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Challenge Failed! Trivia Quiz


Human nature often finds us enthralled by those who have dared big and failed even bigger. Here's a motley selection of some of the most high profile!

A multiple-choice quiz by Dreamcoat. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
Dreamcoat
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
363,737
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
Plays
550
Last 3 plays: Guest 104 (8/10), Guest 173 (3/10), RoninWoman (6/10).
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Question 1 of 10
1. Operation Valkyrie, otherwise known as the July 20 Plot, was the last of fourteen documented attempts at assassinating a prominent political figure. As with the previous thirteen, it also failed. Who was the target of all these attempts? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. A failed plan to assassinate King James I and restore a Catholic monarch to the throne is commemorated to this day in England. Although 13 conspirators were identified, an effigy of one in particular is usually burned on a bonfire at this annual commemoration. Who was that individual? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Elected Prime Minister in 1980, this politician revised his country's Constitution in 1987 in order to declare himself President. Numerous attempts to challenge his position, and at least one reported assassination attempt, failed miserably. Who is this polarising politician? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Bloodless coups can be relatively common, even in democratically elected governments. Which country, perhaps surprisingly, was described by the BBC in 2013 as having "one of the most brutal political cultures in the democratic world, in which leaders are dispatched with abandon. (It) has become the 'coup capital' of the world"? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. A failed coup d'etat in Equatorial Guinea in 2004 was notable for the involvement of a prominent UK politician's son. Subsequently convicted of his involvement in the attempted coup, he was fined and received a four-year suspended prison sentence. Who was the famous parent of this "knight" in not-so-shining armour? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Popularity doesn't always equate to profitability in the movie industry. Of these well-known generally highly praised films only one achieved immediate box office success. Three of these flopped initially. Which of them met the challenge of returning an immediate profit? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. American entertainer Evel Knievel made a living out of attempting sensational though often spectacularly unsuccessful feats. While these stunts usually involved a motorcycle jumping over numerous vehicles, in 1974 he made one very notable jump in the "Skycycle X-2", which was more rocket than motorcycle. Over which geological feature did this take place? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Although there are some exceptions, sporting comebacks rarely end well. Which seven-time Formula 1 World Champion driver returned to racing after a three year break, competed for a further three years, but failed to end a comeback season higher than eighth place? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Singing duo Milli Vanilli turned fame into infamy when it was revealed that the lead vocals on their debut album were not their own. The Grammy awarded to them in February 1990 for Best New Artist was withdrawn in November that year after a storm of negative publicity. What was the name of the album for which the Grammy was initially awarded? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Muhammad Ali is the self-proclaimed greatest heavyweight boxer of all time. His record largely supports the claim, however even "The Greatest" failed on his comeback bid. Having retired in July 1979, Ali was lured back into the ring in the hope of winning the heavyweight title an unprecedented fourth time. Which boxer inflicted Ali's first and only TKO (Technical Knockout) in 60 fights? Hint



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1. Operation Valkyrie, otherwise known as the July 20 Plot, was the last of fourteen documented attempts at assassinating a prominent political figure. As with the previous thirteen, it also failed. Who was the target of all these attempts?

Answer: Adolf Hitler

SAVE-THE-WORLD CHALLENGE: FAILED
Hitler was the target of four assassination attempts before he seized power in 1933. A further ten attempts were made on his life, the last led by Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg and others on 20 July 1944. For his efforts at removing Hitler and the Nazi Party from power, von Stauffenberg was executed by firing squad the following day.

Gaddafi was also targeted a number of times, surviving until his capture and execution by Misrata militia in 2011. Brezhnev survived three attempts on his life, while Olof Palme was killed by a lone gunman in 1986 - as far as I have been able to determine, the only attempt on his life.
2. A failed plan to assassinate King James I and restore a Catholic monarch to the throne is commemorated to this day in England. Although 13 conspirators were identified, an effigy of one in particular is usually burned on a bonfire at this annual commemoration. Who was that individual?

Answer: Guy Fawkes

EXPLOSIVE CHALLENGE: FAILED
All four of those named were conspirators in what has become known as the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605. However, Guido (Guy) Fawkes was discovered in an undercroft beneath the House of Lords while guarding the stockpile of gunpowder which was to be used in the attempt, and it is he whose effigy is burned.

Fawkes denied the hangman by leaping from the scaffold from which he was to hang, breaking his neck in the process.
3. Elected Prime Minister in 1980, this politician revised his country's Constitution in 1987 in order to declare himself President. Numerous attempts to challenge his position, and at least one reported assassination attempt, failed miserably. Who is this polarising politician?

Answer: Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe

REMOVAL FROM OFFICE CHALLENGE: FAILED
Despite international criticism over the legitimacy of the electoral process, and widespread condemnation of his leadership of Zimbabwe, Mugabe was re-elected for a seventh term in 2013.

The other options don't really come close: Omar al-Bashir, President of Sudan from 1989; Kim Jong-il, Supreme Leader of North Korea 1994-2011; Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran 2005-2013.
4. Bloodless coups can be relatively common, even in democratically elected governments. Which country, perhaps surprisingly, was described by the BBC in 2013 as having "one of the most brutal political cultures in the democratic world, in which leaders are dispatched with abandon. (It) has become the 'coup capital' of the world"?

Answer: Australia

RETENTION OF POWER CHALLENGE: FAILED
Australia had three Prime Ministers in the 2013 calendar year. Incumbent at the start of the year, Julia Gillard came to power after successfully deposing her own party leader, Kevin Rudd, in 2010. Rudd resumed power mid-2013 after several failed attempts to retake the top job, only to lose in a resounding defeat at the polls some three months later.

Tony Abbott became Prime Minister in September, Australia's 28th Prime Minister since Federation in 1901. Abbott was also the fourth leader of the Liberal National Party in six years.
5. A failed coup d'etat in Equatorial Guinea in 2004 was notable for the involvement of a prominent UK politician's son. Subsequently convicted of his involvement in the attempted coup, he was fined and received a four-year suspended prison sentence. Who was the famous parent of this "knight" in not-so-shining armour?

Answer: Baroness Margaret Thatcher

THE 'GOOD SON' CHALLENGE: FAILED
"The Honourable" Mark Thatcher became "The Honourable Sir" Mark Thatcher on the death of his father in 2003. His guilty plea and subsequent conviction over the "Wonga coup" saw him refused entry or residency in several countries, including the US. Financial difficulties, reported arms sale commissions, failed businesses, prosecution for tax evasion, and a mysterious six-day disappearance while on the 1982 Paris-Dakar Rally have all added to Thatcher's colourful history.
6. Popularity doesn't always equate to profitability in the movie industry. Of these well-known generally highly praised films only one achieved immediate box office success. Three of these flopped initially. Which of them met the challenge of returning an immediate profit?

Answer: "Grease" (1978)

FAST MONEY CHALLENGE: FAILED
Both "The Wizard of Oz"and "Gone with the Wind" took 20 years, re-releases and, in the case of the latter, release to television in the 1950s, to return a profit.

"Citizen Kane" is widely regarded by many critics, filmmakers and fans to be the greatest film ever made, topping the "American Film Institute's 100 Years...100 Movies" list in 1998 and 2007. Despite such accolades, it has remained statistically the least successful of the films mentioned.

[Source: Gonzalez, Maricela (2013-07-02). "How we chose the 100 All-Time Greatest Movies | Inside Movies | EW.com". Insidemovies.ew.com. Retrieved 2013-09-29.]

"Grease" was an immediate critical and box office success. Its sequel, creatively named "Grease 2", barely covered production costs and sank without a trace.
7. American entertainer Evel Knievel made a living out of attempting sensational though often spectacularly unsuccessful feats. While these stunts usually involved a motorcycle jumping over numerous vehicles, in 1974 he made one very notable jump in the "Skycycle X-2", which was more rocket than motorcycle. Over which geological feature did this take place?

Answer: Snake River Canyon, Idaho

DAREDEVIL CHALLENGE: FAILED
The Snake River Canyon jump started well enough, but the drogue parachute deployed on take off. As the rocket neared the north side of the canyon, the chute caught the breeze and carried Knievel back toward the southern cliff-face, where he landed just short of the water, with minor injuries. Had he landed further from the cliff, he may well have drowned. His harness malfunctioned, locking him in the rocket. Incredibly there were no powered boats on site to effect a rapid rescue.

Knievel's daring on a motorcycle earned him an entry in the Guinness Book of Records as the survivor of "most broken bones in a lifetime".
8. Although there are some exceptions, sporting comebacks rarely end well. Which seven-time Formula 1 World Champion driver returned to racing after a three year break, competed for a further three years, but failed to end a comeback season higher than eighth place?

Answer: Michael Schumacher, Germany

COMEBACK CHALLENGE: FAILED
Schumacher won the World Championship in 1994 and 1995, and for five consecutive seasons from 2000 to 2004. He retired after the 2006 season, then returned for 2010-2012. He finished 9th, 8th and 13th, with only one podium finish - 3rd place - in fifty eight races.
9. Singing duo Milli Vanilli turned fame into infamy when it was revealed that the lead vocals on their debut album were not their own. The Grammy awarded to them in February 1990 for Best New Artist was withdrawn in November that year after a storm of negative publicity. What was the name of the album for which the Grammy was initially awarded?

Answer: Girl You Know It's True

LIPSYNC CHALLENGE: FAILED
"Girl You Know It's True" was first released in Europe as "All or Nothing", and renamed for the American market. All five singles released from the album made the Billboard Hot 100 top five, with three hitting number one.

After their humiliating fall from grace, several unsuccessful attempts were made to "re-launch" the singing careers of members Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus. On the eve of a promotional tour in 1998, Pilatus was found dead from a suspected alcohol and prescription drug overdose.
10. Muhammad Ali is the self-proclaimed greatest heavyweight boxer of all time. His record largely supports the claim, however even "The Greatest" failed on his comeback bid. Having retired in July 1979, Ali was lured back into the ring in the hope of winning the heavyweight title an unprecedented fourth time. Which boxer inflicted Ali's first and only TKO (Technical Knockout) in 60 fights?

Answer: Larry Holmes

'THE GREATEST' CHALLENGE: FAILED
Ali came into the fight with a 56-3 winning record. Two of his earlier losses were split decisions, while his first loss, after 31 straight victories, was to Joe Frazier in a unanimous points decision.

Ali's trainer, Angelo Dundee, stopped the comeback fight against Holmes in the 11th round. Actor Sylvester Stallone at ringside is reported to have said, "It was like watching an autopsy on a man who is still alive".

Ali had one more comeback fight against Trevor Berbick, but again lost a unanimous points decision. His final record: 56 wins [37 KOs/19 decisions]; 5 losses [4 decisions/1 TKO]; 0 draws.
Source: Author Dreamcoat

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