Quiz: How much do you really know about the Magna Carta?

It’s 800 years since King John of England signed a peace treaty that went on to become a famous and important symbol of liberty and human rights around the world. It’s also the topic you will explore to help develop your English language skills on the British Council’s free online course Exploring English: Magna Carta. But how much do you really know about it? Try this just-for-fun quiz to find out!

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  • Spammy McTester

    What kind of spam filter is in place? What’s this honey pot thing?

  • konrad

    It seems to me that laws in the magna carta were designed only in the interest of the rich and powerful, any good for the common man is accidental

  • Sylla moustapha

    I am excited and i want to do further studies about magna carta.

  • francis

    i really know nothing about magna carter,but am looking forward

  • Ivan mwanje

    Here is my content about Magna carta
    Hundreds of years before America colonist revolted against the crown rebel nobles in England drafted the Magna Carta to curtail the power of their own tyrannical monarch, King john while the Magna Carta signed in 1215,primarily secured liberties fir England s elite classes ,its lauguage protecting due process and barring absolute monarch has guided the fundamental principles of common law in constitutions around the world for the last 800 years .The magna carta brought an end to the absolute power of England sovereigns as thay ,too,were required to be held accountable by the law .
    King John had a tumultuous relationship with pope innocent 111 ,a controversial figure in the early 13th century who claimed supreme authorithy over Europera sovereigns.
    After opposing Stephen Langton’s appointment as archbishop of canterbury in 1207,King john became the first English monarch to be excommunicated .so he struck back by taxing the church and seizing portions of its lands ,there was even more un popular among the England barons whom he taxed heavily to pay for his military defeat,in 1214 ,king john launched an unsuccessful invasion of france and taxed the English nobilty again to pay for his war ,sparking a revolt of the barons in 1215.
    To resolve the civil unrest and end the King’s abuse of power langton and a group of rebel barons drafted the Atticles if the Barons ,which become the MAGNA CARTA.
    In fear that the rebellion would ascalate to full scale civil war and ensanger at his throne,king John affixed his seal on the documenr at Runnymede on June 15,1215making Europ’s first written comstitution .After only a few week showever pope Innocent 111,whobythen had reconciled with king John ,voided the magna carta at the king’s unging .
    this reignited the violence between the monarch and the barons but after king John’s sudden dath in 1216 the magna carta was reinstated under a 9-year -old king Henry 111.it wqs revised
    in 1216,1217, and 1225 ironically ,the magna carta would inspire Amarican colonists a few hundred year latter to declare independences from the British themselves .
    Around one -third of the provisions in the united state ‘bill of rights draw from the magna carta ,paeticurally from its 39th clause. “No freeman shall be taken ,imprisoned ,disseised, outlawed ,banished or in any away destroyed nor will we proceed against or prosecuted him except by the lawful judgement of his peers and by law of the land

  • Elizabeth

    I think this document is very interesting. I enjoy it!

  • Carlos Alirio Arana Sáenz

    This quiz shows us curious facts of the Magna Carta

  • Kate Baker

    I’ve forgotten everything I ever knew about the Magna Carta!

  • Maureen Culloty

    I’m looking forward to learning about the Magna Carta. I know very little about it.

  • gordonlumsden@yahoo.com

    Looks like an interesting course … looking towards starting

  • Karen I Ford

    It has been a very long time since I took English History. For an American, six out of eight, seems to be not to shabby.

  • niuma

    Got 8

  • niuma

    Very interesting quiz

  • Arul Muthukumar

    I Got 7 out of 8, very interesting quiz

  • Bridie

    Got 3 right YES!

  • Gilbert Davis

    Got 7 out of 8, interesting quiz

  • Jean-Luc

    My score is 6 which is great but I don’t mind actually :), the most important is to learn and discover why this text is so important, as French person this text is not part of our “official” history despite its importance so I’m eager to start this exciting course, CU

  • Pete

    Great quiz. I got 7 and learned a lot. I want to learn more about the Magna Carta.

  • Wyn

    I’m gonna have to take this course. Only 2 correct, ah!

  • Kasia

    I have got 5 correct answers and I am happy with that. I enjoy lerning English by getting new informations:)

  • Phoenix

    Got a perfect score. 😛

  • namiiro agnes

    Only 4 correct bt did good since I knew nothing about the Great charter

  • Richard

    Must be an age thing I only managed 8/8 NOT /10 as below.

  • Richard

    Not bad for an ‘old un'(60)? Only managed 8/10. Hope that will do? Dam good tale..

  • Charles

    I had five correct but I do not see how this is connected with English because all I found were historical questions

  • AliSid

    Only 3 correct 🙁

  • Shuja

    Not bad for a novice in English history 7/8
    Apparently as soon as King John was forced to sign the document he asked the Pope to annul the document and it was only later revived and used throughout history by various Kings and leaders for various reasons

  • Selma Sezer

    My correct answers are five.magna Carta is the most important text I think.

  • Jackson Ben

    very interesting story. i have only 2 correct answers i think. as a french speaker i want to know more about how to speak well and write good English.

  • Tiziano

    a wonderful document (unfortunately not for everybody)

  • Kyaw Htay

    I try the best so happy.

  • Larysa

    Very intresting story. But I have only 4 correct answers. I need to know more about Magna Carta.

  • Malcolm Burn

    Your opening sentence “King John of England signed a treaty ….” is wrong. He did not sign it. It has no signatures on it. Strictly speaking a charter is not a treaty. A treaty implies an agreement negotiated between equals. A charter is (in theory) a gift by a king to his subjects (even if extracted by the threat of force and given reluctantly).

  • Conny

    I don’t have any idea about the royal wax seal, interesting fact.

  • Guy Subileau

    Hello,
    To be honest, I made the quizz after I had studied Magna Carta during the last two weeks.
    I’ve never heard about that Charter before, I found this two weeks very exciting. Many thanks.

  • Elizabeth

    It is a nice story which I never knew before.

  • dilani

    I have never heard about that story .I think it is very important every human body

  • Irina

    I’ve got excellent! 7/8.

  • Aung Htoo Lwin

    It’s very interesting . It’s OK 4 out of 6 . I must to try further more.Thanks.

  • thet

    It played a very important part in history as it changed the political world of England and then other parts of the world.

  • IrIne ali

    It is good refreshment of mind .I studied
    Shakspear at collage. But unfortunately , I don’t remember that I heared any of Magna Carta.Thanks for the tip.

  • khatuna

    an interesting quiz, I have six correct answer

  • Nang Pwint Zin

    This quizzes are more interesting and exciting for me. At first, I don’t know exactly about Magna Carta. I think I know a little about it. It was improved my English. I enjoyed it very much to answer this quizzes. Thanks a lot.

  • Kathy Turner

    Fun quiz, I don;t know as much as I thought, though!

  • Phyu Phyu Aung

    Nice quizz!But,I think,I need to try more than
    now.

  • Sylvie VASLIN

    Great quizz! I have already learnt key-points so far, Then. Thank you Quonie Emmanuel Magalasi and William Smith for your great knowledge! Sylvie.

  • Humaira Sohail

    Quite informative and precise. It made me curious to guess next questions and at the same time recall my previous knowledge about British history.

  • William Smith

    Although this charter was intended to express the rights of nobles, it has become the defense of joe six-pack against intrusions of the state. It is the back bone of Constitution of the US and other documents of freedom –Declaration of the Rights of Men. E. Burke and T. Jefferson (slave holder, not withstanding.)

  • Chidiebere Onuoha

    Good to know this.

  • Quonie Emmanuel Magalasi

    Magna carta has been called the most influential secular document in the history of the world. it is important in both rights and liberties it sets out. Magna carta is a charter agreed by King John of England at Runnymede, near windsor, on 15 June 1215. The following are some of events that led him to sign a treat: losing of war in western France, losing of income generated from French lands, And King John struggled over power the spiritual overseer of the catholic church so called Pope Innocent. Magna Carta has played a great role in shaping history by establishing of the concept of human rights, developing the idea that “all men are equal”. Lastly, the revelance of Magna carta to the 21st century is by the founder of MORI so called sir Robert Worcester KBE DL who has spoken several times on the state of British politics

    This is a little what i know about magna carta.
    Thanks………

  • Alex J

    A fun thing. Hovering over the right answer then moving on is not ideal! Better to make a quick decision and stick with it on this sort of activity.

  • Tarig saidahmed mohamed

    I hope to speak English Very well and become strong speaker in my work.

  • Aissaoui Zitoun Abdelmadjid

    it was great to know about it