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Friday, March 2, 2012

Read Across America... Day 5-- Dr. Seuss Quiz

Continuing my preparation and celebration of March 2nd Read Across America. Today is actually the anniversary of Dr. Seuss's birth, the date chosen for Read Across America, celebrated in elementary schools around the country.  So, to celebrate here is a quiz about Dr. Seuss.... see how well you know him.

1. What is the real name of Dr. Seuss?
a. Theodor Geuss Seisel
b. Theodor Geisel Seuss
c. Theodor Seuss Geisel
d. Theo LeSeig

2. How many published children's books did Dr. Seuss write and illustrate?
a. 37
b. 44
c. 46
d. 63

3.  What was the first children's book Dr. Seuss published?
a. "One Fish, Two Fish"
b. "The Cat in the Hat"
c. "And To Think I Saw It On Mulberry Street"
d. "Horton Hears a Who"

4. Before Vanguard Press accepted Dr. Seuss's first book, how many other publishers had turned it down??
a. 20
b. 27
c. 28
d. 29

5. What was Dr. Seuss's job before he became a published children's author?
a. pediatrician
b. advertising illustrator for Standard Oil
c. Saturday Evening Post cartoonist
d. Dartmouth College magazine editor

6. What was the last book Dr. Seuss published?
a. "The Lorax"
b. "The Butter Battle Book"
c. "Oh The Places You'll Go"
d. "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"

7. Which book did Dr. Seuss write to win a bet with his editor, Bennett Cerf?  [Bonus points if you know what the bet was!]
a. "Marvin K. Mooney, Will You Please Go Now!"
b. "Green Eggs and Ham"
c. "The Cat in the Hat"
d. "If I Ran the Zoo"

Tomorrow-- How about the authors and illustrators?

P.S.  You can also search previous blog entries for favorites I have already written about.  Some of my all time favorites I have already bogged about. Check them out too! Search using "Recommended" and "Suggested Reading."

1. c although he use d as a pen name for books he wrote that other people illustrated [Note: It is Geisel spelled backwards!] Seuss was his middle name, and his mother's maiden name.  2. b [although Geisel also wrote more books under other pen names]  3. c [a real street less than a mile from Seuss's boyhood home in Springfield, MA]  4. all of them [different numbers can be found in different sources, because Dr. Seuss often changed the number when he told the story!] 5. b, c, and d at different times [but never a doctor] 6. c [ published in 1990, before his death in 1991] 7. b [The bet was that he couldn't write a book using 50 words or less. Seuss won.. it uses exactly 50 different words.] "d" was the first recorded instance of the word "nerd."

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