Famous British and American People

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Quiz "Famous British and American People"

1) She was the oldest of the three famous sisters. They all were novelists- She was born and lived in Yorkshire, worked as a teacher. Her most famous novel is "Jane Eyre". (Charlotte Bronte)

2) The greatest cartoon-maker in cinema history. He produced his first (black and white) Mickey Mouse in 1928 and then more cartoons followed. His second cartoon superstar is Donald Duck. (Walt Disney)

3) His life was an illustration of his own formula for success: "2% of inspiration and 98% of perspiration". His inventions are examples of practical use of scientific knowledge. He invented many improvements of the telegraph, the phonograph, the talking machine and, at last, the electric lamp. His contribution into industrial development and progress of mankind is enormous. By the way, he was not a good student and his parents took him out of school, and his mother taught him at home. (Thomas Edison)

4) One of classics of criminal detective. He was a poet, an author of historical novels, but he received the world recognition due to his detective stories. He developed Edgar Poe's traditions, one of founders of detective literature. He was born in Scotland, he was a doctor by profession. His character Sherlock Holmes is still the most famous detective in the world. By the way, doctor Bell (one of doctors he worked with) was the model of doctor Watson. (Conan Doyle)

5) He was one of the silent era's most successful comics. Born in London, he went to Hollywood in 1910. Four years later he created "the little tramp" - his best-loved character, whose bowler hat, cane and moustache soon became internationally famous. He left America in 1950s and spent his later years in Switzerland. (Charley Chaplin)

6) He was born in Illinois. he began his career as a journalist and short story writer in the US. Then, in 1920s he moved to Paris. During this period he started to write novels. During the second World War he was a correspondent in China and Europe; he actively supported Spanish Civil War and wrote his successful novel of war, love and death. It was "For Whom The Bell Tolls". In his later years he lived mostly in Cuba, where his passion for sea fishing was reflected in "The Old Man And The Sea". He was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1954. (Ernest Hemingway)

7) Before 1908 cars were rare, only few people had them. He was a businessman who had a brilliant idea to organize mass-production of cheap cars for ordinary people. The result was a transport revolution. Between 1908 and 1927 his company sold over 15 million cars. (Henry Ford)

8) He began his career as a pilot. Then he joined NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration, which controls America's space programme). He travelled into space several times. His task was to become the first human being on the moon and he jumped onto the lunar surface on 20 July 1969. That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind. (Neil Armstrong)

9) She wrote 78 novels and 19 plays. Her books are translated into 103 foreign languages. She is the third best-selling author in the world (after Shakespeare and the Bible). Many of her novels and short stories have been filmed. The "Mousetrap", her most famous play, is now the longest-running play in history. She invented such famous private detectives as Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. She is known all over the world as the Queen of Detective. (Agatha Christie)

10) He is one of the greatest men in the history of science. His father was a poor farmer. After school he studied at Cambridge university. After graduating he lectured on mathematics at Cambridge university. His greatest discovery is the law of gravitation. There is a monument to him at Cambridge with the inscription: "A man who surpassed all men of science". (Isaak Newton).

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