Dig if You Will This Prince Quiz

ENTERTAINMENT

By: Staff

4 Min Quiz

Image: refer to hsw

About This Quiz

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this ... quiz. How much do you know about His Royal Badness, The Purple One? Take this quiz to find out.

True or false: His real name is actually Prince.

Prince isn't just his stage name. Prince's real name is Prince.

Advertisement

What is Prince's full given name?

Prince's full name is Prince Rogers Nelson.

Advertisement

Who is Prince named after?

John Nelson, a musician whose stage name was Prince Rogers, and Mattie Shaw, a jazz singer who performed with the Prince Rogers Band, named their son after the band.

Advertisement

How tall was the Purple One?

Prince was 5 feet 2 inches.

Advertisement

Which is NOT a real Prince lyric?

All of these are Prince-penned lyrics. "You sho'nuf do be cookin' in my book" is from "U Got The Look"; “Mommy, why does everybody have a bomb?" is from "1999"; and "From the heart of Minnesota, here come the purple Yoda" is a lyric in the song "Lay Down."

Advertisement

Which song was released as the B-side to the 1984 single "Let's Go Crazy"?

"Erotic City" was the B-side to the single "Let's Go Crazy." Prince once explained he recorded the song directly after attending a Parliament-Funkadelic show in Los Angeles in the early '80s.

Advertisement

What was the name of the character Prince played in the movie "Purple Rain"?

Prince played The Kid, a fictional version of himself, in "Purple Rain."

Advertisement

Real or misheard Prince lyric: "Let's look for the purple banana till they put us in the truck."

This is a real lyric from the song "Let's Go Crazy."

Advertisement

Which was Prince's first No. 1 single in America?

"When Doves Cry" was Prince's first No. 1 single in the U.S. and topped the charts for five weeks.

Advertisement

True or false: Prince had childhood seizures.

In an interview with Public Broadcasting Service, Prince revealed he had epilepsy as a child but no longer had seizures after a visit from an angel.

Advertisement

Originally written for his funk band, the Family, who topped the charts with "Nothing Compares 2 U" in 1990?

Sinead O'Connor topped the charts with Prince-penned "Nothing Compares 2 U," hitting No. 1 in 16 countries.

Advertisement

Although the single only reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, which track was Prince's first and only Academy Award winner?

Prince won his first and only Academy Award for the track "Purple Rain" in the movie "Purple Rain."

Advertisement

Which was the unofficial sequel to "Purple Rain"?

Graffiti Bridge, which was written by, directed by and stars Prince, is the sequel to "Purple Rain."

Advertisement

Which movie was Prince's directorial debut?

"Under the Cherry Moon" (1986) was Prince's directorial debut.

Advertisement

True or false: Prince and his first wife Mayte Garcia had a son.

Prince and Garcia had a son, Ahmir (which is Arabic for "prince"), in 1996, but he died just a week later, to Pfeiffer syndrome. Mayte and Prince also lost a second child to miscarriage.

Advertisement

Who was Prince's second wife?

Testolini and Prince were married from 2001-06; she was his second wife. Melvoin and Prince were engaged but never married. Sheila E. and Prince, too, were never married.

Advertisement

Under which of his pseudonyms did Prince compose "Sugar Walls" for Sheena Easton?

Prince, as Alexander Nevermind, wrote "Sugar Walls" for Sheena Easton.

Advertisement

Prince legally allowed who to sample "When Does Cry" in the 1990 song "Pray"?

MC Hammer is one of the few artists Prince gave permission to sample his music, including 1990's "Pray."

Advertisement

Which Prince song off of the album "1999" is featured in the Tom Cruise movie "Risky Business"?

Prince’s hit "D.M.S.R." is featured on the soundtrack of "Risky Business."

Advertisement

Which Prince-penned song was written with but recorded without a bassline?

Prince originally penned "When Doves Cry" with a bassline but removed it for the final version.

Advertisement

True or false: Prince's music inspired Tipper Gore to co-found the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC).

The lyrics to "Darling Nikki" inspired Tipper Gore to co-found the PMRC, the group that added the "parental advisory" label to albums.

Advertisement

Although the symbol Prince adopted as his name in 1993 was unpronounceable, what was it called?

A combination of male and female symbols, Prince referred to the glyph he adopted as his name as "the Love Symbol."

Advertisement

Prince returned to his given name in 2000 after what happened?

Prince gave up the Love Symbol in 2000 when his contract with Warner Bros. ended.

Advertisement

In the mid-1980s, Prince went country under alias "Joey Coco" when he wrote a song for which country artist?

Kenny Rogers recorded "You're My Love," written by Prince as "Joey Coco," for his album "They Don't Make Them Like They Used To."

Advertisement

True or false: Prince won a Razzie Award for his performance in "Under the Cherry Moon."

Prince won worst actor, worst director and worst original song in 1987's Razzie Awards. In 2000 he was also nominated for worst actor of the century for "Under the Cherry Moon."

Advertisement

When was the only time Prince referred to himself professionally as "Prince" between 1993 and 2000?

Prince composed the songs for Spike Lee's movie "Girl 6" in 1996, the only time he is credited as "Prince" during that time frame.

Advertisement

Which was Prince's favorite basketball team?

While Dwyane Wade was known to be his favorite player, it was the Oklahoma City Thunder who Prince was rooting for.

Advertisement

What religion did Prince convert to and follow as an adult?

While his parents were Seventh-Day Adventists, Prince chose to follow the Jehovah's Witnesses.

Advertisement

When was Prince inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

Prince was inducted in 2004.

Advertisement

What was the official cause of Prince's April 2016 death?

According to autopsy reports, Prince died from an accidental overdose of the opioid painkiller fentanyl.

Advertisement

Explore More Quizzes

About HowStuffWorks Play

How much do you know about dinosaurs? What is an octane rating? And how do you use a proper noun? Lucky for you, HowStuffWorks Play is here to help. Our award-winning website offers reliable, easy-to-understand explanations about how the world works. From fun quizzes that bring joy to your day, to compelling photography and fascinating lists, HowStuffWorks Play offers something for everyone. Sometimes we explain how stuff works, other times, we ask you, but we’re always exploring in the name of fun! Because learning is fun, so stick with us!