Texts in History 2
The author, Charles Dickens, is credited with saving Christmas.

Texts in History 2

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 second of two quizzes looking at texts of the past which are still affecting the world today.

The Declaration of Independence, written in 1776, saw the beginning of the forming of which country?
New Zealand
The United States of America
The first states rebelled and declared that they were no longer part of the British Empire
One series of books by J. K. Rowling has had a huge impact on readers, both young and old. What were the books about?
Peter Rabbit
Horrid Henry
Harry Potter
Just William
The books still sell in their thousands around the world and have had films made of them
Signed in the French Palace on June 28th, 1919, what was the Treaty of Versailles supposed to stop?
Conflict and war
Wasting electricity
Things getting lost
It was signed after the First World War but unfortunately didn't stop the Second World War from starting 20 years later
What does the American Bill of Rights do?
Gives money to right-handed people
Favours people called Bill
Gives instructions on tent-making
Gives citizens rights and freedoms
The rights granted to all Americans are powerful and sometimes controversial
Charles Darwin was a scientist who explained his ideas in a book. What was it called?
What I Think About Science
Why We Need Science
Where Man Came From
On the Origin of Species
The basic idea behind his theory of evolution is that all the different species have evolved from simple life forms
The term 'Big Brother' was first used in a story by George Orwell. What was it called?
The book is about the state spying on the people and was set in the future when it was written in 1948
On February 24th, 1582, Pope Gregory XIII wrote something which we still use today. What was it?
The Bible
The newspaper
The calendar
The instruction manual
It is known as the Gregorian calendar. It adapted the Julian Calendar - which had 10 extra days floating around!
A 14th century collection of stories by Chaucer is one of the most popular works ever known. What is it called?
The Suffolk Stories
The York Diary
The Oxfordshire Dictionary
The Canterbury Tales
The stories bring the characters to life and are studied all over the world
One man's writing is credited with saving Christmas. Who was he?
Charles Dickens
George Orwell
Arthur C. Clarke
Karl Marx
The traditions of Christmas were fading when Dickens wrote 'A Christmas Carol'
Shakespeare wrote many plays which had a lot of influence. What else did he do?
Gave us a lot of new words
Had an extra job cleaning windows
Tried to burn all his plays
Wrote the Bible
Words like 'fashionable' and 'softhearted' first appeared in his plays and writings
Author:  Angela Smith

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