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A Nina Simone Quiz

Singer, Pianist, and Civil Rights Activist. The amazing Miss Simone. 12 Questions.

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Nina Simone was born Eunice Kathleen Waymon, in 1933. Where was she born?

  • Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tryon, North Carolina
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • New York

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Eunice began playing piano aged three. Later, she studied classical music with an Englishwoman; and developed a lifelong love of Bach, Chopin, Brahms, and Schubert. Can you name her tutor?

  • Muriel Mazzanovich ( Miss Mazzy )
  • Katherine Miller
  • Esther Moore
  • None of the above

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Eunice applied, and was refused entry to which prestigious school of music?

  • The Julliard School of Music, New York
  • The Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia
  • The Allen School of Music, Ashville
  • None of the above

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In 1954 Eunice began singing in bars. During this period, she changed her name to Nina Simone, after which famous person?

  • Simone de Beauvoir
  • Simone Weil
  • Simone Signoret
  • None of the above

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In 1958, Nina recorded George Gershwin's " I Loves You Porgy " from the musical " Porgy and Bess ". It reached no 18 in the US charts. True or false?

  • True
  • False
  • n/a
  • n/a

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In 1964, Nina addressed racial inequality in America, with a song which was a response to the murder of four black children. Can you name the song?

  • Mississippi Goddam
  • Ain't Got No / I Got Life
  • Strange Fruit
  • None of the above

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In 1968, Nina had a hit in the UK charts with a song from the Broadway musical "Hair". Can you name it?

  • Good Morning, Starshine
  • Aquarius
  • Ain't Got No / I Got Life
  • None of the above

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Nina's song, " To Be Young, Gifted, and Black ", became a Civil Rights Anthem. It reached no 5 in the UK charts, in 1970. Who had a hit with the song?

  • Aretha Franklin
  • Donny Hathaway
  • Nina Simone
  • Bob and Marcia

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During the 1980's, Nina performed regularly at a famous venue in London. Can you name it?

  • Ronnie Scott's
  • The Jazz Cafe
  • The Vortex
  • None of the above

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What was the title of Nina's autobiography, which was published in 1992?

  • I Put a Spell on You
  • Feeling Good
  • Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
  • Ain't Got No / I Got Life

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In the 1950's, Nina recorded a song which would become her biggest success years later; when it was featured in a Chanel No 5 advert. Can you name this song?

  • Feeling Good
  • I Put a Spell On You
  • My Baby Just Cares For Me
  • Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood

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In which country did Nina reside in, until her death in 2003?

  • America
  • France
  • Italy
  • Spain