Are You a History Major? Take This World History Trivia Quiz!
By: John Miller
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About This Quiz
The world would be a better place if only we humans would remember where we’ve come from, and how hard we’ve worked to get to where we are now. Our shared history proves that we can evolve from simple violent ways to total world peace. OK, we’re still working on that last part. In this globe-trotting quiz, how much can you recall about some of history’s most important moments?
Moses led his people out of enslavement, only to find decades of wandering. Cleopatra made the wrong friends in the Roman Empire and resorted to suicide to avoid humiliation. A terrible plague called the Black Death killed so many people in the Middle Ages that entire cities reeked of death. A simple powder created in China went on to revolutionize warfare and change the balance of power around the world. What else do remember from your basic history lessons?
Which revolution came first: American, French or Russian? And how did those amazing rebellions affect one another? From wars to famines to political oppression by monarchs and dictators, our cultures are all interconnected.
Flex your mouse wrist for this intense world history quiz now! May you find the New World for the Crown … or die trying!
In 1848, an incredible gold rush began in which area?
In 1848, gold was discovered near a mill in California, sparking the Gold Rush. The people who arrived the following year were called "49ers."
Beginning in 1845, the failure of the potato crop caused mass starvation in which nation?
The Irish Potato Famine demonstrated how dangerous it is to rely heavily on one crop. A potato blight ruined crops for years, causing the deaths of at least 1 million natives and forcing many more to flee for their lives.
The Emancipation Proclamation was a highlight of which war?
American Civil War
In January 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, technically freeing all 3.5 million slaves in America. It was a strategic move after a momentous Union victory in the American Civil War.
In 1803, which war broke out between Britain and France?
Hundred Years' War
French and Indian War
In 1803, violence broke out between France and Britain, and it was what many historians called the beginning of the Napoleonic Wars. For years, Napoleon ran wild in Europe, with an army that seemed indomitable.
Which famously violent man of the sea was killed by Robert Maynard in 1718?
In 1718, British captain Robert Maynard clashed with the famous pirate Blackbeard near what is now North Carolina. Maynard beheaded the violent pirate and used his remains as a warning to other criminals.
In 1816, weird weather from a volcanic eruption changes meant that much of the world didn't experience which season?
In 1815, Mount Tambora (in the Dutch East Indies) ejected so much volcanic debris into the atmosphere that it changed the weather. In 1816, global temperatures plummeted, ruining crops and causing starvation in parts of the world.
Starting in 1519, Hernan Cortes began the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire. He didn't need guns -- instead, he used his political wiles to cause all sorts of complicated military conflicts between the natives.
Many English Catholics hoped that Mary, Queen of Scots would rise to become queen of England. But instead, Elizabeth I (notably a supporter of the Protestant movement) had Mary famously executed by beheading.
Thomas Jefferson authorized which momentous mission in American history?
Lewis and Clark Expedition
With a bit of clever misdirection, President Jefferson found funding for the Lewis and Clark Expedition, which explored America's frontier starting in 1804. The mission's findings thrilled the American public.
In August 1945, which country declared war on the Empire of Japan?
After slaughtering the Germans in Berlin, the Red Army of the USSR headed toward Japan to take care of business. Many historians say it was the relentless brutality of the Russians -- not America's silly atomic bombs -- that ended the Pacific War.