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The Ultimate Unicorn Quiz
by Staff
The unicorn is a mystical and wondrous blend of fact and fiction — a creature inspired by actual animals that has taken on a life of its own in literature, myth and pop culture. See how much you know about this horned beast with our unicorn quiz!

When was the first written record of a unicorn recorded?

  • 1400 B.C.E.
  • 400 B.C.E.
  • 400 C.E.

What animal likely inspired Ctesias' account of the "wild ass" with a white body and purple head adorned with a single horn?

  • narwhal
  • antelope
  • rhinoceros

There are references to unicorns in the Bible.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

What do the Chinese call the unicorn?

  • kirin
  • chilin
  • qilin

Artifacts from the Indus Valley Civilization show images of a unicorn-like creature.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

The famous Lascaux Cave paintings in France feature pictures of unicorns.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

What type of animal is the oryx, a horned creature which could be the basis for unicorn legends?

  • goat
  • antelope
  • horse

What type of animal is the narwhal — a creature known as the "unicorn of the sea?"

  • fish
  • whale
  • porpoise

How long can the teeth of a male narwhal grow?

  • 2 feet
  • 4 feet
  • 8 feet

What did explorers send to Chinese Emperor Zhu Di in 1415 when they claimed to be sending him a unicorn?

  • giraffe
  • lion
  • goat

What was the name of the magician in the Peter Beagle classic "The Last Unicorn?"

  • Smegel
  • Schmendrick
  • Merlin

How does the magician save the unicorn from the Red Bull in "The Last Unicorn?"

  • turns it into a woman
  • makes it invisible
  • gives it wings

What famous fiction writer penned "The Unicorn Chronicles?"

  • Gordan Korman
  • R.L. Stine
  • Bruce Coville

What character stars in "The Unicorn Chronicles?"

  • Cora
  • Cara
  • Candy

What country maintains the unicorn as its official national animal?

  • England
  • Ireland
  • Scotland

How much did Queen Elizabeth I pay for a "unicorn" horn during the 16th century?

  • 1,000 pounds
  • 10,000 pounds
  • 100,000 pounds

What happens to the unicorns in the Shel Silverstein poem "The Unicorn?"

  • They're left off Noah's ark.
  • They're killed by hunters.
  • They're captured and bred in captivity.

Which band had a big hit with a song version of Shel Silverstein's "The Unicorn?"

  • Peter, Paul and Mary
  • The Irish Rovers
  • Simon and Garfunkel

What part of a unicorn is the alicorn?

  • the horn
  • the tail
  • the teeth

What was the name of the toy unicorn in "Toy Story 3?"

  • Buttercup
  • Silver
  • Woody

What animal did the "unicorn" horns sold by unscrupulous sellers typically come from throughout much of history?

  • rhino
  • narwhal
  • deer

What unicorn famously went to Candy Mountain in a popular YouTube video?

  • Charlie
  • Michael
  • Samuel

What animal was found fighting with the unicorn "for the crown" in the classic nursery rhyme?

  • lion
  • horse
  • tiger

How many wool, silk and woven silver tapestries make up the great work "The Unicorn Tapestries?"

  • 7
  • 9
  • 17

Where can you view "The Unicorn Tapestries?"

  • Paris
  • London
  • New York

Kirin beer is named after the Japanese word for unicorn.

  • TRUE
  • FALSE

Who rides a unicorn in "Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay?"

  • Betty White
  • Neil Patrick Harris
  • Chuck Norris

What was the name of "The Living Unicorn" displayed by Barnum & Bailey circuses during the 1980s?

  • Charlie
  • Uni
  • Lancelot

What type of animal was the Barnum & Bailey "unicorn?"

  • an actual unicorn
  • a goat
  • a horse

What did Voldemort do to a unicorn to extend his own life in the Harry Potter franchise?

  • steal its horn
  • takeover its body
  • drink its blood