History: Elementary School: 1st and 2nd Grade Quiz - The Passing of Time (Questions)

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As elementary school children develop an awareness of how units of time are used and how time 'works', they begin to understand how to talk about things which happened in the past using the correct words. They also develop an awareness of the difference between things which happened in the very recent past, within their lifetimes or many years ago.

Do you know which time-related words we should be using?

1. I was born...
[ ] last week
[ ] several years ago
[ ] last month
[ ] yesterday
2. My parents were born...
[ ] after I was
[ ] at the same time as me
[ ] before I was
[ ] last month
3. The Great Fire of London happened...
[ ] in a while
[ ] next year
[ ] last week
[ ] long ago
4. Television was invented....
[ ] long before I was born
[ ] last month
[ ] after I was born
[ ] last week
5. Things were very different when our grandparents were young. There have been many inventions since....
[ ] before
[ ] after
[ ] now
[ ] then
6. My school was built...
[ ] before the dinosaurs roamed the Earth
[ ] long after the Vikings came to England
[ ] before the pyramids were built
[ ] before there were cavemen
7. The Romans invaded Britain...
[ ] yesterday
[ ] next Tuesday
[ ] in a while
[ ] many years ago
8. I will find out my score for this quiz...
[ ] last year
[ ] long ago
[ ] very soon
[ ] yesterday
9. My grandparents and great-grandparents were all born...
[ ] after me
[ ] at the same time as me
[ ] last year
[ ] before my parents
10. History is not always about things which happened long ago. History can also be about things which happened...
[ ] in the future
[ ] more recently
[ ] next week
[ ] many years from now
History: Elementary School: 1st and 2nd Grade Quiz - The Passing of Time (Answers)
1. I was born...
[ ] last week
[x] several years ago
[ ] last month
[ ] yesterday
If you were born yesterday, last week or even last month, it's unlikely you'd be doing this quiz!
2. My parents were born...
[ ] after I was
[ ] at the same time as me
[x] before I was
[ ] last month
Your parents are older than you and so must have been born earlier than you
3. The Great Fire of London happened...
[ ] in a while
[ ] next year
[ ] last week
[x] long ago
The Great Fire of London happened in 1666, which is more than 300 years ago!
4. Television was invented....
[x] long before I was born
[ ] last month
[ ] after I was born
[ ] last week
Television was invented at the beginning of the last century
5. Things were very different when our grandparents were young. There have been many inventions since....
[ ] before
[ ] after
[ ] now
[x] then
Modern life is changing all the time!
6. My school was built...
[ ] before the dinosaurs roamed the Earth
[x] long after the Vikings came to England
[ ] before the pyramids were built
[ ] before there were cavemen
Hopefully your school was built fairly recently - the other things all happened long ago!
7. The Romans invaded Britain...
[ ] yesterday
[ ] next Tuesday
[ ] in a while
[x] many years ago
The Romans invaded more than 2000 years ago!
8. I will find out my score for this quiz...
[ ] last year
[ ] long ago
[x] very soon
[ ] yesterday
Once you have played all ten questions
9. My grandparents and great-grandparents were all born...
[ ] after me
[ ] at the same time as me
[ ] last year
[x] before my parents
Your great-grandparents had children who became your grandparents, or your parents' parents
10. History is not always about things which happened long ago. History can also be about things which happened...
[ ] in the future
[x] more recently
[ ] next week
[ ] many years from now
Events can't be called 'history' until they have actually happened - even if that was only last week