History Quest is a new Quiz Game app that tests players' existing knowledge of World History while introducing new material. It is now available in Beta Test on Android devices and is coming soon to Apple iOS.
History Quest is a quiz game designed to make learning about the great events of history easy and accessible to everyone. Questions are based on traditional history stories found in the Heritage library, and everything needed to learn as you go is included with the app.
Short reading selections are available for players to review as needed and the quiz game reinforces learning. Players can breeze through areas they already know and learn as they play when attempting less familiar periods.
The History Quest app was designed to run on Android and Apple devices. It is currently available in the Google Playstore and will be released to the Apple iOS store shortly.
The History Quest Quiz Game is intended as a challenging pastime for history lovers, but it contains everything needed for organized study and could be used by homeschoolers or independent students as a 'high-tech' Charlotte Mason style history curriculum.
The initial release of History Quest includes over 2500 multiple choice questions divided among four programs. Each program is divided into eight units and players can answering questions from an entire program, or they can focus on one unit at a time. Several books are suggested as reading recommendations for each program and specific reading assignments and study aids are provided for each subdivision.
More information about each of the four existing programs, including reading recommendations, study aids, and sample questions, are provided below.
Additional programs planned for the coming year include Early America, Spanish Empire, and Western Europe.
The Heritage History Quiz Game can be played in two ways. In either mode players are presented with twelve multiple choice questions randomly generated from a particular question bank.
In History Quest mode players who are already familiar with the history of a particular civilization answer questions from the entire program and win points based on speed and difficulty. There are about 600 questions per historical subject and five levels of difficulty. Players need to answer eleven of twelve questions correctly to progress to the next level so substantial knowledge of a historical subject is needed to obtain high scores.
Upper level History Quest questions are challenging enough to hold the interest of well-read students and history lovers but can be difficult for novice players. Therefore a second mode of playing, more appropriate to students with limited knowledge of a particular topic is provided.
In Knowledge Medal mode players focus on one era from within a historical subject (for example, the "Punic War" era within "Ancient Rome"). By narrowing their focus, players are presented with questions from a more restricted question bank and can progress more easily. There are short reading assignments provided for each division and players who have reviewed all recommended materials should be able to win medals after just a few attempts. There are four levels of medals (for 75, 83, 92, and 100 percent correct answers) and players can earn up to twelve medals in each division.
Players who would like to compete against other History Quest users have the option of posting their scores to one of several Leaderboards. Each History topic has its own board and players can compete on the basis of high scores or knowledge medals. Groups of players who would like to compete against each other can define a "group" name on their profile page and view scores on a private leaderboard. Players who want to share their scores privately also have the option of emailing their encrypted status using the Progress Report feature.
Knowledge Medal mode and Progress Report features are useful to students using History Quest in a supervised learning environment. Competing for medals helps review what they have learned and they can use the "Progress Report" feature to keep a permanent record of their studies.
Players must have internet access to view leaderboards, post their scores, or use the Progress Report feature.
There are two leaderboards for each History Quest program. One sorts by high score and the other by Knowledge Medal points.
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