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From Caesar to Brexit: The English History Quiz
by Staff
English history goes back just a little bit further than that of the United States. How much do you know about the past of jolly old England? Take this HowStuffWorks quiz and find out!

When did Caesar land in Britain?

  • 135 B.C.E.
  • 55 B.C.E.
  • 25 C.E.

Who built Hadrian's Wall?

  • the Romans
  • the Celts
  • the Gauls

When did the last Roman soldiers leave England?

  • 338 C.E.
  • 407 C.E.
  • 986 C.E.

In the 10th and 11th century, England was ruled by a long succession of E-named kings. This was NOT one of them.

  • Edwy
  • Edgar
  • Edmund
  • Ethelred
  • Edward
  • Edwine
  • Edred

Which Norman king bested England's King Harold II at the Battle of Hastings in 1066?

  • Robert II
  • Louis III
  • William I

Which border did the Treaty of York establish in 1237?

  • Ireland/Northern Ireland
  • England/Scotland
  • England/Wales

The Hundred Years' War with France started in 1337. When did it end?

  • 1337
  • 1453
  • 1460

About one-third of London's population died from this disease in 1348.

  • Black Death
  • bubonic plague
  • typhus

Which houses clashed in the Wars of the Roses?

  • Windsor and Aragon
  • Cambridge and Donegal
  • Lancaster and York

Why was it called the Wars of the Roses?

  • The first battle was fought near a rose garden.
  • Roses appeared on the shields of both families.
  • Roses were the favorite flower of Plantagenet matriarch Mary II.

Which king established the Church of England?

  • Edward III
  • Henry VII
  • Henry VIII

She was NOT one of Henry VIII's wives.

  • Alice of Lancashire
  • Catherine Parr
  • Anne Boleyn
  • Anne of Cleves
  • Catherine Howard
  • Jane Seymour
  • Catherine of Aragon

When was the Gunpowder Plot discovered and foiled?

  • 1537
  • 1586
  • 1605

Who was the first nonroyal ruler of England?

  • Sir Thomas More
  • Oliver Cromwell
  • Robert Walpole

Why was Cromwell's son Richard known as "Tumbledown Dick"?

  • He gave up power so easily.
  • He fell during his inauguration.
  • After his reign he fell into poverty.

When was the monarchy restored?

  • 1660
  • 1673
  • 1699

Who was the first monarch from the following list?

  • James IV
  • Charles II
  • Richard III

This pair of monarchs took the throne after the Glorious Bloodless Revolution of 1688.

  • James and Alice
  • Charles and Elizabeth
  • William and Mary

Which country was excluded from the Kingdom of Great Britain when it was created in 1707?

  • Ireland
  • Scotland
  • Wales

Who was the first prime minister of Great Britain?

  • Henry John Temple
  • Robert Walpole
  • Archibald Primrose

When did Ireland secede from the United Kingdom?

  • 1857
  • 1901
  • 1922

Which of the original British political parties evolved into today's Conservative Party?

  • Whigs
  • Tories
  • Labour Party

How many years did Queen Victoria reign?

  • 46
  • 63
  • 77

Which monarch holds the record for longest reign in English history?

  • Elizabeth I
  • Elizabeth II
  • George III

How long did the German Blitz of England last during World War II?

  • five months
  • eight months
  • a year

Which Nobel Prize did Winston Churchill win?

  • literature
  • peace
  • economics

When did the United Kingdom join the European Economic Community (EEC), the precursor to the European Union?

  • 1965
  • 1973
  • 1984

What was Margaret Thatcher's political party?

  • Liberal
  • Conservative
  • Labour

How many bombs were detonated when Islamic terrorists attacked London on July 7, 2005?

  • four
  • eight
  • 12

What percentage of the British people voted to leave the European Union in June 2016?

  • 40.3 percent
  • 51.9 percent
  • 62.7 percent