Quiz: Under the big top: The history of the Barnum & Bailey Circus quiz
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Under the big top: The history of the Barnum & Bailey Circus quiz
By: Bambi Turner
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About This Quiz

Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, and see amazing acts under the big top! We've got wild beasts from around the world, death-defying stunts and even clowns to tickle your funny bone. Punch your ticket -- it's time for the Barnum & Bailey Circus history quiz!

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Which of these entertainers was the first to enter the circus game?
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Which of these creatures helped Barnum & Bailey join forces to create a single circus?
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Where did P.T. Barnum start his legendary American Museum?
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Which of the three circus namesakes brought the "Greatest Show on Earth" tagline?
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Barnum set his circus up at this venue -- now known as Madison Square Garden.
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What was the name of Barnum and Bailey's most famous elephant, which they bought in 1882?
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When did the Ringling Brothers buy Barnum & Bailey?
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How many employees did Ringling Bros. have in 1910?
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True or false: Barnum & Bailey invented special train cars to carry their circus.
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True or false: Most major circuses had just one ring until the 1900s.
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P.T. Barnum used Jumbo the elephant to prove the strength of what structure in 1883?
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True or false: Barnum claimed there was a sucker born every minute.
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Jumbo is still the mascot for which school?
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Where did Barnum & Bailey experience a horrific circus tent fire in 1944?
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True or false: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey spent ten years' worth of profits to settled claims related to the 1944 fire.
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What year did the circus finally ditch the big top tent?
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How much did Ringling Bros. spend to purchase Barnum & Bailey, back in 1907?
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True or false: Moving the show out of tents and into arenas allowed the circus to increase the number of annual shows.
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How much did businessman Irvin Feld spend to buy the circus in 1967?
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Which of these did Feld NOT do to revive the circus after he bought it in 1967?
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How many clowns did the circus have left when the clown college was launched in 1968?
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What toy company bought the circus in 1971?
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What actor starred as the circus manager in the 1952 film, "The Greatest Show on Earth"?
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What was the main attraction when the first circus took place in America in 1793?
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What did Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey eliminate from their shows, starting in 2016?
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True or false: Tickets sales dropped after the elephants were taken out of the show.
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When did Ringling Bros. hire their first African-American ringmaster?
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True or false: The company has never had a female ringmaster.
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