Quiz about Ground Control to Major Tom
Quiz about Ground Control to Major Tom

Ground Control to Major Tom Trivia Quiz


Major Tom is for sure one of the most famous astronauts, probably because of his weird launch pad: the mind of the living legend Mr. David Bowie. Major Tom does not only appear in Bowie's songs, he also inspired other artists. A quiz about this spaceman.

A multiple-choice quiz by Rodge37. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
Rodge37
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
316,247
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Tough
Avg Score
6 / 10
Plays
778
Awards
Top 20% Quiz
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This quiz has 2 formats: you can play it as a or as shown below.
Scroll down to the bottom for the answer key.
1. What is the original title of David Bowie's album released in the UK on which Major Tom was first launched?

(Read the question carefully before you answer....)
Hint

Hunky Dory
Space Oddity
David Bowie
The Man Who Sold the World

2. What was looking different when Major Tom left his capsule and floated in space? Hint

The sun
The moon
The earth
The stars

3. In which of David Bowie's songs did Major Tom NOT appear? Hint

Golden Years
Ashes to Ashes
Hallo Spaceboy
Space Oddity

4. "Jet black Johnny B.
Ah Gene Jenie, Killer Queen
Dizzy Lizzy MAJOR TOM
So c'mon"

Lyrics from the song "Rocket" recorded by which British hard rock band in 1987?
Hint

Mötley Crüe
The Sex Pistols
Poison
Def Leppard

5. Bowie created Major Tom influenced by the movie "2001: A Space Odyssey", produced in 1968. Who was the film director? Hint

Stanley Kubrick
J. F. Lawton
Satyajit Ray
Orson Welles

6. In 1983 the German singer Peter Schilling recorded the song "Major Tom (coming home)" reaching the number one position in the charts of Austria, Canada, Germany and Switzerland. In Bowie's original song Major Tom's last message is: "Tell my wife I love her very much". What is the final message to ground control of Schilling's Major Tom ? Hint

Tell my wife I'm coming home
Tell my wife I see her soon
Give my wife my regards
Give my wife my love

7. The single "Space Oddity" obviously was pressed on vinyl. The first release was in the UK on 11 July 1969. What was the name of the B-side? Hint

Letter to Hermione
An Occasional Dream
Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud
God Knows I'm good

8. The British pop group Five Star also refer to Major Tom in their song "Rain or Shine", peaking at number two on the UK chart.

"------------ and Major Tom - all the super heroes rolled into one."
To which hero do they also refer?
Hint

Robin Hood
Ben Hur
Neil Armstrong
Marthin Luther King

9. What is the real name of Major Tom's creator? Hint

David William Jones
Robert Jones
David Ziggy Jones
David Robert Hayward-Jones

10. Who was the first human in space (way before Major Tom...) and the first person to orbit the Earth? Hint

Neil Armstrong
Michael Collins
Buzz Aldrin
Yuri Gagarin


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. What is the original title of David Bowie's album released in the UK on which Major Tom was first launched? (Read the question carefully before you answer....)

Answer: David Bowie

The single name was "Space Oddity", but the album was launched in the UK first as "David Bowie" in 1969. In 1972 the album was reissued under the single title.
2. What was looking different when Major Tom left his capsule and floated in space?

Answer: The stars

The original lyrics were:

"This is Major Tom to Ground Control
I'm stepping through the door
And I'm floating in a most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today"
3. In which of David Bowie's songs did Major Tom NOT appear?

Answer: Golden Years

No Major Tom in David Bowie's "Golden Years". This song was used as the theme song of Stephen King's movie "Golden Years".
4. "Jet black Johnny B. Ah Gene Jenie, Killer Queen Dizzy Lizzy MAJOR TOM So c'mon" Lyrics from the song "Rocket" recorded by which British hard rock band in 1987?

Answer: Def Leppard

Def Leppard is the right answer. This British rock band was formed in 1977. They have sold over 65 million albums worldwide and at present they are still touring! The Sex Pistols is also English, but Mötley Crüe and Poison are American bands.
5. Bowie created Major Tom influenced by the movie "2001: A Space Odyssey", produced in 1968. Who was the film director?

Answer: Stanley Kubrick

"2001: A Space Odyssey" is a science fiction film released in 1968. Kubrick also produced famous movies like "Full Metal Jacket", "The Shining", "A Clockwork Orange" and "Spartacus". In 1999, at the age of 70, he died of a heart attack, shortly after screening the final cut of "Eyes Wide Shut" featuring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.
6. In 1983 the German singer Peter Schilling recorded the song "Major Tom (coming home)" reaching the number one position in the charts of Austria, Canada, Germany and Switzerland. In Bowie's original song Major Tom's last message is: "Tell my wife I love her very much". What is the final message to ground control of Schilling's Major Tom ?

Answer: Give my wife my love

Schilling's hit about Major Tom is from the album "Error in the System", the English counterpart to the German version "Fehler im System". It's the first English album from this German singer, born in Stuttgart in 1956.
7. The single "Space Oddity" obviously was pressed on vinyl. The first release was in the UK on 11 July 1969. What was the name of the B-side?

Answer: Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud

All of the above tracks are from David Bowie's first album released in 1969 (the album name is the answer to question 1).
8. The British pop group Five Star also refer to Major Tom in their song "Rain or Shine", peaking at number two on the UK chart. "------------ and Major Tom - all the super heroes rolled into one." To which hero do they also refer?

Answer: Robin Hood

For Five Star, formed in 1983, it was their biggest hit. The song is from the album "Luxury of Life", released in 1985.
9. What is the real name of Major Tom's creator?

Answer: David Robert Hayward-Jones

He was born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947 in Brixton, London.
10. Who was the first human in space (way before Major Tom...) and the first person to orbit the Earth?

Answer: Yuri Gagarin

On April 12, 1961 Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin from the former Soviet Union was the first man in outer space aboard the Vostok 3KA-3.
Source: Author Rodge37

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