7 questions on GCSE history

7 questions on GCSE history

It's nearly time for GCSE results, but how would you do if you sat the history exam? Try our quiz. Questions are from BBC Bitesize and based on the knowledge required by GCSE syllabuses, although actual questions require fuller explanations. You may turn over your papers now.

History exam

1.) Multiple Choice Question

The 1833 Factory Act banned children under nine in the UK from working. What did it also state employers had to provide for young workers each day?

Child worker
  1. Two hours of schooling
  2. Hot meal for children working nights
  3. Safety clothing for children working machines

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Apache leader Geronimo led a series of rebellions against the US and Mexican armies in the 1880s. How did he die?

  1. Leading a last charge
  2. Poisoned by rival
  3. Of pneumonia in captivity

3.) Multiple Choice Question

The Treaty of Versailles, signed in 1919, was the peace settlement between Germany and Allied powers that officially ended WWI. What did it not allow?

David Lloyd George, Georges Clemençeau and Woodrow Wilson, the leaders of Britain, France and America at the time
  1. A German air force
  2. A German navy
  3. Both of the above

4.) Multiple Choice Question

In what year were women over the age of 21 given the vote in the UK?

A suffragette in the BBC Two drama Parade's End
  1. 1918
  2. 1928
  3. 1938
  4. 1948

5.) Multiple Choice Question

From 1939 all German Jews had to add a forename to their own if it was not clearly Jewish. There was one for men and one for women. What were they?

Jews in Nazi Germany
  1. Jacob and Esau
  2. Abraham and Rebekah
  3. Israel and Sara

6.) Multiple Choice Question

What did Conservative politician Rab Butler do for children in 1944?

Children in 1945
  1. Established the 11-Plus
  2. Established child benefit
  3. Set the school-leaving age at 16

7.) Multiple Choice Question

When did the construction of the Berlin Wall start?

Berlin wall exhibition
  1. 1957
  2. 1961
  3. 1963


  1. It's two hours' schooling. The act banned children from working nights. The new law did not mean the mistreatment of children stopped overnight as only four inspectors were appointed to enforce it nationwide.
  2. Geronimo died of pneumonia in 1909 after nearly 23 years in US captivity. He was 79. The Apache leader was a thorn in the side of both the US and Mexican armies as he fought to protect his land, his people and their way of life. He evaded capture for years before being tracked down, with the help of Apache scouts, in 1886.
  3. Germany was not allowed an air force. The treaty - consisting of 440 clauses - restricted the German navy to six battleships and no submarines. The army was restricted to 100,000 men. The armistice, signed on 11 November 1918, ended fighting but the peace treaty was the official end of WWI.
  4. It's 1928. Women over the age of 30 in the UK were given the vote in 1918.
  5. It's Israel and Sara (sometimes written as Sarah). It was one of many regulations established by the ruling Nazi party in the run-up to WWII that restricted all aspects of Jewish people's public and private lives.
  6. Butler, education minister at the time, introduced the 11-Plus. It was part of the 1944 Education Act and determined whether pupils went to grammar school, a secondary modern or technical school. The act set the school-leaving age at 15. The child benefit system was first implemented in 1946 and known as "family allowance". It became known as "child benefit" in 1977.
  7. It's 13 August 1961. It's estimated 2,000 East German refugees were fleeing to West Berlin each day. The wall was one measure used to stop them. In 1957 leaving East Germany without permission was forbidden. US President John F Kennedy gave his famous "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech in 1963.

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