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Civil Disobedience
He refused to salute the cap of the imperial governor Gessler and was subsequently required to perform a dangerous stunt with his bow. Who was this Swiss hero?

Ancient Epics
Cuchulain is a legendary hero of ...
A. Mexico
B. Hawaii
C. Russia
D. Ireland
E. Pakistan
Courageous Conductors
After she escaped from slavery in 1849, she returned to the South 19 times to lead more than 300 other slaves to freedom, including her aged parents. Name this "conductor" on the Underground Railroad.
Favorite Sons
The frontiersman and U.S. congressman who was killed while defending the Alamo hailed from the ...
A. Empire State
B. Beehive State
C. Volunteer State
D. Bluegrass State
E. Grand Canyon State
Poetic Praise
What is the first name of the hero celebrated in this 1927 poem?
Lucky Lindy, up in the sky
Fair or windy, he's flying high,
Peerless, fearless, knows ev'ry cloud
The kind of a son makes a mother feel proud.
Crime Fiction
Professor Moriarty was whose rival?
A. Mike Hammer
B. Charlie Chan
C. Ellery Queen
D. Auguste Dupin
E. Sherlock Holmes
Popular Roles
More than 25 different actors including Buster Crabbe and Johnny Weismuller have played this hero of the jungle created by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Name the character.
Which Greek hero was invulnerable except for a small area near one of his heels?
A. Jason
B. Perseus
C. Hercules
D. Odysseus
E. Achilles
Name the Scottish patriot who was hanged, disemboweled, beheaded, and quartered at West Smithfield some years after he won a great victory over the English at Stirling Bridge in 1297.
Visionary Women
As instructed by her religious visions, this peasant girl went to Charles VII and obtained an army to free France from its English domination. She was ...
A. Esmeralda
B. Joan of Arc
C. Madame Defarge
D. Marie Antoinette
E. Catherine de Medici
Astronaut Employment
Before he signed on to become NASA's oldest astronaut, John Glenn had already indicated he was giving up his day job. Name that job.
The American Revolution
Which Revolutionary War hero is closely associated with Vermont?
A. Ethan Allen
B. Paul Revere
C. Nathan Hale
D. Patrick Henry
E. Francis Marion
London's Trafalgar Square commemorates a decisive 1805 naval victory that occurred off the cape of the same name. In the center of this square, there is a 185-foot column topped by a statue of what hero of that battle?
The Liberator
Who was a hero of the South American independence movement?
A. Simon Bolivar
B. Cesar Chavez
C. Andres Segovia
D. Francisco Franco
E. Ferdinand Magellan
Gutsy Girls
Charles Hamilton, Frank Kennedy, and Rhett Butler were all married to a famous heroine in an equally famous American novel. Name the heroine.
Evil Opponents
The superhero who defeated Catwoman also foiled ...
A. Khan and Dr. Saran
B. Gruesome and Cueball
C. the Penguin and the Riddler
D. Darth Vadar and Jabba the Hut
E. Boris Badenov and Natasha Nogoodnik
Royal Characters
What legendary king figures prominently in all of these works?
Tristan and Isolde
Idylls of the King
Gawain and the Green Knight
Native American Heroes
Ira Hayes, a Pima Indian and hero of World War II, is remembered mostly for what he and five other Americans did on the island of ...
A. Crete
B. Malta
C. Honshu
D. Tinian
E. Iwo Jima
Angelic Awards
Who was known as the Angel of the Crimea, the first woman to be awarded the Order of Merit by an English king?
Literary Lovers
This literary hero loves Roxanne but helps Christian de Neuvillette win her by writing eloquent letters for him. Name this fictional swordsman.
A. Ivanhoe
B. Don Juan
C. Pierre Aronnax
D. Cyrano de Bergerac
E. Charles de Baatz D'Artagnan
National Heroes
El Cid was the title given to the Christian champion against the Moors who became the national hero of what country?
Aristotle's term for the pride of the tragic hero that leads him to ignore or overlook warnings from the gods or to defy natural law is ...
A. hubris
B. pathos
C. psyche
D. empathy
E. apollonia
She received the Distinguished Flying Cross for being the first woman to fly alone across the Atlantic. Later she made the first solo flight from Hawaii to California. She disappeared somewhere in the Pacific in 1937. Name her.
Heroes of the Holocaust
What special diplomatic envoy to Hungary, who disappeared in 1945, was responsible for rescuing thousands of Jews from the Nazis by issuing them Swedish passports?
A. Cordell Hull
B. Georgy Zhukov
C. Vidkun Quisling
D. Raoul Wallenberg
E. Neville Chamberlain
Pocket Change
As a young Shoshone, she was kidnapped and enslaved. She later married a French-Canadian fur trader and then carried her baby on her back while guiding an expedition from North Dakota to the Pacific. Name this woman immortalized on a one-dollar U.S. coin in 1999.
Epic Poems
The "Nibelungenlied" is a medieval epic about the life and heroic acts of ...
A. Odin
B. Siegfried
C. Gilgamesh
D. Don Quixote
E. Eric the Red
Pastoral Places
These lines describe the forest home of what hero?
Where the deer are gliding down the
shadowy glen, all across the glades
of fern he calls his merry men.
Presidential Nicknames
Old Hickory and Old Tippecanoe were heroes in what war?
A. World War I
B. War of 1812
C. World War II
D. American Revolution
E. Spanish-American War
World Records
In 1889, Nellie Bly, a reporter for Joseph Pulitzer's New York World, circled the globe in 72 days, breaking the fictional record of 80 days set by what hero created by Jules Verne?
Who was the mythical hero most closely associated with the search for the Golden Fleece?
A. Jason
B. Theseus
C. Oedipus
D. Hercules
E. Pygmalion
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Answers to Heroes
1. William Tell
2. D
3. Harriet Tubman
4. C
5. Charles
6. E
7. Tarzan
8. E
9. William Wallace
10. B
11. senator
12. A
13. Horatio Nelson
14. A
15. Scarlett O'Hara
16. C
17. Arthur
18. E
19. Florence Nightingale
20. D
21. Spain
22. A
23. Amelia Earhart
24. D
25. Sacajawea
26. B
27. Robin Hood
28. B
29. Philias Fogg
30. A
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