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Trivia Quiz - Jesse Owens - Great Sportsman and Humanitarian
Sprint with this trivia quiz about the life, career and Olympic records of Jesse Owens.
December 22, 2011
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1. Born in Alabama in 1913, Jesse Owens was one of how many children in his family?
2. The Owens family moved to Ohio where Jesse's sporting prowess became recognized, earning him what nickname?
A. The Cincinnati Sizzler
B. The Ohio Express
C. The Buckeye Bullet
D. The Black Pearl
3. Jesse Owens amazed the world by winning four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics. Where were these games held?
4. Apart from the 100m and long jump, in what two other events did Jesse Owens compete in 1936?
A. 200m and 100m relay
B. high jump and 400m
C. 400m and 200m
D. 100m relay and high jump
5. In the long jump, Jesse Owens fouled his first two jumps. Who provided advice which enabled Owens to take gold?
A. His wife, Ruth discreetly making hand gestures from the stands
B. The German crowd, willing him to win
C. Lutz Long, a German competitor in the event
D. Charles Riley, his high school coach who travelled to Germany to watch his star.
6. Following the 1936 Olympics, who did Jesse Owens claim snubbed him?
A. Adolf Hitler
B. Franklin Roosevelt
C. His old coach, Charles Riley
D. The American people
7. Following the 1936 Olympics, what role did Jesse Owens undertake?
A. Helping underprivileged youth
B. U S Olympics track coach
C. A director of Adidas sporting company
D. All the above
8. Which U S President presented Jesse Owens with The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest award a civilian can receive?
A. Lyndon Johnson
B. Richard Nixon
C. Gerald Ford
D. Jimmy Carter
9. Which of the following quotes was not made by Jesse Owens?
A. Try not to become a man of success but a man of value.
B. Find the good. It's all around you. Find it, showcase and you'll start believing it.
C. In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort.
D. One chance is all you need.
10. Jesse Owens died in 1980 at the relatively young age of 66. What was the cause of his death?
A. heart attack
B. lung cancer
D. colon cancer
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