Quiz about First Name Basis
Quiz about First Name Basis

First Name Basis Trivia Quiz


See if you know the surnames of these famously first-named figures!

A multiple-choice quiz by greenstupor. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
greenstupor
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
319,108
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
8 / 10
Plays
1258
Last 3 plays: Guest 98 (3/10), Upstart3 (10/10), clevercatz (10/10).
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1. What was the surname of the brilliant 2nd- and 3rd-century BCE Carthaginian general, Hannibal, who led the empire of Carthage against the Roman Republic in the Second Punic War, coming close to defeating Rome until his defeat at the Battle of Zama? Hint

Germanicus
Agrippa
Africanus
Barca

2. What is the surname of the legendary (though possibly factually based) British king Arthur, who is famed for his chivalrous kingdom, Knights of the Round Table, and sword Excalibur? Hint

du Lac
Malory
Avalon
Pendragon

3. What was the surname of the celebrated 13th- and 14th-century Italian poet of the Middle Ages, Dante, who wrote the "Divine Comedy," an epic poem widely regarded as one of the world's greatest works of literature? Hint

Machiavelli
Alighieri
Boccaccio
Castiglione

4. What was the surname of the renowned 15th- and 16th-century Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo, who painted the Sistine Chapel and sculpted the statue "David?" Hint

da Vinci
Buonarroti
Botticelli
del Verrocchio

5. What was the surname of the eminent 16th- and 17th-century Italian scientist Galileo, who made great strides in physics, astronomy, and mathematics, among other subjects? Hint

Galilei
Kepler
Newton
Copernicus

6. What was the surname of the famous 20th-century Mexican female painter Frida, whose works are known for their raw, symbolic portrayals of emotional pain? Hint

Kahlo
Orozco
Siqueiros
Tamayo

7. What was the given name of the highly influential 20th-century Chinese revolutionary and Communist leader Mao, who established the People's Republic of China in 1949 and led it until his death in 1976?

(Note: In the Chinese language, the positions of given names and family names are inverted in comparison to their orientations in Western culture; Mao is, in reality, this person's family name, but the way that his full name is referred to in the West makes it seem like it is his first name. This question, therefore, strays slightly from this quiz's theme)
Hint

Yat-sen
Xiaoping
Kai-shek
Zedong

8. What is the surname of the popular, blonde-haired, blue-eyed, impossibly proportioned 20th- and 21st-century American doll Barbie, which has been manufactured by Mattel, Inc., since 1959? Hint

Handler
Millicent
Carson
Roberts

9. What was the surname of the internationally beloved 20th-century English Princess of Wales, Diana, who married (and later divorced) Prince Charles and bore Princes William and Harry? Hint

Wessex
Stuart
Tudor
Spencer

10. What is the surname of the chart-topping 21st-century American R&B singer and actress, Beyoncé, who is known for her powerful vocals and impressive stage presence? Hint

Knowles
Spears
Hudson
Carey


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. What was the surname of the brilliant 2nd- and 3rd-century BCE Carthaginian general, Hannibal, who led the empire of Carthage against the Roman Republic in the Second Punic War, coming close to defeating Rome until his defeat at the Battle of Zama?

Answer: Barca

Hannibal's father was Hamilcar Barca. Hannibal is famous for his use of elephants in battle and his feat of successfully driving his army, elephants and all, across the Alps in 218 BCE in order to reach Rome. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest military commanders of all time. Agrippa and Germanicus are Roman names, and Scipio Africanus is the Roman general who finally defeated Hannibal.
2. What is the surname of the legendary (though possibly factually based) British king Arthur, who is famed for his chivalrous kingdom, Knights of the Round Table, and sword Excalibur?

Answer: Pendragon

Arthur's father is Uther Pendragon, a British king. Lancelot du Lac is one of Arthur's greatest knights. Avalon is the legendary place to which Arthur permanently moved at the end of his life in order to recover from the fatal wounds that he received at the Battle of Camlann.

In the 15th-century, Sir Thomas Malory wrote "Le Morte d'Arthur," one of history's most famous and influential collections of Arthurian legends.
3. What was the surname of the celebrated 13th- and 14th-century Italian poet of the Middle Ages, Dante, who wrote the "Divine Comedy," an epic poem widely regarded as one of the world's greatest works of literature?

Answer: Alighieri

Dante's "Divine Comedy" includes three parts ("Inferno," "Purgatorio," and "Paradiso") and includes the now-famous motif of the "nine circles of Hell." Boccaccio, Castiglione, and Machiavelli are the surnames of famed Italian Renaissance writers (Giovanni, Baldassare, and Niccolò, respectively).
4. What was the surname of the renowned 15th- and 16th-century Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo, who painted the Sistine Chapel and sculpted the statue "David?"

Answer: Buonarroti

Michelangelo's other famous works include the massive wall fresco "The Last Judgment," the religious sculpture "La Pietà," and the statue of Moses on the tomb of Pope Julius II. Botticelli, da Vinci, and del Verrocchio are the surnames of other great Italian Renaissance artists (Sandro, Leonardo, and Andrea, respectively).
5. What was the surname of the eminent 16th- and 17th-century Italian scientist Galileo, who made great strides in physics, astronomy, and mathematics, among other subjects?

Answer: Galilei

Galileo was one of the most influential figures of the Scientific Revolution and has since been considered by many people (including Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking) to be the figurative father of modern science. Copernicus, Kepler, and Newton are the surnames of other important Scientific Revolution scientists (Nicolaus, Johannes, and Isaac, respectively).
6. What was the surname of the famous 20th-century Mexican female painter Frida, whose works are known for their raw, symbolic portrayals of emotional pain?

Answer: Kahlo

Frida had a tumultuous relationship with, and twice married, world-famous Mexican mural painter Diego Rivera. She was largely known only as Rivera's wife until her work began to be vastly more appreciated as a part of Mexican culture in the late 20th century. Orozco, Siqueiros, and Tamayo are the surnames of other great Mexican painters (José Clemente, David Alfaro, and Rufino, respectively).
7. What was the given name of the highly influential 20th-century Chinese revolutionary and Communist leader Mao, who established the People's Republic of China in 1949 and led it until his death in 1976? (Note: In the Chinese language, the positions of given names and family names are inverted in comparison to their orientations in Western culture; Mao is, in reality, this person's family name, but the way that his full name is referred to in the West makes it seem like it is his first name. This question, therefore, strays slightly from this quiz's theme)

Answer: Zedong

Mao's legacy is controversial, especially in the capitalistic West. He is held in high regard by many Chinese people today, however, as a great leader who helped to usher in an economically and culturally strong modern China. His name can also be spelled "Tse-tung." Kai-shek, Xiaoping, and Yat-sen are the given names of other important political leaders in 20th-century China (their family names are Chiang, Deng, and Sun respectively).
8. What is the surname of the popular, blonde-haired, blue-eyed, impossibly proportioned 20th- and 21st-century American doll Barbie, which has been manufactured by Mattel, Inc., since 1959?

Answer: Roberts

Over the decades since Barbie's debut, the ubiquitous girly plaything has been subject to many controversies (Oreo Fun Barbie, anyone?) and parodies. The pop group Aqua triumphed over Mattel's lawsuit against it when the court said that the group's 1997 hit song "Barbie Girl" is protected as free speech under the United States of America's First Amendment. Ruth Handler came up with the idea for the Barbie doll; Ken Carson is Barbie's ever-loyal boyfriend (except during a Mattel-sanctioned breakup from 2004-2006); and Millicent is Barbie's middle name.
9. What was the surname of the internationally beloved 20th-century English Princess of Wales, Diana, who married (and later divorced) Prince Charles and bore Princes William and Harry?

Answer: Spencer

Diana and her lover Dodi Fayed died after a car crash on August 31, 1997, and the Princess was greatly mourned by a large portion of the world. Her televised funeral attracted around 2.5 billion viewers worldwide. Wessex, Tudor, and Stuart are the names of royal houses that have previously held the English throne.
10. What is the surname of the chart-topping 21st-century American R&B singer and actress, Beyoncé, who is known for her powerful vocals and impressive stage presence?

Answer: Knowles

Some of Beyoncé's hit songs include "Crazy in Love," "Irreplaceable," and "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)". She has also acted in movies such as "Austin Powers in Goldmember," "Dreamgirls," and "Obsessed." Carey, Hudson, and Spears are the surnames of other modern popular singers (Mariah, Jennifer, and Britney, respectively).
Source: Author greenstupor

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