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How Old Were They?

written by: tojoyamoto
This quiz is based on the book There's Always Time for Greatness.

Question 1:

Which statement is true?
At age 3 Malcolm X watches his family's home burned down by the KKK.
At age 3 Mickey Rooney debuts in his family's vaudeville act.
At age 3 Annie Oakley takes her first shot with her father's old Kentucky rifle.
At age 3 Ivan the Terrible becomes Grand Prince of Moscow

Question 2:

Which statement is true?
At age 9 Louis XIV becomes the King of France.
At age 9 King Tut becomes Pharaoh of Egypt.
At age 9 Bob Hope emigrates from England to the United States.
At age 9 Judy Garland launches her stage career.

Question 3:

Which statement is true?
At age 25 Lady Diana Spencer marries Prince Charles of England.
At age 25 Schoolteacher John Scopes explains evolution to students.
At age 25 Florence Nightingale begins her training as a nurse.
At age 25 David slays Goliath.

Question 4:

Which statement is true?
At age 40 Alexander Graham Bell invents the telephone.
At age 40 Lucille Ball debuts in I Love Lucy.
At age 40 Henry Ford introduces the Model T.
At age 40 J. Edgar Hoover becomes Director of the FBI.

Question 5:

Which statement is true?
At age 63 Benjamin Franklin invents bifocal eyeglasses.
At age 63 Bram Stoker writes Dracula.
At age 63 Wilhelm Roentgen discovers X-rays.
At age 63 Alfred Hitchcock directs The Birds.

Question 6:

Which statement is true?
At age 14 Leonardo DiCaprio is rejected by a talent agent because of his hair.
At age 14 Shirley Temple receives an honorary Oscar for her contribution to film.
At age 14 Ralph Waldo Emerson enrolls at Harvard.
At age 14 Genghis Khan becomes chief of his Mongol tribe.

Question 7:

Which statement is true?
At age 21 John Quincy Adams serves at secretary to the US Minister to Russia.
At age 21 Elvis Presley records "Heartbreak Hotel."
At age 21 F. Scott Fitzgerald publishes The Great Gatsby.
At age 21 Salvador Dali paints The Persistence of Memory.

Question 8:

Which statement is true?
At age 36 Mark Twain publishes The Adventure of Tom Sawyer.
At age 36 William Shakespeare writes Hamlet.
At age 36 Leo Tolstoy finishes writing War and Peace.
At age 36 Herman Melville publishes Moby Dick.

Question 9:

Which statement is true?
At age 62 Sandy Koufax is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
At age 62 Leonardo da Vinci paints the Mona Lisa.
At age 62 William Penn founds Pennsylvania.
At age 62 Jimmy Hoffa disappears.

Question 10:

Which statement is true?
At age 80 Robert Frost recites "The Gift Outright" at JFK's presidential inauguration.
At age 80 Albert Einstein is offered-- and declines-- the presidency of Israel.
At age 80 Coco Chanel introduces the Chanel suit.
At age 80 Jessica Tandy wins her first Oscar for Driving Miss Daisy.


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