KS2 History Quiz - Inventions since 1930 (Questions)

One of the topics looked at in KS2 history is how the past has shaped the world of today. One aspect of this children will study is popular inventions made since the 1930s.

There are many inventions made in the past that have shaped the world of today. Most of these are very old, such as farming, the wheel or sewers, but some of them are quite new. There are lots of inventions we use today that were unknown before the 1930s. Some things that we take for granted have only been around for a short while - mobile 'phones and the World Wide Web for example. Once we get used to an invention, such as the television, the washing machine or the car, it's very hard to imagine life without it!.

Take this test and discover what you know about some of the inventions made since the 1930s that have shaped the world of today.

1. Who invented frozen food?
[ ] Clarence Birdseye
[ ] Charlie Findus
[ ] Thomas Edison
[ ] Alexander Graham Bell
2. What did John Logie Baird invent?
[ ] The telephone
[ ] The telegraph
[ ] The television
[ ] The telescope
3. Cat's eyes were invented in 1933. Where would you find a Cat’s eye?
[ ] In a pet shop
[ ] In the middle of the road
[ ] In a car
[ ] In a kitchen
4. In which decade was the first microwave oven available?
[ ] 1930s
[ ] 1940s
[ ] 1950s
[ ] 1960s
5. Which year was the World Wide Web launched?
[ ] 1970
[ ] 1980
[ ] 1990
[ ] 2000
6. In which country was Lego invented?
[ ] The UK
[ ] The USA
[ ] Germany
[ ] Denmark
7. Who manufactured the first CDs in 1980?
[ ] Philips
[ ] Sony
[ ] Microsoft
[ ] Apple
8. How many televisions were there in the world in 1936?
[ ] 2
[ ] 200
[ ] 2,000
[ ] 20,000
9. In which year did research into mobile 'phones begin?
[ ] 1947
[ ] 1957
[ ] 1967
[ ] 1977
10. Three companies raced to launch the first personal computer in which year?
[ ] 1957
[ ] 1967
[ ] 1977
[ ] 1987

 

KS2 History Quiz - Inventions since 1930 (Answers)
1. Who invented frozen food?
[x] Clarence Birdseye
[ ] Charlie Findus
[ ] Thomas Edison
[ ] Alexander Graham Bell
Birdseye's first job was stuffing animals!
2. What did John Logie Baird invent?
[ ] The telephone
[ ] The telegraph
[x] The television
[ ] The telescope
John Logie Baird was a Scotsman and he was voted number 44 in the BBC's list of the 100 Greatest Britons
3. Cat's eyes were invented in 1933. Where would you find a Cat’s eye?
[ ] In a pet shop
[x] In the middle of the road
[ ] In a car
[ ] In a kitchen
Percy Shaw from Yorkshire invented the cat's eye in 1933 and now they are used all over the world
4. In which decade was the first microwave oven available?
[ ] 1930s
[x] 1940s
[ ] 1950s
[ ] 1960s
This was far too large for home use. The first one that was small enough for homes was introduced in 1967
5. Which year was the World Wide Web launched?
[ ] 1970
[ ] 1980
[x] 1990
[ ] 2000
Sir Tim Berners-Lee is an English computer scientist who invented the World Wide Web
6. In which country was Lego invented?
[ ] The UK
[ ] The USA
[ ] Germany
[x] Denmark
Lego means play well in Danish
7. Who manufactured the first CDs in 1980?
[x] Philips
[ ] Sony
[ ] Microsoft
[ ] Apple
CD stands for Compact Disc
8. How many televisions were there in the world in 1936?
[ ] 2
[x] 200
[ ] 2,000
[ ] 20,000
In 1996 there were 1 billion TVs in the world
9. In which year did research into mobile 'phones begin?
[x] 1947
[ ] 1957
[ ] 1967
[ ] 1977
The research took a long time. The first mobile 'phone network was in Japan in 1979
10. Three companies raced to launch the first personal computer in which year?
[ ] 1957
[ ] 1967
[x] 1977
[ ] 1987
The companies were Tandy, Commodore and Apple