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Quiz: Hooray for Hula Hoops
by Staff
There's much more to the hula hoop than meets the eye. More than a childhood toy or a backyard prop, the hoop is a cultural artifact that has rolled along through much of human history. So step right up, grab a hoop and put your knowledge to the test!

Let's start with an easy one: How many corners does a hula hoop have?

  • zero
  • three
  • five

Which decade gave us the name "hula hoop"?

  • the 1940s
  • the 1950s
  • the 1960s

Which motion picture fictionalized the invention of the hula hoop?

  • "Hoop Dreams"
  • "The Hudsucker Proxy"
  • "Hooper"

Oh no, a physics question! What allows a hula hoop to continue its movement around your waist after you give it a whirl?

  • inertia
  • friction
  • gravity

Which Greek mythological figure is often depicted with a hoop?

  • Cronus
  • Persephone
  • Ganymede

Those ancient Greeks loved hoop rolling. How did they trick out some of their hoops?

  • with bells
  • with whistles
  • with flames

The ancient British enjoyed a battle game in which participants hurled spears at a rolling wooden or metal hoop. What was it called?

  • hoopty hoop
  • kill the hoop
  • hoop war

Which U.S. city hosts the annual World Championship Hoop Dance Contest to celebrate Native American hoop dancing traditions?

  • Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Cherokee, Okla.

Some historians of Native American culture believe the Cahokian hoop-and-spear game "chunkey" represented which of the following?

  • human sex
  • the beginning of the universe
  • both of the above

What do "eurhythmics" have to do with hula hoops?

  • "Eurythmics" lead singer Annie Lennox popularized the use of hula hoops as a 1980s fashion accessory.
  • Hoops were used in the late 1800s and early 1900s eurhythmics fitness training system.
  • The use of hoop toys in Victorian England was reported to cause a debilitating spinal condition known as "eurhythmics."

How much did a hula hoop cost in 1958 America?

  • a nickel
  • $1
  • $1.98

Which first lady hula hooped on the White House lawn during an event promoting childhood fitness?

  • Mamie Eisenhower
  • Eleanor Rosalynn Carter
  • Michelle Obama

According to a 2011 study sponsored by the American Council on Exercise, the average person burns how many calories during a half hour of hula hooping?

  • 110 calories
  • 210 calories
  • 310 calories

Fitness hoopers sometimes use hoops augmented with what feature?

  • weights
  • jump ropes
  • Gatorade filling

Which actor credits hoop fitness classes for helping her get in shape for her role as a stripper?

  • Marisa Tomei
  • Demi Moore
  • Elizabeth Berkley

Which of the following is NOT used to make hula hoops glow during concerts, festivals or other nighttime events?

  • LED lights
  • white phosphorus
  • open flame

In 2003, Israeli artist Sigalit Landau used a hula hoop made of what material in a provocative video piece?

  • human teeth
  • shell casings
  • barbed wire

Which video game fighting franchise features a character with a weaponized hula hoop?

  • Mortal Kombat
  • Soulcalibur
  • Samurai Shodown

Ukraine's Anna Bessonova used a hula hoop during the Beijing 2008 Olympics. Which event was it?

  • hoop dancing
  • judo
  • rhythmic gymnastics

If planetary rings were hula hoops, then how many planets in our solar system currently would be hula hoop enthusiasts?

  • two
  • three
  • four