History quiz

Test your history knowledge with our weekly trivia quizzes brought to you by BBC History Magazine, Britain's best-selling history magazine.

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Which movie featured a man who sunk French warship and an Italian submarine during the First World War?

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In which year was Thomas Wolsey made a cardinal and lord chancellor of England?

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Who was the first woman to pilot a jet aircraft?

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In which country was tinsel invented, in the 17th century?

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Who died in a ballooning accident on 15 June 1785?

So you consider yourself a history whiz... but could you pass a history exam in the Republic of Ireland? Try your hand at these questions set by John Heffernan, a history and ICT teacher.


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In which year did the Strand Magazine publish ‘The Final Problem’ by Arthur Conan Doyle, in which Sherlock Holmes is apparently killed in 1891?

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In 1919 an internationally famous concert pianist became prime minister of which country?

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Who was the first (as far as we know) Christian martyr in Britain? And other questions

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Test your knowledge of the Middle Ages with this quiz written by Dr Catherine Rider, a senior history lecturer at the University of Exeter.

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For what is English medical doctor Thomas Bowdler (1754–1825) best known? And other questions

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To whom was Henry VIII’s eldest sister married? And other questions

So you consider yourself a history whiz... but could you pass a Year 7 history exam? Try your hand at these questions set by Matt Bryant.

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Which of the following is widely credited as being the first horror film? And other questions

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Which explorer has two dwarf galaxies named after him, after the crew of his expedition became some of the earliest Europeans to sight them? And other questions

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