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Famous People Quiz

  • The next few pages will test your ability to figure out what celebrities majored in what academic subjects.

This is your handout-Famous People of Left-Major on Right-Place your answers in the middle-3 minutes

  • CELEBRITIES: 1.   Oprah Winfrey  2.   Gene Simmons  3.   Steven Spielberg  4.   Bruce Lee  5.   Jodie Foster  6.   Mick Jagger  7.   Tiger Woods  8.   Steve Martin  9.   David Letterman  10. Hugh Heffner  11. Paul Newmann  12. Arnold Schwarzenegger  13. Isaiah Thomas  14. John Elway  15. Thurgood Marshall  16. David Robinson  17. Montel Williams  18. Bill Clinton  19. Brooke Shields  20. Michael Jordan


  • Television talk show host Oprah Winfrey majored in speech and drama at Tennessee State University in Nashville, which she attended on full scholarship. Upon graduation, Winfrey became the first black woman to anchor a local television news program in Nashville.

  • -The correct answer: Speech and Drama


  • Gene Simmons's flamboyant on-stage antics with his band "Kiss", may come in some way from his earlier academic pursuits.  He majored in education at Richmond College on Staten Island, New York. After graduating, Simmons briefly taught elementary school in New York's Spanish Harlem neighborhood.

  • -The correct answer: Education


  • Celebrated film director Steven Spielberg holds several honorary doctorates from universities around the world, in addition to three Academy Awards and a slew of box office records. But he had never finished his bachelor's degree, in film and electronic arts, until 2002. Spielberg completed coursework from California State University, Long Beach by writing term papers and completing general education requirements, all through independent study.

  • -The correct answer:  Film


  • Martial-arts superstar Bruce Lee studied philosophy for three years at the University of Washington in Seattle, before he dropped out to teach kung fu. In addition to performing almost superhuman feats of martial arts in his films, Lee wrote several books, including Tao of Jeet Kune Do, Lee's own philosophy of martial-arts technique.

  • -The correct answer:  Philosophy


  • Academy Award-winning actor Jodie Foster graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in literature from Yale University. She is a two-time Academy Award-winning American actress, director, and producer.

  • -The correct answer: Literature  


  • Mick Jagger was a business student at the rigorous London School of Economics when he, Keith Richards, and Brian Jones formed The Rolling Stones. He continued his studies even after the band started performing professionally, but his business-school training must have helped him recognize a promising opportunity, because he soon quit school to devote himself full time to becoming a rock 'n' roll star.

  • -The correct answer: Business


  • Golfing powerhouse Tiger Woods studied economics at Stanford University. Given the size of Wood's tournament winnings and product endorsement contracts, let's hope he concentrated on macroeconomics.

  • -The correct answer:  Economics


  • Steve Martin majored in philosophy at Long Beach College (now California State University--Long Beach) and at UCLA. He even briefly considered becoming a philosophy professor before turning to comedy.

  • -The correct answer:  Philosophy


  • David Letterman majored in telecommunications while at Ball State University in his home state of Indiana. It's unclear whether or not Stupid Human Tricks formed a part of Letterman's senior thesis.

  • -The correct answer:  Telecommunications


  • Hugh Hefner, who founded Playboy magazine, majored in psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he presumably learned a thing or two about the average American male psyche. Even with two additional minor courses of study in writing and art, Hefner doubled his course load and graduated in just two and one-half years.

  • -The correct answer: Psychology


  • Actor, businessperson, and philanthropist Paul Newman received a bachelor's degree in English from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. After graduating, Newman went to the Yale School of Drama and the Actors Studio to study acting.

  • -The correct answer: English


  • Arnold Schwarzenegger Body Builder/Actor/Governor (University of Wisconsin)  He is an Austrian-American bodybuilder, actor, and politician, currently serving as the 38th Governor of the U.S. state of California.

  • -The correct answer: Economics


  • Isaiah Thomas-Famous basketball player from Indiana University.    Thomas, a 6-1, 185 pound point guard, ranks as one of the better players of all-time. From 1981 to 1994 Thomas had a good career with the Detroit Pistons.

  • -The correct answer is Criminal Justice


  • John Elway NFL quarterback (Stanford) for the Denver Broncos.  Won NFL championships and most valuable player.  For 16 amazing seasons – 234 games that included a NFL-record 148 wins – John Elway was the undisputed leader of the Denver Broncos.

  • -The correct answer is Economics


  • Thurgood Marshall, U.S. Chief Justice  The first African American to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States. Prior to becoming a judge, he was a lawyer who was best remembered for his high success rate in arguing before the Supreme Court and for the victory in Brown v. Board of Education.

  • -The correct answer is Dentistry


  • David Robinson, NBA basketball great for the San Antonio Spurs. Won numerous NBA titles.  Robinson is often considered one of the greatest centers to ever play the game. A born-again Christian, Robinson is also an amateur musician who enjoys playing various instruments at home. His nicknames include "The Admiral", based on his service as an officer in the United States Navy.

  • -The correct answer is Mathematics


  • Montel Williams, famous talk show host.  Diagnosed with MS.  Williams served on board the USS Sampson during the U.S. invasion of Grenada. His awards include the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, two Navy Expeditionary Medals, two Humanitarian Service Medals, a Navy Achievement Medal, two Navy Commendation Medals and two Meritorious Service Medals. He retired after 22 years of military service as a lieutenant.

  • The correct answer is Engineering


  • Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. Before his presidency, Clinton served nearly twelve years as the 50th and 52nd Governor of Arkansas. He was the third-youngest person to serve as president, behind Theodore Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, and is considered the first baby boomer president.  Attended Georgetown University, University College, Oxford and Yale Law School

  •  -The correct answer is International Studies


  • Brooke Shields, Actress.  Career as a model began in the late 1960s as an infant, and she continued as a successful child model throughout the 1970s. In early 1980 (at age 14), Shields was the youngest fashion model to ever appear on the cover of the top fashion publication Vogue magazine.

  • -The correct answer is French


  • Michael Jordan, star basketball player from NC. Widely considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time, he became one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation and was instrumental in popularizing the NBA (National Basketball Association) around the world in the 1980s and 1990s.

  • -The correct answer is Mathematics


  •  1.  Oprah Winfrey-Speech and Drama  2.  Gene Simmons- Education  3.  Steven Spielberg-Film  4.  Bruce Lee-Philosophy  5.  Jodie Foster-Literature  6.  Mick Jagger-Business  7.  Tiger Woods-Economics  8.  Steve Martin-Philosophy  9.  David Letterman- Telecommunications 10. Hugh Heffner-Psychology


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