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Words Derived from Names of People

written by: Eve
 
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Question 1:


What disease is named after the main character of an epic poem by Italian physician and poet Girolamo Fracastoro?
Rubella
Syphilis
Polio
Gonorrhea

Question 2:


The word 'maverick' refers to a person who refuses to abide by the dictates of a group and was derived from the name of Samuel Maverick. Who was he?
a rancher who refused to brand his cattle despite the common practice at the time
a land agent who refused to lower rents
a man who refused to pay taxes
a man who illegally sold whiskey

Question 3:


What technology term comes from the epithet of a king who united the tribes of Denmark into a single kingdom?
Mozilla
Java
Bluetooth
Linux

Question 4:


What clothing item was named after a British Army Major General who commanded the Light Brigade during the Crimean War?
sweater
pullover
vest
cardigan

Question 5:


What word supposedly originated from the name of a soldier who was ridiculed because of his excessive devotion to Napoleon?
chauvinism
patriotism
fervor
allegiance

Question 6:


What plant was named after a French ambassador who was sent to Portugal to negotiate the marriage of six-year-old Princess Marguerite de Valois?
basil
hazel
willow
the tobacco plant (Nicotiana)

Question 7:


The term masochism is derived from the name of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, an Austrian writer who penned this novel.
The 120 Days of Sodom
Quills
Venus in Furs
Guilty Pleasures

Question 8:


What word originated from the name of a French finance minister whose name became eponymous with anything done or made cheaply?
discount
silhouette
profile
shade

Question 9:


The term 'lynching' derives from the name of Virginia planter Charles Lynch who headed an irregular court during this war.
Vietnam War
American Civil War
American Revolutionary War
Mexican–American War

Question 10:


What snack was named after a British Earl was so keen on gambling that he would refuse to leave the table even to have a meal?
sandwich
bagel
pancake
hamburger

 


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