52 World History Questions and Answers in English
History Buff Quiz – World History Questions and Answers Part 1
1) When was the first Nobel Prize in economics awarded?
he Nobel Prize in economics was established in 1969. It was first awarded to Ragnar Frisch and Jan Tinbergen, who specialized in macroeconomics.
2) Where were the Aegean Bronze Age civilizations located?
The Bronze Age Aegean civilizations, including the Minoans of Crete and the Myceneans of the mainland, were located in what is now Greece.
3) Who was Karl Marx’s associate and fellow political theoretician?
Answer: Friedrich Engels.
In 1844, Karl Marx met a young socialist named Friedrich Engels, with whom he developed many of his ideas.
4) How many republics made up the former Soviet Union?
he Soviet Union, at its end, was made up of 15 republics. The largest and most powerful was the Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic, now Russia.
5) Which Indian president was involved in the struggle for Irish independence?
Answer: V.V. Giri.
V.V. Giri, India’s president from 1969 to 1974, studied in Dublin, Ireland, where he became involved in the movement to free Ireland from British rule.
6) Of what country was Simón Bolívar president?
Simón Bolívar, besides being president of Gran Colombia (1821–30), was also the president of Peru (1823–29).
All American History Quiz
7) In which city would you find the Statue of Liberty?
Answer: New York City.
The Statue of Liberty is located on Liberty Island, in New York Harbor.
8) Which state seceded from Virginia in 1863?
Answer: West Virginia.
West Virginia seceded from Virginia during the Civil War, in 1863.
9) Which modern states does the Natchez Trace join?
Answer: Mississippi and Tennessee.
The Natchez Trace, an old Indian trade route, goes through the modern states of Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee.
10) What automobile was named after Henry Ford’s only son?
Henry Ford named the ill-fated Edsel passenger sedan after his only son, Edsel Ford.
11) In what American state would you find Denali?
Denali is in Alaska. At 6,194 meters, it is the tallest mountain in North America.
12) Through which national park does the Continental Divide not pass?
Yosemite National Park, in California, lies west of the Continental Divide.
13) What is the capital of Illinois?
The capital of Illinois is Springfield.
14) What is a nickname for people from Maine?
A still popular nickname for residents of Maine is Down-Easters.
15) Who was the first U.S. president to appear on television?
Answer: Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Appearing at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City, Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first U.S. president to be televised.
16) On what peninsula in Washington would you find the Olympic Mountains?
Answer: Olympic Peninsula.
The majority of the Olympic Peninsula, between the Pacific Ocean and Puget Sound, is covered by the Olympic Mountains.
World Wars – World History Questions and Answers Part 2
17) In what war was the White House burned?
Answer: War of 1812.
During the War of 1812, a British raiding party entered Washington, D.C., and set fire to the White House and other buildings. President James Madison barely escaped.
18) What German World War II general was known as the Desert Fox?
Answer: Erwin Rommel.
Erwin Rommel commanded Germany’s forces in the deserts of North Africa, where he earned his nickname.
19) Which European victory over Ottoman forces was memorialized by Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese?
Answer: Battle of Lepanto.
The Battle of Lepanto (October 7, 1571) was a naval engagement between allied Christian forces and the Ottoman Turks during an Ottoman campaign to acquire the Venetian island of Cyprus.
20) Who said, on being forced to leave the Philippines, “I shall return”?
Answer: Douglas MacArthur.
When Japanese invaders forced Allied troops from the Philippines in 1942, commanding general Douglas MacArthur vowed, “I shall return.”
21) Where was the Seven Years’ War not fought?
The Seven Years’ War was fought between Britain and France in the mid-18th century. It was fought across several continents—but not Antarctica.
22) When was the United Nations Declaration signed?
The United Nations Declaration was signed by 26 Allied powers on January 1, 1942. The modern UN grew from that document.
23) What was the name of the ruler who conquered Baghdad in 1623 CE?
Answer: Abbas I.
Abbas I was a Safavid king of Iran who defeated the Ottoman Empire for control of Baghdad in 1623.
24) The Wars of the Roses were fought in:
The Wars of the Roses were fought in England from about 1455 to 1485. One faction wore red roses as its emblem and another wore white roses.
25) When did the United States enter World War II?
The United States entered World War II in December 1941, following the Japanese attack on American ships at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Kings of England
26) Who was the wife of king Henry II?
Answer: Eleanor of Aquitaine.
Henry II, the king of England from 1154 to 1189, ruled over southwestern France as well. He gained this throne from his marriage to French-born Eleanor of Aquitaine.
30) Which king signed the Magna Carta?
King John signed the Magna Carta in 1215. The document guarantees English citizens certain rights that the king’s government had been usurping.
31) Which one of his six wives is England’s King Henry VIII buried alongside?
Answer: Jane Seymour.
Jane Seymour (1509–1537) was the third wife of King Henry VIII (1491–1547). They are buried at Windsor Castle, near London.
32) Who was the English king at the Battle of Agincourt?
Answer: Henry V.
Henry V (ruled 1413–1422) was a warrior king. He scored several victories against the French, in particular at the Battle of Agincourt (1415), when his troops beat a much larger French force.
33) Who was the king of England (and the rest of Great Britain) at the time of the American Revolution?
Answer: George III.
King George III (1738–1820) ruled Great Britain, of which England is part, from 1760 until his death in 1820. The American Revolution occurred between 1775 and 1783, during his reign.
34) Which king of England died at the Battle of Bosworth?
Answer: Richard III.
In 1485 Henry Tudor killed Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth and became Henry VII.
35) How many kings of England have been named Henry?
England has had eight kings named Henry. The last, Henry VIII, is remembered for his six wives and his conflict with the Roman Catholic church.
Walk Like an Egyptian – World History Questions and Answers Part 3
36) In Egyptian mythology, who was the wife of Osiris?
Osiris’s wife and queen was Isis, who was believed to have magical powers. She and her son, Horus, were thought to be the perfect mother and child.
37) Whose body is the most famous mummy from Egyptian history?
The most famous mummy is that of King Tutankhamen. His tomb was uncovered in 1922. His mummy was enclosed in a series of three coffins—the innermost being of solid gold.
38) Which Egyptian pharaoh believed in the idea of a single god?
Whereas most ancient Egyptians believed in a pantheon numbering many gods, the pharaoh Akhenaton proclaimed that the sun was the sole deity.
39) What were the pyramids of Egypt?
The great pyramids of ancient Egyptians were tombs for their leaders, whom they worshipped as gods. The pyramids, as well as their temples, were built of heavy stones.
U.S. Presidents Facts
40) What American president is associated with the Teddy Bear?
Answer: Theodore Roosevelt.
Theodore Roosevelt was a famed conservationist and animal lover. A toymaker once made a stuffed bear in his honor and called it the “Teddy Bear,” Teddy being short for Theodore.
41) Which of these U.S. presidents was also an actor?
Answer: Ronald Reagan.
Ronald Reagan was an actor for nearly three decades before becoming U.S. president in 1980. He appeared in more than 50 films, generally playing supporting roles as the hero’s friend.
42) How long does a U.S. president’s term in office last, in years?
A U.S. president’s term lasts four years. A president can serve two consecutive terms, for a total of eight years in office.
43) Who was named president after Abraham Lincoln was assassinated?
Answer: Andrew Johnson.
After Abraham Lincoln was shot dead by John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865, Andrew Johnson became the 17th President of the United States.
44) How many U.S. presidents have served more than two terms?
Only one U.S. president, Franklin Roosevelt, served more than two terms.
45) Which president signed the Louisiana Purchase?
Answer: Thomas Jefferson.
Thomas Jefferson concluded the Louisiana Purchase with France in 1803, when he was president of the newly founded United States.
46) How many presidents were born before the United States became a nation?
Eight presidents were born before the United States became a nation. The first born in the new republic was Martin Van Buren.
47) The first American president to live in the White House was:
Answer: John Adams.
John Adams, the second president of the United States, was the first to live in the White House. It was built in 1800
All About Napoleon Bonaparte -World History Questions and Answers Part 4
48) When did Napoleon become the emperor of France?
Napoleon built up his power in 1804 by changing the government of France from a consulate to an empire. He thereby became the emperor of France.
49) Where was Napoleon born?
Napoleon Bonaparte was born on the Mediterranean island of Corsica.
50) Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated at:
Answer: The Battle of Waterloo.
Napoleon Bonaparte ruled over France as Napoleon I. He extended French rule across Europe, but was defeated by an alliance of his enemies at the Battle of Waterloo.
51) On what island did Napoleon Bonaparte die?
Answer: St. Helena.
Napoleon I, the Emperor of France, was defeated in battle in 1815 and was exiled to St. Helena Island, where he died on May 5, 1821.
52) What was Napoleon’s nickname?
Answer: The Little Corporal.
Napoleon I rose from humble origins to become emperor of France. He was known as the Little Corporal.