The 'Grey's Anatomy' Quiz

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The 'Grey's Anatomy' Quiz
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If your idea of fun since 2005 has been watching sexy, sleep-deprived medical practitioners save lives every day, then you're probably a fan of the Emmy Award-winning show, "Grey's Anatomy."

But how deep into the lore of this ABC drama have you really gone? Do you know how many episodes the first and second season included? Do you know the name of Meredith Grey's mother? What about Meredith's home address? 

Shonda Rhimes not only created an emotionally charged and engaging world for these characters to live in, she personally decided what would be in each character's locker. 

The cast is also filled with incredible actors, from a Tony Award-winning actress, to a race-car driving auto aficionado; Do you know which actors they are?

If you live and die by watching "Grey's Anatomy" each week, are in love with all things Shondaland and think that Izzie Stevens should have left the show a season earlier, then you should ace this quiz! And luckily, even if you mess up, we guarantee that no one will flatline because of it. Phew!

Who is the creator of the television series "Grey's Anatomy?"
Shonda Rhimes
Rhimes also creates "Scandal" and "Private Practice." She was the executive producer of "How to Get Away with Murder," "The Catch" and "Off the Map." In all, she has produced thirteen series, written for seven series and created five series. It's not wonder that her production company is called, "Shondaland."
Michael Crichton
David Shore
Ryan Murphy

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Which network airs the television series, "Grey's Anatomy," in the United States?
CBS
NBC
ABC
The ABC network airs the series. The network is actually owned by the Walt Disney Company. It was originally founded as a radio broadcast network, but five years after it's founding, it also became a television network.
CNN

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True or false: The setting for "Grey's Anatomy" is Boston.
True
False
"Grey's Anatomy" is set in Seattle. The hospital is originally named Seattle Grace Hospital, but later in the series it becomes Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.

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Which title was planned for the series, "Grey's Anatomy?"
"Surgeons"
The original planned title for the series was "Surgeons." This was revealed in a Shonda Rhimes television writing online masterclass.
"Symptoms"
"Diagnosis"
"Shades of Grey"

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Who is the lead character in "Grey's Anatomy"?
George
Mark
Meredith
Dr. Meredith Grey is the lead character. She is the daughter of a famous surgeon, and the story follows her from intern to resident to eventual Chief of General Surgery. She is also the narrator of the show.
Derek

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Which actress plays Dr. Meredith Grey?
Kate Walsh
Ellen Pompeo
Before "Grey's Anatomy," Pompeo appeared opposite Luke Wilson in the popular 2003 comedy movie, "Old School." She's been on "Grey's Anatomy" since 2005, when the show began.
Katherine Heigl
Sara Ramirez

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When did "Grey's Anatomy" premiere?
2005
"Grey's Anatomy" premiered in the U.S. on March 27, 2005. There are two spin-off series, "Station 19" and "Private Practice."
2004
2003
2002

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What is the name of the fictional hospital featured in the beginning of the series?
Seattle Grace Hospital
The show doesn't become Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital til later in the series. Exterior shots of Seattle Grace Hospital are filmed at the Veterans Administration Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center in North Hills, California.
Seattle General Hospital
Washington General Hospital
Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital

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Which band plays the theme song for "Grey's Anatomy?"
Tunng
The Bird and the Bee
Psapp
Psapp plays the theme song "Cosy in the Rocket." The band, which is from London, has been around since 2002. Their music has also been used on "The OC" and "Nip/Tuck."
The Dresden Dolls

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Which character does Meredith Grey have a complicated romantic relationship with?
Dr. Webber
Dr. Burke
Dr. Shepherd
Dr. Derek Shepherd is also known as "McDreamy." He's been a character on the show since the pilot episode and was on the series for a decade.
Dr. O'Malley

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Which character is NOT one of the original five interns in the series?
Addison
Dr. Addison Montgomery-Shepherd is an attending physician in "Grey's Anatomy" and not one of the original five interns.
Izzie
Cristina
Mark

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Which actress plays the character Dr. Addison Montgomery-Shepherd?
Chyler Leigh
Kate Walsh
Walsh also acted in "The Drew Carey Show," "13 Reasons Why" and "The Umbrella Academy" among other shows, both on Netflix and broadcast TV.
Jessica Capshaw
Sara Ramirez

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What is the title of the "Grey's Anatomy" spinoff starring Kate Walsh?
"Miami Medical"
"Hart of Dixie"
"Private Practice"
While Walsh appeared in "Bad Judge," "Private Practice" was the "Grey's Anatomy" spin-off, and it premiered in 2007. The show ran until 2013.
"Bad Judge"

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Which "Grey's Anatomy" character does the actor Patrick Dempsey play in the television series?
Derek Shepherd
Dempsey is also a sports car racer. He's even said that he would give up acting if he could have a real career in auto-racing.
Preston Burke
Mark Sloan
George O'Malley

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In 2005, "Grey's Anatomy" premiered on a Sunday night and bumped which legal drama series from the time slot?
"The Practice"
"Boston Legal"
When "Grey's Anatomy" premiered on Sunday, March 27, 2005, it replaced the series "Boston Legal" in the time slot for the remainder of the 2005 season.
"Suits"
"Law and Order: SVU"

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Which actress left "Grey's Anatomy" in the middle of season six?
Chandra Wilson
Sandra Oh
Katherine Heigl
Actress Katherine Heigl made her last appearance on "Grey's Anatomy" in episode 12 of season six. She said that she decided to leave the show so that she could focus on raising her family. Heigl played the character Dr. Izzie Stevens in the series.
Sara Ramirez

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True or false: The title, "Grey's Anatomy," is the name of a medical book first published in 1958.
True
False
The title "Grey's Anatomy" was inspired by Henry Gray's, "Anatomy: Descriptive and Surgical," published in 1858. The book is commonly known as "Gray's Anatomy" and is still used by medical students today.

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In which "Grey's Anatomy" season premiere did the character, George O'Malley, die?
Six
O'Malley died in the premiere episode of season six. Actor T.R. Knight played Dr. O'Malley. His character was killed-off by heroically pushing a woman out of the way of bus, saving her life, but losing his in the process.
Five
Four
Three

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Which character holds an MD and PhD in philosophy in the series?
Dr. Lexie Grey
Dr. Miranda Bailey
Dr. Cristina Yang
Dr. Yang received her MD from Stanford University and her PhD in philosophy from University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Meredith Grey

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Which actor plays the "Grey's Anatomy" character Dr. Cristina Yang?
Sarah Drew
Sandra Oh
Before appearing in "Grey's Anatomy," Oh co-starred in the Academy Award-winning drama "Sideways." She was on "Grey's Anatomy" til 2013 and continues to work as an actor.
Sara Ramirez
Ellen Pompeo

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Which of the five original intern characters, other than Meredith Grey, is still on the series "Grey's Anatomy?"
Dr. Alex Karev
As of the end of season 12 of "Grey's Anatomy," Dr. Alex Karev and Dr. Meredith Grey are the only remaining characters of the five original interns.
Dr. Callie Torres
Dr. Mark Sloan
Dr. Izzie Stevens

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Which actor plays the character, Dr. Alex Karev, in the series "Grey's Anatomy?"
Eric Dane
Kevin McKidd
Justin Chambers
Before he co-starred in "Grey's Anatomy," Chambers had a supporting role as the character, Massimo, in the 2001 romantic comedy, "The Wedding Planner."
T.R. Knight

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In "Grey's Anatomy," what is Meredith Grey's address?
316 Harper Lane
613 Harper Lane
Meredith Grey's address is 613 Harper Lane. The address is made up, but the house does actually exist! It's actually at 303 Comstock Street, Seattle.
136 Harper Lane
313 Harper Lane

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Which "Grey's Anatomy" character attended Dartmouth College?
Meredith
Meredith Grey attended Dartmouth College. Dartmouth was founded in New Hampshire in 1769.
Cristina
Miranda
George

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What is Dr. Derek Shepherd's cause of death in the series "Grey's Anatomy?"
Plane crash
Cancer
Car wreck
In season 11, Dr. Derek Shepherd dies of injuries from a car wreck. Dr. Meredith Grey, his wife, is pregnant with their third child when she takes him off life-support.
Snake bite

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Which bar do the characters of the series "Grey's Anatomy" frequent?
Emerald City Bar
Emerald City Bar is also referred to as Joe's Bar. Seattle is often referred to as the "Emerald City."
Queen City Bar
Jet City Bar
Sonic City Bar

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Which of Meredith Grey's parents is a world-renowned surgeon in the series?
Neither
Father
Mother
Meredith Grey's mother, Dr. Ellis Grey, is a world-renowned surgeon. Meredith ends up naming one of her children after her.
Stepfather

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Which character is the chief of surgery at Seattle Grace Hospital until later in the series?
Dr. Callie Torres
Dr. Richard Webber
Webber is the chief of surgery at Seattle Grace Hospital throughout most of the series. The character had an affair with Meredith Grey's mother.
Dr. Jackson Avery
Dr. Addison Montgomery-Shepard

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True or false: As of the twelfth season, Meredith Grey has two children.
True
False
Over the course of the first 12 seasons of "Grey's Anatomy," Meredith Grey has three children: Zola, Bailey and Ellis. Ellen Pompeo, who plays Meredith Grey, has two daughters and a son.

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Which "Grey's Anatomy" character gave birth during a bomb scare?
Dr. Lexie Grey
Dr. Arizona Robbins
Dr. Miranda Bailey
In the series "Grey's Anatomy," Dr. Miranda Bailey gave birth to her son, Tuck, during a bomb scare. Actress Chandra Wilson plays Dr. Miranda Bailey in the television series.
Dr.Addison Montgomery-Shepard

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Which unhealthy habit did most of the doctors on "Grey's Anatomy" originally have?
Eating fried food
Taking prescription uppers
Smoking
Most of the characters were also smokers. Meredith Grey was seen smoking more than anyone else.
Eating lots of candy

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Which alcoholic beverage was Dr. Yang and Dr. Grey's favorite?
Tequila
According to Shonda Rhimes, she wanted to show women drinking more heavily on TV because women are rarely shown drinking hard alcohol in media.
Wine
Beer
None

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Which of the five original interns was not in Shonda Rhimes first pitch for the show?
George O'Malley
Izzie Stevens
Alex Karev
Alex Karev wasn't originally a character, and was actually added in after the pilot had already been filmed. He's now one of two remaining interns from the beginning of the show.
Sandra Oh

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How many episodes was the first season of "Grey's Anatomy?"
Nine
Because the first season premiered in March, it was technically a half season and therefore, only nine episodes long. The second season was 27 episodes.
Eleven
Fourteen
Twenty-seven

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Which actor from the show also won a Tony for their role in Broadway's "Spamalot?"
Ellen Pompeo
T. R. Knight
Sandra Oh
Sara Ramirez
Ramirez won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as Lady of the Lake in "Spamalot." You can hear her on the original Broadway soundtrack.

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