Do You Think You Can Pass This History Quiz?


By: Olivia Cantor

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About This Quiz

The history of the world is very important to know and understand. Written history began thousands of years ago. History was documented through cave drawings, written works, music and more. It is marked with different time periods that consisted of rulers, inventors, artists and more. Some of these periods are more accurately documented than others, but records are often biased - and of course, sometimes they are destroyed by fire, time, war, or more, or simply lost to history.

Still, it's possible to piece together substantial parts of our shared global history, from individuals to the level of whole civilizations. At the individual level, do you know who invented the light bulb? Can you name the woman who was the last ruler of ancient Egypt? What about the young woman, now a Catholic saint, who fought for France in the Hundred Years War? At the civilization level, can you name all of the different empires throughout history? What about the ancient landmarks found all around the world? Maybe you can even name the period of time when machines became more widely used?

This quiz covers history of all ages, so make sure you know the places, people and things that had a large impact! Let's see how you do!

What is the first “age” of the 3 stages of early human development called?

Archaeology subdivides human prehistory via the three-age system. The first of this age is called the Stone Age, estimated to have lasted for around three million years or so, when humans first developed skills and used stone tools for their daily life.


After the Stone Age, which age came next?

It was during the Bronze age when humans learned some alchemy and started using metals for their daily life. It largely improved years later when the Iron Age was ushered in by more technological advances.


What is the name of the calendar system introduced way back in the 1500s, which we use today?

The Gregorian Calendar is the basis of our modern-day calendar. It was in October 1582 when the Catholic Pope Gregory XII introduced it, which replaced and updated the prevailing Julian Calendar at that time.


The Renaissance was a period of cultural awakening. What continent was largely affected by this era?

Modern age as we know it somehow stems from the European Renaissance which covers the 14th to the 17th century history of Europe. This important cultural movement enhanced all aspects of human living and existence.


Who is the King of Macedonia termed as one of the youngest and superb military leaders of the ancient world?

Alexander the Great was the renowned leader of Ancient Greece. His ancient reign spread over Egypt, Persia, and Asia, as well as his legacy.


What kind of institution permitted The Crusades to happen during the medieval period?

The Roman Catholic Church, under Pope Urban II, agreed with military leaders in their quest to wage wars outside Christian territories, under the name of the Church. These religious wars came to be known as The Crusades.


Which empire, now known as Turkey, started ruling with might in the 1300s and covered a huge expanse of territory, including parts of Western Asia, Europe, and Africa?

The Ottoman Empire was a significant empire during the middle ages. It actually lasted until the 1900s, and even had a hand during World War I.


In discussing classical antiquity, this is a period in history that focused on which two ancient civilizations?

Classical antiquity concerns the historical era concerning Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. These two ancient civilizations influenced other cultures as well, and their influence is still useful today, in certain ways.


Who is this smart Queen of Egypt and said to be the last emperor of that BC era?

Cleopatra was known as a smart ruler who knew how to align with the powers that be during the time of the Roman Empire. Her legacy has been interpreted throughout the ages in various works of art and pop culture.


Genghis Khan is the notorious leader who emerged during the Middle Ages. From which country did he hail from?

Often characterized as a ruthless and fearless leader, Genghis Khan left his mark during the reign of his Mongol Empire. The empire started from his Northeast Asian country of Mongolia.


The concept of “the Western world” emerged when these two European countries sent explorers around the world to discover new lands during the 16th century.

Spain and Portugal funded many ships and explorers that went around the world to search for new lands and cultures. The concept of “the Western world” emerged from this, placing the far discoveries of these expeditions as “the East” and the “New World."


It was in 776 BC when the first sports gathering of this kind was recorded. What is this gathering called?

It was in Olympia in Greece where the ancient Olympic Games was first held. This ancient sportsmanship move inspired the creation of the Olympic tradition which we still celebrate today.


When we say Napoleonic Era, which military leader are we referring to?

Napoleon Bonaparte was the general who established himself during the time of the French Revolution. Napoleonic Era covers the years where he rose to power and ruled as a French Emperor, up until his fall from power.


America was named after which Italian explorer?

The Italian explorer named Amerigo Vespucci was the person whom the Americas were named after. Mapmakers named both the continents of North and South America after his explorations which technically covered mostly Central and South America, according to historians.


It was around the 1500s when the first accounts of this massive inhumane treatment of black-skinned people were first recorded. What is this concept called?

African slaves were reported to have been uprooted from their continent and transported back in boatloads to the New World during the 1500s. However, the concept of slavery already existed way before that, which victimized other kinds of people as well.


Julius Caesar was the head of which empire?

Th Roman Empire was a large-scale empire covering Europe, Asia, and Africa. Emperors headed this empire.


What was the nationality of Christopher Columbus?

Christopher Columbus was the explorer sent by Spain to discover new lands, which led to European conquests of the New World. But he was born in Genoa, Italy.


In which region of the world did the Ming Dynasty rule?

It was in ancient China where the Ming Dynasty ruled for nearly 300 years during the Middle Ages. The Han Chinese were the ones in power during this time.


This French woman warrior was an iconic fighter of the 1400s during the Hundred Years War. Who was this woman, who later became a saint?

Joan of Arc reportedly had Catholic-related visions which inspired her to fight for France during the Hundred Year Wars. She was later declared as a martyr which led to her canonization as a saint for France.


Who is the American inventor who made the light bulb possible?

Thomas Edison is touted as one of the country’s greatest inventor. He made the light bulb possible, as well as many other inventions that we still use today.


Since the Renaissance man Leonardo Da Vinci had so many expert skills in many fields, what term is usually used to describe him?

Leonardo Da Vinci’s skills set covered varied disciplines such as mathematics, painting, science, music, sculpture, architecture, literature, and many more. For that, he is termed as a “polymath."


The 18th century was dubbed as the “Century of Philosophy,” which was also known by which other term in Europe?

The Age of Enlightenment was the time when a widespread philosophical movement emerged and dominated Europe. It was also called the Age of Reason since “reason” was the important concept upheld that time, which was the basis for many such philosophical concepts that were also useful in various disciplines such as in the political and scientific realms.


This famed structure along the River Thames in England is a reminder of the history of the British Empire. What is it?

The Tower of London is actually a palace built around 1066. However, it served many purposes during the British Empire rule, and became symbols of many kinds of struggles of the country in general.


Which large empire ruled in Western Asia from the 6th century BC to 20th century AD, which the movie 300 depicted as the enemy?

Ancient Western Asian dynasties comprised the ruling scope of the Persian Empire. Persia is the ancient name of modern-day Iran.


Amelia Earhart was recored to have been the very first woman to do this across the Atlantic Ocean. What did she do?

Amelia Earhart was the first female pilot to fly solo in crossing the Atlantic Ocean. She was trying to make another aviation first when she disappeared in 1937.


Which German car-maker is said to have built the first prototype of the modern-day car that we use?

It was in the 1870s when Karl Benz patented the components of the modern-day car, especially the engine type. He was from Germany.


In which region of the world did the Mughal Empire rule?

The Mughal Empire ruled all over South Asia, specifically in the Indian subcontinent and also covered some areas of Afghanistan. It began around 1526 and extended up to 1857.


Susan B. Anthony is the name synonymous with winning the women’s right to do this one election-related thing. What is this thing?

The right to vote wasn’t explicitly given to women in America. Women had to fight for it, and Susan B. Anthony is one of the leading women in the 19th century to have achieved this feat.


Which age of Northern European history featured the rule of Norse seafarers?

The Viking Age covers the 8th century to the 11th century. While many accounts of Vikings describe them as barbaric conquerors, some historians are trying to shed better light on the real Viking culture that affected Scandinavian history.


When the world shifted from hand-made processes to machine-led production, this ushered in a new kind of revolution. What is it called?

The rise of the factory system is one legacy of the Industrial Revolution which is still in place today. The revolution started around 1760 in Great Britain, which of course spread in other areas eventually.


What award was instituted by Alfred Nobel to honor persons and organizations who make important contributions in several chosen fields such as certain sciences and literature?

Alfred Nobel instituted the Nobel Prizes, an annual awarding ceremony of special awards that bestows prizes to outstanding contributors in human history. Some speculate that he turned philanthropic this way since he felt guilty about certain negativities during his inventor years, such as inventing the dynamite, for instance, which harms people.


The United Nations was formally established on October 1945, after the world experienced these two major events. What were these destructive major events?

The United Nations was founded right after World War II. It was meant to replace the first attempt to unite nations called League of Nations. But since World War I happened and World War II followed suit, a newer formation had to be established for real peace to work after those two wars.


She was the courageous African-American woman who refused to give up her seat in a bus, an important event which led to the civil rights movement in the US.

Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat in a race-segregated Montgomery bus back in 1955. It was a kind of protest that soon led to other similar anti-segregation protests, eventually bringing forth the civil rights movement to the national discourse.


The roll of perforated film, used widely in photography before everything went digital, was invented by which American inventor?

George Eastman was a pioneer in the history of photography and filmmaking. Without his inventions in the late 1800s, we wouldn’t have the technology that evolved from them today.


It was in 1623 when the very first edition of this descriptive book was published. What is this book?

The lexicographer named Henry Cocheram is credited to have been the first to use the term “dictionary" when he published the “English Dictionarie” back in 1623. From then on, the term stuck.


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