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Who Am I?

  • 8.

    Born and raised in Amherst, Mass., I didn’t achieve poetic fame until after my death. Who am I?

    • a.

      Maya Angelou

    • b.

      Emily Dickinson

    • c.

      Emily Brontë

Hint: This poet is called “the belle of Amherst.”

  • 9.

    I sailed from South America to Polynesia in 1947 on a balsa wood raft called the Kon-Tiki. Who am I?

    • a.

      Thor Heyerdahl

    • b.

      Olle Nordemar

    • c.

      Bengt Jonson

Hint: This explorer from Norway wanted to prove his theory that pre-Columbian intercultural global contact was possible.

  • 10.

    In 1889, I founded Chicago’s Hull House, a settlement house for poor immigrant families. Who am I?

    • a.

      Jane Seymour

    • b.

      Elizabeth Ann Seton

    • c.

      Jane Addams

Hint: This social worker won the 1931 Nobel Peace Prize (along with Nicholas Murray Butler).

  • 11.

    Born in Scotland in 1813, I was 27 when I travelled to South Africa as a missionary and died there 33 years later. Who am I?

    • a.

      Hugh Munro

    • b.

      David Livingstone

    • c.

      Humphrey Gilbert

Hint: When the journalist Henry Stanley tracked down this missionary/explorer in Africa, he uttered a 4-word question that became famous.

  • 12.

    At the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games, I became the first man to win gold in both the 200 m and 400 m. Who am I?

    • a.

      Carl Lewis

    • b.

      Usain Bolt

    • c.

      Michael Johnson

The fastest man wore golden shoes.

  • 13.

    I was the first to successfully scale Alaska’s Mount McKinley. Who am I?

    • a.

      Edmund Hillary

    • b.

      Hudson Stuck

    • c.

      Maurice Herzog

Hint: This mountaineer was born in England and emigrated to the U.S. in 1885.

  • 14.

    I, along with Davy Crockett and others, am famous for having defended—to the death—the siege of the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas. Who am I?

    • a.

      James Bowie

    • b.

      Wild Bill Hickock

    • c.

      Kit Carson

Hint: This frontiersman was famous for his skill at knife-fighting.

  • 15.

    At the age of 14, I became the first gymnast to earn a perfect score in Olympic competition. Who am I?

    • a.

      Olga Korbut

    • b.

      Nellie Kim

    • c.

      Nadia Comaneci

Hint: This small-statured Romanian athlete became a U.S. citizen in 2001.


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