Notable Women Trivia Contest

For entertainment at our Christmas Lunch on December 5, 2022, (and to put our minds to work after a very nice tradional turkey with all the trimmings meal), we attempted to answer a number of trivia questions based on the theme of notable women.  The questions were compiled by a couple of our members, who found it challenging to limit the number of questions or to give reasonably decent clues without giving too much away.  Indeed, for some questions, there were several acceptable answers.  Prizes for first, second and third in point totals were handed out.  No one got 100%!  Want to try your luck?

Trivia Questions – Notable Women in History

1. Name 2 of the outstanding women we featured at our CFUW Vernon meetings in 2021-22.    [2 points]

2. The name of Madam Marie Curie, 1867–1934, is well known.  Name three things for which she is famous.     [3 points]

3. What was Marie Tharp’s contribution to the study of the earth?  [1920-2006]   [1 point]

4. What was Nelly Bly’s profession and name one thing for which she is known?  [2 points]

5. This woman was known as the Lady with the Lamp; however she was also a statistician.   Who was she and in what endeavour did she use her statistical skills?   [2 points]

6. Name three women who held the office of prime minister or president during the 20th century and the country that each lead.  [6 points]

7. This mother, whose son was born in unsanitary conditions, was led to believe, accurately as it turned out, that he would become a man of great importance.  Unfortunately, in his adulthood, she watched him die a painful death.   Name the mother.   [1 point]

8. Name 2 of the “The Famous Five” and indicate what the group was famous for.   [3 points]

9. Who is Anne Sullivan and what famous woman did she work with? [2 points]

10. Who said the following?  Provide answers for any 3.   [3 points]
(a) “Learn from the mistakes of others.  You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.”

(b) “Take criticism seriously, but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the criticism, try to learn from it. Otherwise, let it roll off you.” 

(c) “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” 

(d) “Success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” 

(e) “Failure is a great teacher, if you’re open to it.”

(f) “I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.”

11. What is the name of the then teenager who was shot for promoting the education of girls in her country and the name of the country? [2 points]  

12. On February 4, 2013, to celebrate her 100th birthday, the Henry Ford Museum in Michigan, USA, declared the day a “National Day of Courage.”  Whose courage was being celebrated, what was the courageous act and what item does the museum carry in recognition of that courage?   [3 points]

13. Klee Wyck, translating to “the smiling one”, was the name given to this famous Canadian artist and writer by Vancouver Island’s indigenous coastal people.  Name this woman.   [1 point]

14. This young woman was condemned to death in part for leading the French resistance against the English.  Who was she and how old at the time of her death?   [2 points]

15. This woman gave us a quiet scary warning.  What is her name and what was she warning us about?   [2 points]

16. What 19th century woman is seen as an “icon of feminist scientific achievement, a heroine of the mind, and one of the earliest visionaries in the early history of the computer”?  (1 point)

Total available points = 36 

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