Quiz about How Great Thou Art  Famous Arthurs
Quiz about How Great Thou Art  Famous Arthurs

How Great Thou "Art" : Famous Arthurs Quiz


I'm not claiming that Arthurs have saved the world but a few Arthurs have left their footprint on history. How much do you know about them?

A multiple-choice quiz by glendathecat. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
glendathecat
Time
4 mins
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Multiple Choice
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314,856
Updated
Dec 03 21
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1. Arthur #1 represents the realm of mythical history. He has legendary status and I'm not referring to the Fonz. I'm talking about the King with knights and a round table. What, according to Geoffrey de Monmouth, was his name? Hint

Arthur Pendragon
Arthur Smith
Arthur Pendennis
Arthur De Havilland

2. Arthur #2 represents the realm of religious history. This royal heir to the throne is probably best remembered for his inadvertent role in the English Reformation. Who was his more famous brother? Hint

William III
Henry VIII
Charles I
Edward V

3. Arthur #3 represents the realm of revolutionary history. Could it be true that one of the signatories to the Declaration of Independence was an Arthur?

Yes
No

4. Arthur #4 represents the realm of military history. He bears the family name Wellesley but the World knows him differently. By which title do we better know the man who gave Napoleon the boot? Hint

Earl Mountbatten
Deputy Gary
Lord North
The Duke of Wellington

5. Arthur #5 represents the realm of American political history. He was the 21st President and the only one to bear the name (albeit as a surname), having assumed the office on the death of his predecessor. Who is he? Hint

Chester Arthur
Arthur Arthur
Warren Arthur
Jonas Arthur

6. Arthur #6 represents the realm of British political history and is one of two British Prime Ministers to bear the name. He held the post between 1902 and 1905 and also gave his name to a 1917 declaration supporting the setting up of a Jewish state in Palestine. Who is he? Hint

Arthur Balfour
Arthur Ramsey
Arthur King
Arthur Wilson

7. Arthur #7 represents the realm of literary history. Born in Edinburgh, this celebrated author had a keen interest in spiritualism and his most famous creation was a violinist. Who is he? Hint

Arthur Frommer
Arthur Ransome
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Arthur C. Clarke

8. Arthur #8 represents the realm of cinematic history but you won't know him by his real name because he changed it. It will be a fine mess if you can't work out who was christened as Arthur Stanley Jefferson. Hint

Stan Laurel
Charlie Chaplin
Buster Keaton
Lou Costello

9. Arthur #9 represents the realm of musical history. He was a twentieth-century Swiss/French composer whose works include five symphonies and the symphonic movement "Pacific 231". He was famously quoted as saying, "There is no doubt that the first requirement for a composer is to be dead.". What is his name? Hint

Arthur Honegger
Arthur Debussy
Arthur Bach
Arthur Sixpence

10. Arthur #10 represents the realm of future history ... maybe. In 2008, which great innovation did the UK "Sunday Mirror" report Arthur Dunlop as having invented? Hint

Coffee that lights up when safe to drink
Goalposts that light up when a score has been made
Kitty litter that lights up when it needs changing
Aquarium fish that light up in the dark


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Arthur #1 represents the realm of mythical history. He has legendary status and I'm not referring to the Fonz. I'm talking about the King with knights and a round table. What, according to Geoffrey de Monmouth, was his name?

Answer: Arthur Pendragon

Geoffrey de Monmouth recorded the myths of King Arthur in his 12th Century work, "Historia regum Britanniae". He relates that Arthur's father, Uther Pendragon, slept with Igraine (or Igerna), wife of the Duke of Cornwall. He managed this because the magician Merlin had charmed him to look like the Duke. Arthur was the resulting child.

The Fonz (who didn't need magic to attract female attention in the TV series "Happy Days") was Arthur Fonzarelli .
2. Arthur #2 represents the realm of religious history. This royal heir to the throne is probably best remembered for his inadvertent role in the English Reformation. Who was his more famous brother?

Answer: Henry VIII

Henry VII was the King who seized the English throne from Richard III in 1485 following the War of the Roses and Arthur was his eldest son. Arthur was named after the mythical King Arthur as part of an attempt to give extra credibility to the family's lineage.

Henry was eager to forge an alliance with Spain so, at the age of 2, Arthur was promised in marriage to the Spanish Katherine of Aragon whom he duly married aged 15. Six months after his marriage, Arthur was dead.

Henry VII was keen to further the alliance and therefore arranged for Katherine to marry Arthur's younger brother, Henry. The marriage took place in 1509 shortly after Henry had begun his reign as Henry VIII.

Later, however, Henry sought to divorce Katherine claiming, among many other things, that his agreement to the marriage had been given under duress. The divorce was the central factor in the eventual split from Rome.
3. Arthur #3 represents the realm of revolutionary history. Could it be true that one of the signatories to the Declaration of Independence was an Arthur?

Answer: Yes

Arthur Middleton, following in the footsteps of his father, was elected to the Continental Congress as a representative from South Carolina. He died in 1787 aged just 44.
4. Arthur #4 represents the realm of military history. He bears the family name Wellesley but the World knows him differently. By which title do we better know the man who gave Napoleon the boot?

Answer: The Duke of Wellington

Wellesley was born in Ireland in 1769. He is best remembered for his part in the Battle of Waterloo, which brought the Napoleonic Wars to a close. As well as being a noted military leader, he also served twice as British Prime Minister. His tough stance on reform led to his nickname, the "Iron Duke", arising from the installation of iron shutters at his home to protect it from unruly mobs.
5. Arthur #5 represents the realm of American political history. He was the 21st President and the only one to bear the name (albeit as a surname), having assumed the office on the death of his predecessor. Who is he?

Answer: Chester Arthur

Vice President Arthur came to power when James Garfield finally died from wounds suffered in an assassination attempt. He served between 1881 and 1885 but was denied a further term when he failed to secure the nomination of the Republican Party.
6. Arthur #6 represents the realm of British political history and is one of two British Prime Ministers to bear the name. He held the post between 1902 and 1905 and also gave his name to a 1917 declaration supporting the setting up of a Jewish state in Palestine. Who is he?

Answer: Arthur Balfour

Balfour succeeded his uncle, Lord Salisbury. His brief tenure saw the end of the Boer War and the passing of the 1902 Education Act. The Act is a significant one in the history of UK education in that it put existing LEAs (Local Education Authorities) in charge of education and abolished school boards.
7. Arthur #7 represents the realm of literary history. Born in Edinburgh, this celebrated author had a keen interest in spiritualism and his most famous creation was a violinist. Who is he?

Answer: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Conan Doyle was born in 1859 and baptised with the middle name of Ignatius. His interest in spiritualism developed after the death of his wife and son and must be seen against the then fashionable popularity of the movement and the rapid pace of scientific discovery leading many to believe that such phenomena would become scientifically explainable.

Sherlock Holmes was the admittedly part-time violinist. Arthur was a keen cricketer and played for the MCC and it has been claimed that Holmes' name is derived from those of contemporaneous cricketers.
8. Arthur #8 represents the realm of cinematic history but you won't know him by his real name because he changed it. It will be a fine mess if you can't work out who was christened as Arthur Stanley Jefferson.

Answer: Stan Laurel

Stan Laurel was born as Arthur Stanley Jefferson in the English town of Ulverston in 1890. He appeared in over 100 films with partner Oliver Hardy. Although these were comedies, the pair played an important part in the history of cinema with a career that straddled the transition from silent to talking movies. Laurel died in 1965.
9. Arthur #9 represents the realm of musical history. He was a twentieth-century Swiss/French composer whose works include five symphonies and the symphonic movement "Pacific 231". He was famously quoted as saying, "There is no doubt that the first requirement for a composer is to be dead.". What is his name?

Answer: Arthur Honegger

Honegger was born in 1892 and baptised with the names Oscar-Arthur although he never used the first part. As well as being one of the twentieth century's leading composers, he also served with the French Resistance during the Second World War and had a keen interest in trains.
10. Arthur #10 represents the realm of future history ... maybe. In 2008, which great innovation did the UK "Sunday Mirror" report Arthur Dunlop as having invented?

Answer: Goalposts that light up when a score has been made

OK, so it was a bit of light relief to finish. The idea was patented with soccer in mind. An electro-magnetic strip on the ball would cause the goalposts to flash if, and only if, the ball had completely crossed the goal line. (Source : UK "Sunday Mirror", 28th September 2008)

Personally, I'm still holding out for the flashing aquarium fish!
Source: Author glendathecat

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