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The 16th Century Quiz

Can you guess these notable people, places, and things from 16th century history?
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Last updated: December 21, 2019
First submittedMarch 31, 2014
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late 1500s
Sir Walter Raleigh popularizes this New World product
Catholics and Huguenots fight several religous wars in this country
This country launches a doomed armada against England
This modern calendar replaces the Julian calendar
Gregorian Calendar
This English sea captain circumnavigates the globe
Francis Drake
This dramatist is born in Stratford-upon-Avon
William Shakespeare
This Virgin Queen is crowned in England
Portugal establishes this trading colony in China
This "terrible" leader becomes Tsar of all the Russias
Ivan the Terrible
This scientist publishes his theory that the Earth revolves around the sun
Nicolaus Copernicus
This English queen is beheaded for adultery
Anne Boleyn
This "Utopia" author is beheaded for supporting the Pope over Henry VIII
Thomas More
Hernán Cortés conquers this Native American empire
Aztec Empire
Charles V becomes leader of this Germanic empire
Holy Roman Empire
This explorer launches the first expedition to circumnavigate the globe
(although he would die on the way)
Ferdinand Magellan
This monk nails "Ninety-Five Theses" to a church door in
Wittenberg, Germany
Martin Luther
This Florentine diplomat writes his political treatise, "The Prince"
Niccolò Machiavelli
This artist paints the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel
Construction begins on this massive Roman basilica
St. Peters
Pedro Álvares Cabral claims this country for Portugal
Level 71
Apr 3, 2014
Love the history quizzes. Thank you.
Level 55
May 19, 2014
Whooo! 100%!
Level 50
Jun 24, 2014
I thought Anne Boleyn was executed because she didn't have a son, and King Henry VIII wanted to get another wife who could have one.
Level 49
Jul 9, 2014
Yeah, but he needed something better than that, it would be bad taste if the official reason were so crass.
Level 78
Jul 9, 2014
Easy. As I'm taking this quiz I am on the island where Magellan met his end at the hands of Lapu Lapu.
Level 69
Jul 9, 2014
Magellan was Portuguese.
Level 49
Jul 10, 2014
The guy was born and baptized in Portugal and obviously had a portuguese name, but it cannot be accepted as a correct answer. =S Please, I beg you, in respect for the not english speakers, to include Fernao de Magalhaes and Fernando de Magallanes as correct answers in the same way as Ferdinand Magellan. Thanks!
Level 40
Jul 10, 2014
Great history quiz. Love 'em.
Level 43
Jul 11, 2014
Thank you! A very nice quiz. However, I do think that Buonarroti should be accepted as a correct answer for Michelangelo, as it was his surname (: Does Fernao de Magalhaes work for Magellan? (I didn't check).
Level 67
Jul 23, 2014
Magalhaes should work for Magellan.
Level 54
Mar 29, 2015
100%, 3:29 left, first try. I've always said that the 16th century was the most boring.
Level 46
Apr 21, 2015
Please accept Kopernik
Level ∞
Feb 22, 2017
Level 57
Feb 22, 2017
Would be nice if you mentioned that Copernicus was Polish! We take great pride in that! Great quiz.
Level 69
Feb 22, 2017
Do you also take great pride in that he was a German speaker from a German family that never identified himself with the Polish heritage, culture, or language? Because that would be nice to mention too. I we were into valuing people's nationalities instead of their universal contributions. Which I don't think we should.
Level 57
Feb 23, 2017
Well, if you want to get technical, most of his documents were written in Latin, which was the official language of the Catholic Church and Poland's royal court. His father was from Krakow, and his mother was from Torun, and he lived all of his life within the Kingdom of Poland, even if that includes culturally Prussian lands. He was Polish, and he never denied this nationality. My mother speaks Polish far better than she speaks English, but she has been an American citizen for almost 30 years now. Does that make her not American? Besides, many of the other historical figures on this quiz are described using their nationality, even if it is up for debate. The real question is, do you have to be that much of a genuine jerk when I harmlessly asked for a nice gesture for my culture? I did not disparage any other cultures, so why do you feel compelled to respond so vitriolically?
Level 69
Feb 27, 2017
LinkinParkUnded: I apologize for sounding (being?) too vitriolic. I have nothing against Polish culture. On the contrary, I have always admired nations that have had to struggle through history placed between imperialistic powers. It's just that I'm strongly opposed to this "obsession" to classify everyone according to their nationality, specially when the situation is muddy due to the historical issues. Borders come and go, and many people have mixed nationalities. So, specially in not clear-case situations, I'd prefer to avoid classifying people by present day states.
Level 59
Feb 22, 2017
1500 counts as the last year of the 15th century, not the first of the 16th century.
Level 52
Oct 28, 2018
make that 16th, the 14-hundreds were the 15th century... whatever the first two digits of a century are, its called by the next.. ie 2018 is the 21st century
Level 78
Oct 5, 2019
Does no one remember Y2K?
Level 71
Feb 22, 2017
Once again, glad my MA in history with an emphasis on Tudor England comes in useful somewhere. :)
Level 69
Feb 23, 2017
I think this quiz could be slightly improved by putting the events in chronological order. It would give a better sense of the arc of events and help with context. In most cases, it would not make any difference for the individual events, but it is nice to come away with an understanding of the order of things.
Level 73
May 29, 2017
Machiavelli was veery important
Level 63
Oct 7, 2019
Technically, 1500 is 15th century. Additionally, they claimed Brazil to Portuguese crown only after 1530
Level 61
Oct 7, 2019
Yvan alone should be accepted.
Level 73
Oct 9, 2019
Ivan alone works.
Level 77
Oct 8, 2019
I never read about Luther nailing the theses to the door without remembering a teacher who wrote about funny quiz answers his students turned in. One of them wrote that Martin Luther nailed 95 theocrats to the door because they forced him to eat a diet of worms. :)
Level 73
Oct 9, 2019
Why does "Anne" alone not work? Asking for a friend.