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QUESTIONS


  1. Which wife did Henry VIII uncharitably label ‘The Flanders Mare’?
  2. The severance of which body part belonging to British naval captain Robert Jenkins led to a nine-year war with Spain in the eighteenth century?
  3. What was the nineteenth-century Princess Alexandra of Bavaria convinced that she swallowed as a child?
  4. Who described Britain as a nation of shopkeepers?
  5. How did Tsar Ivan the Terrible of Russia, the blood-thirsty ‘Butcher of Novgorod’ die?
  6. Who once said ‘Trying is the first step towards failure’?
  7. True or False? Catherine the Great of Russia was so angry when she found dandruff on her collar that she imprisoned her hairdresser in an iron cage for three years?
  8. What was the name of the botched invasion of Cuba in 1961 by a CIA-sponsored paramilitary group that heightened World tension?
  9. Louis XIV of France reportedly owned more than 1,000 what?
  10. The Great Fire of London in 1666 started in a bakery located on which street?
  11. In which year did the Vietnam War end?
  12. Who commanded the British fleet at the Battle of Jutland?
  13. What massacre took place in South Africa in 1960?
  14. Who became German President in 1932?
  15. Which King of England was crowned on Christmas Day?
  16. How old was William Pitt when he became Prime Minister in 1783?
  17. What did Elizabeth Fry reform?
  18. How was Josip Broz better known?
  19. Who, in 1906, became the first US President to travel abroad?
  20. Which Middle East war broke out in October 1973?
  21. Who was the forth wife of Kind Henry VIII?
  22. What famous event occurred in the French Revolution on July 14 1789?
  23. The Gunpowder Plot of 1605 sought to remove which King and his MP’s from power?
  24. Name the famous ship captained by Sir Francis Drake?
  25. When is VE Day?
  26. Who wrote a very famous diary detailing the Fire of London and the Black Death?
  27. Which famous battle is depicted in the World Famous Bayeux Tapestries?
  28. Which Monarch was on the throne of England during the Spanish Armada?
  29. Who gave up his throne for the woman he loved?
  30. In which City would you find the Scottish Royal Palace of Holyrood House?
  31. In which Year was William Shakespeare born?
  32. In which Year did Tony Blair become the leader of the British Labour Party?
  33. In which Year was a British Task Force sent to recover the Falkland Islands after an Argentinian invasion?
  34. Which British Politician won the Admiral’s Cup in 1971 in his yacht ‘Morning Cloud’?
  35. How many Years after the Battle of Trafalgar did the Battle of Waterloo take place?
  36. Who became the President of the USA in 1929, the Year of the Wall Street Crash?
  37. Who compiled a Book of Words, published in 1852, that were arranged according to their meanings?
  38. What was the number of the last King Louis to be King of France?
  39. In what Year did Elvis Presley first enter the UK Charts with ‘Heartbreak Hotel’?
  40. When did Adolf Hitler come to power in Germany?
  41. Whose fate was determined by a Diet of Worms?
  42. In medieval France, what was a woman who had committed adultery sometimes required to do by way of punishment?
  43. The nursery rhyme ‘Ring a Ring o’ Roses’ refers to which historic event?
  44. What trait distinguished Queen Mary, consort of King George V of Great Britain?
  45. Why was King Charles VI of France terrified of travelling by Coach?
  46. True or False? The American Civil War got its name because the two sides were extremely polite to each other?
  47. In the Defenestration of Prague in 1618, what were people thrown out of?
  48. Of which US President did HL Mencken say ‘If he became convinced tomorrow that coming out for cannibalism would get him the votes he sorely needs, he would begin fattening a missionary in the White House backyard come Wednesday’?
  49. What did Mad King Otto of Bavaria like to shoot every morning before breakfast?
  50. Whom did the Roman Emperor Caligula try to make a consul, to the surprise of many?
  51. Elected in 1990, the first female President of Ireland said: “I was elected by the women of Ireland, who instead of rocking the cradle, rocked the system.” Who was she?
  52. Which inspirational speaker, who coined the phrase ‘a fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay’, led the Dublin workers to strike for more than seven months in order to gain better working conditions?
  53. Which popular Irish actor and comedian discovered the details of his grandfather’s murder during the Irish War of Independence when he was filming the BBC documentary Who Do You Think You Are?
  54. The people of Ireland were robbed of eleven days of their lives when the British finally decided to adopt the Gregorian Calendar instead of the less-accurate Julian Calendar. The date changed from 2nd September to the 14th September in a single night, and there is no record of anything happening in the eleven days in between. In what year did this date change take place?
  55. In 1916, a group of Irish nationalists seized control of the General Post Office in Dublin and declared Ireland an independent republic, free from British rule. What was the name of the man who read out the Proclamation of Independence?
  56. Father John Murphy was a Catholic priest and reluctant leader of the Irish rebels in which major conflict in history?
  57. During the 14th century, the British government worried that which group of people were becoming ‘more Irish than the Irish’, and passed a piece of legislation to curb the adoption of Irish tradition and culture?
  58. Great Irish folk songs such as Fields of Athenry and Skibbereen were written about which major event in the history of Ireland?
  59. Who is widely recognised as the last ‘High King of Ireland’ and is thought by some to be the man who finally ended the reign of power held by the Vikings?
  60. Michael Collins is one of the most famous characters from Irish history, and thought by some to be the greatest Irish man to have ever lived. He was killed during the Irish Civil War after his vehicle was ambushed by anti-treaty IRA members. Collins had been warned by his advisers that the journey was dangerous but insisted they go ahead saying: “They’ll never shoot me in my own county.” What was the county in which Collins was born, and then killed?
  61. What famous ship sank in 1912?
  62. Who was Britains longest serving Prime Minister, a term that lasted for 20 years and 315 days?
  63. Who painted the famous portrait, the Mona Lisa?
  64. The Battle of Hastings was in what year?
  65. What did Sir Isaac Newton invent?
  66. This part-time race car driver invented the bucket seat in 1969?
  67. What year was John F. Kennedy assassinated?
  68. What major event stopped the Great Plague of London?
  69. Approximately, how long ago was Stonehenge built?
  70. In which decade was the telephone invented?

ANSWERS


  1. Anne of Cleves
  2. Ear
  3. Grand Piano made from glass
  4. Napoleon Bonaparte
  5. Playing Chess
  6. Homer Simpson
  7. True
  8. Bay of Pigs
  9. Wigs
  10. Pudding Lane
  11. 1975
  12. Admiral John Jellicoe
  13. Sharpeville Massacre
  14. Paul von Hindenburg
  15. William I (1066)
  16. 24
  17. Prisons
  18. Tito
  19. Teddy Roosevelt
  20. Yom Kippur War
  21. Anne of Cleeves
  22. The Storming of the Bastille
  23. King James I
  24. The Golden Hind
  25. May 8
  26. Samuel Pepys
  27. The Battle of Hastings, 1066
  28. Queen Elizabeth I
  29. Kind Edward VIII
  30. Edinburgh
  31. 1564
  32. 1994
  33. 1982
  34. Sir Edward Heath
  35. 10 (strictly 9 Years and 8 Months – Oct 1805 – June 1815)
  36. President Herbert Hoover
  37. Peter Mark Roget
  38. 18th (Louis XVIII 1814-1824)
  39. 1956
  40. 1933
  41. Martin Luther (1483-1546)
  42. Chase a chicken through the streets naked
  43. The Black Death
  44. She was Kleptomaniac
  45. He was convinced that he was made of Glass and the vibration would cause him to shatter
  46. False
  47. Windows
  48. Franklin D. Roosevelt
  49. A Peasant
  50. His Horse
  51. Mary Robinson
  52. James Larkin
  53. Brendan O’Carroll
  54. 1752
  55. Pádraic Pearse
  56. 1798 Rebellion
  57. The Normans settlers
  58. Great Potato Famine
  59. Brian Boru
  60. Cork
  61. Titanic
  62. Sir Robert Walpole
  63. Leonardo Da Vinci
  64. 1066
  65. Reflecting Telescope
  66. Steve McQueen
  67. 1963
  68. The Great Fire of London
  69. 5,000 years
  70. 1870’s