Muhammad Ali Quiz
What was Muhammad Ali's nickname?
- When Muhammad Ali won his first heavyweight world championship, he declared "I'm the greatest!" Afterwards, Ali was given the nickname "the Greatest".
What was Muhammad Ali's birth name?
- Muhammad Ali, like his father, was named after the white abolitionist Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. Clay fought to end slavery and emancipated 40 slaves he had inherited.
What was the first name Muhammad Ali changed to?
- Before changing his name to Muhammad Ali, Ali went by the name of Cassius X. Ali said his surname was his slavery name, so with the support of Malcolm X, he added the X to the end.
How did Muhammad Ali die?
- Though Ali had Parkinson's Disease, he died of septic shock. His family released a statement that the septic shock was due to unspecified natural causes.
How long was Ali banned from boxing for objecting to the draft?
- Muhammad Ali was banned from boxing for 3 years due to an arrest. Ali was arrested because he refused to serve in the US military during the Vietnam War due to religious reasons. After an appeal, Ali avoided jail time and his boxing license was reinstated
What Broadway musical did Ali star in?
- In 1969, after being banned from boxing for a while, Muhammad Ali starred in "Buck White" on Broadway. His career was short, lasting only 7 performances.
What medal did Ali win in the 1960 Olympics?
- In the 1960 Summer Olympics, Muhammad Ali won a gold medal. To protest racism, Ali threw his medal off a bridge into the Ohio River.
Where was Muhammad Ali born?
- Ali's grandfather was born in Ireland and emigrated to the US in the 1860s. He married a freed slave in Louisville, Kentucky, where Muhammad Ali was later born.
What superhero did DC Comics have Ali fight?
- In 1978, DC Comics made a comic named Superman vs. Muhammad Ali. Ali saves the world after defeating Superman. In real life, Ali saved a man from suicide, earning the real life superhero label.
How did Ali's career begin?
- Ali began boxing at the age of 12 after his bike was stolen. He told the cop he would "whup" the thief, and the cop, a boxer himself, told Ali he should learn to fight first. Ali fell in love with boxing soon after.