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Quiz about Famous Lefties
Quiz about Famous Lefties

Famous Lefties Trivia Quiz


Studies show that approximately 10% of the world population is left-handed. See if you can identify these lefties from various fields of endeavour including arts, sports, politics, business and movies just by the simple clue that is given.

A multiple-choice quiz by zambesi. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
zambesi
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
389,385
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Tough
Avg Score
6 / 10
Plays
446
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Question 1 of 10
1. All of these authors were lefties, so which of them was born in 1805 and is best remembered for his "fairy tales"?
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Question 2 of 10
2. This lefty artist painted the most famous, the most talked about, the most visited and the most sung about painting in the world.
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Question 3 of 10
3. All of these left-handed pitchers won over 250 games in their careers. However, which one these pitchers played for only one team?
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Question 4 of 10
4. Of these left-handed movie stars, which one never won an acting Academy Award?
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Question 5 of 10
5. All of these U.S. Presidents were left-handed. Which one was born in Iowa?
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Question 6 of 10
6. This left handed actor, comedian, composer and musician was half of a musical comedy team with his older brother Tom. Who is he?
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Question 7 of 10
7. Who is the only one of these left-handed actresses to win an Academy Award for Best Actress?
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Question 8 of 10
8. They are all multiple Grand Slam singles winners. However, which of these famous lefty tennis players did not win the Australian and French Singles titles?
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Question 9 of 10
9. Which of these left-handed businessmen built the first mass-produced , low priced American motor vehicle?
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Question 10 of 10
10. Which of these left-handed leaders was a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize?
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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. All of these authors were lefties, so which of them was born in 1805 and is best remembered for his "fairy tales"?

Answer: Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) was a Danish author who is best remembered for his children's fairy tales including "The Snow Queen", "The Ugly Duckling", "Thumbelina", "The Little Mermaid", "The Nightingale" and many more. Mark Twain (1835-1910) was an American author who brought us such classics as "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn". H. G. Wells (1866-1946) was an English writer who is best know for his science fiction novels in "The Time Machine", "The Invisible Man" and "The War of the Worlds".

He received four nominations for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Lewis Carroll (1832-1898) was an English writer who wrote "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking-Glass".
2. This lefty artist painted the most famous, the most talked about, the most visited and the most sung about painting in the world.

Answer: Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was an Italian Renaissance intellectual whose interests covered numerous fields. He is of course the artist who painted the most famous of paintings, the "Mona Lisa", and the most reproduced religious painting "The Last Supper". Michelangelo Buonaroti (1475-1564) was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect and poet.

His best known sculptured works are PietÓ and David. He painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome and "The Last Judgement" on the altar wall. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) was a French painter and one of the best known during the Post Impressionist period together with Paul CÚzanne, Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin. Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) was a Flemish artist who painted portraits, landscapes but also specialised in "history paintings".
3. All of these left-handed pitchers won over 250 games in their careers. However, which one these pitchers played for only one team?

Answer: Carl Hubbell

Carl Hubbell (1903-1988) from Arizona played his whole career (1928-1943) with the New York Giants for 253 career wins. He won the World Series with the Giants in 1933. Steve Carlton won a career 329 games from (1965-1988) with the St. Louis Cardinals (77), Philadelphia Phillies (241), San Francisco Giants (1), Chicago White Sox (4), Cleveland Indians (5) and the Minnesota Twins (1). Robert Moses "Lefty" Grove (1900-1975) in a career from 1925-1941 had 300 career wins with the Philadelphia Athletics (195) and the Boston Red Sox (105). Warren Spahn (1921-2003) won 363 games in a career from 1942-1965) with the Boston/Milwaukee Braves (356), New York Mets (4) and the San Francisco Giants (3).
4. Of these left-handed movie stars, which one never won an acting Academy Award?

Answer: Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen (1930-1980) was an American actor who appeared in some great movies including "The Great Escape", "The Magnificent Seven", "Papillion", "The Cincinnati Kid" and "The Thomas Crown Affair". Yet he only received one nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actor in the 1966 movie "The Sand Pebbles". Robert De Niro has received numerous Academy Award nominations and has been successful for Best Actor in the 1974 movie "The Godfather Part II" and the 1980 boxing movie "The Raging Bull". Rex Harrison (1908-1990) was an English actor who won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Professor Henry Higgins in the 1964 movie "My Fair Lady". Rod Steiger (1925-2002) won his Academy Award for Best Actor as Police Chief Bill Gillespie opposite Sidney Poitier in the 1967 movie "In the Heat of the Night".
5. All of these U.S. Presidents were left-handed. Which one was born in Iowa?

Answer: Herbert Hoover

Herbert Hoover (1874-1964) was born in West Branch, Iowa and was the 31st U. S. President from 1929-1933. Harry Truman (1884-1972) was born in Lamar, Missouri and was the 33rd U.S. President from 1945-1953. Gerald Ford (1913-2006) was born Leslie Lynch King Jr. in Omaha, Nebraska and was the 38th U.S. President from 1974-1977. James A. Garfield (1831-1881) was born in Moreland Hills, Ohio and was the 20th U.S. President from March 4, 1881 until his assassination on September 19 that same year.
6. This left handed actor, comedian, composer and musician was half of a musical comedy team with his older brother Tom. Who is he?

Answer: Dick Smothers

Dick Smothers is an American and teamed with his elder brother Tom to form the duo "The Smothers Brothers". They made numerous television appearances and had two TV shows of their own in the 1960s. George Burns (1896-1996) was an American comedian, actor, singer and writer.

His famous partner on television and radio was his wife, Gracie Allen. At aged 79 George won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the movie "The Sunshine Boys". Arthur Marx (1888-1964) but better known as Harpo Marx was the second eldest of five Marx Brothers comedy family. Don Rickles (1926-2017) was an American stand-up comedian and actor.

He was a popular guest on numerous television shows including "The Dean Martin Show", "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson and "The Late Show" with David Letterman.
7. Who is the only one of these left-handed actresses to win an Academy Award for Best Actress?

Answer: Ginger Rogers

Ginger Rogers (1911-1995) was an American actress, dancer, singer and best known as the dancing partner to Fred Astaire in many movies. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress in the 1940 film "Kitty Foyle". Greta Garbo (1905-1990) was a Swedish born American actress and was nominated three times for the Academy Award for Best Actress.

She did receive an Academy Honorary Award in 1954. Betty Grable (1916-1973) was an American actress, singer, dancer and pin-up girl. The U.S. Treasury Department stated that she was the highest paid female in the USA in 1946 and 1947. Throughout her career she was considered a sex symbol. Judy Garland (1922-1969) was an American actress and singer.

She was a child star and in her later years received two nominations for Academy Awards for her roles in "A Star is Born" (1954) and "Judgement at Nuremberg" (1961).

She did receive a Juvenile Academy Award in 1939, however, this award was discontinued in 1961.
8. They are all multiple Grand Slam singles winners. However, which of these famous lefty tennis players did not win the Australian and French Singles titles?

Answer: John McEnroe

John McEnroe won seven Grand Slam singles titles being U.S.Open (4) and Wimbledon (3). His highest progress in Australia was a semi-final in 1983 and in France he made the final in 1984 but was beaten by Ivan Lendl. Jimmy Connors who eight Grand Slam singles titles being the U.S. Open (5), Wimbledon (2) and Australia (1).

He never won the French title. He made the semi-finals of the French Open on four occasions. Martina Navratilova won 18 Grand Slam singles titles. U.S. Open (4), Wimbledon (9), Australian (3) and French (2). Rod Laver won 11 Grand Slam singles titles. U.S. Open (2), Wimbledon (4), Australian (3) and French (2).
9. Which of these left-handed businessmen built the first mass-produced , low priced American motor vehicle?

Answer: Ransom E. Olds

Ransom E. Olds (1864-1950) was a pioneer in the American automotive industry and founder of the brand Oldsmobile. The basic concept of the modern assembly line is credited to Olds beginning in 1901. His was a stationary assembly line, whereas Henry Ford developed the moving assembly line a few years later.

Henry Ford (1863-1947) was the founder of the Ford Motor Company. His movable assembly line developed the Ford Model T in 1908. John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937) was an American oil industry magnate.

He is considered to be one the wealthiest individuals in modern history and he founded the Standard Oil Company, Inc. Bill Gates is the co-founder of the Microsoft Corporation and a business magnate, investor and author.
10. Which of these left-handed leaders was a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize?

Answer: F.W.de Klerk

F.W.de Klerk was the last head of state of South Africa under the apartheid era. He was State President from 1989-1994. Together with Nelson Mandela he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. Winston Churchill (1874-1965) was a British politician and statesman who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953. Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) was the leader of the Indian independence movement against British rule.

He was nominated five times for the Nobel Peace Prize between 1937 and 1948. Fidel Castro (1926-2016) was a Cuban revolutionary who governed the Republic of Cuba from 1959-2008. Over the years he has been bestowed numerous awards and honours locally and internationally.
Source: Author zambesi

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