Only 3/85 Harvard Doctoral Students Passed This Test

Can history repeat itself?

Andrew Campbell
Created by Andrew Campbell
On Jul 27, 2022

So, yes, we really did give this test to 85 Harvard history doctoral students and only 3 passed it. Can you beat these odds?

This one's a real toughie!

Who won World War II?

Where was the Constitution of the United States signed?

Which document declared that "all persons held as slaves within the rebellious states are, and henceforward shall be free"?

To increase production output during the Industrial Revolution, businesses primarily invested in:

When did the french revolution end?

What enabled Napoleon to seize control of France?

During the War of 1812, who was the United States fighting against?

Who believed that in an ideal society the government should be controlled by a class of philosopher kings?

What European artistic movement arose as a reaction against emphasis on reason?

How were colonies generally perceived at the end of the 1800s?

How did the Magna Carta developed the English government?

Which three countries signed the Triple Entente of 1907 as a counterweight to the Triple Alliance of Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy?

Where did the Six-Day War take place?

When did World War II start?

What was the Louisiana Purchase?

You almost passed!

You almost passed!

YYou have the free spirit of an artist. You are willing to get lost, you accept the unknown, and you long to bring harmony to the world. In the words of Thomas Jefferson: “I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” Is there a little Jefferson hidden in you? Let us know in a comment below.

You barely passed!

You barely passed!

All in all, you know that hard work pays off, that you have to make the most out of every opportunity, and that you pave your own path in life. You have always remained true to yourself and held control of your destiny. In the words of Napoleon Bonaparte: “History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.” Is there a little Napoleon hidden in you? Let us know in a comment below.

You passed!

You passed!

You have always been a hard-working, involved student. You ask all the right questions, and are unafraid to make mistakes. You are committed to learning, and you embody the persistence and flexibility of historians, leaders, and scientists. In the words of Edmund Burke: “Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it.” Is there a little Edmund hidden in you? Let us know in a comment below.

A+ You aced it!

A+ You aced it!

You love history, and have the desire to share it with others. You think logically and methodically, tend to keep an open mind, and are self-disciplined and ambitious. You maintain that respect has to be given to be received, and that good decisions lead to prosperity. In the words of Julius Caesar: “I came, I saw, I conquered.” Is there a little Julius hidden in you? Let us know in a comment below.

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