Freak Show Quiz
by Staff
They were peculiar, and sometimes horrifying, but what was really wrong with them? Test your knowledge of some famous circus "freaks" in this seven-question quiz.

"Bearded Ladies" were a common attraction in the fairground freak shows, as were other hairy acts such as Jo-Jo the Dog-faced Boy. What was the medical condition most likely responsible for this affliction?

  • Sanfilippo syndrome
  • Leishmaniasis
  • Hirsutism

Joseph Merrick believed that his appearance might have been shaped to some extent when his mother was pushed under an elephant during a circus parade while she was pregnant with him. What is another example of an unusual animal-like condition supposedly caused by traumatic circumstances?

  • Wallace, the Human Warthog
  • Randy, the Amazing Rhino Boy
  • Leonine, the Lion-faced Girl

Billed as the "World's Strangest Married Couple" were Emmett, the Alligator-skinned Man, and Percilla, the Monkey Girl. What medical condition did the alligator-skinned man most likely have?

  • Ichthyosis
  • Dacryoadenitis
  • Torticollis

Were some circus "freaks" intentionally created -- or even sold by their parents -- to enter shows so they could earn a living?

  • No
  • Yes

A "Pin Head" was sometimes advertised in circuses as "Darwin's Missing Link" or an "Ancient Aztec Child." What was the medical condition responsible for this abnormality?

  • Hydranencephaly
  • Exencephaly
  • Microcephaly

The freak show performer known as the "Frog Man" had what medical condition?

  • Fanconi's syndrome
  • Aicardi syndrome
  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome

Were so-called circus freaks usually childless, because of their deformities?

  • Yes
  • No, not always