Quiz about Talented Men of the Western United States
Quiz about Talented Men of the Western United States

Talented Men of the Western United States Quiz


From the brief description, identify the individual from a Western state either born there or closely associated.

A multiple-choice quiz by Rehaberpro. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
Rehaberpro
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
307,970
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
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1119
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1. Alaska: I came to Alaska as a fur trader and became its first governor. What was my name? Hint

Leonhard Seppala
William Egan
Aleksandr Baranov
Vitus Bering

2. Hawaii: I was born in Belgium but came to the island of Molokai to work with lepers there. I became a leper myself. Hawaii celebrates me and my work each year with a special holiday. Hint

Father Damian
Barack Obama
Hiram Fong
Duke Kahanamoku

3. Washington: I starred on television as a super-hero from 1966 to 1968. The role so stereotyped me that my acting career was damaged, although I have had numerous bit parts and have done satire of myself. I found a second career in voice-overs. Who am I? Hint

Adam West
James Caviezel
Kyle McLachlan
Darrin McGavin

4. Oregon: Tom Wolfe immortalized me in his non-fiction book "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test"(1968). I also wrote two very successful novels "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1962) and "Sometimes a Great Notion" (1964). Who am I? Hint

Matt Groening
Raymond Carver
Steve Prefontaine
Ken Kesey

5. California: I was a muckraker, a journalist that exposes the darker side of business and government. Without investigative reporting, we would only know that they want us to think. What is my name? Hint

William Saroyan
Lincoln Steffens
Jack London
John Steinbeck

6. Idaho: I was known as a sculptor of huge edifices. I directed 400 men in the carving of four United States Presidents into the side of a mountain between 1927 and 1941. Who am I? Hint

Ezra Pound
Gutzun Borglum
Harmon Killibrew
'Pappy' Boyington

7. Nevada: As a tennis player I won many championships including Wimbledon in 1947, United States Open 1946 and 1947, and two Davis Cups in 1946 and 1947 as an amateur. I went on to become a tennis promoter and commentator. Who am I? Hint

Kurt Busch
Andre Agassi
Jack Kramer
Greg Maddux

8. Utah: In 1912 I was a policeman in Salt Lake City. I invented a wooden box containing red and green lights that was operated manually for traffic control. It was the forerunner of the standard traffic light. What was my name? Hint

Gene Fullmer
Donny Osmond
Lester Wire
Butch Cassidy

9. Arizona: I grew up in Arizona where my family had a department store. I served several terms as US senator and was the Republican candidate for President in 1964. My name was synonymous with the conservative movement. Name me. Hint

Barry Goldwater
Stewart Udall
John McCain
Carl Hayden

10. Montana: As an actor I was known for my restrained taciturn style. I won Academy Awards for "Sergeant York" (1941) and "High Noon" (1953). Who am I? Hint

Chet Huntley
Evel Knievel
David Lynch
Gary Cooper


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Alaska: I came to Alaska as a fur trader and became its first governor. What was my name?

Answer: Aleksandr Baranov

Baranov was the first governor under Russian rule.

Vitus Bering was an explorer who established that Alaska was not attached to Siberia. The Bering Sea bears his name. Leonhard Seppala was a hero as he braved -50 degree weather and gusting winds of 80 mph to deliver diphtheria serum. He is also given credit for breeding the sturdy Alaskan Husky shed dog. William Egan was the first governor under statehood.
2. Hawaii: I was born in Belgium but came to the island of Molokai to work with lepers there. I became a leper myself. Hawaii celebrates me and my work each year with a special holiday.

Answer: Father Damian

Hiram Fong was the first Chinese-American to serve in the United States Senate. Barack Obama was born in Hawaii and became the 44th President of the United States. Duke Kahanamoku was an Olympic swimmer and personality of Hawaii.
3. Washington: I starred on television as a super-hero from 1966 to 1968. The role so stereotyped me that my acting career was damaged, although I have had numerous bit parts and have done satire of myself. I found a second career in voice-overs. Who am I?

Answer: Adam West

Adam West is still haunted by the Batman series.

Kyle McLachlan break-through role was in "Blue Velvet" followed by "Twin Peaks". He also had continuing roles on "Sex in the City" and "Desperate Housewives". James Caviesel played Jesus in Mel Gibson production of "Passion of the Christ" (2006). Darrin McGavin had many movie and TV roles but is most remembered as the father in "A Christmas Story" (1983).
4. Oregon: Tom Wolfe immortalized me in his non-fiction book "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test"(1968). I also wrote two very successful novels "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1962) and "Sometimes a Great Notion" (1964). Who am I?

Answer: Ken Kesey

Groening is the creator of the "Simpson" TV series.

Raymond Carver is a short story writer and poet. He is noted for brevity and minimalism in his short stories.

Steve Prefontaine was a distance runner whose career was cut short by a fatal auto accident.
5. California: I was a muckraker, a journalist that exposes the darker side of business and government. Without investigative reporting, we would only know that they want us to think. What is my name?

Answer: Lincoln Steffens

William Saroyan was a novelist and playwright. The novel "The Human Comedy" (1943) and his play "Time of Your Life" (1939) are his most familiar works.

Jack London wrote adventure literature. "Call of the Wild"(1903), "White Fang"(1906), and "The Sea Wolf" (1904) are three of his most popular novels.

John Steinbeck was honored with a Pulitzer Prize for his novel "The Grapes of Wrath" (1939) and was recognized for his lifetime of writing excellence with a Nobel Prize in 1962.
6. Idaho: I was known as a sculptor of huge edifices. I directed 400 men in the carving of four United States Presidents into the side of a mountain between 1927 and 1941. Who am I?

Answer: Gutzun Borglum

Ezra Pound is regarded as one of the most influential poets of the twentieth century. Gregory 'Pappy' Boyington was a flying ace of WW11. Harmon Killibrew is the first baseball player from Idaho be be enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown NY.
7. Nevada: As a tennis player I won many championships including Wimbledon in 1947, United States Open 1946 and 1947, and two Davis Cups in 1946 and 1947 as an amateur. I went on to become a tennis promoter and commentator. Who am I?

Answer: Jack Kramer

Andre Agassi competed in 99 professional championship tennis matches, winning 60 of them.

Greg Mattux as a baseball pitcher won 355 games and 4 Cy Young awards.

Kurt Busch is a successful NASCAR driver.
8. Utah: In 1912 I was a policeman in Salt Lake City. I invented a wooden box containing red and green lights that was operated manually for traffic control. It was the forerunner of the standard traffic light. What was my name?

Answer: Lester Wire

Donny Osmond is a singer and actor and a member of the musical Osmond family.

Butch Cassidy was a notorious outlaw, more vicious than the character played by Paul Newman in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid".

Gene Fuller was twice middleweight boxing champion, defeating 'Sugar' Ray Robinson and Carmen Basilio.
9. Arizona: I grew up in Arizona where my family had a department store. I served several terms as US senator and was the Republican candidate for President in 1964. My name was synonymous with the conservative movement. Name me.

Answer: Barry Goldwater

John McCain was born to a military family in Panama. He had a distinguished war record, served as Senator from Arizona and was the Republican candidate for President in 2008.

Stewart Udall served under both Presidents Kennedy and Johnson as Secretary of the Interior. He was an activist in this role and identified numerous ecological issues.

Carl Hayden was one of the first to represent Arizona in Washington after statehood. He is often given credit for the rapid growth of Arizona in the last century,
10. Montana: As an actor I was known for my restrained taciturn style. I won Academy Awards for "Sergeant York" (1941) and "High Noon" (1953). Who am I?

Answer: Gary Cooper

Chet Huntley in many ways set the standard for television news reporting, along with his co-host David Brinkley. Evel Knievel is a daredevil motorcyclist whose failures are as famous as his successes. David Lynch is a movie director most noted for his films "Blue Velvet"(1986) and "Eraserhead"(1977) and the "Twin Peaks" TV series (1990-1991).
Source: Author Rehaberpro

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