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Name that Historical Figure #2

Can you name the historical figures depicted in these photographs and paintings?
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Last updated: July 23, 2021
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First submittedMarch 10, 2011
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Average score68.8%
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1935–1977
1770–1827
1606–1669
1878–1953
1874–1965
1961–1997
1929–1968
1859–1941
1828–1910
1638–1715
1890–1969
1869–1948
1889–1977
1412–1431
1867–1934
1706–1790
79 Comments
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Level 37
Apr 21, 2012
Does anybody else find that Beethoven picture really creepy? I feel like he wants to murder me through my screen...
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Level 58
Dec 7, 2022
lol he looks like an aged Dracula to me.
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Level 43
Feb 29, 2024
I just thought he looked like a grumpy pitbull to me
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Level 16
May 11, 2012
I thought Louis XIV was Louis XVI and thought Wilhelm was Otto von Bismark
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Level 33
Dec 26, 2012
I was trying Joan of Ark. As a mispell maybe this could be ok?!
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Level 82
Sep 8, 2013
Noah's wife?
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Level 68
Dec 14, 2013
Exactly, but when King James of England made his Bible he left her out of it because she was French and Catholic.
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Level 39
May 7, 2021
I tried Miss Of Arc, disappointed that didn't work.
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Level 15
Apr 4, 2013
I thought Tolstoy was Moses Lol
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Level 59
Jan 31, 2024
So did Tolstoy.
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Level 70
Apr 23, 2014
You should accept "Maria Sklodowska-Curie" in "Marie Curie" as she was Polish and took her husband's surname only as a second one. Therefore officially she was known 'till the end of her life as Maria Sklodowska-Curie
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Level 69
Nov 18, 2020
I agree that both her maiden name and her married name should be accepted, but the "official" part is wrong. According to French naming rules of the time, she took the name "Curie" upon marrying her husband. Her official documentation would have said "Marie Curie, née Sklodoswka" (probably without the bar through the L). And, while she was born Polish, she also took up French citizenship, so she was both French and Polish for most of her life. That doesn't make her any less Polish - or any less French. First and foremost, she was a groundbreaking scientist - and science has no nationality!
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Level 66
Sep 25, 2021
The maiden - hyphen - married surname is a habit peculiar to Americans and a tiny number of recent imitators. To refer to Marie Curie the way you want to is an anachronism.
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Level 67
Sep 13, 2023
It's not an anachronism, it's literally what the person wanted to be called and what was her legal name, therefore it should be accepted as an answer
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Level 48
May 20, 2014
I hate these quizzes. If you think not being able to remember names is embarrassing, try not being able to remember faces.
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Level 68
Feb 28, 2018
Maybe you have prosopagnosia.
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Level 51
Jul 22, 2014
Anyone who didn't get Churchill apparently has never taken a World War II test on this site...he's the picture for almost every one.
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Level 55
Feb 12, 2015
I'm bound to remark that the German emperor's answer should not be filled in when you type "Kaiser". That is simply the name of his rank. I will admit to never having heard reference to any previous or succeeding Kaiser, nevertheless you should get the point for putting his actual name.
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Level 51
Oct 10, 2017
Same problem with 'Caesar' in other quizzes, though not, oddly, with 'czar' or 'tzar'.
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Level 69
Jun 14, 2019
It is not the same at all.. Kaiser really is just a title like emperor. While caesar really was his family name. It was only after him that variations of his name became titles (kaiser, keizer, tzar etc).
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Level 69
Nov 18, 2020
I completely agree. Whereas "Caesar" was a title that turned into a name, "Kaiser" has always remained a title, which in fact is derived from "Caesar". Accepting "Kaiser" is akin to accepting "Roi" for Louis XIV, or "President" for Wilson.
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Level 74
Aug 29, 2021
I agree LarryLovage. Kaiser is accepted, but we have to specify which Joan. And which Arc for that matter :P
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Level 65
Nov 14, 2015
You should accept Ho not minh as the answer. As far as I know, Ho is the surname.
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Level ∞
Nov 14, 2015
You are correct! Ho will work now.
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Level 71
Dec 8, 2023
Also would like to see HCM accepted as that is the acceptable abbreviation 'hcmc' when guessing the city named after him.
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Level 71
Nov 16, 2015
Could you add Skłodowska to Curie, after all that's how she was known Maria Curie Skłodowska.
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Level 26
Jan 13, 2019
Yes, she's Maria Skłodowska - Curie!
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Level 68
Nov 16, 2015
Wonderful quiz - 100% here!
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Level 28
Jan 30, 2016
i got 35%-geography is my thing
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Level 64
Feb 5, 2017
I typed "joan or arc" and it wouldn't take it :(
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Level 75
Apr 18, 2020
She's both.
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Level 52
Feb 19, 2018
Marie SKŁODOWSKA-Curie, that's full name of this polish scientist.
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Level 69
Nov 18, 2020
I've been to Poland a few times. It's a great country, with a lot to see, and, in my opinion, a wonderful under-appreciated cuisine. Very nice people, too. But man, how much better it would be without the constant, tiresome nationalism of some of its citizens!
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Level 28
Jul 13, 2023
the nationalism would not be necessary if it wasn't for the constant erasing of polish figures as polish
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Level 55
Feb 28, 2018
Wow. Only 2 women in the whole quiz. Great job, quizmaster.
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Level 70
Feb 28, 2018
Make your own quiz.
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Level 68
Sep 25, 2021
Yes, great answer. I enjoyed this quiz. And I would enjoy a quiz made with pictures of women in history too - have you done it yet emersonriley94?
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Level ∞
Feb 28, 2018
History doesn't retroactively change to fit itself towards modern conceptions of gender equality. The history of the world up until very recent times was almost entirely the history of men.
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Level 78
Feb 14, 2019
"Imaginatively she [the woman] is of the highest importance; practically she is completely insignificant. She pervades poetry from cover to cover; she is all but absent from history." - Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own
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Level 23
Feb 17, 2022
The fact is that women have been oppressed throughout history, often generally not even being considered for anything important. Women often shared these views along with men. Therefore, before recent history, females as individuals commonly have less importance, as they have committed fewer influential acts. If this had been a history quiz without only modern history, there'd be no women at all. If you don't like it, maybe go make one yourself. No offense, by the way, just sharing my opinion.
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Level 83
Dec 18, 2022
I mostly agree with the sentiment but 'no women at all' is a massive stretch
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Level 68
Feb 28, 2018
I thought that Marie Curie looked a little crazy...so I tried Lizzie Borden.
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Level 56
Mar 8, 2018
Me too lol
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Level 62
Feb 28, 2018
I could have sworn that was the guy from Rush.
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Level 70
Apr 12, 2018
I think Elvis just doesn't sit right in this company. He will slowly fade into obscurity generation by generation, much like Rudolph Valentino or Al Jolson, not really historical figures.
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Level 67
Feb 11, 2019
Hm. I don't know. The classical composers are still well-known. One is even in this quiz. And no, I'm not suggesting Elvis is on par with Beethoven or Bach, but there is no guarantee he will fade from memory any time soon. You do raise an interesting point though. I think he'll be remembered a lot longer than Chaplin will.
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Level 69
Jun 14, 2019
Maybe not historical but I dont think he well be faded into obscurity very soon. I think similar shelvelife as famous old actors. I dont think I agree with the fact that chaplin will be forgotten sooner though.
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Level 86
Dec 23, 2021
Anyone with even a rudimentary knowledge of the cultural icons of the 1920's knows who Valentino and Jolson are. Elvis is no less appropriate to this quiz than Beethoven.
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Level 23
Feb 17, 2022
He'll be remembered shorter than, say, the Beatles, or Bob Dylan, probably, but more than many other important artists, just based off of his influence to modern music.
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Level 72
Apr 24, 2023
Elvis will be remembered much longer that Dylan. Elvis was more than just music, he was a cultural phenomenon, movies are still made about him and he still sell millions of records/millions of downloads every month.
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Level 82
Oct 28, 2018
*every* historical figure is doomed to eventually fade into obscurity, and eventually into complete oblivion, on a long enough time line. Even Jesus and Muhammad and Alexander. Eventually. Elvis will, too.

Hard to say if, 500 years from now, he'll be as well remembered as Beethoven. Probably not. But maybe. If humans even still exist then. I think Malbaby is probably right.

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Level 69
Nov 18, 2020
Hard to predict what history remembers, and what it forgets! We live in a period with unprecedented means of recording and record-keeping, and it may well be that, as long as ours civilisations don't collapse, comparatively minor figures will live on in memory a lot longer than more ancient figures that might have deserved it more (as far as such a thing as "merit" as any objective meaning). It's a really interesting question - one I fear we won't live to know the answer to!
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Level ∞
Jul 23, 2021
Late 20th century American history will always shine a little brighter than other places/times.

For example, if people learn anything about the history of the Netherlands, it's typically focused on the Dutch Golden Age.

In 500 years, students of history, if there are any, will likely be very interested in the explosion of music, art, and technology that happened in the U.S. from 1945–2000. It was a unique time and place in history. For a brief moment in history, the things that mattered happened in America.

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Level 52
Nov 11, 2018
Please accept Chi Minh, I wrote it, but it does not work.
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Level 58
Feb 11, 2019
Why? That was not his family (surname). This site doesn't usually accept just first names (as we call them in English).
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Level 69
Jun 14, 2019
rembrandt was
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Level 60
Dec 13, 2018
Still trying to work out what i typed to get Ho Chi Minh before i saw the picture. I would have got it anyway, but weird!
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Level 89
Feb 12, 2019
Accept "Asian Colonel Sanders" for Ho Chi Minh? ;)
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Level 82
Feb 14, 2019
Why did it not take 'Rembrand' for an answer?

I forgot the one T and that's that?

It took just writing 'Ho' for Ho Chi Minh!

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Level 78
Feb 15, 2019
I read "Rembrand" with a French pronounciation.
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Level 69
Jun 14, 2019
That is cause ho is the last name. (and not missing any letters from it)
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Level 62
Feb 15, 2019
I wanted to type Louis XIV, but Louis was accepted before I had the chance.

And then it only gave me 67% for that answer.

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Level 69
Jun 14, 2019
You dont get % per answer... You either scored 67% on the whole quiz. Or if it was behind the answer you took the quiz 3 times and only guessed it right two of the times..
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Level 69
Jun 14, 2019
Some low scores on this test. Only about 4 are more obscure though.

Elvis look like he is gonna sneeze, I thought kfc when seeing twain.. and mcarthur looks like bruce willis.

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Level 51
Feb 18, 2020
Please, accept Stalin's real last name, Dzhugashvili.
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Level 68
Sep 25, 2021
Crikey
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Level 78
Jul 24, 2021
Did Louis XIV play guitar for Queen ?
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Level 66
Dec 27, 2023
Only for his wife, the queen...
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Level 74
Aug 29, 2021
Please accept "Churchhill" as a type-in, if only because it is clear to me that I will never cease to double H it for the rest of my natural-born life.
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Level 68
Sep 25, 2021
Can William II be acceptable for Kaiser Wilhelm II?
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Level 71
Sep 27, 2021
Who the heck got Tolstoy?! I just thought he looked Russian in a Rasputin-y sort of way do I tried Dostoevsky. No luck.
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Level 67
Apr 12, 2023
More than 1-5. One of the 'giants of western literature' with possibly the most common image of him.

The others were very easy. Tolstoy was moderately easy.

Very euro-centric

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Level 67
Nov 3, 2023
I always confuse him and Darwin in photos...and I thought it was Darwin in that photo. So...got it on the second guess.
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Level 69
Mar 20, 2022
Just "Diana" doesn't work???!!!
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Level ∞
Aug 24, 2023
Of course Diana works.
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Level 36
Sep 4, 2023
Why is Skłodowska not accepted?
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Level 55
Oct 4, 2023
Ben Franklin, the first and best president of the US. Thank goodness the man who invented electricity is here!
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Level 51
Nov 6, 2023
Really easy, got them all.
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Level 35
Jun 20, 2024
I thought Leo Tolstoy was Rasputin. So embarassing.