Sunday, June 19, 2011

Pop Culture Trivia: The Beatles Edition


The next 15 questions are all related to John, Paul, George and Ringo.  If you are a Pop Culture Trivia virgin and are about to be touched for the very first time, please read all the rules before taking the quiz:

* Along with the Internet, the use of books, magazines, notes, data stored on a computer, etc. to help you come up with the answers is not allowed.

* Please read the questions carefully. For example, if you mistakenly give a performer's name instead of the movie/TV show, the answer will be marked as incorrect.

* If you give a final answer along the lines of "If it isn't Hey Jude, it's Let It Be", it will be marked as incorrect.

* Unless I ask for the correct spelling, you won't lose points for any misspellings as long as I can decipher your answer. If I have no idea what you mean, I'll email you for verification. If I don't hear from you, your answer will be marked as incorrect.

* If you are the only player to get a particular question correct, you earn 5 bonus points. The first player to submit their final answers to me will earn 2 bonus points. 

* Please do not post your answers in the comments section. Instead, send them to no later than Friday, July 8th, at 11:59 PM EST.

* To make it easier for me to add up your score, please cut and paste the game into the body of an email and type your answers after the point value of each question. Although I will email the answers only to those who take the quiz, I will still post the names of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers here.

Have fun, good luck and remember, the love you take is equal to the love you make.

1. Opening to the sound of a chattering audience and an orchestra tuning up and ending with a final piano chord that lasts over 40 seconds, what landmark LP was ranked #1 on Rolling Stone's 2003 list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time? 2 pts

2. On February 9th 1964, The Beatles drew an estimated 73 million viewers during their first appearance on what prime time variety show? 2 pts

3. The cropped photo below is part of the cover of what Beatles compilation, which won Grammys for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album and Best Surround Sound Album? 3 pts

4. Before settling on "The Beatles", which one of the following names was not used by The Beatles during their formative years? 6 pts

a. The Quarrymen
b. Johnny and the Moondogs
c.The Liverpool Lads
d. The Silver Beatles

5. The following lyrics are from what song? 3 pts

I don't know how you were diverted
you were perverted too
I don't know how you were inverted
no one alerted you
Bonus: Which Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee played lead guitar on this song? 3 pts

6. Correctly match the women in the photo with the Beatle that they married. 2 pts each


7. Of the following Beatles albums, which is the only one that contains the word “Beatles” on its front cover? 6 pts

a. Magical Mystery Tour
b. Abbey Road
c. Let It Be
d. Rubber Soul

8. What are the titles of the six #1 hits the Beatles had on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1964? 2 pts each

For 10 bonus points, how many total weeks did these six songs spend at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100? If nobody guesses the exact number of weeks, the one who comes closest gets 5 bonus pts.

9. The photo below is of what performer, one of only two non-Beatles to receive billing as an artist alongside the Beatles on an official Beatles record release? 5 pts

For 3 bonus points, who is the other non-Beatle to receive billing as an artist alongside the Beatles on an official Beatles record release?

10. In the 1965 film Help, there is a scene in which John is reading which one of the following books? 6 pts

a. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
b. A Spaniard In the Works by John Lennon
c. 1984 by George Orwell
d. The James Bond Dossier by Kingsley Amis

11. Below are the names of people (real or fictional) mentioned in the lyrics of songs by The Beatles. You have to correctly identify the song. 3 pts each

a. Vera, Chuck, and Dave
b. Semolina Pilchard and Edgar Allan Poe
c. Flat Top
d. Peter Brown
e. Desmond and Molly Jones

12. What is this movie character's family relationship to the fictional Paul McCartney? 3 pts

13. Which one of the following Ringo Starr-led Beatle tunes was actually written by Ringo? 6 pts

a. Yellow Submarine
b. With A Little Help From My Friends
c. Octopus's Garden
d. Act Naturally

14. What are the names of the four songs on the album The Beatles (aka "The White Album") that contain a female's name in their title? 2 pts each

15. The screen cap below is from what Beatles promo clip? 15 pts

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