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?
Which famous rock star spent time in his tree house as an adult?
In what period did tree houses become popular among upper-class European adults?
What television show sparked a resurgence in interest in tree houses during the early 1990s?
Party of Five
In what U.S. state was the first tree-house bed-and-breakfast opened?
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?
What is especially recommended for children's tree houses?
building them low
In what age tree should you build a tree house?
Other than disease, what else should you look out for while choosing a tree for a tree house?
limbs that are too parallel to the ground
The strongest tree branches grow at what angle from the trunk?
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?
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
a hard hat and safety harness
About how many tree houses were built worldwide by professionals in 2007?
What will you probably need if you include plumbing or electricity in your tree house?
more wood for building
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.