Which thing had already happened- Past Perfect trivia quiz


By: Alex Case
Level: Intermediate
Topic: General
Grammar Topic: Verbs and Tenses

Which thing had already happened- Past Perfect trivia quiz

Choose one of the pairs of events on your worksheet and read them out as they are,
without changing the tenses or the order. Your partner should read them back in the same
order but add the correct tenses and the word
“when” to make the sentence grammatically
and factually correct. For example, for
“Queen Victoria dies” and “Winston Churchill is
born”, they could say “Queen Victoria had (already) died when Winston Churchill was
born” or “When Queen Victoria died, Winston Churchill had (already) been born”,
depending on which they think is true. The underlined sentence is the earlier one in each
case. Tell them that they are right or say the correct sentence, do the same with your
partner’s pair of events, then take turns guessing until your teacher stops you.


Student A

dinosaurs die out
the first mammals develop

Catherine Parr marries English King Henry VIII
he executes two wives

British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain declares “Peace in our time”
World War Two starts

Americans walk on the moon
President Kennedy (=JFK) dies

the British use concentration camps (in South Africa)
the Germans use concentration camps

Lee Harvey Oswald lives in the USSR
he shoots JFK dead

Vincent Van Gogh dies
he sells his first painting

Americans go to space
Russians go to space

Prime Minister Winston Churchill loses the national election
World War Two ends

the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbour
the Japanese invade China

homo sapiens appears
humans make the first stone tools

English republican leader Oliver Cromwell dies
he is hanged for treason against the king

Julius Caesar is assassinated
Rome gets an Emperor

the first commercial satellite is launched
the first spy satellite is launched

Student B

British women get the right to vote
New Zealand women get the right to vote

Napoleon is defeated at the Battle of Waterloo
he is exiled to the Mediterranean island Elba

Tony Blair become British Prime Minister
Tony Blair promises Gordon Brown he can be the next Prime Minister

Prince Charles dates Camilla Parker Bowles, his future second wife
he marries Lady Diana Spencer, his first wife

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, is born
Orville Wright, the inventor of powered flight, dies

the population of Alexandria in Egypt reaches one million
the population of Beijing in China reaches one million

Americans fight in the Vietnam War
JFK becomes American president

the first jet fighter flies
World War Two ends

Americans win independence from the British
the French revolution starts

the American army arrives in Nazi Berlin
the Russian army arrives in Nazi Berlin

Gandhi is shot dead
India achieves independence from the British Empire

Stonehenge is built in southern Britain
the Cheops pyramid is built in Egypt

the first Captain America comic is published
the first Superman comic is published

founder of Islam Muhammad is born
founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak is born

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