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Caroll Spinney Trivia

Below you will see a series of questions. Please click the appropriate button of the answer of your choice. When you are finished you can check your scores and find out your grade. Good luck (and you can always try it again)!

1. Where was Caroll Spinney born?
Montgomery, Alabama
Janesville, Wisconsin
Waltham, Massachusetts
Burlington, Pennsylvania

2. At what age did Caroll Spinney first get paid to do a puppet show?
9
12
15
18

3. What is the name of Caroll’s most famous character that he created?
Howdy Doody
Picklepuss
Barney Google
Gibbling Gerbert

4. What year did Jim Henson first ask Caroll to join the Muppets?
1958
1960
1962
1965

5. Where were they the second time?
1967 at a Restaurant in New York
1968 at a Convention of TV performers
1969 at the Puppeteers of America Festival
1970 in a Launderette in Brooklyn

6. Caroll nearly walked out on Sesame Street in the first year. What was one of the main reasons?
A disagreement with someone
He missed the countryside
He couldn't find a place to live
He didn't like the crowds in New York

7. Carroll Spinney had an opportunity once to leave Sesame Street, which nearly tempted him away. What was this?
A farm in the country
To perform Howdy Doody
His own Picklepuss show
A million dollars

8. Who was responsible for convincing Caroll Spinney to not hand in his resignation?
John Stone
Frank Oz
Joan Ganz Cooney
Kermit Love

9. What feature was changed on Big Bird to make him look cuter?
His feet were made bigger
He was made smaller in height
He was given more feathers on the top of his head
He was given a shorter beak

10. How old is Big Bird?
4 years old
5 years old
6 years old
7 years old

11. For how many years did Caroll perform Big Bird in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade?
15 years
5 years
2 years
Never

12. Whose person is Oscar the Grouch based on?
Jon Stone
A waiter from Oscar's Tavern in Manhattan
The mailman who delivered to the studio
Caroll's uncle

13. Whose voice is Oscar the Grouch based on?
A cab driver that took Caroll to the studio
Caroll’s Grandfather
A teacher Caroll remembered from school
Frank Oz

14. Which episode of a Henson production did Caroll's own character appear?
Tale of the Bunny Picnic
The Jim Henson Hour
You're as Funny as Fozzie Bear
Wow You're a Cartoonist

15. What happened when Caroll, as Big Bird, went to the White House to meet Pat Nixon?
He was asked to run for mayor of New York
He was arrested for claiming a false identity
The secret service radios got mixed up with Caroll's microphone
He tripped and fell into the buffet table

16. Apart from being an excellent puppeteer, Caroll Spinney has another talent. What is it?
He can play seven different musical instruments
He's a cartoonist
He's a poet
He can eat a rubber tire to the Flight of the Bumblebee

17. How did Caroll Spinney meet his wife Debra?
She was a waitress at a restaurant he frequented
She stitched Big Bird's feathers
She was a puppeteer
She was a secretary on Sesame Street

18. What is Caroll Spinney's biggest demand while changing costumes?
No pictures showing him partially in or out of the suit
He has at least 6 people to help him
Big Bird's head goes on last
That opera music is played

19. When was the first time Caroll realized he was a hero to millions of kids?
When he saw Big Bird on the cover of Time magazine
When Big Bird received 20 bags of fan mail one day
When he saw the back of a little Golden Book
When he was chased by 30 children

20. What university did Caroll Spinney receive an Honorary Doctorate from in May of 2000?
Eastern Connecticut State University
Howard Payne University
Harvard University
Oxford University

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Quiz Written by: Michael Dixon, Samantha Wallace, Mar Quinn and Phillip Chapman

 
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