History Quest — Quiz Game

History Quest is a new Quiz Game app that tests players' existing knowledge of world history while introducing new material. It is now available in Beta Test on Android devices and is coming soon to Apple iOS.

History Quest is a quiz game designed to make learning about the great events of history easy and accessible to everyone. Questions are based on traditional history stories found in the Heritage library, and everything needed to learn as you go is included with the app.

Short reading selections from the Heritage library are recommended for each historical era and the quiz game reinforces learning. Players can breeze through areas they already know and learn as they play when reviewing less familiar periods.

The History Quest app was designed to run on Android and Apple devices as well as Microsoft Windows. It is currently available in the Google Playstore and will be released to the Apple iOS App and Microsoft Windows App Stores shortly.

The initial release of History Quest includes over 2500 multiple choice questions divided among four periods. More information about each of these subjects, including study aids and sample questions, are provided below:

  • Ancient Greece — Heroic Age, Classical Greece, Hellenistic Age (800-150 B.C.)
  • Ancient Rome — Kingdom, Republican Rome to Fall of West (750 B.C.-500 A.D.)
  • British Middle Ages — Roman Britain, Medieval England, Reformation (50 to 1688)
  • British Empire — Glorious Revolution, Victorian Age, British Colonies (1688 to 1902)

The History Quest Quiz Game is intended as a challenging pastime for history lovers, but it contains everything needed for an organized study of history and could be used by independent learners as a "high tech" Charlotte Mason style curriculum.

Two ways to Play History Quest

The Heritage History Quiz Game can be played in two ways. In either mode players are presented with twelve multiple choice questions randomly generated from a particular question bank.

In History Quest mode players who are already familiar with the history of a particular civilization answer questions from the entire period and win points based on speed and difficulty. There are about 600 questions per historical subject and five levels of difficulty ranging from 'Serf' to 'King/Queen'. Players need to answer eleven of twelve questions correctly to progress to the next level, so substantial knowledge of a historical subject is needed to obtain high scores.

Upper level History Quest questions are challenging enough to hold the interest of well-read students and history lovers but can be difficult for novice players. Therefore a second mode of playing, more appropriate to students with limited knowledge of a particular topic is provided.

In Knowledge Medal mode players focus on one era from within a historical subject (for example, the "Punic War" era within "Ancient Rome"). By narrowing their focus, players are presented with questions from a more restricted question bank (only 60-80 questions) and can progress more easily. There are short reading assignments provided for each division and players who have reviewed all recommended materials should be able to win medals after just a few attempts. There are four levels of medals (for 75, 83, 92, and 100 percent correct answers) and players can earn up to twelve medals in each division.

Leaderboards and Progress Reports

Players who would like to compete against other History Quest users have the option of posting their scores to one of several Leaderboards. Each History topic has its own board and players can compete on the basis of either high scores or knowledge medals. Groups of players who would like to compete against each other can define a "group" name on their profile page and view their results on a private leaderboard. Players also who want to share their scores privately with other members of their study group or instructors also have the option of emailing their encrypted status using the Report Progress feature.

Knowledge Medal mode and Report Progress features are especially useful for homeschoolers or any students using History Quest in a supervised learning environment. Students who are using the app in 'Knowledge Medal' mode have access to short reading assignments for specific historical subtopics. Competing for medals helps them review what they have learned and proves competence, and students can use 'Report Progress' to keep a permanent record of their studies.

Recommended Reading Assignments

The Heritage History library offers hundreds of books at all difficulty levels across a wide range of historical topics. There are dozens of books associated with each historical period, although only a few are designated as essential reading.

The books selected as 'core' reading assignments for the History Quest program tend to be traditional student histories that cover important events and persons, but are 'story-based' rather than analytical. And all are in the public domain so they can be accessed by anyone for no cost.

Students who have used other history texts that cover similar material can still benefit from using History Quest. Many student histories cover basic facts of historical periods even if they are not as detailed as the Heritage program. Fortunately, History Quest players have access to all the resources they need to succeed no matter what their initial level of knowledge is. A good background in world history is desirable but almost everyone can learn as they play.

The following four Historical Divisions are included in the first release of History Quest.

Ancient Greece Ancient Rome
British Middle Ages British Empire

Ancient Greece

The Ancient Greece study program covers the History and Mythology of Greece, from the Heroic age to the Hellenistic period. The first three divisions cover the heroic, or mythological age of Greece, including the Homeric epics. The final five divisions cover recorded history from the earliest city states to the conquests of Alexander the Great.

Knowledge of the Mythical Gods and Heroes of the Ancient world is an essential part of understanding Greek culture. There are hundreds of stories and no single book or source covers the whole body of folklore. The Heritage History library contails almost 20 books dedicated to Greek mythology and almost every proper Greek history book contains at least a few chapters on the subject.

There are so many sources of Greek folklore and literature that it is difficult to identify a single volume that adequately covers the topic. The following selections provide a good introduction to most of the important stories of Greek folklore and are Recommended Reading for the first three units. The first two cover Greek Gods and Myths (Titans, Olympians, first humans), and the Heroic age of Monsters and Demigods (Theseus, Hercules, Jason, etc.). The final two are simplified versions of the Homeric Epics, The Iliad and the Odyssey. All are simplified, easy-to-read versions.

Many more selections relating to Greek Mythology and Folklore can be found in the Heritage Ancient Greece library.

The portion of Greek history recognized as authentic begins with the story of the first Greek city states in about 800 B.C. and continues to the Hellenistic period following the conquests of Alexander the Great. The Recommended Reading for the historical portion of the Ancient Greece program are both intermediate level histories that are appealing to all ages.

Most Heritage Questions are based on the selections listed above, but college prep students interested in Greek literary classics can augment these stories with student versions of Herodotus, Plutarch, Aristophanes, and other Greek classics. Simplified classics by Alfred J. Church and Jacob Abbott do a good job of abridging and simplifing original sources while retaining their authentic character.

Greek History is appealing to students of all ages. The Heritage library contains books about Greek history that range from older elementary grades to college prep, and the

Subdivisions — Review Questions and Study Aids

Gods and Myths — Gaia to Age of the Olympians Questions
Heroes and Monsters — Hercules, Perseus, Theseus and other heroes Questions
Homeric Epics — Iliad and Odyssey (~1000 B.C.) Questions
Early City-States — Spart, Athens, and other citystates (to 500 B.C.) Questions
Persian War — Persia and the Persian War (to 472 B.C.) Questions
Athenian Empire — Pericles and Pelopennesian War (to 404 B.C.) Questions
Late Classical — Decline of Athens to Alexander (to 338 B.C.) Questions
Hellenistic Era — Conquest of Persia to Greco-Roman era (to 146 B.C.) Questions

Ancient Rome

The Ancient Rome study program covers the History of Rome from Romulus and the early kings, through the Republican age, to the fall of the Western Empire. Recommended reading for the Ancient Rome Program:

Click on links to view study aids, reading assignments, and sample questions for each subtopic.

Subdivisions — Review Questions and Study Aids

Kingdom of Rome — Seven Kings of Rome (to 510 B.C.) Questions
Early Republic — Early Republican Heroes (to 275 B.C.) Questions
Punic Wars — Punic and Macedonian Wars (to 146 B.C.) Questions
Decline of Republic — Age of Gracchi to Pompey (to 60 B.C.) Questions
Age of the Caesars — First Triumvirate to Augustus (to 14 A.D.) Questions
Height of Empire — Tiberius to Severan Emperors (to 235 A.D.) Questions
Fall of the West — Military Anarchy to Justinian (to 565 A.D.) Questions

British Middle Ages

The British Middle Ages program covers the History of England from the Roman period to the English Civil War of the Stuart period. Recommended Reading for the British Middle Ages period:

The first six divisions cover English History from 50 to 1688 A.D. The final two units cover Scottish and Irish history in more depth.

The British Middle Ages Classical Curriculum covers the fifth to seventeenth century in both Europe and the British Isles. Although England shared a common culture with all of Christian Europe it rose to a dominant position, with an exceptionally "liberal" system of government and commerce. It is especially important that American students understand British history, since the founders of the United States were thoroughly British in culture and outlook.

British History is fascinating for students of all ages. The legendary heroes of England, such as King Arthur, Robin Hood, and Beowulf are family favorites. The romantic tales of mediaeval England, and the exploits of Francis Drake and Robert Bruce are popular adventure stories, and older students have much to learn about America's political heritage by studying the English Civil War and "Glorious Revolution". In fact, anyone who wants to understand America's heritage of religious and political liberty should study the British Middle Ages. was in medieval Britain that modern ideas of religious pluralism first emerged and its lessons are important for anyone who wants to understand America's heritage of religious and political liberty.

Subdivisions — Review Questions and Study Aids

Early Britain — Roman Conquest to Viking Age (to 800) Questions
Saxons, Danes, Normans — Wessex to Last Norman King (to 1154) Questions
Early Plantagenets — Henry Plantagenet to Edward III (to 1350) Questions
Lancasters and Yorks — Hundred Years War to War of Roses (to 1485) Questions
Tudors and Reformation — Henry Tudor to Queen Elizabeth (to 1603) Questions
Stuarts and Civil War — James I to Glorious Revolution (to 1688) Questions
Scotland — Macalpine to Act of Union Questions
Ireland — St. Patrick to Irish Independence (to 1922) Questions

British Empire

The British Empire program covers the government of Britain from the Glorious Revolution to the dawn of the Great War, but also provides detailed histories of many British 'colonies' both before and after British occupation. The British empire is a vitally important, but not well understood period of World history. Like Rome in the first and second centuries, Britain was the dominant world power from the 18th to the early 20th century, but few student histories give more than a superficial look. Understanding the British imperial government is key to makeing sense of the modern world.

Recommended reading for British Middle Ages includes selected chapteres from:

The first three divisions of the British Empire program cover the British government from 1688 to 1914 A.D. The final five cover regions that were colonized by the British in the 18th and 19th century. Additional information on key British institutions, such as the City of London, the Bank of England, and the East India Company is also included.

The British Empire collection covers the history of Britain from the earliest days of the Hanoverian dynasty to the turmoil of the First World War. It covers both the dramatic developments of the 18th and 19th centuries within Europe, such as the industrial revolution and the Napoleonic wars, and also histories of the regions under British colonial control.

While emphasizing the regional histories of British colonies, the British Empire unit also tells the story of the dramatic developments in British society. Britain was the birthplace of parliamentary democracy, the industrial and scientific revolutions, and modern capitalism. During the 18th and 19th centuries Britain dominated the fields of exploration, industry, science, literature, and invention. It revolutionized the world of international economics, trade, and banking, and—for good or evil—was a worldwide juggernaut of modernization. The modern world is simply incomprehensible without a solid grounding in British history.

Subdivisions — Review Questions and Study Aids

Glorious Revolution — Glorious Revolution to Jacobite Rising of 1745 Questions
Foundation of Empire — War of Jenkin's Ear to Napoleonic Wars (to 1815) Questions
Height of Empire — Battle of Waterloo to the Second Boer War (to 1902) Questions
American Colonies — Roanoke Colony to Canadian Confederation (1867) Questions
British India — Mogul Empire to Great War (1526 to 1914) Questions
Colonial Africa — Found of Cape Town to Second Boer War (to 1902) Questions
Australasia — Voyage of Captain Cook to Galipolli (1770 to 1916) Questions
Science and Invention — Isaac Newton to Modern War (1660 to 1914) Questions