World Leaders by Picture

Can you identify these former and current world leaders?
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Last updated: October 27, 2020
First submittedJuly 27, 2011
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+15
Level ∞
Apr 16, 2018
We reset this quiz to use the new format, remove some of the least-guessed answers, and to use better pictures.
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Level 68
Apr 16, 2018
I like it! Nice mix of people
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Level 55
Oct 3, 2018
Pope is leader?
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Level 57
Oct 27, 2018
Leader of Vatican City and leader of the Catholic Church
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Level 74
Oct 1, 2019
King of the Vatican!
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Level 68
Nov 9, 2020
He's actually not a king. I'm pretty sure he's a count. Still a monarch, though.
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Level 75
Aug 23, 2021
The leader of a theocracy is the head of the church.
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Level 66
Jun 22, 2020
Did anyone else want to see Qaddafi and Phil Spector do a Hair Club for Men commercial?
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Level 63
Apr 17, 2018
I knew Suharto. Being Australian helps with that given he was the Indonesian President and they're right on our doorstep.
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Level 78
Nov 9, 2020
I tried Sukarno, Sukarto, and Suharno, then gave up. Sigh. Sometimes I get so close but just not close enough.
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Level 71
Apr 17, 2018
If you like this try my 'Famous People A to M' quiz (also has NATO CODE......... here it is
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Level 82
Apr 17, 2018
Didn't recognize Macron; got the others.
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Level 58
Apr 17, 2018
I didn't get Gaddafi because in Italy we spell it as "Gheddafi".
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Level 82
Apr 17, 2018
In The Netherlands we say Khadaffi. It annoys me that there are so many ways to spell his name. Even the one in this quiz isn't even spelled right (like how it's spelled in Libya).
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Level 71
Apr 17, 2018
The closest spelling to the standard Arabic pronunciation would be Al Qathaafi (where the 'th' are pronounced like in 'the')
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Level 82
Apr 18, 2018
^ but that's making an assumption about how those letters in English are pronounced. And that's always a crapshoot. It's also expressing a preference for a certain Arabic pronunciation, which can vary widely from place to place. These are some of the reasons why English transliterations of Arabic and other words change or have multiple different spellings.
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Level 67
Nov 9, 2020
Even so, I'm an American, and I spell it different than it's spelled on this quiz (Gadhafi). It would be nice to have more type-ins accepted, maybe some of the more common ones at least.
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Level 77
Apr 17, 2018
I feel Soeharto should probably be accepted. Its archaic, but still not uncommon in English usage. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suharto?wprov=sfla1
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Level 37
Mar 28, 2019
"Soeharto" is how I learned to spell it in school as well, but this is an English-language quiz, so any names that can be anglicized will be anglicized!
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Level 79
Oct 27, 2020
Looks like Dutch spelling
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Level 50
Apr 17, 2018
Macron is the best
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Level 61
Jun 6, 2020
He's not too bad when compared to most others on this list. Along with Merkel, Obama and Mandela, he's the only one that isn't either a nationalist conservative or a dictator.
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Level 61
Jun 16, 2020
I forgot Trudeau. And even the Pope is not too bad, for a religious leader.
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Level 61
Jun 17, 2020
Merkel sucks, and Obama really sucks.

Chavez, Castro, Lula, Francis and maybe Gaddafi are the only halfway decent ones in here.

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Level 80
Aug 9, 2020
Chavez, Castro and Lula have their place. For the all the bad western press, they've accomplished alot for the working people of their countries.
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Level 80
Aug 9, 2020
I don't like Merkal's politics but she's a true leader and cares about people. Obama was a bit of a disappointment (for a leftist) but given the circumstances he was one of the better US presidents in the post WWII era.
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Level 69
Sep 7, 2020
hwes pretty astounding you'd make those claims about South American leaders without having visited the continent. You're implying the "western press" is lying about them being corrupt dictators who have massively hindered progress in their countries, especially for working people. Read some (non-state) South American press and you'll see it's the same picture.

I live in a middling city in Peru and there are Venezuelan families living in the parks thanks to Chavez and his cronies.

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Level 67
Oct 27, 2020
Yeah, I don't think you should put Lula with Chavez and Castro. Lula was actually very good. The others had autocratic tendencies, to say the least.
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Level 75
Oct 29, 2020
I know it's a very touchy subject, but setting aside for a brief moment their autocratic tendencies (which are def bad), Castro and Chavez achieved many good things for their people.

Cuba is one of the most advanced nations in the Americas in regards to education, healthcare, and housing.

Trudeau, meanwhile, and for all the beauty in his smile, has been a catastrophe for First Nations peoples, whose territories he wants to exploit for their oil.

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Level 32
Apr 2, 2021
LULA IS THE BEST ONE!? Don’t make me laugh. That tramp of the hell, that put us in the trash. IDK how the idiot STF want to release him from prison. Maybe he did a good government, but just the Fome Zero project, and nothing anymore.
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Level 61
Jun 17, 2020
The best at being a corporate bootlicker.
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Level 63
Apr 17, 2018
Am I the only one who finds Trudeau's smile weird?
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Level 35
Apr 18, 2018
Nope but then again its not the only thing about him I find weird.
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Level 80
Aug 9, 2020
Trudeau is not his father but he's better than the conservative alternative. Anyone who follows Canadian politics knows he's just the face whereas Freeland is the real power.
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Level 65
Apr 17, 2018
Theresa May has got to be the worst PM in British history. On behalf of The UK, I apologise to the rest of the world for her and for Boris as well. #NationalEmbarrassment
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Level 51
Apr 17, 2018
I'm with you on that one! But the alternative is Corbyn...
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Level 70
Apr 17, 2018
Not sure she's the worst, but she sure ain't good. Boris is a moron, no arguments there. Still both are a dam sight better than Corbyn would be.

Not many "good" world leaders around at the minute. They seem to range from deluded and dictators, to massively underwhelming and or just plain morons.

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Level 66
Apr 17, 2018
Anyone who is able to get himself elected president should on no account be permitted to do the job.
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Level 76
Apr 18, 2018
What do you guys have against Corbyn (honest question)?
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Level 82
Apr 18, 2018
I'm not very well qualified to speak about British politics, but my image of Corbyn is a guy who has repeatedly sided with terrorists and conspiracy theorists over his own country which he is very critical of- particularly in regards to its foreign policy. He seems like a bit of a Noam Chomsky type with a dash of Russell Brand. Well meaning but out of touch. He's vaguely alluded to a "New World Order." He's neglected to condemn the 9/11 terror attacks in favor of expressing sympathy for the victims of Western foreign policy. He's been supportive of or linked to multiple terrorist organizations, Hamas, Hizbollah, ISIS, Holocaust deniers, and the theocratic government of Iran, among others.

I sympathize with his concerns over civil liberties, xenophobia, et cetera, but I also think like many partisan politicians on certain issues he is deluded.

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Level 76
Apr 18, 2018
kal - thanks. I thought it had to do with his left-wing economic stances but what you mentioned seems more polarizing. From his Wikipedia article it's hard to judge whether Corbyn wants to speak against a media bias or has a bias himself.
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Level 71
Oct 14, 2018
I think there are a lot of great leaders in the world right now. Only a couple showing on this panel could be considered such.
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Level 65
Nov 5, 2018
Often what people have against Corbyn actually is his left-wing economic stances. And it makes sense - certain policies such as renationalisation of the rail and gas networks are probably desirable in an ideal world but in the current state of the economy a complete waste of money. And he wants to borrow loads of money from people, which wouldn't do much for the national debt. What @kalbahamut is referring to makes it sound a bit worse than it really is in my opinion. "Links" to those organisations just means that he talked publicly to people who were either part of them or were possibly part of them. It is possible that he actually sided with the IRA, and is probably too supportive of Palestine to see that he is backing Islamist groups implicitly. On the other hand, that could be a response encouraging movement away from the general opinion of the UK. He has criticised Saudi Arabia and the UK's alliance with it. While they aren't terrorists, they are possibly more totalitarian...
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Level 65
Nov 5, 2018
... than some of those other groups that the UK is an enemy of generally. I actually quite like the fact that Corbyn seems less patriotic (and therefore less supportive of the UK) than most other politicians. I don't support Corbyn overall because I think his policies are too idealistic to actually work in the current context, and I think his support relies on populism, although it has increased support for the Labour Party, which in my opinion is probably a good thing when compared to the Conservatives. I also think he probably wants to leave the EU, and I think he was probably capable of making "Remain" win the vote if he had wanted to. So I partially blame him for Brexit (though obviously Cameron deserves far, far more). Generally the reason I don't support him is related to his politics rather than failing to condemn terrorists or other unpleasant groups as much as they deserved.
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Level 65
Nov 5, 2018
David Cameron was worse.
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Level 71
Oct 2, 2019
@quizwhizz She was the worst PM...yet. Boris Johnson is only mere months on this position and he already beats her by many laps in this regard.
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Level 60
Jul 3, 2020
Johnson has easily beat May to the prize of worse PM ever.
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Level 90
Apr 17, 2018
i think you should allow the Abd Allah spelling
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Level 63
Apr 17, 2018
All terrible leaders...
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Level 66
Apr 17, 2018
Nah, two or three are ok.
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Level 38
Apr 17, 2018
ahh merkel and macron are ok (if his dog isnt ***ing indoors).

obama and francis were/are good and mandela? terrible????

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Level 82
Apr 19, 2018
I think everyone on this list has their faults, but, terrible? Many of them were quite effective, charismatic, popular, or progressive in their own way. How do you define non-terrible leadership?
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Level 58
Apr 17, 2018
Great new format. Appreciate the fact that in addition to specifying the number of points (1 to 5) there is now a second line outlining the "your point total increased by X" (a propos for those taking the quizz a few months later for a second time).

Thank you QM. cheers!

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Level ∞
Apr 18, 2018
Thanks. Normally I have to deduce this stuff by a reduction in the number of complaints :) I really appreciate the positive feedback!
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Level 45
Apr 18, 2018
What is suharto and does it go well with pasta dishes? plz help
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Level 22
Apr 18, 2018
at first i didn't get Bibi because in israel its Natanyahu not netanyahu
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Level 73
Jul 16, 2018
Netanyahu, Sharon, Peres - they all come from the same source, and they all look so similar...
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Level 37
Oct 12, 2018
Netanyahu looks nothing like Peres! - For one thing, there are at least 20 years separating them (I'm not sure when Peres was born, but Netanyahu was born in 1949); for another, Netanyahu is considerably better looking.
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Level 32
Jul 16, 2018
I got 18/20, I missed Modi and King Abdullah! I knew the latter was a Saudi King but could not remember his name
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Level 62
Dec 13, 2018
Need more type-ins for Netanyahu. I had to Google it, which I felt like was cheating, but I knew the answer.
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Level 57
Jan 7, 2019
It is disgusting to see thieves and outcasts in the same gallery as true leaders!

While some of the personalities below may have ruled their people for some time, they have resorted to absurd and unimaginable stratagems to remain in office.

Brazil is still in the process of unveiling the multiple dirty, tricky plots engendered by the biggest thief of all times - Lula da Silva - who is in jail, thanks to some brave and bold Brazilian judges -, but yet you have included a smiling leader of the poor!

It has been a painful path to free the country from this gangster...Please forget his face, no matter what international organisms might say. They have been deceived by ill-intended members of Lula's party.

I am astonished to see how dictators appear together with democratic rulers. You would do the world a favor to leave out Hugo Chavez, Kim Jong-il, Saddam Hussein, Fidel Castro ... - but maybe it would be better to hear quizz-takers from the countries where these sick minds were born.

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Level 67
Jun 27, 2019
A rather weird rant imo. How is it disgusting that they appear in the same list? They were all leaders, they all excisted..

It is like saying you find it disgusting to see both Hitler and Hitchcock and Hemmingway in the same list of people whose last names starts with an H. They simply do. It has nothing to do with your opinion of the people, so asking them to be removed from the quiz is very odd.

And coming from the point of view that some of these individuals might be "disgusting" wouldnt you think that hiding away the people that did bad things, like it never happened/excisted is a good thing? If anything that would be more "disgusting"

These people excisted, they were leaders, some were good others werent. Ignoring the truth and hiding away the bad things that happened in the past is never a good thing.

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Level 80
Aug 9, 2020
If the choice is between Lula and Bolsonaro; Lula is the obvious choice.
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Level 58
Apr 26, 2019
I've seen the Libyan fellow's last name spelled so many different ways I didn't stand a chance with it. You should give us all a break and credit us for getting it close phonetically...
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Level 67
Jun 27, 2019
@quizmaster might I suggest to show the countries they were leaders of in the answer column? So the people that got a few wrong could learn from it :) (there are 8 answers below 50% and an average score of 11 I would say there is room for improvement and people to learn :) )
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Level 67
Jun 27, 2019
Personally, there were 2 I didnt know for sure, and 2 more that vaguely sound familiar, but not entirely sure I I know them (or that it just started to seem familiar are reading it..)
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Level 57
Aug 31, 2019
As surnames work for everyone else, I'd suggest allowing Al Saud for King Abdullah.

Given the very country is named after the royal family this should be as valid an answer as Abdullah.

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Level 57
Aug 31, 2019
Probably spent at least ten hours of my life trying to spell Gaddafi and the Ayatollah's last name, but at least those 600 minutes weren't wasted playing Fortnite.
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Level 74
Oct 2, 2019
Could "Soeharto" be accepted as a latinization?

Here's a source that uses this spelling:

https://themuslimtimes.info/2017/12/16/revisiting-dictatorship-in-indonesia-the-good-old-days/

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Level 44
Oct 2, 2019
Please update this quiz and get rid of Obama lol
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Level 38
Oct 16, 2019
Do you think Nelson Mandela is still ruling in South Africa?
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Level 74
Dec 3, 2019
Ah yes, because Suharto is still ruling Indonesia...
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Level 43
Jan 12, 2020
So many different ways to write Khadaffi..... I knew it but couldn't write. hahaha
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Level 60
Mar 19, 2020
Please include a Pakistani, most preferably Imran Khan.
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Level 53
Nov 9, 2020
Imran is not actually a world leader.
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Level 28
Apr 19, 2020
17/20 I somehow managed to miss Putin!
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Level 52
Jun 9, 2020
8 of these guys are dead...
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Level 45
Aug 28, 2020
Vladimir Putin, Nelson Mandela, Kim Jong il Angela Merkel Theresa May Pope Francis Fidel Castro Justin Trudeau Muhammar Gaddafi Saddam Hussein Emmanuel macron Robert Mugabe Silvio berlusconi Benjamin Netanyahu Hugo chávez narendra modi lula Da Silva king abdullah Suharto. I know them all bu5 can’t recognise them
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Level 18
Sep 4, 2020
This Quiz needs an update!

Boris johnson istead of theresa may (idk how you write her name btw)

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Level 51
Oct 27, 2020
I refreshed it and it updated.
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Level 23
Oct 27, 2020
Can you please update it to the current world leaders? Barak Obama is not a political leader of a nation anymore.
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Level 79
Oct 27, 2020
You think Gaddafi still rules Libya?
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Level 85
Oct 27, 2020
More than 1/3 of these people are dead. It's clearly not limited to just current leaders.
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Level 70
Nov 5, 2020
Who is Boris Johnson's hair stylist?
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Level 82
Nov 9, 2020
Himself. I heard he intentionally messes up his hair to look goofy and be disarming.
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Level 54
Nov 9, 2020
agree kalbahmut
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Level 68
Nov 9, 2020
Enjoyed that! Just one small thing, can "Al-Saud" be accepted as an answer? Thanks!
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Level 39
Nov 9, 2020
Surprised to see that only 40% got Modi. He's the representative of the largest democracy in the world and over 1/7th of all humanity.
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Level 52
Nov 9, 2020
Has anyone figured out Obama's last name yet? I keep getting that answer wrong because I don't know his last name.
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Level 52
Nov 9, 2020
Are you actually serious?
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Level 52
Nov 9, 2020
Thought it was Obama Care, still don't know.
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Level 53
Nov 9, 2020
All of their pictures together remind me of the leaders at Dr. Evil's table!
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Level 56
Nov 9, 2020
There's a father and son on this quiz.
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Level 68
Nov 9, 2020
I couldn't think of Johnson's surname for the life of me - I just kept thinking 'Bojo, Bojo, what's his actual name?'... FFS.
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Level 49
Nov 10, 2020
I couldn’t give this quiz the highest score because of how punishing it is on spelling. Many of these leaders have names that are spelled differently whether being spelled in English or their native tongue, and it leads to confusion. There is no excuse whatsoever to be so harsh on translating from one language into another.
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Level 36
Nov 10, 2020
So happy to see Lula in here. Best leader of the 21st century so far
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Level 32
Apr 2, 2021
Don’t make me laugh until die.
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Level 69
Dec 3, 2020
Please allow more type-ins for Gaddafi. I tried Khadafi Qadhafi and lot's more.
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Level 37
Jan 30, 2021
Benjamin Netan"j"ahu is the name not with "y" spelled.
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Level 47
Apr 1, 2021
What are you talking about, it's always spelled with a "y". Look it up
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Level 29
Mar 7, 2021
15/20 got 16/20 needed *sob*
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Level 65
Jul 14, 2021
I think Soeharto should be accepted, as it is the original spelling of his name and still in use in Indonesia today.
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Level 28
Aug 28, 2021
Could You Accept Pope
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Level 55
Sep 5, 2021
That's his title. By that logic you could write president or prime minister for most of the others.
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Level 38
Oct 6, 2021
Perhaps accept Benjamin.....cos I didn't have a hope in hell of spelling Netanyahu correctly without looking it up!!