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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.
Thomas Edison
Charles Darwin
Isaac Newton
Albert Einstein

Question 2:

Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park", this inventor had only three months of official schooling.
John Logie Baird
Johannes Gutenberg
Thomas Edison
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.
Theodor Seuss Giesel
Walt Disney
Charlie Chaplin
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."
Sigmund Freud
Isaac Newton
Robert Sternberg
Charles Darwin

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.
James Callaghan
Neville Chamberlain
Winston Churchill
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".
Oprah Winfrey
Larry King
Johnny Carson
David Letterman

Question 7:

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

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
Forrest Whitaker
Morgan Freeman
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."
Gene Kelly
Cole Porter
Fred Astaire
Stanley Donen

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,"
Pink Floyd
The Rolling Stones
The Police
The Beatles


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