Multiple Choice Trivia Questions

  1. What did "Weird Al" Yankovic call his album that contained a parody of a song from Michael Jackson's album BAD?
    A. Baddest
    B. Even Worse
    C. Badder
    D. Good 

  2. What band leader was known as "the King of Swing"?
    A. Tommy Dorsey
    B. Benny Goodman
    C. Guy Lombardo
    D. Glenn Miller

  3. Which one of these four Australian terms can be found in the lyrics of the song "Waltzing Matilda" is a tree?
    A. billabong
    B. coolibah
    C. jumbuck
    D. tucker-bag

  4. Which of the following musicals was based on Thornton Wilder's comedy The Matchmaker?
    A. Hello, Dolly!
    B. The Music Man
    C. Take Me Along
    D. The Unsinkable Molly Brown

  5. What symphony's last movement includes a setting of Schiller's poem "Hymn to Joy"?
    A. Beethoven's Ninth
    B. Bruckner's Eight
    C. Mahler's Tenth
    D. Mozart's 40th

  6. Gloria Estefan broke her back in what kind of accident?
    A. She fell off a stage
    B. She was in a helicopter crash
    C.  A tour bus accident

  7. The lyrics "By the time we got to Woodstock, we were half a million strong" were written by whom?
    A. Judy Collins
    B. David Crosby
    C. Joni Mitchell

  8. Raffi is known for writing and singing what?
    A. children's songs
    B. New Age Music
    C. rap music

  9. What does Tosca throw from the roof of the prison at the end of the opera Tosca?
    A. her handkerchief
    B. her roses
    C. herself

  10. What does Don Giovanni descend into at the end of the opera Don Giovanni?
    A. hell
    B. insanity
    C. prison

  11. The sonnet that starts out "The world is charged with the grandeur of God" was written by whom?
    A. Gerard Manley Hopkins
    B. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    C. Alfred, Lord Tennyson
    D. Oscar Wilde

  12. "A wandering minstrel " and "Titwillow" are songs contained in which comic opera by Gilbert and Sullivan?
    A. The Gondoliers
    B. The Mikado
    C. H.M.S. Pinafore
    D. The Pirates of Penzance

  13. In music, which of the following are "accidentals"?
    A. finger cymbals and castanets
    B. mistakes made while playing
    C. sharps and flats

  14. In the Opera Faust, Faust wins Marguerite's love with what?
    A. candy
    B. jewelry
    C. roses

  15. The piano piece known as "The Minute Waltz" was written by whom?
    A. Johannes Brahms
    B. Frederic  Chopin
    C. Franz Liszt
    D. Sergei Rachmaninoff

  16. The musical work, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, was written by whom?
    A. Paul Dukas 
    B. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    C. Maurice Ravel
    D. Camille Saint-Saens

  17. What song writer wrote the song with the line "Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the mid-day sun" in it?
    A. Noel Coward
    B. Gilbert and Sullivan
    C. Cole Porter

  18. Whose debut album "Forever Your Girl" sold over 5,000,000 albums?
    A. Paula Abdul
    B. Sade
    C. Tiffany

  19. A song called "Party All the Time", released in 1985, reached the # 2 spot on Billboard's pop charts. Which Saturday Night Live actor recorded the song?
    A. Garrett Morris
    B. Eddie Murphy
    C. Bill Murray
    D. Joe Piscopo

  20. Two of Barbara Cook's most popular songs, "Dear Friend" and Vanilla Ice Cream", were provided by what musical?
    A. Candide
    B. Carousel
    C. The Music Man
    D. She Loves Me



  1. B. Even Worse
  2. B. Benny Goodman
  3. B. coolibah
  4. A. Hello, Dolly!
  5. A. Beethoven's Ninth
  6. C.  A tour bus accident
  7. C. Joni Mitchell
  8. B. New Age Music
  9. C. herself
  10. A. hell
  11. A. Gerard Manley Hopkins
  12. B. The Mikado
  13. C. sharps and flats
  14. B. jewelry
  15. B. Frederic  Chopin
  16. A. Paul Dukas 
  17. A. Noel Coward
  18. A. Paula Abdul
  19. B. Eddie Murphy
  20. D. She Loves Me