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Name that Historical Figure #2

Name the historical figures pictured below.
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Last updated: April 06, 2018
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level 45
Mar 10, 2011
Hmmm... the fact that so many more people knew Robert E Lee than Ho Chi Minh reinforces the stereotype of what "world history" means in the US
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level 55
Sep 1, 2012
Nowhere in this quiz does it say "world history." This is a US website. Most of the people on here are American. We're going to recognize American Historical figures.
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level 51
May 26, 2013
Exactly. We not only learn World History in the US, but also US History. So why wouldn't we be more familiar with figures from the US?
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level 58
Sep 13, 2013
This is an open website on the WWW - don't think you can call it "American". And where do you get these statistics?
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level 65
Mar 20, 2014
To be "fair", Americans tend to consider themselves to be "the World", as in World Championship, World Series... I'm not sure at all that most people on this website are American, and even if they were, it probably wouldn't hurt some Americans (by far not all of them) to gather some perspective about what "history" actually means. May I remind you that if we consider Herodotus to be the first historian, you've joined the timeline after about 80% of it had already happened?
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level 74
Mar 31, 2014
drunken gandalf, your comments are highly ironic considering your comments are anything but fair, and you don't seem to have a solid grasp of history yourself. At least you put "fair" in quotation marks.

To (actually) be fair, the United States is a part of the world, and in the same way that events in Pharaonic Egypt, Classical Greece, Imperial Rome and Victorian England are a vital part of world history, events in the USA and American colonies over the past four centuries are also a vital part of world history. Since the decline of the European empires and the rise of American industrial might in the 1800s, to a large extent, world history IS American history. To be fair.
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level ∞
Mar 31, 2014
Of course, "to be fair", all our quizzes tend to focus on Western History at the expense of the East. China was the world's most powerful country throughout most of its history and we at JetPunk almost completely ignore them. Why? Because the users of this site are primarily Westerners. Our goal is not to be fair, but to be entertaining.
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level 75
Oct 11, 2015
"Joined the timeline"? That makes it sound as if Americans just appeared on the continent across the pond. Most of them were British once. They had a history before America. If that makes sense.
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level 71
Nov 14, 2015
Getting back to the original point, you'd expect Americans to know about Ho Chi Minh because he was the leader of the only country that ever beat the US in a war.
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level 52
Oct 10, 2017
Ah, kalbaham-sandwich-ut, making fun of people's names, that's very professional. I know whose side I'm on.
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level 74
Feb 28, 2018
Quizmaster: first of all... China has only been a country since 1949 and never once since 1949 has it been the most powerful country in the world. You are succumbing to the nationalist fallacy that current nation-states have a history that extends back to all the people that that nation state claims to be directly descended from. There have been a wide variety of different states in the area that the country of China now occupies. The vast and overwhelming majority of which were also never the most powerful countries in the world.
2nd, if you're going to rope in every entity that ever existed in this territory under the all-encompassing umbrella of "China" as if they were the same thing... then... I think you're still wrong. Check out this graph for a start (from a good book worth reading).
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level 74
Feb 28, 2018
It's hard to see from the scale of that graph, but, according to the metrics the book used China's social development lagged behind that of the West's for thousands of years. Civilization began in the West much earlier and got a head start. People in Mesopotamia started cultivating plants 2000 years before anyone along the Yellow River did the same. When Ancient Egypt was building the great pyramids of Giza and erecting great carved stele full of hieroglyphs, the people who lived in the land that would become China were still in the stone age. When Alexander conquered most of the known world "China" was divided into many different warring states; the Qin would not (mostly) unify these states until over 100 years later. At the height of its power the Roman Empire was certainly much more powerful than China was at the same time. It wasn't until after the collapse of Rome when Europe entered the Dark Ages that China took the lead.
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level 74
Feb 28, 2018
...and that lead only lasted until about 1800 when the West (first the British Empire, then the United States) first eclipsed and then rocketed past China. The USA has maintained the lead since then even if it's likely that China will overtake them at some point in the not too distant future.

Anyway... point taken about entertainment > fairness. And I appreciate your occasional efforts to make the quizzes more international or teach us something about China. :) But, to be fair, there *is* a reason why modern history texts focus more on Western civilization than Eastern and it's not just cultural chauvinism.

by the way I found the text of that book in pdf form in its entirety if anyone wants to read. Though I recommend buying a copy.
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level 65
Feb 28, 2018
Wow, OK, pretty shrill. a) China was a country long before 1949; b) "American" history started long before "four centuries ago," or "80 percent of the timeline had already happened"; c) I also find the original point interesting - that more people recognized the image of Robert E. Lee than the one of Ho Chi Minh. No, nowhere does it say that this is a U.S. history quiz, but if almost half of the pictures were of Italians (to say nothing about Indians or Nigerians), it would strike many as odd, yes?
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level 74
Mar 2, 2018
a) no, it wasn't. The People's Republic of China (China) was founded in 1949.
b) depends. United States (American) history could be said to have begun in 1776 when the country was founded. But of course the people and lands eventually incorporated in to that country have histories that extend back much farther than that.
c) If half the people on this quiz were Italian that would indeed be odd. Sort of like if half the people on the quiz were from Texas. On the other hand, if half of them were European (and they are), it wouldn't be any more strange than if fewer than half of them were American.
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level 6
Mar 3, 2018
Kalbahamut, so in that graph earlier, is South Asia part of West or East? If it is, which one? Seeing how worldly you are, how many languages can you speak/read/write?
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level 74
Jul 17, 2018
That book focused mostly on Eastern and Western civilization as defined in the book, with Eastern civilization being all the civilizations that descended from the earliest civilizations around the Yellow and Yangtze river valleys and Western civilization being all the civilizations that descended from those of Mesopotamia. The latter includes the Levant, Egypt, Arabia, Greece, Rome, Europe, and the lands colonized by Europeans, but since the most popular theory about civilization in India is that it sprung up independently along the Indus river valley, it is not counted as part of either East or West. In the book. If it were it wouldn't make any difference most likely as they always lagged behind the far eastern and western cores.
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level 74
Jul 17, 2018
and.. don't see how this is important but I can read (and by read I mean sound out) Cyrillic, Arabic, and Korean. I know words in phrases in lots of languages but I can only carry on a conversation in English, Spanish, or Pig Latin.
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level 59
Dec 8, 2018
Porcus Latin dicta.
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level 74
Sep 8, 2013
Lee is at least as important a figure of world history as Ho Chi Minh and probably moreso. The margin of difference isn't very big, either.
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level 32
Sep 8, 2013
Yeah HighFidelity, you are wrong. So wrong.
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level 39
Feb 5, 2015
I knew it, I just always misspell and misplace his name <_>
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level 39
Apr 15, 2015
It's only barely, though not sure of what the percentage was then.
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level 74
Nov 14, 2015
Maybe some people tried typing in merely "Ho"
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level 49
Feb 28, 2018
Comment on a Jetpunk quiz, they said. It'll be fun, they said.
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level 72
Feb 28, 2018
More people knew Gandhi than Franklin, what's your point?
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level 37
Feb 28, 2018
fun fact: im a german and i saw that picture of wilhelm. but i thought "no, that has to be some other dude ... an us-american site wouldnt put in an half-unknown german leader, they would use merkel or hitler but not him" so i didnt guessed him too, lol
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level 41
Feb 28, 2018
This whole debate got really off topic and away from the point really fast. I am Canadian, so I would agree that a lot of the content is very America centric, and that the argument HighFidelity is making is more a mislabeling one than an "Make your quiz more worldly" one. All that said, I still think the comment is not valid for two reasons, 1. The quiz is titled "Name that Historical Figure"...That is pretty broad and means it could be anyone...in fact, it would still be an accurate title if all the answers were American ones. 2. And most importantly, this is an open site with guest contributors...It doesn't say anywhere that content must show global diversity...The quizmaster made a quiz that was entertaining and fair, and that's all they are required to do...period. Now, to the point of American's learning more about the world outside America...thats a different argument...and one not suited for online quiz sites ;)
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level 50
Feb 28, 2018
So what? Name a country that is more familiar with foreign heroes than their own heroes.
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level 65
Oct 28, 2018
Nauru.
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level 55
Mar 15, 2011
It's true. Attaching names to faces means nothing if you don't know anything about who the people actually are. To the quizmaster: I think Mark Twain's real name, Samuel Clemens, should also be accepted.
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level 59
Mar 15, 2011
I agree jromance. American historical figures are and should be more important to Americans than foreign historical figures. I am sick of diminishing our great nation so that we can be "less offensive" to the rest of the world.
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level 45
Mar 15, 2011
jromance- fair point, and coming from Australia I imagine more people would recognise Captain Cook than Ho Chi Minh also. I was probably overreacting to seeing comments like "pretty sad if you don't know all the US states". ctleng- you're comments are the sort that made me overreact in the first place. Note that the particular foreigner I was talking about caused America to enter the most controversial war in their history- I'm pretty sure that makes them as important as any American historical figure.
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level 71
Aug 21, 2011
Van Rijn should also be accepted for Rembrandt. Rembrandt is actually his first name
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level 23
Oct 2, 2011
I didn't get Geronimo and I'm American. But I also did not get Rembrandt or Tolstoy.
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level 52
Feb 28, 2018
Unfortunately, being from the US doesn't imply that you were taught much about the Native chiefs. :-/
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level 43
Nov 29, 2011
@High fildelity: the quiz said historical figures, not necessarily WORLD history figures. The Civil War is the greatest challenge in the history of the USA, it was the country tearing itself apart and in MANY cases, brother literally fighting against brother. Why should it be a shock that Americans (and not in such large numbers, seeing by the fact that 63% of takers got Lee wrong) might be able to recognize the chief military figure of the Confederacy? JRomance is 100% right...it is one thing to be completely ignorant of history, but if one is not and merely knows more about the history of their home country than they do of general world and foreign history, then they should not be called ignorant.
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level 74
Sep 8, 2013
Also without Lee the war may well have ended differently, and a divided USA would have had a much greater impact on the rest of the world and the course of world history than if Vietnam had remained divided or had become a French or American territory- or a democratic country in the US sphere of influence. Pretty minor event in world history compared to the American Civil War.
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level 65
Mar 20, 2014
The breaking of colonial Empires around the world is NOT a minor event.
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level 74
Mar 31, 2014
and you are giving Ho way too much credit for that while simultaneously farcically minimizing the impact of the American Civil War.

Washington, Jefferson, Bolivar, Hirohito, Sukarno, Gandhi, Selassie, Nasser and many others all came before Điện Biên Phủ, and the majority of them were vastly more important to the ultimate end of European colonialism than late-to-the-party footnote Ho.
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level 50
Dec 13, 2011
i think you shoul accept jeanne d'arc as thats her real name
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level ∞
Dec 13, 2011
Okay.
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level 31
Mar 8, 2012
It's Martin Luther King JR. Without that, you mean his father.
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level 68
Nov 14, 2015
Oh, please!
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level 50
Feb 28, 2018
You must be great fun at parties.
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level 44
Apr 21, 2012
Does anybody else find that Beethoven picture really creepy? I feel like he wants to murder me through my screen...
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level 20
May 11, 2012
I thought Louis XIV was Louis XVI and thought Wilhelm was Otto von Bismark
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level 18
Jul 9, 2012
I got Harry Truman confused for Woodrow Wilson.
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level 44
May 31, 2013
I feel a little better knowing I'm not the only one.
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level 80
Sep 9, 2013
I thought it was Warren G. Harding. Yeah, I'm silly like that.
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level 77
Aug 11, 2012
I thought Mark Twain was Jed Clampett from the Beverly Hillbillies!
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level 42
Feb 28, 2018
Thanks, me too
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level 40
Dec 26, 2012
I was trying Joan of Ark. As a mispell maybe this could be ok?!
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level 74
Sep 8, 2013
Noah's wife?
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level 66
Dec 14, 2013
Exactly, but when King James of England made his Bible he left her out of it because she was French and Catholic.
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level 66
Apr 12, 2018
I didn't know Joan of Arc was in the Bible!
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level 17
Apr 4, 2013
I thought Tolstoy was Moses Lol
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level 25
May 19, 2013
Douglas MacArthur really looks like Bruce Willis in that picture.
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level 63
Jun 11, 2013
Wow--I just realized that!
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level 66
Jul 31, 2013
The two monarchs I missed. I thought that it was Louis 16th instead of 14th.
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level 59
Aug 1, 2013
15/20. But surprised that only 10% got Tolstoy.
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level 26
Aug 8, 2013
One thing is for certain, Americans can't take a bit of criticism, sob sob. It's funny, I managed to create a general knowledge quiz which wasn't biased towards my home country. It's really not that hard.
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level 74
Sep 8, 2013
a bit? Try constant and neverending. Every day multiple times a day some idiot (actually legion of them) mouthing off in comments here or on CNN or wherever. Most Americans take it in stride extremely well considering. In fact Americans frequently criticize themselves, or accept the criticism of others and in some cases agree, or just laugh it off. There are tons of examples of American art and culture that contain pointed criticism of Americans themselves, and American humor is very self-deprecating. On the other hand say one negative thing about Canada or England or Australia or Saudi Arabia etc.. somebody reading the comment is going to lose their mind.
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level 52
Oct 10, 2017
That's your personal experience, kalbahamut. It probably has something to with the way you're constantly spouting off highly opinionated and offensive tirades against nationalities and religions.
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level 74
Feb 28, 2018
No, it doesn't. I'm more often responding to the people I'm referring to than I am inspiring responses by them.
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level 72
Aug 8, 2013
The first historical mugshot quiz wouldn't accept "che" without the last name but this quiz accepts "elvis" without the last name.
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level 43
Aug 15, 2013
I got 15 out of 20. I could not get Ho Chi minh (among a few others) i thought the picture was of former prime minister tojo of wwii japan. Although Ho Chi Minh does rather resemble master chow from the van damme movie kickboxer...lol.
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level 65
Apr 23, 2014
You should accept "Maria Sklodowska-Curie" in "Marie Curie" as she was Polish and took her husband's surname only as a second one. Therefore officially she was known 'till the end of her life as Maria Sklodowska-Curie
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level 55
May 20, 2014
I hate these quizzes. If you think not being able to remember names is embarrassing, try not being able to remember faces.
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level 59
Feb 28, 2018
Maybe you have prosopagnosia.
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level 55
Jul 22, 2014
Anyone who didn't get Churchill apparently has never taken a World War II test on this site...he's the picture for almost every one.
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level 59
Feb 12, 2015
I'm bound to remark that the German emperor's answer should not be filled in when you type "Kaiser". That is simply the name of his rank. I will admit to never having heard reference to any previous or succeeding Kaiser, nevertheless you should get the point for putting his actual name.
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level 52
Oct 10, 2017
Same problem with 'Caesar' in other quizzes, though not, oddly, with 'czar' or 'tzar'.
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level 63
May 2, 2015
robert e lee looks like victor hugo to me for some reason
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level 79
May 16, 2015
I thought Tolstoy was Santa Claus on a casual Friday and that Mark Twain was Sam Elliot, the actor, though not of any real significance to world history. Truthfully, I thought MacArthur was Ronald Reagan from his acting days.
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level 39
Dec 5, 2017
To me he looked like Rasputin.
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level 59
Nov 14, 2015
You should accept Ho not minh as the answer. As far as I know, Ho is the surname.
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level ∞
Nov 14, 2015
You are correct! Ho will work now.
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level 66
Nov 16, 2015
Could you add Skłodowska to Curie, after all that's how she was known Maria Curie Skłodowska.
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level 59
Nov 16, 2015
Wonderful quiz - 100% here!
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level 28
Jan 30, 2016
i got 35%-geography is my thing
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level 69
Mar 7, 2016
Just because all the European Old Masters and miscellaneous Italians are known today by their first names only doesn't mean they didn't actually have last names! 😉 Please accept "van Rijn" for Rembrandt.
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level 57
Feb 5, 2017
I typed "joan or arc" and it wouldn't take it :(
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level 35
Mar 4, 2017
I feel like a major-league derp... forgot Elvis...
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level 39
Mar 13, 2017
The North should have relieved the South of its greatest asset (slavery) moved all the slaves North, to the Caribbean or back to Africa, then expelled it from the union (which would have been moot, given that they had already seceded). Let's see how long it would have taken those "good ole boys" to beg their way back in.
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level 65
Jul 7, 2017
I thought the picture of Mark Twain was Jed Clampett from the Beverley Hill Billies at first
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level 24
Oct 10, 2017
Got them all but Robert E Lee because I'm not American
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level 15
Dec 11, 2017
update to add more female figures? this is very male dominated :/
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level 49
Feb 19, 2018
Marie SKŁODOWSKA-Curie, that's full name of this polish scientist.
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level 46
Feb 28, 2018
Wow. Only 2 women in the whole quiz. Great job, quizmaster.
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level 66
Feb 28, 2018
Make your own quiz.
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level ∞
Feb 28, 2018
History doesn't retroactively change to fit itself towards modern conceptions of gender equality. The history of the world up until very recent times was almost entirely the history of men.
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level 63
Feb 28, 2018
I thought that Marie Curie looked a little crazy...so I tried Lizzie Borden.
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level 49
Mar 8, 2018
Me too lol
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level 46
Feb 28, 2018
Americans should definitely know that portion of World History that is American History better than other parts of world history, just like someone from Russia should know that portion of World History that is Russian History better than history from other parts of the world. This is a common sense.
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level 46
Feb 28, 2018
I'm willing to wager that many people got Ho Chi Minh trying to guess Hoover for Woodrow Wilson. I always confuse Wilson, Hoover, and Harding. I hadn't even seen Ho yet when I noticed it was already filled in...
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level 44
Feb 28, 2018
My way of describing if I recognize someone would be if you showed me 20 photos of similar faces of that era, would I be able to select the right person in one or two choices. ---- For example, I got Geronimo correct, but I really had no idea what he looked like. I just started guessing Native Americans (Cochise, then Geronimo, and I would have tried Sitting Bull next). Same with Wilson - I recognized him as a president, but really had no idea which one. I tried a few, and stumbled upon a right answer. Same with Ho, who I got right away. I was ready to try Sun and Chiang in case Ho didn't work. Perhaps Pol next --- but I fully admit I didn't "recognize" him in any fashion. Just started guessing East Asian leaders, and somehow got him right off the bat.
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level 48
Feb 28, 2018
I could have sworn that was the guy from Rush.
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level 57
Mar 18, 2018
You should accept Jeronimo and Curry and Currie.... sheesh
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level 66
Apr 12, 2018
I think Elvis just doesn't sit right in this company. He will slowly fade into obscurity generation by generation, much like Rudolph Valentino or Al Jolson, not really historical figures.
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level 39
Aug 15, 2018
Actually, I got Ho Chi Minh before Robert E. Lee. Lee's face was vaguely familiar, but I had to really eliminate some other choices before settling on him. As to the comment about Elvis fading into obscurity, keep dreaming! He will always be up there with Beethoven, van Gogh and Rembrandt.
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level 74
Oct 28, 2018
*every* historical figure is doomed to eventually fade into obscurity, and eventually into complete oblivion, on a long enough time line. Even Jesus and Muhammad and Alexander. Eventually. Elvis will, too.

Hard to say if, 500 years from now, he'll be as well remembered as Beethoven. Probably not. But maybe. If humans even still exist then. I think Malbaby is probably right.
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level 46
Nov 11, 2018
Please accept Chi Minh, I wrote it, but it does not work.
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level 53
Dec 13, 2018
Still trying to work out what i typed to get Ho Chi Minh before i saw the picture. I would have got it anyway, but weird!
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