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Trivia Quiz - William the Conqueror
William the Conqueror; the life of the man who changed the face of England and hence, the world.
October 10, 2011
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1. In which country was William the Conqueror born, circa 1027?
2. At what age did William become Duke of Normandy?
3. William and King Harold met before the Battle of Hastings. What were the circumstances?
A. In 1064 William captured Harold and made him swear allegiance to him
B. In 1059 William attempted an unsuccessful conquest of England
C. In 1061 Harold invaded Normandy
D. In 1063 they met while on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem
4. Which childless King of England (1042-1066) prompted the situation that saw succession become such a contentious issue?
B. Alfred the Great
D. Edward the Confessor
5. What event weakened Harold's army before the Battle of Hastings?
A. A wet summer had seen typhoid run rampant through the ranks
B. His army had fought and defeated the invading Norwegian army
C. Harold sent half his troops to Ireland to subdue a rebellion
D. His most trusted knight, Edward fled with two divisions
6. On what day in 1066 was William crowned William I of England?
A. New Year's Day
B. Easter Sunday
C. Christmas Day
D. His birthday
7. As King of England, what was William the Conqueror's approach to land reform?
A. He declared all land to be his personal property
B. He distributed land to his Norman barons
C. He maintained the feudal system
D. All the above
8. What was the census vehicle by which William the Conqueror kept himself informed of the population and property throughout England?
A. The Bayeaux Tapestry
B. The King's Register
C. The Doomsday Book
D. William's Almanac
9. Which of the following is not a legacy of William the Conqueror's rule in England?
A. England was never successfully invaded again
B. The English language developed greatly because of the Norman influence
C. The Norman genes became the dominant bloodline in England
D. Wars between England and France dragged on for almost four centuries
10. In which country was William I buried in 1087, following his death due to wounds received from his saddle pommel?
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