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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?
Parnicka
Orzeszkowa
Konopnicka
Sklodowska


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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
Almayer's Folly
Lord Jim
The Shadow Line


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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?
Wadowice
Warsaw
Krakow
Lublin


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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
Pola Negri
Nita Naldi


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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?
Krystian Zimerman
Garrick Ohlsson
Martha Argerich
Ivo Pogorelic


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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?
2000
1989
1995
1990


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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.
Stanislaw Lem
Adam Mickiewicz
Henryk Sienkiewicz
Czeslaw Milosz


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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
5
8
6


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


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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 had violated the immigration law.
He commited a bigamy.
He didn't pay his taxes.
He pled guilty to having sexual intercourse with a minor.


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