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What Would Mother Think? Trivia Quiz


All the mothers in this quiz had children who made a name for themselves one way or another. How many of them do you recognise from my clues?

A multiple-choice quiz by Rowena8482. Estimated time: 6 mins.
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Author
Rowena8482
Time
6 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
328,840
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
8 / 10
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Question 1 of 10
1. We will never know what Klara Pölzl would have thought about her fourth child's rise to fame, as she died when he was just eighteen years old. He was one of four boys and two girls born to Klara and her husband Alois between 1885 and 1896. Only two of the six siblings lived to adulthood, and daughter Paula died in 1960. Who was the son of Klara, and brother of Paula, who made history? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Corsican Maria Letizia Ramolino never went to school, and she was married when she was aged just fourteen. She gave birth to thirteen children over the next twenty years, of whom eight survived into adulthood. By dint of her third son's rise to fame, many of his siblings also found high positions and wealth, and they are remembered as a history making dynasty. Given her title of "Madame Mère de l'Empéreur" we can surmise that she was proud of her most famous son. Who was he? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. This mother had ten children in total, from two marriages. After the annulment of her first marriage, custody of her two daughters was awarded to their father, and she was forced to leave them behind when she eventually wound up living in another country. Two of her daughters were to become queens, and three of her sons were crowned as King of England; we know she thought highly of her sons, and poorly of her second husband, as she led four of them in rebellion against their father.
Who was she?
Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. A woman called Putlibai was the fourth wife of her husband Karamchand, and raised their son in the Jain traditions of the area where they lived. Her son would one day become known worldwide and be called "Bapu" or "Father" in their native language, but she died before this happened. Sometimes called "The Father of the Nation", who was her son? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Jennie Jerome, of Rochester, New York, was a wealthy and beautiful socialite who went on to marry the son of the 7th Duke of Marlborough. She had two children, although the parentage of the youngest, John, has been the subject of much conjecture over the years as she was (in)famous for her extra-marital affairs!
Her oldest child played a pivotal role in historic events that changed the world, and she was one of their most ardent supporters throughout. Who was her first born child?
Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Although she was born Kattie B. Screws, her father later changed the spelling of the family name; when she was four years old she was renamed Katherine Esther Scruse. She underwent a religious conversion when she was 35.
After her marriage at the age of nineteen, she had ten children over the next seventeen years; seven sons and three daughters. Of her nine children who survived to adulthood, it was her sixth son who garnered the most fame, notoriety, and public attention, although all nine siblings were famous to a degree.
Who was her sixth son?
Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Vernita Lee was from a poor family who lived in Mississippi State. When she was just a teenager, a one night stand led to her giving birth to her only daughter, who she originally named for a woman she read about in her Bible. From these humble beginnings, her daughter went on to become one of the most influential women of her time, gaining power, wealth, and fame. Who was this famous daughter? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Mary Maxwell was a school teacher who was eventually appointed as the first female director of the First Interstate Bank of Washington. She had three children, daughters Kristianne and Libby, and one son, William Henry. Her son was one of the founders of one of the most successful businesses ever. Which company was this? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. German born Pauline Koch married a man named Hermann when she was eighteen years old, and they had a son and a daughter, Maria, together. Her son would grow up to make scientific discoveries that would change the world forever. Who was he? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Julia Stanley had four children, one son and three daughters, by three different fathers. Her first husband was a sailor who went missing, leaving her to care for their young son alone. Unable to cope, Julia gave the boy into the care of her sister Mary, who raised him. In later life he was one of the most influential singer/songwriters of all time, revered by his fans around the world. Who was her famous son? Hint



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1. We will never know what Klara Pölzl would have thought about her fourth child's rise to fame, as she died when he was just eighteen years old. He was one of four boys and two girls born to Klara and her husband Alois between 1885 and 1896. Only two of the six siblings lived to adulthood, and daughter Paula died in 1960. Who was the son of Klara, and brother of Paula, who made history?

Answer: Adolf Hitler

Klara Pölzl was Alois Hitler's second wife, and they married when she was expecting Gustav, their first child together. Of their six children, four died in infancy, and only Adolf and Paula lived to adulthood. Klara herself died in 1907, aged just 47.
After Hitler came to power in Germany he gave Paula an allowance to live on as she was sacked from her job because of who he was. This continued until Adolf's death, and after the War Paula lived quietly in Germany. She only ever gave one interview, 18 months before she died, aged 64, in 1960.
2. Corsican Maria Letizia Ramolino never went to school, and she was married when she was aged just fourteen. She gave birth to thirteen children over the next twenty years, of whom eight survived into adulthood. By dint of her third son's rise to fame, many of his siblings also found high positions and wealth, and they are remembered as a history making dynasty. Given her title of "Madame Mère de l'Empéreur" we can surmise that she was proud of her most famous son. Who was he?

Answer: Napoleon I

Maria Letizia never actually learned to speak French, and eventually died in Rome in 1836.
All of Napoleon Bonaparte's surviving siblings were given titles, lands, and power once he was Emperor of France.
3. This mother had ten children in total, from two marriages. After the annulment of her first marriage, custody of her two daughters was awarded to their father, and she was forced to leave them behind when she eventually wound up living in another country. Two of her daughters were to become queens, and three of her sons were crowned as King of England; we know she thought highly of her sons, and poorly of her second husband, as she led four of them in rebellion against their father. Who was she?

Answer: Eleanor of Aquitaine

Hands up if you read this question and said "three sons crowned king of England?" ... This is in fact true. Eleanor's fourth child, and second son, Henry, was crowned King of England during the lifetime of his father, Henry II, as was often the practice at the time. Young Henry then predeceased his father so does not appear on the regnal lists of England. His older brother, Eleanor's first son William, Count of Poitiers, had previously died aged just three years.
The other sons of Eleanor and Henry to be Kings of England were of course Richard I and John.
4. A woman called Putlibai was the fourth wife of her husband Karamchand, and raised their son in the Jain traditions of the area where they lived. Her son would one day become known worldwide and be called "Bapu" or "Father" in their native language, but she died before this happened. Sometimes called "The Father of the Nation", who was her son?

Answer: Mohandas Gandhi

Putlibai gave birth to Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on October 2nd 1869. Sadly, she died while he was studying Law at University College, London, and the family only gave him the news of her passing when he returned to India in 1891.
5. Jennie Jerome, of Rochester, New York, was a wealthy and beautiful socialite who went on to marry the son of the 7th Duke of Marlborough. She had two children, although the parentage of the youngest, John, has been the subject of much conjecture over the years as she was (in)famous for her extra-marital affairs! Her oldest child played a pivotal role in historic events that changed the world, and she was one of their most ardent supporters throughout. Who was her first born child?

Answer: Winston Churchill

Lady Randolph Churchill as she became known on her marriage to Sir Randolph, gave birth to Winston just over seven months after the wedding. After the death of Lord Randolph, Jennie remarried twice. Her marriage to George Cornwallis-West ended in divorce after fourteen years.

Her third husband, who rejoiced in the name Montague Phippen Porch, departed for Africa "to make his fortune" in 1921, leaving Jennie behind. Later that year she fell, and her broken ankle became infected, leading to the amputation of her leg. Sadly she died soon after the operation, aged 67.
6. Although she was born Kattie B. Screws, her father later changed the spelling of the family name; when she was four years old she was renamed Katherine Esther Scruse. She underwent a religious conversion when she was 35. After her marriage at the age of nineteen, she had ten children over the next seventeen years; seven sons and three daughters. Of her nine children who survived to adulthood, it was her sixth son who garnered the most fame, notoriety, and public attention, although all nine siblings were famous to a degree. Who was her sixth son?

Answer: Michael Jackson

Unfortunately, Katherine caught polio as a child, and walked with a limp for the rest of her life. "Essence" magazine awarded her their "Mother of the Year" Award in 1985.
As well as Michael and his brothers Tito, Marlon, Jackie, and Jermaine, who were The Jackson Five, sisters Rebbie, Janet, and La Toya also had successful singing careers. Youngest brother Randy was too young to have been a member of The Jackson Five originally, but later joined The Jacksons.
7. Vernita Lee was from a poor family who lived in Mississippi State. When she was just a teenager, a one night stand led to her giving birth to her only daughter, who she originally named for a woman she read about in her Bible. From these humble beginnings, her daughter went on to become one of the most influential women of her time, gaining power, wealth, and fame. Who was this famous daughter?

Answer: Oprah Winfrey

Oprah was originally named Orpah, for the woman from the Book of Ruth in the Bible, and she is quoted as saying that it became Oprah because her friends and family just always pronounced it that way, and "the only place it says Orpah is the birth certificate".

As well as Oprah, Vernita also had a son, Oprah's half brother, who sadly died of AIDS.
8. Mary Maxwell was a school teacher who was eventually appointed as the first female director of the First Interstate Bank of Washington. She had three children, daughters Kristianne and Libby, and one son, William Henry. Her son was one of the founders of one of the most successful businesses ever. Which company was this?

Answer: Microsoft

Mary was born, lived all her life, and died in the city of Seattle in Washington State.
She married William Gates Snr in 1950, and carried on teaching school until her husband's law practice took off, when she gave up work and took up civic, charitable, and voluntary posts in the community.
9. German born Pauline Koch married a man named Hermann when she was eighteen years old, and they had a son and a daughter, Maria, together. Her son would grow up to make scientific discoveries that would change the world forever. Who was he?

Answer: Albert Einstein

Pauline died in Berlin, in 1920, aged 62.
As well as being awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921, Albert Einstein was named "Time" magazine's "Person of the 20th Century" for his outstanding and influential contributions to science and society.
10. Julia Stanley had four children, one son and three daughters, by three different fathers. Her first husband was a sailor who went missing, leaving her to care for their young son alone. Unable to cope, Julia gave the boy into the care of her sister Mary, who raised him. In later life he was one of the most influential singer/songwriters of all time, revered by his fans around the world. Who was her famous son?

Answer: John Lennon

John was raised by his mother's sister Mary - his beloved "Aunt Mimi" who eventually obtained full legal custody of her nephew.
One of Julia's daughters was given up for adoption; the other two were named Julia and Jaqui, and although their mother never actually married their father, John later forged a relationship with his half sisters. Julia later wrote two books about John, after his untimely death.
Source: Author Rowena8482

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