FREE! Click here to Join FunTrivia. Thousands of games, quizzes, and lots more!
Quiz about Theyre Not Real Swiss People
Quiz about Theyre Not Real Swiss People

They're Not Real Swiss People Trivia Quiz


There are a number of fictional characters of Swiss origin. This quiz looks at ten of them.

A multiple-choice quiz by zorba_scank. Estimated time: 2 mins.
  1. Home
  2. »
  3. Quizzes
  4. »
  5. General Knowledge Trivia
  6. »
  7. Thematic Fun
  8. »
  9. Thematic People

Author
zorba_scank
Time
2 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
395,942
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
8 / 10
Plays
339
Awards
Top 35% Quiz
Last 3 plays: Guest 12 (6/10), Hayes1953 (6/10), Guest 192 (5/10).
- -
Question 1 of 10
1. Which of these is the national personification of Switzerland? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Frankenstein was the eponymous half-Swiss scientist who created a monster in Mary Shelley's novel. What was his first name? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. On which of these occasions is one most likely to see people dressed as the mythical character of Silvesterklaus? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Which book about a little orphan girl is set in Switzerland? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. The Swiss character Betty Bossi was inspired by the American brand mascot Betty Crocker.


Question 6 of 10
6. Known as Switzerland's Mickey Mouse, what kind of creature is Globi? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. "Histoire de Mr. Vieux Bois" is regarded by some as the world's first comic book. What name was Mr. Vieux Bois given in English language translations? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Arnim Zola is a fictional character from the Marvel Comics world. What is his profession? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. "The Swiss Family Robinson" is the story of a shipwrecked Swiss family.


Question 10 of 10
10. Which Swiss folk hero is well-known for shooting an apple off his son's head? Hint



(Optional) Create a Free FunTrivia ID to save the points you are about to earn:

arrow Select a User ID:
arrow Choose a Password:
arrow Your Email:




Most Recent Scores
Apr 10 2024 : Guest 12: 6/10
Mar 24 2024 : Hayes1953: 6/10
Mar 20 2024 : Guest 192: 5/10
Mar 20 2024 : Guest 2: 6/10
Mar 18 2024 : Guest 211: 3/10
Mar 17 2024 : Guest 124: 4/10
Mar 15 2024 : Guest 108: 4/10
Mar 06 2024 : Guest 175: 7/10
Feb 21 2024 : TurkishLizzy: 8/10

Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Which of these is the national personification of Switzerland?

Answer: Helvetia

Helvetia is the female personification of the country of Switzerland. The name is derived from the Helvetii tribe that inhabited the region before it was conquered by the Romans. Adopted from the 15th century onward, Helvetia is depicted as a woman wearing a gown and holding a spear and a shield.

Hellas, Hibernia and Hispania are the personifications of Greece, Ireland, and Spain respectively.
2. Frankenstein was the eponymous half-Swiss scientist who created a monster in Mary Shelley's novel. What was his first name?

Answer: Victor

Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus" published in 1818, is considered to be the first novel in the horror genre. In the novel a scientist creates a living creature through a laboratory experiment. Though many mistakenly think of the monster as Frankenstein, it is actually the name of the scientist. Victor Frankenstein was born in Italy but grew up in Switzerland.

His heritage is recorded as being half Italian - half Swiss.
3. On which of these occasions is one most likely to see people dressed as the mythical character of Silvesterklaus?

Answer: New Year's Eve

Not to be confused with the more popular Santa Claus or Sinterklaas (St. Nicholas), Silvesterklaus is associated with Saint Sylvester. People don masks and dress up as Silvesterklaus on New Year's Eve in the northeastern Appenzell region of Switzerland. They also sing traditional yodels called zauerli.
4. Which book about a little orphan girl is set in Switzerland?

Answer: Heidi

Written by Johanna Spyri, "Heidi" was first published in 1881 in two parts - "Heidi: Her Years of Wandering and Learning" and "Heidi: How She Used What She Learned". Set in the Swiss Alps, the book follows the life of a little orphan girl named Heidi who is entrusted to the care of her paternal grandfather after the death of her parents.

Heidi is one of the best known works of literature from Switzerland. Its popularity led to it being translated into numerous languages around the world and the book was also adapted for film and television.
5. The Swiss character Betty Bossi was inspired by the American brand mascot Betty Crocker.

Answer: True

Betty Crocker is a fictional American brand created by the Washburn-Crosby Company in 1921. It is regarded as a cultural icon of the country. Drawing inspiration from this character, Gary Genosko created Betty Bossi, the Swiss counterpart. The brand is famous for publishing cookbooks.
6. Known as Switzerland's Mickey Mouse, what kind of creature is Globi?

Answer: Parrot

Swiss cartoonist Robert Lips created the character of Globi as a mascot for the department store chain Globus in 1932. He is depicted as a blue parrot with a yellow beak. He walks on two legs and is shown wearing red and black chequered pants and an orange shirt. Globi featured on his own comic strip and his popularity resulted in him then appearing in picture books. Eventually the character became so popular that Globus set up a separate company to market various related products.
7. "Histoire de Mr. Vieux Bois" is regarded by some as the world's first comic book. What name was Mr. Vieux Bois given in English language translations?

Answer: Obadiah Oldbuck

"Histoire de Mr. Vieux Bois" was created by Swiss illustrator Rodolphe Töpffer and first published in 1837. It was translated into English as "The Adventures of Mr. Obadiah Oldbuck" and published in the UK and USA; albeit without the permission of Töpffer. It is often regarded as the first comic book as it was the first to combine graphics and text. Unlike later comics though, the text was as a caption below the picture, rather than the thought bubbles which are now commonly used.

The incorrect options are all made-up names.
8. Arnim Zola is a fictional character from the Marvel Comics world. What is his profession?

Answer: Biochemist

The character of Arnim Zola was created by Jack Kirby. Zola was a Swiss biochemist during the Nazi regime in World War II. His skill in human genetic engineering won him favour with the Nazis who were looking to create a pure Master Race. Zola eventually survived to the 21st century by transferring his mind to a robot.
9. "The Swiss Family Robinson" is the story of a shipwrecked Swiss family.

Answer: True

Originally written as a novel by Johann David Wyss, "The Swiss Family Robinson" was published in 1812. In the book, a Swiss family is on their way to Australia, when they get shipwrecked and find themselves on a tropical island. Wyss was a pastor and wrote this book to inculcate good values and Christian morals in his sons. The book was later adapted for film and television.
10. Which Swiss folk hero is well-known for shooting an apple off his son's head?

Answer: William Tell

William Tell is a Swiss folk hero known for his skill with the bow. According to legend, the reeve, or overlord, of the region, forced him to shoot an apple off his son's head to display his marksmanship. Tell was successful in doing this but to extract his revenge, he assassinated the tyrannical, cruel reeve.

This was the spark needed to motivate the people of the region to revolt against their foreign rulers.
Source: Author zorba_scank

This quiz was reviewed by FunTrivia editor agony before going online.
Any errors found in FunTrivia content are routinely corrected through our feedback system.
Related Quizzes
This quiz is part of series Zorba's Globetrot 4 Quizzes:

Quizzes written for the different stops on the Globetrot 4 challenge.

  1. Eat in Italy Average
  2. Up and About in Italy Easier
  3. Punning with Pasta Easier
  4. They're Not Real Swiss People Average
  5. Along the Danube Average
  6. Talking Dutch Easier
  7. If the Shoe Fits... Easier
  8. Bombay on the Silver Screen Easier
  9. Stop, Look, Learn Average
  10. Punning with Noodles Easier
  11. Reserve a Space Average
  12. Going South Very Easy

4/14/2024, Copyright 2024 FunTrivia, Inc. - Report an Error / Contact Us