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P.T. Barnum  A Roustabout Circus Quiz


 1. Which of the following circus performers is / was not a trainer of the big cats (lions, tigers, etc.)
a. Sara Houcke
b. Gunther Gebel-Williams
c. May Wirth
d. Dolly Jacobs
e. Clyde Beatty
  2. Who of the following has never owned (even in part) the Barnum & Bailey Circus?
a. John Ringling North
b. James Bailey
c. Dan Rice  
d. Kevin Feld
e. Roy Hofheins
 3. What is Fairy Floss?
a. What performers sew their costumes with
b. Cotton Candy
c. A Circus Commercial aimed at children
d. Pink Lemonade
e. A Circus Spectacle based on Disney Movies
 4. In circus slang, what is an "Annie Oakley?"
a. Any Performing Sharpshooter
b. Any Woman in a Circus Management Position
c. A Toy Pistol Sold at Circus Concession Stands
d. A Free Pass to a Circus Performance
e. Circus Souvenir Programs
 5. When John Ringling North sold the Greatest Show On Earth, what famous location did he choose for the official paper signing ceremony that turned the circus over to the new owners?
a. Bethel Connecticut, the Birthplace of P.T. Barnum
b. Baraboo Wisconsin, Birthplace of John Ringling North 
c. Washington D.C., in the Capitol Building
d. London, England, the Birthplace of Joseph Grimaldi
e. Rome Italy, in the famous Colosseum
 6. Which famous circus animal was never an attraction of the Greatest Show On Earth?
a. Gargantua
b. Jumbo
c. Goliath
d. Lalla Rhook
e. King Tusk
 7. Who portrayed John Ringling North in the 1952 Academy Award Best Picture, The Greatest Show On Earth?
a. Charlton Heston
b. John Ringling North
c. Jimmy Stewart
d. Cornell Wilde
e. John Kellogg
 8. Which of the following clowns is or has been (at least as a partner) a circus owner?
a. Emmett "Weary Willie" Kelly, Jr.
b. Daniel "Yankee Dan Rice" McLaren
c. Larry "Lorenzo Pickle" Pizoni
d. All of the Above
e. There is No Record of a Clown Ever Owning his or her Own Circus.
 9. What, in circus jargon, are lot lice?
a. Bothersome Fans Who Wander into Private Areas of the Circus Grounds
b. A type of insect particularly bothersome to elephants.
c. Persons Who Ran Shady Scams and Games in Circuses in the Early 1900's
d. A Type of Louse Commonly Found in the Unkept Hair of Circus and Carnival Roustabouts in the Early 1900's
e. None of the Above
10. Which of the following movies does not have a circus as its setting?
a. The Greatest Show on Earth
b. Roustabout
c. La Strada
d. Circus World
e. Berserk!
11. What is the word in circus jargon, for paper money? 
a. Lettuce
b. Bucks
c. Alfalfa
d. Greenbacks
e. Moolah
12. What was P.T. Barnum's first circus job?
a. Side Show Barker
b. Ticket Taker
c. Roustabout
d. Clown
e. Elephant Handler
13. What famous straightman of a popular Hollywood comedy team was born in a circus wagon?
a. Bud Abbott
b. Oliver Hardy
c. Dean Martin
d. George Burns
e. Ted Healy
14. The most tragic circus fire in history happened on what date?
a. June 12, 1954
b. July 6, 1944
c. June 16, 1954
d. August 16, 1949
e. July 4, 1944
15. What was the location of the tragedy in Question 14?
a. Hartford, Connecticut 
b. Salt Lake City, Utah
c. Bridgeport, Connecticut
d. Kansas City, Missouri
e. Sterling, Illinois
16. In the early days of the American circus, which of the following skills was an absolute must for the circus clown?
a. Walking on stilts
b. Juggling
c. Horseback riding
d. Training pigs
e. Somersaulting
17. Which of the following "little people" (dwarf / midget performers) was not a promoted personally by P.T. Barnum?
a. Charles "General Tom Thumb" Stratton
b. George "Commodore" Nutt
c. Lavinia Warren
d. Frankie Saluto
e. All of the above were contemporaries of P.T. Barnum
18. In Circus Jargon, What is heat?
a. Electrical Power
b. The Local Police
c. Fresh Coffee
d. Arguments or Fights Between Circus Folk and Local Townspeople
e. A Performance on a very hot or humid day; taxing both human and animal performers 
19. What is P.T. Barnum's full name?
a. Phineas Thomas Barnum
b. Patrick Taylor Barnum
c. Phineas Taylor Barnum
d. Philo Timothy Barnum
e. Phineas Thompson Barnum
20. Which of the following famous Clowns never regularly performed in a circus?
a. Red "Freddie the Freeloader" Skelton
b. Emmett "Weary Willie" Kelly 
c. Glen "Frosty" Little
d. Karandash
e. Nikolai "Coco" Poliakov
21. What, in circus jargon, is Jonah's Luck?
a. A season where expenses are greater than revenues
b. Any circus disaster
c. Turbulent seas faced by a circus travelling abroad
d. Bad weather
e. None of the above
22. From whom did John Ringling North purchase the now famous gorilla he would bill as Gargantua the Great?
a. Clyde Beatty
b. Marie Hoyt

The London Zoo

d. Captain Arthur Philips
e. Gertrude Lintz
23. Which of the Following was not a Condition that John Ringling North Had to Agree to in Order to Purchase  the Gorilla who became Gargantua the Great?
a. The Gorilla's Trusted Keeper, Dick Kroner, was Hired by North to Continue to Care for the Gorilla
b. North Gave Lifetime Free Show Tickets to the Gorilla's Previous Owner(s)
c. Specially Made Air Conditioned Cage was constructed for the Gorilla
d. $10,000 for the Gorilla and Two (more common) Chimpanzees
e. All of the Above Were Conditions North Had to Agree to in Order to Purchase Gargantua the Great
24. Which of the following famous circus clowns was originally hired by the circus for another position entirely?
a. Lou Jacobs
b. Paul Jung
c. Emmett "Weary Willie" Kelly Sr.
d. Otto Griebling
e. All of the Above
25. Which of His Following Contemporaries Did Circus Owner and Clown Yankee Dan Rice Count Among His Personal Friends?
a. Abraham Lincoln
b. Jefferson Davis
c. Zachery Taylor
d. Robert E. Lee
e. All of the Above
26. Who of the Following was NOT one of the Famous Ringling Brothers?
a. John
b. Otto
c. Al
d. Charles
e. Robert

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