Quiz about Historical Figures The Letter F
Quiz about Historical Figures The Letter F

Historical Figures: The Letter 'F' Quiz


Famous folk starting with F - how many can you find?
This is a renovated/adopted version of an old quiz by author ravenskye

A multiple-choice quiz by spaceowl. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
spaceowl
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
34,565
Updated
Sep 24 22
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
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375
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1. In what profession was Jean Henri Fabre famous? Hint

sociologist
entomologist
bacteriologist
anthropologist

2. He was the first English footballer to sell for more than a million pounds when he moved from Birmingham City to Nottingham Forest for a record-breaking transfer fee in 1979. Who was this expensive centre-forward? Hint

Trevor Francis
Terry Fenwick
Derek Fazackerley
Bobby Ferguson

3. This Austrian aristocrat took an unfortunate wrong turn in 1914 which had far greater consequences than a traffic ticket. Who was he? Hint

Franz Albert
Franz Ferdinand
Franz Salvador
Franz August

4. This Italian film director who died in 1993 is widely recognised as one of the greatest of all times. His output includes "La Dolce Vita" and "La Strada". Who is he? Hint

Frederico Franconi
Frank Flaherty
Franz Fehrbellin
Federico Fellini

5. The period drama "Downton Abbey" (or as I've heard it called, "Aren't Rich People Wonderful") has been an unexpected export hit for UK television, screening on 220 stations to a world audience of over 120 million. Which F was responsible for its writing? Hint

Dorothy Farquhart
Julian Fellowes
Damian Fetley
James Fenton

6. Who is the cultured British polymath who played the ultimate servant Jeeves in "Jeeves and Wooster" (1990-1993), wrote several best selling novels and autobiographies, and was the suave and erudite host of the popular BBC TV quiz show "QI" when it first aired in 2003? Hint

Peter Firth
Stephen Fry
Jason Flemyng
Clive Francis

7. Bruce Foxton was the bassist with which famous UK Punk/New Wave band? Hint

Tha Fabulous Poodles
The Jam
The Police
The Vapors

8. This war criminal and SS-General had the 'distinction' of being Hitler's brother-in-law. Who was he? Hint

Baldur von Festing
Max Fritsch
Hermann Fegelein
Anselm Feuchter

9. This British artist has a portfolio that spans the spaceship designs for the "Guardians of the Galaxy" (2014) movie, many book and album covers, and the interior illustrations of "The Joy of Sex" (published in 1972). Who is he? Hint

Arthur Fredericks
Tony Foley
Chris Foss
Allan Fox

10. This Austrian doctor, although trained as a neurologist, is far more famous for founding psychoanalysis. What's his name? Hint

Heinrich von Ferstel
Alfred Fuchs
Sigmund Freud
Alois Fritzl


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. In what profession was Jean Henri Fabre famous?

Answer: entomologist

Fabre (1823-1915) grew up in modest circumstances in rural France and was almost entirely self-taught. After working for some years as a teacher, he started to compile the book he is famous for, "Souvenirs Entomologiques", which was a study of insect life.

It was disliked by the scientific establishment of the time as, unlike most contemporary reference texts, it was written for a general audience in an engaging and approachable style. A true polymath, he went on to write over 50 books on a range of subjects, synthesise Madder Red dye, and maintain a teaching position at the Lycee at Avignon.
2. He was the first English footballer to sell for more than a million pounds when he moved from Birmingham City to Nottingham Forest for a record-breaking transfer fee in 1979. Who was this expensive centre-forward?

Answer: Trevor Francis

Francis was signed by the great Brian Clough, who usually played him out of position on the right wing (not centre-forward). He did not shine at Forest in a way his price tag would demand. He was transferred again in 1981 (this time for 1.2m) to Manchester City; and went on to play in Italy and with Sheffield Wednesday, taking up their management in 1990.

A transfer fee is an amount paid by one football club to another to buy the services of one of a player. It's a bit like the draft in USA.
3. This Austrian aristocrat took an unfortunate wrong turn in 1914 which had far greater consequences than a traffic ticket. Who was he?

Answer: Franz Ferdinand

Archduke Franz Ferdinand von Hapsburg was heir apparent to the Austro-Hungarian Empire when, during an inspection visit to troubled Bosnia in June 1914 in company with his wife, Sophie, his chauffeur, unfamiliar with the town, took a wrong turn. The couple was accidentally presented to a waiting assassin from the Serbian Black Hand organisation, who hoped to kill the Archduke to strike a blow for Bosnian freedom.

The assassination set in train a chain of events which led to the outbreak of the First World War.
4. This Italian film director who died in 1993 is widely recognised as one of the greatest of all times. His output includes "La Dolce Vita" and "La Strada". Who is he?

Answer: Federico Fellini

Federico Fellini was a member of the Italian New Wave of directors, taking advantage of the freedoms available in the post-World War II world to push the boundaries of cinematic storytelling. He won the Palme d'Or for "La Dolce Vita" (1960); and his film "8 1/2" (1963) was rated by the French cinema magazine "Cahiers du Cinema" as the tenth greatest film of all time.

He died in 1993 after a career that had included over forty films and original screenplays.
5. The period drama "Downton Abbey" (or as I've heard it called, "Aren't Rich People Wonderful") has been an unexpected export hit for UK television, screening on 220 stations to a world audience of over 120 million. Which F was responsible for its writing?

Answer: Julian Fellowes

Julian Alexander Kitchener-Fellowes, Baron Fellowes of West Stafford, wrote this blockbuster hit. Both an actor and screenwriter, his first film script, "Gosford Park" - also set in a large stately home - won an Oscar for best original screenplay for 2001. "Downton Abbey" ran for six series, so there really is some truth in writing about what you know about.
6. Who is the cultured British polymath who played the ultimate servant Jeeves in "Jeeves and Wooster" (1990-1993), wrote several best selling novels and autobiographies, and was the suave and erudite host of the popular BBC TV quiz show "QI" when it first aired in 2003?

Answer: Stephen Fry

Writer, actor, broadcaster, comedian and 'Britain's favorite uncle', Stephen Fry got his start in the "Cambridge Footlights Revue", made a name for himself in the Alternative Comedy scene in the late eighties, and went on to excel in nearly everything he set his hand to in the following thirty years. He's a very nice chap in real life as well.
7. Bruce Foxton was the bassist with which famous UK Punk/New Wave band?

Answer: The Jam

Born in Woking in Surrey, he formed the Jam in 1972 along with Paul Weller and Rick Buckler. Foxton formed the rhythm section of the band, alongside drummer Buckler, playing bass and occasionally singing (notably "David Watts"). He left the band following the 1982 split to pursue a solo career and in 2007 began touring with From the Jam with Buckler.
8. This war criminal and SS-General had the 'distinction' of being Hitler's brother-in-law. Who was he?

Answer: Hermann Fegelein

Born into a horse-rearing family in Bavaria, Fegelein was an early member of the SA, rising high in their mounted section and on transferring to the SS, heading their mounted regiment. Taking a leading role in anti-partisan activity on the Eastern Front, he was highly decorated and equally heavily involved in several war crimes.

His downfall came after his marriage to Gretl Braun, sister of Hitler's mistress Eva. During the fall of Berlin, he deserted the defenders, only to be captured and executed in front of an SS firing squad.
9. This British artist has a portfolio that spans the spaceship designs for the "Guardians of the Galaxy" (2014) movie, many book and album covers, and the interior illustrations of "The Joy of Sex" (published in 1972). Who is he?

Answer: Chris Foss

Born in Guernsey in the Channel Islands, Foss completed his training at Magdelene College, Cambridge. He is well known for his studies of spaceships which graced the covers of many a science fiction novel in the 1970s and 80s, although his most widely-seen work was of the hippy couple in Alex Comfort's "Joy of Sex" sex manual.

He was also much involved in film design work, his designs notably appearing in "AI" (2001), "Flash Gordon" (1980), and the unmade "Alejandro Jodorowsky Dune".
10. This Austrian doctor, although trained as a neurologist, is far more famous for founding psychoanalysis. What's his name?

Answer: Sigmund Freud

Although the cause of much controversy to this day, Freud's work laid the foundations of modern psychiatry and revolutionised the treatment of the mentally ill. Psychoanalsis, in very simple terms, is the proposition that we are influenced by the workings of our unconscious minds and our mental stability can be affected by things unseen in day to day life, such a dreams, unconscious thoughts, and unintentional acts. I really recommend more reading on the subject as it is extremely complicated and some aspects of it are controversial to the present day. Freud was not popular with the Nazis in his native Austria for these ideas, as well as being Jewish, and he was forced to flee the country in 1938, dying a year later from cancer in exile in London.
Source: Author spaceowl

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