Can You Crush This Explosive Guy Fawkes Quiz?

By: Olivia Cantor

Can You Crush This Explosive Guy Fawkes Quiz?
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About This Quiz

Remember, remember, the fifth of November -- and find out how much you know about this famous pop culture icon. It's all about the man, the mask ... and now the quiz!
Why was Guy Fawkes sentenced to death in 17th century England?
He tried to blow up Parliament
Guy Fawkes was part of a conspiracy to blow up the Houses of Parliament in England, the seat of British government. These days, that would make him a home-grown terrorist.
He tried to go after the King himself
He tried to kill soldiers
He went on a killing spree

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What made Guy Fawkes so angry that he took matters into his own hands?
A relative was exiled
The government killed his family
It was about taxes
It was about religion
The main reason people conspired to blow up Parliament was that Catholics were repressed in England, which was officially Protestant. Anti-Catholic laws were in place, and priests were told to leave the country.

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How did Guy Fawkes die?
By firing squad
Suicide
Fawkes knew that his death was going to be very bloody and painful. He was to be ripped apart while still alive! So at the first opportunity, he committed suicide by leaping to his death. They still tore his body apart, though.
Life sentence in prison
Pulled in four directions by four horses

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Even today, Guy Fawkes has influenced pop culture. Which comic book movie was heavily influenced by this real-life character?
Batman
Superman
V for Vendetta
V for Vendetta borrows heavily from the Guy Fawkes story. The character V wears a version of Fawkes' clothes, and wears a stylized mask that makes him look like Fawkes. And yes, V blew up Parliament.
Darkman

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While the Guy Fawkes mask is now a pop culture icon, who are the people who use it in close conjunction with Guy Fawkes' ideas?
Comedians
Crime witnesses
Vigilantes
Political protesters
Although the use of the Guy Fawkes mask blew up with V for Vendetta and other pop culture references, it was noticeably used by political protesters, and as a mask for violent political actions. Anonymous can also be said to use it as a form of protest.

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What did the masses eventually call the whole plan to blow up Parliament?
The English Revolution
The Catholic Crime
The Gunpowder Plot
The plot to blow up Parliament eventually became known as the Gunpowder Plot. It should be noted that this sort of thing happens with regular frequency in history, as religion and royalty have always been serious issues in England.
The Parliamentary Plan

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What tradition has, in part, become more popular because of the celebration of the stopping of the Gunpowder Plot?
Cosplay
Hangings
Bonfires
Some observers point out that the idea of bonfire celebrations may have had a big boost in the celebrations of the Gunpowder Plot. It should be noted that in modern times, it's more of a celebration in itself, and not so much hating on Guy Fawkes and Catholics.
Violent riots

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A tradition that developed is kids going around in the streets with this item in tow, to buy money for the night's celebrations.
They have a guy playing Guy Fawkes, in handcuffs
Make-believe dynamite sticks
Some wood for a fire
A dummy of Guy Fawkes
Children and young people would bring around a dummy of Guy Fawkes and ask for funds for the night's celebration. The money would be used for firecrackers, firewood, and other materials for the celebrations.

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How does Guy Fawkes' imagery extend to the online community?
As Anonymous
Members of Anonymous, or people who want to be identified as Anonymous, usually wear Fawkes masks. They also use that symbol as their calling card. This may be influenced, in part, by the movie version of V for Vendetta.
Online comic books
Trolling styles
Anti-royalty forums

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Which recent infamous person -- one who loves revealing things -- has worn the Guy Fawkes mask?
Oliver North
Gary Webb
Julian Assange
Julian Assange has worn the Guy Fawkes mask. This is only fitting, as his information leaks can be seen as terror weapons in their effect.
Chelsea Manning

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What was Guy Fawkes' role in the plot?
He was the lookout
He was the bribe-maker
He was the one to set off the explosives
Guy Fawkes was tasked with setting off the explosives. That meant he had to sneak into the cellar underneath the house, set the explosives to blow, and leave. He was caught redhanded.
He was the chief planner

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Aside from the likeness or straw dummy of Guy Fawkes being burned in the bonfire, which other person had their image burned in the fire during the November 5th celebrations?
The uniformed guards
The prime minister
The king
The pope
Because the conspiracy was an attack by Catholics against the very Protestant British monarchy, the Catholic pope was also, at times, burned in the bonfires. Religion and politics are strange bedfellows sometimes.

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How was the government tipped off about the conspiracy to blow up Parliament?
Actual traitor
Anonymous letter
Apparently, the thought of so many people dying by explosion got into someone's conscience. A letter was sent to a member of the nobility, and this tipped off government forces.
Accidental discovery
Guards are always prepared

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Guy Fawkes wasn't the only one involved in the conspiracy to blow up Parliament. How many were part of the plan?
There were only two of them
13 people
Thirteen other people were involved in the dynamite plot. Fawkes wasn't even the leader, and yet, he's now its most visible figure. Go figure!
There was a large army behind the plot
It was never really said

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Thanks to the Gunpowder Plot, what is now considered a tradition every time Parliament opens?
No Catholics are allowed to enter
Parliament leaders stay in a different place
Security checks for bombs
Before Parliament opens every year, the guards search everywhere on the premises to see if any terrorists may be hiding something. This is now mostly a ritual.
The King or Queen is not allowed to attend

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Why did King James I admire Guy Fawkes?
He was a Catholic with courage
It took guts to be the one to light the bombs
It took two days to make him confess
It took two days of torture to make Fawkes confess more details about the conspiracy. That feat was impressive enough for the king to admire him a bit.
It took guts to go against the King

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What would have been the goal of the plot to kill everyone in the House of Parliament?
A Catholic England
The ultimate goal of the conspiracy would have been a Catholic England, since many of the influential Protestant figures would have died in the explosion. Chief among them would be the King of England, James I.
Another country would invade and conquer England
A new noble family would be in control
A democratic England

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And now, a bit of language and history: Why do you call a bonfire a bonfire?
The celebration is "bound" by fire
It means burning witch's bonnets
Because you need bonbons roasting
It's about burning bones
The term comes from a time when people who were not allowed to be buried on holy ground were burned in fires. The term, then, probably started as "bone fires," and later became bonfires.

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With the king dead, the conspiracy would have needed a controlled replacement. Who was their choice for a puppet?
A Ruling Council
Elizabeth, the king's daughter
The second part of the plan was to support the ascension of the king's daughter, Elizabeth, to the throne. She was seen as more willing to support pro-Catholic actions, or at least she would be a usable puppet queen.
A commoner Prime Minister
A new Noble of their choosing

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Among the bad guys in English history, Fawkes has a unique honor in world geography. What is it?
He has a mountain named after him
He has a town named after him
He has an island named after him
For a celebrated villain, Guy Fawkes has an island named after him. It is located in the Galapagos Islands, near Santa Cruz Island.
He has a prison named after him

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What was the Catholic Guy Fawkes' guilty religious secret?
He was born a Protestant
Guy Fawkes was actually born a Protestant. He converted to Catholicism in his later years. This may have been influenced by his stepfather and grandparents.
He was not formally baptized
He was actually Orthodox
He was a Jew

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In the beginning, the bonfire celebrations were about loyalty to the crown. What did it turn into in later years?
A religious ritual
A pop culture thing
A celebration of freedom
As the November 5th celebrations developed, they became less a celebration of the monarchy, and more about how individual freedom and the state are always an issue. In other words: freedom! Of course, for some, it's always a great excuse to party.
A media event

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Although he was young, what was Fawkes' old job?
Glassblower
Scholar
Soldier
Guy Fawkes was a soldier in other wars before he came back to England. It's probably why he was the one tasked to light the match, so to speak, for the explosives.
Baker

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Why would dynamite in the basement of the Parliament house have failed if it were done today?
The basement is too damp these days for dynamite
Dynamite isn't used for bombings anymore
The masks would have been a giveaway
The basement isn't there anymore
The original basement has been destroyed. Ironically, it was during a fire that gutted the Houses of Parliament.

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What word became a generic term because of the Gunpowder Plot?
Guy
Guy's name is the root for our term "guy." It used to mean someone who was ugly and disgusting. But over time, the meaning softened, and it became a generic term for a man.
Treason
Plot
Fawkes

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The burning of dummies or straw people in fires has been around since before the Gunpowder Plot, but what was it used for then?
Breaking spells
Driving away evil spirits
Originally, dummies were burned in the fire to drive away evil spirits. This is probably similar to how witches burned dummies based on people, to make their spells work.
Sending offerings to gods
Making spells

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Would the big blast have blown up Parliament, really?
It wouldn't have exploded
The cellar would have contained it
It would only have done limited damage
For the longest time, people said it would have blown the House to smithereens. However, some researchers now agree that the dynamite used wasn't the best, and only some damage would have been done. The question of the blast killing all the intended victims is still up in the air, though.
Down to the atoms

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Aside from the religious Catholic reason, there was a political reason for wanting King James the First dead. What was it?
He was a conquering king
He was a weak king
He was a King for both Scotland and England
King James had in his blood the royal lines of Scotland and England. This would eventually lead to the formation of the United Kingdom (UK). As can be expected, there were some very unhappy people who were more than willing to get rid of him.
He offended royalty from other countries

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Guy liked calling himself by another name. What was it?
Guido
Guy Fawkes spent some time fighting with the Spaniards. Because of this, he liked calling himself Guido. It's probably a nod to the way Spaniards presumably would localize his name.
Gerard
Gang
Georges

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Remember, remember, the 5th of November ... but what was the real date when Guy Fawkes was caught?
October 28
November 1
October 31
November 4
Guy Fawkes was actually caught on the night of November 4th. However, since people only heard about the plot the next day, the celebrated date is the fifth.

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Because Guy Fawkes was fond of aliases, what other name did he use in the conspiracy?
John Johnson
If you think about the Gunpowder Plot as a terrorist plot, then Guy Fawkes was right to have an alias. However, "John Johnson" was a bit obvious as a generic name. It was the name he gave when he was arrested.
Guillame Gladstone
Steven Archer
John Pope

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In the latest use of the Guy Fawkes image, which recent American upheaval used Guy's face as the face of the movement?
The white supremacy groups
The Occupy movement
The Occupy movement adopted the Guy Fawkes mask, probably as an offshoot of its pop culture and online use as a face for protest that identities can hide behind. In that sense, Guy Fawkes' spirit can be said to live on in the use of the mask.
The American Civil War
The L.A. gang wars

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