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Try this eighteen-question test to see what you've learned about famous Kansans

  1. 1

    Dwight D. Eisenhower was…

    • Richard Nixon's vice president
    • The Supreme Commander of American forces in the Pacific theatre during World War II
    • The only general to be elected president in the 20th century
    • A Vietnam War hero
  2. 2

    Smith Center native Mitch Holthus is best known for what signature phrase?

    • "Do you believe in miracles? YES!"
    • "Touchdown, Kan-sas City!"
    • "In your life have you seen anything like that!?"
    • "Juuuuuust a bit outside."
  3. 3

    What was Carry A. Nation a radical opponent of?

    • Slavery
    • Gender discrimination
    • Christianity
    • Alcohol
  4. 4

    What was the knickname that former University of Kansas basketball coach Forrest Allen was commonly known by?

    • "Phog"
    • "Dean"
    • "Gump"
    • "Shark"
  5. 5

    Deborah Bryant is most well-known for…

    • Becoming the first woman governor in Kansas history
    • Authoring famous children's books
    • Winning the Miss America Pageant
    • Being an actress on the soap opera General Hospital
  6. 6

    Of the 24 people to have flown to the Moon, ________ was the only one to have been from Kansas.

    • Alan Shepard
    • Buzz Aldrin
    • Michael Collins
    • Ron Evans
  7. 7

    Which Kansas artist created the newspaper comic strips Beetle Bailey and Hi and Lois?

    • Mort Walker
    • Rudy Wendelin
    • Bill Watterson
    • Gary Larson
  8. 8

    Joe Walsh was a member of what famous rock band?

    • Kansas
    • The Rolling Stones
    • The Eagles
    • Boston
  9. 9

    This man was the first person of Native American ancestry to hold either of the two highest offices in the executive branch of the United States government.

    • Charles Curtis
    • Alfred Landon
    • David J. Brewer
    • Dwight D. Eisenhower
  10. 10

    Cyrus K. Holliday was the first president of what railroad?

    • Union Pacific Railroad
    • Western Pacific Railroad
    • Burlington Northern Railroad
    • Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad
  11. 11

    What actress was the first African-American to win an Academy Award?

    • Annette Bening
    • Hattie McDaniel
    • Inger Stevens
    • Kirstie Alley
  12. 12

    Martin and Osa Johnson were famed ________ during the 1920s and 1930s.

    • Explorers
    • Photographers
    • Documentary filmmakers
    • All of the above
  13. 13

    He was the architect of the "greatest turnaround in college football history."

    • Tom Osborne
    • Bill Snyder
    • Barry Switzer
    • Mack Brown
  14. 14

    What planet is astronomer Clyde Tombaugh credited with discovering?

    • Saturn
    • Neptune
    • Pluto
    • Mercury
  15. 15

    What is Lynette Woodard famous for?

    • The first woman to be named an All-American
    • The first woman to play for the Harlem Globetrotters
    • The first woman to play professional basketball
    • The first woman to play basketball overseas
  16. 16

    Donald K. Ross was awarded the Medal of Honor during World War II for his actions in what battle?

    • Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor
    • Battle of Midway
    • D-Day
    • Battle of the Bulge
  17. 17

    He was the first high school runner to run a mile in under four minutes.

    • Glenn Cunningham
    • Wes Santee
    • Jim Ryun
    • Thane Baker
  18. 18

    This Kansan was one of the greatest pitchers in the history of Major League Baseball.

    • Walter Johnson
    • Sandy Koufax
    • Christy Mathewson
    • Nolan Ryan
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