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Can you name the countries and their founders by picture?
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These men are all considered the 'Father' of their respective nations. Last names and common names accepted. The date of the country's independence (declared) is in the lower right of each picture.
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Jun 6th, 2010 at 04:43 GMT
added the dates of each country's independence, as well as a few bonus answers for person J.
Jun 8th, 2010 at 14:58 GMT
Great quiz; I like that you have to enter the names and countries separately. Never knew what some of these guys looked like before.
Jun 8th, 2010 at 15:47 GMT
Great quiz but despite what the Hollywood version might have suggested, I think Eamon De Valera really should be listed as the father of Ireland over the Big Fella.
Jun 9th, 2010 at 12:42 GMT
I agree with buckleppin that it should be Val for Ireland. Also, the year should be 1922, not 1916.
Jun 9th, 2010 at 14:37 GMT
Great quiz overall. My only comment is that the title should be "national hero", not "founder."
Jun 9th, 2010 at 19:52 GMT
Great quiz, although I think you could think of a better title. Most of these countries existed long before the people you have as their founders - Gandhi, for instance, didn't "found" India - India had already existed for many centuries - but he was the major driving force behind the foundation of the modern state of India. (You're right, "Countries and their Founders" is more snappy than this!)
Jun 9th, 2010 at 20:36 GMT
Thanks for the comments, all. On the title... I did give that some thought, and I definitely sacrificed a bit of veracity for space and snappiness. But I'll quibble on the 'most of these countries had existed' part - most of these regions or ideas had existed, and a few (India, Ireland, Vietnam, Ghana) had pre-colonial antecedents with similar borders, but to me 'country' and 'modern state of' are one and the same. Nation, maybe not. But country is a political term and as such can't be said to exist without independence and/or recognition. As for Ireland, I'll look into Eamon de Valera - I'll admit my knowledge of Irish history isn't as strong as elsewhere, and I defaulted to the movie version of events. Thanks.
Jun 13th, 2010 at 20:20 GMT
Does anyone else think 'B' looks just like Antonio Banderas?
Jun 15th, 2010 at 20:42 GMT
I wouldn't say Washington founded the United states. While he was the military leader, was the revolution really his idea? He didn't even lead the government for several years until the Articles of Confederation fell apart.
Jun 16th, 2010 at 03:28 GMT
The revolution wasn't his idea, no. But he's certainly widely considered to be and recognized as the "Father of the Nation", and that's really what this quiz is more about. You could easily make the case that several of the people above were either not solely responsible for their country's independence or that they didn't really shape the new nation, but they're the most commonly associated as the 'founders' of these states.
Jun 16th, 2010 at 03:30 GMT
Also, on the Articles of Confederation point: Washington's greatest contribution to the United States as we know it may be that he served as the President of the Constitutional Convention, which lent legitimacy to the proceedings. So his role certainly extended beyond simply the military leader. He also shaped the American presidency in some pretty deep and enduring ways.
Jun 16th, 2010 at 23:12 GMT
If you accept just "William," you should accept just "Ivan" as well.
Jun 21st, 2010 at 01:22 GMT
@john, I think Collins was the politcal leader of Irish independence and Valera was the military leader, or is it vice versa? Anyway, good quiz, I like the choices.
Jul 7th, 2010 at 20:30 GMT
The Philippines did not gain independence in 1898. It became a US colony until 1946.
Jul 7th, 2010 at 20:33 GMT
And saying vietnam got its independence in 1975 is not entirely accurate, either. They gained their independence in 1954 from France. They weren't united into one country until 1975.
Jul 10th, 2010 at 01:00 GMT
Good quiz. I know there's a lot of technichalities that could be picked up on, but it would pretty much just be Bismarck and 5 pictures of Bolivar if you got rid of any disputable ones. I do think that it should be de Valera and not Collins though. Jointly, they were both the most important leaders of the Irish Independence movement that succeeded in 1922. Had Collins not died, he would probably be considered the Father of the country. However, de Valera's contributions both before and after independence (much like Washington's) make him the only choice
Jul 12th, 2010 at 14:37 GMT
sobdennis: the independence date for the Philippines is absolutely debatable, you're right. US colonization took a different form than Spanish colonization though - it wasn't as formalized and the Philippines were nominally independent if not de facto independent. Regardless, Aguinaldo's the obvious choice for an independence leader, so the 1898 date works better in that regard. As for Vietnam, I'll openly disagree with you there - I'm talking here about the fathers of nations, not necessarily independence movements. Yes, Vietnam gained independence in 1954, but as two states. It was Ho who began the nationalistic push to reunite them, and he's quite obviously considered the father of modern Vietnam. MallowKevin - thanks. I'll need to do some photo-editing to change it, but enough people have suggested it that it's probably the right call. Thanks.
Aug 5th, 2010 at 14:36 GMT
Good quiz, and plenty more available for a sequel if you so wished.
Aug 6th, 2010 at 03:30 GMT
I was able to get at least the country for every one except Ghana. Thank you school for teaching me modern African history.
Aug 20th, 2010 at 22:30 GMT
Did bolivar actually rule Bolivia? I thought he ruled New Granada, which was Colombia/Venezuela/Ecuador.
Aug 20th, 2010 at 22:31 GMT
Plus, Washington really isn't the "founder" of America. He's the one who fought for it, but the honor of that moniker would go either to Jefferson or to Adams.
Nov 23rd, 2010 at 04:01 GMT
I agree with RedLIon. Just because Bolivia is named after Bolivar doesn't mean that it's the country best associated with him. He was born in Venezuela, fought mostly in Colombia, and Bolivia was just at the end.
Jul 22nd, 2012 at 15:32 GMT
Aguinaldo isn't a national hero of the Philippines but Jose Rizal. He was the first president of the republic who raised the Philippine flag for the first time in Kawit, Cavite.
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