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Dr, Suess (Theodor Geisel)
3 Dr. Seuss quizzes and 50 Dr. Seuss trivia questions.
  The World of Dr. Seuss   great trivia quiz  
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A look at some of the life and some of the creations from the mind of Dr. Seuss.
Difficult, 25 Qns, Oddball, Sep 10 13
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  Who is Dr. Seuss?    
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 15 Qns
I have seen a few quizzes pertaining to his work but how much do you know about the man behind Dr. Seuss?
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  From Geisel to Seuss   popular trivia quiz  
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Theodor Geisel becomes Dr. Seuss in this ten question quiz on the famous children's author.
Average, 10 Qns, pennie1478, Mar 22 14
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Dr. Seuss Trivia Questions

1. Celebrated in schools all over the U.S., what day is Theodor Geisel's birthday?

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From Geisel to Seuss

Answer: March 2

Theodor Geisel was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on March 2, 1904. He began drawing pictures as a young boy.

2. What is the date of Theodor's birth?

From Quiz Who is Dr. Seuss?

Answer: March 2, 1904

Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904 in Springfield, MA.

3. What is the only other street named in 'And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street'?

From Quiz The World of Dr. Seuss

Answer: Bliss

'Mulberry Street', named after a street in Geisel's hometown, was Seuss' breakthrough story, published by Vanguard Press in 1937 after it was turned down by 28 other publishers.

4. What college did Theodor Geisel attend to get his degree?

From Quiz From Geisel to Seuss

Answer: Dartmouth

Theodor attended Dartmouth College in New Hampshire where he studied to be a professor. In his spare time, Theodor drew cartoons for the local college magazine.

5. What college did he first graduate from?

From Quiz Who is Dr. Seuss?

Answer: Dartmouth

He graduated Dartmouth College in 1925, and proceeded on to Oxford University with the intent of acquiring a doctorate in literature.

6. When Theodor Geisel left college and went for his doctorate, where did he go overseas for his doctorate?

From Quiz From Geisel to Seuss

Answer: England

Theodor attended Oxford University in England to get his doctorate degree. He met his first wife, Helen, while attending the university. When Theodor left the university, he took Helen with him. The two married in 1927.

7. Who did Theodor marry in 1927?

From Quiz Who is Dr. Seuss?

Answer: Helen Palmer

Theodor married Helen Palmer on November 29, 1927. Their marriage came to a tragic end when she comitted suicide on October 23, 1967.

8. Theodore Seuss Geisel was born March 2, 1904 in Springfield, MA and got his start in writing and art while attending this college:

From Quiz The World of Dr. Seuss

Answer: Dartmouth

Geisel later attended Oxford in England and worked for such magazines as 'Judge', 'Life', 'Vanity Fair' and 'Liberty'.

9. How did Theodor Geisel come up with the name of Seuss as a pseudonym for his children's books?

From Quiz From Geisel to Seuss

Answer: It was his mother's maiden name

Theodor's mother had the maiden name of Seuss and it was also his middle name. He took her last name and used it as a pseudonym for his children's books. (He also used other pseudonyms).

10. Which branch of the military did he join?

From Quiz Who is Dr. Seuss?

Answer: Army

He joined the Army during WWII.

11. Publisher and humorist Bennett Cerf wagered Geisel that he couldn't write an entire book using only 225 words. What was the resulting book called?

From Quiz The World of Dr. Seuss

Answer: The Cat In The Hat

The words were culled from a listing of words most used by children. 'Cat' almost single handedly supplanted the 'Dick and Jane' books that were the norm at that time. Seuss later won another bet with Cerf, using even less words, to create 'Green Eggs And Ham'.

12. The transition from Theodor Geisel to Dr. Seuss had been made. So what was the first children's book written by Dr. Seuss?

From Quiz From Geisel to Seuss

Answer: And to Think I Saw it on Mulberry Street

Forty-three publishers shot down Dr. Seuss' first book. Finally, a good friend of his published the book in 1937. Once published, the book became an instant hit with children.

13. How many different words did he use for "The Cat in the Hat"?

From Quiz Who is Dr. Seuss?

Answer: 236

His publisher heard that 1st graders were having trouble learning to read because the books were boring so he thought he would send Dr. Seuss a list of 400 words. He asked him to narrow it down to 250 and Dr. Seuss narrowed it to 236 words.

14. Geisel began using the pseudonym 'Dr. Seuss' in his childrens' stories. Seuss, of course, is his middle name, but why 'Dr.'?

From Quiz The World of Dr. Seuss

Answer: His father wanted him to be a doctor

He was granted an honorary doctorate from his alma mater in 1956, but mostly just used the pseudonym to separate his career as a children's author from his other accomplishments. By the way, Seuss was also the maiden name of Geisel's mother.

15. How many different words were used in "Green Eggs and Ham"?

From Quiz Who is Dr. Seuss?

Answer: 50

In 1960, a gentleman by the name of Bennett Cerf bet Theodor that he couldn't write a book using only 50 words. He then wrote "Green Eggs and Ham".

16. How long had the Grinch put up with this 'whole Christmas thing' before deciding to steal it?

From Quiz The World of Dr. Seuss

Answer: 53 Years

'Why for 53 years, I've put up with it now. I must stop Christmas from coming...but how?' This is inferred in both the book and the cartoon, but no mention is made in the movie.

17. How many children did he have?

From Quiz Who is Dr. Seuss?

Answer: 0

He never had any of his own although I think we all feel we are his children.

18. On a bet, Dr. Seuss wrote a children's book using only fifty words. The title of the book was _____ Eggs And Ham. What was the missing color?

From Quiz From Geisel to Seuss

Answer: Green

"Green Eggs and Ham" used only fifty words and was published in 1960. Dr. Seuss' publisher, Bennett Cerf, bet Seuss $50 that he wouldn't be able to write a book with a vocabulary of only fifty words in it. After "Green Eggs and Ham" was published, Cerf never paid Seuss the money he won in the bet.

19. What is "The Lorax" really about?

From Quiz Who is Dr. Seuss?

Answer: trees

"He snapped, I'm the Lorax who speaks for the trees, which you seem to be chopping as fast as you please." "The Lorax" was originally released in the U.S. on August 12, 1971 by the publishing company, Random House Books for Young Readers.

20. What did Mack do to bring down the mighty Yertle the Turtle King?

From Quiz The World of Dr. Seuss

Answer: He burped

It was a burp from the bottom of Yertle's throne that hurdled Yertle from his lofty height.

21. Dr. Seuss wrote one book that people tried to have banned from California libraries and book stores because of the book's meaning. Which book was saved from being banned?

From Quiz From Geisel to Seuss

Answer: The Lorax

"The Lorax" was written while Dr. Seuss was visiting Africa. He wrote the book in forty-five minutes while watching the African animals walking around. "The Lorax" was about loggers cutting down trees. A town in California tried to have the book banned from their libraries and bookstores because most parents were loggers and they didn't want their children told that cutting down trees was wrong.

22. How did he pen the name 'Dr. Seuss'?

From Quiz Who is Dr. Seuss?

Answer: middle name and his father's dream

Seuss was his middle name and he put Dr. in front of it because his father had always wanted him to be a doctor.

23. Why was Gertrude McFuzz jealous of Miss Lolla-Lee-Lou?

From Quiz The World of Dr. Seuss

Answer: She had more tail feathers

In this parable, McFuzz has one feather on her tail while Lolla-Lee-Lou had two. Eating seeds from a special plant gave her more feathers, but made her too heavy to fly.

24. Dr. Seuss died on September 24, 1991 at the age of eighty-seven. What was his cause of death?

From Quiz From Geisel to Seuss

Answer: Cancer

Dr. Seuss was married to his second wife, Audrey, when he passed away. His throat cancer took him away from the world on September 24, 1991.

25. The title of his first book is called, "And To Think That I Saw It On __"?

From Quiz Who is Dr. Seuss?

Answer: Mulberry Street

Young Marco is coming home from school but he knows that his father will interrogate him on his return home and be dissatisfied with his observation of nothing more than a horse and a wagon on Mulberry Street. So, he starts adding interest to the sight, changing first the horse and then the wagon to bigger more outrageous things. Then, he reaches home and his father asks the dreaded question, "What did you see on the way home from school?" Marco tells him, not the wild sights in his head, but what he really saw, "A horse and a wagon on Mulberry Street."

26. Who was the pageboy of King Derwin of Didd?

From Quiz The World of Dr. Seuss

Answer: Bartholomew

Bartholomew Cubbins had two adventures with King Derwin in 'Bartholomew and the Oobleck' and 'The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins'.

27. What is the name of Theodor's second wife?

From Quiz Who is Dr. Seuss?

Answer: Audrey

Theodor married his second wife, Audrey on August 6, 1968. Their marriage came to an end on September 24, 1991, the day he died.

28. Ted Geisel joined the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II and served under this Hollywood director:

From Quiz The World of Dr. Seuss

Answer: Frank Capra

Oscar-winner Capra directed 'It Happened One Night', 'It's A Wonderful Life' and 'Arsenic and Old Lace' anong others. Geisel won the Leigion of Merit serving under Capra.

29. Who played the Grinch in the 2000 movie?

From Quiz Who is Dr. Seuss?

Answer: Jim Carrey & Carrey

"How the Grinch Stole Christmas" aka "The Grinch" was released in the U.S. on November 8, 2000.

30. With what animated short did Geisel garner an Oscar?

From Quiz The World of Dr. Seuss

Answer: Gerald McBoing-Boing

Geisel won with 'McBoing-Boing', about a boy who only spoke in sound effects, in 1951.

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