Texts in History 1
The Bible sells 100 million copies every year.

Texts in History 1

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 important historical texts affecting the world today.

So many important texts have been written or produced through the centuries. Many of them have had a significant impact on events in history and are still affecting the world today. From the Magna Carta to the American Declaration of Independence, from Shakespeare to the treaty of Versailles, we would not be where we are today without these important historical texts. This is the first of two quizzes looking at texts of the past which are still affecting the world today.

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  1. In 1963, Martin Luther King read a rousing speech about equal rights for black people. What is a famous line from the speech?
    The speech was part of King's inspirational leadership which changed the history of civil rights in America
  2. In 1863, American president Lincoln delivered a famous speech which began with the words, 'Four score and seven years ago'. What was the speech called?
    In just under 2 minutes, Lincoln honoured dead soldiers and reminded the listeners of the purpose of the their sacrifice
  3. A document was produced on February 21st, 1878 which ensured the telephone was a success. What was it?
    The first directory was American and was a single page. The first British telephone directory was published in 1880
  4. In 1905, Alfred Binet wrote something which most of us may face in our lifetime. What was it?
    IQ stands for Intelligence Quota and measures how clever a person is in certain areas
  5. The Rosetta Stone bears ancient inscriptions written in four languages. What did they later help to solve?
    Found in Egypt, the stone is about 9 feet long, weighs about 1,700 pounds, and is 2,200-year-old black granite
  6. The Bible is widely considered to be the best selling book of all time. How many copies are estimated to have been sold?
    The bible has estimated annual sales of 100 million copies, and has been a major influence on literature and history
  7. The Dictionary of the English Language was written by Samuel Johnson and was the first dictionary to do what?
    The dictionary was published on the 15th of April, 1755 and took nearly 9 years to complete
  8. King John wrote the Magna Carta in the 13th Century to make very clear laws for everyone. What was it written on?
    Some of the laws written in the Magna Carta still exist today!
  9. In 1840, Catherine Elizabeth Benson Brewer was the first ever woman to receive a very important piece of paper. What was it?
    This important document marked a time when women were finally equal with men in terms of education
  10. In 1085-6, King William I drew up a document to detail land and resources. What was it called?
    The Domesday Book is the starting point for most local historians researching the history of their area

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