KS2 History Quiz - Victorian Inventions (Questions)

One of the subjects studied in KS2 history is the Victorian era and this is the second of two quizzes on the topic. Specifically it looks some of the Victorian inventions, many of which are still in use today, that improved peoples lives.

The Victorians were great inventors and some of the things they invented we still use today. It was a time of great advances in science and technology. One of the most important developments during the Victorian era was the improvement of communication links, such as stagecoaches, canals, steam ships and railways, not to mention the stamp, the telegraph and the telephone. But there were many more inventions of the time, such as the motor car, the vacuum cleaner and the flushing toilet.

Take this quiz to test what you know about Victorian inventions and to discover which of them are still in use today.

1. What did Alexander Graham Bell invent?
[ ] The television
[ ] The steam Train
[ ] The telegraph
[ ] The telephone
2. Who invented the photograph?
[ ] William Henry Fox Talbot
[ ] George Stephenson
[ ] Rowland Hill
[ ] Elias Howe
3. What was the name of Stephenson’s engine that won a prize?
[ ] Bullet
[ ] Rocket
[ ] Socket
[ ] Thomas
4. Who invented the postage stamp?
[ ] Hubert Booth
[ ] George Stephenson
[ ] Rowland Hill
[ ] Elias Howe
5. What was the name of the first postage stamp?
[ ] The Penny Red
[ ] The Two penny Red
[ ] The Penny Black
[ ] The Two penny black
6. What did Samuel Morse invent?
[ ] Morse code
[ ] Inspector Morse
[ ] The telegraph
[ ] The telephone
7. What was the name of the bicycle with one large wheel and one small wheel?
[ ] Shilling Halfpenny
[ ] Penny-farthing
[ ] Bone shaker
[ ] Big and Little
8. Which of these was NOT built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel?
[ ] Crystal Palace
[ ] Great Western Railway
[ ] Clifton Suspension Bridge
[ ] SS Great Britain
9. What was held in 1851 to celebrate new inventions?
[ ] The Great Inventions Show
[ ] Festival of Empire
[ ] The Great Exhibition
[ ] Invention Festival
10. Where was the Great Exhibition held?
[ ] Crystal Palace
[ ] Kew Palace
[ ] Alexandra Palace
[ ] Buckingham Palace

 

KS2 History Quiz - Victorian Inventions (Answers)
1. What did Alexander Graham Bell invent?
[ ] The television
[ ] The steam Train
[ ] The telegraph
[x] The telephone
Bell was a Scotsman who also invented the metal detector
2. Who invented the photograph?
[x] William Henry Fox Talbot
[ ] George Stephenson
[ ] Rowland Hill
[ ] Elias Howe
Fox Talbot was also an archaeologist who spent much of his time studying Ancient Mesopotamia
3. What was the name of Stephenson’s engine that won a prize?
[ ] Bullet
[x] Rocket
[ ] Socket
[ ] Thomas
Stephenson had invented the first steam engine that later developed into the steam train
4. Who invented the postage stamp?
[ ] Hubert Booth
[ ] George Stephenson
[x] Rowland Hill
[ ] Elias Howe
Before postage stamps were invented the people receiving letters had to pay before they were handed over
5. What was the name of the first postage stamp?
[ ] The Penny Red
[ ] The Two penny Red
[x] The Penny Black
[ ] The Two penny black
It was named this as the stamp cost 1 penny and was black
6. What did Samuel Morse invent?
[x] Morse code
[ ] Inspector Morse
[ ] The telegraph
[ ] The telephone
Morse also developed the telegraph in America but it was already in use in Europe
7. What was the name of the bicycle with one large wheel and one small wheel?
[ ] Shilling Halfpenny
[x] Penny-farthing
[ ] Bone shaker
[ ] Big and Little
It was so named because the large wheel and small wheel resembled a penny coin and the smaller farthing coin
8. Which of these was NOT built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel?
[x] Crystal Palace
[ ] Great Western Railway
[ ] Clifton Suspension Bridge
[ ] SS Great Britain
Isambard Kingdom Brunel revolutionised transport in Britain by building railways, bridges and ships
9. What was held in 1851 to celebrate new inventions?
[ ] The Great Inventions Show
[ ] Festival of Empire
[x] The Great Exhibition
[ ] Invention Festival
The Great Exhibition's full title was The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations
10. Where was the Great Exhibition held?
[x] Crystal Palace
[ ] Kew Palace
[ ] Alexandra Palace
[ ] Buckingham Palace
Crystal Palace burnt down in the 1930s but lives on in the name of the South London based football team