Guess Who?: The Historical World Leader Quiz
by Staff
Who runs the world? Beyonce says girls. Conspiracy theorists say the Illuminati. Take this quiz and see if you know who has really been in charge of the course of history.

William the Conqueror was taunted with what (decidedly less heroic) nickname in his youth?

  • William the Bastard
  • William the Wimpy
  • William the Weak

What historical leader was assassinated on Good Friday?

  • Alexander the Great
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Mahatma Gandhi

What world leader led his country in opposing the colonial rule of England?

  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Mahatma Gandhi
  • Nelson Mandela

Who was the first emperor of what would later be known as the Holy Roman Empire?

  • Ataturk
  • Charles II
  • Charlemagne

Catherine the Great's real first name was:

  • Maria
  • Sophie
  • Yekaterina

What world leader changed the Western calendar?

  • Ivan the Terrible
  • Alexander the Great
  • Julius Caesar

Queen Elizabeth I was the daughter of Henry VIII and which wife?

  • Catherine of Aragon
  • Anne Boleyn
  • Jane Seymour

What world leader came to power in his party after the so-called Long March?

  • Mao Zedong
  • William Tecumseh Sherman
  • Ho Chi Minh

Nelson Mandela was part of what political party?

  • Apartheid-Busters
  • Liberal Democrats
  • African National Congress

What world leader ruled from Babylon?

  • Pontius Pilate
  • Otto I
  • Nebuchadnezzar

Who fought against Charles I in the English Civil Wars?

  • Oliver Cromwell
  • Mary Stuart
  • Elizabeth I

Which of these politicians was the first female head of government?

  • Indira Gandhi
  • Margaret Thatcher
  • Sirimavo Bandaranaike

Kemal Ataturk:

  • founded the Republic of Turkey.
  • was the first president of the Republic of Turkey.
  • both

What 20th century British prime minister was deeply unpopular with unions?

  • John Major
  • Margaret Thatcher
  • Tony Blair

What ruler's death led to the demise of the Roman Republic?

  • Julius Caesar
  • Octavian
  • Mark Antony

What American was the nation's first vice president?

  • John Adams
  • James Madison
  • Thomas Jefferson

What infamous world leader was twice rejected from art school?

  • Hitler
  • Pol Pot
  • Stalin

What leader led his men to victory in the Battle of Little Bighorn?

  • George Custer
  • Sitting Bull
  • Crazy Horse

What Muslim leader captured Jerusalem during the Crusades?

  • Saladin
  • Mohommed
  • Ali

How were Franklin Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt related?

  • fifth cousins
  • first cousins
  • FDR was TDR's nephew

What English monarch was wise to invest in some good ships before the Spanish fleet came calling, near the end of the 16th century?

  • Henry VIII
  • Queen Elizabeth I
  • James I

Montezuma II was the ruler of what empire, until he was killed by colonial powers?

  • Aztec
  • Mayan
  • Mexican

Who was wounded in an attempted assassination of the prime minister of Iraq?

  • Osama Bin Laden
  • Colin Powell
  • Saddam Hussein

Oda Nobunaga ended the feudal wars of what country?

  • Korea
  • Japan
  • China

What world leader served nine months in prison and wrote a book during that time?

  • Pope Francis
  • Nelson Mandela
  • Adolf Hitler

What monarch gave birth to twins while she was in power?

  • Queen Victoria
  • Marie-Antoinette
  • Cleopatra

What Mongolian leader became a Chinese emperor?

  • Genghis Khan
  • Kublai Khan
  • Zhu Yuanzhang

Otto Von Bismarck held what title?

  • prime minister of Prussia
  • chancellor of the German Empire
  • both

How many times was Franklin Roosevelt elected president of the United States?

  • three times
  • four times
  • twice

What world leader won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990 the year before the fall of the Soviet Union?

  • Mikhail Gorbachev
  • Vladimir Putin
  • Boris Yeltsin