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In what year did "William the Conqueror" invade England?
1066 - He defeated King Harold II at the Battle of Hastings.
Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth, had which title
a. Prinz von Battenburg
b. Prince Philip of Greece
c. Prinz von Hohenstauffen
d. Prinz von Metternich
Prince Philip of Greece - Prince Philip is the oldest spouse ever of a reigning British monarch.
The British House of Commons was established by which 1258
a. Act of Settlement
b. Magna Carta
c. Bill of Rights
d. Provisions of Oxford
Provisions of Oxford - The Provisions of Oxford had a significant effect upon the development of the
English Common Law system.
Who became British Prime Minister in 1970?
a. Harold Wilson
b. Harold MacMillan
c. Margaret Thatcher
d. Edward Heath
Edward Heath - Heath was Prime Minister from 19 June 1970 to 4 March 1974.
Which of these countries is not a member of the European Union?
Norway - Norway has a population of about 5 million people.
Pope John Paul II, born in Poland, was known by which original
a. Karol Wojtyla
b. Zygmund Fraytag
c. Julius Poniatowski
d. Jerzy Kostakowski
Karol Wojtyla - Pope John Paul II canonised 483 saints.
When Lady Jane Grey, who claimed the throne of England, was
executed for treason on February 12 1554, how long had she ruled?
a. One day
b. Nine days
c. One year and one day
d. One month and two days
Nine days - During her short reign, Jane resided in the Tower of London as a virtual prisoner. She was
16 or 17 years of age when executed.
In exile, where did Napoleon Bonaparte die on May 5, 1821?
c. St. Helena
St. Helena - He was 51 years of age.
Who was Queen Elizabeth I's mother?
a. Jane Seymour
b. Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg
c. Anne Boleyn
d. Katherine of Aragon
Anne Boleyn - The second wife of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn was executed for high treason on 19 May 1536.
Why did Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei travel to Rome on
February 13, 1633?
a. To demonstrate a telescope
b. For his trial before the Inquisition
c. To be knighted
d. To meet with the Pope
For his trial before the Inquisition - The middle finger from Galileo's right hand is currently on
exhibition at the Museo Galileo in Florence, Italy.
When was the Communist Republic of East Germany formed?
a. October 7, 1947
b. October 7, 1949
c. October 7, 1948
d. October 7, 1946
October 7, 1949 - The state ended on 3 October 1990 with German reunification.
Scottish hero "Robert the Bruce" defeated the English at which
c. Stirling Bridge
Bannockburn - The English army was led by Edward II who was trying to relieve the siege of Stirling
Which son of Pope Alexander VI was the model for Macchiavelli's
a. Lodovico Sforza
b. Cesare Borgia
c. Bartolomeo Colleoni
d. Cesare Lombrogio
Cesare Borgia - Machiavelli was at Borgia's court from 7 October 1502 through 18 January 1503.
During World War II, British and Canadian troops liberated the
Nazi concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen. Where was it located?
b. The Netherlands
Germany - From 1941 to 1945 almost 20,000 Russian prisoners of war and a further 50,000 inmates died
What happened to Maximilien de Robespierre, a leading figure of
the French Revolution, on July 28, 1794?
a. He was sent to the guillotine
b. He was made Senator
c. He was deported to Corsica
d. He was shot to death by his own guards
He was sent to the guillotine - He was 51 years of age at the time of his execution.
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