Quiz: Sex Education Through Culture And History

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Quiz: Sex Education Through Culture And History

Test your knowledge of sexual education in song, on screen, and throughout history.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    According to Jill Lepore’s piece in the magazine on sex-ed books for kids, what did Aristotle think a man’s seed mixed with to create a baby?
    • A. 

      A woman’s seed

    • B. 

      A woman’s menstrual blood

    • C. 

      A woman’s egg

    • D. 

      A woman’s milk

  • 2. 
    In the 1973 book “Where Did I Come From?” Peter Mayle compares an orgasm to what?
    • A. 

      Sneezing

    • B. 

      Opening a shaken bottle of soda

    • C. 

      Urinating

    • D. 

      Getting the right answer on a test

  • 3. 
    Mayle later made a name for himself doing what?
    • A. 

      Creating the children’s show “Teletubbies”

    • B. 

      Writing a bestseller about his life as a British ex-pat in France

    • C. 

      Touring with Jimmy Buffett

    • D. 

      Transforming the I.T. department at J.P. Morgan

  • 4. 
    According Harry Belafonte, which of the following is NOT part of the way his father explained “the bird and bee”?
    • A. 

      The woman piñata and the man piñata

    • B. 

      The Ton Ton call baka lemon grass

    • C. 

      The lily root, gully root, and belly root

    • D. 

      The famous grandy scratch scratch

  • 5. 
    The screenshot below comes from what movie?
    • A. 

      “3 Men and a Baby”

    • B. 

      “Look Who’s Talking”

    • C. 

      “Knocked Up”

    • D. 

      “Juno”

  • 6. 
    Prince’s “Little Red Corvette,” Billy Joel’s “Keeping the Faith,” and the Black Eyed Peas’ “Disco Club” all mention what?
    • A. 

      Virgins

    • B. 

      The birth-control pill

    • C. 

      Trojan condoms

    • D. 

      Abortions

  • 7. 
    In ancient Egypt, what did women mix with honey to create pessaries, or vaginal suppositories, to use as contraception?
    • A. 

      Sand

    • B. 

      Dirt

    • C. 

      Tobacco

    • D. 

      Crocodile dung

  • 8. 
    In which high-school television show does a teacher hand out buttons with cherries hanging from them that say "Never Been Touched" and advise the lead character to "reclaim" her virginity?
    • A. 

      “Strangers With Candy”

    • B. 

      “The O.C.”

    • C. 

      “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”

    • D. 

      “Freaks and Geeks”

  • 9. 
    The cherry has long been associated with virginity. Which mother was, according to legend, supported by a cherry tree during her pregnancy?
    • A. 

      Maya, the virgin mother of Buddha

    • B. 

      Demeter, the mother of Persephone

    • C. 

      Eve, the mother of Cain and Abel

    • D. 

      Kangaroo, in Rudyard Kipling’s “Just So Stories for Little Children”

  • 10. 
    In the sex-ed episode of “The Wonder Years,” Kevin thinks that the chalkboard drawing of a woman’s reproductive organs looks like what?
    • A. 

      A jock strap

    • B. 

      A cow’s head

    • C. 

      A flower vase

    • D. 

      A lobster

  • 11. 
    The 1873 law that made it a crime in the U.S. to sell contraception or distribute information about birth control was championed by and named for whom?
    • A. 

      Billy Sunday

    • B. 

      D. L. Moody

    • C. 

      William Jennings Bryan

    • D. 

      Anthony Comstock

  • 12. 
    Which movie begins with a stork delivering baby animals to their eager mothers?
    • A. 

      “Stuart Little”

    • B. 

      “Dumbo”

    • C. 

      “101 Dalmatians”

    • D. 

      “Lady and the Tramp”

  • 13. 
    Which is most likely to be mistaken for a stork call?
    • A. 

      A dove’s call

    • B. 

      A cicada

    • C. 

      The “yodel” of a Basenji, or African barkless dog

    • D. 

      Silence

  • 14. 
    Deborah Anderson of Harvard Medical School's birth-control laboratory won an Ig Nobel award, a parody prize for "achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think," for her research into the spermicidal properties of what?
    • A. 

      Vaseline

    • B. 

      Coca-Cola

    • C. 

      Toothpaste

    • D. 

      Baker’s yeast

  • 15. 
    In a recent poll in England, twenty per cent of eighteen- to twenty-five-year-olds thought that pregnancy lasts for a year, and ten per cent thought that doing what would influence the sex of a baby?
    • A. 

      Sleeping on your stomach

    • B. 

      Drinking orange juice

    • C. 

      Eating red meat

    • D. 

      Taking baths

  • 16. 
    What does the health-clinic counselor in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” say to Steve Carrell’s character after he nervously asks, “Is it true that if you don’t use it you lose it?”
    • A. 

      Yes.

    • B. 

      No.

    • C. 

      Not if you have pharmaceutical help.

    • D. 

      Is that a serious question?

  • 17. 
    Where did of thousands of condoms block up the plumbing recently?
    • A. 

      The Burning Man festival in Nevada

    • B. 

      The World Cup in South Africa

    • C. 

      The Commonwealth Games in India

    • D. 

      The Glenn Beck rally in Washington, D.C.

  • 18. 
    In “Monty Python and the Meaning of Life,” John Cleese, playing a sex-ed teacher, uses what props during class?
    • A. 

      A live male and female rabbit

    • B. 

      A four-post Murphy bed and his wife

    • C. 

      A banana and a hot dog

    • D. 

      A nude model and a water gun

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