It's … the 'Monty Python's Flying Circus' Quiz

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What is the title of the Flying Circus theme song?

"The Liberty Bell" is a Sousa march.

What is the Funniest Joke in the World used for?

The Funniest Joke is so funny it's deadly, and thus is weaponized for use against the Germans.

Why is the famous composer Arthur "Two Sheds" Jackson called Two Sheds?

His friends started calling him "Two Sheds" because he mentioned he wanted a second shed.

The first use of "and now for something completely different" was to introduce what?

"And now for something completely different — a man with three buttocks."

Why is the Bronzino painting "Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time" of significance to the Flying Circus?

It's Cupid's foot that does the squashing.

The instructor wants to teach the students self-defense against fresh fruit, but one of them would rather learn how to defend himself against an attacker with a …

"We want to learn how to defend ourselves against pointed sticks, do we? Getting all high and mighty, eh? Fresh fruit not good enough for you eh?"

Which member of the Pythons was responsible for the animations?

Terry Gilliam, the only American-born Python, did all the animations.

Why is the title of the episode called "Owl Stretching Time" significant?

"Owl Stretching Time" was considered for the title of the series, which might not have had the same success that "Monty Python's Flying Circus" did.

Why does the customer return to the pet shop with his Norwegian Blue parrot and register a complaint?

"Look, matey, I know a dead parrot when I see one, and I'm looking at one right now." "No no he's not dead, he's, he's restin'!"

"I'm a lumberjack, and I'm OK. I sleep all night, and I …"

"I sleep all night, and I work all day."

What is the name of the angry, cleaver-wielding chef enraged that customers dared to complain about a dirty fork?

"Oh, it makes me mad!" "Easy Mungo."

Which Python was the musician of the group, writing several songs and often playing the guitar in sketches?

Idle was the most accomplished musician, and he would later write "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life."

Who wins the Upper-class Twit of the Year competition?

Gervaise Brook-Hampster narrowly defeats Vivian Smith-Smythe-Smith.

What kind of gang terrorizes Bolton?

Hell's Grannies are almost as dangerous as the Keep Left Signs.

Why does a man visit the Ministry of Silly Walks?

He needs government grant money to work on his silly walk.

Who expects the Spanish Inquisition?

"NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition!"

Why is the expedition to Mount Kilimanjaro doomed to fail?

The leader sees everything in doubles. He may, in fact, also exist in doubles.

What is the name of the television show in which the announcer demands viewers send in money to prevent the release of information?

"Hello, good evening and welcome to Blackmail!"

A man wants a fish license for his halibut named what?

"No, no, no, my fish's name is Eric, Eric the fish. He's a halibut."

Which Python played the Colonel, a military figure who liked to interrupt sketches and declare that they were too silly?

Chapman, who had a talent for playing deadpan characters, created and played the Colonel.

What is the value of not being seen?

Everyone who is seen is immediately shot or exploded.

Finish the sentence: "Lobster Thermidor aux Crevettes with a Mornay sauce served in a Provencale manner, with shallots and aubergines, garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried egg on top and …"

Spam! Lovely Spam! Lovely Spam!

Fill in the blank: the ______-slapping dance

The fish-slapping dance is about the standard level of silliness.

The cheese shop is uncontaminated by …

There isn't a single piece of cheese in the cheese shop.

Fill in the blank: "And welcome to 'Spot the _____,' where once again we invite you to come with us all over the world to meet all kinds of people in all kinds of places."

"All you have to do is 'Spot the Loony'."

How did Ron Obvious plan to cross the English Channel?

Ron planned to jump the more than 20 miles (32 kilometers) across the channel.

Pablo Picasso was going to paint a new painting while doing what?

He intended to paint while bicycling but was beaten to the finish line by other modern artists.

Which Python later starred as Basil Fawlty in the series "Fawlty Towers"?

John Cleese was also Basil Fawlty.

The airplane hijacker demands that nobody move, with what stipulation?

"Yes. Sorry, I didn't mean to be so dogmatic when I came in. Obviously you can all move a little within reason. There are certain involuntary muscular movements which no amount of self-control can prevent."

The accountant who wishes to become a lion tamer has mistaken what animal for a lion?

He thinks being a lion tamer will be easy because lions are somewhat small and eat ants.

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About This Quiz

In just four short seasons on the BBC, a group of British men reinvented comedy. From grandiose absurdity to wry tweaking of British foibles, the Pythons became superstars. Test your knowledge of "Monty Python's Flying Circus" with this quiz.

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