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Real Or Fake?

History and fiction can blur together a lot.

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  1. 1. Pocahontas

    Daughter of the Powhatan chief who married a British man and traveled to England.
    Disney

    Daughter of the Powhatan chief who married a British man and traveled to England.

    Real
    Fictional
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Real, though she married the tobacco pioneer John Rolfe rather than Captain John Smith.

  2. 2. Mulan

    Chinese soldier who fought for more than a decade before her comrades discovered she was a woman.

    Chinese soldier who fought for more than a decade before her comrades discovered she was a woman.

    Real
    Fictional
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Probably real. She would have lived in Northern Wei dynasty around the fifth century, and fought for the Khan, as northern China was not under imperial rule.

  3. 3. King Arthur

    Monarch who led the defense of Britain against Saxon invaders in the 6th century.
    Via en.wikipedia.org

    Monarch who led the defense of Britain against Saxon invaders in the 6th century.

    Real
    Fictional
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Fictional, though Arthurian legend has some basis on actual events.

  4. 4. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon

    One of the seven wonders of the ancient world, made for King Nebuchadnezzar II.
    Via en.wikipedia.org

    One of the seven wonders of the ancient world, made for King Nebuchadnezzar II.

    Real
    Fictional
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    There are no actual records of the Hanging Gardens ever existing. Nebuchadnezzar II had gardens, but nothing like the gardens of legend.

  5. 5. Troy

    Site of the Trojan War and the fabled battlefield of Odysseus.
    Via heritage-history.com

    Site of the Trojan War and the fabled battlefield of Odysseus.

    Real
    Fictional
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Real, and now a part of present-day Turkey.

  6. 6. Helen of Troy

    The most beautiful woman in the world, whose abduction by Paris brought about the Trojan War.
    Via upload.wikimedia.org

    The most beautiful woman in the world, whose abduction by Paris brought about the Trojan War.

    Real
    Fictional
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The Trojan War actually happened, but Helen is a character from legend, and appeared in Homer's Iliad and Odyssey.

  7. 7. Uncle Sam

    The benevolent personification of the United States government.
    Via upload.wikimedia.org

    The benevolent personification of the United States government.

    Real
    Fictional
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Uncle Sam is based on the image of Samuel Wilson, a meat packer from New York who supplied rations for soldiers.

  8. 8. Rosie the Riveter

    Cultural icon of American women entering the work force during World War II.

    Cultural icon of American women entering the work force during World War II.

    Real
    Fictional
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Nope, just a fictional character.

  9. 9. Area 51

    The secret American military base at the center of many conspiracies and UFO folklore.
    Via upload.wikimedia.org

    The secret American military base at the center of many conspiracies and UFO folklore.

    Real
    Fictional
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Totally real, though many of the conspiracy theories connected to the place are not.

  10. 10. Cleopatra

    The last pharoah of Egypt after it was conquered by Alexander the Great.
    Via upload.wikimedia.org

    The last pharoah of Egypt after it was conquered by Alexander the Great.

    Real
    Fictional
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    There are many fictional stories involving Cleopatra, but she was very much real.

  11. 11. Lady Godiva

    Noblewoman who rode her horse naked through the streets in solidarity with the poor and in protest of her husband's high taxes.
    Via en.wikipedia.org

    Noblewoman who rode her horse naked through the streets in solidarity with the poor and in protest of her husband's high taxes.

    Real
    Fictional
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Godiva was real, and was the wife of Leofric, Earl of Mercia. She died in 1067.

  12. 12. Johnny Appleseed

    Pious hermit who planted nurseries to grow apple trees throughout the midwestern United States.
    Via upload.wikimedia.org

    Pious hermit who planted nurseries to grow apple trees throughout the midwestern United States.

    Real
    Fictional
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    John Chapman indeed planted nurseries across Ohio, beginning with his own land grant that he received as a Revolutionary War soldier fighting under George Washington.

  13. 13. Sodom and Gomorrah

    Twin cities which were destroyed by God for their sinful ways.
    Via en.wikipedia.org

    Twin cities which were destroyed by God for their sinful ways.

    Real
    Fictional
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Archeologists have never found evidence that either of these cities existed.

  14. 14. Mt. Olympus

    Home of the Greek Pantheon.
    Via voiceinthedesert.org.uk

    Home of the Greek Pantheon.

    Real
    Fictional
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Mount Olympus is real, and is the highest mountain in Greece and the second highest mountain in the Balkans.

  15. 15. Robin Hood

    Outlaw hero of Sherwood Forest who stole from the rich and gave to the poor.
    Via freeclassicimages.com

    Outlaw hero of Sherwood Forest who stole from the rich and gave to the poor.

    Real
    Fictional
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Some scholars have worked to prove Robin Hood was real, but there is no substantial evidence that he was anything other than a character from folklore.

  16. 16. Sherlock Holmes

    The most brilliant detective in the history of Great Britain.
    BBC

    The most brilliant detective in the history of Great Britain.

    Real
    Fictional
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Sherlock Holmes is a fictional character created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

  17. 17. Betty Crocker

    Figurehead of an American baking supplies empire.
    Via bettycrocker.com

    Figurehead of an American baking supplies empire.

    Real
    Fictional
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Betty Crocker was a character created after Washburn Crosby and other brands merged into General Mills.

  18. 18. Chef Boyardee

    Purveyor of canned pastas.

    Purveyor of canned pastas.

    Real
    Fictional
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Italian immigrant Ettore Boiardi was a real chef and is the man pictured on the cans. He left his job as the head chef for New York's Plaza Hotel to launch his first restaurant in Cleveland in 1926, and three years later he opened a factory to prepare and ship his canned pasta products nationally. He changed the spelling of his name to make it easier for Americans to pronounce.

  19. 19. Colonel Sanders

    Founder and spokesman of Kentucky Fried Chicken.

    Founder and spokesman of Kentucky Fried Chicken.

    Real
    Fictional
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Colonel Harland Sanders was in fact the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken and appeared in advertisements for the brand.

  20. 20. Shangri-la

    Isolated, idyllic city in the Himalayas free of disease, hatred, poverty, and war.
    Via sonypicturesmuseum.com

    Isolated, idyllic city in the Himalayas free of disease, hatred, poverty, and war.

    Real
    Fictional
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Nope, this is just a fictional location from James Hilton’s 1933 novel Lost Horizon.

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