  Fish
  28. Eisenhower
  29. Jane
  30.  Reims

Round 2:  General History Quiz Questions

  1. Which member of the British royal family was murdered by IRA in 1979?
  2. Golda Mer was the Prime Minister of which country from 1970-1974?
  3.  What was the meaning of Mahatma Gandhi’s message ‘Satyagraha’?
  4. Whose presidency was known a ‘’ the businessman’s administration’’?
  5. In the 1970s, because of the Watergate scandal, who became the first Us attorney general to serve prison time?
  6.  In which year was Margaret Thatcher first elected Prime Minister in Britain?
  7. Name the Queen’s art expert who, in 1978, was disclosed as being ‘the fourth man’ following the defection of Burgess and MacLean in 1951?
  8. What nationality was Sir Edmund Hillary, who with Sherpa Tenzing, was the first to reach the summit of Everest in 1953?
  9. In which country, in 1989 was opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi placed under house arrest for her outspoken attacks on the country military rulers?
  10.  Who was president when the USA entered the first World War?
  11.  In which decade was London’s ‘Crystal Palace’ destroyed by fire?
  12. On the bombing of Pearl Harbour in 1941, who said: ’’Our enemies have performed a brilliant feat of deception, perfectly timed and executed whit great skill.’’?
  13. Which two African politicians jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993?
  14. Which war ended in 1902 with the treaty of Vereeniging?
  15. Who became President of the Fifth Republic on 8th January 1959?
  16. What was the name of Queen Elisabeth Queen Moher when she married the Duke of York in 1923?
  17. Who, in 1963 said: ‘’ Let us seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of hatred and bitterness’’?
  18. 18. In which state was Henry Ford born in 1863? It was also the state in which he died in 1947.
  19. Which two countries signed a peace agreement at Camp David in 1978?
  20. Name the Roman Gladiator and rebel who led a revolt against the Roman Empire between 73 and 71 BC. ?
  21. Who was president of the USA throughout World War One?
  22. The Treaty of Panmunjom ended which war?
  23. The Virgin Islands of the United States, a territory in the West Indies, were bought by the USA in 1917 from which European country?
  24. In 1940, who did Hitler make marshal of the Reich, or Reichmarshal, the first and only holder of that rank?
  25. Who was the war commissar who led the Red Army to victory in the Russian civil war of 1918 to 1920?
  26. Mary Todd was the wife of which US president?
  27. at the end of the 18th century, where did a man named Toussaint-L’Ouverture lead a rebellion?
  28. . Who was appointed the head of the Spanish Inquisition in 1483?
  29. Who was the Roman emperor at the time of St. Paul’s execution, circa 64 AD?
  30. What name is given to the period between Napoleon’s return to France after his escape from Elba, until his final defeat at Waterloo?

Round 2 Answers 

  1. Lord Mountbatten
  2. Israel
  3. Non-violent message
  4. Eisenhower
  5. John Mitchell
  6. 1979
  7. Sir Anthony Blunt
  8. New Zealander
  9. Burma (Myanmar)
  10. Coolidge
  11. 1930’s
  12. President F.D. Roosevelt
  13. Nelson Mandela and Fredrick W de Klerk
  14. The Boer War
  15. Charles De Gaulle
  16. Lady Elisabeth Bowes Lyon
  17. Martin Luther King
  18. Michigan
  19. Egypt and Israel
  20. Spartacus
  21. Woodrow Wilson
  22. Korean war
  23. Denmark
  24. Hermann Goering
  25. Trotsky
  26. Lincoln
  27. Haiti
  28. Tomas de Torquemada
  29. Nero
  30. Hundred Days

Round 3: More General History Questions

  1. Which British monarch succeeded Queen Victoria?
  2. Richard III died at which battle?
  3. Who was the last Viceroy of India?
  4. Which English monarch married Eleanor of Aquitaine?
  5. Who was the last wife of Henry VIII?
  6. Which country did Britain fight in the War of Jenkins’ Ear?
  7. Which King George did the Prince Regent become?
  8. At the Siege of Mafeking who led the British forces?
  9. The House of Lancaster kings were all called what?
  10. Under what name is Gregor Efimovich better known?
  11. Apart from Mad George which kinder nickname did George HI have?
  12. Which English queen married Prince George of Denmark?
  13. Blucher commanded which country’s troops at the Battle of Waterloo?
  14. Who had a horse called Bucephalus?
  15. Queen Elizabeth II’s grandfather was which monarch?
  16. Who was the Wisest Fool in Christendom?
  17. Who was the first Prince of Wales?
  18. Whose last words are reputed to be “My neck is very slender”?
  19. Which Spanish king sent his unsuccessful Armada?
  20. Which monarch was murdered in Berkeley Castle?
  21. In what year did Edward VIII abdicate?
  22. In Britain, who first held the office that today is known as Prime Minister?
  23. In the 15th century which Duke was drowned in Malmsey wine?
  24. Who ruled England between Henry I and Henry II?
  25. How did Lord Kitchener die?
  26. Who with royal connections had the middle name, Warfield?
  27. In 1066 how many monarchs ruled England in the year?
  28. Which ruler referred the English to a nation of shopkeepers?
  29. Which monarch ordered the execution of Sir Walter Raleigh?
  30. Which wife gave Henry VIII the male heir that he wanted?


  1. Edward VII
  2. Bosworth Field
  3. Lord Louis Mountbatten
  4. Henry II
  5. Catherine Parr
  6. Spain
  7. George IV
  8. Robert Baden-Powell
  9. Henry
  10. Rasputin
  11. Farmer George
  12. Queen Anne
  13. Prussia
  14. Alexander the Great
  15. George V
  16. James I (James VI of Scotland)
  17. Edward (later Edward II)
  18. Anne Boleyn
  19. Philip H
  20. Edward II
  21. 1936
  22. Robert Walpole
  23. Clarence
  24. Stephen
  25. He drowned
  26. Mrs. Wallis Simpson
  27. Three
  28. Napoleon Bonaparte
  29. James I
  30. Jane Seymour

World Leaders

  1.  Who becomes the UK’s foreign secretary following the 2016 EU Referendum?
  2. In the ’70s who did Idi Amin oust from power in Uganda?
  3. Which Emperor of Japan ruled for over 60 years in the 20th century?
  4. What was the first name of Mrs. Gorbachev?
  5. Who succeeded President Nasser in Egypt?
  6. What was the name of Donald Trump running mate in 2016 presidential race?
  7. Who was the world’s first woman Prime Minister?
  8. In which decade did Juan Carlos I become King of Spain’?
  9. Robert Mugabe was Prime Minister and president of which country?
  10. Who became Ireland’s first woman president?


  1. Boris Johnson – now PM
  2. Milton Obote
  3. Hirohito
  4. Raisa
  5. Anwar Sadat
  6. Mike Pence
  7. Sirimavo Bandaranaike
  8. 1970’s
  9. Zimbabwe
  10. Mary Robinson