37 history questions for your home pub quiz (updated)

As many of us stay connected with family and friends through quizzes from our homes, we’ve shared a selection of history questions perfect for your next trivia round…

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In our current times, many of us are taking the opportunity to create a quiz from home to share with family and friends – but you might be stumped for the right questions. We have rounded up a selection of questions from across HistoryExtra; feel free to mix and match to create your own history pub quiz…

  1. What was Mary Anning (1799–1847) famous for?
  2. Who gave Queen Elizabeth I the soubriquet ‘Gloriana’?
  3. Although never taking her seat, who was the first woman to be elected to the houses of parliament?
  4. Where was Napoleon Bonaparte born?
  5. Can you name the five beach codenames used by Allied forces on D-Day?
  6. Where was the first British colony in the Americas?
  7. In August 1819, around 60,000 peaceful pro-democracy protestors were attacked in an open square in Manchester. This event was known as…
  8. Which rock band formed in 1994 takes its name from a term used by the Allies in the Second World War to describe various UFOs?
  9. In which year did Emily Wilding Davison die as a result of a collision with King George V’s horse during the Epsom Derby?
  10. In medieval history, what was a ‘schiltron’?
  11. Which English king died in 1066, leaving no heir to the throne?
  12. Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and…? Who was the third astronaut involved in the Apollo 11 mission that landed on the moon?
  13. What was Matthew Hopkins famous for in the 17th century?
  14. In what century did the Peasants’ Revolt take place?
  15. During the US civil rights movement in the 1960s, who said: “We declare our right on this earth…to be a human being…by any means necessary”?
  16. Who was the wife of the future Henry VIII’s older brother, Arthur?
  17. What is trepanning?
  18. In which decade did the potato famine strike Ireland?
  19. Who led the Scottish army to victory over the English at the battle of Bannockburn in 1314?
  20.  What were the four humours that the ancient Greeks believed made up the body and determined illness?
  21.  Who sent the Spanish Armada to England in 1588?
  22.  Which English king built castles in the 13th century to help conquer Wales?
  23.  The Chinese Exclusion Act was signed into law by which US president in 1882?
  24.  Which 19th-century Englishwoman became the first qualified medical doctor?
  25.  Which part of Berlin was enclosed by the wall?
  26.  Which prominent Kurd, born in Tikrit, united Muslim forces against the crusaders in the 12th century?
  27.  Which rebellious leader of the Catuvellauni tribe was caught and taken to Rome in AD 50, then pardoned by Emperor Claudius?
  28.  Which American president was in power during the ‘Black Thursday’ Wall Street crash?
  29.  At what famous French landmark was the document signed which set out the terms of ‘peace’ following the First World War?
  30.  Where were Charles I’s headquarters during the Civil War?
  31.  Who assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria in 1914?
  32.  Who was the last king of the Plantagenet line of monarchs?
  33.  The controversial film Birth of a Nation, which was released in 1915, was used as a recruiting tool for which organisation?
  34.  What was Eleanor Roosevelt’s maiden name?
  35.  Who was the last tsar of Russia?
  36.  During 1963, in Washington DC, Martin Luther King Jr gave his famous ‘I have a dream’ speech on the steps of which famous landmark?
  37.  Which monarch appointed Pitt the Younger to the office of prime minister in December 1783?
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Which 19th-century Englishwoman became the first qualified medical doctor? (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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In our current times, many of us are taking the opportunity to create a quiz from home to share with family and friends – but you might be stumped for the right questions. We have rounded up a selection of questions from across HistoryExtra; feel free to mix and match to create your own history pub quiz…

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  1. What was Mary Anning (1799–1847) famous for?
  2. Who gave Queen Elizabeth I the soubriquet ‘Gloriana’?
  3. Although never taking her seat, who was the first woman to be elected to the houses of parliament?
  4. Where was Napoleon Bonaparte born?
  5. Can you name the five beach codenames used by Allied forces on D-Day?
  6. Where was the first British colony in the Americas?
  7. In August 1819, around 60,000 peaceful pro-democracy protestors were attacked in an open square in Manchester. This event was known as…
  8. Which rock band formed in 1994 takes its name from a term used by the Allies in the Second World War to describe various UFOs?
  9. In which year did Emily Wilding Davison die as a result of a collision with King George V’s horse during the Epsom Derby?
  10. In medieval history, what was a ‘schiltron’?
  11. Which English king died in 1066, leaving no heir to the throne?
  12. Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and…? Who was the third astronaut involved in the Apollo 11 mission that landed on the moon?
  13. What was Matthew Hopkins famous for in the 17th century?
  14. In what century did the Peasants’ Revolt take place?
  15. During the US civil rights movement in the 1960s, who said: “We declare our right on this earth…to be a human being…by any means necessary”?
  16. Who was the wife of the future Henry VIII’s older brother, Arthur?
  17. What is trepanning?
  18. In which decade did the potato famine strike Ireland?
  19. Who led the Scottish army to victory over the English at the battle of Bannockburn in 1314?
  20.  What were the four humours that the ancient Greeks believed made up the body and determined illness?
  21.  Who sent the Spanish Armada to England in 1588?
  22.  Which English king built castles in the 13th century to help conquer Wales?
  23.  The Chinese Exclusion Act was signed into law by which US president in 1882?
  24.  Which 19th-century Englishwoman became the first qualified medical doctor?
  25.  Which part of Berlin was enclosed by the wall?
  26.  Which prominent Kurd, born in Tikrit, united Muslim forces against the crusaders in the 12th century?
  27.  Which rebellious leader of the Catuvellauni tribe was caught and taken to Rome in AD 50, then pardoned by Emperor Claudius?
  28.  Which American president was in power during the ‘Black Thursday’ Wall Street crash?
  29.  At what famous French landmark was the document signed which set out the terms of ‘peace’ following the First World War?
  30.  Where were Charles I’s headquarters during the Civil War?
  31.  Who assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria in 1914?
  32.  Who was the last king of the Plantagenet line of monarchs?
  33.  The controversial film Birth of a Nation, which was released in 1915, was used as a recruiting tool for which organisation?
  34.  What was Eleanor Roosevelt’s maiden name?
  35.  Who was the last tsar of Russia?
  36.  During 1963, in Washington DC, Martin Luther King Jr gave his famous ‘I have a dream’ speech on the steps of which famous landmark?
  37.  Which monarch appointed Pitt the Younger to the office of prime minister in December 1783?
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Which 19th-century Englishwoman became the first qualified medical doctor? (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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Answers

  1. Collecting fossils, she was a palaeontologist
  2. Edmund Spenser, in his epic poem ‘The Faerie Queene’
  3. Countess Markievicz
  4. Corsica
  5. Utah; Omaha; Gold; Juno and Sword
  6. Roanoke (and read more about its disappearance)
  7. The Peterloo Massacre
  8. The Foo Fighters
  9. 1913
  10. A battle formation that consisted of soldiers with long spears placed into circular, tightly packed formations
  11. Edward the Confessor
  12. Michael Collins
  13. He was a witch-finder
  14. The 14th century
  15. Malcolm X
  16. Catherine of Aragon
  17. The drilling of holes in the head and scraping or cutting of the skull
  18. 1840s
  19. Robert the Bruce
  20.  Blood, phlegm, black bile, yellow bile
  21.  Philip II of Spain
  22.  Edward I
  23.  Chester A Arthur
  24.  Elizabeth Garrett Anderson
  25.  The west
  26.  Saladin
  27.  Caractacus
  28.  Herbert Hoover
  29.  The Palace of Versailles
  30.  Oxford
  31.  Gavrilo Princip
  32.  Richard III. He was defeated at the battle of Bosworth Field in 1485 by the army of Henry Tudor
  33.  The Ku Klux Klan
  34.  Roosevelt
  35.  Nicholas II
  36.  The Lincoln Memorial
  37.  George III

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Members of the royal family: Prince Louis; Prince George; Prince William, Duke of Cambridge; Princess Charlotte; Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge; Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Prince Charles, Prince of Wales; Princess Anne, Princess Royal; and Queen Elizabeth II during the Queen's annual birthday parade on 8 June 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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