Motown Quiz- Merit Scholar

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New York City Quizzes & Trivia

This is mandatory for anyone going to New York City in December. You must score at least 80%. Use the reading material to answer all questions. Email Kimberlysue. [email protected] Net with any questions.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Who established/founded Motown Records?
    • A. 

      Berry Gordy Jr.

    • B. 

      Marvin Gaye

    • C. 

      Smokey Robinson

    • D. 

      Michael Jackson

  • 2. 
    When was Motown Records founded?
    • A. 

      1972

    • B. 

      1952

    • C. 

      1960

    • D. 

      1959

  • 3. 
    Where was Motown Records founded/started?
    • A. 

      Ohio

    • B. 

      New York

    • C. 

      Michigan

    • D. 

      California

  • 4. 
    Why was Motown special?
    • A. 

      It was the most successful African-American owned company.

    • B. 

      It produced formidable music and became a cultural icon.

    • C. 

      All of the above.

    • D. 

      None of the above.

  • 5. 
    Motown was a blend of which musical styles?
    • A. 

      African-American Church Tradition, Pop & Jazz

    • B. 

      African-American Church Tradition, Pop, Jazz & Rap

    • C. 

      African-American Church Tradition & Jazz only

    • D. 

      African-American Church Tradition & Rap music

  • 6. 
    Before starting Motown Records, the founded had attempted which other job?
    • A. 

      Bank clerk

    • B. 

      Boxer

    • C. 

      Lawyer

    • D. 

      Pizza delivery guy

  • 7. 
    Who had Motown's first Pop Number 1 hit?
    • A. 

      Martha and the Vandellas

    • B. 

      Marvin Gaye

    • C. 

      The Temptations

    • D. 

      The Marvelettes

  • 8. 
    In 1961, Motown signed a blind 11-year old singer and multi-instrumentalist.  What was his/her name?
    • A. 

      Helen Keller

    • B. 

      Ray Charles

    • C. 

      Stevie Wonder

    • D. 

      Smokey Robinson

  • 9. 
    What album was Motown's first Number 1 record?
    • A. 

      The 11 Year Wonder

    • B. 

      The 12 Year old Genius

    • C. 

      Little Kid on the Block

    • D. 

      Smokin' Joe

  • 10. 
    Beginning in 1964, which group had 10 Number 1 Pop hits and 5 more in the top ten, becoming Motown's flagship act?
    • A. 

      The Miracles

    • B. 

      The Marvellettes

    • C. 

      Martha and the Vandellas

    • D. 

      The Supremes

  • 11. 
    What techniques did Motown Records use to gauge public opinion/taste?
    • A. 

      Asking random teens questions on the street

    • B. 

      Mailed questionnaires

    • C. 

      Phone surveys

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 12. 
    The founder of Motown Records purchased a white frame house where Motown would be headquartered.  What did the sign say that he hung over the front door?
    • A. 

      Welcome to Motown

    • B. 

      Hitsville USA

    • C. 

      I have a dream

    • D. 

      Michigan's Finest

  • 13. 
    Most of the young Motown artists came from which socioeconomic level?
    • A. 

      Children of wealthy business owners

    • B. 

      Working class and poor neighborhoods

    • C. 

      None of the above

  • 14. 
    In 1969, Motown Records earned its first Grammy Award for which group/singer?
    • A. 

      The Temptations

    • B. 

      Jackson 5

    • C. 

      Diana Ross

    • D. 

      Smokey Robinson

  • 15. 
    In 1971, whose record was hailed as the greatest soul music album ever recorded?
    • A. 

      Gladys Knight

    • B. 

      Edwin Starr

    • C. 

      The Temptations

    • D. 

      Marvin Gaye

  • 16. 
    In 1972, Motown relocated its headquarters to which US city?
    • A. 

      New York City

    • B. 

      Miami

    • C. 

      Los Angeles

    • D. 

      San Francisco

  • 17. 
    By moving Motown Records headquarters to a major city in 1972, it allowed for expansion into the film industry.  Which artist earned an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in Lady Sings the Blues?
    • A. 

      Gladys Knight

    • B. 

      Lil' Kim

    • C. 

      Nicki Minaj

    • D. 

      Diana Ross

  • 18. 
    In the 1970s (Motown's second decade), which Motown Record artist dominated the musical scene?
    • A. 

      Stevie Wonder

    • B. 

      Smokey Robinson

    • C. 

      Marvin Gaye

    • D. 

      Sir Elton John

  • 19. 
    The founder of Motown Records sold the company to which entity in 1988?
    • A. 

      MCA

    • B. 

      RCA

    • C. 

      Columbia Records

    • D. 

      Atlantic Records

  • 20. 
    Which of the following musicians signed with Motown AFTER the original founder left?
    • A. 

      Rick James

    • B. 

      Boys II Men

    • C. 

      DeBarge

    • D. 

      Lionel Richie

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