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Quiz about Waiting For the Electrician
Quiz about Waiting For the Electrician

Waiting For the Electrician Trivia Quiz


The first album from the Firesign Theatre contains many treats for the ear and the mind. Come take a trip with us...

A multiple-choice quiz by Oddball. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
Oddball
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
276,037
Updated
Jun 07 22
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Tough
Avg Score
6 / 10
Plays
518
Last 3 plays: rupert774 (5/10), Upstart3 (3/10), ozzz2002 (6/10).
Question 1 of 10
1. What is the alternative title of the Firesign Theatre album 'Waiting for the Electrician'? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. In 'Temporarily Humboldt County', who, or what, are the two native Americans waiting for? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. In 'Temporarily Humbolt County', most of the white settlers are taken aback by the natives' lack of gold (or, at least, aluminum), but what other product made up for it? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. In what kind of community does the skit 'W.C. Fields Forever' take place? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. In 'W. C. Fields Forever', the spiritual leader, called 'Tiny Dr. Tim' lives in a lifesize replica of the Taj Mahal made entirely out of what? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. In 'Le Trente-Huit Cunegonde' (translated from French as 'the 38th Cunegonde'), the Firesign Theatre explore what would happen if what group of people took over the world? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. In the futuristic sketch 'Le Trente-Huit Cunegonde', which of the following offices is not depicted as part of the new Presidential Cabinet? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. In 'Le Trente-Huit Cunegonde', where is the only place in the world that is still considered 'unhip' or uncool? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. On Side 2 of the Firesign Theatre album, 'Waiting for the Electrician', an announcer starts by telling the listener he/she is actually on Side 5 of a Turkish language record. Which of the following words is NOT one of the Turkish words? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. One highlight in 'Waiting for the Electrician' is 'Beat the Reaper', a parody of a game show where a contestant (read 'patient') is injected with medical toxins and has to guess what illness he has before he dies. Which of the following maladies is our hero NOT injected with? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. What is the alternative title of the Firesign Theatre album 'Waiting for the Electrician'?

Answer: '...or Someone Like Him'

It's sort of a take off on the play 'Waiting for Godot', which, in and of itself, was written after playwright Samuel Beckett saw a painting by Casper David Friedrich. There actually is an 'electrician' that appeared in future albums, notably 'Hemlock Stones and the Giant Rat of Sumatra'. That electrician was revealed to be a character named Frank Acne, Jr., ward and heir to the estate of Jonas Acme (yes, I know the names are spelled differently...that's another FT trademark).
2. In 'Temporarily Humboldt County', who, or what, are the two native Americans waiting for?

Answer: The 'True White Brother'

The two believe in a message from the Great Spirit, who says the True White Brother will come from the East so they call all live together in harmony. Obviously, they are constantly being disappointed by the arrival first of the Spanish, who sing 'God Bless Vespucci-Land', then the English settlers who, at least, respect them for their ability to 'instantly adapt and survive in whatever God-forsaken place we move you to'...even to an atomic testing range. The title of the skit comes from natives Americans living in Humbolt County, California, who believe no one owns the land and the name given by the government is temporary.
3. In 'Temporarily Humbolt County', most of the white settlers are taken aback by the natives' lack of gold (or, at least, aluminum), but what other product made up for it?

Answer: Corn

The Spanish finally have something to make tortillas and tacos with, while the white settlers can now make whiskey (one settler invented the 'Tom Collins'). Additionally, the Spanish asked about the famed 'Seven Cities of Gold' (Phoenix, Tuscon, Las Vegas...), but were saddened that they did not exist as yet.
4. In what kind of community does the skit 'W.C. Fields Forever' take place?

Answer: A hippy commune

'W.C. Fields Foerver' (a takeoff of the Beatles' 'Strawberry Fields Forever') looks into the daily routines around a hippie-heavy drug-infested commune called the 'Lazy O' Magic Circle Dudes Ranch and Collective Love Farm', which deals equally with yoga ('Everybody into the full-lotus position'), natural food ('Aw, grubs again, grumble grumble') and hallucinogens ('What's up?...'We ain't. Got some more loco weed?').

Incidentally, a 'hooverville' was a shanty town of refugees from the Great Depression, named for U.S. President Herbert Hoover.
5. In 'W. C. Fields Forever', the spiritual leader, called 'Tiny Dr. Tim' lives in a lifesize replica of the Taj Mahal made entirely out of what?

Answer: Oleomargarine

'Tiny Dr. Tim' is a send-up of LSD guru Dr. Timothy Leary, who espoused the wonders of the hallicinogenic drug in San Francisco in the 1960s, with his motto of 'Tune In, Turn On, Drop Out.' He (Dr. Tim, that is) is charged with leading the 'daily miracle' of watching the sunrise. On this particular morning, it came up paisley.
6. In 'Le Trente-Huit Cunegonde' (translated from French as 'the 38th Cunegonde'), the Firesign Theatre explore what would happen if what group of people took over the world?

Answer: Hippies

In this FT futuristic scenario, 'hello' has been replaced with 'groovy' and cops check people for things like what kind of drugs they are carrying ('Dig Larry...aspirin') and are also checked for body paint ('Hmmm...faded San Francisco art nuveau...must be an oldie').

The community of Oldies But Goldies City is run by Dr. Fenway (a take-off of Dr. Benway of 'Naked Lunch' fame) who must deal with the fact that his son, Malcolm X John Lennon, has been seen doing homework instead of relating with the rest of the kids and teachers.
7. In the futuristic sketch 'Le Trente-Huit Cunegonde', which of the following offices is not depicted as part of the new Presidential Cabinet?

Answer: Secretary of Agriculture

We get our first glimpse into the workings of the new U.S. government at a congressional hearing where the head of the Free Food and Drug Administration was accused of doting out unauthorized bread and water to a 'chick who lost her free food card'. This is followed by a jam session where the Secretary of Peace (who sounds very Kennedyesque) plays lead guitar, the Secretary of Inner Self is on drums and the Secretary of States of Consciousness plays saxophone.
8. In 'Le Trente-Huit Cunegonde', where is the only place in the world that is still considered 'unhip' or uncool?

Answer: Northern Nigeria

The rebel leaders gathered in northern Nigeria are eventually defeated after a bombing raid, led by Major Hitt, drops about eight million hardbound copies of William Burroughs 'Naked Lunch'. The raid comes while Hitt is relaying his 'daily up-front report' to the President.

The raid is also being monitored by the Young Peoples Soviet Socialist Republic ('they too want peace [piece] of Nigeria') and the Hippy Republic of China, who became unanimous after throwing the 'I Ching' out the window.
9. On Side 2 of the Firesign Theatre album, 'Waiting for the Electrician', an announcer starts by telling the listener he/she is actually on Side 5 of a Turkish language record. Which of the following words is NOT one of the Turkish words?

Answer: Yapıt

I suppose this is an in-joke for those of us who are familiar with Turkish coffee, a 'turkish delight' and a Turkish bath. 'Yapıt' is the actual Turkish word for 'music, or film, production'. Two other 'Turkish' words learned in the lesson are 'towel' and 'border', the last word leading into the beginning and end of the sketch (the end, incidentally, also welcomes the hero to Side 6).
10. One highlight in 'Waiting for the Electrician' is 'Beat the Reaper', a parody of a game show where a contestant (read 'patient') is injected with medical toxins and has to guess what illness he has before he dies. Which of the following maladies is our hero NOT injected with?

Answer: Mumps

The main character in 'Electrician' (production notes had him listed as 'P', an homage to Franz Kafka's 'K') surviving the above listed diseases, in addition to the common cold, measles and jaundice. The plague was listed as Symptom number seven, longer than any patient had ever survived before.

The show takes place in an isolation ward, administered by the president of the Armenian Medical Association. For the record, 'the yaws' is a bacterial infection, related to syphilis and Lyme Disease, that is found mostly in tropic regions.
Source: Author Oddball

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