Quiz about Henrietta Leavitt
Quiz about Henrietta Leavitt

Henrietta Leavitt Trivia Quiz


A short quiz on an amazing space pioneer.

A multiple-choice quiz by Gamemaster1967. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Time
3 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
67,362
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
5
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Avg Score
3 / 5
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Scroll down to the bottom for the answer key.
1. What major handicap did Henrietta suffer from as she became an astronomer? Hint

Blindness
All three of these
She was paralyzed
Deafness

2. Henrietta was born July 4, _____. Fill in the year. Hint

1801
1868
1904
2002

3. She studied at the Society for the Collegiate Instruction of Women and developed an interest in astronomy. That school was later named _________ College. Fill in the blank. Hint

Georgetown
Yale
Mount Holyoke
Radcliffe

4. What kind of stars fascinated her the most? Hint

Variable
movie
Binary
television

5. She gave astronomers a vital tool for measuring distances in the universe by establishing a link between stars' periods of luminosity and actual ___________. Choose the answer for the blank. Hint

bio electrical convection current
alien colony
Magnitudes
Distance


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. What major handicap did Henrietta suffer from as she became an astronomer?

Answer: Deafness

She became deaf after she graduated college, due to an illness she'd suffered.
2. Henrietta was born July 4, _____. Fill in the year.

Answer: 1868

She was born in Lancaster, Massachusetts in 1968 and died at a young age, though maybe not at that time, of 53 years old. She was living in Cambridge at the time her of death.
3. She studied at the Society for the Collegiate Instruction of Women and developed an interest in astronomy. That school was later named _________ College. Fill in the blank.

Answer: Radcliffe

It was established as Radcliffe College in 1879. Then in 1999, it was renamed Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
4. What kind of stars fascinated her the most?

Answer: Variable

She became an expert at hunting them. In her career she discovered at least 2400 new ones.
5. She gave astronomers a vital tool for measuring distances in the universe by establishing a link between stars' periods of luminosity and actual ___________. Choose the answer for the blank.

Answer: Magnitudes

The name for this is the Cepheid variable. Edwin Hubble used it in 1922 to prove that the Andromeda 'nebula' is actually a separate galaxy. We now know it is larger than our own Milky Way.
Source: Author Gamemaster1967

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