The I Don’t Don’t Know Much About History Quiz

Edward Burne-Jone, "Marriage of Tristram and Isolde"

''The Marriage of Tristram and Isolde", by Edward Burne-Jones, 1862. (

1. Which of the following ideas were long accepted as fact?
a) Menstrual fluid is the female equivalent of semen.
b) Fasting on bread and water reduces lust.
c) To be born female is to be born a nymphomaniac.
d) Husbands who lust after their wives are the same as adulterers.
e) Women are capable of making penises disappear.
f) All of the above.
g) None of the above.

2. During the Middle Ages, conjugal sex was considered sinful:
a) In any position other than male superior.
b) Before nightfall.
c) At any time on Sunday.
d) If it results in pleasure for either spouse.
e) On more than half the days in the year.
f) All of the above.
g) None of the above.

3. The biblical character Jezebel was literally fed to the dogs because she was:
a) A prostitute.
b) An adulteress.
c) A flirt.
d) A slut.
e) The devil's concubine.
f) All of the above.
g) None of the above.

4. Match the quote…
a) “He who mounts is the one who gives birth.”
b) “Your husband shall rule over you.”
c) “The bed that contains a wife is always hot with quarrels.”
d) “The gaze of a menstruating woman can dim and crack a mirror.”
e) “Where there's marriage without love, there will be love without marriage.”
f) “Hope not for mind in women.”
g) "A wife should have no feelings of her own, but share her husband's."
…to the source:
Thomas Aquinas
Benjamin Franklin
John Donne

5. Which woman has committed the more heinous sin?
a) The faithful wife who tries to arouse her husband by slipping him an aphrodisiac.
b) The unfaithful wife who tries to ruin her now-ex lover's wedding night-- he's just dumped her for his bride-to-be-- by slipping him an impotence-inducing potion.

6. True or false:
Adam sampled the fruit Eve handed over because she led him to believe it came from a kosher tree.

1 (f)
2 (f)
3 (g)
4: Aeschylus; God; Juvenal; Aquinas; Franklin; Donne; Plutarch
5: (a)
6 (false).

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