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People by Country #1

Guess the countries that these notable people are/were from.
  • Guess the modern day country, even if it didn't exist when the person was alive
  • Answer must correspond to highlighted box
  • Quiz by Quizmaster - Apr 27, 2017
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For this quiz, the answer must correspond to the yellow box. You can move the yellow box by clicking the cell you want to move to, or by using the arrow or tab keys.

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Person
Country
Yao Ming
Oscar Wilde
Björk
Idi Amin
Victor Hugo
Justin Bieber
Oksana Baiul
Greta Garbo
Person
Country
Augusto Pinochet
Gabriel García Márquez
Hans Christian Andersen
Lech Wałęsa
Christopher Columbus
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Manuel Noriega
Ho Chi Minh
Person
Country
Desmond Tutu
Emily Dickinson
King Leonidas
Charo
Mustafa Atatürk
Didier Drogba
Vasco da Gama
Cyrus the Great
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level 70
Jan 10, 2013
People don't know about Cyrus the Virus?
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level 73
Jan 13, 2015
From Con Air?
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level 50
Oct 8, 2017
I know! I am really surprised that so many people forgot that Iran is also PERSIA.
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level 29
Jan 11, 2013
I think 100% would've gotten Yao Ming if it wasn't for the quiz description.
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level 70
Feb 5, 2013
So you think 2% of the people are trying to type in Bolivia over and over again for 4 minutes and can't figure out that this is a wrong answer?
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level 58
Oct 8, 2017
Who said 4 minutes? Please stick to your normal intellectual comments please, thanks.
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level 70
Oct 8, 2017
sigh
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level 69
Dec 18, 2014
If you're gonna put the diactirics on Márquez and Atatürk, you might as well put them on Wałęsa too.
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level 36
Feb 10, 2015
I concur.
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level ∞
Apr 27, 2017
Give them an inch... :)
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level 69
Jan 10, 2015
There's no other Spaniard but Charo? I'm from Spain and I've never heard about her - had to google it.
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level 68
Feb 14, 2017
Don't complain - look at Canada's representative
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level 37
Oct 8, 2017
Yeah... Why did they have to choose him?!
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level 28
Oct 8, 2017
cuchi cuchi (sp?)
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level 68
Jan 10, 2015
Leonidas was also a quite famous football player from Brazil. He was top scorer in the 1938 World Cup.
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level ∞
Apr 27, 2017
Changed it to "King Leonidas"
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level 68
Oct 9, 2017
cheers qm
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level 35
Jan 10, 2015
Please accept "Hell, Hades, or Lake of Fire" for Justin Bieber.
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level 49
Jan 11, 2015
Lol I second that!
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level 61
Jan 11, 2015
It's "where are they from", not where we hope they are going.
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level 64
Jan 12, 2015
Ataturk was born in Thessaloniki, Greece.
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level 75
Jan 12, 2015
In 1881 Salonica (now Thessaloniki) was part of the Ottoman Empire. His parents were Turks and he became the father of modern day Turkey. Thanks for the info, though, as I thought he might of come from Anatolia.
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level 64
Jan 13, 2015
Of course I agree that he is Turkish. I just thought that, after all the discussion about Cyrus (nationality vs modern day country he came from), this might be a good point to consider!
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level 63
Jan 29, 2016
I agree, ..... GUESS THE MODERN DAY COUNTRY, EVEN IF IT DIDN'T EXIST WHEN THE PERSON WAS ALIVE........... I think that if anyone is born in Thessalonika then they are Greek, that is going on the guidelines given. Matters not what they think they are, or what the parents were, or what the country was when they lived. I think the quiz wants it both ways.
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level 67
Nov 11, 2016
True, it's totally correct to say he was from modern-day Greece ...
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level ∞
Apr 27, 2017
No where does this quiz say anything about birth. Ataturk was Turkish, not Greek. Please don't be pedantic.
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level 63
Oct 8, 2017
This is the first time I've ever seen Quizmaster say "Please don't be pedantic'........ after reading several thousand entirely ridiculous pedantic comments this is the one.
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level 70
Oct 8, 2017
I've seen him say it more than once.
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level 70
Oct 8, 2017
Thessaloniki has an interesting history. It was a center for Macedonian, Greek, Bulgarian, and Turkish (the Young Turks) nationalist movements in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The new nation-state of Greece conquered and annexed it in the 1910s.

While, yes, Ataturk was ethnically Turkish... george has a point. He was born within the territory of the modern day country of Greece. The instructions of the quiz are clear, boldfaced and underlined. Following the directions of the quiz the answer seems like it might be Greece, not Turkey.

On the other hand, we've had discussions on other quizzes about what it means to be "from" a place. For example, Barack Obama is identified as being "from" Chicago. Obama was born in Hawaii; but he made a life and political career in Chicago. In similar fashion, Ataturk was born in Thessaloniki... but he died in Istanbul.

Incidentally I've visited the place of his birth and death both in the last couple years.
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level 47
Oct 8, 2017
His parents were Turkish, but he was *from* Thessaloniki. The quiz asks for the "modern day country" "that these notable people were from", and that is Greece, not Turkey.
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level 60
Oct 8, 2017
I guessed he was from Turkey because he was Turkish. I had no idea he was born in Thessaloniki. Under the way this quiz is built, Greece would be the right answer. That doesn't change the fact that he was Turkish by nationality, though.
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level 62
Sep 6, 2016
Never heard of Baiul or Charo.
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level 47
Oct 8, 2017
Neither have I. Those were the only ones I missed, didn't even try to guess anything for them. The rest were easy, even Bieber (why on Earth do I know his native country?), although I did have to guess two times for Gabriel García Márquez.
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level 14
Oct 8, 2017
you should write Kemal Ataturk since he actually used Kemal, and not Mustafa
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