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Who Made It? The Inventions Quiz
by Staff
Many people take modern conveniences like TV and toilets for granted, but have you ever wondered about the people who came up with these important inventions? Take our quiz to test your knowledge!

Who gave the world the printing press in the 15th century?

  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Johannes Gutenberg
  • Martin Behaim

Which inventor is responsible for modern refrigeration?

  • Willis Carrier
  • Thomas Edison
  • William Cullen

Who patented the cotton gin in 1794?

  • Eli Whitney
  • George Washington Carver
  • Thomas Edison

Who perfected the steam engine in 1764?

  • Thomas Savery
  • Thomas Newcomen
  • James Watt

Who invented the telescope?

  • Hans Lippershey
  • Galileo Galilei
  • Johannes Kepler

Which inventor created the piano?

  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Bartolomeo Cristofori
  • Alessandro Cruto

Who first dreamed up a flushable toilet in 1775?

  • Thomas Crapper
  • Sir John Harrington
  • Alexander Cumming

Who invented the telegraph?

  • Alexander Graham Bell
  • Thomas Edison
  • Samuel Morse

Who invented the alternating current-based electricity used in modern American homes?

  • Thomas Edison
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Nikola Tesla

Who created the first practical and affordable light bulb for residences?

  • Thomas Edison
  • Samuel Morse
  • Benjamin Franklin

Who created Portland cement?

  • Lynn Mason Scofield
  • Joseph Aspdin
  • John Crossfield

Who invented the first jeans, or riveted pants?

  • Levi Strauss
  • Samuel Khaki
  • Jacob Davis

Who created the first practical camera in 1839?

  • Johann Zahn
  • Nicephore Niepce
  • Louis Daguerre

Who invented radio?

  • Thomas Edison
  • Guglielmo Marconi
  • Philo T. Farnsworth

Who said, "Mr. Watson, come here. I want you." in the 1870s?

  • Cromwell F. Varley
  • Antonio Meucci
  • Alexander Graham Bell

Who invented the first gas-powered car?

  • Henry Ford
  • Karl Benz
  • Louis Chevrolet

Who invented bubble gum?

  • Walter E. Diemer
  • William Wrigley Jr.
  • John B. Curtis

Who invented the first completely synthetic plastic?

  • Richard Drew
  • Edwin Herbert Land
  • Leo Baekeland

Who invented the first modern electric air conditioner?

  • Willis Carrier
  • Sir John Harrington
  • James Watt

Who invented the first successful airplane?

  • Frederick Valentich
  • Wilbur and Orville Wright
  • Charles Lindbergh

Who invented the first all-electric television?

  • Philip J. Fry
  • John Logie Baird
  • Philo T. Farnsworth

Who invented liquid paper in the 1950s?

  • Bette Nesmith Graham
  • Janelle Johnson
  • Virginia Hope

Who created the ballpoint pen in 1944?

  • Laszlo Biro
  • Conrad Gessner
  • Michael Ball

Who accidentally invented the microwave oven in the 1940s?

  • Samuel Percy
  • Percy Sledge
  • Percy Spencer

Who is credited for inventing and naming the laser?

  • Gordon Gould
  • Albert Einstein
  • Frederick Laser

Who came up with penicillin in 1929?

  • Louis Pasteur
  • Alexander Fleming
  • Jonas Salk

Who led the Manhattan Project to develop a working atomic bomb?

  • Otto Hahn
  • J. Robert Oppenheimer
  • Otto Frisch

Who invented the first practical radar system in 1935?

  • Heinrich Hertz
  • James Clerk Maxwell
  • Robert Watson-Watt

Who invented the World Wide Web?

  • Al Gore
  • Tim Berners-Lee
  • Steve Jobs

Who invented the first personal computer?

  • Charles Babbage
  • Bill Gates
  • Steve Jobs