J.C. Peters

A good history quiz does not just test your knowledge but puts the spotlight on windows into the past, showing you tiny moments in time that are part of our shared story. That is why I've always loved history quizzes.

These history quizzes are free. The idea for them came up while I was working on my new book, which is expected to be released in 2017. Curious? Pass one of the quizzes and you could win a free copy! 


To take a history quiz, simply click on the button ' start the quiz'


The Short History Quiz

Consists of 15 history questions. Some easy as pie, others gruesomely difficult......

Do you have what it takes?

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big history quiz

The Big History Quiz

Consists of 50 history questions, from our earliest beginnings until 9/11.

Warning: Not for the faint of heart.

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 Here are some examples of questions from the history quiz.
putin cover time

Though extremely large and unified under a single Tsar since 1547, Russia was still a decentralized state with a largely feudal economy towards the end of the 17th century. It also lacked higher education institutions, a strong army and a navy.


Who would finally bring Russia out of the Middle Ages?

A Tsar Ivan the Terrible

B Tsar Peter the Great

C Tsar Putin the Magnificent

D Tsar Nicholas II

kremlin office

On the evening of October 9, 1944, two men met in a rather gloomy office in the Kremlin. Deciding to talk realpolitik to his Russian counterpart, the other man said: "Let us settle about our affairs in the Balkans. Your armies are in Romania and Bulgaria. We have interests, missions, and agents there. Don't let us get at cross-purposes in small ways. So far as [……] and Russia are concerned, how would it do for you to have ninety percent predominance in Romania, for us to have ninety percent of the say in Greece, and go fifty-fifty about Yugoslavia?

Who were these two men?

A Churchill and Stalin

B Hitler and Stalin

C Eisenhower and Khrushchev

D Roosevelt and Stalin

len kleinrock

"We set up a telephone connection between us and the guys at SRI (…) We typed the L and we asked on the phone:

"Do you see the L?"

"Yes, we see the L," came the response.

"We typed the O, and we asked, "Do you see the O."

"Yes, we see the O."

"Then we typed the G, and the system crashed"... Yet a revolution had begun"...

Len Kleinrock (1934 - ) about the first ARPANET link on 29 October 1969

True or False: The predecessor of the internet - ARPANET - was developed by a research agency of the U.S. Department of Defense to protect military communication networks in the event of a nuclear attack.

A True

B False

C That information is only available on a 'need-to-know' basis, and you don't need to know.


The questions are discussed in my new book, or to be more precise, the stories they are connected to are. For a free chapter from the book, check out 'Why Alexander was so Great

I will add new history quizzes in the coming months, some about specific topics, others more general. To stay in the loop about these new quizzes, simply leave your email address below.