Know Your Gondolas Quiz
by Staff
OK. So you flew to Venice and smooched your sweetheart in a gondola. You've passed the romance test. But can you pass this quiz?

At the peak of their use in the 17th century, about how many gondolas operated in Venice?

  • 500
  • 1500
  • 10000

About how many Venetian gondoliers are licensed in the city today?

  • 4000
  • 100
  • 400

Before World War II, the traditional outfit of a Venetian gondolier was which of the following?

  • red and white stripes
  • blue and white stripes
  • all black

Which of the following accurately describes the design parameters of a Venetian gondola?

  • Design specs were personalized to each gondolier.
  • Modern gondolas tend to have plastic hulls.
  • By law, dimensions are specified to the centimeter.

Gondoliers use long poles to push against shallow canal bottoms, propelling gondolas across the water.

  • True
  • False

Which of the following is not a gondola design feature?

  • a "vinopantri" for holding cruisers' wine
  • The left runwhale is higher than the right.
  • a flat bottom

With just one oar, what keeps the gondola going forward instead of in circles?

  • constant collisions with oncoming gondolas
  • a special oar stroke
  • a small, electric engine that pushes the craft's nose to the right

Gondoliers are traditionally required to sing.

  • True
  • False

What is one traditional role of Venetian gondoliers?

  • matchmakers
  • secret-keepers
  • resistance fighters

For the first time in 2010, the Venetian gondoliers guild licensed which of the following non-traditional gondoliers?

  • female
  • of African descent
  • non-Catholic

The energy expended by a gondolier paddling with two clients equals which of the following?

  • a fast cross-country skier
  • a motorboat at the same speed
  • one person walking at the same speed

Which of the following is a traditional gondola feature that was lost in the transition from transportation to tourism?

  • a sail
  • a small cabin
  • an organ-grinding monkey

In Euros, what is the approximate cost of a 40-minute gondola ride in Venice?

  • 20
  • 40
  • 80

Outside of Venice, where is the world's highest number of gondolas?

  • Amsterdam
  • Vietnam
  • Las Vegas

The body of a traditional Venetian gondola is carved from a single tree.

  • True
  • False

In addition to looking cool and its use as a bumper, the metal "ferro" that heads a gondola is used for which of the following?

  • to signal a gondolier's family
  • to counterweight the gondolier's bulk at the back of the craft
  • as a holdover from ancient weaponry

How many pieces make up a gondola?

  • 13
  • 280
  • 430

The "forcula" at a gondola's stern is used for which of the following?

  • as an oarlock that allows multiple oar positions
  • to hold the gondolier's traditional glass of wine
  • to hold passengers' traditional glasses of wine

In 2007, what feature of gondola design was banned?

  • the use of animal-based resins
  • the use of softwoods
  • the use of plywood

Traditionally, a marriage proposal in a gondola cannot be turned down.

  • True
  • False