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Nineteenth Century Quiz


  1. Which two countries signed the Treaty of Paris of 1898, thus ending their war?
  2. Who served as flag captain to Admiral Lord Nelson, and commanded HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in October 1805?
  3. In which decade was the Irish Potato Famine?
  4. After taking a friend's family to a painting exhibition on 11 May 1812, John Bellingham remarked that he had some business to attend to - what was that business?
  5. What was the name of the working-class male suffrage movement for political reform in Britain that existed from 1838 to 1857?

  6. What officially ended on the 15 July 1834?
  7. From 1865–1870, which country lost more than half of its population in a war against Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay?
  8. Who headed the parliamentary campaign against the British slave trade for twenty years until Britain declares the Slave Trade illegal in 1807?
  9. Which island was the place of imprisonment of Napoleon from 1815 to his death in 1821?
  10. Before the Reform Act 1832, what name was given to a parliamentary constituency in England that was able to elect an MP despite having very few voters, the choice of MP typically being in the hands of one family or person?
  11. Who in the 1850s invented the first inexpensive industrial process for the mass production of steel from molten pig iron?
  12. What were the laws called that gave tariffs and other trade restrictions on food imported into the UK between 1815 and 1846?
  13. The American Civil War ended in April, 1865, when Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to which Union General at the Battle of Appomattox Court House?
  14. In 1851, The Great Exhibition in London was held in a special building given what nickname?
  15. Which doctrine was a United States policy that opposed European colonialism in the Americas?
  16. Which Prime Minister was dismissed by King William IV in 1834, the last British prime minister to be dismissed by a monarch?
  17. The 1854 Charge of the Light Brigade occured in which battle? And which officer led the charge?
  18. The Peterloo Massacre took place at St Peter's Field on 16 August 1819, in which city?
  19. What was constructed between 1859 and 1869?
  20. Leopold II was king of which European country from 1865 to 1909?
  21. In 1893, which country became the world's first to give women the vote?
  22. In which decade of the nineteenth century did Charles Dickens publish The Old Curiosity Shop, A Christmas Carol, and David Copperfield?


  1. United States of America and Spain
  2. Hardy (Sir Thomas Hardy)
  3. 1840s (1845 to 1849)
  4. Assassinating British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval
  5. Chartism
  6. The Spanish Inquisition
  7. Paraguay
  8. William Wilberforce
  9. Saint Helena
  10. A rotten borough (or pocket borough)
  11. Bessemer (Henry Bessemer, invented the Bessemer process)
  12. The Corn Laws

  13. Ulysses S. Grant
  14. The Crystal Palace
  15. Monroe Doctrine
  16. William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne (accept just 'Melbourne')
  17. Battle of Balaclava. Led by Lord Cardigan
  18. Manchester
  19. Suez Canal
  20. Belgium
  21. New Zealand
  22. 1840s