Quiz: How much do you know about Bonfire Night?

Answer these questions to see whether you're more of an Autumn Aficionado, or a Gullible Guy.


Remember, remember!
The fifth of November,
The Gunpowder treason and plot;

Bonfire Night became a tradition after a 1605 plot to blow up The Houses of Parliament was successfully intercepted when Guy Fawkes was found in the cellar, with barrels of gunpowder. Ever since, we've celebrated by burning bonfires and watching dazzling fireworks displays. 

Answer these trivia questions to see whether you're more of an Autumn Aficionado, or a Gullible Guy.

However you're celebrating this year, we wish you a safe and warm evening.

  1. 1 Where was Guy Fawkes born?

    1. Credit
      Oxford
    2. Credit
      Exeter
    3. Credit
      London
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Guy Fawkes was born in York!

    In fact, St Peter's School in York is the only place in England where Guy Fawkes night is officially not celebrated, as a show of respect to their former student. 

  2. 2 How many barrels of gunpowder was Guy Fawkes found with?

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Mr Fawkes was found with 36 barrels of gunpowder...

    ... that's more than enough to reduce the then House of Lords to rubble, and then some!

  3. 3 Effigies of Guy Fawkes are often burned on Bonfire Night, but what was the name of the man who actually led the Gunpowder Plot?

    1. Credit
      Thomas Percy
    2. Credit
      John Wright
    3. Credit
      Thomas Winter
    4. Credit
      Robert Catesby
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Robert Catesby led the Gunpowder Plot

    But Thomas Percy, John Wright and Robert Winter were also involved in planning the attack.

  4. 4 Where did the conspirators plan the Gunpowder plot?

    1. Credit
      Burford, Oxfordshire
    2. Credit
      Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire
    3. Credit
      Kenilworth, Warwickshire
    4. Credit
      Ashby St Ledgers, Northamptonshire
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The Gunpowder Plot was planned in Ashby St Wedgers, Northamptonshire...

    ...  which is about a 45 minute drive from the Open university's Milton Keynes campus. Not a bad commute!

  5. 5 Which monarch did the plot intend to kill?

    1. Credit
      King Henry VII
    2. Credit
      King James II
    3. Credit
      King James I
    4. Credit
      Queen Elizabeth I
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The plot intended to kill King James I

    The plotters were Catholics, and King James I had passed more laws against Catholics when he became king. 

  6. 6 Gunpowder is made up of three main ingredients; a fuel, a stabilizer, and ...?

    1. Credit
      An oxidizer
    2. Credit
      A catalyst
    3. Credit
      A reducing agent
    4. Credit
      An enzyme
    Correct!
    Wrong!
  7. 7 When did Britain's first ever fireworks display take place?

    1. Credit
      To celebrate the end of WWI in 1918.
    2. Credit
      At the wedding of King Henry VII in 1486.
    3. Credit
      To celebrate the establishment of the Houses of Parliament in 1341.
    4. Credit
      To celebrate the coronation of Queen Victoria in 1837.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    King Henry VII was the first person to have fireworks at his wedding

    Just imagine how many events have been celebrated with firewors since then! 

  8. 8 Fireworks are thought to have been first invented as early as second century B.C; but in which country?

    1. Credit
      India
    2. Credit
      Pakistan
    3. Credit
      Japan
    4. Credit
      China
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Fireworks were first invented in China

    Gunpowder was encased in bamboo which was then thrown onto a fire or set alight. 

  9. 9 You might have sparklers at your bonfire night party too, but how hot can a sparkler get?

    1. Credit
      590 degrees C
    2. Credit
      860 degrees C
    3. Credit
      1600 degrees C
    4. Credit
      200 degrees C
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Sparklers can get as hot as 1000-1600 Celsius

     - that's around 15 times hotter than the boiling point of water!

    Sparkler safety: always hold at arm's length, wear gloves, and have a bucket of water ready to extinguish them.

  10. 10 And finally, What is the final core ingredient needed to make s'mores (an American bonfire snack) alongside marshmallows and chocolate?

    1. Credit
      Digestive biscuits
    2. Credit
      Waffles
    3. Credit
      Graham crackers
    4. Credit
      Wafers
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    S'mores are made with Graham Crackers

    Which are a bit like digestive biscuits. 

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