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I Love Lucy: The Mertzes Quiz
by Staff
"I Love Lucy" would never have been the same without Lucy and Ricky's nosy, quarrelsome neighbors. How much do you know about the Mertzes?

In which state was Fred raised?

  • Iowa
  • Ohio
  • Nebraska

Which social gathering do Ethel and Lucy often attend together?

  • The Bridge and Butter Cookie League
  • Wednesday Afternoon Fine Arts League
  • Bowling league

What was the first name of Fred's vaudeville partner?

  • Curtis
  • Barney
  • Norm

What was another last name that the show's writers considered for the couple before settling on "Mertz?"

  • Hoodles
  • Throttlebottom
  • Pinkeny

What sort of career did Fred and Ethel embark on together during the early years of their marriage?

  • Circus sideshow
  • Vaudeville performance
  • Puppeteering

Which subject often causes conflict between Fred and Ethel?

  • Sex (or lack thereof)
  • Children
  • Money

What pet name does Fred have for Ethel?

  • Honeybunch
  • Bunnytoes
  • Dearest

In which city did the couple become stranded during their vaudeville career?

  • Omaha
  • Phoenix
  • Indianapolis

When the four pals went on a trip to Europe together, Ethel was in charge of speaking which language?

  • French
  • Italian
  • Swedish

Sometimes Ethel insults Fred by calling him what?

  • A big worm
  • A fat old goat
  • A big ox

What rank did Fred climb to in the Army?

  • Corporal
  • Sergeant
  • Lieutenant

In which state was Ethel born?

  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • Washington

What is one of Ethel's favorite pastimes?

  • Drinking
  • Cards
  • Bowling

In which war did Fred serve?

  • WWI
  • WWII
  • Korean Kar

What was Ethel's maiden name?

  • Potter
  • Smith
  • Feeney

What sort of business did Ethel's father own during her childhood?

  • Shoe store
  • Chicken farm
  • Soda shop

What does Fred say when he's exasperated?

  • "God bless America!"
  • "Oh, for corn's sake!"
  • "Dadgummit!"

What is one business that Ethel and Lucy attempt to launch?

  • Hair salon
  • Dress shop
  • Soda shop

What is one of Fred's bad habits?

  • He shakes his keys in his pockets.
  • He never brushes his teeth.
  • He plucks his nose hairs in public.

Ethel was very talented at what activity?

  • Horseback riding
  • Singing
  • Bowling

Which sports team does Fred passionately follow?

  • New York Mets
  • Boston Red Sox
  • New York Yankees

With which musical instrument is Fred proficient?

  • Xylophone
  • Violin
  • Harpsichord

Which instrument does Ethel play?

  • Trombone
  • Banjo
  • Piano

How old was Ethel when she married Fred?

  • 17
  • 19
  • 23

Clues in the show indicate that Fred exceled at which sport?

  • Boxing
  • Golf
  • Football

What month is the couple's wedding anniversary?

  • July
  • June
  • May

Beyond friendship, what was Ethel's relationship to Lucy?

  • Second cousin
  • Landlord
  • Co-worker

Which event likely played a role in Fred's frugal way of life?

  • He lost his childhood home in a fire and grew up poor.
  • He was robbed right after cashing one of his paychecks.
  • A stock market crash

To which state do the Mertzes move in 1957?

  • Maine
  • New York
  • Connecticut

What is one of Ethel's annoying habits?

  • Noisy eater
  • Chews fingernails
  • Interrupts everyone