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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 69
Feb 14, 2015
Chris Martin has a better ear for music than Van Gogh.
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level 49
Aug 19, 2015
I see what you did there.
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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 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 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 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 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 46
Oct 20, 2011
Please accept spelling of Dickins.
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level 77
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 77
Aug 8, 2013
Correct!
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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 38
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 36
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 36
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 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 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 71
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 74
May 4, 2018
You probably also think he looked like John Wayne.
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level 36
Mar 2, 2013
genghis khan should be more recognisable
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level 66
Sep 1, 2018
Speak to his PR man.
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level 25
May 19, 2013
I spelt Hirohito wrong :(
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level 63
Jun 11, 2013
I thought Poe was John Wilkes Booth. They look alike -- disturbed.
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level 66
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 74
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 58
Oct 16, 2015
5 of them were British, your point being?
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level 58
Aug 28, 2016
People can make up a quiz how they like.
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level 58
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 43
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 74
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 36
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 74
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 66
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 74
Oct 16, 2015
Except for the ones who take these quizzes. :)
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level 75
Dec 7, 2015
Admittedly van Gogh doesn't look entirely healthy in that picture.
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level 55
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 52
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 75
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 75
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 68
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 79
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 16
Oct 16, 2015
at Genghis Khan, 'Chingiz Khan' should work.
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level 59
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 66
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 59
Dec 28, 2015
Being British I've never heard of Douglass. Part of the abolitionist movement, presumably.
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level 25
Jul 10, 2016
Got all 4 of the Brits...
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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 69
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 44
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 43
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 36
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 31
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.
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level 39
Aug 30, 2018
I've read just about all of Charles Dickens' novels, but didn't recognize him. I think it's time that they start putting his picture on the dust cover of his books.
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level 67
Sep 14, 2018
I can't get over Dickens's ridiculous hair.
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