The Ultimate Tree House Quiz

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The Ultimate Tree House Quiz
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About This Quiz

For many people, tree houses bring up nostalgic memories of childhood. But they are not just for children, with professionally built tree houses and tree house resorts gaining popularity. Take this quiz to see if you are ready to build your own tree house for your kids or yourself.
Which Roman emperor spent time in a tree house?
Caligula
Other political leaders who spent large or small amounts of time in tree houses include Winston Churchill and Queen Elizabeth I.
Nero
Augustus Caesar

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Which famous rock star spent time in his tree house as an adult?
John Lennon
Though it is not where his famous Bed-In for Peace took place with wife Yoko Ono, Lennon spent many other days in his beloved tree house.
Jerry Garcia
John Mellencamp

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In what period did tree houses become popular among upper-class European adults?
Renaissance
Europe's wealthy elite enjoyed tree houses through the 16th and 17th centuries.
Victorian
Enlightenment

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What television show sparked a resurgence in interest in tree houses during the early 1990s?
The Simpsons
The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror Halloween special helped relaunch the popularity of tree houses.
Friends
Party of Five

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In what U.S. state was the first tree-house bed-and-breakfast opened?
Oregon
Takilma, Oregon's Out 'n' About Treesort is believed to have been the first of its kind. They even have an institute where you can learn how to build in trees.
Washington
Colorado

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What is the most important thing to consider in planning your tree house?
what tree to use
As with any structure, a tree house must be built on a strong foundation, even if that foundation is more than 10 feet in the air.
what material you should build it out of
how large the tree house will be

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What type of tree is good for building in?
beech
Sycamores and elms easily become diseased. Beech, oak or apple are among the better choices.
elm
sycamore

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What is especially recommended for children's tree houses?
building them low
Railings are recommended for all tree houses, and plumbing is an amenity that could be installed in tree houses for "residents" of any age.
including railings
indoor plumbing

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In what age tree should you build a tree house?
young
middle-aged
Older trees can become brittle and will die sooner. Young trees may not be as sturdy and you'd also have to allow for more future growth.
old

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Other than disease, what else should you look out for while choosing a tree for a tree house?
wind damage
A lot of damage by wind or lightning can indicate the tree might be unstable.
rotting fruit
limbs that are too parallel to the ground

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The strongest tree branches grow at what angle from the trunk?
45 degrees
65 degrees
90 degrees
When tree limbs grow straight out from the tree they are easier to build on and can support a lot of weight.

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What part of the tree should you build in if you live in a very windy area?
the lower third
By building lower you will minimize both the exposure your tree house has to wind and the amount of movement it has to endure.
the middle third
the top third

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What type of professional can best help you select the perfect tree in which to build your tree house?
an arborist
Also known as tree surgeons, arborists can spot weak trees and can help you plan your construction in a way that will not damage the tree itself.
a forest ranger
a landscape architect

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If built properly, how long will the average tree house last?
10 to 15 years
Maintenance and renovations can extend the life of your tree house, but if you are building your tree house for children, they may outgrow it by the end of its lifespan anyway.
20 to 30 years
up to 50 years

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How high are the tree homes of the Kombai people in Papua New Guinea?
10 to 30 feet
30 to over 100 feet
The Kombai is an indigenous tribe of hunter-gatherers, who even practice cannibalism occasionally. They number about 4,000 and live in high tree homes in the jungle.
100 to 250 feet

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What are some of the benefits the Kombai people get from living in trees?
protection from insects and avoidance of floods
By living in the trees, the Kombai are protected from many of the dangers they would normally face in the jungle.
proximity to other tribes and access to sunlight for agriculture
warmth and good exercise

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What is often required by law before you build a tree house?
permission from neighbors
If your tree house overlooks the neighbors' property, they may have to give you permission first, to avoid an invasion of privacy. Talking to them while planning can remove many problems.
insurance
a hard hat and safety harness

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About how many tree houses were built worldwide by professionals in 2007?
60
The majority of tree houses are still built by do-it-yourself types, but professionals often build fancier or larger ones. They have even built tree houses as large as 2,500 square feet!
250
7500

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What will you probably need if you include plumbing or electricity in your tree house?
permits
Since plumbing and electricity require you to connect with your municipality's water or power supplies, you will probably need to get permits before you proceed.
more wood for building
insurance

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How do bolts compare with nails for building tree houses?
Bolts are sturdier and less likely to damage the tree.
Bolts are preferable to nails for many reasons. They are sturdier and stronger than nails, fewer are needed and trees will expand over bolts as they grow.
Nails support less weight, but are less likely to loosen.
Bolts are stronger, but are more difficult for the tree to grow around them.

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