Quiz about Famous South Carolinians
Quiz about Famous South Carolinians

Famous South Carolinians Trivia Quiz


This is a quiz on just a few of South Carolinas famous people. I hope you enjoy!

A multiple-choice quiz by AmonAmarth. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
AmonAmarth
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
264,214
Updated
Jul 23 22
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Tough
Avg Score
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Scroll down to the bottom for the answer key.
1. What jazz musician, born in Cheraw, South Carolina, is considered by most music historians to be one of the foremost shapers of the trumpet style bebop? Hint

Cab Calloway
Lou Rawls
Earl Hines
Dizzy Gillespie

2. On August 12, 1781, Robert Mills, one of the first American born architects, was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He is known for building some of the nations most amazing structures, including prisons, bridges, and hospitals. Can you name his most famous? Hint

The Washington Monument
The Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz
The White House

3. Greenville, South Carolina is home to this Civil Rights leader who founded Operation PUSH in 1971. Hint

Martin Luther King
Rosa Parks
Malcolm X
Jesse Jackson

4. Joe Frazier, who was born near Beaufort, South Carolina, won the 1964 Olympics gold medal for boxing. In what City did this take place? Hint

Sapporo
Kyoto
Nagoya
Tokyo

5. Robert F. Furchgott, an American pharmacologist, was born in Charleston, South Carolina. Which Nobel Prize was he co-awarded in 1998 with Luis J. Ignarro and Ferid Murad? Hint

Peace
Chemistry
Literature
Physiology or Medicine

6. The "Savior of the South", born in Charleston, South Carolina became the Major General of the General Confederate Army in 1863. Do you know who the "Savior of the South" is? Hint

Wade Hampton
Francis Marion
James Longstreet
William Moultrie

7. William Gibson, born in Conway, South Carolina, coined the term "Cyber Space". He is an author, writing Science Fiction books. Can you name the book in which this term was first used? Hint

Johnny Mnemonic: The Screenplay
Idoru
Neuromancer
Virtual Light

8. Did you know we had a government official that served as Vice President under John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson? Who is this South Carolina native, born near Abbeville, South Carolina? Hint

Edward Rutledge
Charles Pickney
John C. Calhoun
Strom Thurmond

9. Althea Gibson, born near Sumter, South Carolina, was named athlete of the year in 1957 after winning the All-England Women's singles at Wimbledon. What other sport was she highly recognized in? Hint

Swimming
Golf
Track and Field
Softball

10. Vanna White, born in Conway, South Carolina, became known as the famous "Letter Turner" of what popular game show? Hint

The Wheel of Fortune
The Price is Right
Press Your Luck
Hollywood Squares


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. What jazz musician, born in Cheraw, South Carolina, is considered by most music historians to be one of the foremost shapers of the trumpet style bebop?

Answer: Dizzy Gillespie

The way Dizzy's trumpet received its unforgettable shape is somewhat of folklore. It's been said that while he was dancing he accidentally stepped on his trumpet bending it. Too poor to buy another one, he continued playing with this bent one, attracting attention wherever he went. Soon people were running to their local music supply stores asking for a "Dizzy Gillespie" trumpet.
2. On August 12, 1781, Robert Mills, one of the first American born architects, was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He is known for building some of the nations most amazing structures, including prisons, bridges, and hospitals. Can you name his most famous?

Answer: The Washington Monument

Mills also designed the Treasury, the Old Patent Office in D.C., and the wings of Independence Hall in Philadelphia.
3. Greenville, South Carolina is home to this Civil Rights leader who founded Operation PUSH in 1971.

Answer: Jesse Jackson

Jesse Jackson ran for president two times and has received over 40 awards for being one of America's top ten most admired men.
4. Joe Frazier, who was born near Beaufort, South Carolina, won the 1964 Olympics gold medal for boxing. In what City did this take place?

Answer: Tokyo

It's kind of funny how Joe made it to the Olympics. He lost a fight to Buster Mathis in the Olympic trials, but Buster ended up breaking a finger later on, which led to Joe Frazier taking his place in the Olympic games.
5. Robert F. Furchgott, an American pharmacologist, was born in Charleston, South Carolina. Which Nobel Prize was he co-awarded in 1998 with Luis J. Ignarro and Ferid Murad?

Answer: Physiology or Medicine

The research done by Furchgott was very important in the development of the highly successful anti-impotence drug sildenafil citrate, more commonly known as Viagra.
6. The "Savior of the South", born in Charleston, South Carolina became the Major General of the General Confederate Army in 1863. Do you know who the "Savior of the South" is?

Answer: Wade Hampton

Wade Hampton was a famed soldier from South Carolina. Francis Marion was known as the "Swamp Fox". Hampton was elected the Governor of South Carolina after the war in 1876 and re-elected in 1878.
7. William Gibson, born in Conway, South Carolina, coined the term "Cyber Space". He is an author, writing Science Fiction books. Can you name the book in which this term was first used?

Answer: Neuromancer

Gibson also contributed words to the science fiction vocabulary such as "virtual reality". Nueromancer is considered by some to be the most important science fiction work of the 1980s.
8. Did you know we had a government official that served as Vice President under John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson? Who is this South Carolina native, born near Abbeville, South Carolina?

Answer: John C. Calhoun

Though Strom Thurmond might have seemed old enough, it was not he. John C. Calhoun graduated from Yale after only two years. He was thought of as the "Greatest South Carolinian Who Ever Lived". His last words on his deathbed were "the South, poor South".
9. Althea Gibson, born near Sumter, South Carolina, was named athlete of the year in 1957 after winning the All-England Women's singles at Wimbledon. What other sport was she highly recognized in?

Answer: Golf

Althea joined the LPGA in 1963. She was recognized for her outstanding talent, in tennis, again in 1971 when she was inducted into the National Lawn Tennis Hall of Fame.
10. Vanna White, born in Conway, South Carolina, became known as the famous "Letter Turner" of what popular game show?

Answer: The Wheel of Fortune

Ok, this one was a "give me", but I figured I'd throw an easy one in at the end. I hope you enjoyed my first quiz!
Source: Author AmonAmarth

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