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History Quizzes & Trivia

Some random history questions.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Thomas Edison had a bitter feud with George Westinghouse, over the AC/DC current, but what was the 'product' they were arguing about?
    • A. 

      The lightbulb

    • B. 

      Copper wire

    • C. 

      An electric generator

    • D. 

      The electric chair

  • 2. 
    What was the most potent ingredient in Coca-Cola in 1886?
    • A. 

      Syrup

    • B. 

      Phosphoric acid

    • C. 

      Caffeine

    • D. 

      Cocaine

  • 3. 
    Charles Goodyear discovered vulcanization by chance. It transformed rubber, and consequently we have Goodyear tyres. How much money did Charles Goodyear make from this invention?
    • A. 

      Nothing, he died in debt to the tune of $200,000

    • B. 

      He made $500,000

    • C. 

      He became a millionaire

    • D. 

      A modest income as he gave the rest to charity

  • 4. 
    Where did the guillotine orginate?
    • A. 

      Scotland

    • B. 

      Germany

    • C. 

      France

    • D. 

      America

  • 5. 
    Many painters over the last two millennia have painted the 'Last Supper', but every one of these painters has made a mistake regarding the painting. Do you know what it is?
    • A. 

      The number of disciples present is incorrect

    • B. 

      There was no food on the table

    • C. 

      The seating arrangements are incorrect

    • D. 

      The disciples ate the last supper lying down

    • E. 

  • 6. 
    During the 1700s, what was used to clean the teeth?
    • A. 

      Dirt and water

    • B. 

      Wine

    • C. 

      Urine

    • D. 

      Sand ( formed into a paste)

  • 7. 
    Alfred Nobel lent his name to the Nobel peace prize, and he also had other awards created in the scientific field. He also had 305 patents, but what were his very first inventions?
    • A. 

      DNA cells and molecular structures

    • B. 

      Dynamite, blasting caps and smokeless gelatin

    • C. 

      Gene pooling

    • D. 

      Analgesics

  • 8. 
    Christopher Columbus is famous for his travelling, but what else was he?
    • A. 

      The first slave trader in the New World

    • B. 

      Discovered gold and diamonds in Spain

    • C. 

      Naming several discovered countries

    • D. 

      Introducing voodoo in Haiti