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Wheeler the Clown Wheeler the Clown                      Presents . . .

  Novice Clown Clown Quiz

(medium difficulty)


 1. The circus  clown's wardrobe and makeup area is called the. . .?
a. Zanies tent
b. Clown alley
c. the Clown top
d. the small top
e. joeys' dressing area
  2. Clowns are often referred to as Joeys (at least amongst ourselves). This term honors a specific clown. Who was he?
a. JoJo Lewis
b. Joey D'Auria
c. Joey Kelly
d. Joseph Grimaldi
e. JoJo Barnett
 3. The original auguste clown wore very little or no makeup. What clown created the colorful face that we associate with the auguste clown today?
a. Lou Jacobs
b. Tom Belling
c. Albert Fratellini
d. Paul Fratellini
e. JoJo Lewis
 4. Which real life circus clown did not appear in the 1952 movie, The Greatest Show on Earth?
a. Emmett "Weary Willie" Kelly Sr.
b. Otto Griebling
c. Lou Jacobs
d. Michael "Coco" Poliakov
e. Paul Jung
 5. Felix Adler was famous for using trained piglets in his act. Although he used over one hundred piglets in his career, he gave nearly all of them the same name. What was it?
a. Dolly
b. Felix Junior
c. Porky
d. Baby Adler
e. Amelia
 6. Where did Emmett Kelly first perform as Weary Willie the tramp clown?
a. at a nightclub
b. in a Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus performance 
c. on Broadway
d. in a John Robinson circus performance 
e. in his own backyard, entertaining neighborhood children
 7. "The Day the Clowns Cried" refers to what day and event in circus history?
a. June 22, 1918 - A train wreck involving the Hagenbach-Wallace Circus
b. Sept. 13, 1992 - The death of  famous Clown Lou Jacobs
c. July 6,1944 - A fatal big top fire at Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus
d. Feb. 20, 1940 - A fire at the winters quarters of Cole Brothers Circus
e. Mar. 28, 1979 - The death of famous Clown Emmett "Weary Willie" Kelly Sr.
 8. Who was the first clown to appear in a television program? 
a. Felix Adler
b. Lou Jacobs
c. Peggy Williams
d. Nikolai "Coco" Poliakov
e. Emmett "Weary Willie" Kelly
 9. Who was the clown who was often called "America's answer to Joseph Grimaldi?"
a. Tom Sully
b. Emmett Kelly, Sr.
c. George Fox
d. George Footit
e. Robert Armin
10. Clown "Yankee Dan" Rice, at the height of his career, was making around $200 a week more than which of his contemporaries?
a. U.S. Vice-President Andrew Johnson
b. Theatrical actor Edwin Booth
c. Civil War Generals Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant
d. Theatrical actor John Wilkes Booth
e. U.S. President Abraham Lincoln
11. Who  originally created Bozo the Clown?
a. Larry Harmon
b. Pinto Colvig Sr.
c. Alan Livingston
d. Walt Disney
e. Ted Turner
12. Which of the following men has not portrayed Bozo the Clown?
a. Larry Harmon
b. Willard Scott
c. Bob Bell
d. Frank Avruch
e. Roy Brown
13. In what year did the Clown Hall of Fame select its first inductees?
a. 1990
b. 1986
c. 1989
d. 1970
e. 1979
14. What was the first year in which all of the inductees in the Clown Hall of fame were circus Clowns?
a. 1989
b. 2000
c. 1991
d. 1979
e. 1980
15. Yankee Dan Rice was both clown and accomplished animal trainer. Which of the following did he not do? 
a. train an elephant to walk a tightrope
b. train lions to do various tricks
c. train a pig to rummage through a pile of flags and pull out the American flag
d. juggle cannon balls
e. train mules, which he would then sell to other clowns
16. How many times did the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus offer Emmett "Weary Willie" Kelly a contract before Emmett finally accepted the offer?
a. 1
b. 3
c. 2
d. 4
e. 8
17. Which of the following circus / clown "families" were not  actually related to one another?
a. The Sherman Brothers (Chester & Joe)
b. The Fratellini Brothers (Francois, Paul, & Albert)
c. The Lazarenko Family  (Vitaly Sr. & Jr.)
d. The Kelly Family (Emmett, Emmett, & Joey)
e. The Cocos (Nikolai and Michael)
18. What was the original name of the oldest clown club in the world?
a. International Circus Clowns Club
b. Clowns of America
c. Western Regional Clowns Association
d. Clowns International
e. Shrine International Circus Clowns Organization
19. Who played the wise circus Clown in the 1959 Disney classic, Toby Tyler?
a. Kevin Cocheran
b. Gene Sheldon
c. Henry Calvin
d. Emmett Kelly Sr.
e. Lou Jacobs
20. What is a first season circus clown called?
a. Novice
b. Greenie
c. First of May
d. Joey
e. Zany
21. Besides being clowns and Clown Hall of Fame inductees, what do Emmett Kelly Sr., Red Skelton, and Al Ross all have in common?
a. they all painted as a sideline
b. their fathers were also circus clowns
c. they were all born in a circus wagon
d. They were all Masons and Shriners
e. None of the above
22. Who was the first Soviet clown to be seen in a live performance in Western Europe? 
a. Karandash
b. Oleg Popov
c. Vitaly Lazarenko Sr.
d. Anatoly Durov
e. Vitaly Lararenko Jr.
23. The tramp character was actually first performed in vaudeville; typically as a juggler. What famous early movie actor received his first fame for excellence as a tramp juggler?
a. Charlie Chaplin
b. Stan Laurel
c. Buster Keaton
d. Buster Crabbe
e. W.C. Fields
24. Which circus did Emmett "Weary Willie" Kelly Sr. not perform for during his career?
a. Hagenbach-Wallace Circus
b. Moslem Shrine Circus
c. Bertram Mills Circus
d. Pickle Family Circus
e. John Robinson Circus
25. What was Frankie Saluto's first clown character?
a. a policeman
b. a service station attendant in Lou Jacobs clown car routine
c. a Charlie Chaplin look-alike
d. a girl clown
e. a child clown
26. Which clown was not a firsthand witness of the tragic Hartford Fire of 1944 
a. Frankie Saluto
b. Emmett "Weary Willie" Kelly, Sr.
c. Jackie LeClair
d. Otto Griebling
e. Felix Adler


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