Bonfire Night: Test your knowledge of Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot with our quiz

Is your knowledge of Guy Fawkes, Bonfire Night, and the Gunpowder Plot up to scratch?
Guy Fawkes was involved in the Gunpowder Plot which led to Bonfire NightGuy Fawkes was involved in the Gunpowder Plot which led to Bonfire Night
Guy Fawkes was involved in the Gunpowder Plot which led to Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night is nearly upon us and the now eagerly-arriving winter night sky will be light up by fireworks, lanterns and pyres across the UK. Many displays are taking place where effigies of Guy Fawkes are often lit.

This is done - as many will know - in celebration of the foiling his failed plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament many centuries ago. The legacy lives on in the annual event. Guy Fawkes - could have been responsible for one of the darkest days in British history had he and his co-conspirators been successful.

Now you know some of the backstory, it's time to see how well you know the finer details of this famous tale. Take the quiz below and see how you get on. If you need more background information, scroll down to the bottom first. Good luck!


Fawkes was a Catholic and this denomination faced persecution during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I - the last of the Protestant Tudor dynasty. He travelled to Europe to fight for Catholic Spain against Protestant Dutch reformers who were in the midst of what is now known as the Eighty Years War.

After spending time-fighting here, he met fellow Englishman Thomas Wintour in Spain. At the time, Wintour was looking for people to join a group of Catholic conspirators led by his cousin Robert Catesby - who interestingly enough is an ancestor of Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington.

They settled on a plan to blow up Parliament during its state opening, when James I, the Queen and his heir would all be in the same place.

Afterwards, they would seek to install King James’ daughter Elizabeth on the throne to serve as a Catholic puppet queen.

Did you struggle? Go back through the quiz and see how many you got right? You may just be an expert on Guy Fawkes without even realising it!

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