Test Your Knowledge: Neil deGrasse Tyson Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

For which president did Tyson first serve as an advisor?

He was part of a commission exploring the future of the aerospace industry.

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Tyson received his bachelor's in physics from which university?

His time at Harvard was just the beginning of a life dedicated to learning.

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Tyson inspired the creation of which non-profit organization?

It happened when Tyson testified that NASA costs only about half a penny per dollar.

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Tyson took to Twitter to debunk flat-earth arguments from which rapper?

B.o.B. insisted that the Earth is flat even after being schooled by the scientist.

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What complaint did Tyson have about the TIE fighters in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens?"

In the vacuum of space, soundwaves behave very differently

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What was the name of Tyson's four-episode TV show, which explored the beginnings of the universe?

The show received rave reviews.

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In which major city was Tyson born?

He was born in 1958.

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In 2000, People magazine named Tyson what?

Further evidence that his popularity has touched every part of American culture.

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Regarding the droid named BB-8 in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," Tyson said what about its physics?

He just had to ruin the realism.

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Which science education facility sparked Tyson's interest in science when he was a child and also hired him as an employee?

He became a staff member in the early 1990s and eventually became director.

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As director of the Hayden Planetarium, Tyson angered many people by doing what?

But he sympathized with people who didn't want to lose the only planet discovered by an American.

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Tyson's father worked as a what?

Tyson's family was solidly middle-class.

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Which extracurricular activity was Tyson not involved in during college?

He even won a gold medal in a national dance contest.

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At the young age of 14, Tyson won a trip to Mauritania to observe what?

And he went there all by himself.

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In which borough of New York City did Tyson grow up?

He was the middle child with two siblings.

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What did Tyson's teachers criticize him for?

His busy mind was occupied with things other than classwork.

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Tyson did a public service announcement for which animal rights group?

As part of the project he also did an interview discussing the intelligence of animals.

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At which music festival did Tyson star in a keynote presentation?

The SXSW Interactive keynotes are known for their audacious topics.

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Tyson was raised under the influence of which church?

He says the universe is too deadly for there to be a truly benevolent God.

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Where did Tyson meet his wife?

It was at a class at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Tyson is chummy with which famous climate change denier?

He was the keynote speaker during the unveiling of Koch's science center.

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Which Sandra Bullock movie troubled Tyson due to its flawed physics?

He said her hair should have been messier in zero gravity.

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Tyson uses the promise of what to entice governments to invest in space exploration?

He sees dollar signs as the best way to spur development.

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At his high school, Tyson was captain of which organization?

He was strong in body as well as mind.

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Tyson no longer publicly discusses which topic?

He began to feel that his skin color was a distraction from other subjects.

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As a staff member at Hayden Planetarium, his group researched which topic?

His group also took on the subject of evolution.

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What college major did Tyson call "useless?"

Some people saw his comment as insensitive.

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If he was forced to publicly proclaim his stance on his own spirituality, Tyson would most likely choose which of these?

But he's said already that he would prefer to simply have no stance at all.

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For about 10 years, Tyson wrote a monthly column for which magazine?

Some of those writings wound up in a collection published as a book.

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DC Comics asked Tyson to critique the astronomy in which of their titles?

It was a successful publicity stunt.

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