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Trivia Quiz - Irving Berlin - America's Musical Maestro

His rags to riches story is one Irving Berlin said could only happen in America. Irving Berlin (1888 -1989) showed his love of his adopted country through song and many other generous ways. Take ten questions on this supreme U S songster.

Quiz Number: 5579
Date Submitted: January 08, 2016
Quiz Categories: Music, American Culture
Quiz Type: Personality Quiz
Author: grant228
Average Score: 58.7 percent
Times Taken: 39 times
Taken by Registered Users: 1
Quiz is about: Irving Berlin

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Irving Berlin  Americas Musical Maestro
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1. Arriving in New York from Russia in 1893, Irving Berlin first achieved international fame with what song?
  A.   Alexander's Ragtime Band
  B.   A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody
  C.   Always
  D.   Blue Skies

2. What tragedy befell Irving Berlin in 1912?
  A.   His mother died
  B.   His wife died
  C.   His piano was stolen and destroyed
  D.   His son died

3. What patriotic song did Irving Berlin write, gaining him eternal fame?
  A.   The Star Spangled Banner
  B.   The Battle Hymn of the Republic
  C.   God Bless America
  D.   America, the Beautiful

4. How many times was Irving Berlin married?
  A.   0
  B.   1
  C.   2
  D.   3

5. In spite of his amazing musical ability, Irving Berlin never formally learned music and mostly played his piano in what key?
  A.   B flat
  B.   G major
  C.   E flat
  D.   F sharp

6. Which of the following memorable show stoppers did Irving Berlin not write?
  A.   There' No Business Like Show Business
  B.   Top Hat, White Tie and Tails
  C.   Begin the Beguine
  D.   I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm

7. For which song did Irving Berlin receive an Academy Award for best song of 1942?
  A.   Heat Wave
  B.   Easter Parade
  C.   Cheek to Cheek
  D.   White Christmas

8. Which of the following is not true about Irving Berlin's World War II service?
  A.   He wrote Oh, How I hate to get up in the morning.
  B.   He worked in and presented shows for serving personnel for over three years and refused to be paid.
  C.   He received a Medal of Merit from President Truman.
  D.   He wrote Any Bonds Today and I Paid My Income Tax Today to help the war effort

9. Which musical production was Irving Berlin asked to write following the death of Jerome Kern?
  A.   Show Boat
  B.   Annie Get Your Gun
  C.   Ziegfeld Follies
  D.   Call Me Madam

10. Approximately how many songs did Irving Berlin write in his long career?
  A.   600
  B.   1200
  C.   1800
  D.   2400®   

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