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Famous 'Failures'

written by: Eve
This quiz focuses on famous people who have found success despite initial failure or rejection.

Question 1:

It is generally believed that this Nobel Prize winner couldn't speak until the age of three causing his teachers and parents to think he was mentally handicapped.
Isaac Newton
Thomas Edison
Charles Darwin
Albert Einstein

Question 2:

Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park", this inventor had only three months of official schooling.
Thomas Edison
Alexander Bell
Johannes Gutenberg
John Logie Baird

Question 3:

He was fired by a newspaper editor because, "he lacked imagination and had no good ideas." He had a number of businesses that went bankrupt before he finally found a recipe for success.
Theodor Seuss Giesel
Charlie Chaplin
Jack London
Walt Disney

Question 4:

This scientist, who neglected his medical education at the University of Edinburgh, wrote, "I was considered by all my masters and my father, a very ordinary boy, rather below the common standard of intellect."
Robert Sternberg
Sigmund Freud
Charles Darwin
Isaac Newton

Question 5:

This British politician and Nobel Prize winner generally had a poor academic record in school and failed the sixth grade. He also had a speech impediment which he worked to overcome.
Winston Churchill
James Callaghan
Neville Chamberlain
Tony Blair

Question 6:

This iconic TV personality initially suffered numerous career setbacks and was fired from her/his job as a television reporter for being "unfit for television news".
Johnny Carson
Larry King
David Letterman
Oprah Winfrey

Question 7:

What famous painter managed to sell only one painting during his lifetime?
Vincent Van Gogh
Paul Gauguin
Claude Monet
Pablo Picasso

Question 8:

After his first audition, this Oscar-winning actor of Bahamian origin, was told by the casting director, "Why don't you stop wasting people's time and go out and become a dishwasher or something?"
Morgan Freeman
Harry Belafonte
Sidney Poitier
Forrest Whitaker

Question 9:

According to Hollywood folklore, a screen test report on this performer read, "Can't sing. Can't act. Balding. Can dance a little."
Fred Astaire
Stanley Donen
Gene Kelly
Cole Porter

Question 10:

In 1962, Decca Records decided to reject this band saying that "guitar groups are on the way out" and the band "have no future in show business,"
The Rolling Stones
The Police
Pink Floyd
The Beatles


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