L. Frank Baum Trivia Game

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  • 1. 

    Which Gilded Age Industrialist and owner of Standard Oil, did Baum's father fight, in order to keep the industrialist from putting him out of the OIl Business?

    • A.

      J.P. Morgan

    • B.

      John D. Rockefeller

    • C.

      Andrew Carnegie

    • D.

      Cornelius Vanderbilt

    Correct Answer
    B. John D. Rockefeller
    Explanation
    Baum's father fought against John D. Rockefeller in order to prevent him from eliminating him from the oil business. Rockefeller was a prominent industrialist and the owner of Standard Oil during the Gilded Age. This suggests that Baum's father was involved in the oil industry and faced a threat from Rockefeller's dominance in the market.

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  • 2. 

    Why did Baum's parents put him in military school as a child?

    • A.

      They wanted him to join the military when he grew up

    • B.

      They wanted to keep him from getting into trouble

    • C.

      They wanted to toughen him up and make him more serious

    • D.

      They wanted to get a good education

    Correct Answer
    C. They wanted to toughen him up and make him more serious
    Explanation
    Baum's parents put him in military school as a child because they wanted to toughen him up and make him more serious. This suggests that they believed military school would instill discipline, resilience, and a sense of responsibility in him. They likely wanted him to develop strong character traits that would benefit him in his future endeavors, whether or not he ended up joining the military. Military school was seen as a way to shape him into a more focused and determined individual.

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  • 3. 

    What was Baum's first job?

    • A.

      A salesman for Baum's Casterine Company selling machine grease

    • B.

      A writer for the Chicago Tribune Newspaper

    • C.

      The author of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz series

    • D.

      The owner of a general store called Baum's Bazaar

    Correct Answer
    A. A salesman for Baum's Casterine Company selling machine grease
    Explanation
    Baum's first job was as a salesman for Baum's Casterine Company selling machine grease.

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  • 4. 

    What was L. Frank Baum's job when he first moved to South Dakota?

    • A.

      Owner of Baum's Bazaar General Store in a gold boom town

    • B.

      Author of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz Book Series

    • C.

      Newspaper owner and editor

    • D.

      Owner of the Baum's Oil and Lighting Business

    Correct Answer
    A. Owner of Baum's Bazaar General Store in a gold boom town
    Explanation
    L. Frank Baum's job when he first moved to South Dakota was the owner of Baum's Bazaar General Store in a gold boom town.

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  • 5. 

    When Baum's business in South Dakota failed, what job did he take next?

    • A.

      A newspaper owner, writer, and editor

    • B.

      A general store owner

    • C.

      A banker in a boomtown

    • D.

      The author of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz Series

    Correct Answer
    A. A newspaper owner, writer, and editor
    Explanation
    After Baum's business in South Dakota failed, he took on the job of a newspaper owner, writer, and editor. This career change allowed him to explore his passion for writing and storytelling while also being involved in the newspaper industry. It was a logical step for Baum to utilize his skills and interests in a new venture after his previous business venture did not succeed.

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  • 6. 

    What type of writing caused Baum to be challenged to a duel, when he wrote a newspaper article that poked fun at another newspaper author?

    • A.

      Metaphor

    • B.

      Simile

    • C.

      Satire

    • D.

      Paradox

    Correct Answer
    C. Satire
    Explanation
    Baum was challenged to a duel because he wrote a newspaper article that poked fun at another newspaper author. This indicates that his writing was meant to criticize or ridicule someone, which aligns with the definition of satire. Satire is a type of writing that uses humor, irony, or exaggeration to expose and criticize human vices, foolishness, or shortcomings. In this case, Baum's article was likely a satirical piece that mocked or made fun of the other newspaper author, leading to the challenge of a duel.

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  • 7. 

    Where did the Baum's move when they left South Dakota?

    • A.

      New York

    • B.

      San Diego

    • C.

      Chicago

    • D.

      Atlanta

    Correct Answer
    C. Chicago
    Explanation
    The Baum's moved to Chicago when they left South Dakota.

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  • 8. 

    Where did L. Frank Baum come up with the name Oz in his The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Series?

    • A.

      He named it after his favorite singer Ozzy Osbourne

    • B.

      He was at the zoo with his kids so he dropped one o in zoo and reversed the letters to spell Oz

    • C.

      He saw a filing cabinet in the room with the label O - Z

    • D.

      His named it after his first child who's name was Oswald

    Correct Answer
    C. He saw a filing cabinet in the room with the label O - Z
    Explanation
    L. Frank Baum came up with the name Oz in his The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Series after seeing a filing cabinet in the room with the label O - Z.

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  • 9. 

    What were the first two books that L. Frank Baum had published?

    • A.

      The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • B.

      Mother and Father Goose stories

    • C.

      The Scarecrow Man

    • D.

      Huckleberry Finn

    Correct Answer
    B. Mother and Father Goose stories
    Explanation
    L. Frank Baum's first two published books were "Mother and Father Goose stories." This answer is supported by the fact that the other options, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," "The Scarecrow Man," and "Huckleberry Finn," are not mentioned as Baum's first publications.

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  • 10. 

    What happened when Baum first took the Wonderful Wizard of Oz to a publisher?

    • A.

      Publishers would not publish the books because they did not think the books were good

    • B.

      Publishers began printing copies to be sold immediately

    • C.

      Publishers spent years editing the book and Baum died before they were published

    • D.

      Publishers would not meet with him because he was not a recognized author

    Correct Answer
    A. Publishers would not publish the books because they did not think the books were good
    Explanation
    When Baum first took the Wonderful Wizard of Oz to a publisher, they refused to publish the books because they did not believe the books were of good quality.

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  • 11. 

    What happened after Baum took out a loan and published the Wonderful Wizard of Oz on his own?

    • A.

      His books became some of the most well known and loved books ever written; were translated into almost every language; and were made into a play and movie

    • B.

      His books were failures but a movie was made based on the series that was successful

    • C.

      The books were successful until J.P. Morgan bought out the publishing company that published his books.

    • D.

      The books were mostly unsuccessful and only sold a few copies until Baum's son's wrote sequels to the series that sold over a million copies in the first year

    Correct Answer
    A. His books became some of the most well known and loved books ever written; were translated into almost every language; and were made into a play and movie
    Explanation
    After Baum took out a loan and published the Wonderful Wizard of Oz on his own, his books became incredibly popular and beloved. They gained widespread recognition, being translated into almost every language, and were even adapted into a play and movie. The success of his books surpassed expectations, making them some of the most well-known and loved books ever written.

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  • 12. 

    Who played the part of Dorothy Gail in the movie, The Wizard of Oz?

    • A.

      Judy Garland

    • B.

      Marcella Gruelle

    • C.

      Shirley Temple

    • D.

      Maud Baum

    Correct Answer
    A. Judy Garland
    Explanation
    Judy Garland played the part of Dorothy Gail in the movie, The Wizard of Oz.

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  • 13. 

    Who created Raggedy Ann?

    • A.

      John Gruelle

    • B.

      L. Frank Baum

    • C.

      Walt Disney

    • D.

      Mark Twain

    Correct Answer
    A. John Gruelle
    Explanation
    John Gruelle is the correct answer because he is the creator of Raggedy Ann. Raggedy Ann is a popular doll that was first introduced in 1915 and has since become a beloved children's character. Gruelle not only created the doll but also wrote and illustrated a series of books featuring Raggedy Ann's adventures. His creation has had a lasting impact on popular culture and is still recognized and loved by many today.

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  • 14. 

    How was L. Frank Baum different from Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller?

    • A.

      He was not a serious, rich, industrialist as were Carnegie and Rockefeller.  He was a silly, modest, author.

    • B.

      He was not an immigrant who made it rich, like Carnegie and Rockefeller. He was an American who lost all his money.

    • C.

      He never married and had kids like Carnegie and Rockefeller.  He enjoyed being single and able to choose a job without worrying for a family.

    • D.

      He was not kind and caring like Carnegie and Rockefeller.  He was mean and enjoyed hurting others for fun.

    Correct Answer
    A. He was not a serious, rich, industrialist as were Carnegie and Rockefeller.  He was a silly, modest, author.
    Explanation
    L. Frank Baum differed from Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller in that he was not a serious, rich industrialist like them. Instead, he was a silly, modest author.

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