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

Secretary of State per President (since 1945)
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Name one Secretary of State (excluding acting secretaries) to serve under each president since Truman.
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More Recent Games

Political Photos from the 2000s
These are the events that helped shape our world today.
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Three clues which monarch? (click)
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Pick the correct English/GB/UK monarch given three clues each.
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Building Time
There are so many great buildings in our world. Can you put them in order of when they were constructed?
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Battle Match-Up
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Pick the battle, the war, the year and the modern-day country in which it took place.
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Famous Quotes About 'L'
When life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade, then try to find someone whose life has given them vodka, and have a party.
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History: Behind The Scenes! (Slideshow)
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Name the famous people described beneath each of these snapshots of historical figures.
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European History Match-Up
The thing about Europe is that it doesn't lack in history.
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That's What 'F' Said
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Complete the quotes from each of these historical figures whose names begin with 'F'.
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European inventors, clickable
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Pick the European inventors.
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Rebels Who Found a Cause
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Match the famous rebel to the cause they fought for.
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Word Ladder: The Reagan Presidency
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Name the four-letter words in this historically-themed ladder.
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German and Austrian historical figures (in German)
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Pick the German or Austrian historical figure based on the clues provided in German.
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UN Security Council Members
We're hoping Kyrgyzstan gets added to the list any day now.
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European Battle Map (History of War)
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Name the battle shown by the location and year that the battle took place in Europe and parts of North Africa and the Middle East.
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Wanna Be A US Citizen?
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Name the specific answers to these sample questions sought from applicants taking the oral US Naturalization Test for US citizenship.
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One of Two: U.S. Presidents
One of Two? That means you get two chances to rock this one.
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Famous Women of the Past Century
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Can you pick 50 famous females of the past century by the clues and the dates?
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Australia Z-A
Australia likes to change things up...even alphabetical order.
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Scottish, English, or Welsh?
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Can you tell whether these famous figures are Scottish (S), English (E), or Welsh (W)?
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History Through My Grandfather
RIP Ralph Morse (1917-2014)
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Famous Quotes About 'M'
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Pick the 'M' words that are missing from the following quotations.
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Alexander Hamilton Bunker
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Can you answer the increasingly more difficult questions about Alexander Hamilton?
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'A'merican History
These facts put the "A" in "USA".
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The Winter War: Countries that Fought For Finland
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Pick the countries whose soldiers volunteered to fight for Finnish forces in The Winter War.
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Three Images: Guess the Historical Figure II
You're the detective. Who do these three images point to?
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Classified Ads Through History
If you have a lead for one of these, make sure it's in this century at least.
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American War by Image
As long as the United States never gets in a war with Kyrgyzstan we should all be fine.
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Unique Birthplaces of US Presidents
Apparently, the other 36 states just aren't original enough.
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Dalí, Miró or Picasso?
Three Spanish artists. Three very different styles. Can you tell them apart?
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US History Hodgepodge
Hear ye, hear ye: Put that smattering of history knowledge to use.
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History Editor: needapausebutton

Recent popular comments in History

  1. Building Time
    53
    Why on earth does this need to be a minefield? Ridiculous, have a single shiny globe for your trouble.
  2. Building Time
    49
    Yes that's ridiculous if the Sporcle admins changed this to a minefield. No reason for it. Great quiz otherwise, but the minefield element totally ruins it. I think minefield quizzes are OKish on quizzes with easy or widely known material, or where the nature of the quiz means not having a minefield would ruin it (such as logic quizzes or criteria quizzes). But on something like this where it's asking something pretty obscure and where lots of people are likely to get one wrong within the first few questions, the minefield is horrible.
  3. Building Time
    39
    It also ruins it because I'd like to know the answers, but I'm not going to play the game as many times as it would take to get them all right. So the minefield actually prevents people from learning this interesting but in some cases quite obscure info.
  4. History Through My Grandfather
    36
    @Sproutcm: I'm genuinely sorry for your loss. No matter how well or long a life is lived, its ending is always a tragedy.
  5. Building Time
    28
    More meddling by Sporcle admins? I do wish they would restrict themselves to correcting mistakes and improving presentation rather than interfering with others' intellectual property. This would work very well as a minefield if there was a suitable gap between buildings. Expecting most people to be able to distinguish between the construction dates of the Brandenburg Gate, White House and Arc de Triomphe is expecting a lot. Great fun though, well done (author not administrator).
  6. European History Match-Up
    25
    Really disappointed that Prague Prague wasn't an answer
  7. Three Images: Guess the Historical Figure II
    23
    at first I thought it was supposed to be a rebus and couldn't figure out who Shirt Applepod was :)
  8. Classified Ads Through History
    23
    I would like to think that Hannibal went to war on the back of an elephant wearing a christmas sweater
  9. Three Images: Guess the Historical Figure II
    22
    "I am NOT a Sporcler" - Richard Nixon
  10. Building Time
    21
    As far as I remember it wasn't a minefield when I made it. The results would certainly suggest that; 18% are getting the last answer but only 6% are finishing the quiz. To be honest it works either way. I guess I'm just more forgiving than the admins.