Quiz of the Month – August 2014

Last year Time published a book entitled The 100 Most Influential People Who Never Lived.  The “people” come from literature, TV, movies, and even opera.  Below you will find descriptions of 20 of the 100.  Your job is to name the characters – not the actors who played them in cases where they were portrayed by actors on stage, screen or TV.  You will find the answers on my Quiz Answers page.

  1. She first appeared on stage in Paris in 1875, and has been a staple ever since.  She worked in a cigarette factory in Seville, and was quite liberated for her time.
  2. He is a professor of archaeology, but also an adventurer who carries a whip, and can’t seem to stay out of trouble.  And we thank him for that.
  3. She is the dipsy red-head who is always getting into some absurd comic situation.  Her Cuban husband scolds her, but how can he (or we) resist her?
  4. He and his band of merry men steal from the rich, and give to the poor.
  5. He fights valiantly against the Trojans, but he has a fatal flaw that ultimately costs him his life.
  6. Her name has appeared on boxes of cake mix and numerous other products for many years.  She has even written cook books.
  7. In this New Testament story a man lies beaten and robbed on the side of the road, and everyone passes by without helping him – everyone, that is, except for this one man.
  8. “Bah, humbug!”
  9. Back when cigarette advertisements were allowed on TV, this man rode his horse in the west, and contentedly smoked his cigarette.
  10. She is a “gutter-snipe” who can’t speak English correctly.  He is a noted professor of phonetics.
  11. They are Shakespeare’s “star crossed lovers.”
  12. She follows the yellow brick road to a very strange land.
  13. He is an African-American physician, husband and father in one of the most beloved comedy series that ever aired on TV.  Be sure to give his full first name.
  14. Actress Lynda Carter wrote the Time piece about this woman with magical powers.
  15. He didn’t mean to do it, but he killed his father and married his mother.
  16. She makes one mistake, and must wear the letter “A” for the rest of her life.
  17. She is the girl with the dragon tattoo.
  18. He is a World War II hero who takes over the family business after his father dies.
  19. Everything he touched turned to gold.
  20. He played God, and created a monster.
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