British History Quiz for Dummies

Can you answer these 20 easy questions about the history of Great Britain?
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Last updated: June 29, 2020
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Who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during most of WWII?
Winston Churchill
What king had six different wives, two of whom were beheaded?
King Henry VIII
What country tried to invade England with an armada in 1588?
Spain
Whose many plays include "Hamlet", "MacBeth", and "Romeo and Juliet"?
William Shakespeare
What royal family member died in a car crash after being chased by paparazzi in 1997?
Princess Diana
What country merged with England to form the "Kingdom of Great Britain" in 1707?
Scotland
Who reigned as Queen of the United Kingdom from 1837–1901?
Queen Victoria
What series of conflicts pitted the House of Lancaster against the House of York?
Wars of the Roses
What territory did the UK acquire from China in 1842 and return in 1997?
Hong Kong
What "revolution" started in Great Britain in the late 1700s, sparking a massive rise in
material prosperity throughout the entire world?
Industrial Revolution
What charter of rights did King John agree to in 1215 which placed
limits on royal power?
Magna Carta
What type of people did England "transport" to Australia from 1787 until 1868?
Convicts
What famous ring of stones was constructed in Wiltshire at least 4000 years ago?
Stonehenge
What political union did the UK vote to leave in 2016, finally doing so in 2020?
European Union
King Richard I was known by the nickname "Cœur de Lion".
What does this mean in English?
Lionheart
What country did England fight against in the "Hundred Years War"?
France
What was the most populous country in the British Empire before becoming
independent in 1947?
India
What theory did Charles Darwin write about in his book "On the Origin of Species"?
Natural Selection
What name has been shared by 6 kings, the 3rd of whom was mad?
George
What group of people conquered England in 1066?
Normans
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Level 56
Jun 29, 2020
Bruh, I am dumb, I did pretty bad.
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Level 49
Jun 29, 2020
16/20 not bad. I'll love to make an Indian one If you're not making it @QuizMaster
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Level 67
Jun 29, 2020
I got 💯percent! Cool quiz!
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Level 89
Jun 29, 2020
Not a bad quiz, though I do think it would benefit from a bit more material concerning Scotland and Wales (and if it is the history of the United Kingdom—as opposed to merely the island of 'Great Britain'—Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland also have some significant contributions to pay).
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Level 77
Jun 29, 2020
She wasn't royal family member when she died though.
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Level 76
Jun 30, 2020
From her wikipedia page: Diana lost the style "Her Royal Highness" and instead was styled Diana, Princess of Wales. As the mother of the prince expected to one day ascend to the throne, she continued to be regarded as a member of the royal family and was accorded the same precedence she enjoyed during her marriage.
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Level 58
Sep 4, 2020
I tried "Spencer" to see if it was accepted. It was not. Fair enough.
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Level 65
Jun 29, 2020
Did anyone else read "What famous ring of stores was constructed in Wiltshire at least 4000 years ago?" and wonder whether they really had department stores 4000 years ago?
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Level 67
Jul 1, 2020
Tescos of the Bronze Age
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Level 62
Jun 30, 2020
Brexit. Boo. Hiss
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Level 75
Jul 3, 2020
I believe Avebury would also fit the description of the ring of stones (it's in Wiltshire, has a ring of stones and think it's over 4000 yrs old; famous is contentious, but also subjective); please could you accept this too [especially as I live nearer it than Stonehenge ;-)]?
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Level 73
Jul 9, 2020
The requiement should be to type Henry and the number 8 to get the answer correct, accepting just Henry is silly.
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Level 78
Jul 11, 2020
For me, I'm glad to be able to type just the name and move on. It's not as if there are fifty Henrys to go through - if there is someone who knows the name but not the number it wouldn't take them long to start at one and get to eight.
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Level 42
Sep 25, 2020
Is there anyone that doesn't know that it was Henry VIII whom had six wives?
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Level 48
Jul 11, 2020
19/20 I studipidly missed Natural Selection !
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Level 48
Jul 11, 2020
To be fair, it really should be made so that it accepts answers like theory of evolution and maybe even darwinism, because those were number one and two that I tried on that one and I only managed to get the correct answer in the last 10 seconds.
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Level 78
Jul 11, 2020
Evolution was accepted for me.
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Level 61
Jul 11, 2020
too UK centric.
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Level 66
Jul 11, 2020
Rather too english centric. The only question that isn't 100% about England is the one mentioning Scotland's union with it.
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Level 42
Sep 25, 2020
Being English myself I do quite agree that this quiz should not be named British and rather English. For it does give the rest of our great country the shaft. Poor Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
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Level 45
Jul 11, 2020
Loved this! I managed to get all of them, which was fun (and a nice change for me ;P). Good blend of answers though. Most people should be able to get the majority of these, but there were still some that required some thinking
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Level 73
Jul 11, 2020
Maybe include "norse" or "vikings" as possible answers for "normans"
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Level 61
Jul 11, 2020
The Vikings failed with hardrada being defeated by harolds forces at Stamford bridge where he and forces died! Not successful conquering unlike my ancestors (probably) us normans did conquer England from Harold at Hastings in 1066
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Level 42
Sep 25, 2020
If a European that lived a thousand years ago has living descendants today, then if you are of European descent you are almost certainly descended from them. So the Normans are your ancestors, as they are mine, and pretty much everyone elses!
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Level 46
Jul 11, 2020
Neville Chamberlain was also PM during WW2, not that I chose him but he was the PM when the war started.
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Level 42
Jul 11, 2020
Yes, but the question asks about who was PM during MOST of WWII. Chamberlain served for less than a year after the war in Europe began, while the correct answer served for the remaining five years of the war.
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Level 66
Jul 12, 2020
I read most populous country as "city", and so kept getting frustrated that "Kolkata" wasn't accepted /facepalm/
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Level 58
Sep 4, 2020
Sometimes quizzes "for dummies" have a few zingers to keep us humble. This one, though, was true to its promise.
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Level 29
Sep 6, 2020
Easy peasy :)