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Trivia Quiz - P.T. Barnum: Greatest Showman on Earth


What do you know about the personal life, family and career of the great P.T. Barnum?

Quiz Number: 2796
Date Submitted: August 08, 2008
Quiz Categories: Fine Arts
Quiz Type: Personality Quiz
Author: bill
Average Score: 52.7 percent
Times Taken: 59 times
Taken by Registered Users: 11
Quiz is about: P.T. Barnum

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1. P.T. Barnum was born and raised in what state?
  A.   Massachusetts
  B.   Connecticut
  C.   New York
  D.   New Jersey

2. In 1829, Barnum published a newspaper called "The Herald of Freedom." His editorials led to libel suits and a prosecution which resulted in his imprisonment for two months. What group of people did Barnum slander?
  A.   church elders
  B.   Connecticut state officals
  C.   homosexuals
  D.   slavery abolitionists

3. Joice Heth, a former African American slave joined Barnum's museum in 1835 and Barnum claimed her to have been the nurse of George Washington. How old did he claim her to be?
  A.   134 years old
  B.   143 years old
  C.   151 years old
  D.   161 years old

4. In 1843, General Tom Thumb joined Barnum's museum. What age was the boy dwarf when he joined the show?
  A.   5
  B.   6
  C.   7
  D.   8

5. In 1860, Chang and Eng came out of retirement as a feature in Barnum's museum for six weeks. What was unique about Chang and Eng?
  A.   they were lion tamers
  B.   the were jugglers
  C.   they were Siamese twins
  D.   they were magicians

6. "Barnum's American Museum" featured live acts and "curiosities", including albinos, giants, midgets, "fat boys", jugglers, magicians, "exotic women" and a menagerie of animals. Where was it located?
  A.   Hartford, CT
  B.   New York City
  C.   Buffalo, NY
  D.   Newark, NJ

7. Barnum did not enter the circus business until 1871. By 1872, his circus was billing itself as the:
  A.   Greatest Show on Earth
  B.   Biggest Show in the World
  C.   Greatest Show Under the Big Top
  D.   Fun, Freaks and Frivolity

8. "Barnum & Bailey Circus" added an elephant to their show in 1882 and toured the world. What was the elephant's name?
  A.   Sue
  B.   Sakari
  C.   Jumbo
  D.   Kedar

9. Later in life, Barnum was a "mover and shaker" in Connecticut. Which of the following positions did he NEVER hold in Connecticut?
  A.   U.S. Congressman fron Connecticut
  B.   Representative for the town of Fairfield in the Connecticut legislature
  C.   President of Bridgeport, CT Hospital
  D.   Mayor of Bridgeport, CT

10. What private research university in New England did Barnum support financially?
  A.   Smith College
  B.   Suffolk University
  C.   Williams College
  D.   Tufts University


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