Explorers & Adventurers

See how much you know about famous world explorers and adventurers.

Quiz

See how much you know about famous world explorers and adventurers.

1. Where did Christopher Columbus believe he had landed in 1492?

  • Japan
  • East Indies
  • Florida

2. Sent on a rescue mission to Africa to find the explorer David Livingstone, journalist Henry Morton Stanley eventually tracked him down and issued the famous greeting, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" Later Stanley continued in Livingstone's footsteps, on a quest to find what?

  • Timbuktu
  • The source of the Nile
  • The Horn of Africa

3. Who was the first mountain climber to summit all fourteen of the world's 8,000-meter peaks without the use of supplemental oxygen?

  • Tenzing Norgay
  • Reinhold Messner
  • David Breashears

4. The epitome of the American frontiersman, this folk hero took a break from fighting battles, claiming new territory, and embellishing his own mythic persona to serve two terms in the U.S. Congress.

  • Daniel Boone
  • Davy Crockett
  • Kit Carson

5. What adventurer dropped out of Amherst College, went on an expedition bordering the Arctic Circle, and returned to become a pioneer the frozen food industry?

  • Leo "Green Giant" Burnett
  • Vernon B. Stouffer
  • Clarence Birdseye

6. Which of these men became the first to climb the north face of the Eiger, managed to escape from a POW camp, was one of the first Westerners to enter the forbidden kingdom of Tibet, and became a life-long friend of the Dalai Lama?

7. The body found on Mount Everest in May 1999 was that of

  • Edmund Hillary
  • George Mallory
  • Andrew Irvine

8. Which of these writers and African adventurers was also a professional pilot?

  • Mary Leakey
  • Karen Blixen
  • Beryl Markham

9. After Frederick Cook was discredited as the first person to reach the North Pole, which explorer was credited? (That is, if we ignore evidence from the 1990s that he too may have fabricated his claim.)

  • Robert Peary
  • Henry Hudson
  • Richard Byrd

10. At the other end of the world, Captain Robert Scott raced to become the first person to reach the South Pole. Unfortunately, he was thirty-five days too late, and on the return journey he and his entire expedition perished. Who beat him to the South Pole?

  • Roald Amundsen
  • Ernest Shackelton
  • James Cook

Your Results:

1. Where did Christopher Columbus believe he had landed in 1492?
East Indies

2. Sent on a rescue mission to Africa to find the explorer David Livingstone, journalist Henry Morton Stanley eventually tracked him down and issued the famous greeting, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" Later Stanley continued in Livingstone's footsteps, on a quest to find what?
The source of the Nile

3. Who was the first mountain climber to summit all fourteen of the world's 8,000-meter peaks without the use of supplemental oxygen?
Reinhold Messner

4. The epitome of the American frontiersman, this folk hero took a break from fighting battles, claiming new territory, and embellishing his own mythic persona to serve two terms in the U.S. Congress.
Davy Crockett

5. What adventurer dropped out of Amherst College, went on an expedition bordering the Arctic Circle, and returned to become a pioneer the frozen food industry?
Clarence Birdseye

6. Which of these men became the first to climb the north face of the Eiger, managed to escape from a POW camp, was one of the first Westerners to enter the forbidden kingdom of Tibet, and became a life-long friend of the Dalai Lama?
Heinrich Harrar

7. The body found on Mount Everest in May 1999 was that of
George Mallory

8. Which of these writers and African adventurers was also a professional pilot?
Beryl Markham

9. After Frederick Cook was discredited as the first person to reach the North Pole, which explorer was credited? (That is, if we ignore evidence from the 1990s that he too may have fabricated his claim.)
Robert Peary

10. At the other end of the world, Captain Robert Scott raced to become the first person to reach the South Pole. Unfortunately, he was thirty-five days too late, and on the return journey he and his entire expedition perished. Who beat him to the South Pole?
Roald Amundsen

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