The Ultimate History Quiz

Can you answer these 200 history questions spanning all of human history?
Some questions relate to events that may not have actually happened
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Period
Question
Answer
10,000 BCE - 1 BCE
In what region was the world's first civilization in?
Mesopotamia
What period of human history means "New Stone Age"
Neolithic
What river in Pakistan hosted one of the earliest societies?
Indus
What is the Egyptian God of the Sun?
Ra
What structure was built in 3000 BCE in England?
Stonehenge
What ancient people built a civilization on Crete?
Minoan
Who was the Great Pyramid of Giza built for?
Khufu
Who is the founder of Judaism?
Abraham
Who founded the Academy at Athens?
Plato
What is Siddhartha Gautama better known as?
Buddha
What city was famous for hanging gardens?
Babylon
What city was burned from the inside by Greeks in 1200 BCE?
Troy
What animal went extinct on a Siberian Island in 1650 BC?
Wooly Mammoth
What Chinese philosopher developed the 100 Schools of Thought?
Confucius
Who supposedly founded Rome with his brother Remus?
Romulus
What Greek developed the best known geocentric model?
Ptolemy
What was the first empire to unite India
Maurya Empire
What island was home to an ancient "Colossus"?
Rhodes
What was the largest of the Phoenician colonies?
Carthage
What was invented in China using magnets around 200 BCE?
Compass
What language was the Torah written in?
Hebrew
What was the world's first democracy?
Athens
What was ancient Egypt's substitute for paper?
Papyrus
In what Greek city-state were the ancient olympics held?
Olympia
What city was the Temple of Solomon built in?
Jerusalem
What Egyptian queen only worshipped the sun?
Nefertiti
Who led his elephants across the alps?
Hannibal
What insect was domesticated by the Egyptians?
Bee
What empire was conquered by Alexander the Great?
Persia
1 CE - 399 CE
Who was said to have been born on December 25th in Bethlehem?
Jesus Christ
What was the Roman name for France?
Gaul
What volcano destroyed Pompeii?
Mount Vesuvius
Who was the first Roman Emperor?
Augustus
What temple was dedicated to all Roman Gods?
Pantheon
What group of nomadic peoples was led by Atilla?
Huns
What was the Flavian Amphitheater better known as?
Colosseum
Who "Fiddled while Rome burned"?
Nero
What was the dominant empire in West Africa in 400 A.D?
Ghana
Who brought the Byzantine Empire to its greatest area?
Justinian
What African island was discovered by the Malay?
Madagascar
What was the largest church in Constantinople?
Hagia Sophia
400 CE - 999 CE
What was the largest city of the Maya?
Tikal
In what city was Muhammad born?
Mecca
What game was invented in India, then adapted by the Muslim world?
Chess
In what battle did the Franks stop the spread of Islam in Europe?
Battle of Tours
Where was the Alhambra built?
Granada
Who was the first king of the Holy Roman Empire?
Charlemagne
What island was settled by vikings in 874?
Iceland
1000 CE - 1399 CE
What is the name of the plague that caused the Black Death?
Bubonic Plague
What was the country of the pope?
Papal States
What cathedral's construction began in Paris in 1163?
Notre Dame
What system had serfs borrowing land from lords in exchange for military service?
Feudalism
Where was William the Conquerer from?
Normandy
What empire built Angkor Wat?
Khmer
What is the oldest university in England
Oxford
What country had conquered most of Asia by 1244?
Mongols
Who signed the Magna Carta?
King John
What European explorer famously met with Kublai Khan?
Marco Polo
Who was the norse god of thunder?
Thor
What king of Mali was said to be the richest man in history
Mansa Musa
What country gained independence from China in 1355?
Tibet
1400 CE - 1599 CE
What woman led France to win the 100 years war?
Joan of Arc
What country conquered Constantinople from the Byzantines?
Ottoman Empire
What city did the Renaissance begin in?
Florence
What empire was ruled by Moctezuma?
Aztec Empire
Who was declared the "Enemy of Christianity" in the third crusade?
Saladin
Period
Question
Answer
1400 CE - 1599 CE
What modern country did Christopher Columbus land in?
Bahamas
Who was the wife of Ferdinand II of Aragon?
Isabella
Who sculpted the statue of David?
Michelangelo
Who invented the Printing Press?
Johannes Gutenberg
Who fought the War of the Roses against Lancaster?
York
What disease killed most of the Inca?
Smallpox
What prince of Moscow was described as "terrible"?
Ivan the Terrible
Who started the Protestant Reformation?
Martin Luther
Who discovered Jupiter's moons?
Galileo
What explorer found a route from Portugal to India?
Vasco de Gama
What trading empire controlled Cyprus and Crete throughout the 1500s?
Venice
What country conquered Songhai?
Morocco
What country gained independence from Spain in 1573?
Netherlands
What was the title of the leader of the Mughal Empire?
Sultan
What city was Sir Walter Raleigh searching for around Lake Parime?
El Dorado
What was Shakespeare's first play?
Henry VI
Who explained the Three Laws of Motion?
Isaac Newton
1600 CE - 1799 CE
What was the first British colony in North America?
Jamestown
What animal went extinct on Mauritius in the 1600s?
Dodo Bird
Who led the gunpowder plot?
Guy Fawkes
What city is famous for not one, but two defenestrations?
Prague
What structure, built by the Ming dynasty, is 8,500 km long?
Great Wall of China
What city burned down in 1666?
London
Who developed the Scientific Method?
Francis Bacon
What country colonized Angola?
Portugal
What was the home of Louis XIV?
Versailles
What region was the Seven Years war fought over?
Ohio Valley
What colony was founded by the people on the Mayflower?
Plymouth
What is the oldest college in the United States?
Harvard
What country was led by Maria Theresa?
Austria
Where did James Cook die?
Hawaii
What was the most important port of New France?
New Orleans
What monument was built by Shah Jahan in Agra?
Taj Mahal
What European capital was destroyed by an Earthquake in 1755?
Lisbon
Who invented the modern steam engine?
James Watt
What country was known as Joseon?
Korea
What city had a famous "Tea Party" in 1773?
Boston
On what island did the Industrial Revolution begin?
Great Britain
What queen of France was Austrian born?
Marie Antoinette
Who was the first U.S Secretary of State?
Thomas Jefferson
What was the use of the Bastille before it was stormed?
Prison
What was the second North American country to gain independence?
Haiti
Who led France during the radical phase of the French Revolution?
Maximilien Robespierre
What is Eli Whitney's most famous invention?
Cotton Gin
1800 CE - 1849 CE
Who wrote the Moonlight Sonata?
Ludwig Van Beethoven
What war was fought between the U.S and Canada
War of 1812
What battle was Napoleon's downfall?
Battle of Waterloo
Which religious branch was founded by Joseph Smith?
Mormonism
What Native American tribe was forced through the Trail of Tears?
Cherokee
What artifact helped translate hieroglyphics?
Rosetta Stone
Who helped Lewis and Clark on their expedition?
Sacagawea
What country was the border between Russia and British India?
Afghanistan
What was the former name of Thailand?
Siam
What crop was severely damaged in Ireland in 1845?
Potato
Who developed Communism?
Karl Marx
Who wrote "A Tale of Two Cities" and "Great Expectations"
Charles Dickens
Who won the War of the Pacific?
Chile
1850 CE - 1899 CE
Who developed the Theory of Evolution?
Charles Darwin
What woman freed about 70 enslaved people through the underground railroad?
Harriet Tubman
Who composed "The Ride of the Valkyries"?
Richard Wagner
What was Britain given as a result of the Opium Wars?
Hong Kong
Who helped Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia gain independence?
Simon Bolivar
What U.S territory was purchased from Russia?
Alaska
What was the capital of the Confederate States of America?
Richmond
What Austrian Neurologist famously studied dreams?
Sigmund Freud
What did the 13th amendment outlaw in the United States?
Slavery
What was the largest German state when Germany was united?
Prussia
Who discovered Polonium?
Marie Curie
Who invented the telephone?
Alexander Graham Bell
What African country, other than Ethiopia, avoided European Colonization?
Liberia
What famous Serbian is said to have invented a death ray?
Nikola Tesla
What train consistently traveled from Paris to Istanbul?
Orient Express
What volcano erupted near Indonesia in 1883 and could be heard in Australia?
Krakatoa
What volcano caused the "Year without a Summer"?
Mount Tambora
What structure was built for the 1889 World's Fair?
Eiffel Tower
What modern Asian country was annexed by the United States?
Philippines
Who painted the "Starry Night"?
Vincent van Gogh
Who invented dynamite?
Alfred Nobel
What was the first country to give women the right to vote?
New Zealand
Period
Question
Answer
1900 CE - 1949 CE
What was the most populous country in the world in 1900?
British Empire
What city was destroyed by an Earthquake in 1906?
San Francisco
In what city was the first airplane flown?
Kitty Hawk
Where was Roald Amundsen the first to reach?
South Pole
What large ship sunk in the North Atlantic in 1912?
Titanic
What man is credited with building the Panama Canal?
Theodore Roosevelt
Who was assassinated in Sarajevo in 1914?
Franz Ferdinand
What British officer famously helped in the Arab Revolt?
T.E Lawrence
What was the name given to the flu outbreak of the 1910s?
Spanish Flu
Who played "The Tramp" in early silent films?
Charlie Chaplin
What British passenger ship was sunk by a German U-Boat?
Lusitania
What organization of countries was formed in the aftermath of WWI?
League of Nations
What pharaoh's tomb was discovered completely intact in 1922?
Tutankhamun
Who was the world's first billionaire?
John D. Rockefeller
What economic event began in 1929?
Great Depression
What country broke into civil war between Republicans and Nationalists in 1936?
Spain
What bird did Australia declare war on?
Emu
Who was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic?
Amelia Earhart
Who won four gold medals at the 1936 olympics?
Jesse Owens
What was the tallest building in the world in 1940?
Empire State Building
What was Adolf Hitler's autobiography?
Mein Kampf
Who was emperor of Japan in WWII?
Hirohito
In what city were Nazi war criminals prosecuted?
Nuremburg
Who led the the Indian independence movement against the British?
Mahatma Gandhi
1950 CE - 1999 CE
What was the period of tensions between the U.S and U.S.S.R called?
Cold War
Who was the first person to climb Mt. Everest
Edmund Hillary
What city was known as Saigon?
Ho Chi Minh City
What country fought against Egypt, Syria, and Jordan in the Six-Day War?
Israel
Who was the "Blonde Bombshell"?
Marilyn Monroe
What was Mao Zedong's plan for the population of China?
Great Leap Forward
What country had nuclear missiles placed in it in 1962?
Cuba
Who was the first man in space?
Yuri Gagarin
Who killed John F. Kennedy?
Lee Harvey Oswald
Who was the drummer for the Beatles?
Ringo Starr
What was the last European Colony in Africa?
Zimbabwe
Where was the worst nuclear power disaster in history?
Chernobyl
What islands were invaded by Argentina in 1982?
Falkland Islands
Who was the first female British Prime Minister?
Margaret Thatcher
What was the first country to gain independence from Yugoslavia?
Slovenia
What boxer famously said "I am the greatest"
Muhammad Ali
What was the system of segregation in South Africa before 1991?
Apartheid
What country broke apart in the Velvet Divorce?
Czechoslovakia
Who was the last leader of the Soviet Union?
Mikhail Gorbachev
Who led Iraq through the Gulf War?
Saddam Hussein
What was the first country to declare independence from the USSR?
Lithuania
What Portuguese territory was given up in 1999?
Macau
2000 CE - Present
What building in Washington D.C was attacked on 9/11?
Pentagon
On what holiday did a tsunami strike Indian Ocean countries in 2004?
Boxing Day
What event caused the overthrow of many Middle Eastern governments?
Arab Spring
Who became supreme leader of North Korea in 2009?
Kim Jong il
Who was killed by U.S Navy Seals in Pakistan in 2011?
Osama Bin Laden
What was the Chelyabinsk Object?
Meteor
What peninsula was annexed by Russia in 2014?
Crimea
What was the name for the U.K's decision to leave the E.U?
Brexit
What island was seriously devastated by Hurricane Maria in 2017?
Puerto Rico
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Level 35
Nov 18, 2018
Wow, this is really difficult to complete in 15 minutes. Great quiz though! I would like to point out however, that Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal in the 17th century (around that time) and the first queen of egypt is generally accepted to be queen hatshepsut. Also, I'm not able to see the North Korea question. Thanks anyway!
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Level 62
Nov 18, 2018
Thanks for your comment! I was really confused why nobody was getting the Kim Jong il question!
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Level 57
Nov 20, 2018
I got Ohio Valley and 0% of people got it lol?
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Level 77
Feb 27, 2019
Fantastic quiz! Managed all but a few my first go around but got them all on my second try.
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Level 62
Feb 27, 2019
Thanks!