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"Plays the Violin Well"
"Many famous (and infamous) people play or have played a musical instrument, including the violin, but chose to pursue a career in other fields. You may be surprised at some of the names included."
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
This President (the third) of the United States was a Founding Father and principal author of the Declaration of Independence. He also spoke five languages and was very interested in science, philosophy, and religion. He also liked to play the violin as a hobby. Can you name him?
Harry Smith is a television journalist in the United States. He has hosted CBS News morning programs, and programs at other stations. Harry also has a favorite instrument that he has played in a band and on TV. Can you name the instrument?
Bruce Willis is a famous actor from the "Die Hard" series of movies, among others. He probably can't speak any acting lines if he is playing this musical instrument he favors as he needs his mouth to play it. What is this instrument?
There is a story that during a great fire in AD64 the Emperor Nero played the fiddle (violin) while Rome burned. Why is that story very suspect?
Historians agree that Nero never had any musical talent
Nero fled Rome when the first flames erupted
Nero had lost a number of fingers in battle
A violin would not have been found in first century Rome
Mohandas Gandhi was a leader in the country of India who believed in non-violent political protest. He played an important role in the Indian independence movement. He also played a musical instrument. Do you know what it was?
Condeleeza Rice is a diplomat and an American political scientist. She also served as the 66th United States Secretary of State under then President George W. Bush. She also plays a musical instrument. What is it?
Sir Edward Heath was the Prime Minister of Britain from 1970 to 1974. He also conducted the London Symphony Orchestra in 1971. His musical abilities also included the adept playing of what instrument?
Charles Manson is a notorious criminal who was sentenced to a life term in prison for his role in the Tate/LaBianca slayings. Prior to his conviction Charley actually showed some promise as a singer playing an instrument. His talent led to an audition with famed record producer Terry Melcher. What instrument did Manson play?
Russian Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin was intrigued with a rather unusual musical instrument. So intrigued that he began taking lessons playing it and had 600 of the instruments commissioned for distribution throughout the Soviet Union. What instrument was this?
John Smoltz was a prolific pitcher for the Atlanta Braves for more than two decades, was an All-star player selection eight times, and won the Cy Young award in 1996. He has also given performances playing a particular musical instrument. What is it?
12 string classical guitar
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