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Mini-Quiz: King Gillette

by Ron Kurtus (revised 19 January 2022)

Take this Mini-Quiz to check your understanding of the lesson material.

1. What was a reason Gillette became bitter about society?

He was angry about the high taxes he had to pay

He realized his mother's book would never be accepted by those in power

He blamed society for his lack of success

2. What was Gillette's first great idea?

An electric shaver

A cork-lined bottle cap

Disposable razor blades

3. What was gillette's second great idea?

Giving away razors for free to sell his blades

Giving away razor blades to sell his expensive razor

Encouraging men to shave every day

If you got all three correct, you are on your way to becoming a Champion in Learning from Biographies. If you had problems, look over the material again.

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Resources and references

Ron Kurtus' Credentials


Engines of Our Ingenuity - King Gillette

King C. Gillette - Wikipedia

Biography Resources


The Razor's Edge by Richard Martin, The Industry Standard magazine, August 6-13, 2001 (Magazine no longer in print)


(Notice: The School for Champions may earn commissions from book purchases)

The Human Drift by K.C. Gillette, Boston: New Era Publishing Co. (1894) - Gillette's first book. Rare; out of print

The People's Corporation by K.C. Gillette, New York: Boni and Liveright Publishers (1924) - Rare; out of print

White House Cookbook, Revised and Updated Centennial Edition by Hugo Ziemann and F. L. Gillette, John Wiley & Sons (1996) $18.95 - Book by Gillette's mother

King C. Gillette: The Man and His Wonderful Shaving Device, by Russell B. Adams, Boston: Little Brown & Company (1978) - Biography; out of print

Cutting Edge: Gillette's Journey to Global Leadership by Gordon McKibben, Harvard Business School Press (1998) - History of Gillette and his company

Movers and Shakers: The 100 Most Influential Figures in Modern Business by Basic books Basic Books (2003) $17.95 - Short chapter on Gillette

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