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Quiz about More of the FL Wright stuff
Quiz about More of the FL Wright stuff

More of the F.L. Wright stuff Trivia Quiz


More questions and information about one of the greatest U.S. architects of all time.

A multiple-choice quiz by terpfan1980. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
terpfan1980
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
389,137
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
6 / 10
Plays
160
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Question 1 of 10
1. This architect, now very famous in his own right, once waited more than 2 hours for a chance to meet Frank Lloyd Wright at his home in Spring Green, Wisconsin. Who was that architect? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. One of Frank Lloyd Wright's most famous designs was for the Solomon R. Guggenheim museum in New York. This famous design was one of Wright's last designs. Was Frank Lloyd Wright alive when the museum finally opened to the public?


Question 3 of 10
3. Frank Lloyd Wright designed a few houses of worship over his lifetime, some a bit more famous than others. One of the more famous was not far from his own hometown of Oak Park, Illinois. What religion was that house of worship designed for? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Frank Lloyd Wright, himself a fan of motion pictures, would be proud of the fact that several of his designs have made their own co-starring appearances in motion pictures. One of his designs on the left (West) Coast of the U.S. was featured in a love story in 1959. Which design was this movie made in or around? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. A very famous science fiction movie was filmed in or around one of the Mr. Wright's more famous home designs. As a hint, this home is in Los Angeles, California. Can you name the famous film? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. A famous novel by Ayn Rand was thought to have featured a character modeled after or inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright. You might think this quiz would ask you to name that novel. Oh, not so fast! Sorry, but rather than giving such an easy question, how about naming the character in the novel? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. How friendly were Frank Lloyd Wright and author Ayn Rand towards each other? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. How many projects with Frank Lloyd Wright design over the course of his career? (Note - not how many of his projects were ever built, but how many projects did he design for or on). Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. While Frank Lloyd Wright was an early supporter or green and natural (or sustainable) designs, his designs often had issues that frustrated some of his clients. One of the biggest frustrations is the best answer from the list below. What would that issue be? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Was Frank Lloyd Wright a fan of the American Institute of Architects (AIA)?



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. This architect, now very famous in his own right, once waited more than 2 hours for a chance to meet Frank Lloyd Wright at his home in Spring Green, Wisconsin. Who was that architect?

Answer: I.M. Pei

All of the answers are architects, some more famous than others (with all due respect to Mr. Kaufmann Jr.)
Of the answers, I.M. Pei is the one that lays claim to taking a drive to Spring Green, Wisconsin and waiting more than two hours for an opportunity to see the man who was an influence over his own choice of careers. Sadly, Mr. Pei was unable to meet Mr. Wright and was left disappointed.
Also disappointed over time was Frank Gehry. Mr. Gehry reportedly visited Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home near Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona - Taliesin West - but declined to pay the requested fee for entry for himself and his family. Mr. Gehry later said he wishes he'd taken the opportunity when he had it but he just couldn't see paying that fee at the time. (This occurred back in the 1950's, so if you are thinking Mr. Gehry was being cheap, do consider the era. Four dollars may not seem like much now, but back then four dollars would have gone a long way for a family.)
Mr. Kaufmann, Jr., was the son of Mr. Edgar J. Kaufmann, Sr., who commissioned Mr. Wright to design the infamous Falling Water retreat in Pennsylvania. Mr. Kaufmann, Jr., was an architect himself and studied under or with Mr. Wright in his Taliesin Fellowship. He also helped on some of the design of the Falling Water retreat.
2. One of Frank Lloyd Wright's most famous designs was for the Solomon R. Guggenheim museum in New York. This famous design was one of Wright's last designs. Was Frank Lloyd Wright alive when the museum finally opened to the public?

Answer: No

Frank Lloyd Wright basically completed the design and the main construction of the building was well under way or nearly completed, but unfortunately Mr. Wright was unable to see the opening of the museum to the public as he passed away months before it was finally opened to the public, in 1959.
3. Frank Lloyd Wright designed a few houses of worship over his lifetime, some a bit more famous than others. One of the more famous was not far from his own hometown of Oak Park, Illinois. What religion was that house of worship designed for?

Answer: Unitarian/Universalism

Frank Lloyd Wright designed both a Jewish Synagogue (Beth Sholom Synagogue in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania (built 1954)) and a Greek Orthodox Church (Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (built 1962)). Neither of those were in his hometown of Oak Park, Illinois.
In Mr. Wright's own hometown, Mr. Wright designed one of his early works (built between 1905 and 1908), the Unity Temple.
Like many of Frank Lloyd Wright's designs, unfortunately the Unity Temple suffered water damage over time. It required massive restoration that was undertaken in April 2015 at a cost of over $23 million. The restoration included replacing much of the flat roofing on the structure. Thankfully the restoration was completed in 2017 and the facility was reopened for tours in July 2017.
4. Frank Lloyd Wright, himself a fan of motion pictures, would be proud of the fact that several of his designs have made their own co-starring appearances in motion pictures. One of his designs on the left (West) Coast of the U.S. was featured in a love story in 1959. Which design was this movie made in or around?

Answer: The Walker House

The home featured in the 1959 movie, "Summer Place", was the Walker House. Sometimes known as the Della Walker House, otherwise known as the Clinton Walker House.
The other structures listed were featured in other films. Rather than provide details for which films those would be, we'll leave that information for potential use in another question.
5. A very famous science fiction movie was filmed in or around one of the Mr. Wright's more famous home designs. As a hint, this home is in Los Angeles, California. Can you name the famous film?

Answer: Blade Runner

While some might think that the sculptured home featured in "Sleeper" may have been a Frank Lloyd Wright home, it is located in Golden, Colorado - not in California. It was also not a Frank Lloyd Wright design.
Dare we even say anything about Sharknado? Eh, rather than insult fans let's just forget it was offered as a potential answer here.
The overly long titled (probably longer in title than time in any actual theater) "Cannibal Women In The Avocado Jungle Of Death" was filmed in a Frank Lloyd Wright designed structure, and actually was filmed in Los Angeles, California, but it was not what most people would ever recognize as a classic and infamous science fiction film.
That title belongs to "Blade Runner", which was filmed in the Ennis House in Los Angeles, California.
Strangely enough, for any fan of "Cannibal Women", that film was also filmed in a home in Los Angeles, the Wright designed Hollyhock House. Sorry, the judges just can't agree that "Cannibal Women" would count as the correct answer here. ;-)
6. A famous novel by Ayn Rand was thought to have featured a character modeled after or inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright. You might think this quiz would ask you to name that novel. Oh, not so fast! Sorry, but rather than giving such an easy question, how about naming the character in the novel?

Answer: Howard Roark

Charles Keating was a banker who became infamous for the Savings and Loan Scandal of the 1980's. For players that remember that scandal, you could easily rule out the late Mr. Charles Keating.
Unless this quiz is about Fantasy Island, Mister Roarke is not the correct answer. Sorry.
Peter Keating was actually a character in the novel by Ayn Rand that features a character commonly thought to be modeled after Frank Lloyd Wright. Peter Keating, however, is not the character that was supposedly modeled after Mr. Wright.
The correct answer is Howard Roark. The Howard Roark role was famously portrayed in film by Gary Cooper. It was, as noted, commonly considered to be patterned or modeled after Frank Lloyd Wright.
7. How friendly were Frank Lloyd Wright and author Ayn Rand towards each other?

Answer: They became friends over time

Over time, after the publication of "The Fountainhead", and after Frank Lloyd Wright had read the novel, Ayn Rand and Mr. Wright became friends. Ayn Rand and her husband visited Wright's home, Taliesin in 1945. Wright also considered working (behind the scenes) on the film version of "The Fountainhead" but that apparently never came to pass.
8. How many projects with Frank Lloyd Wright design over the course of his career? (Note - not how many of his projects were ever built, but how many projects did he design for or on).

Answer: Nearly 1,000 projects were designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

While "only" approximately 530 Frank Lloyd Wright projects were ever built, Mr. Wright was a very prolific designer. Nearly 1,000 projects were designed over his lifetime.
Considering his status as one of the greatest architects of all time, his batting average (to borrow a sports term) of nearly .500 is not bad at all.
9. While Frank Lloyd Wright was an early supporter or green and natural (or sustainable) designs, his designs often had issues that frustrated some of his clients. One of the biggest frustrations is the best answer from the list below. What would that issue be?

Answer: Wright's designs cost a lot of green

While Frank Lloyd Wright is regarded as a genius and he produced some of the greatest architectural marvels of all time, Wright tended to overshoot his budgets and often pushed hard to put his vision into effect, no matter the cost. His customers at times felt the need to rein him in lest their projects break their own banks in the same fashion that Wright himself was often doing as he teetered on the brink of financial ruin himself due to his own spending on luxuries such as clothing and cars.
The other answers that are provided can fairly easily be ruled out though the "designs were too large" might also apply in some ways to some of his designs.
The "not enduring" is certainly not the case though enduring is a relative term. Some of his designs have required refurbishments and/or restoration in order to keep them viable.
10. Was Frank Lloyd Wright a fan of the American Institute of Architects (AIA)?

Answer: No

Wright was not a fan of the American Institute of Architects. To say he despised the organization may be putting things lightly. Though he was recognized by the organization in 1949 with the AIA's Gold Medal, he basically bad-mouthed architecture at that time claiming "it was in the gutter". He felt that the work should stand on its own and that the AIA was serving more as self promoters of architecture than as a useful organization.
He was later recognized (in 1991) as the greatest American architect of all time, though of course that came posthumously, years after Wright's passing.
Source: Author terpfan1980

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