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Famous People from Poland

written by: Szuna
 
Smart men and women. Leaders. Beauties. Great entertainers. The world's history, science and culture wouldn't be the same without some people from this Central European country.

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When she died on July 4, 1934, she was perhaps the best known woman in the world. She received the Nobel Prize twice: in physics (with her French husband), and in chemistry. What was her maiden name?
Sklodowska
Konopnicka
Parnicka
Orzeszkowa


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The real name of this Polish-born novelist, regarded as a forerunner of modernism, was Teodor Jozef Konrad Korzeniowski. It is written on his grave, although this is not the name that made him famous. What was the title of his first novel, published in 1895?
Quo Vadis
The Shadow Line
Lord Jim
Almayer's Folly


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His pontificate, one of the longest in the history of the Roman Catholic Church, lasted nearly 27 years. The cardinals elected him Pope at the Conclave of 16 October 1978, and he took the name of John Paul II. He was born Karol Wojtyla on May 18, 1920 in what Polish city?
Warsaw
Wadowice
Lublin
Krakow


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This actress, born in Lipno, Poland, in a poor family, was the vamp of silent films between 1910's and 1930's. She was lover to Rudolph Valentino, Charlie Chaplin, Rod La Roque; wife to a count and a prince. What was her screen name?
Lily Damita
Theda Bara
Nita Naldi
Pola Negri


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Which of these pianists hasn't won the International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, one of the oldest events of its type in the world?
Garrick Ohlsson
Ivo Pogorelic
Martha Argerich
Krystian Zimerman


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Lech Walesa, the first leader of the free trade union 'Solidarnosc' in Poland in 1980's, the human rights activist, the Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1983, became the first President of the Republic of Poland elected in the general ballot in December of what year?
1995
1989
1990
2000


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This Nobel Prize-winning Polish writer is the author of a famous novel, set in Nero's Rome. Several movies have been based on his book, the most famous of which starred Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, Leo Genn, Peter Ustinov.
Czeslaw Milosz
Henryk Sienkiewicz
Adam Mickiewicz
Stanislaw Lem


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Irena Szewinska, born Irena Kirszenstein, is a Polish sprinter who dominated women's athletics for nearly two decades, in 1960's and 1970's. How many Olympic medals did she win?
7
8
6
5


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This lady, crowned the 39th Miss World, was the first Pole to win the Miss World contest.
Renata Fatla
Ewa Wachowicz
Aneta Kreglicka
Malwina Ratajczak


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Roman Polanski, an Academy Award-winning Polish film director and actor, a celebrated maker of such films as "Rosemary's Baby", "Chinatown", "Tess, "The Pianist" had to flee from USA to Europe in 1978. Why?
He didn't pay his taxes.
He had violated the immigration law.
He pled guilty to having sexual intercourse with a minor.
He commited a bigamy.


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