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Trivia Quiz - Jim Thorpe: American Athlete Extraordinaire


Jacobus Franciscus "Jim" Thorpe (Sac and Fox (Sauk): Wa-Tho-Huk, translated to Bright Path) (May 28, 1888 – March 28, 1953) was an American athlete of mixed ancestry (mixed Caucasian and American Indian).

Quiz Number: 4121
Date Submitted: October 10, 2011
Quiz Categories: Olympic Sports
Quiz Type: Personality Quiz
Author: patrickryan
Average Score: 51.1 percent
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1. Where did Jim Thorpe go to school, where teachers first recognized his athletic prowess?
  A.   USC
  B.   Harvard University
  C.   Oklahoma State University
  D.   Carlisle Indian Industrial School

2. What famous football coach coached Thorpe at Carlisle Indian Industrial School?
  A.   Paul Bear Bryant
  B.   Vince Lombardi
  C.   Glenn Scobey Pop Warner
  D.   Mike Ditka

3. Aside from being a star in track and field, football, baseball, and lacrosse, Thorpe also was won what 1912 intercollegiate championship?
  A.   debating championship.
  B.   ballroom dancing championship.
  C.   technology championship.
  D.   animal husbandry championship.

4. In 1911, Thorpe scored all of his football team's points—four field goals and a touchdown—in an 18–15 upset of a top ranked team in those early days of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. What team was it?
  A.   Princeton
  B.   Harvard
  C.   Yale
  D.   US Military Academy at West Point

5. In the 1912 football season, Thorpe was credited, in large part, in a win against The US Military Academy at West Point. What future US President was playing for Thorpe, and recalled him in a speech decades later?
  A.   Harry Truman
  B.   Teddy Roosevelt
  C.   Jimmy Carter
  D.   Dwight Eisenhower

6. King Gustav V of Sweden presented a medal to Thorpe, and told him: "You, sir, are the greatest athlete in the world." How did Jim Thorpe respond?
  A.   "And you are the greatest Monarch, Sir!"
  B.   "Thank you, Sire."
  C.   "Thanks for the gold, your emminence."
  D.   "Thanks, King."

7. How many gold medals did Thorpe get in the 1912 Olympics?
  A.   1
  B.   2
  C.   3
  D.   4

8. When playing football for Canton Bulldogs professionally, the Canton team had an average of 1200 fans per game. How many eager fans saw him play in Thorpe's first game for Canton?
  A.   2000
  B.   4000
  C.   6000
  D.   8000

9. Why was Thorpe stripped of his Olympic medals?
  A.   For playing professional baseball for a few dollars prior to the games.
  B.   Moral Turpitude.
  C.   Thorpe was drunk during the medal ceremony.
  D.   Racism of the judges.

10. When were Thorpe's Olympic medals restored?
  A.   1980
  B.   1981
  C.   1982
  D.   1983


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