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Famous Dictators Quiz #1

We give you the dictator. You give us the country they ruled.
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First submittedAugust 19, 2010
Last updatedAugust 30, 2018
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Dictator
Country
Adolf Hitler
Germany
Benito Mussolini
Italy
Mao Zedong
China
Josip Broz Tito
Yugoslavia
François "Papa Doc" Duvalier
Haiti
Fidel Castro
Cuba
Augusto Pinochet
Chile
Saddam Hussein
Iraq
Kim Jong-il
North Korea
Francisco Franco
Spain
Napoleon Bonaparte
France
Dictator
Country
Nicolae Ceausescu
Romania
Mobutu Sese Seko
Zaire
Idi Amin
Uganda
Robert Mugabe
Zimbabwe
Muammar al-Gaddafi
Libya
Manuel Noriega
Panama
Ferdinand Marcos
Philippines
Rafael Trujillo
Dominican Republic
Sulla
Rome
Leonid Brezhnev
Soviet Union
Hosni Mubarak
Egypt
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level 77
Oct 23, 2013
Missed 4 but got Zaire... some easy ones some a bit obscure
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level 71
Oct 23, 2013
I guess it depends on your age. Aside from the obvious Hitler, Napoleon and Mussolini, I can remember all of these being in power except for Sulla (obviously). I also couldn't place Trujillo for the life of me, though I knew his name. The rest were easy only because the news was full of them in their heydays.
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level 29
Oct 23, 2013
I only knew Trujillo because I read The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. Some of them I just guessed but I missed quite a few D:
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level 77
Feb 15, 2016
Got them all this time. But had to guess Hispanic countries for Trujillo. Yay learning.
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level 82
Oct 23, 2013
It would be a good quiz to see the "retirement" plan for each of these dictators. How many besides Sulla stepped away from power voluntarily and how many were carried out feet first?
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level 54
Dec 22, 2013
Only Castro stepped down voluntarily (to be succeeded by his own brother), Mugabe is still power. Mao, Tito, Duvalier, Kim, Franco and Brezhnev all governed until they died of more or less natural causes. The rest (except Sulla) were all either kicked out or assassinated.
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level 58
Mar 23, 2018
not mugabe anymore now
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level 70
Dec 13, 2013
Okay. So how random is Sulla. There isn't a person on the list, except for Napoleon, who is pre-20th century. Then all of a sudden Sulla, a guy who was born before Christ.
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level 57
Jan 14, 2014
Threw me for a loop too. I stared at it for like a minute.
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level 63
Feb 15, 2016
Agreed!
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level 43
Mar 25, 2015
But to be fair, Sulla is probably the only one one the list whose official job description actually was "dictator" (:
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level 55
Mar 5, 2014
what about Pol Pot, Stalin, Lenin?
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level 22
Mar 10, 2014
The quiz doesn't claim to have all the dictators, just a selection. Besides, seeing as it already contains Brezhnev it would be silly to also include Stalin and Lenin as they were from the same regime in the same country, just at different times
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level 59
Feb 15, 2016
Brezhnev a dictator? Um, no. Stalin far more accurately fits that term.
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level 71
May 12, 2019
Pol Pot definitely fits the bill; I would also proffer Bashar al-Assad.
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level 57
Mar 29, 2014
Why doesn't this quiz include Barack Obama?
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level 50
Aug 5, 2014
Excuse me, I almost fell out of my chair at that. Very funny. Literally came close to ROTFL.
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level 36
Dec 19, 2014
Sigh...
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level 72
Feb 15, 2016
Ummm... because he was elected by his peers in a fair election not once but twice. Maybe that's why? Not GW Bush is another story
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level 66
Nov 20, 2017
He was elected "mostly" fairly (lots of documented evidence of democrats committing voter fraud), but once he was in power he overstepped his authority. That's what happened with many dictators on this list. They're well-liked when they come to power, but the power gets to them and they take it to the extreme
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level 57
Sep 17, 2018
If you genuinely believe Obama was a dictator then you are both wrong and very gullible.
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level 66
Sep 19, 2019
TinklePot, there is pretty much zero evidence of voter fraud being a problem in the united states. Don't believe everything you read on the internet
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level 72
Apr 14, 2019
Ironically 5 years later we actually have a President who visibly climaxes at the mention of dictators' names.
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level 71
May 12, 2019
Someone missed 7th grade civics class, about the Constitution and the three branches of government. Wait a second… is that you, Donald???
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level 25
Apr 28, 2014
I don't think Hosni Mubarak. He stepped down immediately after people started to get hurt. Although I admit I'm not a Mubarak expert.
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level 55
May 2, 2014
Sacrebleu! You put Napoleon on zis list, zis is an outrage, Monsieur! Sulla and Napoleon are indeed dictators but more in the old Roman way: all powers to one person so he can end the internal troubles of a country. No genocide, no mass-killing of own citizens, or at least not more than any French king at least...
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level 58
Jan 14, 2015
Alongside several other people, this comment defends someone from the calumny of being a dictator, associated with repression, imprisnoment without trial, murder and genocide. Yet the quiz doesn't do anything of the sort. It doesn't say "these people were evil monsters" it simply describes them as dictators, which they all were, and asks you to name the country they ruled, which they all did. Lucassar actually says "Yes, he was a dictator, but of the good sort". Nobody said any different. The quiz isn't making any judgements, it's all in the eye of the beholder.
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level 66
Sep 19, 2019
There are evil dictators and sometimes there are benevolent ones, they're still dictators.
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level 8
Jun 1, 2014
actually adolf hitler is from austria not germany. he led nazi germany but wasnt german. please fix! its false info!
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level 58
Feb 15, 2016
Dictator of Germany, not necessarily born in Germany.
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level 56
Mar 22, 2017
The quiz asks for the country that the individual ruled - their nationality is not relevant in this quiz.
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level 57
Sep 17, 2018
When Hitler was born Germany has only been around for about 20 years. Just because Austria didn't happen to be one of the countries that unified into Germany right at the beginning, that doesn't mean Hitler wasn't German. Nationality is not something that is fixed, and when Germany annexed Austria Hitler was also leader of Austria. "Germany" and "Austria" we're not at that time fixed concepts like "the USA" or "Canada" are today. But anyway the quiz does ask for the country they ruled, not their nationality, and Hitler ruled Germany.
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level 8
Jun 1, 2014
oh wait never mind didnt see the top bit
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level 77
Jun 14, 2014
Shouldn't Scotland work for Idi Amin?
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level 39
Sep 29, 2015
The last King, didn't James McAvoy succeed him :)
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level 29
Jul 1, 2018
You just made my day, bro :)
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level 58
Jan 14, 2015
I thought putting Sulla was really cool. His title was officially Dictator (said in a Latin accent, of course). It would also have been appropriate to put Julius Caesar, whom everybody thinks was the first Roman Emperor, which he wasn't.
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level 65
Feb 24, 2015
Seko, Trujillo and Sulla got me.
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level 66
Jun 2, 2018
I got Mobuto quickly. But I had the advantage of visiting Zaire whilst he was dictator there. The extent of his evil grip on power amazed me.
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level 37
Jul 19, 2015
Where's Porfirio Diaz or Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna? We Mexicans have our not-so-bright history as well.
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level 57
Jul 30, 2015
I have a problem referring to the USSR leaders (except Stalin) as dictators as they had to answer to the central committee and dictators answer to no one.
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level 58
Jul 30, 2015
I sort of agree, in that if the question said Stalin, nobody would complain about calling him a dictator.
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level 58
Dec 16, 2015
Yes, surely Stalin is a far better example of a Soviet dictator.
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level 47
Feb 15, 2016
Dictatorship of the proletariat
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level 29
Oct 9, 2019
@TangoMike DotP is a term used by communists to describe a society controlled by the working class rather than the rich, not literally a dictatorship.
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level 59
Feb 15, 2016
A couple more you could add on would be Chiang Kai-Shek of Taiwan/China (ROC) and maybe General Ne Win of Myanmar (Burma). Great quiz though!
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level 35
Feb 15, 2016
you missed Porfirio Díaz in México
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level 30
Feb 16, 2016
I got Sulla the first... Enjoy your life.
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level 33
Mar 25, 2016
why don't you add Joseph Stalin?
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level 62
Jan 7, 2017
He's in the second part!
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level 60
Sep 6, 2016
Why not include Sulla's full name, since he had one...Lucius Cornelius Sulla [add a Felix at the end if you're feeling fancy]
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level 23
Mar 2, 2017
This is noice
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level 44
Sep 11, 2017
For Sulla, I typed in Roman Empire, The Roman Empire, Italy, and pretty much every single nation that used to be part of the empire. Never did I think to type in 'Rome'.
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level 38
Aug 30, 2018
To CardinalSin: In answer to your question,"what right does Elizabeth have to be queen?" - A birth right.
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level 25
Nov 6, 2018
Got all with only 30s left good quiz. I knew sulla from latin class
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level 36
Dec 2, 2018
How was Stalin not in there?
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level 29
Oct 9, 2019
brezhnev is more well known in the region
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level 58
Dec 14, 2018
Please accept PRK
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level 37
Feb 3, 2019
Is 50% good for a 12 y/o
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level 63
Feb 28, 2019
Nope! I'm afraid it's the short bus for you
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level 49
Apr 20, 2019
That's pretty bad not gonna lie.
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level 77
May 12, 2019
For a 12 year old? I'd say it's pretty good actually.
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level 61
Jun 27, 2019
The average score is 14 so yes, I would say that is good for a 12 yo. Definitely not bad. Most of the people on this site are older than that, and could have heard of several from the news. Only some are covered in history classes.

So anyone saying getting 11 is bad for a 12 yo, has got some issues. (inferiority or superiority.. always hard to tell..)

even it it was bad, no need to rub it in someone's face.

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level 66
Sep 19, 2019
I doubt I would have done that well on a similar quiz when I was 12. Mubarak and Gaddafi would have still been in power but I doubt I could have named them.
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level 32
Jul 30, 2019
I would suggest adding DRC or congo to zaire, because for many other quizzes the modern name is accepted, so it's better to be consistent.
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level 61
Sep 19, 2019
Nice idea! Would suggest mentioning in the caveats that some of the countries no longer exist
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level 43
Sep 19, 2019
Suprised by a lot of these being guessed more than Mugabe. Also is there any reason why Stalin was omitted from this quiz?
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level 18
Sep 27, 2019
Wait...Brezhnev?
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level 29
Oct 9, 2019
some of these aren't dictators by definition, just authoritarian leaders.