This article is about the challenge. For the episode of the same name, see "Survivor History".

Survivor History (also known as Survivor Roots) is a recurring challenge from Survivor.


Held in a series of rounds, contestants or tribes would answer a set of questions related to previous seasons of Survivor. Answering the question correctly would score one point. The first contestant or tribe to reach a certain number of points would win.


In Survivor: All-Stars, it was the first challenge after the tribe swap. With the scores tied at 10-10, the castaways were asked a tiebreaker question, where they have to list the first castaways voted out in the first seven seasons. The new Chapera only answered wrong the first boot of Pearl Islands while the new Mogo Mogo got all the answers right, winning immunity.

In Survivor: Micronesia, the challenge was for reward with the first person to answer four questions correctly winning. Erik answered "which was the first season to divide the castaways between four tribes?" correctly, winning the challenge.


Episode Challenge Type Winner
"Mad Scramble and Broken Hearts"
Tribal Immunity S8 alicia tS8 jennal t
S8 robm tS8 rupert tS8 tom t
Mogo Mogo
"If It Smells Like a Rat, Give It Cheese"
Individual Reward S16 erik t
Erik Reichenbach



  • This challenge has only appeared in seasons featuring returning players.
  • Each time this challenge was used, the eventual 5th place finisher won.
  • Only people on a green tribe have won this challenge.


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