The plague was spread to humans by fleas which lived on rats.


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 studying events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally.

Studying significant events beyond living memory is an important part of the curriculum. This is often done as part of broader topic work and may involve exploring several different historical sources to build a clear picture of life at the time. The plague is one such significant event suitable for studying.

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  1. What was the plague?
    Although the plague had been around for centuries, The Great Plague hit the country, and particularly London, in 1665
  2. What was the plague also known as?
    It was called the Black Death due to the dark patches which appeared on the body during the illness
  3. Which areas of the city were worst hit by the plague?
    The poor parts of the city were filled with rubbish and rats, making the disease easy to spread
  4. How were people warned that a family had the plague?
    Only plague doctors or nurses could enter the homes of the sick
  5. How were the nurses during these times different to nurses today?
    Quite often, the nurses stole from the people they were supposed to be helping!
  6. Which creatures did Londoners suspect of spreading the disease?
    Cats and dogs were slaughtered in their hundreds and people were paid to do this
  7. Which of the following was not considered to be a cure for the plague?
    People were desperate and would try anything to stay well - some even forced their children to smoke tobacco as a 'cure'!
  8. Which nursery rhyme was written about the plague?
    All the lines in this nursery rhyme refer to one of the aspects of the plague
  9. What did many of the rich people do during the plague?
    The richer members of society paid for health certificates which allowed them to leave the city
  10. What other major event helped to end the plague?
    The fire burnt a lot of the most infected parts of the city and helped to end the epidemic

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