History: Elementary School: Grades 3, 4 and 5 Quiz - People Who Changed History 2 (Questions)

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Studying the lives and achievements of historical figures is a key part of elementary school history. Children must develop an understanding of how the achievements of yesterday's pioneering historical figures have changed and influenced our lives today. This is the second quiz looking at people who have changed the world.

Test your understanding of some of the people who changed our lives in this quiz.

1. William Shakespeare was a great writer whose plays and poems are still studied today. How many plays did he write?
[ ] 390
[ ] 3
[ ] 39
[ ] 9
2. Nelson Mandela was a politician who spent 20 years in prison for what?
[ ] Robbing a bank
[ ] Opposing apartheid
[ ] Fraud
[ ] Internet scams
3. Charles Darwin was a scientist who had a controversial idea. What was it?
[ ] That aliens made the planet
[ ] That frogs will rule the Earth
[ ] That rainbows contain secret messages
[ ] That man evolved from apes
4. Confucius was a wise Chinese philosopher. What is philosophy?
[ ] Stamp collecting
[ ] Thinking hard about things to understand them
[ ] The study of people called Philip
[ ] Writing long stories
5. Mahatma Gandhi was an Indian politician who protested in a particular way. What was it?
[ ] Without violence or anger
[ ] With lots of slogans and signs
[ ] By advertising on TV
[ ] By writing letters to the Queen
6. Walt Disney is famous for creating an empire of film studios and theme parks. What was the very first full length Disney film?
[ ] Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
[ ] Fantasia
[ ] Dumbo
[ ] Bambi
7. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart had a huge influence on music. How many pieces did he write?
[ ] More than 600
[ ] Less than 60
[ ] Exactly 27
[ ] More than 2000
8. Guru Nanak was a spiritual man from India. Which religion did he found?
[ ] Hinduism
[ ] Sikhism
[ ] Christianity
[ ] Judaism
9. Rosa Parks campaigned for civil rights. What action made her famous?
[ ] She only wore pink
[ ] She never ate any vegetables
[ ] She read every book in the library
[ ] She refused to give up her seat on a bus
10. Mother Teresa was a Catholic nun who spent her whole life doing what?
[ ] Collecting shoes
[ ] Cleaning churches
[ ] Making stained glass windows
[ ] Helping the poor
History: Elementary School: Grades 3, 4 and 5 Quiz - People Who Changed History 2 (Answers)
1. William Shakespeare was a great writer whose plays and poems are still studied today. How many plays did he write?
[ ] 390
[ ] 3
[x] 39
[ ] 9
Some people think it was 37 or 38 - there is still a debate about this number!
2. Nelson Mandela was a politician who spent 20 years in prison for what?
[ ] Robbing a bank
[x] Opposing apartheid
[ ] Fraud
[ ] Internet scams
Apartheid was the system which separated black and white people in South Africa
3. Charles Darwin was a scientist who had a controversial idea. What was it?
[ ] That aliens made the planet
[ ] That frogs will rule the Earth
[ ] That rainbows contain secret messages
[x] That man evolved from apes
His idea caused a lot of arguments but is now accepted as the truth
4. Confucius was a wise Chinese philosopher. What is philosophy?
[ ] Stamp collecting
[x] Thinking hard about things to understand them
[ ] The study of people called Philip
[ ] Writing long stories
Some of his wise thoughts and teachings are still studied today
5. Mahatma Gandhi was an Indian politician who protested in a particular way. What was it?
[x] Without violence or anger
[ ] With lots of slogans and signs
[ ] By advertising on TV
[ ] By writing letters to the Queen
This was called pacifism. Gandhi is now remembered in India as 'The Father of the Nation'
6. Walt Disney is famous for creating an empire of film studios and theme parks. What was the very first full length Disney film?
[x] Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
[ ] Fantasia
[ ] Dumbo
[ ] Bambi
The film was released in 1937 and was a huge hit with children and adults alike!
7. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart had a huge influence on music. How many pieces did he write?
[x] More than 600
[ ] Less than 60
[ ] Exactly 27
[ ] More than 2000
Many of his works are popular and well-loved, such as Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
8. Guru Nanak was a spiritual man from India. Which religion did he found?
[ ] Hinduism
[x] Sikhism
[ ] Christianity
[ ] Judaism
He taught followers to concentrate on becoming selfless
9. Rosa Parks campaigned for civil rights. What action made her famous?
[ ] She only wore pink
[ ] She never ate any vegetables
[ ] She read every book in the library
[x] She refused to give up her seat on a bus
In 1950s America, black people had to give up their seats to white people. Rosa refused and changed history forever
10. Mother Teresa was a Catholic nun who spent her whole life doing what?
[ ] Collecting shoes
[ ] Cleaning churches
[ ] Making stained glass windows
[x] Helping the poor
She spent many years in India and was also awarded the Nobel Peace Prize