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William Vernon Harcourt (politician): Quiz


Question 1: He quickly made his mark as a speaker,[1] his reception into ________ society being eased by his uncle George Harcourt and aunt Frances Waldegrave.

Question 2: In later life his descent from the ________ was a joke among his political opponents.
House of AnjouTudor dynastyHouse of LancasterHouse of Plantagenet

Question 3: William's father encouraged him to seek a Cambridge fellowship or a career in politics but William chose law and ________.
New JournalismDefamationMedia biasJournalism

Question 4: He left Parr in 1844 and, after two more years' study at home, William entered ________ to pursue his interest in mathematics.
Magdalene College, CambridgeGonville and Caius College, CambridgeSt John's College, CambridgeTrinity College, Cambridge

Question 5: He was re-elected in the Liberal victory at the United Kingdom general election, 1880 and, though he had not been a strong supporter of Gladstone in opposition, he was appointed ________.
Home SecretaryWinston ChurchillJames CallaghanRobert Peel

Question 6: [Anon.] (1911) "Sir William George Granville Harcourt", ________
WikipediaPropædiaEncyclopædia BritannicaEncarta

Question 7: [2] His father was himself the fourth son and eventually heir of Edward Harcourt, ________[2] and his wife Lady Anne Leveson-Gower.
Archbishop of YorkBishop of WorcesterArchbishop of CanterburyChurch of England

Question 8: William's father denied him a public school education, sending him to be educated in ________ at the small class of Rev.
Classical antiquityClassicsAncient RomeRoman Empire

Question 9: In 1862, he wrote some famous letters to The Times over the signature of "Historicus," supporting Britain's neutrality in the American Civil War and condemning the widespread public sympathy for the ________.
Confederate States of AmericaMilitary of the Confederate States of AmericaOrigins of the American Civil WarConclusion of the American Civil War

Question 10: [4] In 1885 he was responsible for commuting John 'Babbacombe' Lee's ________ to life imprisonment after his execution failed three times.
TortureStoningCapital punishmentReligion and capital punishment

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