Thomas Edison Quiz

The Thomas Edison Quiz.

The image of the eccentric genius is one that is highly popular in the cultures of both East and West. There is something oddly appropriate to the idea of considering the figure of genius to be one often isolated from the rest of society in a world of their own ideas. Thomas Edison, through brilliance and equal amount of grit, managed to apply his brilliance to a number of fields which changed the world forever. His intellect was matchless, but it was his ability to persevere in the face of immense odds that allowed him to make as great an impact upon the world as he did.

Edison from a young age showed a proficiency in scientific pursuits. Studying and applying the knowledge of the world’s foremost scientists came naturally to him. At the time of his life, civilization was on the verge of a development so radical that it had multiple opportunities for bright ambitious people to make fortunes. Edison was one of the people who was most comfortable in the world of the Industrial Revolution. New technologies were appearing almost every day. Some of these rivaled Edison’s own concepts, but others managed to pave the necessary groundwork for the mass implementation of Edison’s revolutionary ideas. Throughout his life, he continuously invented new and wondrous products. This sage truly left the world a far different place than how he found it. The modern world owes a great debt to the machinations of his eccentric genius.

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What is the name of the area in New Jersey where Edison set up his laboratory from 1876 to 1886 where many of his dazzling inventions came to fruition?
Abel's Glen
Menlo Park
Allentown
Petersburgh

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Because of his genius, which of the following arcane nicknames did people assign to Edison?
The Wizard of Menlo Park
The Magician of Menlo Park
The Warlock of Menlo Park
The Mystic of Menlo Park

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Which of the following inventions did Edison perfect into mass use in his time?
The calculator
The canon
The automobile
The light bulb

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Carbon filaments were the secret to the success of Edison's light bulbs. Months after his initial designs, Edison discovered what carbonized material would burn for 1200 hours to make his bulbs truly feasible?
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Bamboo
Hog hair
Straw
Titanium thread

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In 1878, Edison privatized the business of his electric powered lights by forming what company?
The Edison Electric Light Company
The General Electric Light Company
The Washington Power Supply Company
The Lightning Bolt Power Company

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Edison fought the so-called "Currant War" against what other brilliant inventor where the two competed with their electric inventions?
Henry Ford
Nikola Tesla
J. P. Morgan
George Westinghouse

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Edison tried to win the "Currant War" with Tesla by touting the effectiveness of what form of electricity?
Abstract currant
Binary currant
Alternating currant
Direct currant

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Edison publicly made a spectacle of an execution of what animal via electrocution in order to discredit Nikola Tesla's discoveries?
An elephant
An ostrich
A buffalo
A pig

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In 1892, what famous tycoon purchased Edison's electric company and transformed it into General Electric?
James Vanderbilt
John Rockefeller
J. P. Morgan
Andrew Carnegie

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What is the name of the early audio recording device which Edison invented and developed upon throughout his life?
The audiograph
The phonograph
The vibrograph
The sonograph

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Edison's first phonograph recorded audio on records made of what material?
Tinfoil
Beeswax
Charcoal
Clay

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One of Edison's more peculiar inventions was the tasimeter. This device measured what property?
Humidity
Volume of sounds
Infared radiation
Temperature

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What did Edison call his prototype motion picture cameras?
Velocigraphs
Visiographs
Pictographs
Kinetographs

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Edison also started the world's first film studio. What was the name of his studio?
Verdant Fields
Blue Velvet
Red Rosey
Black Maria

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How many patents were in Edison's name at the time of his death?
1462
1093
653
298

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