QUIZ: See If You Can Name These Famous Figures Of The 20th Century

The 20th century was an eventful 100 years for the world. We experienced two world wars, social and economic change on a global scale, and watched in awe as technology began to develop to heights that many of us could have never dreamed of. With all of the political and social change and struggles the world faced during that time, some individuals stood out and left their mark on the world. See if you can name these famous figures that became prominent individuals in the 20th century and discover how the century wouldn’t have been the same without them.

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This artist was known for his abstract paintings…

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Retry Correct Incorrect Pablo Picasso was a Spanish artist that was known for co-founding the Cubist art movement, along with numerous other Avante-Garde styles of artistry.
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This artist was known for his abstract paintings…

  • Pablo Picasso
  • Albert Gleized
  • Henry Matisse
  • Andre Derian
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He was a gangster and a businessman…

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Retry Correct Incorrect Known by the nickname “Scarface”, Al Capone was a crime boss during the Prohibition era in Chicago. For a while, he was “Public Enemy No.1” until he finally met his end at 48 years old.
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He was a gangster and a businessman…

  • Al Capone
  • Frank Costello
  • Johnny Torrio
  • Baby Face Nelson
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He started small and eventually created an empire…

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Retry Correct Incorrect Walt Disney was the force behind the American animation industry and is credited with co-founding The Walt Disney Company. As a producer, Disney holds the record for the most Academy Awards and is best-known for establishing the Disney empire.
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He started small and eventually created an empire…

  • Walt Disney
  • Henry Ford
  • Vincent Van Gogh
  • Thomas Edison
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He’s done things that few of us have done before…

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Retry Correct Incorrect Neil Armstong was an American astronaut and the first man to walk on the moon. His famous line was: “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”.
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He’s done things that few of us have done before…

  • Diego Maradona
  • Neil Armstrong
  • Buzz Aldrin
  • Buddy Holly
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Who is this famous pop star?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Named “The King of Pop”, Michael Jackson built himself up to be one of the most well-known entertainers in the world. He made many contributions to singing, dancing, fashion, and art throughout his life.
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Who is this famous pop star?

  • Michael Jackson
  • Prince
  • Lionel Richie
  • Smokey Robinson
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Who is this renowned Army general?

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Retry Correct Incorrect General Patton was a senior officer in the U.S. Army during World War II.
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Who is this renowned Army general?

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • James Mathis
  • Douglas MacArthur
  • George S. Patton
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Who is this classy woman?

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Retry Correct Incorrect “CoCo” Chanel was a French fashion designer and founder of Chanel. Shecexpanded her company to accessories, jewelry, and perfume.
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Who is this classy woman?

  • Coco Chanel
  • Christian Dior
  • Yves St. Laurent
  • Queen Elizabeth II
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This man was an inventor, engineer, and futurist. Who is he?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Nikola Tesla made significant contributions to the world in his 86 years of life. Most notably are his contributions to the design of the modern AC electricity supply system. Today, numerous things are named after Tesla, including Tesla, Inc., the American electric car manufacturer.

This man was an inventor, engineer, and futurist. Who is he?

  • Albert Einstein
  • Nikola Tesla
  • James Dyson
  • Charles Lindbergh
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Who is this humanitarian?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries charity, a worldwide charity devoted to helping people with all forms of needs. In 2016, she was canonized as a saint among a number of other honors.
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Who is this humanitarian?

  • Kristine Pearson
  • Mother Teresa
  • Louisa May Alcott
  • Indira Gandhi
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Who was this angsty rock and roll singer?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Janis Joplin was a rock and roll singer and songwriter during the 1960s. She is widely considered to be the greatest female rock singer of her time. She died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27.
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Who was this angsty rock and roll singer?

  • Patti Smith
  • Joan Baez
  • Amy Winehouse
  • Janis Joplin
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Who is this legendary basketball player?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Michael Jordan played 15 seasons during his time in the NBA, for the Washington Wizards and the Chicago Bulls. Regarded as the greatest basketball player of all time, he is now the owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets.
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Who is this legendary basketball player?

  • Shaquille O’Neal
  • Mike Bibby
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  • Michael Jordan
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She was famous during the Hollywood Golden Age…

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Retry Correct Incorrect Audrey Hepburn was a British actress who became famous during Hollywood’s Golden Age. She is known for films such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Sabrina, and My Fair Lady.
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She was famous during the Hollywood Golden Age…

  • Anneyye Storyberg
  • Audrey Hepburn
  • Carol Baker
  • Ann-Margret
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Who is the man on the right?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Steve Jobs was the CEO and co-founder of Apple Inc. Steve Wozniak and Jobs created the microcomputer in the 1970s and ’80s.
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Who is the man on the right?

  • Alexander Flemming
  • Steve Jobs
  • James Dyson
  • Tim Berners-Lee
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He was a minister turned television personality…

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Retry Correct Incorrect Fred Rogers was a television personality that is best-known for his creation of the preschool television program Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. Before becoming a television host, he was an ordained Presbyterian minister.
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He was a minister turned television personality…

  • Fred Rogers
  • Dan Andelman
  • Zak Bagans
  • Bobby Berk
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He’s famous for more than one reason…

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Retry Correct Incorrect Simpson is a former NFL running back. Aside from being a professional athlete, he is known for his trial and was cleared for the murder of ex-wife Nicole Brown Newman and her friend Ron Goldman.
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He’s famous for more than one reason…

  • Luis Garavito
  • Andrei Chikatilo
  • O.J. Simpson
  • Ahmad Suradji
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Who is this actor?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Currently, Kirk Douglas is one of the last remaining actors from Hollywood’s Golden Age. He was a leading star throughout the 1950s and 60s and has appeared in over 90 movies.
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Who is this actor?

  • Kirk Douglas
  • Paul Newman
  • Gary Cooper
  • Marlon Brando
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Who is this comic-book legend?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Lee is an American comic-book writer and former editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics. He helped create comics such as Spiderman, the Hulk, Daredevil, and more.
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Who is this comic-book legend?

  • Alan Moore
  • Neil Gaiman
  • Stan Lee
  • Jack Kirby
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He’s one of the best-selling musicians of all time…

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Retry Correct Incorrect Elton John is a world-renown musician and performer. He has had a career spanning five-decades with more than fifty Top 40 hits. He is currently one of the best-selling artists of all time selling over 300 million records.
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He’s one of the best-selling musicians of all time…

  • Elton John
  • Rod Stewart
  • Bernie Taupin
  • Billy Joel
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This artist focused on the idea of self-identity…

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Retry Correct Incorrect Kahlo was a Mexican artist who focused on self-portraits and the concept of self-identity. Mexican pop culture inspired her. She was a member of the Mexicayoti movement.
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This artist focused on the idea of self-identity…

  • Lyubov Popova
  • Frida Kahlo
  • Beatrix Potter
  • Lorna Simpson
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He released a series of groundbreaking novels…

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Retry Correct Incorrect Tolkien was a soldier, university professor, and the author of the revolutionary fantasy novels The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and The Silmarillion.
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He released a series of groundbreaking novels…

  • Ernest Hemingway
  • J. R. R. Tolkien
  • W.E.B. DuBois
  • Upton Sinclair
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What’s the name of this suave singer?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Sinatra was a famous singer, actor, and member of the Rat Pack. He has sold over 150 million records and had a cult following known as the “Bobby Soxers”.
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What’s the name of this suave singer?

  • Frank Sinatra
  • Tony Bennett
  • Bobby Viton
  • Bing Crosby
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He wanted to end apartheid…

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Retry Correct Incorrect Mandela was a South African apartheid revolutionary. He served as the President of South Africa and worked towards eliminating apartheid. He was also the President of the African National Congress.
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He wanted to end apartheid…

  • W.E.B. DuBois
  • Booker T. Washington
  • Nelson Mandela
  • Frederick Douglas
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Who is this musician?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Jimi Hendrix was a rock and rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter during the 1960s. He is one of the most admired electric guitarists to have ever lived, even though his major career only lasted around four years.
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Who is this musician?

  • Carlos Santana
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • B.B. King
  • Jimi Hendrix
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He was named “The Godfather of Gangster Rap”

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Retry Correct Incorrect Eazy-E was a member of the rap group N.W.A. and a successful solo artist.
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He was named “The Godfather of Gangster Rap”

  • Eazy-E
  • Biggie Smalls
  • Tupac Shakur
  • Mac Dre
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He was the U.S. president during World War I…

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Retry Correct Incorrect Wilson was the 29th President of the United States from 1913-1921, during World War I. He developed a foreign policy known as “Wilsonianism.”
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He was the U.S. president during World War I…

  • Calvin Coolidge
  • Woodrow Wilson
  • Herbert Hoover
  • Theodore Roosevelt
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She acted in one of the first color films…

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Retry Correct Incorrect Judy Garland’s career spanned more than 40 years. She was an actress, singer, and a vaudevillian. She is most remembered for her starring role in The Wizard of Oz.
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She acted in one of the first color films…

  • Judy Garland
  • Doris Day
  • Julie Andrews
  • Liza Minnelli
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Who was this revolutionary?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Che Guevara was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary. He played a major role in the Cuban Revolution. His image has become a famous insignia in the counterculture.
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Who was this revolutionary?

  • Leon Trotsky
  • Che Guevara
  • Fidel Castro
  • Michael Collins
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Who is this brave woman?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Amelia Earhart was the first woman to ever fly solo over the Atlantic Ocean, one of the many records that she set over her piloting career. While attempting to circumnavigate the world, she disappeared over the Pacific Ocean.
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Who is this brave woman?

  • Valentina Tereshkova
  • Amelia Earhart
  • Elizabeth Taylor
  • Nora Ephron
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She sang the song “Don’t Rain On My Parade”…

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Retry Correct Incorrect Barbra Streisand has been a powerhouse in entertainment over the past sixty years. She is one of the few accomplished EGOTs and has been awarded the President Medal of Freedom and countless awards.

She sang the song “Don’t Rain On My Parade”…

  • Barbra Streisand
  • Bette Midler
  • Celine Dion
  • Donna Summer
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Who is this baseball player?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Jackie Robinson was the first African American baseball player to play in Major League Baseball. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962 and was an All-Star for six consecutive seasons.
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Who is this baseball player?

  • Jackie Robinson
  • Barry Bonds
  • Hank Aaron
  • Babe Ruth
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This woman was heavily involved in European politics…

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Retry Correct Incorrect Margaret Thatcher was the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, holding the position between 1979 and 1990.
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This woman was heavily involved in European politics…

  • Angela Merkel
  • Margaret Thatcher
  • Theresa May
  • Queen Elizabeth II
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He was known for his being a leader of the pop art movement…

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Retry Correct Incorrect Andy Warhol helped create a bridge between popular culture and various artistic movements. He was an artist, director, and producer. Warhol was openly gay before the gay liberation movement.
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He was known for his being a leader of the pop art movement…

  • Andy Warhol
  • Roy Lichtenstein
  • James Gill
  • Jasper Johns
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Who’s this children’s book author?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Over his career, Theodore Seuss Geisel wrote over 60 books under the pen name Dr. Seuss. He has sold over 60 million copies of his books which have been translated into over 20 languages.
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Who’s this children’s book author?

  • Maurice Sendak
  • Roald Dahl
  • Eric Carle
  • Dr. Seuss
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This man is considered to be a World War II hero…

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Retry Correct Incorrect Churchill was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during World War II. He is partially credited with steering Britain to victory and known for his leadership and diplomatic abilities.
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This man is considered to be a World War II hero…

  • Oskar Schindler
  • Charles Coward
  • Winston Churchill
  • Angel Sanz Briz
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His real name is Christopher Wallace…

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Retry Correct Incorrect East Coast Rapper Biggie Smalls, aka The Notorious B.I.G., is credited as one of the top 10 rappers of all time. He became mixed up in the East Coast-West Coast hip-hop feud and was assassinated in 1997 during a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles.
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His real name is Christopher Wallace…

  • DMX
  • LL Cool J
  • Biggie Smalls
  • Master P
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Who is this comedic actor?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Candy was a Canadian actor and comedian who worked on films such as Stripes, Cool Runnings, Spaceballs, and more. Unfortunately, he died of a heart attack on the set of a film in 1994.
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Who is this comedic actor?

  • Dan Aykroyd
  • Billy Crystal
  • George Carlin
  • John Candy
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He was a member of the Beatles…

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Retry Correct Incorrect Ringo Starr was the drummer and a songwriter for the Beatles. After the band broke up, he went on to have a successful solo career and still tours today.
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He was a member of the Beatles…

  • John Lennon
  • Paul McCartney
  • George Harrison
  • Ringo Starr
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He made history in the supreme court…

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Retry Correct Incorrect Thurgood Marshall started out as a lawyer and eventually became the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. He was the first African-American to hold the position.
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He made history in the supreme court…

  • Thurgood Marshall
  • W.E.B. DuBois
  • Hiram R. Revels
  • Frederick Douglass
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Known as “The King of Soul”…

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Retry Correct Incorrect Sam Cooke launched his solo career and came out with hits such as “Chain Gang,” Wonderful Way,” and “Twistin the Night of Way.” He had a major impact on soul music and is still influences musicians today.

Known as “The King of Soul”…

  • Sam Cooke
  • Nat King Cole
  • Al Green
  • James Brown
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Who is this famous director?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Most of Kubrick’s films are book adaptations, which he usually twists into his own style of dark comedy and over-the-top cinematography. Some of his most famous films include The Shining, and A Clockwork Orange.

Who is this famous director?

  • Alfred Hitchcock
  • Quentin Tarantino
  • Martin Scorsese
  • Stanley Kubrick
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Congrats, you finished! Here are your results:

Retry Not good. Were you aware there was an entire century before this one? Just okay. Clearly, you didn’t learn much in school about the last century. Pretty good. That’s pretty impressive! Great job! Wow! Did you live through it all or something?
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