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Quiz about Animal Vegetable or Mineral Nicknames
Quiz about Animal Vegetable or Mineral Nicknames

Animal, Vegetable or Mineral Nicknames Quiz


All the following famous, infamous and not so famous people are known for their nicknames and aliases which relate to either an animal, vegetable or mineral. See how many you remember!

A multiple-choice quiz by Jennifer5. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
Jennifer5
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
328,205
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
Plays
1222
Awards
Top 35% Quiz
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Question 1 of 10
1. Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, was known by a which elemental nickname? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Former professional tennis player Miroslav Mercir was known by what animal-related nickname? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. What is the birth name of popular Birmingham comedian and television personality Jasper Carrott? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Venezuelan-born Ilich Ramírez Sánchez was sentenced to life imprisonment in December 1997 after having been on the run for several years. He gained a nickname given him by the British press which was inspired by the title of a Frederick Forsyth novel alleged to have been found among his possessions. By what nickname is he better known? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was in office for eleven years. She had many nicknames during her long political career, but one in particular stood out from the rest, albeit that it is a nickname shared by many powerful women in the public eye around the world. Which one? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Now for another former British Prime Minister. Who rejoiced in some rather derogatory nicknames, among them 'Poodle' and 'Bambi'? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. What is the real first name of the American golfer known as 'Tiger' Woods? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Henri Charrière wrote a best-selling book recounting his life in French Guiana's former penal colony, Devil's Island, and his several escape attempts. The book was the subject of a film starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman, the title of both of which was Charrière's nickname. What was this? (Be careful of spelling.)

Answer: (One Word)
Question 9 of 10
9. Which popular nickname is shared by American musician Charlie Rich and British television presenter Phillip Schofield, among others? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Lastly, by what nickname, relating to both his physique and his birthplace, is the actor Jean-Claude Van Damme known?

Answer: (Four Words)

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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, was known by a which elemental nickname?

Answer: Iron Duke

The Duke of Wellington (1769-1852) had a long and distinguished military career, notably in the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, when his army defeated that of Napoleon. In 1819 he returned to his previous political career, eventually becoming Prime Minister, a post he held from January 1828 until November 1830. For a brief period at the end of 1834 he also served a second, temporary, term as Prime Minister, as he led the country in the absence of newly-elected Prime Minister Robert Peel, who had been abroad at the time he succeeded to office.
2. Former professional tennis player Miroslav Mercir was known by what animal-related nickname?

Answer: The Big Cat

Slovakian tennis legend Miroslav Mercir (also Miloslav Mecir) was known as 'The Big Cat', a nickname earned due to both his height of 6'3" and the graceful on-court footwork for which he was noted. He was the Olympic men's singles gold medallist in Seoul in 1988, beating American Tim Mayotte in the final.

He also won the men's doubles medal at the same Games, with his partner Milan Srejber. Mercir was a finalist at two Grand Slam events during the 1980s, the US and the Australian, being beaten by Ivan Lendl on each occasion. During his career he won 11 tournaments.
3. What is the birth name of popular Birmingham comedian and television personality Jasper Carrott?

Answer: Robert Davis

Born Robert Davis in 1945, Jasper Carrott has had a long television career which commenced in the 1970s, including the high-profile 'Carrott Confidential' and Carrott's Commercial Breakdown'. He is an acclaimed stand-up comedian and has appeared in numerous other television shows as well as hosting the popular game show 'Golden Balls' from 2007. Jasper Carrott's daughter is the actress Lucy Davis, from 'The Office'.

He was honoured with the OBE in 2002.
4. Venezuelan-born Ilich Ramírez Sánchez was sentenced to life imprisonment in December 1997 after having been on the run for several years. He gained a nickname given him by the British press which was inspired by the title of a Frederick Forsyth novel alleged to have been found among his possessions. By what nickname is he better known?

Answer: Carlos the Jackal

Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, aka 'Carlos the Jackal', came to the world's attention following his participation in a raid on Vienna's OPEC headquarters. In 1997, he was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder, serving his time in La Santé, Paris. The nickname was applied to him because it was originally thought that a copy of Frederick Forsyth's novel 'The Day of the Jackal' was found among Ramirez's possessions, but this turned out not to be the case.
5. Former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was in office for eleven years. She had many nicknames during her long political career, but one in particular stood out from the rest, albeit that it is a nickname shared by many powerful women in the public eye around the world. Which one?

Answer: The Iron Lady

Margaret Thatcher, nee Roberts, was born in 1925, the daughter of a grocer from Grantham, Lincolnshire. She was Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990, serving three terms in office. She was a very tough-taking politician, hence her nickname of 'The Iron Lady'. Mrs Thatcher was elevated to the peerage in 1992, whereupon she became known as Baroness Thatcher.
6. Now for another former British Prime Minister. Who rejoiced in some rather derogatory nicknames, among them 'Poodle' and 'Bambi'?

Answer: Tony Blair

Tony Blair became leader of the Labour Party in 1994 and was the UK's Prime Minister for ten years from 1997 until 2007, when he was succeeded by Gordon Brown. He had a long political career, being MP for Sedgefield, County Durham, which lasted from 1983 until his resignation in 2007.

Another of his well-known nicknames was 'Teflon Tony', a reference to the non-stick properties of the substance 'Teflon'.
7. What is the real first name of the American golfer known as 'Tiger' Woods?

Answer: Eldrick

Born in December 1975 in Cypress, California, Tiger Woods's full name is Eldrick Tont Woods. Eldrick is a name of English origin, meaning 'old, wise ruler'. In 2008 Tiger Woods was listed as the world's highest earning sportsperson; by the end of 2009 he had won a total of 14 Majors, second only to Jack Nicklaus's record of 18. Setbacks in his personal life led to a break from the game in late 2009, but he returned in April 2010 for the Masters Tournament in Augusta, where he finished in joint fourth place.
8. Henri Charrière wrote a best-selling book recounting his life in French Guiana's former penal colony, Devil's Island, and his several escape attempts. The book was the subject of a film starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman, the title of both of which was Charrière's nickname. What was this? (Be careful of spelling.)

Answer: Papillon

Henri Charrière's nickname of 'Papillon' - meaning 'butterfly' in French - came about because he had a tattoo of a butterfly on his chest. The book tells his story as a convicted murderer, although he always denied the charge, who eventually escaped from Devil's Island, arriving in Venezuela after a perilous journey on a makeshift raft. After a year in prison there he was released in 1945, a free man. Henri Charrière died in Spain in 1973.

Long after Charrière's death, his publisher gave succour to those who had long doubted the veracity of the work. He admitted that "Papillon" had originally been submitted for publication as a fictional novel. The publisher, Robert Laffont, had persuaded Charrière that the book would probably sell better as an autobiographical work.
9. Which popular nickname is shared by American musician Charlie Rich and British television presenter Phillip Schofield, among others?

Answer: Silver Fox

'Silver Fox' is of course a nickname relating to grey or white hair colour. Charlie Rich (1932-1995) began his music career in the late 1950s. His 1973 album 'Behind Closed Doors' was hugely popular, winning many prestigious awards. Phillip Schofield (born in Lancashire, England, in 1962) has had a long television career, which actually began in New Zealand where he had moved with his family in his teens.

He later returned to England and has presented many programmes in a variety of genres ranging from children's television shows to 'Dancing on Ice', 'This Morning', 'National Lottery Winning Lines' and game show 'The Cube'.
10. Lastly, by what nickname, relating to both his physique and his birthplace, is the actor Jean-Claude Van Damme known?

Answer: The Muscles from Brussels

Jean-Claude Van Damme was born in Brussels, Belgium, in 1960. Before emigrating to America and finding fame as an actor he was a successful bodybuilder and former 'Mr Belgium'. A martial arts student from childhood, he has fought professionally, and has had success in several films since the 1980s, most notably in 'Bloodsport', 'Timecop' and 'Universal Soldier'.
Source: Author Jennifer5

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