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Welcome to our Quizzes about the Gunpowder Plot - suitable for a bonfire night quiz

Quiz Questions I

  1. In which year was the failed Gunpowder Plot?
  2. The plotters put 36 barrels of gunpowder in cellars under the Houses of Parliament in a plan to assassinate which king?
  3. Was Guy Fawkes a Catholic or a Protestant?

  4. Who was the leader of the Gunpowder Plot? It wasn't Guy Fawkes!
  5. What was Guy Fawkes main job in the plot: (a)to light the fuse of the explosives, (b)to act as look out, (c)to organise the plot?
  6. In the 2017 3-part BBC drama Gunpowder, Tom Cullen played Fawkes, but who starred as the ringleader of the plot?
  7. The United Kingdom's most famous Bonfire Night festivities are held in which Sussex town? (Hint: the town also hosts the annual Glyndebourne Festival Opera)
  8. Complete the well known phrase "Remember, remember"?
  9. How was Guy Fawkes sentenced to be executed: (a)burning at the stake, (b)hanging, or (c)hanged, drawn and quartered?
  10. Which gingerbread cake, traditionally made with oatmeal and black treacle, is associated with Guy Fawkes Night?
  11. The first documented use of fireworks in the United Kingdom were for the wedding of which king in 1486?
  12. What was the last name of the brothers Robert and Thomas who were prominent members of the Gunpowder Plot?
  13. To commemorate the discovery of the plot, King James had a medal created picturing a snake hiding amongst flowers. In which Shakespeare play does the line "look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under it" make reference to this?
  14. What was the name of the English court which tried Fawkes and his fellow conspirators? This court sat at the royal Palace of Westminster, from the late 15th century to the mid-17th century.


  1. 1605
  2. King James I (or sometimes known as James VI of Scotland)
  3. Catholic (the plot was an an effort to end the persecution of Roman Catholics by the English government)
  4. Robert Catesby

  5. (a)to light the fuse (he was discovered in the cellar of the Parliament building with barrels of gunpowder)
  6. Kit Harington
  7. Lewes
  8. The fifth of November
  9. (c)Hanged, drawn and quartered (however, he jumped from a ladder while climbing to the gallows and broke his neck)
  10. Parkin
  11. King Henry VII
  12. Wintour (also spelt Winter)
  13. Macbeth
  14. The Star Chamber

Quiz Questions II

  1. For which country did Guy Fawkes fight for in the Eighty Years' War?
  2. Which date in November is Guy Fawkes Night on?
  3. Fireworks were originally invented in which country?
  4. Paul Staines is a very well known blogger, what blog does he write?
  5. What sort of pet does Albus Dumbledore name Fawkes in the Harry Potter books?
  6. In which year did firework manufacturers start branding the occasion as 'Fireworks Night' to cash in on the night: (a)1910, (b)1946, or (c)1970?
  7. In which English city was Guy Fawkes born?
  8. Which modern day English actor claims a family connection with the leader of the plot and has a middle name the same as the plot leader's last name?
  9. What is the technical name for the making and displaying of fireworks?
  10. The Guy Fawkes mask which has now become a common brand seen in street protests was first used in which 2005 dystopian political thriller film?
  11. What alias was used by Guy Fawkes who was also known as Guido Fawkes: (a)John Johnson, (b)Sam Smith, or (c)Roger Brooke?


  1. Spain (Catholic Spain against Protestant Dutch reformers in the Low Countries)
  2. 5th November

  3. China
  4. Guido Fawkes
  5. A pheonix
  6. 1910
  7. York
  8. Kit Harington (whose name is Christopher Catesby Harington)
  9. Pyrotechnics
  10. V for Vendetta
  11. (a)John Johnson