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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.
Charles Darwin
Albert Einstein
Thomas Edison
Isaac Newton

Question 2:

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

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.
Charlie Chaplin
Theodor Seuss Giesel
Walt Disney
Jack London

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."
Charles Darwin
Isaac Newton
Sigmund Freud
Robert Sternberg

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.
Neville Chamberlain
James Callaghan
Tony Blair
Winston Churchill

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".
Larry King
Oprah Winfrey
David Letterman
Johnny Carson

Question 7:

What famous painter managed to sell only one painting during his lifetime?
Claude Monet
Paul Gauguin
Vincent Van Gogh
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?"
Harry Belafonte
Morgan Freeman
Forrest Whitaker
Sidney Poitier

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."
Stanley Donen
Gene Kelly
Cole Porter
Fred Astaire

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
The Beatles
Pink Floyd


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