Make your own free website on Tripod.com

Wheeler the Clown Wheeler the Clown                                      Presents . . .

 

Clown 

First of May Clown Quiz

(easy)


 1.

How did famous circus owner P. T. Barnum finish the following statement? Elephants and clowns are. . .

a.

the life of the circus

b.

the pegs upon which the circus is hung

c.

the glue that holds the circus performance together 

d.

like suckers . . .there's one born every minute

  2.

While some claim there are only three, most people recognize four distinct clown types. Can you name them?

a.

Pierrot, Whiteface, Bozo, and Auguste

b.

Tramp, Whiteface, Cop, and Auguste

c.

Tramp, Whiteface, Auguste, and Character

d.

Harlequin, Joey, Pierrot, and Mime

 3.

What is the only clown type that originated in the United States?

a.

Whiteface

b.

Tramp

c.

Auguste

d.

Character

 4.

What circus sponsored the most famous clown college in the United  States?

a.

The Shrine Circus

b.

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus

c.

Hagenbach-Wallace Circus

d.

Pickle Family Circus

 5.

Circus clown Lou Jacobs often appeared with a partner named Knucklehead. Who or what was Knucklehead?

a.

A Whiteface midget Clown

b.

A Hampshire piglet

c.

A chihuahua dog

d.

A Shetland pony

 6.

What rodeo event created the need for the rodeo clown?

a.

Bronco Riding

b.

Barrell Racing

c.

Long intermissions between events

d.

Bull Riding

 7.

What movie star portrayed Buttons the Clown in the 1952 Academy Award Best Picture, The Greatest Show On Earth?

a.

Charlton Heston

b.

Betty Hutton

c.

Jimmy Stewart

d.

Emmett Kelly, Sr.

 8.

Who was the first female clown to graduate from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus?

a.

Anni Fratellini

b.

Mollie Bailey

c.

Peggy Williams

d.

Nola Rae

 9.

Which one of the following clowns was born and died in the United States?

a.

Lou Jacobs

b.

Emmett Kelly, Sr.

c.

Otto Griebling

d.

Oleg Popov

10.

Which of the following movies did not have a clown as one of its main characters?

a.

The Greatest Show on Earth

b.

Roustabout

c.

Toby Tyler

d.

Circus World

11.

Who was the first person to portray television clown Ronald McDonald?

a.

Larry Harmon

b.

Bob Keeshan

c.

Willard Scott

d.

Bob Bell

12.

Who was the first person to portray Bozo the Clown in children's records and television?

a.

Larry Harmon

b.

Pinto Colvig Sr.

c.

Bob Bell

d.

Willard Scott

13.

Who was billed during his career as "The King of Clowns?"

a.

Emmett "Weary Willie" Kelly Sr.

b.

Felix Adler

c.

Lou Jacobs

d.

Otto Griebling

14.

Which of the following television Clowns has only had one person behind the makeup?

a.

Rebo

b.

Clarabelle Hornblower

c.

Ronald McDonald

d.

Bozo

15.

In 1946, clown Lou Jacobs began using his most famous prop. What was it?

a.

A hot dog bun surrounding a real dog

b.

Stilts, which made him look even taller than he was

c.

A seltzer bottle which he would spray at the audience.

d.

A miniature automobile into which he squeezed his 6 foot body

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

17.

Which of the following "little people" (dwarf / midget performers) is / was not a circus clown?

a.

"Prince Paul" Alpert

b.

"Commodore" Nutt

c.

Frankie Saluto

d.

All of the above are circus clowns

18.

Which of the following circus clowns is / was not one of the "little people?"

a.

Michu

b.

"Prince Paul" Alpert

c.

Leon McBryde

d.

All of the above are "little people"

19.

Which of the following famous Clowns is not the child or grandchild of another Clown?

a.

Gene "Cousin Otto" Lee

b.

Red "Freddie the Freeloader" Skelton

c.

Anni Fratellini

d.

Michael "Coco" Poliakov

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

21.

Who is most often referred to as "the father of clowning?"

a.

Tom Sully

b.

Joseph "Joey" Grimaldi

c.

Robert Armin

d.

Charlie "the little tramp" Chaplin

22.

French mime Marcel Marceau calls his silent character...?

a.

Biff

b.

Max

c.

Bip

d.

Popov

23.

Clarabelle Hornblower was a clown character on what children's television show?

a.

Captain Kangaroo

b.

The Howdy Doody Show

c.

Mr. Mayor

d.

Bozo's Circus

24.

The first man behind the makeup of Clarabelle the Clown is most famous for portraying what other children's show character?

a.

Captain Kangaroo

b.

Mr. Rogers

c.

Mr. Greenjeans

d.

Ringmaster Ned

25.

When Lou Jacobs was first hired by the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, it was as a(n) . . . ?

a.

clown

b.

equestrian

c.

tumbler / contortionist

d.

ringmaster

26.

What circus clown was an employee of Walt Disney?

a.

Emmett Kelly, Sr.

b.

Otto Griebling

c.

Lou Jacobs

d.

Pinto Colvig, Sr.


Click Here for the answers

          Wheeler the ClownThis site was designed and is owned by
     
 Wheeler the Clown & Company
Clownfacts1@aol.com or WhlrClown@aol.com 
                         All rights reserved
   This Website was updated on: 07/20/2004