People in History A-Z #4

Name the important historical figure for each letter of the alphabet!
Quiz by stoooopot
Last updated: April 11, 2016
First submittedJune 16, 2015
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Dictator of Uganda
Idi Amin
She played the female lead in "Casablanca"
Ingrid Bergman
Poet who wrote "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
President of the Confederacy during the U.S. Civil War
Jefferson Davis
Co-author of "The Communist Manifesto"
Friedrich Engels
Gunpowder plotter of 1605
Guy Fawkes
French painter who traveled to Tahiti
Paul Gauguin
Author of "A Farewell to Arms"
Ernest Hemingway
Writer who created Rip Van Winkle and the Headless Horseman
Washington Irving
Female fighter in the Hundred Years' War
Joan of Arc
Australia's most famous "bushranger"
Ned Kelly
Scottish explorer of Africa during the 19th century
David Livingstone
Chairman of communist China
Mao Zedong
German philosopher who famously claimed God is dead
Friedrich Nietzsche
Greek shipping magnate and second husband of Jacqueline Bouvier
Aristotle Onassis
Greek philosopher who spoke of shadows on a cave wall
Vice President to George Bush
Dan Quayle
Russian advisor to Nicholas II, assassinated in 1916
Author of "The Wealth of Nations"
Adam Smith
First black Archbishop of Cape Town
Desmond Tutu
Bathesheba's unlucky husband (Biblical)
Uriah the Hittite
Dutch painter who cut off his own ear
Vincent van Gogh
General who defeated Napoleon at Waterloo
Arthur Wellesley
Co-founder of the Jesuit order
Francis Xavier
He brought the Mormons to Utah
Brigham Young
A leading figure in the Mexican Revolution of 1910–1920
Emiliano Zapata
Level 64
Mar 30, 2016
I'm surprised Irving is one of the least-known answers!
Level 64
Jul 15, 2016
I've never heard of him, but I did get Francis Xavier, 'cos one of the houses at my school was named after him :)
Level 54
Jun 2, 2021
Since I just listened to an audiobook of the Legend Of Sleepy Hollow a few weeks ago, I somehow remembered his name.

Funny what Hollywood made out of this, the 1999 movie and the series don't have much in common with the story.

Level 56
Apr 10, 2016
I was confused because I kept writing Joan of Ark instead of Arc... Maybe you could except both
Level 56
Jul 12, 2016
They accept everything except except for accept.
Level 80
Mar 7, 2018
Are you one of those people who thinks she was Noah's wife?
Level 74
Apr 30, 2021
Ha ha, like Ted 'Theodore' Logan ;)
Level 60
Jul 12, 2016
Great quiz, really challenging and engaging, good work!
Level 71
Jul 12, 2016
Guess Zorro wasn't a real Mexican revolutionary then!
Level 65
Jul 14, 2016
Well his real name is Don Diego de la Vega
Level 68
Jul 12, 2016
I typed Engel instead of Engels. Credit, please?
Level 84
Dec 8, 2018
It's not a plural. There was only one of him.
Level 74
Apr 30, 2021
S rarely indicates the plural in German.
Level 74
Jul 12, 2016
Why the quotation marks around bushranger?
Level 65
Jul 14, 2016
Idi, Idi, Idi Amin, most amazin' man, there's ever been.

He's the general, the president, the king of the scene,

Idi, Idi, Idi Amin

Level 37
Apr 28, 2018
Rasputin was an "advisor" to the Tsarina, not the Tsar. According to the book "Anastasia" Nicholas couldn't stand him.
Level 83
Jun 2, 2021
He was taken on as a healer to the family. As an advisor, you are quite correct. He and the tsarina were tight.
Level 75
Aug 4, 2019
Spent ages trying many different spelling of Becall ...didnt think to try spelling it Bergman !
Level 51
Oct 13, 2020
I thought it was Bergenson, Bergerson, Bergson.
Level 78
Sep 27, 2019
Why is Wellington accepted for the 'W' answer?
Level 83
Mar 16, 2020
Because he was also the Duke of Wellington. Same guy. and both answers start with W so..
Level 57
Mar 4, 2021
I got Zapata only because I was guessing random Spanish words that start with Z, and zapato was accepted.
Level 67
Jun 2, 2021
I learned about him in school, but the name really stuck because Rage Against the Machine wrote a song about him.
Level 54
Jun 2, 2021
Hey, Steve Harris doesn't start with a C... :P
Level 83
Jun 2, 2021
I've always heard the 1-eared artist's name pronounced "van-GO". But recently, I heard someone pronounce it "van-GOH(insert sound of someone clearing their throat here)". Is that the actual Dutch pronunciation? Or is simply saying "van-GO" perfectly acceptable?
Level 58
Jun 2, 2021
In Dutch the pronounciation is with a ch sound (as in Scottish loch) twice (so choch). And also Van is with an a as in father. But it's up to you what you think is acceptable, Van Go seems to be a common pronounciation in English.
Level 83
Jun 2, 2021
Gotcha, thanks.
Level 65
Jun 2, 2021
I think it's a difference between British and American pronunciation. As an American, I'd only ever heard "Van Go" until I watched an episode of Doctor Who featuring him. They pronounced it with two throat-clearing sounds, much like the authentic Dutch.
Level 65
Jun 2, 2021
Wow, Gauguin's travels to Tahiti referenced in featured quizzes two days in a row! Glad I paid attention in my art history class.
Level 63
Jun 2, 2021
Should aslo accept Finis Davis, not only Jefferson Davis
Level 59
Jun 2, 2021
I got Xavier only because it was the first X name that came to mind
Level 66
Jun 9, 2021
I almost didn't get him, because I thought Xavier was a second first name, and not actually a last name, but I looked it up, and the quiz is absolutely right!
Level 70
Jun 4, 2021
Bathsheba's unlucky husband (not Bathesheba) Unless she's in the bath, I suppose....