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The BIG England History Quiz – 50 Questions & Answers

Love England’s history? How high can YOU score in the BIG England History Quiz?

If you know your Henry II from your Henry VIII, in which decade what happened, and the outcome of the Battle of Hastings, then this is the England history quiz for you. See if you can impress yourself, or your friends, with your knowledge of England history trivia.

England’s history is long, in depth, and fascinating. We’ve been through a LOT to get where we are now. Test your knowledge here and see how well you really know the history of England.

Welcome to my 50 England History Quiz Questions! 

You can either do this England history quiz yourself, or you could use this quiz about history in England to play against (or with) your friends.

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This England history quiz has five rounds of 10 questions, all the rounds are slightly different. Great if you’re looking for unusual England history quiz questions!

The answers to the England history quiz are at the end of the post, so don’t scroll down too far if you don’t want to see them. Don’t forget to share your scores in the comments at the end of the post.

Enjoy…

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England History Quiz Round 1: General Trivia

Let’s check your general England history knowledge…

1. The House of Lancaster and the House of York fought in the Wars of the Roses. Why was it called this?

2. Who won the Wars of the Roses?

3. Which prime minister was nicknamed the Iron Lady?

4. The _____  ______ killed nearly a third of the population in 1348-1349.

5. What famous event started at a bakery on Pudding Lane many centuries ago?

6. Sir Robert Walpole was Britain’s first ______  ________

7. What did Henry VIII wants that the Roman Catholic Church wouldn’t grant him, catalysing the establishment of the Church of England?

8. Roanoke was the first British colony on what continent?

9. Philip II of Spain sent this to England in the 1500s?

10. York was the first English city to be settled by which nomadic conquerors?

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England history quiz round 2: Over / Under

Next up in the quiz about England history: are the answers to the following over or under?

11. Over/under 100 years for The Hundreds Years War between England and France?

12. Over/under the year 1200 for when The Hundreds Years War between England and France began?

13. Britain’s first prime minister started in over / under 1900?

14. Elizabeth I reigned for over / under 60 years?

15. Elizabeth II has reigned for Over / under 50 years?

16. Work on the Tower of London began in Over / under 1500?

17. Over/under $2 billion that the UK spends on the military each year today?

18. Pilgrim Fathers set sail for America in Over / under 1500?

19. Victoria became Queen in the 19th century at the age of Over / under 10?

20. Over / under 60% of British voters opted to leave the European Union in 2016.

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England history quiz round 3: Match the Century!

Can you match the century to the event in round 3 of the English history quiz?

21. William the Conqueror is crowned king of England

22. War of American Independence

23. First known human in England

24. Spanish Armada attempts to overthrow Queen Elizabeth I 

25. Wars of the Roses civil war begins

26. Vikings raid in Lindisfarne in England, starting the Viking Age

27. Magna Carta signed

28. London settled by the Romans 

29. The first underground train starts operating in London

30. Stonehenge construction begins

Matching options:

A. 500,000 BC

B. 3000 BC

D. 1st century

E. 8th century

F. 11th century

G. 13th century

I. 15th century

J. 16th century

L. 18th century 

M. 19th century

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England history quiz round 4: Match the Decade to the Event! 

Round 4 of the England history quiz, match the decade!

31. Queen Elizabeth II is coronated at Westminster Abbey

32. Margaret Thatcher becomes the first woman to be prime minister in the UK

33. Population of England reaches 50 million

34. World War I, with more than 1 million Britons and Allies dying.

35. England hosts the World Cup for football and wins

36. Princess Diana dies after a car crash in Paris

37. British citizens vote in favor of leaving the European Union

38. The Mary Rose, which sunk in 1545, is raised.

39. We celebrated the end of World War II

40. A global pandemic forced us to hoard toilet roll

Matching options:

A. 1910s

B. 1940s

C. 1950s

D. 1960s

E. 1970s

F. 1980s

G. 1990s

H. 2000s

I. 2010s

J. 2020s

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England history quiz round 5: True or False

Do you know if the answers to the following statements are true or false?

41. Margaret Thatcher was a member of the Conservative political party.

42. Elizabeth I has the longest reign in English history.

43. Henry VIII introduced a beard tax.

44. London has always been the capital of England.

45. Sparkling Wine was invented in England.

46. King Henry III had a pet koala bear.

47. Oliver Cromwell was the first nonroyal ruler of England.

48. Queen Elizabeth II is rumoured to be related to Vlad the Impaler.

49. Our London Bridge from 1831 is currently in use in Arizona, in the USA?

50. French was the official language of England from 1066, for three centuries?

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England History Quiz Round 1: General Trivia

1. The House of Lancaster and the House of York fought in the Wars of the Roses. Why was it called this?

Both family shields have roses.

2. Who won the Wars of the Roses?

The Lancasters won and Henry VII became king as a result.

3. Which prime minister was nicknamed the Iron Lady?

Margaret Thatcher

4. The _____  ______ killed nearly a third of the population in 1348-1349.

Black Death

5. What famous event started at a bakery on Pudding Lane many centuries ago?

The Great Fire of London

6. Sir Robert Walpole was Britain’s first ______  ________

Prime Minister

7. What did Henry VIII wants that the Roman Catholic Church wouldn’t grant him, catalysing the establishment of the Church of England?

An annulment to his marriage of Catherine of Aragon

8. Roanoke was the first British colony on what continent?

The Americas

9. Philip II of Spain sent this to England in the 1500s?

Spanish Armada

10. York was the first English city to be settled by which nomadic conquerors?

Danish Vikings

– Check out our top day trips from York for some day out inspiration!

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England history quiz round 2: Over / Under

11. Over/under 100 years for The Hundreds Years War between England and France?

Over: 116

12. Over/under the year 1200 for when The Hundreds Years War between England and France began?

Over: 1337

13. Britain’s first prime minister started in over / under 1900?

Under: 1721

14. Elizabeth I reigned for over / under 60 years?

Under: 45 years, starting in 1558

15. Elizabeth II has reigned for Over / under 50 years?

Over: she was crowed in 1952.

16. Work on the Tower of London began in Over / under 1500?

Under: 1067.

17. Over/under $2 billion that the UK spends on the military each year today?

Over: $68.7 billion

18. Pilgrim Fathers set sail for America in Over / under 1500?

Over: 1620 is when they set sail

19. Victoria became Queen in the 19th century at the age of Over / under 10?

Over: She was 18.

20. Over / under 60% of British voters opted to leave the European Union in 2016.

Under: 51.9%

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England history quiz round 3: Match the Century to the Event! 

21. William the Conqueror is crowned king of England

F. 11th century

22. War of American Independence

L. 18th century 

23. First known human in England

A. 500,000 BC

24. Spanish Armada attempts to overthrow Queen Elizabeth I 

J. 16th century

25. Wars of the Roses civil war begins

I. 15th century

26. Vikings raid in Lindisfarne in England, starting the Viking Age

E. 8th century

27. Magna Carta signed

G. 13th century

28. London settled by the Romans 

D. 1st century

29. The first underground train starts operating in London

M. 19th century

30. Stonehenge construction begins

B. 2500 BC

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England history quiz round 4: Match the Decade to the Event! 

31. Queen Elizabeth II is coronated at Westminster Abbey

C. 1950s

32. Margaret Thatcher becomes the first woman to be prime minister in the UK

E. 1970s

33. Population of England reaches 50 million

H. 2000s

34. World War I, with more than 1 million Britons and Allies dying.

A. 1910s

35. England hosts the World Cup for football and wins

D. 1960s

36. Princess Diana dies after a car crash in Paris

G. 1990s

37. British citizens vote in favour of leaving the European Union

I. 2010s

38. The Mary Rose, which sunk in 1545, is raised.

F. 1980s

39. We celebrated the end of World War II

B. 1940s

40. A global pandemic forced us to hoard toilet roll

J. 2020s

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England history quiz round 5: True or False

41. Margaret Thatcher was a member of the Conservative political party

Answer: True. She was the leader from 1975 through 1990.

42. Elizabeth I has the longest reign in English history

Answer: False, it is Elizabeth the II

43. Henry VIII introduced a beard tax

Answer: True; if you didn’t pay, you had your beard shaved off in public.

44. London has always been the capital of England.

Answer: False, Winchester was the first capital.

45. Sparkling Wine was invented in England

Answer: True

46. King Henry III had a pet koala bear

Answer: False, he had a polar bear

47. Oliver Cromwell was the first nonroyal ruler of England

Answer: True, he called himself “lord protector” in 1653

48. Queen Elizabeth II is rumoured to be related to Vlad the Impaler

Answer: True

49. Our London Bridge from 1831 is currently in use in Arizona, in the USA?

Answer: True

50. French was the official language of England from 1066, for three centuries?

True


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