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Quiz about The Sorting Hat
Quiz about The Sorting Hat

The Sorting Hat Trivia Quiz


No, it's not another Harry Potter quiz! This one is about fashion and different sorts of hats you might find in the entertainment world. Go ahead, try one on - you might look MARVelous dahling : )

A multiple-choice quiz by Jakeroo. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Author
Jakeroo
Time
3 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
346,028
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Easy
Avg Score
8 / 10
Plays
4677
Awards
Top 20% Quiz
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Question 1 of 10
1. Looking rather like a small fedora with a flattened top, this hat became the "signature" of the movie actor Buster Keaton. Do you know what it is called?

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Question 2 of 10
2. What cap is believed to have been famously worn by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's brilliant sleuth Sherlock Holmes in his novels? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Started by Robert H. Cobb and Herbert Somborn (a former husband of film star Gloria Swanson) and co-owned by film mogul Cecil B. DeMille, what famous Los Angeles, California restaurant, opened in 1926, gets its name from its distinctive shape?

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Question 4 of 10
4. As far as so-called fashion goes, this "hat" worn by Lady Gaga is somewhere "out there" with Bjork's bird outfit. What was it made out of? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Though you can find teams from any sport using this type of cap, which has a stitched visor to emblazon with their team logos, its name comes from which sport that was (erroneously) claimed to have been invented by Abner Doubleday? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Which type of hat is famous for being made from the animal known as Procyon Lotor and being worn on T.V. by American frontiersmen such as Davy Crockett? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Also the name of a hit movie starring Fred Astaire, what kind of head covering is the Hatter from "Alice in Wonderland" usually depicted as wearing? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. A tam is traditionally Scottish in origin. But what American woman was "infamous" for wearing one during the Great Depression years in the United States? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Which Hollywood star of the 1940s was known as "the Lady in the tutti-frutti hat"? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. John Wayne is probably most famous for his cowboy movies. In most of them, he is wearing a Stetson of some type. One of that company's productions is called what? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Looking rather like a small fedora with a flattened top, this hat became the "signature" of the movie actor Buster Keaton. Do you know what it is called?

Answer: pork pie

Pork pie hats are traditionally made of felt, while some are made of straw (although these are usually more often called "boaters"). Buster Keaton and his wife (hand) made thousands of these hats during his career, because most were destroyed during movie stunts, given away as gifts or stolen by souvenir seekers. Dean Martin is another star who was fond of wearing the pork pie. Gene Hackman wore one in "The French Connection" and Fozzie Bear of "Muppets" fame looks adorable in his.
2. What cap is believed to have been famously worn by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's brilliant sleuth Sherlock Holmes in his novels?

Answer: deerstalker

Though not named, the descriptions of the hat which are given and what hats were available at the time lead to only one logical conclusion, that Holmes wore a deerstalker cap. Illustrations, T.V. programs and movies have shown Holmes in a deerstalker cap. The deerstalker cap was first used by hunters around 1870.
3. Started by Robert H. Cobb and Herbert Somborn (a former husband of film star Gloria Swanson) and co-owned by film mogul Cecil B. DeMille, what famous Los Angeles, California restaurant, opened in 1926, gets its name from its distinctive shape?

Answer: The Brown Derby

Nearby to movie studios, the location of this Hollywood restaurant lent itself to become THE place to see and be seen. Many a movie deal was made there as well. This restaurant is also reported to be the birthplace of the Cobb Salad. It is said that Clark Gable proposed to Carole Lombard at the Brown Derby and rival gossip columnists Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper were regular guests. Like its other locations, it was the home of many caricatures of celebrities drawn by Jack Lane between 1947 and 1985.
4. As far as so-called fashion goes, this "hat" worn by Lady Gaga is somewhere "out there" with Bjork's bird outfit. What was it made out of?

Answer: meat

Talk about a "fleshy number"! To go along with that hat, Lady Gaga also sported a meat dress, meat handbag and trussed meat boots. Mind you, it probably wasn't a fashion first. Native Indians/Inuit used freshly killed animals as "hoods" to keep them warm.

The Aztec ruler, Montezuma, purportedly often wore a "sombrero de la pollo" (hat of chicken). Not sure that's true, but it certainly gives a unique tack on the expression "I'll eat my hat".
5. Though you can find teams from any sport using this type of cap, which has a stitched visor to emblazon with their team logos, its name comes from which sport that was (erroneously) claimed to have been invented by Abner Doubleday?

Answer: baseball

The original baseball caps were made of straw and first used in 1849. In 1860 the Brooklyn Excelsiors and a few other teams wore a cap evolved from a "Boston style", which was different from the "Chicago style" pill-box type of cap (also in use in the early days of baseball). In 1903 the "Philadelphia style" of cap was introduced with its innovative "stitched visor", which set the mold for all future modifications.

The goal of the baseball cap is to give the player some shielding from the sun while playing and this works for any fans enjoying the game or just walking around town as well, which has led to its popularity. It would look a bit ridiculous for a football fan or hockey fan to walk around with the helmets worn by players, so they adopted the baseball cap look for fans, as did other sports which have no headgear, such as basketball. Companies have also used baseball caps to promote themselves and their products.
6. Which type of hat is famous for being made from the animal known as Procyon Lotor and being worn on T.V. by American frontiersmen such as Davy Crockett?

Answer: coonskin

The coonskin cap is made from a raccoon, using the skin and fur of the animal and it is known for having the tail attached and hanging from the back of the hat. The first people to use the coonskin cap were Native Americans. European settlers later began wearing them.

The coonskin cap had a revival in the 1950s when Fess Parker portrayed Davy Crockett in a Disney television show of the same name - and most boys were desperate to have one!
7. Also the name of a hit movie starring Fred Astaire, what kind of head covering is the Hatter from "Alice in Wonderland" usually depicted as wearing?

Answer: top hat

Even if you HATE musicals and dislike dancing, you really need to watch "Top Hat" (1935). An all-around "feel good" movie, the pure athleticism is amazing and it's pretty funny (even today).

Top hats made of felt were processed using mercuric nitrates, which quite often led to neurological problems (trembling, anti-social behaviour, mood swings etc.) for the workers - hence the term "mad as a hatter".
8. A tam is traditionally Scottish in origin. But what American woman was "infamous" for wearing one during the Great Depression years in the United States?

Answer: Bonnie Parker

Possibly the first "gangsta fashionista", Bonnie Parker loved to dress up for her partner Clyde Barrow and the members of the public who were entertained by her exploits as portrayed in newspapers and magazines. Besides being a nickname for the hat, "Tam O'Shanter" is a poem by Robbie Burns. Bonnie wore hers a-kilt-er.
9. Which Hollywood star of the 1940s was known as "the Lady in the tutti-frutti hat"?

Answer: Carmen Miranda

Carmen Miranda (real name: Maria do Carmo Miranda da Cunha) played just about every stereotypical Latin female character in movies, despite what country they supposedly came from. She was touted as the "Brazilian Bombshell" and most of her songs were sung in Portuguese (not Spanish, as many movie-goers of the time may have thought).

Some of her fruit-laden hats were so heavy that she could not walk in her characteristic high heels, so in some movie sequences she appears barefoot. An estimated crowd of 600,000 people lined the streets of Rio de Janeiro for her funeral cortege.
10. John Wayne is probably most famous for his cowboy movies. In most of them, he is wearing a Stetson of some type. One of that company's productions is called what?

Answer: ten gallon

John Wayne was fond of saying that the Stetson was "the hat that won the west". All hats made by the Stetson company were expensive (and still are today), which made them a status symbol. Despite their name, ten gallon hats had nothing to do with how much water they could hold. If you ignore Mongolian history, it is traditionally believed that similar hats made their way from the vaqueros of Central and South America to Texas.

In Spanish "galon" means "braid" and as many as ten braids were incorporated into their hatbands.

A "ten gallon hat" can hold no more than 3/4 gallons of fluid.
Source: Author Jakeroo

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