History Quizzes

Do some people say you are living in the past just because you're wearing both a powdered wig and parachute pants? Hey, we love the '90s too, no matter which century! Whatever your wardrobe, if you love history, then you need to check out some of the amazing Sporcle history quizzes. We have everything ranging from the most trivial US Presidents quiz to war quiz of any size, both large and small. Was it Pocahontas or Columbus who settled America? See if you remember how America was settled with a colonies quiz Of course, if you've been staring off into space in your history class, we can help you catch up there as well. Hopefully learning your history will help you avoid repeating it (especially if you're considering getting involved in a land war in Asia).

Today's Featured Game

'M' Battles (Clickable)
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Pick the correct battle that starts with the letter M.
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From the Sporcle Archives:
20th Century Figures Match-up

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Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation
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Name the words in Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving proclamation letter on October 3rd, 1863.
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Dalí, Miró or Picasso?
Three Spanish artists. Three very different styles. Can you tell them apart?
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1980s Match-Up
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Match the parts of these names and terms from the 1980s.
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US History Hodgepodge
Hear ye, hear ye: Put that smattering of history knowledge to use.
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Who Died When I Was President?
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Name the famous people who died when these US Presidents were in office.
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Boycott!
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Name the target of these boycotts, whilst avoiding the decoys.
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The UK in the 20th Century: 1904
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Name the notable people, places and events of the United Kingdom in 1904.
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1920s Missing Words A-Z
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Name the 1920s things and people.
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Famous Historical 'E' First Names
Ever heard of these people? We're pretty sure you have.
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Battles of the US Civil War
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Name the battles considered most decisive to the course of the US Civil War by the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission.
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'S' English history
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Name the following people and events associated with English history that begin with the letter 'S'.
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Famous American Women Match
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Can you connect the three names of these famous American women?
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USN Aircraft Carriers (All-Time)
At no time in this quiz are you going to proclaim 'We're gonna need a bigger boat'.
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Military Commander by Country (Clickable)
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Pick the three military commanders and match them to the Nation or Empire* that they swore allegiance to.
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Presidents On Screen
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Name the US Presidents by their depictions in film, TV and video games.
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So Good They Named Them Once
Because two names is just excessive.
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World Leader Overlaps
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(Y)es or (N)o - Were the pair of world leaders ever both heads of state and/or government at the same time?
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Countries of the Mongolian Empire
We like to think of Mongolia as "The Empire Formerly Known as Genghis Khan's".
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Explorers alive when Columbus arrived in America
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Which of Christopher Columbus's fellow explorers were alive when he first landed in the New World?
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Match 'Em Up - Presidents & VPs
5 minutes. No points against you for wrong answers. Ready...go!
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Classified Ads Through History
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Name the historical figures who wrote the following classified ads.
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100 Famous Europeans
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Given the description, can you pick the correct person?
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1970s Match-Up
All we know about the '70s we learned from watching Charlie's Angels.
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Washington D.C. Memorials & Attractions
Plan your next vacation! (Just make sure the government is up and running when you do.)
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Clickable Communist Countries
In communist Sporcle, the quiz takes you!
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Missing 'J' & 'K' Quotes
When J and K go out together, no one takes them seriously.
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Country by Historical Painting
It's like going to 25 different art galleries at the same time!
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First 300 Words: Declaration of Independence
Going by the United States' example, declaring independence takes more than 300 words.
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This Means War
C'mon guys, let's not fight.
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History in Color
For those of you who thought Lincoln lived in black and white, this is the quiz for you.
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Recent popular comments in History

  1. So Good They Named Them Once
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    Nice idea, but the choices are somewhat arbitrary - most monarchs who didn't share a name with any other monarch of the same country are generally known by their first name alone; most Roman citizens had three parts to their name but were usually known by one of them; and many notable figures, past and present, are commonly referred to by their surname alone if they're much more famous than anyone else with that name. If I refer to Hitler, Einstein or Obama, everyone knows who I mean because there's only been one famous person with each of those surnames, but that doesn't mean they don't/didn't have forenames.
  2. Countries of the Mongolian Empire
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    Conquered Afghanistan? They're the exception!
  3. So Good They Named Them Once
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    @ladlee83: Christ was a honorific title (meaning 'the anointed one' in Greek) and not the last name of Jesus. There were no hereditary surnames in those times (if so, the parents of Jesus Christ would have been Joseph and Mary Christ). To say that Christ was the "last name" of Jesus is like saying that Great was the last name of Alexander.
  4. Countries of the Mongolian Empire
    28
    Shout out to the 5.9% that forgot Mongolia!
  5. Match 'Em Up - Presidents & VPs
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    I was thinking of the Adlai Stevenson that ran against Eisenhower. Wasted a lot of guesses trying to pick an era appropriate president for the wrong guy.
  6. Country by Historical Painting
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    Columbus arriving in the New World - easy - the modern country is.... in the Caribbean, and it's... now called..... I've known this since primary school, it's.... eh.... oh bleedin' heck! 😕
  7. US History Hodgepodge
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    Oh, for crying out loud, brain... Jaynestown? Really?
  8. So Good They Named Them Once
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    @RichChacon: perhaps because "Madonna" and "Cher" aren't that historical, and "Da Vinci" is two words?
  9. Match 'Em Up - Presidents & VPs
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    I'm almost disappointed that Hubert Horatio Humphrey wasn't Herbert Hoover's vice president.
  10. Countries of the Mongolian Empire
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    @geome12: Yes, you did. Two years AFTER this quiz was created.