Up to the Task?
While browsing an old set of workshop materials (source unknown, 1996) this summer, I found the following "Mathematics Trivia." As someone who enjoys the history of mathematics, I expect that many people will have trouble responding to the questions.
 Name four famous mathematicians.
 Name a theorem or mathematical idea that is named after a person.
 List two mathematical ideas that originated outside of western Europe.
 Name two women mathematicians. (BONUS: When did the first AfricanAmerican woman receive her Ph.D. in mathematics?)
 Name one AfricanAmerican mathematician.
 Name two nonWestern mathematicians.
Good questions, but they can easily be expanded. For example, I suggest the following additions:
 Name four nonfamous mathematicians.
 Name a theorem or mathematical idea that is incorrectly named after a person.
 List two mathematical ideas that originated in the United States.
 Name a Chinese mathematician...a Mexican mathematician...a Russian mathematician....an African mathematician....an East Indian mathematician...a Japanese mathematician...etc.
 Name a living mathematician.
 What makes a mathematician famous?
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