Victorian Quiz for Kids

The Victorian era was the period of Queen Victoria's reign, from June 1837 until her death in 22 January 1901.

Victorian Quiz Questions

  1. Do you know the first name of the prince that was the husband of Queen Victoria?
  2. Florence Nightingale pioneered modern nursing while treating the wounded in which war?
  3. During the Victorian Era which empire became the largest empire in history?
  4. Poor children often had to work for a living - what job required boys as young as five to climb up a fireplace to clear soot and ash?
  5. Who became known for his theory of evolution and his book published in 1859 called On the Origin of Species?
  6. What did children use to copy lessons onto in schools because they were cheaper than paper?
  7. In 1857 Britain purchased Egypt's shares in which famous canal? (Egypt needed to raise money to pay off its debts.)
  8. What colour did Queen Victoria wear for the rest of her life as she entered a state of mourning after the death of her husband?
  9. Team sports became popular in the Victorian era, which sport was thought to have been invented when William Webb Ellis picked up a football and ran with it?
  10. Which writer created some of the world's best-known fictional characters such as Oliver Twist, Little Nell and David Copperfield?
  11. Which country's population decreased by half during the Victorian Era, mostly due to emigration and the Great Famine?
  12. What was the Penny Black?
  13. What type of food were known as 'little bags of mystery' in Victorian Times?
  14. What was the name of the Viscount who was Prime Minister at the start of the Victorian Era - a large city in Australia is named after him?
  15. What was the name of the first World's Fair held at the Crystal Palace in 1851?
  16. What was invented by Scottish-born inventor Alexander Graham Bell?
  17. The Boer War was fought between the British Empire and Boer states in which country?
  18. A famous cavalry charge during the Battle of Balaclava was written about by the poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson - this charge was called "The Charge of the...." what?
  19. What was the name of the 'revolution' that saw was the change to new manufacturing processes and the introduction of machinery?
  20. What sort of houses were dreaded institutions that offered accommodation and employment for those unable to support themselves?

Did you know that in the Victorian Era about 15 million people emigrated from Great Britain to other countries, mostly to the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.


  1. Prince Albert
  2. The Crimean War
  3. British Empire
  4. Chimney sweep
  5. Charles Darwin
  6. Slates
  7. Suez Canal
  8. Black
  9. Rugby
  10. Charles Dickens
  11. Ireland's
  12. A stamp - the world's first adhesive postage stamp
  13. Sausages
  14. Viscount Melbourne
  15. The Great Exhibition
  16. The first telephone
  17. South Africa
  18. Light Brigade (The Charge of the Light Brigade)
  19. The Industrial Revolution
  20. Workhouses