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Bits from the History of Britain - Part II

written by: marcing
 
Great Britain has been one of the most influential countries in the world. Modern parliamentarism and capitalism originated in Britain. And the British gave us the English language! The quiz will be composed of two parts, 12-multiple choice questions each. This is Part II.

Question 1:


Which king of England is not the title character of a Shakespearean play?
Richard II
Henry VIII
Henry VII
Richard III

Question 2:


Which great journey was funded by an English king?
Giovanni Caboto's to Newfoundland (1497)
Giovanni da Verrazzano's to Manhattan (1524)
Christopher Columbus's to the West Indies (1492)
Ferdinand Magellan's round trip around the world (1519-1521)

Question 3:


What was the connection between Mary Stuart (Queen of Scots) and Bloody Mary (Queen of England)?
Mary Stuart's grandmother, Margaret Tudor, was an aunt of the English Mary.
They were both daughters of Henry VIII (but had different mothers).
Bloody Mary had the Scottish Mary beheaded
They were the same person.

Question 4:


What was the connection between James I of England and James VI of Scotland?
They were the same person.
They were both illegitimate sons of Elisabeth I.
Their boyish fight at St Andrews University sparked a war that eventually led to the unification of Scotland and England.
James I was the great-grandfather of James VI.

Question 5:


Who or what destroyed the Great Spanish Armada in 1588?
Admiral Nelson at Trafalgar
A hurricane off the coast of Ireland
Dutch warships
Francis Drake's attack in the English Channel

Question 6:


Shakespeare's theater, The Globe, was destroyed by fire in 1613. Which Queen saw its reopening?
Elisabeth II
Victoria
Elisabeth I
Anne

Question 7:


When James, brother of king Charles II, married Mary of Modena, who was Catholic, the English Parliament wanted James to do what?
Abstain from having sex with his wife
Force her to become Anglican or Presbyterian
Divorce her
Renounce his rights to the English throne

Question 8:


What was the last successful foreign invasion of Britain?
Norman in 1066
Spanish in 1588
German in 1940
Dutch in 1688

Question 9:


Where did Scotland unsuccessfully try to establish a colony?
Kiribati
Uganda
Alaska
Panama

Question 10:


Who can be regarded as the only military dictator of England?
England never had a dictator.
Oliver Cromwell
Guy Fawkes
Winston Churchill

Question 11:


Whose portrait is first on the stairs of 10 Downing Street, London?  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)
Robert Walpole's
Margaret Thatcher's
Neville Chamberlain's
Winston Churchill's

Question 12:


The House of Windsor was founded by King George V in 1917 when he changed the name of his family to Windsor. What was the original name of his family?
Norman
German
Dutch
Ancient English

 


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