The 'Empire' TV Show Quiz

By: Laurie L. Dove

The 'Empire' TV Show Quiz
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About This Quiz

Hip-hop, fame, conflict — it's all in the drama series "Empire." Are you a fan of the Lyon family? Take this quiz to test your knowledge on the star-studded TV show.
When did the television series "Empire" debut?
2014
2015
The television series "Empire" premiered in the U.S. on Jan. 7, 2015.
2016

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Which network airs the television series "Empire"?
Fox
"Empire" airs on the Fox network.
USA
HBO

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Which industry is featured in the television series "Empire"?
movie
fashion
music
"Empire" features a family involved in the music industry.

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What city is the setting for the television show "Empire"?
Minneapolis
New York
"Empire" based in New York City, but it's not filmed there.
Philadelphia

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True or false: "Empire" is set in the 1980s.
true
false
"Empire" is set in the present day. The show features many cameo appearances of current musical stars.

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Which actor plays the "Empire" character Lucious Lyon?
Terrence Howard
Terrence Howard is the actor who plays the "Empire" character Lucious Lyon.
Mike Epps
Don Cheadle

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What is the parental guideline rating for the television series "Empire"?
TV-PG
TV-14
TV-14 means that parents are strongly cautioned, and most parents would find the material unsuitable for children under 14 years old.
TV-G

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Which "Empire" character is the CEO of Empire Entertainment?
Jamal Lyon
Andre Lyon
Lucious Lyon
Andre and Jamal are sons of Lucious Lyon, the CEO of Empire Entertainment.

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Which city is the television series "Empire" filmed in?
Chicago
"Empire" is filmed in Chicago.
Detroit
Baltimore

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Tim Mosley produces the music for the television series "Empire." What is Mosley's stage name?
Pitbull
The Game
Timbaland
Tim Mosley, who is more commonly known as Timbaland, produces the music for the television series "Empire." All the songs for the series are original tracks.

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What terminal illness is the "Empire" character Lucious Lyon diagnosed with?
Alzheimer's disease
Lou Gehrig's disease
Lyon is diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease, also called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.
lung cancer

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Which actress plays the "Empire" character Cookie Lyon?
Taraji P. Henson
Henson previously co-starred with Terrence Howard in the 2005 movie "Hustle & Flow."
Grace Gealey
Ta'Rhonda Jones

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How many sons does the "Empire" character Lucious Lyon have?
one
two
three
Lyon has three sons, all competing for control of Empire Entertainment.

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In which season one episode did the rapper Snoop Dogg appear as himself?
episode five
episode 11
Episode 11 is titled "Die but Once."
episode 17

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Which "Empire" character is the oldest son of Lucious Lyon?
Andre
Andre Lyon is played by the actor Trai Byers, who is married to "Empire" co-star Grace Gealey.
Hakeem
Jamal

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True or false: The season one tagline for the television series "Empire" is "Music. Family. Power. The battle begins."
true
This is the season one tagline for "Empire."
false

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In the television series "Empire," what is the character Cookie's real name?
Loretta
Leanne
Loretha
Loretha "Cookie" Lyon is the co-founder of Empire Entertainment.

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Which actor from the movie "The Butler" co-created the series "Empire" with Lee Daniels?
Forest Whitaker
Danny Strong
Strong also acted in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."
Oprah Winfrey

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Which "Empire" character is the youngest Lyon son?
Vernon
Jamal
Hakeem
Bryshere Y. Gray plays Hakeem in the television series.

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In which episode of season one does Jamal Lyon publicly reveal his sexual orientation?
episode eight
In season one episode eight, titled "The Lyon's Roar," Jamal publicly reveals he is homosexual. Jussie Smollett plays Jamal on the show.
episode six
episode four

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Which actor won a Golden Globe for his or her performance in the series "Empire"?
Terrence Howard
Trai Byers
Taraji P. Henson
In 2016, actress Taraji P. Henson won a Golden Globe for best performance by an actress in a television series – drama.

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What is the runtime for episodes of "Empire"?
22 minutes
42 minutes
Episodes of "Empire" have a runtime of about 42 minutes.
52 minutes

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Which "Empire" character does the actress Grace Gealey play in the television series?
Anika Calhoun
Anika and Cookie are at odds with each other in the show.
Rhonda Lyon
Tiana Brown

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In season one, "Empire" set a record for most consecutive weeks of increased viewership. How many weeks was this?
eight
10
12
In season one, the series "Empire" set a record with 12 consecutive weeks of increased viewership. The previous record was five consecutive weeks of increased viewership, set by "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" in 1999.

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How many viewers watched the premiere episode of the series "Empire"?
9.8 million
The premiere episode of the series garnered 9.8 million viewers.
7.8 million
5.8 million

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Which feature film director served as a guest director for the "Empire" episode titled "Dangerous Bonds"?
Tyler Perry
John Singleton
Singleton served as a guest director for the fifth episode of the first season, which aired on Feb. 4, 2015.
Spike Lee

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Which "Empire" actor earned his role on the series with a FaceTime audition?
Trai Byers
Jussie Smollett
Bryshere Gray
Gray earned his role as Hakeem Lyon on the series in a FaceTime audition with executive producer, Brian Grazer.

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Which "Empire" character is Andre Lyon's wife?
Porsha
Rhonda
Actress Kaitlin Doubleday plays Rhonda Lyon.
Tiana

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True or false: Terrence Howard was Lee Daniels' first choice to play the "Empire" lead character Lucious Lyon.
true
false
Wesley Snipes was Daniels' first choice to play Lucious Lyon. Taraji P. Henson told Daniels she wouldn’t accept the role of Cookie Lyon unless Terrence Howard got the lead role, and Daniels agreed.

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Which actress plays Lucious Lyon's secretary, Becky Williams, in the series "Empire"?
Gabourey Sidibe
Sidibe is also known for her roles in "Precious" and "The Big C."
Ta'Rhonda Jones
Jamila Velazquez

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