The Ultimate Tree House Quiz
by Staff
For many people, tree houses bring up nostalgic memories of childhood. But they are not just for children, with professionally built tree houses and tree house resorts gaining popularity. Take this quiz to see if you are ready to build your own tree house for your kids or yourself.

Which Roman emperor spent time in a tree house?

  • Caligula
  • Nero
  • Augustus Caesar

Which famous rock star spent time in his tree house as an adult?

  • John Lennon
  • Jerry Garcia
  • John Mellencamp

In what period did tree houses become popular among upper-class European adults?

  • Renaissance
  • Victorian
  • Enlightenment

What television show sparked a resurgence in interest in tree houses during the early 1990s?

  • The Simpsons
  • Friends
  • Party of Five

In what U.S. state was the first tree-house bed-and-breakfast opened?

  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • Colorado

What is the most important thing to consider in planning your tree house?

  • what tree to use
  • what material you should build it out of
  • how large the tree house will be

What type of tree is good for building in?

  • beech
  • elm
  • sycamore

What is especially recommended for children's tree houses?

  • building them low
  • including railings
  • indoor plumbing

In what age tree should you build a tree house?

  • young
  • middle-aged
  • old

Other than disease, what else should you look out for while choosing a tree for a tree house?

  • wind damage
  • rotting fruit
  • limbs that are too parallel to the ground

The strongest tree branches grow at what angle from the trunk?

  • 45 degrees
  • 65 degrees
  • 90 degrees

What part of the tree should you build in if you live in a very windy area?

  • the lower third
  • the middle third
  • the top third

What type of professional can best help you select the perfect tree in which to build your tree house?

  • an arborist
  • a forest ranger
  • a landscape architect

If built properly, how long will the average tree house last?

  • 10 to 15 years
  • 20 to 30 years
  • up to 50 years

How high are the tree homes of the Kombai people in Papua New Guinea?

  • 10 to 30 feet
  • 30 to over 100 feet
  • 100 to 250 feet

What are some of the benefits the Kombai people get from living in trees?

  • protection from insects and avoidance of floods
  • proximity to other tribes and access to sunlight for agriculture
  • warmth and good exercise

What is often required by law before you build a tree house?

  • permission from neighbors
  • insurance
  • a hard hat and safety harness

About how many tree houses were built worldwide by professionals in 2007?

  • 60
  • 250
  • 7500

What will you probably need if you include plumbing or electricity in your tree house?

  • permits
  • more wood for building
  • insurance

How do bolts compare with nails for building tree houses?

  • Bolts are sturdier and less likely to damage the tree.
  • Nails support less weight, but are less likely to loosen.
  • Bolts are stronger, but are more difficult for the tree to grow around them.