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Stuff You Should Know's Ultimate Roller Coaster Quiz
by Staff
Roller coasters are a regular American institution. And if you listened to our podcast on coasters, then this one should be a breeze. Hang your head in shame for any score under 15 out of 20.

What is considered the direct ancestor of roller coasters?

  • coal mine cars
  • trolley cars
  • ice slides

In what country were ice slides popular in the 16th and 17th centuries?

  • Spain
  • England
  • Russia

True or false: The first roller coaster in the United States was in the state of New York.

  • True
  • False

Also in Pennsylvania, what is considered to be the first genuine amusement park?

  • Funland
  • Kennywood
  • Joyville

What's the name of the legendary amusement park that was built on Coney Island, N.Y., in 1903?

  • Luna Park
  • Coney City
  • Coney Island Fun Park

The first roller coaster boom was in the 1920s. The second came during which decade?

  • 1990s
  • 1950s
  • 1970s

True or false: The traditional method of getting a roller coaster up the initial hill is by using a chain lift.

  • True
  • False

After the initial hill of a standard roller coaster, what keeps the train going the rest of the way?

  • electromagnets
  • gravity
  • catapults

The initial potential energy of a roller coaster is changed into what after it crests the first hill?

  • kinetic energy
  • secondary potential energy
  • momentous energy

What are the two main forces acting on the body during a roller coaster ride?

  • gravity and acceleration
  • acceleration and deceleration
  • gravity and upward vertical force

Newton's First Law of Motion states that an object in motion tends to what?

  • stay in motion
  • pick up friction
  • come to an eventual screeching halt

What do coaster enthusiasts call the moment at the top of a hill where the rider rises from his or her seat?

  • the oopsy daisy
  • air time
  • the bomb diggity

Tubular steel roller coaster tracks first came about during what decade?

  • 1960s
  • 1950s
  • 1970s

The fastest roller coaster in the world as of 2011 is located in which country?

  • United States
  • France
  • Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

At 456 feet (139 meters) high, the tallest coaster in the world in 2011 sits in which state?

  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey

With a total of 10 inversions, the Colossus coaster shares the record with a coaster in China. In which country is the Colossus?

  • United States
  • England
  • United Arab Emirates

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, what are your chances of suffering a serious injury during a visit to an amusement park?

  • one in 25 million
  • one in 5 million
  • one in 50 million

What are your chances of getting killed on a roller coaster?

  • one in 500 million
  • one in 1.5 billion
  • one in 5 billion

As rated by most roller coaster organizations, what is the best coaster amusement park on the planet?

  • Europa Park
  • Islands of Adventure
  • Cedar Point

True or false: The Steel Dragon 2000 coaster in Japan is the longest roller coaster in the world.

  • True
  • False