97% of People Can't Ace This General History Knowledge Quiz. Can You?

By: Heather Cahill
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About This Quiz

Throughout the years, we have been learning more and more each day about how the world came to be the way it is today. Think you know your general history knowledge? Take the quiz to find out!

Whose assassination started the First World War?

Archduke Franz Ferdinand's assassination started the First World War, along with a few other factors. The First World War started in July of 1914.

Which river was Ancient Egypt built along?

Ancient Egypt was built along the Nile River. The river was extremely important to the civilization as they were able to use it to their advantage to grow crops.

When was the Declaration of Independence signed?

The Declaration of Independence was signed in the year of 1776. Although Independence Day is celebrated on July 4th, the Declaration was actually signed a month later!

What city was the Parthenon built in?

The Parthenon was built in the city of Athens. The temple was built to honor the goddess Athena. Remains of the temple still remain today.

How did Attila the Hun pass away?

Attila the Hun suffered from a severe nosebleed which cause him to choke to death. The warrior passed away on the night of his wedding.

Who was the first King of Ancient Rome?

Romulus was the first King of Ancient Rome. Along with his twin brother Remus, the two founded the city of Rome. The two were later depicted on a coin.

How long was the Hundred Years' War?

The Hundred Years' War lasted for 116 years. It started in the 1300's with England and France. It involved countless battles that took place in many different areas.

Which of the following historical figures once had the Mona Lisa hanging on their wall?

Napoleon once had the Mona Lisa hanging on his wall. He loved the painting and hung it in his bedroom. It was later installed at the Louvre where it still hangs today.

What is the oldest known civilization in the world?

The Mesopotamian Civilization is the oldest known civilization in the world. Although it is the oldest that we know of, it is likely that there were older civilizations as well that we still don't know about.

Who invented the Printing Press?

Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press. Gutenberg's invention of the printing press was revolutionary, making it easier to write, copy and document everything.

Who was the First President of the United States?

George Washington was the First President of the United States. He took his position in office on April 30, 1789 and he was in office until 1797.

Who was the first person to come to America?

Leif Erikson was the first person to come to America. Columbus only reached the country years after Leif Erikson and the Vikings.

Who taught Alexander the Great?

Aristotle taught Alexander the Great. They stayed in close contact, even after Alexander took his role, and used what Aristotle had taught him throughout his life.

What was Anne Boleyn arrested for?

Anne Boleyn was arrested for adultery. She was also arrested for witchcraft and incest as well. She was later executed for her crimes.

What happened to the city of Pompeii?

The city of Pompeii was covered in ash after a massive volcanic eruption nearby. The city was largely preserved under the ash and the ruins still stand today.

What was the shortest war in history?

The Anglo-Zanzibar War was the shortest war in history. The United Kingdom fought the Zanzibar Sultinate and the war only lasted for 38 minutes!

Who is the longest reigning monarch in history?

Queen Elizabeth II is the longest reigning monarch in history. She has been Queen for more than 64 years, after being crowned in June of 1953.

What was the largest bird to ever exist?

The Argentavis Magnificens was the largest bird to ever exist. The bird had a wingspan of over 19 feet and it existed during the time of the dinosaurs.

How many plays did William Shakespeare write?

William Shakespeare wrote 38 plays during his lifetime. Some of his best-known plays include "Hamlet", "Romeo and Juliet" and "Macbeth."

How old is the Oregon Mushroom?

The Oregon Mushroom is over 2,400 years old. It is the largest living organism in the world and it covers a massive amount of area surrounding it.

Who designed the current American flag?

Robert G. Heft designed the current American flag. He created the flag for a school project and submitted it for consideration of the United States flag.

How many soldiers died during the American Civil War?

Over 625,000 soldiers died during the American Civil War. The number is higher than any of the other wars in American history.

Where were the oldest human remains found?

The oldest human remains were found in Morocco. The remains are from about 300,000 years ago and they have changed what we think we knew about our ancestors.

What was the Rosetta Stone used for?

When the Rosetta Stone was found in 1799, it was used to translate Egyptian hieroglyphics. The stone has a few different languages on it, including Greek.

Who was the first person to go to space?

Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin was the first person to go to space. He was from Russia and he was also the first man to orbit the planet.

What was Ramsses II famous for?

Ramesses II was the third pharaoh of ancient Egypt. During his reign, he had seven wives and more than 100 children who he depicted as statues.

Who was the leader of the Nazi Party?

Adolf Hitler was the leader of the Nazi Party. He became a dictator that led the country of Germany to the Holocaust. Countless people suffered during the time of his leadership and many continue to feel the impact, even today.

What animal was dangerous during medieval times?

Pigs were dangerous during medieval times. Many people at this time kept pigs that were used for meat and there were even trials held for the pigs who behaved badly.

Who wrote "The Communist Manifesto?"

Karl Marx wrote "The Communist Manifesto." Friedrich Engels is also one of the writers credited on the document which was written in 1848.

Who contributed to starting the Second Punic War?

Hannibal contributed to starting the Second Punic War. He led his army to attack Rom,e although he never found success on his mission.

What does the word "Renaissance" mean?

The word "Renaissance" means "rebirth." The Renaissance was a time period where some of the greatest art in history was created.

Where was Marie Antoinette born?

Marie Antoinette was born in Vienna, Austria. She later became the Queen of France and lived happily at the Palace of Versailles, until being convicted of incest, among other crimes.

Who was the Great Pyramid of Giza built for?

The Great Pyramid of Giza was built for the pharaoh Cheops. It was meant to serve as the pharaoh's tomb after his passing. Two other pyramids were built nearby as well.

Who was the commander of the ship called "Judith"?

Sir Francis Drake was the commander of a ship called "Judith." Sir Francis Drake went to Africa, where he was involved in illegal slave trading.

What is the largest empire in history?

The largest empire in history is the British Empire which covers an area of over 33 million square kilometers. The empire includes countries such as Canada.

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