KS1 History Quiz - People Who Changed History 1 (Questions)

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 and understanding the lives and achievements of significant people in history.

Understanding the lives and achievements of historical figures is a key part of the KS1 history curriculum. Children must gain an understanding of how the achievements of yesterday's pioneering historical figures have changed and influenced our lives today. This is one of three quizzes looking at people who have changed the world.

1. Thomas Jefferson was an American president who made a huge difference to the lives of who?
[ ] Slaves
[ ] Children
[ ] Animals
[ ] The elderly
2. Martin Luther King fought passionately, but without violence, to show what?
[ ] The high price of food
[ ] Speeding is dangerous
[ ] Older people deserve respect
[ ] Racial unfairness in America
3. An Ancient Greek, Alexander, was such a fearsome commander that he was known as Alexander the what?
[ ] Alexander the Magnificent
[ ] Alexander the Mighty
[ ] Alexander the Great
[ ] Alexander the Awesome
4. Christopher Columbus was a great explorer noted for discovering what?
[ ] Potatoes
[ ] America
[ ] Cheese
[ ] Italy
5. Galileo Galilei made many significant discoveries in astronomy. Where did his discoveries land him?
[ ] On the moon
[ ] In prison
[ ] On a ship
[ ] In a university
6. Joan of Arc changed the history of France by leading armies into battle. How did she die?
[ ] She was trampled by a horse
[ ] She died in her sleep
[ ] She drowned in a lake
[ ] She was burnt at the stake
7. Leonardo da Vinci was a great artist and scientist about 500 years ago. He sketched ideas for the very first what?
[ ] Ball point pen
[ ] Time machine
[ ] Helicopter
[ ] Hairbrush
8. Albert Einstein was a great mathematician and thinker. What did his teachers think of him?
[ ] That he was quite funny
[ ] That he was slow to learn
[ ] That he would go far
[ ] That he was very polite
9. Louis Pasteur was a scientist. He discovered a way to make something safer to drink. What was it?
[ ] Beer
[ ] Water
[ ] Fruit juice
[ ] Milk
10. Johannes Gutenberg invented something which revolutionised the world. What was it?
[ ] The button
[ ] The printing press
[ ] The drinking straw
[ ] The roller skate
KS1 History Quiz - People Who Changed History 1 (Answers)
1. Thomas Jefferson was an American president who made a huge difference to the lives of who?
[x] Slaves
[ ] Children
[ ] Animals
[ ] The elderly
He signed a bill in 1807 which banned slavery in some parts of America
2. Martin Luther King fought passionately, but without violence, to show what?
[ ] The high price of food
[ ] Speeding is dangerous
[ ] Older people deserve respect
[x] Racial unfairness in America
His campaigning led to huge changes in the way things were done in America at the time
3. An Ancient Greek, Alexander, was such a fearsome commander that he was known as Alexander the what?
[ ] Alexander the Magnificent
[ ] Alexander the Mighty
[x] Alexander the Great
[ ] Alexander the Awesome
During one decade he conquered all of the known world, creating a huge empire
4. Christopher Columbus was a great explorer noted for discovering what?
[ ] Potatoes
[x] America
[ ] Cheese
[ ] Italy
Columbus’ first voyage was completed in 1492. He had intended to sail to Japan but ended up in the Bahamas, which he named San Salvador
5. Galileo Galilei made many significant discoveries in astronomy. Where did his discoveries land him?
[ ] On the moon
[x] In prison
[ ] On a ship
[ ] In a university
The church was unhappy that he proved Earth rotated around the sun, and so it sent him to prison!
6. Joan of Arc changed the history of France by leading armies into battle. How did she die?
[ ] She was trampled by a horse
[ ] She died in her sleep
[ ] She drowned in a lake
[x] She was burnt at the stake
Her actions helped to make France strong and victorious over the English, who thought she was a witch and burned her. She's now considered a saint
7. Leonardo da Vinci was a great artist and scientist about 500 years ago. He sketched ideas for the very first what?
[ ] Ball point pen
[ ] Time machine
[x] Helicopter
[ ] Hairbrush
Some of his many ideas were years ahead of their time
8. Albert Einstein was a great mathematician and thinker. What did his teachers think of him?
[ ] That he was quite funny
[x] That he was slow to learn
[ ] That he would go far
[ ] That he was very polite
Albert didn't like the way he was being taught, so he taught himself!
9. Louis Pasteur was a scientist. He discovered a way to make something safer to drink. What was it?
[ ] Beer
[ ] Water
[ ] Fruit juice
[x] Milk
He found a way to kill bacteria in milk - a process we now call pasteurisation
10. Johannes Gutenberg invented something which revolutionised the world. What was it?
[ ] The button
[x] The printing press
[ ] The drinking straw
[ ] The roller skate
His press made books affordable for the first time, meaning more people could learn to read and write