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25 Quiz Questions About Queen Victoria and the Victorians

As a history writer, I think quizzes are a great way of seeing what I need to find out about next.

Portrait by John Everett Millais. A soldier and his family during the Crimean War.

Portrait by John Everett Millais. A soldier and his family during the Crimean War.

The Victorian Era Captivates People

The Victorian era was between 1837 and 1901. Queen Victoria (1819-1901) had just turned eighteen when she became queen and she had to learn quickly, and not without a few unfortunate incidents, how to be the queen that the people expected her to be.

Throughout Victoria's reign, the country seemingly flourished, railways were created, science took great steps, art and literature enjoyed halcyon days and life expectancy improved. It needed to. Many Victorians were born and died during this one monarch's reign.

However, there was still child labour, as well as inequality between the sexes and the classes. Below are 25 questions to test your knowledge or to find out some interesting new facts about the Victorians and their queen. Enjoy.

Queen Victoria's statue at Kensington Palace was sculpted by one of her daughters. Which one?

Queen Victoria's statue at Kensington Palace was sculpted by one of her daughters. Which one?

How well do you know your Victorian trivia?

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. In Victorian England what was egg-shackling?
    • Collecting eggs from the chicken coop at dawn and dusk.
    • A popular game. The last egg left unbroken in a shaking container was the winner.
    • The act of stealing eggs from shops, farms or neighbours.
  2. Victorian corsets could prove hazardous to health, if not fatal. How?
    • They could crush the wearer's internal organs.
    • The whale bones used stabbed the wearer.
    • The corsets were dyed using poisonous dyes.
  3. What was Queen Victoria’s first Christian name?
    • Alexandra
    • Alice
    • Alexandrina
  4. In 1847 an act of parliament made it illegal for children to work for more than how many hours in any one day?
    • 5.
    • 10.
    • 14.
  5. What did Queen Victoria’s German relations call her?
    • Vicky
    • La petite
    • Little may flower
  6. Queen Victoria was appalled by women wishing for the opportunity to do what?
    • To vote
    • To retain their own earnings
    • To use birth control
  7. On average, what age did middle class men live to during the Victorian era?
    • 45.
    • 67.
    • 78.
  8. What were the legal responsibilities of employers for health and safety at the start of Victoria's reign?
    • Employers had to ensure that the workforce was fed properly and had regular breaks during their working hours.
    • To provide clean running water and well-sanitised toilet facilities on the business premises.
    • Victorian employers had no responsibilities according to the law, it was a matter of personal integrity and morality.
  9. What was the name of Victoria’s beloved childhood dog, a King Charles spaniel?
    • Dash
    • Pudgy
    • Wolfie
  10. Who said: 'Everyone likes flattery and when you come to royalty you lay it on with a trowel.'
    • William Gladstone
    • Robert Peel
    • Benjamin Disraeli
  11. How many daughters did Queen Victoria and Prince Albert have?
    • Three
    • Five
    • Seven
  12. In 1861 Queen Victoria lost Prince Albert and which other royal relation?
    • Her uncle Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge.
    • Her mother Victoire, Duchess of Kent.
    • Her uncle Augustus, Duke of Sussex.
  13. A guinea was £1 and how many shillings?
    • 1
    • 5.
    • 10.
  14. What was unusual about the guinea?
    • It was made from a mixture of gold, silver and copper.
    • The guinea was a twelve-sided coin.
    • There were no guinea coins in circulation during the Victorian era.
  15. In later life, Victoria employed Abdul Karim who was given the title of Munshi. What did he teach her?
    • How to play the harp.
    • How to write and speak Hindustani.
    • How to dance the waltz and polka.
  16. Which Prime Minister was Queen Victoria talking about here? '...mischievous firebrand, arrogant, tyrannical.'
    • Robert Peel
    • Benjamin Disraeli
    • William Gladstone
  17. What percentage of children reached adulthood illiterate during the Victorian era?
    • 22%
    • 50%
    • 69%
  18. In Victorian England what was a regular but avoidable cause of death, particularly in stately homes?
    • Servants stairs were too steep and narrow which caused falls and death.
    • Gas lamp or candle burns.
    • Hernias from cleaning, lifting luggage and clothing and carrying slop buckets.
  19. At the end of the Victorian era the highest potential wage for male shop assistants was £120 a year, how much for women?
    • £100
    • £75
    • £50
  20. Which of Queen Victoria’s daughters was a sculptor? She produced the statue of Victoria at Kensington Palace.
    • Princess Helena
    • Princess Beatrice
    • Princess Louise
  21. How many grandchildren did Queen Victoria have?
    • 25.
    • 42.
    • 51.
  22. In 1901, as Queen Victoria was laid to rest beside Prince Albert in the mausoleum at Frogmore, Windsor what happened?
    • It started to snow.
    • A rainbow appeared.
    • A brisk wind knocked over the vicar.
  23. Did Queen Victoria ever say 'We are not amused'?
    • No
    • Yes
  24. After Prince Albert's death, what colour did Victoria wear until her dying day?
    • Grey
    • Black
    • White
  25. Approximately how many words a day did Queen Victoria write in her journals, according to historians?
    • 200+
    • 2000+
    • 5000+

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Answer Key

  1. A popular game. The last egg left unbroken in a shaking container was the winner.
  2. They could crush the wearer's internal organs.
  3. Alexandrina
  4. 10.
  5. Little may flower
  6. To vote
  7. 45.
  8. Victorian employers had no responsibilities according to the law, it was a matter of personal integrity and morality.
  9. Dash
  10. Benjamin Disraeli
  11. Five
  12. Her mother Victoire, Duchess of Kent.
  13. 1
  14. There were no guinea coins in circulation during the Victorian era.
  15. How to write and speak Hindustani.
  16. William Gladstone
  17. 50%
  18. Servants stairs were too steep and narrow which caused falls and death.
  19. £50
  20. Princess Louise
  21. 42.
  22. It started to snow.
  23. No
  24. Black
  25. 2000+
Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee Photograph 1897.

Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee Photograph 1897.

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© 2021 Joanne Hayle

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