Will You Pass This World History Quiz?


By: Heather Cahill

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Throughout history, there have been leaders, average citizens, events and more that shook the world. Much of our world history is good, like the inventions that changed the world or good-hearted people who helped others, but a lot of it was also bad. This could include wars or people with bad intentions. Then there were the bittersweet moments. What historical moment do you think is most important to remember?

Do you know who founded the Mongol Empire? Can you name all of England's monarchs or what they were known for? Do you know who the Founding Fathers are? If those are too easy, can you name the king who was forced to sign the Magna Carta? Brush up on your knowledge of the people who changed the processes, thinking and the world as a whole to ace this quiz!

Do you know where the famed Renaissance took place? Can you name the artifact that Napoleon's army discovered while in Egypt? Do you know what the Roman name for modern-day Paris was? Make sure you know your ancient civilizations and places throughout history!

If you think you know the world and the people who shaped it, this will be a piece of cake for you. Take the quiz and see how much you really know about world history!

Which female leader of Ancient Egypt had a relationship with Mark Antony?

Cleopatra had a relationship with Mark Antony, the leader of Rome. Both parties had something to gain from the relationship, and it meant that both would gain more power.


In Ancient Japan, who partook in the activity of tsujigiri?

The Samurais partook in this activity. This was a method they used to test their swords, which involved killing a person on the street to see if they were able to make a clean cut through their body.


Who was the last monarch of France?

Louis XVI was the last monarch of France. His reign was very rough and led to the abolition of the monarchy after his death. His wife, Marie Antoinette, was equally unliked and she also was executed.


Who was the founder of the Mongol Empire?

Genghis Khan was the founder of the Mongol Empire which he led for more than 20 years. He is known to have fathered many children, which led to may people living today being related to the leader.


What country did Winston Churchill lead?

Winston Churchill was the Prime Minister of England in the 1950s. He completed two terms in office. At first, he was a member of the Conservative Party, later becoming a member of the Liberal Party.


In which civilization did the first Olympic games take place?

The first Olympic games were held in Olympia, Greece, in 776 BC, although it was much different than the games we know today. The modern Olympics were first played in 1894, in their homeland, Athens, Greece.


When Paris was part of Ancient Rome, what was its name?

Before Paris became the city we associate with the Eiffel Tower, it was part of Rome and was named "Lutetia." There are still remnants from that period of time that we can see today.


Where did the Renaissance take place?

As the name states, the Renaissance was quite literally a rebirth that took place in Italy. It involved some of the greatest minds to ever live, including Leonardo da Vinci and Galileo Galilei.


Who founded the Ottoman Empire?

Osman I was the founder of the Ottoman Empire which existed for more than 600 years. He was the leader for more than 20 years, until his death in the 1300s.


Is it true or false that the Vietnam War started in 1955?

This is true. The Vietnam War started in 1955 and lasted for 20 years. The war was fought between many countries, including the United States, China and New Zealand.


Who was the youngest person to serve in World War II?

Calvin Graham was only 12 years old when he enlisted in the war, after telling his mother he was going on a trip. He got away with it until he was wounded in battle.


Is it true or false that humans existed during the Paleolithic Period?

This is true. The Paleolithic Period is also known as the Stone Age, a time when humans were living in caves. During this time, humans were hunter-gatherers.


Which king signed the Magna Carta?

King John signed the Magna Carta in 1215, in order to restore the order and rule that he had lost in his kingdom. He was not well liked because of his abuse of power and was forced to sign away many of his rights as king.


Which country had the biggest army in World War I?

Russia had the biggest army in World War I with over 5 million soldiers. The country was well equipped and showed its power by doing devastating damage to the opposing sides.


Which of the following diseases killed more than 100 million people?

The Black Death was a European pandemic that took place in the mid-1300s. Millions of people were affected and died from the disease, which is regarded as one of the worst diseases in history.


Which ancient civilization invented the wheel?

Ancient Mesopotamia invented the wheel. The invention has existed since 3500 BC and changed the world forever. What would we do without wheels?


Which of the following people mysteriously went missing?

A pilot, Amelia Earhart mysteriously went missing in 1937 while flying with her navigator, Fred Noonan. They were never found, and are presumed to be dead, although there are many theories on the subject.


Where was the 1889 World Exposition held?

The 1889 World Exposition was held in France. It showcased the Eiffel Tower and there was music, artifacts and people from around the world in attendance. Even Annie Oakley showed up to perform!


What language did the Vikings speak?

The Vikings spoke Old Norse, which was the language that most people in Scandinavia spoke at the time. The language is a derivative of Germanic.


Is it true or false that Queen Elizabeth II became the Queen of England in 1952?

This is true. Her father passed away while she was away on a trip, so she immediately returned. The Queen's uncle had previously been king, but forfeited his role to his brother, making Elizabeth next in line.


Which of the following was not a religion practiced in Ancient China?

Christianity was not practiced in Ancient China. Religion was an important aspect of Ancient China as their beliefs were used to protect them from the bad.


What was the name of one of the first civilizations in history?

The ancient civilization of Sumer is one of the oldest civilizations in the world. Their civilization also comes close to the Ancient Egyptians who are another one of the oldest civilizations.


What took place in America in 1773?

The Boston Tea Party took place in 1773 when the British imported tea to the city. The colonists rebelled, and threw all of the tea into Boston Harbor.


Who was assassinated in 1965?

Malcolm X was assassinated in 1965. He was best known for his work as an activist and his role in the civil rights movement where he fought for equality.


Who was the first king of England?

Egbert was the first king of England and his reign lasted 37 years. His official title was the King of Wessex and his successor was Aethelwulf.


Which of the following was Mary, Queen of Scots' cousin?

Elizabeth I was Mary, Queen of Scots' cousin. Although they were related, the relationship between the two quickly turned into a rivalry that led to Mary's capture and execution ordered by the Queen of England, Elizabeth I.


Which modern-day city was originally inhabited by the Aztecs?

Mexico City, during the time of the Aztecs was called Tenochtitlan. The Aztecs inhabited the area from the early 1000s until around the 1600s.


Is it true or false that the television was invented in the 1800s?

This is false. The television was invented in the 1920s by Philo Farnsworth and John Logie Baird. It quickly became popular and the phenomenon soon spread around the world.


Which ancient artifact did Napoleon and his army discover?

Napoleon and his army discovered the key to unlocking Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, the Rosetta Stone. The stone has been used to unlock the secrets of the Ancient Egyptians.


Which of the Founding Fathers left money in his will for Philadelphia and Boston?

Benjamin Franklin did this, although he had certain conditions that he expected the cities to follow. Did you know that Benjamin Franklin had many talents, such as inventing and swimming?


Which famous mind was associated with a story about an apple?

Isaac Newton was associated with this story. Although there is no true proof of it being true, Newton did tell the story of how the apple taught him about gravity.


Which of the following did Thomas Edison invent in 1879?

Thomas Edison is famous for many of his inventions, but most notably, his invention of the incandescent light bulb. The lightbulb changed the world along with his other inventions, which include the video camera and the microphone.


Who has been called the "Father of the U.S. Military"?

George Washington has been called the "Father of the U.S. Military" due to his accomplishments and innovations. He had a large influence on the shape of the military and how it became the way we know it to be today.


Which battle took place in Canada in the 1700s?

The Battle of the Plains of Abraham took place in Canada in 1759. The battle was fought between the British and the French, ending in a victory for the British.


Is it true or false that the World Wide Web was invented in Japan?

This is false. The World Wide Web was invented in England by Tim Berners-Lee. His invention was a technology like nothing before it and it changed the world.


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