How much do you know about the Victorian Era?

By: Jaclyn lavine
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How much do you know about the Victorian Era?
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Think you know everything there is to know about this highly moralistic, straightlaced, era? Prove it!
Why is the Victorian​ Era called the Victorian era?
It was a period of many victories for England
It was the period of Queen Victoria's reign of France
It was the period of King Victors reign of England
Victoria's reign of England
The Victorian Era is the period of Queen Victoria's reign from June 20, 1837, ​until her on death, on January 22, 1901.

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What period of time does the Victorian Era mark the end of?
The Romantic period in Britan
The Romantic period was a reaction against the Enlightenment. The Romantics valued emotion, passion, and the uniqueness of the individual​. These values are quite opposite of the values that would rise during the Victorian Era.
The Renaissance in Britian
The Enlightenment in Britian
The Humanistic Era in Britian

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What were the values of the Victorian Era?
Victorian morality which included sexual restraint, zero tolerance of criminal conduct, honesty, hard work, and thrift.
The values of the Victorian era were really the values of the middle class which was increasing in size and power. Many oi the middle-class aspired to join the higher ranks and therefore, tried to act "properly." Acting properly meant following a strict code of morals, working hard, and being thrifty​.
Lavishness, sexual promiscuity, and romance.
Greed, power, and lust.
Charity, modesty, and living below one's means.

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Who was Queen Victoria?
Daughter of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, the fourth son of Geroge III.
Victoria was the daughter of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn​, the fourth son of King Geroge III. Bother her father and King George III died in 1820. At age 18, after her father's brothers had all died, she inherited the throne.
Great grand-daughter of Henry VIII.
A distant relation of Anne Boleyn.
A German Princess.

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What little revolution was her grandfather, George III famous or?
The American Revolution
George III did not want to let the Americans gain their independence at it was a very large and prosperous territory of Britain​.
The French Revolution
The Haitian Revoltution
The Scottish Revolution

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What disease plague the Brits during the Victorian Era?
The Plague
Swine flu
Zika Virus
Cholera
The overcrowding and poor housing conditions in London contributed to the rise of a Cholera epidemic in Victorian England. Cholera is spread via the bacteria-lace diarrhoea of its victims.

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Which doctor discovered the cause of the cholera epidemic?
Jon Snow
In a public heath report, Jon Snow declared that cholera was transmitted through the dirty and polluted drinking water of London.
Robert Koch
Edward Jenner
Florence Nightingale

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What was the Great Stink of 1858?
Criminal activity was at it's height, with murderes dumping bodies in the Thames, causing a horrible smell of rotting flesh.
One positive​ outcome of the Great Stink was that Parliament finally had to react to the terrible sewer conditions and ordered a new sewer system to be built.
During the summer of 1858, the hot weather exacerbated the smell of human waste and industrial effluent that had contaminated the River Thames, causing a terrible smell to drift through the air of London.
Queen Victoria had various animals shift from India to include in her great menagerie. Many animls died on board the ships. Once the ships docked in London, the excrement and decay wafted through the air.
Dysentery caused many people to have diarrhea in the streets leading to a terrible smell.

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Who was responsible for building the new sewer system?
Richard Johnson
William DeFoe
Joseph Bazalgette
Joseph Bazalgette designed the new sewer system, ​and the first section opened in 1865.
Edward Edwardian.

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What world changing technological revolution begin in England before and during the Victorian Era?
Scientific Revolution
Electrical Revolution
The Industrial revolution
Cotton, cotton, cotton. The industrial revolution all started with the textile industry. Making cloth by hand for pants, shirts sock, and other domestic items were incredibly time-consuming. A series of innovations during the late 18th century led to the creation of factories that sped up the process. Cotton, which came from India and the Southern United States, was less expensive. Cotton + factories​ = faster production, larger amounts of product, and more money for England.
Cotton revolution

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What was one major downside of the British Industrial Revolution?
Contaminated water
Polluted air
Child labor
All of the above.
The Industrial Revolution created many jobs which led to an overpopulation of cities. This overcrowding resulted in poor living conditions (such as the ones that resulted in Cholera). The smoke from the factories and the fifth of the overcrowded English streets led to ill health. The air was polluted, ​and the water became contaminated. Worse, there weren't any child labor laws and children were risking their lives working in these factories.

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What does the common Victorian phrase, "pea soup" refer to?
The human waste dotted River Thames.
When walking down the crowded streets of London, it felt like one was moving through hot pea soup.
The constant fog that settled over London for which the factories were responsible for. ​
The smoke from the factories settled over London in a constant dense and creepy fog​.
The only food that was given to poor working factory children.

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What strange and creepy photography became popular during this time?
Poltergeist photography
Photographs of fairies
Death photography
Sometimes, the living family members would pose with the dead loved one in order to make it look like the person was still alive.
Mirror photography

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What genre of book was born during this period?
Romance
Gothic
The Gothic Novel generally if not always, takes place during the Victorian Era.
Horror
Science fiction

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Which work of literature was a famous Gothic novel written during this period?
Dracula
Frankenstien
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
All of the above.
Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, are three famous examples of famous Victorian Gothic novels.

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Who was Queen Victoria's husband?
Edward VII
William IV
Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha,
Albert was her husband, companion, and political adviser.
Prince Edward VII

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How many children did Albert and Victoria have?
2
3
10
9
Victoria Adelaide Mary, Princess Royal, Albert Edward, King of England as Edward VII, Alice Maud Mary, Alfred Ernest Albert, Duke of Edinburgh and of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Helena Augusta Victoria, Louise Caroline Alberta, Arthur William Patrick, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, Leopold George Duncan, Duke of Albany and finally, Leopold George Duncan, Duke of Albany.

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How long did Queen Victoria mourn Albert's death?
6 months
1 year
20 years
The rest of her life.
After Robert's death, Victoria entered a depression and withdrew from the public, causing her popularity to wane. Her new nickname became, "Widow of Windsor."

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What was the Great Exhbition?
Queen Victoria went on a Great Exhibition of the entire British empire.
The first world's fair.
Prince Albert was a huge promoter of the exhibition. The purpose was to illustrate the role of Great Britain​ as the industrial leader of the world.
The Great Exhibition was the grand opening of the Victoria and Albert Museum.
An exhibition of all the royal jewels.

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What was the Crystal Palace?
The Palace where Queen Victoria spent the rest of her life after Albert had died.
The British palace in India.
A massive glasshouse that was built to showcase the Great Exhibition.
The Crystal Palace was built by Joseph Paxton with support from Charles Fox and resembled a gigantic​ greenhouse. It was built in just nine months.
Queen Victoria's glass palace built in Scotland as a royal vacation home.

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What famous unidentified murderer roamed the streets of Victorian London?
William Palmer
Eleanor Pearcey
Jack the Ripper
Considered the original serial killer, Jack the Ripper murdered at least five​ prostitutes in the East End of London. The identity of the murderer was never uncovered.
Madeleine Smith

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What major scientific discovery occurred​ during the Victorian era?
Electromagnetic waves
The planet Neptune
Dinosaurs
All of the above.
Did you know that the term scientist was a Victorian invention? There were many major discoveries made during the Victorian time, including the discovery of electromagnetic waves, dinosaurs, and the planet Neptune. ​

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What odd event did the Victorians get great joy out of?
Going to the doctor.
Mourning the dead.
Victorian funerals were huge and often included professional mourners. Clocks were stopped at the moment of death, curtains were thrown over windows, and mirrors were covered. ​
The birth of royal babies.
Jack the Ripper murders.

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What major mode of transportation transformed life in Victorian England?
Busses
Subway systems
Horse and buggy
Railroads
The combination of the advent of factories and the speed of trains ​led to more free time for the middle class. Previously, the concept of leisure time did not exist for anyone but the upper class. Now, middle-class Victorians were able to a train to the beach for a nice little vacation.

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What British buildings of art and culture, were built during the Victorian era?
Royal Albert House
Royal Opera House
The Natural History Museum
All of the Above.
Prince Alber loved the Arts! Under his patronage, many museums were erected as well as the Royal Opera​ House.

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How long were women expected to mourn after the death of their husband?
2 months
6 months
12 months
Queen Victoria chose to mourn the rest of her life, but most Victorian women were expected to withdraw from life for at least a year, no matter their social position.
12 to 24 months

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What famous theorists and scientists saw huge success during this period?
Charles Darwin
Sigmund Freud
Karl Marx
All of the above.
Darwin published his Theory of Evolution during, this time; Freud developed modern physiatry, ​and Marx developed a new economic theory.

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How would you decorate a Victorian home?
You should use many different colors to make details pop, Beautiful and lavish window treatments., and lots and lots of wallpaper.
Everything was over the top. Lots of colors were used, wallpaper with intricate designs lined the walls, carpets covered the floors, chandeliers hung from the ceilings, and a mass amount of paintings lined the walls​.
Internior decoration mirrored the simple, moral, and proper values of the time. Neutrals such as grey, black, and cream were used inside the home.
Low ceilings, bare walls, and stain glass windows.
None of the above.

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Who is Thomas Crapper?
The man who disocvered that the "crap" in the Thames was responsible for Cholera.
The man who produced and patented "water closets" for wealthy Victorians.
In 1891 Thomas Crapper produced a valve and siphon​ system. His company began to produce water closes.
Queen Victoria's pet poodle.
Queen Victoria's servant who she bossed around.

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Which 5 names were the most popular boys name at the time?
John, William, James, George, and Charles
These names sound so unfashionable today. In 2016, it is hard to find a baby boy named​ Edward or Charles.
Andrew, Joshua, Xander, and Ethan.
Kanye, Frank, Mickey, and Thomas.
Eric, Bradley, Michael, and Zachariah.

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What were the 5 top girls names?
Lilah, Eloise, Monica, and Petronella.
Isla, Zoey, Trisha, and Hadley.
Mary, Anna, Margaret, and Helen.
Some of these names like Emma and Anna ​are still popular today but Florence and Ethel? Not so much.
Alicia, Tonya, Rachel, and Madeline.

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Which political or social Movement began during the Victorian Era?
The Temperance Movement
Teeotalism
The suffragettes
All of the above.
The Temperance movement was a Victorian social movement against the consumption of alcohol. Teetotalism​ came a bit later in the 1930s and wanted to ban all alcohol, rather than calling for moderation. The suffragette movement picked up later on during the Victorian Era.

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Was tanning considered attractive?
Yes! Just like today, a bit of color meant that you were wealthy enough to take vacations.
Yes, if you were pale then it meant you spent your entire time inside a factory and were poor.
Tanning meant you were poor and worked out in the field.
if a Victorian​ woman had a tan, it meant they were part of the working class. Having smooth, white skin, meant you were an upper class Brit.
No. Women used powder and completely powdered their faces.

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What were bathing suits like during the Victorian era?
Women could show their legs but their arms and backs were covered.
Men were full body suits.
Men were able to show their shins and women had to cover their entire body. Arms could be bare from the elbows down.
Women had to keep their entire bodies covered except for their arms from the elbow down. Women wore black stockings to​ cover their legs.
Speedos and two peices.

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When did the Victorian era end?
1901
The death of Victoria saw the end of this era. After her death her eldest son, Edward ​took the throne, and the Edwardian era began.
1920
1892
1899

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