Black Athletes Quiz

Test your knowledge of famous African American athletes who made a difference.

Quiz

Test your knowledge of famous African American athletes who made a difference.

1. Track and field star Carl Lewis won how many gold medals at the 1984 Olympic games?

  • 2
  • 8
  • 4

2. In 1957 Althea Gibson became the first African American to do what?

  • She was named chairperson of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.
  • She won the US Open tennis championship.
  • She joined the Ladies' Professional Golf Association.

3. Stripped of his heavyweight title in 1967 for refusing induction into the U.S. military, Muhammad Ali regained the heavyweight championship on October 30, 1974, in Kinshasa, Zaire (present-day Democratic Republic of the Congo), with an eighth-round knockout of which prizefighter?

  • George Foreman
  • Joe Frazier
  • Leon Spinks

4. What do African-American football players Ernie Davis, Archie Griffin, and Tony Dorsett have in common?

  • They all played for Pittsburgh.
  • They all won the Heisman Trophy.
  • They all led their teams to Super Bowl titles.

5. Which track and field star overcame childhood polio to become one of the greatest athletes of her time?

  • Wilma Rudolph
  • Gail Devers
  • Florence Griffith Joyner

6. Credited with breaking the "color barrier" in baseball by becoming the first African American to play in the major leagues, Jackie Robinson played for which team?

  • Baltimore Orioles
  • Brooklyn Dodgers
  • New York Yankees

7. The all-black basketball team the Harlem Globetrotters was formed in what year?

  • 1927
  • 1938
  • 1959

8. Who was the first player from the Negro Leagues to be elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame?

  • "Shoeless" Joe Jackson
  • Oscar Charleston
  • Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige

9. Who was the first woman athlete to win five medals at one Olympics?

10. Star basketball player Michael Jordan led his team, the Chicago Bulls, to how many NBA World Championships in the 1990s?

  • 4
  • 6
  • 8

Your Results:

1. Track and field star Carl Lewis won how many gold medals at the 1984 Olympic games?
4

2. In 1957 Althea Gibson became the first African American to do what?
She won the US Open tennis championship.

3. Stripped of his heavyweight title in 1967 for refusing induction into the U.S. military, Muhammad Ali regained the heavyweight championship on October 30, 1974, in Kinshasa, Zaire (present-day Democratic Republic of the Congo), with an eighth-round knockout of which prizefighter?
George Foreman

4. What do African-American football players Ernie Davis, Archie Griffin, and Tony Dorsett have in common?
They all won the Heisman Trophy.

5. Which track and field star overcame childhood polio to become one of the greatest athletes of her time?
Wilma Rudolph

6. Credited with breaking the "color barrier" in baseball by becoming the first African American to play in the major leagues, Jackie Robinson played for which team?
Brooklyn Dodgers

7. The all-black basketball team the Harlem Globetrotters was formed in what year?
1927

8. Who was the first player from the Negro Leagues to be elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame?
Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige

9. Who was the first woman athlete to win five medals at one Olympics?
Marion Jones

10. Star basketball player Michael Jordan led his team, the Chicago Bulls, to how many NBA World Championships in the 1990s?
6

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