British History Multiple Choice #1

Can you answer these multiple choice questions about the history of Great Britain?
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Last updated: June 24, 2019
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1. What party did Margaret Thatcher lead?
2. Who pointed their finger at YOU in the famous WWI recruiting poster?
Bellona, goddess of war
King Edward VII
Lord Kitchener
Queen Victoria
3. What adjective has often been used to describe London in the 1960s?
4. What body part did Horatio Nelson lose at the Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife?
His left leg below the knee
His left ear
His nose
Most of his right arm
5. Who was Thomas Becket?
Archbishop of Canterbury murdered in 1170
One of the "Big Six" English romantic poets
The richest man in England in the early 1700s
6. What name is given to William the Conqueror's brutal campaign that laid waste to northern England and brought it under Norman rule?
Harrying of the North
Hassling of the North
Hounding of the North
7. Which of these noble ranks is the highest?
8. The Glorious Revolution of 1688 installed William of Orange on the throne of England. Where did William of Orange come from?
9. Who or what was the Danegeld?
A chronicle of England during the Dark Ages
A legendary warrior who castrated Danish invaders
Money paid to the Vikings
10. How did Anne Boleyn meet her end?
Beheaded at the Tower of London
Died of old age in a convent
Suspected poisoning
11. Before decimalisation in 1971, how many pence were in a pound?
12. Which of these figures did NOT live during the Elizabethan era?
Francis Drake
Isaac Newton
Walter Raleigh
William Shakespeare
13. Who famously led a revolt against the Romans 60 AD?
King Arthur
Llywelyn the Great
14. What city was home to famous thinkers and writers such as David Hume, Adam Smith, and Robert Burns?
15. Which of these countries was NOT part of the British Empire?
Level 75
Mar 29, 2019
Phrasing it as "Who or what was THE Danegeld?" is kind of a giveaway that it is not a person.
Level 95
Mar 29, 2019
The Fonz was a person, albeit fictitious.
Level 93
Mar 31, 2019
the queen, the king, the donald...
Level 74
Jun 27, 2019
in german "geld" means money so very easy for me
Level 82
Dec 18, 2021
Yep, knowing Dutch helped me with this one.
Level 60
Jan 14, 2022
The Hammer of the Scots

The Lionheart

The Atheling

All people

Level 61
Jan 17, 2022
Not necessarily. Elizabeth II is The Queen
Level 72
Apr 4, 2019
That was tougher than I was expecting.
Level 82
Jun 24, 2019
I knew it was probably wrong but I had to guess the warrior who castrated Danes. Only one I missed.
Level 68
Jun 24, 2019
Only got 2 wrong.
Level 58
Jun 24, 2019
Might want to revise this question: "Who pointed his finger at YOU in the famous WWI recruiting poster?"

"HIS" - automatically eliminates two of the choices since they are obviously female

Level ∞
Jun 24, 2019
Changed it to "their finger"
Level 72
Jan 14, 2022
Although the thumbnail picture of a fella with a moustache pointing also kind of eliminates Queen Victoria and the goddess
Level 59
Jun 24, 2019
Thank you, Time Team. May you never be forgotten.
Level 69
Jun 25, 2019
Indonesia (at least Java) was briefly part of the British empire, from 1811-1814.
Level 68
Jun 25, 2019
Only the decimalisation question wrong. I'm too young to remember the old Harry Potteresque money: 12 pennies to the shilling, 20 shillings to the pound and 17 sickles to the galleon
Level 58
Feb 18, 2020
Robert Burns only lived in Edinburgh for a couple of years, spending most of his 37 years in Dumfriesshire.
Level 63
Apr 12, 2021
British history or English?
Level 59
Jan 14, 2022
I'd say seven or eight (depending on interpretation) of the questions are not English-specific, and an additional one is about Roman Britain, which predates England and the UK (as political entities), so it is British (but with some English bias).
Level 46
Jan 14, 2022
Level 46
Jan 14, 2022
Adam Smith was born in Kirkcaldy, not Edinburgh. He lectured in Edinburgh, but actually spent most of his life in Kirkcaldy, it's also where he spent ten years writing his most famous work - "The Wealth of Nations". I'm from Kirkcaldy and it's literally our claim to fame so people who says he's from Edinburgh annoy us just a teeny little bit.
Level 55
Jan 14, 2022
Understandable that it's annoying to you, but "home to" can mean just that - Edinburgh was Smith's home for a time.

I love Fife as much as the next man, but you'd be really testing people's knowledge to involve Kirkcaldy in this quiz.

I get the frustration though!