Quiz on personalities

Joy Bhattacharjya | Updated on March 10, 2018 Published on December 08, 2017

This week, the Indian film industry lost Shashi Kapoor, one of its most loved and regarded performers. In his memory, this week’s quiz is about a few good men and women.

1 Which National Award-winning film did Shashi Kapoor produce in 1981, after a first-time director approached him with a script on the suggestion of Satyajit Ray?

2 In 2017, Google honoured his legacy with a doodle about his ‘super efficient ambulance service’. A five-km stretch of road in Karachi is named after him. Name this Pakistani philanthropist, or his popular sobriquet?

3 The longest-serving first lady, she broke with tradition by inviting African American guests to the White House. She also protested against her husband’s orders to intern Japanese Americans during WWII. Who is this woman, who declined state security and would drive into Ku Klux Klan households armed with just a pistol?

4 Which person, on the US terrorism watch-list till 2008, was honoured by the UN General Assembly, who declared July 18 as a day on which everyone was requested to contribute 67 minutes for social service?

5 In 2000, which person of letters became the first ambassador and president of the charity, Gingerbread, formerly known as One Person Families, and has given more than seven million pounds towards the movement?

6 He won the Wimbledon Singles title in the mid-’70s beating the overwhelming top seed. He was arrested 10 years later for protesting outside the South African embassy in Washington DC against the apartheid policy. The annual ESPY awards for courage are named after him. Name this athlete and role model.

7 Killed in action in 1943 while serving in the German Army in Sicily, this former athlete will always be remembered for some advice he gave his closest rival on August 4, 1936. Who was his rival and what did he tell him to do?

8 Which great leader’s funeral in 1988 resulted in a ceasefire in the civil war in a neighbouring state so that 20,000 mourners from that country could join the 200,000-strong crowd and two state leaders already assembled there?

9 Which Belgian-born Goodwill Ambassador’s statue will you find outside the Unicef headquarters in New York?

10 In 1940, he was selected by Mahatma Gandhi to be the first individual satyagrahi. Eleven years later, on April 18, 1952, he started a movement at Pochampally in which thousands of acres of land was donated. Who is this hero, the first winner of the Ramon Magsaysay Award?


1. 36 Chowringhee Lane, which won a National Award for Best Film in English and a Best Director award for Aparna Sen

2. Abdul Sattar Edhi, popularly known in the west as ‘Father Teresa’

3. Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

4. Nelson Mandela; the 67 minutes was to commemorate his 67 years battle against aparthied

5. JK Rowling, who started writing the Harry Potter series as a single parent

6. Arthur Ashe, who won the Wimbledon Singles title in 1975 beating Jimmy Connors

7. Luz Long advised Jesse Owens to jump from a spot a few inches behind the take-off board after Owens fouled out on his first two jumps. Owens went on to win the gold with a world record jump

8. Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan

9. Audrey Hepburn

10. Acharya Vinoba Bhave

Joy Bhattacharjya is a quizmaster and Project Director, FIFA U-17 World Cup; Follow Joy on Twitter @joybhattacharj

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Published on December 08, 2017
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