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Trivia Quiz - Thomas Edison - The Wizard of Menlo Park

More interesting facts on the life, career and inventions of Thomas Edison.

Quiz Number: 4305
Date Submitted: February 16, 2012
Quiz Categories: Business, Science & Nature, American Culture
Quiz Type: Personality Quiz
Author: grant228
Average Score: 55.9 percent
Times Taken: 22 times
Taken by Registered Users: 4
Quiz is about: Thomas A Edison

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1. Thomas Edison was called the Wizard of Menlo Park. In which US state is Menlo Park?
  A.   New York
  B.   California
  C.   Michigan
  D.   New Jersey

2. What was one of Edison's first jobs, given to him as a reward for saving a child's life?
  A.   telegraphist
  B.   teacher
  C.   telephonist
  D.   turkey farmer

3. What handicap affected Edison, especially as he grew older?
  A.   glaucoma
  B.   deafness
  C.   arthritis
  D.   Parkinson's

4. What great communications company did Edison work for?
  A.   Bell Telephone
  B.   Atlantic and Pacific Telegraph Company
  C.   General Electric
  D.   Western Union

5. Edison's favourite invention was the phonograph. Its barrel was originally coated with tinfoil which was replaced by what substance?
  A.   glass
  B.   bakelite
  C.   wax
  D.   copper

6. Which employee of Edison's developed the alternating current (AC) theory of electricity, at odds with Edison's beliefs?
  A.   Nikola Tesla
  B.   Joseph Swan
  C.   George Westinghouse
  D.   Lewis Latimer

7. What activity did Edison think largely unnecessary?
  A.   singing
  B.   sleeping
  C.   exercising
  D.   reading

8. Which famous industrialist had been an employee of Edison's?
  A.   Andrew Mellon
  B.   Dale Carnegie
  C.   Henry Ford
  D.   John Rockefeller

9. Edison was quoted as saying, "Genius is one per cent inspiration and ninety nine per cent _________?"
  A.   motivation
  B.   innovation
  C.   exasperation
  D.   perspiration

10. Which scientific writer, critical of Edison's trial by error practices rather than theoretical application, said of him, "He fostered a confusion between science and invention"?
  A.   Carl Sagan
  B.   Isaac Asimov
  C.   Arthur C Clarke
  D.   Stephen Hawking®   

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