Historical Drama Movies Quiz

Tests comprehension and vocabulary from EnglishClub's Historical Drama Movies History and Vocabulary page. You can do this quiz online or print it on paper.

1. Historical dramas tell stories about events in the

a) past b) present c) future

2. Spartacus tells the story of a slave uprising against the Roman Empire. Which type of historical drama is it?

an epic historical drama
an anti-war film
a Spaghetti Western
a) an epic historical drama b) an anti-war film c) a Spaghetti Western

3. In classic Westerns like The Searchers, ______ were almost always portrayed as cruel and violent "savages".

Native Americans
European colonists
a) cowboys b) Native Americans c) European colonists

4. In a typical Western, which of these characters would be the villain?

a sheriff
a bar girl
an outlaw
a) a sheriff b) a bar girl c) an outlaw

5. Which sub-genre of historical Japanese cinema is named after traditional warriors armed with finely-crafted swords?

manga films
samurai films
yakuza films
a) manga films b) samurai films c) yakuza films

6. Ennio Morricone is a composer whose best film _______ were written for Spaghetti Westerns like The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

a) scores b) sounds c) tracks

7. Which historical biopic is set during the uprising that freed India from British colonial rule?

a) Churchill b) Mandela c) Gandhi

8. Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket and Oliver Stone's Platoon are anti-war films set after the 1965 US invasion of

a) Vietnam b) Afghanistan c) Iraq

9. The samurai film 13 Assassins was made in 1963, and a new version was made in 2010. What do we call the 2010 film?

a sequel
a remake
a redirect
a) a sequel b) a remake c) a redirect

10. Which epic 2007 historical drama is loosely based on the life of Genghis Khan?

The Last Emperor
a) The Last Emperor b) Mongol c) Braveheart

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Contributor: Matt Errey. Matt is the author of several books including 1000 Phrasal Verbs in Context and Common English Idioms for learners, and Matt's ESL Games and Quizzes for teachers.