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Quiz about The Cultured Python
Quiz about The Cultured Python

The Cultured Python Trivia Quiz


To some, Monty Python was just a group of six grown men playing with coconuts, but to the true connoisseur, they were renaissance men with a keen understanding of the humanities and sciences. I submit the following for your consideration:

A multiple-choice quiz by PDAZ. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
PDAZ
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
304,514
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
8 / 10
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1624
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Top 5% quiz!
Last 3 plays: Guest 174 (7/10), Guest 144 (3/10), Guest 120 (8/10).
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Question 1 of 10
1. Monty Python and Art: What unreasonable request did the Pope make of Michelangelo regarding "The Last Supper"? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Monty Python and Literature: What classic, brooding novel did the Pythons present in semaphore? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Monty Python and Music: According to the Pythons, what literary giant provided Beethoven with the opening notes to his Fifth Symphony? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Monty Python and Philosophy: According to the Pythons, what was Rene Descartes' lasting contribution to philosophy? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Monty Python and History: Thanks to the Pythons, we were able to listen in on the death of which tragic Queen? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Monty Python and Science: Complete the theory -- "If she weighs the same as a duck, she's made of wood, and therefore..." Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Monty Python and Dance: What traditional dance did British explorers perform with aquatic creatures? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Monty Python and Film: According to the Pythons, which gory film director (with a fondness for straw dogs) directed a version of the musical "Salad Days"? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Monty Python and Military Battles: Which "Day of Infamy" battle did the Batley Townswomen's Guild reenact? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Monty Python and Religion: According to the Pythons, what impediment did Pontius Pilate have? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Monty Python and Art: What unreasonable request did the Pope make of Michelangelo regarding "The Last Supper"?

Answer: One Christ, twelve Disciples, no kangaroos.

Thanks to Monty Python, we now know that Michelangelo's original "The Last Supper" featured 28 Disciples, a kangaroo and three Christs (with a fat one balancing two skinny ones). He wanted "to give the impression of a real mother of a blow-out". The Pope wasn't too pleased with this version of artistic license, which resulted in Michelangelo's retort, "You don't want an artist...you want a bloody photographer".
2. Monty Python and Literature: What classic, brooding novel did the Pythons present in semaphore?

Answer: Wuthering Heights

The Pythons understood the importance of alternate forms of communication, and they captured the pain and torment of Catherine and Heathcliff brilliantly with naval flags. Emily Bronte would certainly have approved if she weren't dead. Besides the version of "Wuthering Heights", the Pythons also shared with us "Julius Caesar on an Aldis Lamp" and "The Gunfight at OK Corral in Morse Code" (the latter taking place in the great state of Arizona).
3. Monty Python and Music: According to the Pythons, what literary giant provided Beethoven with the opening notes to his Fifth Symphony?

Answer: William Shakespeare

Yes, it was William Shakespeare who gave us "Da da da dum"; Beethoven in return suggested that Shakespeare call a particular Danish prince "Hamlet" (Shakespeare had been using David). Without the Pythons we would never have known that such artistic cooperation had existed.
4. Monty Python and Philosophy: According to the Pythons, what was Rene Descartes' lasting contribution to philosophy?

Answer: I drink, therefore I am.

The Pythons taught us the importance of alcohol in the development of philosophy in "The Philosophers' Song": "There's nothing Nietzsche couldn't teach ya' 'bout the raising of the wrist. Socrates himself was permanently pissed..."
5. Monty Python and History: Thanks to the Pythons, we were able to listen in on the death of which tragic Queen?

Answer: Mary, Queen of Scots

The Pythons actually had a rare audio recording of this historic event:
"You are Mary, Queen of Scots?"
"I am." (followed by thumps, bangs, drilling, sawing, shooting and screams)
"I think she's dead."
"No I'm not!" (and the killing continues...)
6. Monty Python and Science: Complete the theory -- "If she weighs the same as a duck, she's made of wood, and therefore..."

Answer: A witch!

Monty Python shared with us this medieval formula for rooting out witches because warts and brooms weren't reliable indicators. It isn't as effective today because of the widespread use of lighter composite wood and because PETA frowns on the complicity of the ducks.
7. Monty Python and Dance: What traditional dance did British explorers perform with aquatic creatures?

Answer: Fish Slapping Dance

Men in pith helmets slapping each other with fish - a bit of history we wouldn't have without the Pythons. Apparently, the senior explorer would finish the dance by knocking his subordinate into the water. Fascinating!
8. Monty Python and Film: According to the Pythons, which gory film director (with a fondness for straw dogs) directed a version of the musical "Salad Days"?

Answer: Sam Peckinpah

Yes, the director of "Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia", "The Wild Bunch" and "Straw Dogs" apparently directed a light-hearted musical. But Bloody Sam, as he was known, resorted to his usual formula, and the actors were soon losing body parts with blood squirting out all over the place. Apparently, this film never made it to theatres, but luckily, Monty Python was able to obtain a copy to share with us.
9. Monty Python and Military Battles: Which "Day of Infamy" battle did the Batley Townswomen's Guild reenact?

Answer: Pearl Harbor

The Pythons presented this little-known fact: A group of middle-aged women launched a ferocious battle with their handbags during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Somehow this scene was omitted from the Ben Affleck film.
10. Monty Python and Religion: According to the Pythons, what impediment did Pontius Pilate have?

Answer: He couldn't pronounce "r"

"People of Jewusalem! Wome is your fwiend!" The Pythons also introduced us to Pilate's friend, Biggus (last name omitted in the interest of good taste -- but go look it up...), who has sadly been lost to history.

The sources: "Monty Python's Flying Circus" TV show, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail", "Monty Python at the Hollywood Bowl" and "Monty Python's Life of Brian".
Source: Author PDAZ

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