Quiz about Goodbye Cruel World
Quiz about Goodbye Cruel World

Goodbye Cruel World Trivia Quiz


James Darren sang 'Goodbye cruel world, I'm off to join the circus' in 1961 and Team NVNG have decided to join him in this look around circuses in various areas of fiction.

A multiple-choice quiz by rossian. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
rossian
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
345,621
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
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1. Which of these movies, about a veterinary student working with Benzini Brothers Circus Train, was based on a novel by Sara Gruen? Hint

Riding Lessons
Water for Elephants
Ape House
Flying Changes

2. Which 1980 Broadway musical, with music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Michael Stewart, was based on the life of a well known circus proprietor? Hint

Barnum
Follies
Carnival!
The Passing Show

3. Which of these syndicated cartoons, first appearing in 1960, showcases the humorous situations in which Bil, Thelma, Billy, Jeffy, Dolly and P.J. find themselves embroiled? Hint

The Ringmaster
The Acrobats
The Clowns
The Family Circus

4. Which book did Dr. Seuss craft to share the story of Little Morris McGurk and his dream of Circus McGurkus? Hint

Olivia Saves the Circus
If I Ran the Circus
Clifford at the Circus
Engelbert Joins the Circus

5. Released in 1941, as part of the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, which of these animated movies is about a flying circus elephant? Hint

Dumbo
Oliver and Company
Bambi
Mulan

6. The television series 'Circus Boy' featured a boy named Corky, who was played by which actor, later to go to fame as one of The Monkees? Hint

Peter Tork
Micky Dolenz
Michael Nesmith
Davy Jones

7. The Cirque du Soleil is an entertainment company based in which of these cities? Hint

Lyon
Paris
Montreal
Quebec City

8. One of the songs on The Beatles 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' album was inspired by a poster found by John Lennon. Which song resulted from the poster advertising 'Pablo Fanque's Circus Royal'? Hint

Lovely Rita
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!
She's Leaving Home
A Day in the Life

9. The 1975 book 'Circus' was written by which Scottish thriller writer, also the author of 'Guns of Navarone'? Hint

Iain Banks
Irvine Welsh
Ian Rankin
Alistair MacLean

10. Released in 1956 and starring Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis and Gina Lollobrigida is a movie based on, and named after, which of these circus skills? Hint

Human Cannonball
Tightrope
Trapeze
Lion Taming


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Which of these movies, about a veterinary student working with Benzini Brothers Circus Train, was based on a novel by Sara Gruen?

Answer: Water for Elephants

The movie tells the story of Jacob as he works for the circus and falls for the abusive proprietor's wife. The movie was released in 2011 and starred Robert Pattinson as Jacob, Reese Witherspoon as Marlena, his love interest, and Christoph Waltz as her husband, August. Sara Gruen began writing when she was laid off from her technical writing position.

This was her third book and was created as part of the annual internet-based National Novel Writing Month.
2. Which 1980 Broadway musical, with music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Michael Stewart, was based on the life of a well known circus proprietor?

Answer: Barnum

Following its opening on Broadway in 1980, the musical premiered in London's West End in 1981. It opens with the song 'There's a Sucker Born Ev'ry Minute', an expression erroneously attributed to Phineas Taylor Barnum. It features the characters of Joice Heth, the 161 year-old 'mammy' of George Washington, Jenny Lind (The Swedish Nightingale) and General Tom Thumb.

A 1986 version of the musical, starring Michael Crawford as Barnum, was filmed for television.
3. Which of these syndicated cartoons, first appearing in 1960, showcases the humorous situations in which Bil, Thelma, Billy, Jeffy, Dolly and P.J. find themselves embroiled?

Answer: The Family Circus

The strip was originated by Bil Keane, and is now inked by his son, Jeff, the model for Jeffy. Bil Keane died in 1981. In addition to the syndicated strip three television specials were made of this famous family between 1978 and 1982.
4. Which book did Dr. Seuss craft to share the story of Little Morris McGurk and his dream of Circus McGurkus?

Answer: If I Ran the Circus

Random House published the book in 1956. In the story Little Morris McGurk is determined to clean up the vacant lot, which is covered with old cans, cars and other accumulated trash, and create his very own circus.

'Olivia Saves the Circus' was written by Ian Falconer and 'Clifford at the Circus' by Norman Bridwell. The authors of 'Engelbert Joins the Circus' were Tom Paxton and Roberta Wilson.
5. Released in 1941, as part of the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, which of these animated movies is about a flying circus elephant?

Answer: Dumbo

The movie was the fourth in the series, which began with 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' in 1937. 'Fantasia', the third film, had made a loss and 'Dumbo' was brought out in an attempt to recover some losses. At only sixty-four minutes, the move is one of Disney's shortest. Dumbo the baby elephant is delivered to Mrs Jumbo by the stork, but is ridiculed by the other elephants because of his big ears. With the help and support of Timothy Q. Mouse Dumbo eventually realises he can fly and becomes a media star.
6. The television series 'Circus Boy' featured a boy named Corky, who was played by which actor, later to go to fame as one of The Monkees?

Answer: Micky Dolenz

The show ran on the NBC and ABC networks between 1956 and 1958 and was brought back on Saturday mornings by NBC from 1958 - 1960. It featured the adventures of the orphaned Corky who worked with a baby elephant named Bimbo. Dolenz was billed as Mickey Braddock in the show, which also starred Noah Beery Jr. Davy Jones also started his career as a boy actor, appearing in the British soap opera 'Coronation Street' when he was aged eleven before going on to train as a jockey.

Nesmith began his career singing folk and country music and Tork was also a musician before joining The Monkees.
7. The Cirque du Soleil is an entertainment company based in which of these cities?

Answer: Montreal

Cirque du Soleil was founded in 1984 in the French speaking part of Canada and combines various traditional circus skills with street entertainment. No animals are used in the shows and each tour has a specific theme and story. The genre is classed as 'contemporary circus'.

The tour which began on 2 October 2011 and scheduled to last for about two years in north America before moving on to the rest of the world, is based on the music of Michael Jackson. It is called 'Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour' and follows many other spectacular tours, including 'Dralion' and 'Nouvelle Experience'.
8. One of the songs on The Beatles 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' album was inspired by a poster found by John Lennon. Which song resulted from the poster advertising 'Pablo Fanque's Circus Royal'?

Answer: Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!

The words of the song were taken almost verbatim from the poster. After several attempts to get the right 'carnival atmosphere' in the background, the tapes of the various instruments, including calliopes and fairground organs, were cut into pieces before being reassembled in random order.

The album was released in 1967 and is well known for its cover featuring cardboard cut outs of numerous famous people. Apart from the tracks listed, the album also included 'Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds' and 'When I'm Sixty-Four'.
9. The 1975 book 'Circus' was written by which Scottish thriller writer, also the author of 'Guns of Navarone'?

Answer: Alistair MacLean

The novel was published by Collins in the UK and by Doubleday in the USA. It features a trapeze artist named Bruno Wildermann from the Wrinfield Circus and a plot involving MacLean staples of espionage, murder and romance. Unlike many of MacLean's novels it has not been filmed and is not one of his better known works. All the options listed are well known Scottish authors.
10. Released in 1956 and starring Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis and Gina Lollobrigida is a movie based on, and named after, which of these circus skills?

Answer: Trapeze

'Trapeze' tells the story of a crippled trapeze artist, played by Lancaster, who believes that Tino Orsini, played by Curtis, is capable of performing the most difficult aerial feats, including a triple somersault. Unfortunately, the men's plans are complicated by Lola (Lollobrigida), an acrobat in the circus to whom both men are attracted.

The movie was filmed in Paris, and was a box office success. Lancaster received the Silver Bear Award for his role from the Berlin International Film Festival.
Source: Author rossian

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