Just because something is written in a history book doesn't make it true. Some of the most recognized names and events in history are exaggerated, glossed over or just plain wrong. Take our quiz to see if you can separate fact from fiction.
True or false: Pocahontas married Capt. John Smith.
Why did Paul Revere take his midnight ride?
to escape a jail sentence
The British were coming.
The British were leaving.
Which of these man-made objects can be seen from the moon?
Great Wall of China
neither of the above
True or false: Napoleon was really short.
Who is said to have uttered, "Let them eat cake"?
neither of the above
How many so-called "witches" were killed during the Salem witch trials?
True or false: Ben Franklin probably never did that whole key-kite thing during a lightning storm.
What city was destroyed by fire in 64 C.E.?
What was the emperor doing, according to rumor, as Rome burned?
playing the fiddle
Why was Lady Godiva said to have ridden naked through the streets?
to protest taxes
to make her husband mad
to attract a new husband
What did Romans do in vomitoriums?
attend big events
True or false: The maximum life span for humans has increased dramatically over the past 2,000 years.
True or false: Vikings wore horned helmets in battle.
True or false: Columbus was brave to set sail across a world that most believed was flat.
Where did Columbus actually land when he "discovered" America (a land where millions of people were already living)?
What were George Washington's false teeth made from?
When was the Declaration of Independence signed?
What allegedly started the Chicago fire of 1871?
No one knows.
True or false: Albert Einstein was a phenomenal student when he was young.
True or false: Benjamin Franklin suggested using a turkey on the seal of the United States.
What day is Mexican Independence Day?
How many years elapsed between Mexican independence and the first Cinco de Mayo?
True or false: Betsy Ross created the first American flag.
True or false: George Washington chopped down a cherry tree as a child, but at least he admitted it to his dad.
True or false: Vincent van Gogh chopped off his ear.
What did van Gogh do with his severed ear?
gave it to his mom
gave it to a prostitute
True or false: Capt. James Cook discovered Australia.
True or false: Thomas Edison invented the world's first light bulb.
Who built the Egyptian pyramids?
True or false: Lincoln wrote the Gettysburg Address on the back of an envelope.