Historical People
Ned Kelly and his gang wore homemade suits of armour when they were robbing banks.

Historical People

This quiz addresses the requirements of the National Curriculum KS1 History for children aged 5, 6 and 7 in years 1 and 2. Specifically this quiz is aimed at the section dealing with historical figures, understanding significant people from history and stories from different historical periods.

As KS1 children develop their understanding of different historical periods, data and key figures, they may be told stories about certain significant figures who featured in history. Some of the characters in these stories may be famous - or rather infamous - for their disregard of the law!

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  1. At the beginning of the 20th century, Butch Cassidy was a very successful train robber. What was his gang called?
    When the police came close to capturing him, he fled with his best friend the Sundance Kid
  2. Colton Harris-Moore went on the run from the American police in 2008. What was his nickname?
    He stole planes and boats and evaded capture for 2 years, despite only being 19!
  3. John Dillinger was a very polite outlaw who escaped from prison twice. What was one method he used to escape?
    In the course of his spree he robbed over two dozen banks, four police stations and killed several policemen
  4. An Australian bank robber, called Ned Kelly, and his gang had an unusual approach to bank robbery. What was it?
    They created hulking suits of iron armour made out of ploughs and other scrap. When the police caught up to them, their bullets bounced right off Kelly and his men!
  5. Famous outlaw duo Bonnie & Clyde robbed banks for a living. Where is the car they were shot in?
    The infamous pair's crime spree lasted many years before they were caught and killed by the police
  6. George Kelly Barnes made his name as an outlaw when alcohol was banned in America. What was his nickname?
    He was tracked down and arrested and spent the rest of his life in prison
  7. A famous female outlaw, Belle Starr, dressed in flamboyant outfits and called herself what?
    Belle stole cattle and horses but was shot and killed near her own ranch in 1889
  8. Jesse James led a ten year crime spree in the 1800s. How was he caught?
    He didn't work alone. His gang was called the James-Younger gang
  9. Al Capone was once the most feared outlaw in America. How was he eventually captured by the police?
    Capone ran casinos, restaurants and hotels to hide his criminal activity
  10. At the age of 17, trickster Frank Abagnale Jr passed forged cheques worth $2.5 million. What was the film about his life called?
    Frank tricked lots of people into believing he was a pilot, a lawyer and even a doctor!

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