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17 quizzes and 175 trivia questions.
1.
  Whatever Happened to the Heroes?   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Down the centuries men and women have stood out as legends and heroes because of their humanitarian acts of bravery and goodwill towards their fellow man. Can you guess who they are?
Easier, 10 Qns, Soozy_Woozy, Jun 11 22
Recommended for grades: 4,5,6,7,8
Easier
Soozy_Woozy
Jun 11 22
2869 plays
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  The Ultimate Heroes and Villains Quiz   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
All of the people in the quiz have been either heralded as heroes or villified as rogues in one way or another. I'll give you a bit of biography, you choose the person's name. The quiz covers a range of quiz categories.
Average, 10 Qns, thula2, Dec 24 12
Recommended for grades: 8,9,10,11,12
Average
thula2
1410 plays
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  Loser Like Me   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Winners are immortalized in glowing lights, parades and history books. Losers are quickly forgotten. Or are they? Can you recognize the names of people who came so close to winning but didn't quite make it?
Easier, 10 Qns, MikeMaster99, Feb 15 12
Recommended for grades: 6,7,8,9,10
Easier
MikeMaster99 gold member
2207 plays
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  Rogues, Rebels and Renegades    
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
A rogue is dishonest and deceitful, a rebel is one who rises against the opposition and a renegade is one who betrays an organisation or set of principles. History has given us a hotchpotch of rogues, rebels and renegades.
Very Easy, 10 Qns, zambesi, Apr 10 20
Recommended for grades: 1,2,3,4,5
Very Easy
zambesi
Apr 10 20
682 plays
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  Real Life Tough Guys   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Some of history's baddest dudes.
Easier, 10 Qns, Pick61, Jun 16 13
Recommended for grades: 6,7,8,9,10
Easier
Pick61
1872 plays
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  Best Man    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz presents a look at 10 different countries and my thoughts about the best man from each. Be sure to check the clues for the best answer!
Easier, 10 Qns, ClaudiaCat, Apr 20 21
Recommended for grades: 4,5,6,7,8
Easier
ClaudiaCat gold member
Apr 20 21
668 plays
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  Eggheads' Team Heroes   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Everyone has people they admire. In this quiz, the Scrambled Eggheads would like to introduce you to a few of our heroes.
Average, 10 Qns, emiloony, Nov 24 17
Recommended for grades: 6,7,8,9,10
Average
emiloony
Nov 24 17
560 plays
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  Bad, Bad, Bad   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
We are going to meet some bad people, very bad people, extremely bad people who are remembered forever for their cruel acts.
Average, 10 Qns, gme24, Jun 02 14
Recommended for grades: 6,7,8,9,10
Average
gme24 gold member
1219 plays
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  Always For Good, Never Evil   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Many people have devoted all or part of their lives to the greater good, and improving the lives of others. Here we meet just ten of them (in no particular order).
Easier, 10 Qns, crazy baby, Jul 21 12
Recommended for grades: 6,7,8,9,10
Easier
crazy baby
1048 plays
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  Cheaters   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Nothing sells like a juicy sex scandal. Whenever a politician, movie star, sports hero or religious figure gets caught playing around it is big news. So let's go deep into sleazy TV reality show mode and sleuth out some famous cheaters.
Average, 10 Qns, adam36, Jul 28 15
Recommended for grades: 6,7,8,9,10
Average
adam36 gold member
512 plays
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  Noble Warriors   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Ten noble and heroic warriors await you within, here to tell you a little about themselves. Can you figure out which hero is telling each story?
Average, 10 Qns, kaddarsgirl, Apr 11 14
Recommended for grades: 6,7,8,9,10
Average
kaddarsgirl gold member
690 plays
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  Unsung Heroes that time has forgotten: Part I   popular trivia quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
There are many individuals who have achieved greatness in different fields. However, over time their achievements or legacies get lost in history. Here are ten unsung heroes who should never be forgotten.
Average, 10 Qns, zambesi, Sep 24 17
Recommended for grades: 6,7,8,9,10
Average
zambesi
Sep 24 17
511 plays
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  Hairless Heroes    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
Despite being irresistible to women, bald men suffer prejudice and discrimination at the hands of envious haired men. Here's some questions about great baldies (and at least one rogue) from all walks of life.
Tough, 15 Qns, thula2, Dec 07 11
Tough
thula2
525 plays
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There are many individuals who have achieved greatness in different fields, however, overtime their achievements or legacies get lost in history. Here are 10 unsung heroes who should never be forgotten.
Average, 10 Qns, zambesi, Oct 19 17
Average
zambesi
Oct 19 17
357 plays
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  Nero Was a Hero    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
History is full of heroes and villains, but were they really that good or bad? Take this quiz and you may be surprised! (All dates given as CE or BCE - Current Era or Before Current Era).
Tough, 10 Qns, BlueLemming, Nov 16 13
Tough
BlueLemming
311 plays
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  Multiple Choice Quiz about Heroes and Villains    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
People appear in the news for a variety of reasons, some good, some bad. This quiz will test your knowledge of 10 different people - five 'heroes' and five 'villains'. Note that most are UK based questions.
Difficult, 10 Qns, romeomikegolf, Apr 15 11
Difficult
romeomikegolf gold member
663 plays
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  Evil People    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A look at some of the evil characters throughout history. (Other villains are treated in other games.)
Tough, 10 Qns, robert362, Jul 08 14
Tough
robert362
3043 plays

Heroes and Villains Trivia Questions

1. Switzerland is known for its precision, watches, Alps, chocolate, and neutrality. Can you find its 19th century poet?

From Quiz
Best Man

Answer: Gottfried Keller

Gottfried Keller was born in Zurich. His first passion was landscape painting and he planned to make that his career. During Keller's time in Zurich, he took up writing and released his first work of poetry in 1846. From 1848 to 1850 Keller studied at the University of Heidelberg, and then he was employed in Berlin. While he was in Berlin his most famous work was published - the novel "Green Henry" (1855). After returning to Zurich, Keller became the First Official Secretary of the Canton of Zurich. During this time, he continued to produce work, both short stories and poetry, and gain popularity.

2. Alistair Brownlee is an Olympic triathlete who won the Gold medal in both 2012 and 2016. But for what reason was he in the headlines a few weeks later in 2016?

From Quiz Eggheads' Team Heroes

Answer: In the Mexico triathlon carrying brother Jonny towards the finish line

At the final race of the Triathlon World Series, held in Mexico in September 2016, younger brother Jonny was well in the lead and in line to win the 2016 World Triathlon title, when his legs buckled with less than half a mile to the finish line. Alistair was in second place in the race but not in a position to win the overall title as he had missed several of the season's earlier races. Rather than pass his brother and win the race himself, he stopped and half carried Jonny towards the finishing line. Unfortunately, this selfless act was in vain as they were both overtaken in the final few yards, Jonny finishing second and Alistair third. It was Spain's Mario Mola who took fifth position on the day and narrowly pipped Jonny for the 2016 World Series title. During my teenage years my love of sport blossomed, particularly in relation to cross country running which was where I was most at home. Whilst I enjoyed moderate success, I could only dream of reaching the heights that the Brownlee brothers have reached in their chosen field of Triathlon, culminating in winning both the Gold and Silver medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics. This followed their earlier triumph in 2012 when they won Gold and Bronze medals at the London Olympics. I have followed their progress from a distance for many a year, and their success has been built on many thousands of hours training in all weathers in their home county of Yorkshire. Alistair the older of the two brothers was born in 1988 whilst younger brother Jonny was born two years later in 1990. Their success has been built in no small way on a healthy sibling rivalry, and the fact that they are able to train together has been invaluable. I guess the reason I admire the Brownlee brothers so much, is because of their absolute commitment to their cause, through brutal training sessions year after year, from early childhood through to the London and Rio Olympics in 2012 and 2016 where they achieved their ultimate goal. (Question and Interesting Information contributed by moonraker2.)

3. The first person in our gallery of bad, bad, bad people is known as the Blood Countess. Who is this person that reputedly killed over six hundred young girls?

From Quiz Bad, Bad, Bad

Answer: Elizabeth Bathory

Hungarian Elizabeth Bathory (1560-1614) is described as a vicious, brutal torturer of young girls for her own pleasure. She was taking great pleasure in beating girls with barbed lash or having the girls dragged naked into the snow, throwing water over them until they froze to death. It is reputed that she was bathing in young girl's blood, in order to retain her skin young and soft. Anna Darvula was a lover and accomplice in crime with Elizabeth Bathory. Elizabeth Montgomery is an actress and Anna Pavlova a Russian dancer.

4. The story has been written in history books, sung in opera, and portrayed on screens, both large and small. But is it true? What did the Emperor Nero actually do when the city of Rome suffered a catastrophic fire in 64 CE?

From Quiz Nero Was a Hero

Answer: Organised relief for the homeless and injured, and took part in the rescue of survivors.

Some Roman sources such as Cassius Dio claim that Nero started the fire, that he sang or played music while it raged, and that he planned it to create space for an ambitious building program; but the historian Tacitus says he was at Antium when it began, that he returned at once and opened his palace grounds to house the homeless and took an active and heroic part in the efforts to save lives and provide for the victims. He also paid for supplies to relieve hunger and cold from his own funds. Given that Tacitus was actually alive at the time of the fire, and that the sources which paint Nero as an arsonist mostly were not even born within a century of the event, his version may be more reliable - especially as he does not attempt to gloss over some of Nero's other offences.

5. This American frontiersman was a famous law man. He was also a gambler, pimp and killer. His main venues were Dodge City, Kansas, Witchita, Kansas and Tombstone, Arizona. Can you name him?

From Quiz Real Life Tough Guys

Answer: Wyatt Earp

Earp was responsible for bringing law and order to the towns in which he was hired to do so. Police work didn't pay much, though, and he had to turn to alternative ways to make a living. He embarked on a murderous rampage when one of his brothers was killed in Tombstone, tracking down and executing the men he judged guilty of the crime.

6. One of the most famous heavyweight title fights was the 'Thrilla in Manila' in 1975. Muhammad Ali won a close battle by technical knock out in the 14th round. But which former world heavyweight champion lost this fight?

From Quiz Loser Like Me

Answer: Joe Frazier

This epic battle was fought at the Araneta Coliseum in Manila, Philippines on October 1, 1975. Originally Joe Frazier and Cassius Clay (who became Muhammad Ali) were on very friendly terms but the relationship soured during the earlier 'Fight of the Century' in New York in 1971. In this fight Frazier unanimously won in a points decision. Ali did not accept this verdict.

7. Which Russian-born bald actor played Chris Adams in the film "The Magnificent Seven" and Pharaoh Rameses II in "The Ten Commandments"?

From Quiz Hairless Heroes

Answer: Yul Brynner

Yul Brynner was born in Russia in 1920. He is best known for his roles in "The King And I", "The Ten Commandments" and "The Magnificent Seven". The "King And I" was the role for which he shaved his head, but he kept the look for the rest of his career. "The Magnificent Seven" also starred Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, and Horst Buchholz. Brynner played an active role in World War II, using his French language skills to broadcast propaganda to occupied France.

8. "A penny saved is a penny earned" was a well known quote attributed to a very famous U.S. icon. Who is he?

From Quiz Whatever Happened to the Heroes?

Answer: Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) was born in Boston Massachusetts and is considered a hero in the eyes of many people from the United States and around the world. What he actually wrote was: "A penny saved is a penny got". Ben was a political figure and inventor who has had many towns, counties, streets, colleges, libraries, hotels, banks and ships named after him. His picture is on the one hundred dollar bill and the 1847 five cent stamp and his many inventions include bifocal eye glasses, swimming paddles and heaters, to name a few. He never patented his inventions because he believed that "ideas should be used to benefit all people". Ben developed many health problems due to excessive weight and breathing problems and they finally took their toll on him when he was 84. Ben donated one thousand pounds to the cities of Boston and Philadelphia and after 200 years students and mortgage bearers benefited from the interest.

9. Which former bank robber, who later became a journalist, said, " Being a thief is a terrific life, but they keep throwing you in the nick for it"?

From Quiz Heroes and Villains

Answer: John McVicar

McVicar was born in 1940 and during the 1960s was named 'Public Enemy No 1' by Scotland Yard. Once apprehended he was given a 26 year prison sentence, but managed to escape several times. He was finally released from prison in 1978. Whilst in jail he began to reform himself and took several educational courses including a degree. He wrote the book 'McVicar by Himself' and the script for the autobiographical film 'McVicar' which starred Roger Daltrey.

10. The Marquis De Sade gives us the term, sadism. He was also a writer. Which work is his?

From Quiz Evil People

Answer: Justine

The others are also 'naughty' books. De Sade spent a huge chunk of time in prison and in institutions.

11. Japan is known as the "Land of the Rising Sun", and is a country full of contrast from tradition to modern. This man is considered the best samurai from the 19th century. Who is he?

From Quiz Best Man

Answer: Sakamot Ryoma

Ryoma, who lived from 1836 to 1867, was a Japanese samurai and became an influential figure with the Empire of Japan in the late Edo Period. Known for being a visionary, Ryoma dreamt of an independent Japan without feudalism or the caste system. Authoring "Eight Proposals While Shipboard", he proposed a system where the people could vote and be involved competitively within the western world.

12. This British monarch, who ascended to the throne aged only 18, was famous for her sense of duty, her devotion to her husband and many children, and an ever conscious sense of her public image and responsibilities. Can you name her?

From Quiz Eggheads' Team Heroes

Answer: Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria lived from 1819 until 1901, with her reign spanning two centuries. She ascended to the throne in 1837, one month after her 18th birthday, a young inexperienced girl who had come from a very oppressive and controlled childhood. Her mother and her mother's very ambitious comptroller monitored every move the child made, trying to force her into their mould so that they could act in Regency should she inherit the throne before legal age - and then to control Victoria even after she did. The old king before her, William IV, knew this was happening and grimly hung onto life until Victoria was of a legal age. After taking the throne, Victoria promptly got rid of the comptroller, placed her mother as far away from herself as possible, and began to learn as much as she possibly could of the work her role would entail from her own trusted adviser, Lord Melbourne. How he ever managed to control and contain Victoria, while at the same time retaining her admiration, should have earned him the highest honour England could offer. Victoria was strong-willed, determined, impulsive, sometimes short-tempered, warm-hearted, loving, intelligent, passionate, determined to do her duty, fun loving, and, contrary to how history chooses to portray her, possessed a wonderful sense of humour. She was a real handful in other words. How, with that nature, she didn't cause international incidents is astonishing, and, following the guidance and advice of Lord Melbourne, the thanks to that should go to her beloved husband Albert, a man who was conscientious to the extreme, serious, dutiful, firm, a loving father, permanently worried about everything, and the only person who could ever totally control the little wilful Victoria. Why do I admire her then? Because she was unique, fascinating, complex, one of a kind, and she grasped life with both hands and eagerly partook of its every experience. She loved dancing the night away when she was a young queen, for example, and remarked once to Lord Melbourne that all "this dissipation does me a great deal of good". She was incredibly kind-hearted to the poor whenever she had a chance to be exposed to them (the government always tried to steer her away from poverty on her visits); and she was a comical and doting mother to her many children. She thought they looked like frogs when they were born, but passionately cared about their interests all her life, even going to the extent of writing to the future Edward VII when he was a grown man urging him make sure his bowels worked regularly. She adored her grandchildren, and constantly laughed at their exploits; clucked over her servants and was interested in all aspects of their lives; was fascinated by gossip; kept a VERY revealing diary which is an historian's delight; always tried to do her duty as the monarch of her empire, and had a wonderful, hearty sense of humour. I'll finish with an example of that: Once while dutifully attending an orchestral concert on a European visit, she heard the French horn play for the first time. Try as she may, she could not control her amusement, and eventually lost her composure in public completely. The audience itself kept bursting out into laughter as well, as the sonorous, rumbling burps erupted from the musical instrument. The queen, always conscious of her public image, remained serious for as long as she could, but finally could do so no longer. She laughed so hard the tears streamed down her face, and wrote in her diary that night that "I was very sorry for the poor man and kept grave very long indeed, but my lips shook and finally some very deep notes vanquished me at last." I'd loved to have known this fascinating woman who summed up completely the saying "To thine own self be true". (Question and Interesting Information contributed by Creedy.)

13. It was 1911 - the race was on to the South Pole! The first team there, led by Roald Amundsen, raised the Norwegian flag. Who was the leader of the unsuccessful British team that arrived at the Pole five weeks later?

From Quiz Loser Like Me

Answer: Robert Falcon Scott

After reaching the South Pole on January 17, 1912, the Scott party of five tragically perished on the return journey to their ship. Their deaths were due to a combination of extremely low temperatures, illness and lack of food. They were declared national heroes when word got back to Britain about their feats. Over the past few decades, there has been a more critical look at why the Norwegians succeeded while the British team lost their lives.

14. Which bald football referee refereed the UEFA Champions League and FIFA World Cup finals in 2010?

From Quiz Hairless Heroes

Answer: Howard Webb

Webb refereed the Champions League 2010 final between Inter Milan and Bayern Munich without much trouble, whereas the World Cup final 2010 between Spain and The Netherlands saw fourteen yellow cards and one red being dealt out. Fellow baldy (who should know better) Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands, losers) said "we were robbed". Webb is no stranger to controversy, having received death threats from Polish fans after allowing Austria a (legitimate) penalty in the dying minutes of a Euro 2008 game, leading to a one all draw. The threats were revealed in a fascinating French documentary film about referees in the 2008 UEFA Euro called "Referees". Tom Henning Øvrebø has got a lot of big-calls wrong, but against Chelsea and Italy, so never mind. Collina is said to be the best ref in recent history, the height of his career being the 2002 World Cup final in which Brazil beat Germany. Graham Poll looked like getting the gig as ref in the 2006 World Cup Final until he mucked up by cautioning the same Croatian player (Simunic) three times before sending him off in a game against Australia.

15. In India this heroic lady was considered to be a miracle worker. Her tireless efforts to help save the homeless and hungry made her loved by many in India and internationally. Who is this miracle worker, who has been beatified by Pope John Paul II?

From Quiz Whatever Happened to the Heroes?

Answer: Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu

Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu (1910-1996) is the birth name of the famous Mother Teresa whose charity work in India is well known and commended worldwide. Agnes loved God from an early age and during her late teens she left home to be with a group of Irish nuns. These nuns had various missions in India and from 1931 to 1948 Agnes taught at a high school in Calcutta. Drawn to the poor, she started teaching the children of the slums and with the financial support and voluntary aid from businesses and the community, she started her own "Missionary of Charity". Agnes gained international fame with her humanitarian work and advocacy for the poor and helpless. Having suffered heart attacks, pneumonia, a broken collar bone and malaria, Agnes' health suffered too much and she died in 1996. Her work is still carried out today and the quest to make her into a saint had started with her beatification after she died.

16. Who was the British politician who was killed by an I.R.A. bomb that had been placed under his car outside his home in 1990?

From Quiz Heroes and Villains

Answer: Ian Gow

Ian Gow was the Conservative Member of Parliament for Eastbourne when he was killed on 30th July 1990. Airey Neave was assassinated in 1979 by a car bomb when he was leaving the underground car park at the House of Commons. He was one of the few men to escape from Colditz Castle during World War II. Sir Anthony Berry died in 1984 as a result of the 'Brighton Bombing', which was an attempt to kill the cabinet of Margaret Thatcher. David Kelly was an expert on biological warfare and former UN weapons inspector. Shortly after giving evidence at an inquiry in 2003 into the invasion of Iraq he was found dead. An official investigation concluded that he committed suicide.

17. The term 'masochism' derives from Leopold Sacher-Masoch. What did he write?

From Quiz Evil People

Answer: Venus in Furs

The term was coined by Krafft-Ebing, the psychologist.

18. Of course, Canada is the country known as "the Great White North". This best man is a well known philosopher in media theory. Can you name him?

From Quiz Best Man

Answer: Marshall McLuhan

Marshall McLuhan is a philosopher whose education included studies at the University of Manitoba and the University of Cambridge. McLuhan's area of expertise was media theory and he is known for making the following part of every day use "the medium is the message" and the term "global village". McLuhan also predicted the World Wide Web almost 30 years before it was invented.

19. This was a real Renaissance man. He invented many things, such as a wood stove that helped conserve fuel, bifocal eyeglasses, and a musical instrument called a glass armonica. Oh, and he also helped invent a new country. Who was he?

From Quiz Eggheads' Team Heroes

Answer: Ben Franklin

Benjamin Franklin was a Bostonian who decided to try his luck in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He did pretty well. Besides the inventions mentioned above, he invented the lightning rod, became a newspaper and almanac publisher, helped found a library, a fire department, a university - and more! Franklin was instrumental in the American Revolution and as the Continental Congress moved toward declaring the colonies' independence, he reminded them "We must all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately." Franklin always impressed me because of his forthright and common sense approach to problems. He seemed to have an intuitive grasp of the laws of physics and chemistry that had not really been fully articulated at that point in history. Too, he believed that mankind accomplished most when they were free to choose their own destiny. (Question and Interesting Information contributed by CmdrK.)

20. King Richard III of England, thanks largely to William Shakespeare, is known as a wicked, hunchbacked villain who usurped the throne and murdered his own nephews, the rightful heirs. How did he prepare for this usurpation in ?

From Quiz Nero Was a Hero

Answer: Issued invitations to his nephew Edward's coronation

Richard, far from showing signs of wanting to snatch the crown from his late brother's son, made diligent preparations for the boy's coronation in 1483 CE, including having expensive and lavish robes prepared for young Edward, sending out summonses to young squires who were to be knighted by the new king, and issuing invitations to various nobles. All proclamations and warrants issued were made in the name of the young king-in-waiting, not his uncle. There is no evidence of a plot to seize the throne from the moment his brother died, nor of Richard having been involved in killing either of two previous kings or his own brother the Duke of Clarence, and it's unlikely he had his nephews murdered.

21. Who wrote a famous fable about a race between two animals? The final result came as a surprise, especially to the hare. He'd lost to a tortoise! Surely that was not possible in this very old tale.

From Quiz Loser Like Me

Answer: Aesop

In this fable, a hare is challenged to a race by the tortoise in response to constant ridicule. The hare, after taking an early lead, believed he could win easily so took a short sleep. Upon waking the hare found the tortoise had won the race. Interpretation of this fable is controversial and ambiguous - the simplest is that 'slow and steady wins the race', suggesting that persistence in the face of adversity is rewarded.

22. Which bald bloke voiced the character Jerome McElroy in the series "South Park" and also wrote and performed "The Theme From Shaft"?

From Quiz Hairless Heroes

Answer: Isaac Hayes

One would hope that the role of Chef in the irreverent TV show won't be Isaac Hayes' epitaph as his musical career was formidable. Not only did he have a distinguished career as a solo artist, but he was part of the team at Stax records who pumped out some of the greatest soul music of all time. The biggest hit he was involved in is probably "Soul Man", performed by Sam And Dave, although his "Theme From Shaft" gives it a run for its money. Hayes was the voice of Jerome "Chef" McElroy, who works in South Park Elementary School, from the first episode in 1997 until 2006. It seems the reason for his leaving was an episode called "Trapped In The Closet" that mocked Scientology, a group of which Hayes was a member. He died in 2008.

23. In 1986, following years of government corruption, Ferdinand Marcos was ousted as President of the Philippines. He and his family went into exile. Where did they end up?

From Quiz Heroes and Villains

Answer: Hawaii

Marcos was involved in Filipino politics from 1949, gradually rising in power until he became president in 1965. His greatest achievements were in foreign diplomacy and in infrastructure development. There were several scandals during his term and he was accused of despotism, nepotism and human rights abuses. Marcos died on 28th September 1989 in Honolulu from kidney, heart and lung problems.

24. Germany is a diverse country with lots of choices for best man. I have chosen Germany's first chancellor. Who was he?

From Quiz Best Man

Answer: Otto von Bismarck

Bismarck's reputation grew to hero status in the 1860s as the man responsible for the defeat of enemies, especially the French, and for the unification of Germany in 1871. As the result of the military conquests, Bismarck was installed as Germany's first chancellor and stayed in that position until 1890.

25. Which Russian baldy wrote the collections of short stories published as "Red Cavalry" and "Odessa Tales"?

From Quiz Hairless Heroes

Answer: Isaak Babel

Isaak Babel is best known for his short stories, especially "Red Cavalry", but he was also a journalist, playwright and translator. He would no doubt have become a titan of world literature, but unfortunately fell foul of Stalinist Russia's bureaucracy, was arrested, tortured and executed before he got the chance. They claimed he was a member of a Trotskyist organization and spying for France. The orders to kill him came from Stalin. His legacy has survived and although he might not be a household name his influence on writers such as Jorge Luis Borges, Hubert Selby Jr, Vladimir Nabokov and Philip Roth is indelible.

26. Evonne Goolagong Cawley, MBE is a famous Australian heroic figure who was the first aboriginal Australian to do what?

From Quiz Whatever Happened to the Heroes?

Answer: Win Wimbledon

Evonne Goolagong, MBE was born in Griffith, New South Wales in 1951 and along with her parents and 7 brothers and sisters they were the only aboriginal family to live in town. Evonne showed a liking for tennis and she would practice constantly with a tennis racket made from a wooden fruit box. At age 14 she moved to Sydney and lived with her coach's family and in 1971 she won at Wimbledon and became No. 1 female tennis player in the world. In 1972 she was made the Member of the Order of the British Empire and in 1988 she was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in the United States. In 1991 she moved to Queensland, Australia, with her husband and children so that she could discover her aboriginal roots and teach her culture to her children. In 1993 she published her autobiography called "Home" and now, as a wealthy and famous person, she tours many months of the year. She is a consultant to the Indigenous Sports Program which raises money for sporting equipment for aboriginal communities. Her nicknames are "Supermum" and "Sunshine Super Girl" which are endearments from her many fans.

27. Shortly before his return to Beirut in 1985, Terry Waite had successfully negotiated the release of four British hostages. In which country were they being held?

From Quiz Heroes and Villains

Answer: Libya

In an interview in 1989 Colonel Qaddafi is reported as saying that he agreed to the release of the hostages because it was the only way to get Terry Waite to leave. Throughout the 1980s Waite was involved in hostage negotiations in several Middle Eastern countries. When he returned to Beirut in January 1987 he himself was kidnapped. He was kept in captivity for 1,763 days, finally being released on November 20th 1991.

28. The Broadway Show, 'Sweeney Todd,' was fictional, but there was a real Sweeney Todd. What was his profession?

From Quiz Evil People

Answer: Barber

The full name of the show was 'Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.' He was hanged.

29. United Kingdom's celebrated Prime Minister was a key figure during WWII. Who was he?

From Quiz Best Man

Answer: Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill is known for being the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945, during the time of the Second World War. The V sign has become significant to Churchill as a sign of victory. Churchill was also Prime Minister from 1951 to 1955. Overall, Churchill inspired a nation to fight against anyone who would consider attacking the United Kingdom. Interestingly, Churchill was considered a great leader when everyone's back was against the wall, but not when it was rebuilding.

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