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People Who Became Words - 14

Created by deepakmr

Fun Trivia : Quizzes : Eponyms (Words from Names)
People Who Became Words  14 game quiz
"This is the last quiz in this series on words that originated from the names of real and fictional people. Hope you enjoyed playing the quizzes as much as I enjoyed making them!"

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1. Samuel Plimsoll was a British merchant who had an important role to play in shipping reforms. The term plimsoll mark is named after him. Do you know what it means?
    A mark which certifies the sea-worthiness of a ship
    A mark near a port where a ship should drop anchor
    A line indicating the limit to which a ship can be loaded
    A line indicating to what depth a submarine can move under water


2. The word promethean means 'inspiring' or 'daringly original'. It is named after a Greek demigod Prometheus, but do you know how the story behind the origin of this word?
    Prometheus stole fire from heaven and gave it to mankind
    Prometheus inspired Zeus to become King of Gods
    Prometheus was the creator of the world
    Prometheus dared to take on Thor


3. Rambo is a famous character popularised in movies. Do you know who created this character?
    Steven Spielberg
    Sylvester Stallone
    David Morell
    John Rambo


4. Shrapnel refers to metal fragments from a bomb. Who is the word named after?
    A German Colonel
    A Lieutenant in the British Royal artillery
    A Japanese Admiral
    An American Brigadier


5. The word stentorian is used to refer to someone having a booming voice. How did this word originate?
    It is named after a powerful Roman warrior
    It is named after a Greek herald in the Trojan War
    It is named after the first radio announcer
    It is named after the person who invented the loudspeaker


6. Svengali was a fictional character created by George Du Maurier. Which of the following best describes the meaning of this word?
    A wild man
    A hypnotist
    A man of refined tastes
    A warrior


7. A tontine is a type of annuity scheme. Whom was it named after?
    A murderer
    A finance minister
    A blackmailer
    A banker


8. Victorian is a word named for the great British monarch Victoria. Which of the following best describes the meaning of this word?
    Highly extravagant
    Extremely aggressive
    Highly sociable
    Prudish attitudes


9. Which day of the week is named after the pagan God Woden?
    Answer: (One Word)


10. The word zany is used to refer to someone crazy or wacky. Can you guess the origin of this word?
    It is named after a lunatic
    It is named after a clown
    It is named after the founder of mental asylums
    It is named after an eccentric millionaire


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Compiled Jun 28 12