Dig if You Will This Prince Quiz

By: Maria Trimarchi

Dig if You Will This Prince Quiz
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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.
true
Prince isn't just his stage name. Prince's real name is Prince.
false

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What is Prince's full given name?
Prince John Nelson Jr.
Prince Rogers Nelson Jr.
Prince Rogers Nelson
Prince's full name is Prince Rogers Nelson.

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Who is Prince named after?
his father's name
his father's band
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.
his father's hometown

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How tall was the Purple One?
5 feet (152 centimeters)
5 feet 2 inches
Prince was 5 feet 2 inches.
5 feet 8 inches

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Which is NOT a real Prince lyric?
"From the heart of Minnesota, here come the purple Yoda."
"Mommy, why does everybody have a bomb?"
"You sho'nuf do be cookin' in my book."
These are all Prince lyrics.
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."

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Which song was released as the B-side to the 1984 single "Let's Go Crazy"?
"17 Days"
"Erotic City"
"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.
"How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?"

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What was the name of the character Prince played in the movie "Purple Rain"?
Dr. Everything'll Be Alright
Prince
The Kid
Prince played The Kid, a fictional version of himself, in "Purple Rain."

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Real or misheard Prince lyric: "Let's look for the purple banana till they put us in the truck."
real
This is a real lyric from the song "Let's Go Crazy."
misheard

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Which was Prince's first No. 1 single in America?
"Delirious"
"Purple Rain
"When Doves Cry"
"When Doves Cry" was Prince's first No. 1 single in the U.S. and topped the charts for five weeks.

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True or false: Prince had childhood seizures.
true
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.
false

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Originally written for his funk band, the Family, who topped the charts with "Nothing Compares 2 U" in 1990?
Chaka Khan
Sheena Easton
Sinead O'Connor
Sinead O'Connor topped the charts with Prince-penned "Nothing Compares 2 U," hitting No. 1 in 16 countries.

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Although the single only reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, which track was Prince's first and only Academy Award winner?
"Kiss"
"Little Red Corvette"
"Purple Rain"
Prince won his first and only Academy Award for the track "Purple Rain" in the movie "Purple Rain."

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Which was the unofficial sequel to "Purple Rain"?
"Graffiti Bridge"
Graffiti Bridge, which was written by, directed by and stars Prince, is the sequel to "Purple Rain."
"Under the Cherry Moon"
"Sign 'o' the Times"

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Which movie was Prince's directorial debut?
"Purple Rain"
"Graffiti Bridge"
"Under the Cherry Moon"
"Under the Cherry Moon" (1986) was Prince's directorial debut.

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

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Who was Prince's second wife?
Susannah Melvoin
Manuela Testolini
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.
Sheila Escovedo (Sheila E.)

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Under which of his pseudonyms did Prince compose "Sugar Walls" for Sheena Easton?
Jamie Starr
Christopher
Alexander Nevermind
Prince, as Alexander Nevermind, wrote "Sugar Walls" for Sheena Easton.

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Prince legally allowed who to sample "When Does Cry" in the 1990 song "Pray"?
Digital Underground
MC Hammer
MC Hammer is one of the few artists Prince gave permission to sample his music, including 1990's "Pray."
Paula Abdul

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Which Prince song off of the album "1999" is featured in the Tom Cruise movie "Risky Business"?
"Delirious"
"D.M.S.R."
Prince’s hit "D.M.S.R." is featured on the soundtrack of "Risky Business."
"Little Red Corvette"

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Which Prince-penned song was written with but recorded without a bassline?
"1999"
"Erotic City"
"When Doves Cry"
Prince originally penned "When Doves Cry" with a bassline but removed it for the final version.

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True or false: Prince's music inspired Tipper Gore to co-found the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC).
true
The lyrics to "Darling Nikki" inspired Tipper Gore to co-found the PMRC, the group that added the "parental advisory" label to albums.
false

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Although the symbol Prince adopted as his name in 1993 was unpronounceable, what was it called?
The Artist Formerly Known as Prince
Camille
the Love Symbol
A combination of male and female symbols, Prince referred to the glyph he adopted as his name as "the Love Symbol."

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Prince returned to his given name in 2000 after what happened?
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
His Warner Bros. contract ended.
Prince gave up the Love Symbol in 2000 when his contract with Warner Bros. ended.
He was divorced.

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In the mid-1980s, Prince went country under alias "Joey Coco" when he wrote a song for which country artist?
Dolly Parton
Garth Brooks
Kenny Rogers
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."

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

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When was the only time Prince referred to himself professionally as "Prince" between 1993 and 2000?
credits for the "Girl 6" soundtrack
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.
when he was on tour
on "The Gold Experience"

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Which was Prince's favorite basketball team?
Oklahoma City Thunder
While Dwyane Wade was known to be his favorite player, it was the Oklahoma City Thunder who Prince was rooting for.
Minnesota Timberwolves
Chicago Bulls

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What religion did Prince convert to and follow as an adult?
Seventh-Day Adventism
Islam
Jehovah's Witnesses
While his parents were Seventh-Day Adventists, Prince chose to follow the Jehovah's Witnesses.

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When was Prince inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
1994
2004
Prince was inducted in 2004.
2014

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What was the official cause of Prince's April 2016 death?
accidental overdose
According to autopsy reports, Prince died from an accidental overdose of the opioid painkiller fentanyl.
plane crash
suicide

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