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Notable Yale Alumni

written by: Eve
 
This is a quiz on notable Yalies, who excelled in different spheres of life.

Question 1:


In 1930, this Yale graduate, author of It Can't Happen Here, became the first American to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Willa Cather
Ernest Hemingway
Theodore Dreiser
Sinclair Lewis

Question 2:


This painter, telegraph pioneer and inventor graduated from Yale in 1810.
David Bushnell
Grace Hopper
Eli Whitney
Samuel Morse

Question 3:


Juan Trippe was an airline entrepreneur and pioneer who graduated from Yale in 1921. Who portrayed him in Martin Scorsese's movie The Aviator?
Jude Law
Leonardo DiCaprio
Alec Baldwin
Willem Dafoe

Question 4:


Which of these US Presidents did not attend Yale University?
George H. W. Bush
George W. Bush
John F. Kennedy
Bill Clinton

Question 5:


Academy Award-winning actress Jodie Foster graduated magna cum laude from Yale University, earning a B.A. in this subject.
biology
drama
literature
art history

Question 6:


What Yale graduate received Pulitzer Prizes for the novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey and the play Our Town?
Thornton Wilder
Tennessee Williams
Eudora Welty
Eugene O'Neill

Question 7:


Besides being Yale graduates, what else do the following actors have in common: Paul Newman, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Connelly?
They all graduated magna cum laude.
They all graduated with a degree in literature.
None of these
They are all Academy Award winners.

Question 8:


Which of these notable Yale graduates is not correctly matched with the movie they directed?
Elia Kazan - On the Waterfront
George Roy Hill - Gentleman's Agreement
Home for the Holidays - Jodie Foster
Michael Cimino - The Deer Hunter

Question 9:


What Yale graduate is credited with creating the first time bomb and first submarine ever used in combat?
Samuel Morse
David Bushell
Eli Whitney
Jordan Mechner

Question 10:


This actor, who earned an MFA from Yale School of Drama, is famous for his long-running roles on Law & Order and Sex and the City.
Chris Noth
Sam Waterston
Henry Winkler
David Duchovny

 


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