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Name the historical figures pictured below.
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Last updated: April 06, 2018
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level 44
Mar 5, 2011
nice random selection, not too well-known. Genghis Khan irks me though cause no one knows what he really looked like - youd have to have seen that exact image in an article or something. The Van Gogh one looks like whats-his-name from coldplay...
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level 32
Jun 11, 2012
I thought the same, looks a bit like Chris Martin from Coldplay.
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level 68
Feb 14, 2015
Chris Martin has a better ear for music than Van Gogh.
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level 50
Aug 19, 2015
I see what you did there.
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level 58
Sep 28, 2013
I was suprised about this look of Van Gogh, but I know that this is he, because characteristic as his paintings.
14/20
missed Hitchock - can't spell, Al Capone - I know him but forgot his name,
First see George Custer, Amelia Earhart, Sigmund Freud and Frederick Douglass
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level 71
Oct 23, 2013
No one knows what Shakespeare looked like either, but there's a popular image of him. Same with old Genghis, I reckon. I've never seen that picture of him, but I got him first guess because he looks like Genghis Khan is popularly depicted as looking.
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level 17
Jan 27, 2015
looks like bono without the sunglasses to me
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level 7
May 22, 2011
Genghis Khans picture has been used for kublai Khan, just so you know
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level 51
Aug 8, 2013
Actually, it hasn't. I thought the same thing at first, but upon further investigation there are two similar, yet distinct, paintings. This one is definitely the Genghis Khan one.
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level 19
Jul 4, 2011
Only 31% recognized Edison . . .
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level 73
May 2, 2013
and i was one of the 69%
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level 12
Jul 5, 2011
earheart should count
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level 14
Jul 19, 2011
No it shouldn't. You should learn how to spell.
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level 48
Aug 8, 2013
And you should learn how to hit the "reply" button.
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level 56
Aug 8, 2013
That comment was posted before reply functionality was implemented.
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level 48
Aug 10, 2013
@Quizmeister: My bad then. I haven't been on this site long enough to know, I guess :3.
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level 11
Oct 24, 2013
haha
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level 28
Jul 23, 2011
Che should be sufficiant. Everyone knows him by it.
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level 71
Aug 8, 2013
agreed.
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level 10
Aug 11, 2013
Agreed. It was particularly hard to spell his last name, given that everyone calls him Che.
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level 13
Aug 13, 2013
Che should definitely count
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level 73
Jan 15, 2015
...and Quizmaster is very unforgiving on the spelling of Guevara - took me numerous iterations...
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level 45
Aug 17, 2011
2/20. Only got Queen elizabeth I and Che guevara. I should have gotten around 7/10 though.
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level 13
Aug 17, 2011
Gophils knows how to spell everyones name
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level 20
Sep 18, 2011
12/20 - there were only a couple I missed that I should have known.
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level 26
Oct 2, 2011
i'm upset about dickens only getting 8%... that's one of the saddest things i've ever seen actually...
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level 66
Aug 8, 2013
As a fellow English woman I am too - with that dodgy comb-over he had to be an Englishman :)
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level 46
Aug 8, 2013
Really? it's that sad? I've read EVERY Dickens book...even his short stories, and he was the only one I didn't get. Weird though, I'm not that upset about it!! Definitely wouldn't say it was one of the saddest things I've ever done!!
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level 73
Jan 5, 2014
You've led a very sheltered life if that's really the saddest thing you've ever seen. Be thankful
Like giraffe, I am familiar with Dickens' work of course, but I had no idea what the man looked like.
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level 45
Feb 16, 2014
Exactly. Read Dickens; never met him or had him sit for a portrait. I don't even think they did author's photos on the back jacket cover back then. Besides, he was mostly serialized in mag's when I first started reading his stuff....
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level 53
Jun 21, 2014
He was the only one I couldn't get! I'm English too…..ashamed…..
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level 60
Oct 17, 2015
I was surprised I missed him, but when I think about it, like others have said, I can't recall ever really seeing a picture of him. Poe's portrait, for some reason, is often seen on the back of collections of his works, but Dickens never is. Twain, Shakespeare, etc., all are often pictured, but Dickens just isn't.
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level 74
Dec 7, 2015
He looks rather different here from some portrayals of him as an older man.
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level 56
Feb 14, 2016
I missed Dickins also. I've read a lot of his work also but I couldn't place the picture. I think a lot of Americans know his work, just not what he looks like.
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level 46
Oct 20, 2011
Please accept spelling of Dickins.
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level 60
Sep 29, 2015
Dickins are a spin off of love-ins from the 60s.
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level 51
Oct 16, 2015
I have no idea what that is supposed to mean, but it's hilarious, whether or not it is a joke.
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level 56
Nov 14, 2011
I agree with gophils. Spelling should be correct to count. If you don't know how to spell something and get it wrong, you just might learn something.
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level 48
Aug 8, 2013
That's why it gives you the correct spelling after you get it, genius.
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level 46
May 31, 2015
I agree too, frustrating as it can sometimes be.
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level 76
Jan 13, 2012
Never heard of Frederick Douglass - but I do now!
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level 48
Aug 8, 2013
I sure hope that means you don't live in the U.S.A..
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level 76
Aug 8, 2013
Correct!
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level 60
Sep 29, 2015
I live in the US, and have done for 20+ years, but do not know this gentleman. I would have to presume you really meant born and bred in the US.For me the only famous 'Douglas''s were MacArthur and Fairbanks (Sr and Jr).
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level 52
Feb 26, 2017
The motivating force behind the Emancipation Proclamation- unfortunately often left of history books. Also responsible for the Union Army enlisting African American Solders.
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level 37
Feb 26, 2017
He is in no way often left out of history books, he is all over our American History courses, even on the front cover.
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level 27
Nov 16, 2017
Chill. Even the US president(trump) doesn't know him.
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level 35
Dec 31, 2017
You and Trump--he thought it was someone alive today--said he'd been hearing some good things about him lately. LOL Best to admit you don't know something if you can't get away being silent.
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level 36
Jan 27, 2012
I got Charles Dickens and I'm only 12! I got 13/20. I can't believe I did not get Ghengis Khan! I'm such a nerd.
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level 35
Dec 31, 2017
I have over 50 yrs on you and I hadn't a clue...but I've never managed to finish one of his books yet either.... I got the others except for which Khan it was and Edison.
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level 3
May 9, 2012
Haha 2
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level 28
Jun 16, 2012
Pretty cool quiz. I have to say though, could you accept Chinggis Khan for Genghis Khan? My AP World History book referred to him only as that, so I'm thinking it's a viable alternate version.
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level 46
Aug 8, 2013
just 'Khan' should work! even easier
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level 41
Aug 9, 2013
KHAAAAAAAAAAN!
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level 63
Dec 31, 2017
disagree considering there were two famous Khans...Genghis and Kublai
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level 16
Nov 17, 2012
why doesn't King Henry work?
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level 51
Feb 5, 2013
because there are eight King Henrys.
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level 7
Feb 6, 2013
And there are two Queen Elizabeths. There shouldn't be different rules for them. Either both should require the number or neither.
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level 30
Aug 8, 2013
But Elizabeth is the first one.
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level 70
Oct 27, 2016
I've heard it without number plenty of times. I guess with them being so far apart, there's no need to use the number in context
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level 28
May 5, 2013
True, there are two Queen Elizabeth's but the Queen Elizabeth in the picture is the first Queen Elizabeth. Just as if it was King Henry I in the picture, then King Henry would be accepted. I guess I don't see a problem with how it is now. Everyone feels differently though.
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level 40
Dec 30, 2012
Yeah, I'm pretty sure that's Kublai Khan, his grandson. G never looked like that. He was all barbarian and stuff. (Also, apparently he had reddish hair.)
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level 7
Feb 6, 2013
No that's definitely Genghis, not Kublai. That's pretty much the most well known image of him.
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level 73
May 4, 2018
You probably also think he looked like John Wayne.
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level 35
Mar 2, 2013
genghis khan should be more recognisable
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level 21
Apr 14, 2013
So you can have henry 8th but you won't accept Henry Tudor?
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level 48
Jul 20, 2013
Probably because there were two Henry Tudors.
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level 37
Aug 8, 2013
There were never two Henry Tudors. The name Henry Tudor refers to Henry VII, who was originally Henry from the House of Plantagenet. He defeated Richard III of the House of York at Bosworth Field in 1485. Henry then went on to create the House of Tudor, earning the name Henry Tudor. Henry VIII has never been called Henry Tudor by any serious academic. He is Henry VIII of the House of Tudor.
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level 41
Aug 9, 2013
"It's not a Tudor!" - Arnold Schwarzenegger
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level 56
Jan 2, 2018
English monarchs never had surnames like that - Henry VIII was never known as Henry Tudor, either officially or unofficially.
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level 26
May 19, 2013
I spelt Hirohito wrong :(
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level 62
Jun 11, 2013
I thought Poe was John Wilkes Booth. They look alike -- disturbed.
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level 65
Mar 15, 2015
So did I ........ I even tried it twice I was that sure, then I thought about it and the name Poe just popped into my head....... magic.
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level 73
Aug 8, 2013
I don't believe that all Asian people look alike, but old Asian drawings of Asian people pretty much do...
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level 60
Aug 8, 2013
There's something about this quiz I don't like. Half of these people are Americans (lived in the USA). The other half are people from other countries Americans should know. In this perspective it looks like this quiz was made for Americans only. Or for other people to see how American they are.
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level 66
Aug 8, 2013
I only missed 4 and I'm not American and to be fair, this is an American quiz site.
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level 48
Aug 8, 2013
Yup. Although most of the Americans on this quiz should be known by everyone else as well. Frederick Douglas is probably the only one on this quiz that should be difficult for non-U.S. Americans.
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level 30
Aug 8, 2013
The USA's a pretty big country with some pretty important people in it though. I'm not American and I got a bunch of them. And what do you mean "that Americans should know?" If you're talking about Lenin, Che and Hirohito, I think everyone should probably know them, they were all real important. Though I did miss Hirohito.
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level 57
Oct 16, 2015
5 of them were British, your point being?
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level 57
Aug 28, 2016
People can make up a quiz how they like.
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level 57
Aug 8, 2013
Ugh! I spelt Hirohito about every way but the right one apparently, and couldn't spell Guevara either - don't know what I did there! Didn't recognise Douglass or Edison (no, I'm not American) and don't think I've ever seen a picture of Dickens before!
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level 23
Aug 13, 2013
And I always thought he was General Custard.
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level 51
Oct 22, 2013
Confusing him with Colonel Mustard from Clue perhaps?
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level 41
Aug 15, 2013
Got 15 out of 20. It's a good random quiz. It took me a few guesses before i got elizabeth I, genghis kahn, douglas and dickens. Don't know who che guevara is though. I actually thought the picture of Van Gogh was that of some historically significant serial killer or some other kind of lunatic..Lol...oops.
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level 3
Dec 31, 2017
Well to be fair Van Gogh wasn't exactly sane from what I've read
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level 24
Nov 10, 2013
The Genghis Khan looks extremely similar to the portrait of Kublai Khan
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level 73
Jan 5, 2014
You'd almost think they were related.
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level 71
May 27, 2016
Ha!
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level 35
Dec 31, 2017
Fooled me.
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level 17
Dec 13, 2013
Scarface should work for Al Capone too.
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level 73
Jan 5, 2014
I tried this with my students. The only one they could come up with a name for was Che Guevara- the power of being a t-shirt, I guess. They shouted out his name immediately. The others they either had no idea about or struggled with. They came up with "George 1st" for Washington, somebody guessed Queen Victoria for Elizabeth, they thought Van Gogh was a zombie, Hitchcock was Egyptian, someone recognized Earhart from Night at the Museum but did not know her name, and someone else thought that Lenin was Louis XIV. After the answer for Genghis Khan came up they knew who he was, too, but were not able to guess even with an ample number of clues.
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level 65
Mar 15, 2015
In time most young people will only know pop or film stars, their history will be from movies and spelling and maths will be a thing of the past unless helped by electronic gadgets.
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level 73
Oct 16, 2015
Except for the ones who take these quizzes. :)
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level 74
Dec 7, 2015
Admittedly van Gogh doesn't look entirely healthy in that picture.
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level 7
Apr 9, 2014
Wow I've Never seen a picture of Edgar Allen Poe before; he looks so, err, suitable...
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level 16
Apr 13, 2014
I spelled lennin three different ways and it diddnt accept....fun quiz though!! 13\20
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level 60
Apr 18, 2014
Instead of Frederick Douglass, you should have put Don King as most of the rest of the world have heard of/seen King and his very similar haircut and unless you're American, Douglass is pretty much an unknown, mainly because slavery had been abolished elsewhere so he was preaching for the status quo abroad.
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level 51
Jun 22, 2015
I would never count Don King as a historical figure. Personally, I thought this Douglass picture was actually Karl Marx at first!
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level 27
Oct 16, 2015
No. Don't take him away. Leave him be. People should know about Frederick Douglass.
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level 39
Oct 13, 2016
It would be an affront to replace Douglass with Don King. What positive contribution to humanity has the latter ever made.
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level 11
Apr 19, 2014
“All babies look like Alfred Hitchcock. Or Winston Churchill.” ― Suzanne Brockmann, Hot Pursuit
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level 24
Oct 28, 2014
I wanted to put William Harding for Edison for the longest time.. finally got Edison at the last second to get all of them besides Dickens. I thought it was Buffalo Bill.
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level 36
Dec 22, 2014
You mean Warren G. Harding, not William Harding.
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level 56
Apr 22, 2015
I am obviously too tired to be taking this quiz. I missed Shakespeare even though I always know him. And yet I recognized Frederick Douglass even in my overly tired state. At least I can be proud of myself for that.
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level 65
May 25, 2015
Three of these people are non-Westerners, and 13 are either British or American. Atrociously Eurocentric.
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level 65
Aug 5, 2015
You want to see the Chinese Quiz site.
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level 73
Oct 16, 2015
If you check out the recently posted quizzes, there will be many written in various foreign languages. I suggest if you want to take quizzes that are not primarily British or American-centric, you choose those not written in English.
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level 51
Jun 22, 2015
Holy crap, I would have never guessed that was Charles Dickens! With that facial hair, I was trying Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Russian Russian Russian.
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level 44
Jul 7, 2015
I kept on trying Baudelaire for Poe. They look identical.
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level 71
Oct 16, 2015
Not really. Not at all actually
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level 74
Jul 10, 2015
19/20 Feel like i did well. Only missed Dickens. Never knew what he looked like. Apparently that's the case with most people.
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level 74
Sep 8, 2015
I wonder if I would have got Lenin had I not seen his actual mummified body? That's a sight I'm not likely to forget in a hurry.
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level 22
Sep 28, 2015
I don't know who were Babe Ruth and Douglass.
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level 67
Oct 16, 2015
I thought Hitchcock was Churchill for a moment haha. Also, this quiz made me realise that I don't think I've ever seen a picture of Dickens before this quiz. Kinda surprising considering he's so well known. Nice quiz though. I like these historical figure quizzes.
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level 78
Oct 16, 2015
Mother Teresa. NO H in her name. Gone surprisingly long without anyone correcting (that I could see, glanced through the comments).
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level 57
Oct 16, 2015
so who is Frederick Douglass?
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level 27
Oct 16, 2015
Frederick Douglass was one of the most brilliant and intelligent men in America. He was of African-American descent and was a civil rights activist and prominent abolitionist. My favorite work by him is his article, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of the July." I first learnt about him from a poster on a wall in a NZ school. I was intrigued when I first saw that article's title... Anyway search him up on Google if you want to find out more about him.
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level 16
Oct 16, 2015
at Genghis Khan, 'Chingiz Khan' should work.
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level 60
Oct 16, 2015
I think there's a more common picture of Dickens that people have seen, (an engraving, I think, rather than a photograph) in which his hair is considerably wilder and free-flowing than the rather staid and trim state in this photograph. I think this is why some people have not recognised him. We've had him on banknotes in Britain.

One of the very best Funny or Die Drunk History sketches ever was Jen Kirkman doing how Frederick Douglass met Abraham Lincoln, in which Don Cheadle's main character point was to have his hair styled exactly like the original - a thickly forested Afro, combed downwards into a parting.
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level 46
Oct 16, 2015
Should accept Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov for Lenin ...
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level 65
Jan 11, 2016
I don't believe you typed in "Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov" instead of Lenin...... BTW I'll be your sponsor at Nitpickers Anonymous
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level 54
Aug 15, 2016
They accepted VI Lenin, so that's enough for me.
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level 18
Oct 16, 2015
I got 19 out of 20. Missed Genghis Khan, I think because of simulated pic. Still, 19 out of 20 is pretty good.
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level 36
Oct 17, 2015
surpised that Fredrich Douglas was so low, he has a really distinct look. other than that, i honestly cant tell you what he did other than he was active in the the push for civil rights.
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level 54
Aug 15, 2016
Douglass
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level 34
Oct 20, 2015
Could've sworn that was Kublai Khan
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level 55
Oct 22, 2015
Well, they're grandfather and grandson, so I guess you must have noted some family mark.
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level 54
Aug 15, 2016
No, but I was hoping they would accept "Khan" anyway.
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level 59
Dec 28, 2015
Being British I've never heard of Douglass. Part of the abolitionist movement, presumably.
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level 54
Aug 15, 2016
Presumably, ya.
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level 25
Jul 10, 2016
Got all 4 of the Brits...
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level 54
Aug 15, 2016
I think you should only accept Douglass with 2 s's. There would be about 10% correct then ;)
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level 26
Sep 13, 2016
You mean "name american historical figures and some other people to make it look international"
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level 50
Sep 15, 2016
totally agree. The fact that an international quizz will most surely be in english doesn't need to make most of them US or British-centric.
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level 42
Oct 1, 2016
scarface should be one of the type-ins
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level 45
Nov 10, 2016
ain't that the dickens...
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level 45
Nov 10, 2016
QM: Great quiz!!!!!
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level 68
Dec 11, 2016
i think there are much more suitable choices to be mentioned than custer!
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level 29
Dec 19, 2016
Guevara was the only guy I hadn't heard of, yet I got 11/20. We learn about the people, but never see photos in America.
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level 39
Dec 20, 2016
That photo of Che (Ernesto) Guevara in his Beret is the most image in the world (except perhaps for Christ on the Cross). How could you have never seen it?
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level 45
Jan 12, 2017
Could you please accept Temujin for Ghengis Khan
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level 24
Jan 21, 2017
Edison Again :(.
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level 33
Feb 7, 2017
never heard of frederick douglas, kept writing General Custer and never thought of trying George... would never have got Poe or Freud..
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level 33
Feb 7, 2017
and stop whining about it being American biased, its an american website, live with it... if you want romanian historic figures, try searching for Romanian quizzes... am based in UK, find its a good overall mix on here
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level 45
Apr 1, 2017
Great quiz! You should have included Tesla instead of Edison.
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level ∞
Jun 26, 2017
After all, Tesla did invent the death ray and the first practical teleportation device. :)
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level 44
Oct 10, 2017
Never heard of Babe Ruth or George Custer in my life... didn't recognize Sigmund Freud. Thought the image of Frederick Douglass was common knowledge- and I'm not even an American.
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level 35
Dec 31, 2017
I thought Custer was Wild Bill Hickock--got it right immed when that didn't work, but then kept trying to spell Alfred Hitchcock's name with 2 "k"s...Hitchkock. Was certain it was him--remember his TV show every week. Funny that others were flexible but not Hitch.
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level 14
Dec 31, 2017
#ButWhyDoesCheGueveraLookLikeCarlosValdes
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level 72
Dec 31, 2017
Don't know why so few got Frederick Douglass, after all he's being recognized more and more.
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level 30
Jan 19, 2018
Why wouldn't it accept Babe Ruth and General Custer, the only ones I didn't get were Edgar Allen Poe and Frederick Douglass.
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level 70
Mar 26, 2018
Spelling: van Gogh, with a small v.
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level 39
Jun 1, 2018
^ Oh, Thank you for that! the appropriate small "v" in Dutch names is almost never used. People just refuse acknowledge the difference between "van" and "Von".
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level 57
Jun 25, 2018
Got them all except for Douglass and Edison. Douglass is the only one I haven't heard of; until now. Tried Confucius and Lao Tzu before I finally guessed it was Gengis Khan.