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Wheeler the Clown Wheeler the Clown                      Presents . . .

Expert Clown Quiz  

(for those who really know their Clowns)

 1. Which is not one of the four categories of rodeo clown?
a. Bullfighters
b. Matadors
c. Barrelmen
d. Funnymen
e. Freestyle Bullfighters
  2. Which clown has entertained people at the circus, on Broadway, in the movies, at baseball games, and on television?
a. Bozo
b. Lou Jacobs
c. Emmett "Weary Willie" Kelly Sr.
d. Emmett "Weary Willie" Kelly Jr.
e. Ronald McDonald
 3. Michael "Karandash" Rumyantsev was a famous Soviet auguste clown. What does Karandash mean?
a. Buffoon
b. Happy
c. Moron
d. Pencil
e. Half-wit
 4. In the 1964 movie, Circus World, who played a superstitious performer whose heritage and head were in the clouds on a trapeze, but whose feet were kept firmly on the ground by a stepdad who kept his ward playing such parts as a sharpshooter and a circus clown?
a. Doris Day
b. Emmett "Weary Willie" Kelly Jr.
c. Debbie Reynolds
d. Betty Hutton
e. Claudia Cardinale
 5. Pinto Colvig Sr., the original Bozo the Clown, also did voiceover work for Walt Disney animated cartoons and features. Which of the following was not one of the characters he voiced?
a. Grumpy the Dwarf
b. Pluto
c. Sleepy the Dwarf
d. Goofy
e. Donald Duck    
 6. Walt Disney and what famous clown were at one time co-workers at the same advertising company?
a. Lou Jacobs
b. Mark Anthony
c. Emmett Kelly, Sr.
d. Pat Valdo
e. Lorenzo Pickle
 7. Who has been called, amongst other titles, "the White House Clown?
a. Emmett Kelly, Sr.
b. Emmett Kelly, Jr.
c. David Larrible
d. Lou Jacobs
e. Felix Adler
 8. Who was the first person to be appointed Boss Clown of both the red and blue units of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus?
a. Steve "T J Tatters" Smith
b. Lou Jacobs
c. Glen "Frosty" Little
d. Emmett "Weary Willie" Kelly
e. Frankie Saluto
 9. What European religious building is the current site of an annual church service honoring the great clown Joseph Grimaldi?
a. Westminster Abbey
b. St. Paul's Cathedral
c. The Sacre Coeur Cathedral
d. Saint James Church
e. Clowns Church, the Holy Trinity
10. In 1956, several Clowns (Emmett Kelly Senior, Otto Griebling, Felix Adler, and Poodles Hanneford) resigned from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. What was the most likely reason for all of these resignations?
a. Support of a strike of the circus's non-performing personnel.
b. Health problems
c. They all received better offers from other circuses
d. It had been a bad year financially, so they decided to resign instead of being laid off
e. They left in protest of the fact that Clown solo acts were a thing of the past
11. Who was the  first clown known by name to perform in an American circus?
a. Emmett Kelly Sr.
b. Joseph Grimaldi 
c. Tom Sully
d. John Rich
e. Yankee Dan Rice
12. In 1980, Peggy Williams left clowning to pursue another career. What was her new job?
a. A position with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus advertising department
b. A speech therapist
c. A wife, mother, and homemaker
d. A position with the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey circus education program.
e. Director of the International Clown Museum.
13. JoJo Lewis, a circus clown and contemporary of Emmett Kelly Sr., is credited for being the first to portray what clown character type?
a. Cowboy
b. Cop
c. Tramp
d. Farmer
e. Fireman
14. Joseph Grimaldi's final clown performance was to raise money for a specific purpose. What was it?
a. for his own upkeep, as physical problems were forcing him to retire
b. for London's major orphan asylum
c. to create a long term training grant for new clowns
d. to get a relative out of debtors' prison
e. to build his own theatre, just outside of London
15. Historically speaking, which of the following is not a specific clown type?
a. Harlequin
b. Auguste
c. Bozo
d. Pierrot
e. R'izhii
16. Which of the following clowns was never a part or full owner of a circus?
a. Emmett Kelly Jr.
b. Albert Fratellini
c. Larry "Lorenzo Pickle" Pisoni
d. Yankee Dan Rice
e. None of the above; they all owned circuses of their own
17. Which of the following is not the child of a circus clown?
a. Joey Kelly
b. Lou Ann Barrenda
c. Anni Fratellini
d. Red "Freddie the Freeloader" Skelton
e. Michael "Coco" Poliakov
18. Thomas Belling is the man who is usually credited for creating the original Auguste clown. Belling was not very successful as a clown, however, and soon chose a different profession. What did he become? 
a. an animal trainer    
b. a ringmaster
c. a vaudeville tramp juggling act
d. a professional magician
e. a bull man
19. Early 20th Century Russian Clowns / comics freely lampooned important public figures and events in their acts. (kind of like Jay Leno and David Letterman do today). Sometimes the public figures ignored the barbs; sometimes not. On one of the not situations, Vladimir Durov was banned from a European country after he compared a well know public figure to a warmonging pig. Who was the public figure, and from what country was Durov banished?
a. Emperor Hirohito, Japan
b. Kaiser Wilhelm, Germany
c. Czar Nicholas II, Russia
d. Adolph Hitler, Germany
e. Winston Churchill, England
20. R'izhii was a specific and popular clown type in Russia in the 1800s and 1900s. What does the Russian word R'izhii mean?
a. Buffoon
b. Clumsy
c. Fool
d. Red-haired
e. Red-nosed
21. In 1944, the famous Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus's grand spectacle featured famous clown Emmett "Weary Willie" Kelly, Sr. What was this spectacle called?
a. Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly?
b. Panto's Paradise
c. A Hobo's Dream
d. Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes
e. Cindefella
22. Which of the following is a famous rodeo clown?
a. Otto Griebling
b. Kiowa Kid
c. Quail Dobbs
d. Poodles Hanneford
e. JoJo Lewis
23. Some authorities claim that the present-day auguste clown (and certainly Albert Fratellini's makeup) was inspired by which earlier clown type?
a. Pierrot
b. Pantaloon
c. Harlequin
d. Court Jester
e. R'izhii
24. Upon his death in 1985, John Ringling, one of the famous Ringling Brothers, bequeathed a diamond stickpin to the one clown chosen most popular by fellow members of the clown alley. Who received the stickpin?
a. Emmett "Weary Willie" Kelly Sr.
b. Prince Paul" Alpert
c. Lou Jacobs
d. Frankie Saluto
e. Otto Griebling
25. Which of the following was not a standard part of Emmett "Weary Willie" Kelly, Sr.'s widely recognized costume and/or makeup?
a. a kelly green shirt
b. a big white frown
c. a clothespin for a tie tack
d. a battered looking hat
e. disheveled black clothing
26. Which of the following was not one of Emmett Kelly Sr.'s early circus occupations?
a. in charge of the sideshow act
b. a comic equestrian 
c. a circus wagon painter
d. a trapeze artist
e. a whiteface clown

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