A Celebrity Quiz


Read the following vignettes and match each to the personalities listed below:

  1. Albert Einstein
  2. Winston Churchill
  3. F. W. Woolworth
  4. Thomas Edison
  5. Agatha Christie
  6. Tom Cruise
  7. George Patton
  8. Bruce Jenner
  9. Walt Disney
  10. Cher
  11. Nelson Rockefeller
  12. Woodrow Wilson
  13. Hans Christian Anderson
  1. As a lad of nine, he did not know the letters of the alphabet. He finally learned to read at age 11. He was thought to be dull and backward. He entered Davidson College, but withdrew because of illness. Later, he went to Princeton, but his grades were mediocre. Yet he eventually became president.
  2. This famous singer and movie star has a math disability. Not only can she not remember phone numbers, she says she can not balance her checkbook. Yet, that checking account is very full as a result of her success as an entertainer.
  3. His mother did not agree with those who said he was abnormal. When he started school, his teacher thought he was mentally ill. His mother withdrew him from school and taught him herself. She must have done a great job because he became the inventor of the electric light bulb and the phonograph.
  4. He was labeled a slow child. He clerked in a village grocery store. He suggested putting slow moving merchandise on a counter and selling it for five cents. This venture was so successful that it was continued with new goods. He became the principal founder of a chain of five and ten stores.
  5. He could not read at 12 and had trouble reading his whole life. However, he could memorize entire lectures – which was how he got through school. He was a famous general during World War II.
  6. He had no success in school, but he became a well known producer and cartoonist.
  7. He had a lot of difficulty in school. He became an English Prime Minister.
  8. Throughout his life, he had difficulty reading. He was a four-term Governor of New York and appointed Vice President of the United States by Congress.
  9. He had difficulty reading, but he wrote some of the world’s best-loved stories.
  10. He could not talk until he was 4: He did not read until he was 9. Teachers called him mentally slow, unsociable and a dreamer. He passed his college entrance exams after an extra year of preparation. He lost three teaching positions. He developed the theory of relativity.
  11. School and reading were hard for him. He won the 1976 Olympic Decathlon.
  12. He is dyslexic. He is a famous actor who learns his lines by listening to a tape.
  13. She had a learning disability that made it difficult for her to write fluently. She was a prolific and famous writer of mystery stories and novels. She dictated all her work to a secretary-transcriptionist.


1-L,  2-J,  3-D,  4-C,  5-G,  6-I,  7-B,  8-K,  9-M,  10-A,  11-H,  12-F,  13-E