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British History A-Z

A sometimes light-hearted quiz relating to British History.
Quiz by mrnafe
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First submittedNovember 23, 2018
Last updatedFebruary 9, 2019
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A
Harold Godwinson receives one of these to the eye at the Battle of Hastings
Arrow
B
Hitler only had one of these, according to a popular song of the time
Ball
C
The Legions of York proclaim this man Roman Emperor
Constantine
D
British prime minister of 1874-1880, who thoroughly charmed queen Victoria
Benjamin Disraeli
E
English trading company which ended up seizing control of vast areas of Asia
East India Company
F
The most well known member of the gunpowder plotters. Oddly, we still burn
an effigy of him every 5th of November
Guy Fawkes
G
Site of a disastrous campaign against the Ottomans in WWI
Gallipoli
H
Long series of conflicts with the French, even longer than its name suggests
Hundred Years War
I
One of Queen Victoria's titles: Empress of _____
India
J
Lewis Carroll poem "'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves. Did gyre and
gimble in the wabe"
Jabberwocky
K
Land of the Mau Mau uprising, brutally put down by the British
Kenya
L
The remains of Richard III were found in a car park in this city in the Midlands
Leicester
M
Proprietors of a flying circus. "He's not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy"
Monty Python
N
The worlds most famous alchemist, did some theorizing on gravity in his spare time
Isaac Newton
O
William of _____, invaded England during the Glorious Revolution
Orange
P
Unconquerable bunch north of Hadrian's Wall
Picts
Q
British Marquess after whom the rules of boxing were named
Queensberry
R
Explorer and tobacco cheer leader, favourite of Elizabeth I
Sir Walter Raleigh
S
Beautiful water fowl; through some quirk of history the queen apparently owns them
Swan
T
Brilliant mathematician, code breaker, and computing pioneer
Alan Turing
U
An 11cm high vessel which contains the ashes of English cricket
Urn
V
HMS _______, admiral Nelsons flagship at Trafalgar
Victory
W
This general did such a good job fighting Napoleon they made him a duke
Duke of Wellington
X
Coleridge poem: "In ______ did Kubla Khan, A stately pleasure-dome decree"
Xanadu
Y
Mortal enemies of the House of Lancaster
House of York
Z
Country which was formerly the British colony of Southern Rhodesia
Zimbabwe
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level 58
Nov 23, 2018
good quiz. thanks. maybe accept east india as the word company is in the question anyway...i nearly gave up when that didnt work. thanks again
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level 75
Nov 24, 2018
Thanks man, I always appreciate your input
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level 75
Nov 28, 2018
The B answer might be the raciest thing I have seen on this site. LOL
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level 75
Dec 1, 2018
I kept typing in testicle. Repeatedly. Even though I knew it was an A-Z quiz. And then kept thinking I was spelling it wrong so I tried a bunch of variations. Sigh. If there are any keystroke loggers running on my machine, that'll make them wonder!
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level 72
Nov 28, 2018
Nice quiz. You really distilled the essence of what being British is all about (though, given there aren't any P-people left, I wonder how unconquerable they really were)
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level 78
Nov 29, 2018
Oh, there are still plenty of them. They just all moved to Pittsburgh and changed their name.
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level 75
Nov 28, 2018
Thanks for comments folks, have resubmitted with the amended spellings. This is my first quiz thats eligible for points, I'm rather pleased with that.
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level 71
Nov 30, 2018
Congrats! I hope you write many more featured quizzes in the future. As a clueless Yank though, would you (or someone) mind explaining the "urn" clue? It definitely seems like it touches on a nerve :-)
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level 75
Dec 13, 2018
The urn is essentially a trophy the English and Australians compete for in cricket. I think the Australians beat us once in the 1800s and ceremoniusly burned some of the wicket and declared English cricket dead, putting the ashes in aforementioned urn. Every 2 or 4 years since we contest 'the ashes' to establish whether it's dead or not. It's all very silly and marvellous. I've probably missed some crucial elements to the tale but that's the basic jist of the story.
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level 75
Feb 7, 2019
Thank you, didn't understand that one, either. And thank you for a very fun (and enlightening) quiz. Hope you have many more featured.
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level 79
Nov 28, 2018
As usual, I step in with picayune corrections. Someone has already pointed out the "Emperor" misspelling; also, "stately" not stateley, 'Twas has an apostrophe, no period after Toves, and "Admiral Nelson's" instead of "admiral Nelsons" (two fixes in one!). Anyhow, congrats on your first point-scored quiz!
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level 67
Dec 12, 2018
Can someone explain the "C" answer? I'm stumped by how I would know it or where it comes from.
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level 75
Dec 13, 2018
Constantine is one of the most famous Roman Emperors and played a significant role in the christianisation of Europe. He commanded the legions of York and was proclaimed emperor by them upon the death of his father.
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level 71
Feb 7, 2019
Another pedantic spelling correction: it should be "formerly" for the Z question
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level 75
Feb 7, 2019
Jetpunk is a society of pedants, and that's how we like it :) thanks for the input I'll see if we can amend it
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level 68
Feb 7, 2019
Hello, the Marquis spelling is Marquess according to the English peerage system. Marquis is the French spelling, although sometimes used in Scotland and Queensbury was Scottish, but still the title is Marquess (for men).
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level 68
Feb 7, 2019
And thank you - enjoyed the quiz!
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level 73
Feb 7, 2019
Also, isn't it Queensberry instead of Queensbury? At least should accept them both.
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level 72
Feb 8, 2019
Please accept Queensbury as an accepted alternate spelling. If I can say it out loud and be correct on a quiz show, it should work here, too.
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level 75
Feb 7, 2019
Clearly I need to work on my spellings! There's a British History A-Z #2 on my page if anyone's interested
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level 39
Feb 7, 2019
it is spelled Queensberry https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marquess_of_Queensberry_Rules
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level 63
Feb 7, 2019
Too America-focused.
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level 45
Feb 8, 2019
The queen only 'owns' Mute Swans - there are two other species of swans that are found in the UK and she has no title over them! Perhaps accept Mute Swan, as well as just Swan, - as it is actually the fully correct answer!