Answers for the History quiz

Here are the answers to the History quiz.

Q.1: Which country did Germany invade on the 1st of September 1939?

  1. France
  2. Czechoslovakia
  3. Poland
  4. Finland

The correct answer is Poland. Germany invaded Poland on the 1st of September 1939, marking the beginning of World War Two. Two days later France and England declared war on Germany. Two weeks later the Soviet Union also invaded Poland.


Q.2: What was the first country to give women the vote in 1893?

  1. America
  2. Australia
  3. New Zealand
  4. Iceland

The correct answer is generally held to be New Zealand, although an argument could also be made for Sweden in the years 1718-1771.


Q.3: What is the oldest known story in the world?

  1. The Bible
  2. The Histories
  3. The Epic of Gilgamesh
  4. The Odyssey

The correct answer is The Epic of Gilgamesh, the oldest parts of which are close to four thousand years old.


Q.4: Which of these was one of the seven ancient wonders of the world?

  1. Great Wall of China
  2. Macchu Picchu
  3. Lighthouse of Alexandria
  4. Taj Mahal

The correct answer is the Lighthouse of Alexandria, built around 280BC. It was the tallest building in the world for many centuries.


Q.5: In 1066 at the Battle of Hastings, King Harold was defeated by:

  1. Harald
  2. William
  3. Tostig
  4. Ragnar

The correct answer is William. At the Battle of Hastings in 1066 King Harold was defeated by Duke William of Normandy.


Q.6: Sliced bread was invented in:

  1. America in 1928
  2. France in 1789
  3. Australia in 1897
  4. Scotland in 1902

Sliced bread was invented in America in 1928, by Otto Frederick Rohwedder.


Q.7: What year did the Berlin Wall fall?

  1. 1988
  2. 1994
  3. 1991
  4. 1989

The Berlin Wall fell in 1989.


Q.8: Who was Garibaldi?

  1. A famous Italian painter
  2. A famous Italian soldier
  3. A famous Italian chef
  4. A famous Italian monk

Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807-1882) was a famous Italian soldier who played an important role in the unification of Italy.


Q.9: In which country was the French Revolution of 1789?

  1. Mexico
  2. Germany
  3. Italy
  4. France

The French revolution (1789-1799) was in France.


Q.10: Who was said to be so beautiful that her face launched a thousand ships?

  1. Cleopatra
  2. Helen
  3. Nefertiti
  4. Salome

The correct answer is Helen of Troy.

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