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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.

What was the plague?
A type of carpet used in most homes
A serious disease which usually resulted in death
A nursery rhyme
A special kind of doctor
Although the plague had been around for centuries, The Great Plague hit the country, and particularly London, in 1665
What was the plague also known as?
Red Illness
Black Death
Blue Headache
Orange Injury
It was called the Black Death due to the dark patches which appeared on the body during the illness
Which areas of the city were worst hit by the plague?
The parts nearest to the river
The rich parts
The parts nearest the countryside
The poor parts
The poor parts of the city were filled with rubbish and rats, making the disease easy to spread
How were people warned that a family had the plague?
A trench dug around the house
Yellow tape across the door
A blue flag outside
A red cross on the door
Only plague doctors or nurses could enter the homes of the sick
How were the nurses during these times different to nurses today?
They drove ambulances
They were paid a lot of money
They had no training and only visited the houses to deliver food
They used special herbs to cure the sick
Quite often, the nurses stole from the people they were supposed to be helping!
Which creatures did Londoners suspect of spreading the disease?
Cats and dogs
Mice and rats
Pigeons and sparrows
Sheep and cows
Cats and dogs were slaughtered in their hundreds and people were paid to do this
Which of the following was not considered to be a cure for the plague?
Carrying sweet-smelling herbs and flowers
Sitting in a hot, smoky room
Wearing lucky charms to ward off germs
Wearing special plague shoes
People were desperate and would try anything to stay well - some even forced their children to smoke tobacco as a 'cure'!
Which nursery rhyme was written about the plague?
Humpty Dumpty
The Grand Old Duke of York
Wind the Bobbin Up
All the lines in this nursery rhyme refer to one of the aspects of the plague
What did many of the rich people do during the plague?
Made posters warning people of the dangers
Went hunting for rats to stop the plague spreading
Fled to the countryside to avoid it
Bought food for the poor people who were suffering
The richer members of society paid for health certificates which allowed them to leave the city
What other major event helped to end the plague?
The beginning of World War II
The invasion of the Vikings
The discovery of America
The Great Fire of London
The fire burnt a lot of the most infected parts of the city and helped to end the epidemic
Author:  Angela Smith

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