Let the Wild Rumpus Start: Maurice Sendak Quiz

ENTERTAINMENT

Staff

4 Min Quiz

Where was Sendak born and raised?

Sendak's immigrant parents settled in New York.

Advertisement

Where were Sendak's parents from?

Sendak's parents came to the United States before the horrors of World War II.

Advertisement

When was Sendak born?

Sendak was born in 1928, just before the Depression hit hard.

Advertisement

What huge media event caused a very young Sendak to think about his own safety and mortality?

Although he was only 4 years old, it deeply troubled him and echoed in some of his works.

Advertisement

As a child, Sendak was …

Sendak suffered from ill health throughout his childhood.

Advertisement

Episodes of being bedridden caused him to …

Not being able to do much else, drawing kept his mind occupied.

Advertisement

What movie inspired Sendak to become an illustrator?

"Fantasia" thrilled Sendak.

Advertisement

Sendak worked for what kid-friendly company as a window dresser?

Sendak was at FAO Schwartz for four years, right out of high school.

Advertisement

After going to the Art Student League of New York, Sendak ended up working for a decade as what?

Sendak provided the pictures to others' words.

Advertisement

What was the first book Sendak published that he both illustrated and wrote?

"Kenny's Window" debuted in 1956.

Advertisement

"Where the Wild Things Are" came out in 1963 and won what?

A Caldecott Medal is not too bad for one of his first books.

Advertisement

He also won what prize for children's book illustration in 1970?

The Hans Christian Andersen Award is a distinguished prize.

Advertisement

Who is the protagonist in "Where the Wild Things Are"?

The night Max wore his wolf suit …

Advertisement

What does Max return to after his trip to where the Wild Things are?

To think his supper is still hot after sailing "in and out of weeks and almost over a year."

Advertisement

Who did Sendak write “Higglety Pigglety Pop! or, There Must Be More to Life” in honor of?

It was published shortly his dog Jennie's death.

Advertisement

Why was "In the Night Kitchen" deemed controversial by some?

Sendak had the audacity to acknowledge the existence of genitals.

Advertisement

Sendak also designed sets and costumes for what classic work?

The Pacific Northwest Ballet used his designs for years in its holiday production in Seattle.

Advertisement

He also made sets for what opera?

Mozart and Sendak seem like a good pair.

Advertisement

In 2009, a film version of "Where the Wild Things Are" was made. Who directed the film?

Jonze created a surreal and sweet story.

Advertisement

Who wrote the screenplay, with Jonze and Sendak?

Eggers and Jonze must create an early-aughts vortex of cool when they are in rooms together.

Advertisement

In 1996, Sendak was presented with …

Bill Clinton awarded the National Medal of Arts.

Advertisement

Sendak had how many children?

Sendak had no children, but he had a partner of over 50 years.

Advertisement

Sendak also won the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, which gives as its prize …

Sendak was the inaugural winner of the 5 million Swedish krona.

Advertisement

He also won the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal given by the American Library Association, which gives the recipient what prize?

It's a bronze medal, but we're guessing Maurice Sendak didn’t have a lot of late fees anyway.

Advertisement

Sendak's 1977 book is titled "Seven Little" what?

The monsters cause a lot of trouble.

Advertisement

In "Outside Over There" a baby is taken by whom?

Goblins take a baby. Sendak says the Lindbergh trial did play a part in the story's creation.

Advertisement

Sendak was a prolific illustrator. What famous playwright did he work with on the book "Brundibar"?

Kushner adapted the opera into a children's book with Sendak's illustrations in 2003.

Advertisement

A documentary about Sendak is titled …

The Lance Bangs/Spike Jonze TV film "Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak" came out in 2009.

Advertisement

When did Sendak die?

After a stroke, Sendak's health failed, and he died in 2012.

Advertisement

Where can you find Sendak's collection of work?

Although he spent most of his later life in Connecticut, the collection of his work lives at the Rosenbach Museum in Philadelphia.

Advertisement

Explore More Quizzes

Image: refer to hsw

About This Quiz

Ready to make mischief of one kind and another? Take this quiz to see how much you know about the man behind the mischief and the worlds he created.

About HowStuffWorks Play

How much do you know about dinosaurs? What is an octane rating? And how do you use a proper noun? Lucky for you, HowStuffWorks Play is here to help. Our award-winning website offers reliable, easy-to-understand explanations about how the world works. From fun quizzes that bring joy to your day, to compelling photography and fascinating lists, HowStuffWorks Play offers something for everyone. Sometimes we explain how stuff works, other times, we ask you, but we’re always exploring in the name of fun! Because learning is fun, so stick with us!