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Quiz about Tales of the Carnival
Quiz about Tales of the Carnival

Tales of the Carnival Trivia Quiz


If it's summer in Missouri, you can bet that many communities sponsor carnival attractions, especially during Fourth of July celebrations. My young grandsons recently had the opportunity to explore and enjoy! See if you can answer their questions!

A multiple-choice quiz by ponycargirl. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
ponycargirl
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
398,265
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
8 / 10
Plays
480
Awards
Top 35% Quiz
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Question 1 of 10
1. We are going to a carnival! After we started raiding our banks for coins, our parents told us that we didn't need them to hand to the person in charge of each ride. What did we need instead? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. We have entered the carnival area and are making our way through the area with games, rides, and food! What is this location typically called at a carnival in the United States? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Our first ride featured elephants that flew in the air. What was it called? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. And what was our favorite attraction at the carnival? It was the Monkey Maze! Based on the name, what do you think we most likely did there? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. We walked past many games at the carnival, but we only had eyes for the rides. Too bad we didn't try to win a prize, because we are both pretty skilled at throwing. Which of the following is not considered to be a game of skill at a carnival? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. We loved our time on the merry go round that was outfitted with different horses to ride. What is another name for this ride? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Even though our parents weren't sure that it was a great idea, they finally gave in and let us ride the kids' version of the Pirate Ship. Typically, what type of ride is the Pirate Ship? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. We enjoyed riding the dodgems at the carnival. By which other name is a dodgem known? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Oh, wow! This ride is tall and glorious with all its colored lights! The only problem is that we are both too short to ride. Which of the following rides is believed by some to have originated in Bulgaria during the 1600s? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Our last ride of the night was the fun slide. Why did the man give us a mat? Hint





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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. We are going to a carnival! After we started raiding our banks for coins, our parents told us that we didn't need them to hand to the person in charge of each ride. What did we need instead?

Answer: Tickets

Tickets are much easier to exchange than money at a carnival. The rides all cost so many tickets, so there is never any need to make change at the ride. This helps to protect both the workers and attendees from theft or loss of money. Our parents first visited a booth where they purchased all the tickets they thought we would use. Then we just went from ride to ride spending them!
2. We have entered the carnival area and are making our way through the area with games, rides, and food! What is this location typically called at a carnival in the United States?

Answer: Midway

Since the World's Columbian Exposition, held in 1893, the location described above has been called a midway. The World's Columbian Exposition, also called the World's Fair: Columbian Exposition, was the first world fair that separated the exhibits from the amusements. The area where amusements were found was called Midway Plaisance, hence the origin of the term.

A sideshow alley is an area at an Australian carnival that is similar to a midway in the United States. Funfair is a term that is synonymous with a traveling carnival, and a stall at a medieval funfair was a booth from which vendors sold a variety of products.
3. Our first ride featured elephants that flew in the air. What was it called?

Answer: Jumbo

Well, PopPop said that they couldn't call the ride "Dumbo" because we weren't at Disneyland! Anyway, this ride was similar to the one there. Instead of making the elephant fly higher in the sky by using a joystick, there was a pedal on the floor that would raise it when we stepped down on it. We were really flying - at least for a couple of minutes! Did you know that after he served as President, Harry S Truman visited Disneyland? He declined to take a ride on Dumbo because the elephant is a Republican symbol!
4. And what was our favorite attraction at the carnival? It was the Monkey Maze! Based on the name, what do you think we most likely did there?

Answer: Found our way through a series of puzzles

The Monkey Maze, which featured a house of mirrors, was not very difficult to beat! Even though the mirrors showed us in distorted poses, we were not afraid; we made it through pretty quickly. The ride was very safe, as our parents could see us at all times, even when we went to the maze upstairs. We finally were able to beat the maze by going down a twisty slide at the end! Did you know that the idea for a house of mirrors came from the famous Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles? We liked the attraction so much, we HAD to do it twice!
5. We walked past many games at the carnival, but we only had eyes for the rides. Too bad we didn't try to win a prize, because we are both pretty skilled at throwing. Which of the following is not considered to be a game of skill at a carnival?

Answer: Duck Pond

Duck Pond is the only game of chance listed. All a person must do is choose a duck, see what prize is named on its bottom, and collect it! These types of games, designed to delight young children, typically give every player an opportunity to win. Games of skill, however, make the player demonstrate some sort of physical ability.

In Milk Bottle, a person must be able to hit the target bottles hard enough with a ball to knock them all over; in Balloon and Dart, the aim must be true enough to hit and pop a balloon.

In Ring the Bell the mallet must be used to strike the pivot board hard enough to make the bell ring. It makes us tired just thinking about all the effort!
6. We loved our time on the merry go round that was outfitted with different horses to ride. What is another name for this ride?

Answer: Carousel

Also called a roundabout or galloper, the carousel originated in the Middle East as a device used to train cavalrymen. The idea was adopted by European knights during the Crusades. At first, the men threw balls to one another while galloping in a circle; later small rings were speared from poles that hung overhead.

While the carousel that we boys rode featured horses, today it is not uncommon to see a variety of other animals to ride round and round as the music plays.
7. Even though our parents weren't sure that it was a great idea, they finally gave in and let us ride the kids' version of the Pirate Ship. Typically, what type of ride is the Pirate Ship?

Answer: Pendulum

Invented by Charles Marshall sometime between 1893-97, the Pirate Ship, also called a swing boat, is a pendulum ride, swinging back and forth to different heights. It was originally called the Ocean Wave, but today it can also be found in some carnivals sporting a Viking theme. Most carnivals have height requirements for this ride; the smallest buddy, who is right around 40 inches tall, barely made it on the ride!
8. We enjoyed riding the dodgems at the carnival. By which other name is a dodgem known?

Answer: Bumper Car

Bumper cars, much like the ones we enjoyed, have been around since the 1920s. One of the earliest brands was called Dodgem, which was manufactured by Max and Harold Stoehrer. We took turns steering and accelerating, and made sure that we kept the rules by not bumping any of the other cars head on!
9. Oh, wow! This ride is tall and glorious with all its colored lights! The only problem is that we are both too short to ride. Which of the following rides is believed by some to have originated in Bulgaria during the 1600s?

Answer: Ferris Wheel

Originally called a "pleasure wheel", the predecessor to the Ferris Wheel was a chair made of wood that was hung on a wooden frame by rings. The pleasure wheel found in Ottoman-ruled Bulgaria was described by a British merchant named Peter Mundy in 1620.

The first wheel that was called a Ferris Wheel was designed by George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. for the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893. He had previously ridden on the Roundabout, designed by William Somers, also called a Somers' Wheel, and, being a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, was able to figure out a way to improve it.
10. Our last ride of the night was the fun slide. Why did the man give us a mat?

Answer: To reduce the friction between our legs and the slide

The truth of the matter is that when a person uses a slide and goes from a higher point to a lower one, gravity will kick in and we will eventually get to the bottom without a mat. The mat, however, will help to reduce the friction that is caused when our bare legs (assuming it is summer and we are wearing shorts) make contact with the slide. Let's agree on this! The ride is more fun when we slide fast - but sliding too fast is a bit scary and could cause injury to some.

The man helped us arrange the mat on the slide and sit on it just right before we began to slide down.

The mat helps to make the experience just right!
Source: Author ponycargirl

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