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Eponyms

written by: shimonbentzvi
 
An eponym is a word or name derived from the name of a real or fictional person.

Question 1:


This eponym comes from the name of a humorous character from the writings of Teddy Roosevelt's VP, Charles W.G. Fairbanks.
blurb
dweeb
dummy
booby

Question 2:


This eponym comes from the name of a mentally slow character from a cartoon by E.C. Segar, the man who drew Popeye.
mobster
goon
dweeb
idiot

Question 3:


We know that a "scrooge" is a miserly, unhappy person. From which Dickens novel do we get this word?
Nickolas Nickalby
A Tale of Two Cities
A Christmas Carol
The Pickwick Papers

Question 4:


This phrase means a weak point. It is derived from a Greek myth about a woman who dipped her only son into the River Styx, making him invincible except at his ankle, the place where his mother held him.  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)


Question 5:


An atlas is a collection of maps. Where do we get the word "atlas" from?
A famous Roman map maker
The name of a Greek god
A Roman god
A famous Greek map maker

Question 6:


He was a Greek who talked incessantly. This got on Zeus' nerves so the talkative one was imprisoned under a fruit tree. Whenever he tried to get one of the fruits, the fruit moved away from him. What was his name?
Pyhrrus
Cicero
Tantalus
Dazzalus

Question 7:


We get the word "bikini" from the name of a tiny atoll in the Pacific.
True
False

Question 8:


This word comes from a district in Dublin, Ireland. The district held annual festivals which became famous for the fights that always seemed to occur at them. What eponym means "an uproar, a brawl, a riot"?  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)


Question 9:


She was a famous 19th century opera soprano. Her real name was Helen Porter Mitchell but she sang under a different last name. Name either one of the two foods that are named after her.


Question 10:


She was born Amelia Jenkins in Omaha, Nebraska. She became a strong advocate for women's rights. She introduced a fashion style that bore her married name. What is the eponym that refers to this fashion style?


Question 11:


The "Ritz cracker" gets its name from Cesar Ritz, a famous German hotel owner.
True
False

Question 12:


We get this term for a type of clothing from the royal name of J.T. Brudnell, a famous British cavalry officer .
ragland
tuxedo
cardigan
derby

Question 13:


This word, which refers to a garment, comes from the name of the French acrobat who wore this type of clothing whenever he performed.  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)


Question 14:


This type of fruit gets its name from the name of an Australian fruit breeder.
Granny Smith apple
Nectarine
Bosc pear
Sweet Susan plum

 


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