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Let's Go To The Circus!

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Lets Go To The Circus game quiz
"I guess we all had dreams of running off to join the circus. Take this quiz, and see how much you really know!"

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1. Which civilisation is credited with creating the first circuses?

2. Who is credited with building the first permanent circus building, and also inventing the circus 'ring' in 1769?
    Thomas Edison
    P.T. Barnum
    Philip Astley
    Brendan Shelper

3. On 12 November 1859, what was Jules Leotard the first to do, at the Cirque Napoleon in Paris?
    A flying trapeze act
    He successfully juggled 12 clubs
    He was the first clown
    He successfully juggled 12 knives

4. Which author built and operated 'Cirque Municipal' in 1874? At the time it was the largest circus in France.
    Jules Verne
    Alexandre Dumas
    Victor Hugo

5. What happened at the Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus at Hartford, Connecticut on July 6, 1944?
    Animal lovers released all the animals
    The tent caught on fire
    The lion-tamer was eaten by his lions
    The high-wire snapped, resulting in the death of several performers

6. In 1947, which famous family achieved a seven-person pyramid on a high-wire, 35 feet above the ground?
    The Wallendas.
    The Partridge Family.
    The Barnums.
    The Wallace Troupe.

7. Emma George, an Australian pole-vault champion, is a well-known graduate of which Australian children's circus, which was formed in 1979 as part of the International Year of the Child initiatives?
    Hot Buttered
    Circus Oz
    The Flying Fruit-fly Circus
    Blood, Sweat and Tears

8. What Polish word for 'circus' has given its name to a type of poster art?

9. What name is given to the tent-like structure that some travelling circuses still use?
    The Big Top
    The Stageshow
    The Big Tent
    The House of Fun

10. What type of elephant does the Ringling Bros. Circus use the most of? Indian or African?
    Answer: (One Word. Indian or African.)

11. In circus parlance, what is a funambulist?
    A tightrope walker
    A clown
    A juggler
    The Ringmaster

12. Which spy and adventure writer published a book called 'Circus' in 1975?
    James A. Michener
    Alistair MacLean
    Leon Uris
    Noah Webster

13. What do circus aerialists call their safety harness?
    A carabiner
    A handle
    A spider
    A mechanic

14. What is this famous quote? 'There's a ______ born every minute'.
    Answer: (One Word)

15. What circus has performed all over the world with tours named Quidam, La Nouba, Alegria and Saltimbanco?
    Circus Circus
    Cirque du Soleil
    Ringling Bros
    Barnum and Baileys

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Compiled Jun 28 12