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The Master of Muppets: Jim Henson Quiz
by Staff
Even if you're a die-hard fan of "Sesame Street" and "The Muppet Show," you can't possibly know all there is to know about Jim Henson and his work … or can you? Take the challenge and find out!

Which Muppet was the first of Henson’s creations to appear on network television?

  • Bert
  • Kermit the Frog
  • Rowlf

What did Jim Henson major in while in college?

  • home economics
  • theater
  • puppetry arts

How was Henson involved in the creation and performance of Yoda, that lovable green Jedi from “Star Wars”?

  • He consulted on Yoda but suggested that Frank Oz do the voice and puppeteering.
  • He was the puppeteer for Yoda.
  • He built Yoda in his Creature Shop.

What was Jim Henson’s cause of death?

  • cancer
  • strep throat
  • organ failure due to bacterial infection

Why didn’t the Muppet sketches ultimately work out on “Saturday Night Live”?

  • Jim Henson didn’t get along with SNL creator Lorne Michaels.
  • The writers didn’t know how to write for puppets.
  • The actors felt upstaged by the puppets.

Which Henson project garnered him his first Academy Award nomination?

  • The 1966 short film “Time Piece”
  • “The Muppet Movie”
  • “Labyrinth”

What was Henson’s first long-running TV show?

  • “Sesame Street”
  • “Sam and Friends”
  • “The Muppet Show”

Which two main “Sesame Street” characters did Henson perform?

  • Ernie and Kermit the Frog
  • Kermit the Frog and Big Bird
  • Oscar the Grouch and Kermit the Frog

Why was “The Muppet Show” filmed in the United Kingdom?

  • It was cheaper to film in the U.K.
  • The British liked puppets better than Americans.
  • The show was financed by British impresario Lew Grade and distributed through his London-based TV company, ATV.

Who took over performing Kermit the Frog after Jim Henson’s death?

  • Brian Henson
  • Steve Whitmire
  • Frank Oz

How did Henson come up with the word “Muppet”?

  • It’s a combination of the words “marionette” and “puppet.”
  • His wife came up with it.
  • He just made it up.

When did Kermit the Frog make his first appearance on television?

  • on “The Mike Douglas Show”
  • during the run of “Sam and Friends”
  • on “Sesame Street”

Which Muppet was voiced by Henson’s wife, Jane?

  • Miss Piggy
  • Prairie Dawn from “Sesame Street”
  • none of the above

Who owns the Muppets today?

  • Jim Henson’s family
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Sesame Street Workshop

Which “Fraggle Rock” character was performed by Jim Henson?

  • Boober
  • Convincing John
  • Wembley

Which of Jim Henson’s shows became the first Western show to be seen in Russia?

  • “The Muppet Show”
  • “Muppet Babies”
  • “Fraggle Rock”

Which Henson project was first turned into a comic strip?

  • The Muppets
  • “Sesame Street”
  • “Fraggle Rock”

Which of Jim Henson’s children appeared on “Sesame Street”?

  • Cheryl
  • Brian
  • Lisa

When “The Dark Crystal” was released in theaters, which classic family film did it compete with?

  • “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial”
  • “Tron”
  • “The Fox and the Hound”

The unproduced screenplay “A Tale of Sand” (written by Henson and Jerry Juhl) has been released in 2011 in what form?

  • TV miniseries
  • graphic novel
  • cartoon