17th Century History 3 - Answers

Published: Friday 4th March 2016
  1. What was the name of the first English colony in North America, founded in 1607? Jamestown, Virginia.
  2. Which European country lost around 30% of its population to famine in the early years of the 17th century? Russia.
  3. Who did William III defeat at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690? King James II.
  4. In which year did William Shakespeare die? 1616
  5. What was invented by Blaise Pascal in the 17th century as a by-product of his attempts to produce a perpetual motion machine? Roulette Wheel.
  6. In which English city did the "Bloody Assizes" take place in 1685? Winchester.
  7. Which army was established in 1645 with Sir Thomas Fairfax at its head? The New Model Army.
  8. What was erected to commemorate the Great Fire of London? The Monument.
  9. Who in 1670 is credited with inventing champagne? Dom Perignon.
  10. Where did William and Mary land with their forces in November 1688? Torbay.
  11. What did England's puritan leaders ban in 1647? Christmas.
  12. Which musical instrument was said to have been invented in Nuremburg in 1690? Clarinet.
  13. Who in 1670 attempted to steal the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London? Thomas Blood.
  14. What was first published by John Bunyan in 1678? The Pilgrim's Progress.
  15. What tax was introduced by Peter the Great in 1698 in Russia? A beard tax.
  16. Written by Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra in 1605, which book is considered to be the first European novel? Don Quixote.
  17. Which flightless bird became extinct in the 17th century? The Dodo.
  18. At what location did the Great Fire of London stop in 1666? Pye Lane.
  19. Who succeeded Oliver Cromwell as Lord Protector in 1658? His son, Richard Cromwell.
  20. What did Christian Huygens invent in the 17th century to revolutionise clock making? Pendulum Clock.


  1. Steve says:

    Hi Ken. I think the answer to Q.10 perhaps ought to say Brixham (which is one of the three places making up Torbay).

  2. Steve says:

    Q.18 answer I think strictly speaking should be Pye Corner – there is a golden sculpture of a boy there as a memorial.

  3. steve says:

    Hi Ken. Just checking if you’ve seen my earlier emails about Qs 10 & 18.

    Great quizzes!

  4. SKL says:

    I agree with Steve, Brixham is the answer to 10.

  5. Janet Meese says:

    The Great Fire of London started in Pudding Lane not Pye Lane

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