Famous Texts in History 1
The Bible sells 100 million copies every year.

Famous Texts in History 1

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

Try this quiz to see how much you know about important historical texts.

1.
The Bible is widely considered to be the best selling book of all time. How many copies are estimated to have been sold?
Exactly 400,000
Less than 1 million
About 1000
Over 5 billion
The bible has estimated annual sales of 100 million copies, and has been a major influence on literature and history
2.
In 1085-6, King William I drew up a document to detail land and resources. What was it called?
The Apocalypse Document
The Doomsday Book
The Armageddon Story
The Catastrophe Text
The Domesday Book is the starting point for most local historians researching the history of their area
3.
In 1863, American president Lincoln delivered a famous speech which began with the words, 'Four score and seven years ago'. What was the speech called?
The Iowa Speech
The Kentucky Poem
The Gettysburg Address
The Mississippi Story
In just under 2 minutes, Lincoln honored dead soldiers and reminded the listeners of the purpose of the their sacrifice
4.
A document was produced on February 21st, 1878 which ensured the telephone was a success. What was it?
The instructions on how to use the phone
The first telephone directory
A guide to good etiquette on the phone
Advice on where to position the phone in the house
The first directory was American and was a single page. The first British telephone directory was published in 1880
5.
In 1840, Catherine Elizabeth Benson Brewer was the first ever woman to receive a very important piece of paper. What was it?
A note from the Queen
A college degree
An invitation to a ball
A letter from the prime minister
This important document marked a time when women were finally equal with men in terms of education
6.
In 1963, Martin Luther King read a rousing speech about equal rights for black people. What is a famous line from the speech?
I had a nightmare
I have a dream
I didn't sleep a wink
I woke early
The speech was part of King's inspirational leadership which changed the history of civil rights in America
7.
In 1905, Alfred Binet wrote something which most of us may face in our lifetime. What was it?
The IQ test
A newspaper
A driving test
A love letter
IQ stands for Intelligence Quota and measures how clever a person is in certain areas
8.
The Rosetta Stone bears ancient inscriptions written in four languages. What did they later help to solve?
Where Egyptian Kings went on holiday
Why stone is heavier than paper
The mystery of stone
The riddle of Egyptian hieroglyphics
Found in Egypt, the stone is about 9 feet long, weighs about 1,700 pounds, and is 2,200-year-old black granite
9.
The Dictionary of the English Language was written by Samuel Johnson and was the first dictionary to do what?
To put the words into alphabetical order
To only focus on the interesting words
To offer explanations for each word
To have more than half of the words spelled correctly
The dictionary was published on the 15th of April, 1755 and took nearly 9 years to complete
10.
King John wrote the Magna Carta in the 13th Century to make very clear laws for everyone. What was it written on?
Papyrus
Large, flat leaves
Tissue paper
The skin of a sheep
Some of the laws written in the Magna Carta still exist today!
Author:  Angela Smith

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