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Quiz about Journey to the Centre of the Birth
Quiz about Journey to the Centre of the Birth

Journey to the Centre of the Birth Quiz


Here are ten people, famous in their homeland and abroad, but where were they born?
This is a renovated/adopted version of an old quiz by author fizzbee

A multiple-choice quiz by 480154st. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Author
480154st
Time
3 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
62,812
Updated
Oct 04 22
# Qns
10
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1. British actress, Emma Watson shot to fame aged eleven as Hermione Granger but in which city was she born in 2001? Hint

Reykjavik, Iceland
Banbury, England
Paris, France
Trenton, USA

2. 2021 Formula One world champion, Max Verstappen delights his faithful Dutch following with every win, but where was he born? Hint

Hasselt, Belgium
Montfort, Netherlands
Kalmar, Sweden
Turin, Italy

3. The great Irish wit, Spike Milligan kept people laughing from the 1940s until his death in 2002. Where was Spike born though? Hint

Bournemouth, England
Salisbury, Rhodesia
Bilbao, Spain
Ahmednagar, British India

4. In 2006, actress Nicole Kidman was appointed Companion of the Order of Australia (AC). Where was this great Aussie born? Hint

Ely, England
Rabat, Morocco
Gdansk, Poland
Honolulu, Hawaii

5. Irishman Chris de Burgh had a massive hit in 1986 with "The Lady in Red". Under which flag, without any red, was he born? Hint

Scotland
Argentina
Ukraine
New Zealand

6. Joe Strummer achieved fame as the vocalist for The Clash but in which city was he born before he heard "London Calling"? Hint

Ankara, Turkey
Budapest, Hungary
Tbilisi, Georgia
Bratislava, Slovakis

7. In which country was the British author known for his "Gormenghast" novels, Mervyn Peake, born? Hint

Russia
Portugal
USA
China

8. Andrew Sachs is best remembered for playing hapless waiter Manuel in the TV show "Fawlty Towers" but where was Sachs born? Hint

Busan, South Korea
Barcelona, Spain
Berlin, Germany
Brighton, England

9. Prince Charles Edward Stuart, aka Bonnie Prince Charlie was a central figure in the Jacobite rising of 1745, when the Scots attempted to regain the British throne. Where was Bonnie Prince Charlie born? Hint

Rome
Ripon
Rennes
Red Deer

10. Padme Amidala in "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" (1999) was played by beautiful American actress Natalie Portman, who was born where? Hint

Amman, Jordan
Cairo, Egypt
Jerusalem, Israel
Nicosia, Cyprus


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. British actress, Emma Watson shot to fame aged eleven as Hermione Granger but in which city was she born in 2001?

Answer: Paris, France

Watson was born to a pair of English lawyers on April 15, 1990 in Maisons-Laffitte, a small commune just outside the French capital.
Prior to being cast as Hermione Granger in the "Harry Potter" franchise, she had never acted professionally, but certainly seems to have been adept at learning her craft on the job. She went on to star in "The Perks of being a Wallflower" (2012), play Belle in "Beauty and the Beast" (2017) and star as Meg March in the 2019 adaptation of "Little Women".
2. 2021 Formula One world champion, Max Verstappen delights his faithful Dutch following with every win, but where was he born?

Answer: Hasselt, Belgium

Max was born on 30 September 1997, the same year that his father Jos was racing for the Tyrrell team in Formula One.
Jos retired from the sport in 2003 and just 12 years later Max made his debut, driving for Toro Rosso and in doing so becoming the youngest entrant in an F1 race at just 17 years, 166 days old.
When it came to his racing career, Max had two choices, did he compete for Belgium, the country of his birth and his mother's native country or Netherlands as his father had?
He chose Netherlands in the end, simply because, as he explained, he "feels more Dutch".
3. The great Irish wit, Spike Milligan kept people laughing from the 1940s until his death in 2002. Where was Spike born though?

Answer: Ahmednagar, British India

Terence "Spike" Milligan was born in India to an Irish father and an English mother in 1918 and didn't move to UK until 1931. During World War II he served with the British forces, but when he applied for a British passport in 1960, he was denied, partly because he would not swear an Oath of Allegiance and was in effect stateless.
His close friend Prince Charles pointed out to him that even he had to swear the oath and urged him to think again, but Spike remained resolute that in his opinion, he had been born in British India, had served his country for six years and therefore should be a British citizen.
Eventually, he ended his statelessness by becoming an Irish citizen, through his father's nationality, which gave him almost all the same rights as a British subject.
4. In 2006, actress Nicole Kidman was appointed Companion of the Order of Australia (AC). Where was this great Aussie born?

Answer: Honolulu, Hawaii

Yep, Famous Aussie Nicole Kidman was born in USA, specifically in Honolulu, Hawaii on 20 June 1967, while her Australian parents were in the United States on student visas.
As she was born in Hawaii, she also has a Hawaiian name, which is "HŰkŻlani" meaning "heavenly star". Rather unflattering though is the fact that she shares this name with a baby elephant that arrived at the Honolulu zoo in July 1966.
5. Irishman Chris de Burgh had a massive hit in 1986 with "The Lady in Red". Under which flag, without any red, was he born?

Answer: Argentina

De Burgh's father, Colonel Charles Davison was a British diplomat, stationed in Argentina, which explains how infant Chris came to be born in Venado Tuerto, Santa Fe Province on 15 October 1948.
He took the maiden name of his Irish mother as a stage name and although he initially found success in mainland Europe and South America, he had to wait until the release of his eighth album, "Into the Light" (1986) to achieve an Irish number one.
6. Joe Strummer achieved fame as the vocalist for The Clash but in which city was he born before he heard "London Calling"?

Answer: Ankara, Turkey

Joe Strummer's father, was born in India due to his father's work, and the pattern repeated itself when Joe was born in Ankara, Turkey on 21 August 1952. Joe's father was a foreign-service diplomat for the UK stationed in Turkey when his wife gave birth to young John Graham Mellor, who would in 1975, change his name to Joe Strummer.
After seeing a gig by the Sex Pistols in 1976, Strummer was inspired to form The Clash and later that same year, they were the opening act for the Sex Pistols.
The Clash would have eight UK top 30 singles during their existence along with a UK number one with a re-release of "Should I Stay or Should I Go" in 1991 after they had disbanded.
Strummer died in 2002, aged 50, from a heart attack caused by an undiagnosed congenital heart defect, but thanks to his work with The Clash along with his later band, The Mescaleros left a great musical legacy behind.
7. In which country was the British author known for his "Gormenghast" novels, Mervyn Peake, born?

Answer: China

Peake's parents, Ernest and Amanda were missionaries in Qing China, his father a medical missionary doctor and his mother a missionary assistant.
Mervyn was born on 9 July 1911 in Kuling, a missionary resort located on top of Mount Lu, only three months before the Xinhai Revolution, the end of the Qing dynasty and the founding of the Republic of China and the family left China for England in 1922.
Although Peake is best remembered for the "Gormenghast" novels, including "Titus Groan" (1946), it should not be forgotten that he was a skilled artist as well, providing illustrations for Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" (1946), Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" (1943) and Robert Louis Stevenson's "Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" (1948).
8. Andrew Sachs is best remembered for playing hapless waiter Manuel in the TV show "Fawlty Towers" but where was Sachs born?

Answer: Berlin, Germany

Sachs was born in Berlin on 7 April 1930 to Hans Emil Sachs, a Jewish insurance broker and his wife Katharina, a Lutheran, with Austrian ancestry and the family fled Germany in 1938 to escape the Nazis, settling in London.
Although he appeared in several UK TV shows through the 1960s it was in 1975 that he found everlasting fame as Manuel, the Spanish waiter from Barcelona in "Fawlty Towers".
When the show finally got round to making a second series in 1979, the original cast all appeared, and Sachs reprised the role for which he will always be remembered.
In his later career, he appeared in 27 episodes of the soap opera, "Coronation Street" as Ramsay Clegg, but no matter which role he played, he will always be Manuel.
9. Prince Charles Edward Stuart, aka Bonnie Prince Charlie was a central figure in the Jacobite rising of 1745, when the Scots attempted to regain the British throne. Where was Bonnie Prince Charlie born?

Answer: Rome

The Stuart's had been exiled to Rome in 1688 and it was here that Charles Edward Louis John Sylvester Maria Casimir Stuart, often referred to as Bonnie Prince Charlie was born on 20 December 1720.
In 1744, he planned to restore the Stuart Monarchy under his father and travelled with the French fleet as they planned to invade Great Britain as part of the War of the Austrian Succession. Following a wreck at sea, he eventually arrived on the west coast of Scotland, and although the Jacobite forces, under his leadership, had several battleground successes, he was defeated at Culloden in April 1746.
This effectively ended the Stuart cause and Charles managed to escape the battleground, heading northwards and relying on the support and assistance of the Highland people, including Flora MacDonald who famously disguised him as a maid to ensure his passage to the Isle of Skye.
Charles managed to evade capture for five months until he was able to secure a spot aboard a French ship, landing back in France in September 1746.
10. Padme Amidala in "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" (1999) was played by beautiful American actress Natalie Portman, who was born where?

Answer: Jerusalem, Israel

Portman was born on June 9, 1981 as Natalie Herschlag in Jerusalem, Israel and her native language is Hebrew.
When she landed her first major acting role, in "Leon: The Professional" (1994), she took her grandmother's maiden name, Portman, as her stage name in order to maintain her family's privacy.
She then appeared in several small roles before getting her big break while a senior in high school in "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" (1999).
She has reprised the role in "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones" (2002) and "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" (2005) as well as starring in "Black Swan" (2010) for which she won the Oscar for Best Actress and "Jackie" (2016) which saw her Oscar nominated for her portrayal of Jacqueline Kennedy.
Source: Author 480154st

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