Quiz about The Cats Out of the Bag
Quiz about The Cats Out of the Bag

The Cat's Out of the Bag Trivia Quiz


I have an assignment to do an animal quiz. I do not know anything about cats, so let's see what I can learn.

A multiple-choice quiz by shvdotr. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
shvdotr
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
365,700
Updated
Apr 05 22
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
Plays
2390
Awards
Top 35% Quiz
Last 3 plays: CydShadow (9/10), Guest 65 (6/10), Guest 174 (8/10).
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1. So I googled "cats" and found an interesting breed called the Bengal cat. The internet tells me it is a hybrid domestic cat created by crossing a domestic cat with a small wild cat from Asia. Which small wild cat from Asia is used to create the domestic Bengal cat? Hint

Asian leopard cat
Indian maneless lion cat
Burmese python cat
Abyssinian spotted tabby

2. OK, I always thought black cats were bad luck, but it appears that a specific breed of cat was developed because, as Wikipedia says, "Black cats seem to be universally loved." What cat breed resulted from the desire to develop a domestic cat with a "sleek, tight, black coat"? Hint

the Calcutta
the Bombay
the Lhasa
the Beijing

3. According to the website "Animal-World," there are four types of cats. Which of these four types are the "wild" cat species? Hint

natural cat breeds
exotic cats
mutation cat breeds
hybrid cat breeds

4. Speaking of the four types of cats, which type, according to the "Animal-World" website, makes up "more than 99% of the world's total cat population"? Hint

hybrid cat breeds
exotic cats
natural cat breeds
mutation cat breeds

5. My favorite cat is Felis concolor, a large wild cat with a wide range throughout the Western Hemisphere. What are common names for this beautiful cat? Hint

mountain lion and catamount
cougar and panther
all of these and more
puma and catamount

6. Grumpy Cat was an internet celebrity, getting over three million "likes" throughout the middle of 2013, and the Grumpy Cat Inc. company had an estimated value of a million dollars. So what breed was Grumpy Cat (whose real name was Tardar Sauce)? Hint

Norwegian Forest Cat
Maine Coon
Manx
Her owner didn't know

7. While most of the characters in the musical "Cats," are not intended to be identified by breed, I have been able to find three individuals who are. One of which is Griddlebone, often seen in various websites as Lady Griddlebone. She is distinctively described as a "fluffy white queen," and as such is identified as the breed that is the favorite of American cat owners. Which breed is this, which frequently features a flat or "peke" face? Hint

Persian
Sphynx
Savannah
Egyptian Mau

8. Famous cats of this breed include Mimi, once owned by John Lennon; Marcus, a gift to James Dean from Liz Taylor; and pets of two Presidential daughters, Amy Carter's Misty Malarky Ying Yang, and Susan Ford's Shan Shein. Name this breed, once known for crossing its eyes when angry, if you please. Hint

Cornish Rex
Maine Coon
Siamese
Chartreux

9. While searching for interesting information about cats by cat dummy, yours truly, (is there a book called "Cats for Dummies"?), I came across the term "tortoiseshell cat." Is that a breed or what? Hint

It is a feral cat subspecies with protective coloration.
It is a breed developed from Galapagos wild cats.
It is a coat color variety, like tabby.
It is a feline skin disease causing rough, scaly skin.

10. After reading about all these cats, the breed that still intrigues me most is an American breed whose origins are unknown. It is a large long-hair with at least two possible origins. One is that Marie Antoinette, before her execution, tried to escape France along with her favorite Turkish Angora cats. Long to short, she didn't make it, but the cats did, all the way to America. Another theory is that the cats originated from a mixture of Viking cats, perhaps ancestors of the modern Norwegian forest cat, and American cats. Can you guess which large breed inspired these stories? Hint

Ragdoll
California Spangled
Munchkin
Maine Coon Cat


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. So I googled "cats" and found an interesting breed called the Bengal cat. The internet tells me it is a hybrid domestic cat created by crossing a domestic cat with a small wild cat from Asia. Which small wild cat from Asia is used to create the domestic Bengal cat?

Answer: Asian leopard cat

The Asian leopard cat (ALC) is a small wild cat. There are about ten subspecies and range from India through East Asia up to Siberia and the various archipelagoes of Southeast Asia. They are distantly related to the leopard but are much smaller, about house cat size. Bengal cats go back to the 1930s.

They have beautiful spotting. I made up the three incorrect answers. Since the Bengal domesticated cat is spotted, rather than striped, I was pretty sure it was not related to the Bengal tiger, which is not a small wild cat.
2. OK, I always thought black cats were bad luck, but it appears that a specific breed of cat was developed because, as Wikipedia says, "Black cats seem to be universally loved." What cat breed resulted from the desire to develop a domestic cat with a "sleek, tight, black coat"?

Answer: the Bombay

According to a website on the history of the Bombay cat, Louisville, Kentucky, cat breeder Nikki Horner was inspired by the beauty of the black leopard of India and began breeding the Bombay cat in 1953, although it was first recognized as a new breed in 1976. If you google "Calcutta cat," you will find out about a type of boat called the Calcutta catamaran. Lhasa refers to a dog breed called the Lhasa Apso. If you google "Beijing cat," you will discover a volunteer organization dedicated to rescuing cats.
3. According to the website "Animal-World," there are four types of cats. Which of these four types are the "wild" cat species?

Answer: exotic cats

The lack of the term "breeds" is probably a giveaway to this question, as the website I was using for research uses the term "cat breeds" for the species it calls Felis catus or Felis domesticus.
4. Speaking of the four types of cats, which type, according to the "Animal-World" website, makes up "more than 99% of the world's total cat population"?

Answer: hybrid cat breeds

The website also uses the term "mixed cat breeds" for the hybrid group. It says a hybrid "is any cat that has more than one breed in its blood." Purebred domestic cats are the group of "natural cat breeds," while the "mutation cat breeds" are those bred for some specific unusual mutated characteristic, such in the cases of the Scottish fold or the Sphynx breeds.
5. My favorite cat is Felis concolor, a large wild cat with a wide range throughout the Western Hemisphere. What are common names for this beautiful cat?

Answer: all of these and more

The range of the cougar extends from southern Canada all the way to southern Argentina, and with forty names in English alone, the cat holds the Guinness record for the animal with the most names. In Iowa we often call it a mountain lion, but as the mascot for the University of Northern Iowa, we call it a panther. Penn State's Nittany Lion mascot is also of this species, as are the Cougar mascots of the University of Houston and Washington State.
6. Grumpy Cat was an internet celebrity, getting over three million "likes" throughout the middle of 2013, and the Grumpy Cat Inc. company had an estimated value of a million dollars. So what breed was Grumpy Cat (whose real name was Tardar Sauce)?

Answer: Her owner didn't know

Owner Tabatha Bundesen says on the Grumpy Cat website that Tardar Sauce's mother was a calico domestic shorthair and her father "had gray and white stripes" without identifying a breed. She goes on to say that T.S. looked nothing like either parent, and she (Bundesen) is not even confident that the "father" was the actual father. Tardar Sauce's facial expression was due to feline dwarfism. Grumpy Cat's photo sessions were once a week and will always be available even though the cat has now passed on.
7. While most of the characters in the musical "Cats," are not intended to be identified by breed, I have been able to find three individuals who are. One of which is Griddlebone, often seen in various websites as Lady Griddlebone. She is distinctively described as a "fluffy white queen," and as such is identified as the breed that is the favorite of American cat owners. Which breed is this, which frequently features a flat or "peke" face?

Answer: Persian

Griddlebone is also a member of Macavity's crime group. Persians are a long-hair breed, while the other choices are all short-haired and are not often seen as white. The Persian was first developed in Britain, but since World War II has occupied the top spot among American cat breeders.

The "peke-face," named after similar characteristics of the Pekingese dog breed, is a recent development which has generated a lot of discussion among cat fanciers.
8. Famous cats of this breed include Mimi, once owned by John Lennon; Marcus, a gift to James Dean from Liz Taylor; and pets of two Presidential daughters, Amy Carter's Misty Malarky Ying Yang, and Susan Ford's Shan Shein. Name this breed, once known for crossing its eyes when angry, if you please.

Answer: Siamese

Other Siamese celebrities, if you please, include British PM Harold Wilson's Nemo, Syd Barrett's Lucifer Sam (who was also the subject of a Pink Floyd song), and Anthony Burgess' Lalage. The Siamese characteristic of crossed eyes, once common with the breed, has been largely eliminated through selective breeding.
9. While searching for interesting information about cats by cat dummy, yours truly, (is there a book called "Cats for Dummies"?), I came across the term "tortoiseshell cat." Is that a breed or what?

Answer: It is a coat color variety, like tabby.

The tortoiseshell coat coloration has shades of red and black although the red shade may be up to orange color, with small areas of white or cream sometimes. Several breeds come in tortoiseshell, including both long and short hair. And, yes, there is not only a "Cats for Dummies," but also a "Kittens for Dummies." Before I attempt to do another cat quiz, I am definitely going to have to buy a book for help.
10. After reading about all these cats, the breed that still intrigues me most is an American breed whose origins are unknown. It is a large long-hair with at least two possible origins. One is that Marie Antoinette, before her execution, tried to escape France along with her favorite Turkish Angora cats. Long to short, she didn't make it, but the cats did, all the way to America. Another theory is that the cats originated from a mixture of Viking cats, perhaps ancestors of the modern Norwegian forest cat, and American cats. Can you guess which large breed inspired these stories?

Answer: Maine Coon Cat

One thing for sure, the Maine Coon cat did not originate as a mixture of cats and raccoons, something I know isn't possible, even though I don't know much about cats. One theory as to their origin is that they descended from long hair cats brought to America by an Englishman named Captain Charles Coon.

Other names for the Maine Coon cat are Maine shag, snowshoe cat, and American longhair.
Source: Author shvdotr

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