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  Rasputin: The Mad Monk of Russia   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
Rasputin was without a doubt one of the most infamous and enigmatic characters of the Russian Revolution. This quiz takes a brief look at this fascinating man. Good luck!
Tough, 15 Qns, thegogga, Mar 10 18
Mar 10 18
1537 plays
John Steinbeck
  John Steinbeck   popular trivia quiz  
Ordering Quiz
 10 Qns
Can you place these events from the life of this Nobel laureate American author in order?
Average, 10 Qns, looney_tunes, May 20 23
looney_tunes editor
May 20 23
70 plays
  Portrait of an Artist: Renoir editor best quiz   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
One of the key members of the French Impressionist movement of the late 19th century, Pierre-Auguste Renoir certainly stands as a colossal figure in art history. You are invited to enjoy this quiz on his life if you wish!
Tough, 10 Qns, thejazzkickazz, Mar 09 22
thejazzkickazz gold member
Mar 09 22
2348 plays
  Ross ...Bob Ross    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Answer these ten questions about popular television painter Bob Ross, known for his "happy little trees" and "happy little clouds".
Average, 10 Qns, bernie73, Mar 09 22
bernie73 gold member
Mar 09 22
675 plays
  Betsy Ross and the American Flag   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The story of Betsy Ross sewing her iconic flag is legendary, but for historians it's controversial. What is the truth about Betsy Ross and her connection to the American Revolution & the flags of a fledgling nation? Some answers may surprise you!
Average, 10 Qns, gracious1, Jun 23 19
gracious1 gold member
Jun 23 19
255 plays
  Jean-Paul Sartre: Life and Works   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz will briefly cover the hugely influential philosopher, Jean-Paul Sartre, from his personal life to his famous works. Hopefully you will learn a thing or two!
Average, 10 Qns, I-Am-A-Car, Apr 29 13
611 plays
  The Artist Known as Rembrandt   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Rembrandt is considered to be one of the quintessential Baroque painters and artists. Here are a series of questions on his life.
Average, 10 Qns, Spaudrey, Mar 09 22
Mar 09 22
1149 plays
  Sir Walter Raleigh   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Explorer, soldier, courtier, lover, poet, historian, - Sir Walter Raleigh was all of these. Here are a few questions on his unusually varied life.
Tough, 10 Qns, TabbyTom, Aug 11 05
TabbyTom gold member
1234 plays
  Norman Rockwell Portrait    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Artist? Illustrator? No matter what you call this man, his paintings captured America's imagination for over seventy years. Here a a few questions on his life and career.
Average, 10 Qns, mlcmlc, Mar 09 22
mlcmlc gold member
Mar 09 22
792 plays
  The Dena Schlosser Case   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A quiet November day in 2004 quickly became the subject of national media attention after a woman calmly told a 911 operator that she had severed her baby's arms. A dark reminder about the frailty of the human psyche follows.
Tough, 10 Qns, watts249, Jun 05 08
479 plays
trivia question Quick Question
After Shirer lost his job with the Chicago Tribune in 1934, what radio network convinced him to write copy for live broadcasts from Europe?

From Quiz "New York, This is Shirer in Berlin"

  The Infamous Mrs Simpson   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Wallis Simpson must surely be one of the 20th Century's most famous/infamous women. Let's see how much you know about her.
Average, 10 Qns, invinoveritas, Sep 26 18
invinoveritas gold member
Sep 26 18
782 plays
  Disloyal To The End...   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
...or "Quislings Everywhere". The name Quisling has become synonymous with traitor. Come meet the man who has given his name to this term.
Tough, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, Oct 11 13
ponycargirl editor
410 plays
  If I Was A Philosopher    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Ayn Rand--love her? Hate her? It's likely one or the other. Rand began to write and become a philosopher at just eight years old. "Philosophy begins in wonder..." --Plato
Average, 10 Qns, Godwit, Mar 06 15
Godwit gold member
266 plays
  The Mysterious Murder of Marilyn Sheppard editor best quiz   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
This is about the murder of Marilyn Sheppard, and the controversy that surrounds her husband. Was Sam Sheppard innocent of the murder of his wife? Or, did he kill his wife and stage the scene? To find out the answers, click play now.
Difficult, 20 Qns, JuniorTheJaws, Mar 09 22
JuniorTheJaws gold member
Mar 09 22
1427 plays
  Leni Riefenstahl    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
This is a quiz on the life of Leni Riefenstahl who is most famous for her propaganda movies made for the Third Reich.
Tough, 15 Qns, juliaakamumu, Mar 20 11
463 plays
  The Life of Auguste Rodin    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
Rodin is perhaps most famous for his creation of "The Thinker" and "The Kiss." He is considered one of the greatest and most prolific sculptors of the nineteenth century, and is one of the most celebrated artists of his era.
Tough, 15 Qns, JuniorTheJaws, Aug 02 18
JuniorTheJaws gold member
Aug 02 18
508 plays
  The Wrong Box: A Life of Robert Louis Stevenson   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
You may know him best for 'Treasure Island' or 'The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde', but this quiz focuses on the life of one of Scotland's best known literary exports. Good luck and enjoy the quiz!
Average, 10 Qns, pagea, Aug 21 15
191 plays
  Danger! High Voltage!   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Roy Cleveland Sullivan had the distinction of holding the Guinness World Record as the person struck by lightning more recorded times than any other person. Here are a few questions about his life.
Average, 10 Qns, reedy, Jan 25 13
reedy gold member
537 plays
  This Was Your Life - William Safire    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
"Hello and good evening everyone out there in TV land. I'm Ralph Edwards, your host, coming to you live from heaven. Tonight's subject is none other than William Safire. Now let's look in the red book and hear from our first guest."
Average, 10 Qns, tazman6619, Jan 24 16
tazman6619 gold member
672 plays
  Bobby Sands    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Bobby Sands was a controversial person who inspired many by suffering and dying for what he believed in.
Average, 10 Qns, star_gazer, May 04 12
283 plays
  Man or Superman? - A Shavian Discourse   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
George Bernard Shaw has been described as a pundit, freethinker, critic, dramatist - a satirical commentator on the human condition - his wit and observations are timeless.
Tough, 10 Qns, Nannanut, Nov 17 04
339 plays
  D. G. Rossetti    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is all about Dante Gabriel Rossetti, one of the leading figures in the Pre-Raphaelite art movement of the 19th century.
Average, 10 Qns, clarey29, Aug 04 02
492 plays
  Portrait Of An Artist: Sargent   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
If you love the art of John Singer Sargent, perhaps this quiz is for you.
Average, 10 Qns, thejazzkickazz, Oct 21 05
thejazzkickazz gold member
660 plays
  The Revolutionary Jean Jacques Rousseau    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Brilliant, candid and at times supremely hypocritical Rousseau influenced a wide range of leaders and their policies, from Thomas Jefferson to Joseph Stalin. How well do you remember his life and writings?
Average, 10 Qns, uglybird, Jun 14 23
Jun 14 23
621 plays
  Edie Sedgwick: Youthquaker    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
How much do you know about this "Youthquaker" who moved through high society, fashion, art and avant-garde film circles in the 1960s?
Average, 10 Qns, Amanda77586, Mar 20 11
298 plays
  Carl Sagan   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is based on facts from Carl's life.
Difficult, 10 Qns, Gamemaster1967, Apr 19 11
Gamemaster1967 gold member
713 plays
  Maurice Sendak -- More Than a Children's Author    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Maurice Sendak is probably best known by parents who have read stories by him or with his illustrations to their children and grandchildren. How much do you know about this creative genius, who died on May 8, 2012?
Average, 10 Qns, gable, Nov 29 12
gable gold member
226 plays
  The Man Called Man Ray    
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
The oeuvre of Man Ray is a unique contribution to 20th Century art.
Average, 20 Qns, tjoebigham, Jul 21 09
832 plays
  The Sam Sheppard Murder Case   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The Sam Sheppard case was one of the celebrated murder cases of its day. (It was supposedly the inspiration for the classic "Fugitive" TV series that starred David Janssen.)
Tough, 10 Qns, robert362, Mar 09 22
Mar 09 22
1330 plays
  Paul Robeson    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Paul Robeson was a true Renaissance man. This quiz touches only a few highlights of his life that was one of triumphs, contrast and enigma.
Average, 10 Qns, Rehaberpro, Jan 10 12
412 plays
  The Case of Susan Smith   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is about the shocking case of Susan Smith who murdered her two young sons.
Tough, 10 Qns, miss_chris, Mar 29 15
2644 plays
  Sir Clive Sinclair    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Sir Clive Sinclair is a British entrepreneur and inventor. How much do you know about this electronic wizard?
Average, 10 Qns, Lord_Digby, Sep 18 19
Lord_Digby gold member
Sep 18 19
287 plays
  Michael Rosen's Life and Work    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The popular poet has had a long career in the UK with many high points including honours and broadcasting. Take this quiz to find out more about him if you aren't familiar already.
Average, 10 Qns, satguru, Mar 20 10
satguru gold member
213 plays
  All About Tom Stoppard    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
How much do you know about England's most popular contemporary playwright?
Tough, 10 Qns, evenlater, Jan 17 07
201 plays
  George Rodrigue: An American Original    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Join me now for a study of George Rodrigue! If you don't know about this prolific contemporary American painter, then perhaps this quiz will inspire you to discover his works!
Average, 10 Qns, Mbovary, Jun 16 08
286 plays
  The Legendary H. Allen Smith    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is a quiz about the American humorist, H. Allen Smith. He was, in my opinion, the funniest writer who ever lived. If you have read his books, this quiz should be easy.
Tough, 10 Qns, daver852, Jun 24 13
daver852 gold member
172 plays
  The Marquis de Sade    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is about the man who gave birth to the word "sadism" and is no doubt one of the most notorious characters in history. See what you know about this sexual deviant and libertine!
Tough, 10 Qns, no_one_now, Nov 04 12
388 plays
  A Man Named Nicholas Sparks    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
You know the books, but what do you know about the man behind the words? Enjoy!
Tough, 10 Qns, funnybuni, Mar 25 09
195 plays
  The Life and Work of David Roberts, RA    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The nineteenth century artist David Roberts is best remembered for his fine coloured drawings of the Middle East - but how much do you know about the man and his works?
Tough, 10 Qns, sancho_pft, Mar 09 22
Mar 09 22
316 plays
  Jack Sheppard: 18th Century Criminal Escaper    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The story of Jack Sheppard has inspired many authors. He had a relatively short criminal career, but at the time was more famous for his escapes.
Average, 10 Qns, zippolover, Mar 09 22
Mar 09 22
228 plays
  David Sedaris    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
What do you know about this autobiographical humorist and his work?
Average, 10 Qns, filmmaker03, Nov 06 10
364 plays
  New York, This is Shirer in Berlin    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
William Shirer was one of the first reporters to broadcast live from a war zone, yet most people associate him with his written works on World War II. He deserves more credit than he has been given!
Average, 10 Qns, tinky65, Mar 01 21
Mar 01 21
260 plays
  Bram Stoker And 'Dracula'    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is on the life of the creator of Count Dracula, Bram Stoker. There are a few questions on 'Dracula', also.
Difficult, 10 Qns, LindaC007, Nov 09 04
904 plays
  Nevil Shute - A Voice of the 20th Century    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Our library recently added a host of Nevil Shute books to their e-book collection. He has long been one of my favorite authors so I went on a bit of a binge. I though a quiz might be a good way to share some of my new insights into this interesting man
Tough, 10 Qns, MicjealS, Nov 12 12
153 plays
  Mary Shelley    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I hope you know about the background of Mary Shelley.
Tough, 10 Qns, AmandaLG, Oct 23 20
Oct 23 20
829 plays
  The Life of Roget    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is about the life and times of P.M. Roget of thesaurus fame.
Average, 10 Qns, pennie1478, Feb 15 15
pennie1478 gold member
158 plays
  To You, Gertrude Stein    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A quiz about Gertrude Stein.
Average, 10 Qns, pennie1478, Aug 09 13
pennie1478 gold member
182 plays
  The Biggest Serial Killer Of Our Time    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
When Dr Harold Shipman was first arrested on suspicion of murder, his patients were shocked that anyone would suspect their devoted doctor of such a thing. This quiz tests your knowledge of his life, from his medical training to his murder trial.
Difficult, 10 Qns, rachcaine, Dec 11 14
1610 plays
  The Life of Adolphe Sax    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
While making my saxophone quiz I found loads of great Adolph Sax information. Questions will be in chronological order.
Average, 10 Qns, Cardys, Apr 19 11
463 plays
  Ann Rule    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is about my favorite author, Ann Rule (b. 1935). She writes books and articles on true crime - that is, crimes that really happened.
Tough, 10 Qns, scoobydoo2416, Jan 21 13
321 plays
  Rod Serling: Beyond the Twilight Zone    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
'Twilight Zone' was a classic - but it wasn't the only thing that Serling ever did. All of the following questions involve projects which involved Serling (teleplay, screenplay, etc.) in some capacity.
Tough, 10 Qns, robert362, Mar 03 15
683 plays
  Cindy Sheehan: Peace Mom    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
After the death of her son in Iraq, Cindy Sheehan became famous for her leadership in the peace movement. While not getting as much attention since the end of the Bush administration, she is still fighting for peace.
Average, 10 Qns, mulligas, Jun 10 14
mulligas gold member
166 plays
  Do You Know R.L. Stine?    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
A quiz on the best author for kids and teens!
Difficult, 15 Qns, Horror_Babe, Sep 26 21
Sep 26 21
745 plays

People Q-S Trivia Questions

1. In which Southern state was Bob Ross born that well matches his sunshine personality? (It is also the same state where he died and where he was buried.)

From Quiz
Ross ...Bob Ross

Answer: Florida

Robert Norman Ross was born on October 29, 1942, in Daytona Beach, FL. He died at the young age of 52 on July 04, 1995, in Orlando, FL. He is buried at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Gotha, FL. The official nickname of Florida is the Sunshine State. Even as a child, Bob showed his sunshine personality with his hobby of caring for injured animals including squirrels, an armadillo, and a snake.

2. Betsy Ross was raised in colonial America under what religion known for plain dress and strict discipline?

From Quiz Betsy Ross and the American Flag

Answer: Quaker

Elizabeth "Betsy" Gramsci was born in 1752 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as the eighth of seventeen children by her Quaker parents. Her great-aunt, Sarah Elizabeth Ann Griscom, taught young Betsy how to sew. Her great-grandparents has emigrated in 1680 from England to the New World. The colony of Pennsylvania had been founded by William Penn as a haven for Quakers, or the Society of Friends, who in the 17th and 18th centuries faced persecution and jailtime for their dissension with the Church of England, especially their rejection of ecclesiastical hierarchy. Young Betsy Gramsci received her education in Quaker-run state schools.

3. Robert Louis Stevenson was born on 13 November 1850, the only child of Thomas Stevenson and Margaret Isabella Balfour. He was born on Howard Place, close to Princes Street, one of the main thoroughfares in which great Scottish city?

From Quiz The Wrong Box: A Life of Robert Louis Stevenson

Answer: Edinburgh

The family business on his father's side was lighthouse engineering, with all of the men in the three generations of the Stevenson family preceding Robert Louis having gone into that trade. His father was the great Robert Stevenson, engineer of the Bell Rock Lighthouse in the North Sea (the world's oldest sea-washed lighthouse and one of the Seven Wonders of the Industrial World). It was perhaps due to his ill health as a child, or the fact that he spent a lot of time with his maternal grandfather (his mother's side of the family were members of the Scottish gentry - far from being engineers) that Stevenson did not follow in his father's footsteps.

4. Where did Peter Mark Roget first call home?

From Quiz The Life of Roget

Answer: London, England

Peter Mark Roget was born to Catherine and Jean Roget on January 18, 1779 in London England. Jean Roget was a Swiss minister who passed away when his son was four years old. Catherine Roget (née Romilly) moved the family several times while her son was young. She passed away at the age of eighty.

5. Born Alisa Zinovyevna Rosenbaum in 1905, the novelist, playwright and philosopher Ayn Rand was born in which country?

From Quiz If I Was A Philosopher

Answer: Russia

Ayn Rand was born Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum (1905) to non-observant Jewish bourgeois parents in Russia. Her father was a successful pharmacist and his wife Anna bore three daughters. Rand began writing plays at age eight, and was a close friend of Vladimir Nabokov's young sister Olga. The two were interested in political debate and theories such that by age twelve, Alisa had strong opinions about the ongoing 1917 February Revolution. Because of the October Revolution, the family business was confiscated and the family had to flee. They suffered much, but when the Revolution ended universities opened to women, so at 16, Rand was among the first to enrol.

6. In what country was Vidkun Quisling born?

From Quiz Disloyal To The End...

Answer: Norway

Quisling was born on July 18, 1887. His father was a Church of Norway pastor and his mother was the daughter of a wealthy shipowner. A very capable student, Quisling enrolled in the Norway Military Academy in 1905 and graduated with the highest score in the history of the almost-century old school.

7. What religion was Cindy Sheehan brought up in and did she practise for most of her life?

From Quiz Cindy Sheehan: Peace Mom

Answer: Roman Catholic

Cindy Sheehan was a youth minister St Mary's Catholic Church in Vacaville, California for eight years.

8. Harry Allen Smith was born in McLeansboro, Illinois in 1907. In which of his many books did he write about his childhood ?

From Quiz The Legendary H. Allen Smith

Answer: Lo! The Former Egyptian

McLeansboro is in extreme southern Illinois, an area known as "Little Egypt." In his book, Smith devotes many pages to descriptions of southern Illinois and its people, including what visitors have said about it. My favorite quotation was from an Englishman who wrote: "It is the sorriest piece of real estate in the entire country, nurturing a miserable tribe of human beings whose equal for ignorance and depravity has not been seen in the entire history of the world." Like Smith, I am a native of southern Illinois.

9. The criminal Jack Sheppard was born 4 March 1702 in which area of London, known for the many markets?

From Quiz Jack Sheppard: 18th Century Criminal Escaper

Answer: Spitalfields

John, known as Jack, was named after a brother who had died some time before. He was baptised the day after his birth. At the time Spitalfields was already a very run down area.

10. Roy Sullivan was a U.S. park ranger - a job that was primarily out-of-doors - in Shenandoah National Park in which state?

From Quiz Danger! High Voltage!

Answer: Virginia

Shenandoah National Park was established in December of 1935 and encompasses nearly 200,000 acres of land along the Shenandoah River and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Roy Sullivan began his career as a park ranger (at Shenandoah National Park) beginning in 1940, working there until he retired in 1976.

11. Much like Prince or Madonna, Rembrandt is most often referred to using one name. What significance does the name Rembrandt have to the man?

From Quiz The Artist Known as Rembrandt

Answer: It is his first name

His full name is Rembrandt Harmenszoon von Rijn. Thank goodness he wasn't known as "Harmenszoon"! Rembrandt was actually born without the silent "D" in his first name; he tried using it temporarily in his early days of painting, removed it briefly in some of his signatures, then decided he liked it better with the "D" and continued to use it until his death. With the "D" inserted is the common way it is spelled today.

12. Mrs Wallis Simpson was the twice-married American who, in the 1930s, won the heart of the Prince of Wales. Who was her first husband?

From Quiz The Infamous Mrs Simpson

Answer: Earl Winfield Spencer

Earl 'Win' Spencer was an officer in the US Navy. During their marriage they spent time in, amongst other places, China. There have been allegations of scandalous goings-on during that time, details of which are said to have found their way to the UK government when Wallis became involved with the Prince of Wales. As far as I know, no-one has ever seen the proof, so we may never know the truth. 'Win' was a violent drunk, and they divorced in 1927. Wallis married Ernest Simpson in 1928. The Prince's long-standing mistress was Lady Furness, but the Simpson's entry into high society threw Wallis into the Prince's circle, and the rest is history.

13. Gertrude had several plays that she had written performed live. What was the name of her play she saw performed the year she died?

From Quiz To You, Gertrude Stein

Answer: Yes Is For A Very Young Man

"Yes Is For A Very Young Man" was performed at the Pasadena Playhouse the year that Gertrude Stein died. She wrote the play about life and friendships during World War II in France when it was occupied by Germany. The English renamed the play for their country, "In Savoy".

14. "Hello, Bill. I met you back in 1959 when you arranged for me to be a part of the Kitchen Debate with Nikita Krushchev. I liked you immediately and hired you as a speech writer." Which politician did William Safire work for?

From Quiz This Was Your Life - William Safire

Answer: Richard Nixon

Safire helped set up the Kitchen Debate and then worked for Nixon on his 1960 presidential campaign. In 1968 he rejoined Nixon and served him until he left the administration in 1973. One of the most famous speeches he ever wrote was one that Nixon would have given if something had gone wrong with the first moon landing. Since nothing did, the speech was never given.

15. Where was Maurice Sendak born?

From Quiz Maurice Sendak -- More Than a Children's Author

Answer: Brooklyn, NY

Maurice Sendak was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1928. His parents were immigrants from Eastern Europe. His father's profession was dressmaker, but Philip Sendak also was a storyteller and some of his stories have been published with his son's illustrations.

16. What European country was Sartre from?

From Quiz Jean-Paul Sartre: Life and Works

Answer: France

Sartre was born in Paris in 1905 and died there in 1980 (at the age of 74). France is known for being home to many of the world's greatest and most influential philosophers and thinkers, including Descartes, Foucault, Voltaire, Diderot, Comte, Derrida and many more.

17. In what month was Nicholas Sparks born?

From Quiz A Man Named Nicholas Sparks

Answer: December

Nicholas Sparks barely made it into the 1965 slot, being born on December 31st, 1965. He was born to Patrick Michael Sparks and Jill Emma Marie Sparks, in Omaha, Nebraska, where he lived for the first year of his life. Then he had to move, due to Patrick Sparks getting accepted into the University of Minnesota.

18. What is the middle name of Clive Sinclair?

From Quiz Sir Clive Sinclair

Answer: Marles

Clive Marles Sinclair was born near Richmond, London, on July 30, 1940. Sinclair was knighted in 1983, and became known as Sir Clive Sinclair.

19. What was the name of the Marquis de Sade at his birth?

From Quiz The Marquis de Sade

Answer: Donatien Alphonse Francois

Although rightfully born to it, he was unable to take the title of Marquis until after the death of his father in 1797. It had been common practice in the de Sade family to change back and forth between the title of 'marquis' and 'comte' or 'count.' (In Continental Europe, the sons of aristocrats generally acquire their titles at birth, unlike in the United Kingdom). The de Sade coat-of-arms includes the double-headed eagle of the Holy Roman Empire, a privilege granted in the 15th century.

20. What was Robeson's father's status before going to college and becoming a minister?

From Quiz Paul Robeson

Answer: An escaped slave

William Drew Robeson eloped from a North Carolina plantation. He found his way to Lincoln College where he met Marie Louise Bustill. Bustill was part Igbo tribe of Africa and part Native American from the Delaware tribe. Together they produced five children, including Paul.

21. What is the ethnic heritage of George Rodrigue?

From Quiz George Rodrigue: An American Original

Answer: Cajun

George Rodrigue is proud to be a Cajun painter from New Iberia, Louisiana. He began painting with the goal of depicting the disappearing Cajun way of life from his childhood.

22. The Mad Monk is so famous (or infamous), that he is known just by his surname! However, what was Rasputin's first name?

From Quiz Rasputin: The Mad Monk of Russia

Answer: Grigori

The full name of the infamous Russian monk was Grigori Yefimovich (sometimes spelt Efimovich) Rasputin. There are a couple of variations of the spelling, such as Gregori and Grigory. However, the most commonly used spelling is Grigori. As very little is known about Rasputin's early life, no one is certain exactly when Rasputin was born. The best guess at Rasputin's birthday would be some time between 1865 and 1875.

23. Where was Leni Riefenstahl born?

From Quiz Leni Riefenstahl

Answer: Berlin

Bertha Helene Amalie "Leni" Riefenstahl was born on 22 August 1902 in the family apartment on Prinz-Eugen-Strasse in the Wedding district of Berlin. Her father, Alfred Riefenstahl, was a successful businessman. As his heating and ventilation systems firm on Kurfuerstenstrasse prosperred the family worked its way up in the middle class. Alfred Riefenstahl met Leni's mother Bertha Ida Scherlach at the costume ball in 1900. They married on 5 April 1902.

24. Where was David Roberts born?

From Quiz The Life and Work of David Roberts, RA

Answer: Stockbridge, near Edinburgh

Roberts was born on 24 October 1796.

25. Tom Stoppard was born Tomas Straussler in Czechoslovakia. His family fled the country to escape the Nazi occupation. What country did they flee to initially?

From Quiz All About Tom Stoppard

Answer: Singapore

Stoppard's father was killed in Singapore by the Japanese as Tom and his mother escaped to India. Once there, his mother married a British soldier named Kenneth Stoppard. They moved to England when Stoppard was still a boy.

26. Where was David Sedaris born?

From Quiz David Sedaris

Answer: New York

He was born in New York state and later moved to Raleigh, NC when his father was moved for work.

27. William L. Shirer was born in what large mid-west city?

From Quiz New York, This is Shirer in Berlin

Answer: Chicago

He was born on February 23, 1904. His father died when he was 9 and his mother moved the family to Iowa. Shirer hated farm life, and moved back to Chicago as soon as he could.

28. In which English county was Raleigh born?

From Quiz Sir Walter Raleigh

Answer: Devon

Many Elizabethan seafarers were from Devon, and many were related by blood or marriage. The explorer Sir Humphrey Gilbert was the son of Raleigh's mother by her first marriage, while the naval commander Sir Richard Grenville was a cousin. His father's first wife was a Drake. Raleigh was born at a farm called Hayes Barton, near Budleigh Salterton, in 1552 or thereabouts (the exact date is unknown). The family's connection with the area is reflected in the names of villages like Colaton Raleigh and Withycombe Raleigh, and the family's coat of arms can still be seen on a pew in their old parish church of All Saints at East Budleigh.

29. How does Rousseau describe man in his primal, natural state?

From Quiz The Revolutionary Jean Jacques Rousseau

Answer: A Noble Savage

Rousseau believed that man in the "state of nature" was naturally good. Still he admitted that a true state of nature probably had never existed except as an ideal, a standard for comparison. His method for dealing with this discrepancy between reality and theory was to "lay the facts aside, as they do not affect the question."

30. How old was Fred Shipman when his mother passed away?

From Quiz The Biggest Serial Killer Of Our Time

Answer: 17

She died of lung cancer. She spent her last few months heavily sedated by morphine, the drug which Dr Shipman was to use on most of his victims. She passed away on June 21, 1963, happy that she had managed to send her favourite child to grammar school.

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