Teen Pop Culture Quiz Update # 41

Erin Helmrich


1. Warming the hearts of everyone around the world was the spectacular display of a city fulfilling a young boy’s wish. Via the “Make-a-Wish Foundation,” Miles Scott’s dreams came true when he got to fight crime as Batkid in a major U.S. city. Which city closed down to help Miles’s wish come true?

a. New York     b. Boston      c. Chicago       d. San Francisco       e. Los Angeles

2. Lately, it seems like Miley Cyrus has a check-list of ridiculous or “shocking” things to do or provoke before her 15 minutes are up. Which of the following didn’t happen?

a. Twerked up against Jimmy Fallon while wearing nothing but a diaper.

b.  Lit up a joint and smoked it at the MTV Europe Music Awards.

c.  Was the subject of several “open letters” from Sinead O’Connor about her behavior.

d.  Declared herself “…one of the biggest feminists in the world.”

3. Stepping in the same pile of body-shaming poo that the CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch did, one of the founder’s of which company tried to “blame” women’s bodies for the poor performance of their yoga pants and has been accused of “hiding” larger sizes in their stores?

a. Athleta      b. title nine      c. Victoria’s Secret      d. lululemon      e. Dick’s Sporting Goods

4. Each year, the publishers of the Oxford English Dictionary vote amongst themselves to determine the “word” of the year. Which word was picked for 2013 after its usage rose 17,000 percent in frequency over the past twelve months?

a.  bitcoin      b. twerk       c. selfie       d. showrooming

5. Recent lawsuits and settlements by former NFL players against the league and the helmet maker have cast an unsettling and scary specter over the sport. Youth football participation has dropped 10 percent in the last two years alone. Parental concern about young people playing football isn’t going to be improved by the recent admission of early memory loss by which retired NFL player?

a. Barry Sanders      b. Roman Oben       c. Donovan McNabb      d. Brett Favre


6. Match the artist on the left with their recent hit song on the right:

1. Eminem w/Rihanna                     a. “Royals”

2. Lorde                                            b.    “Demons”

3. Lady Gaga                                   c. “The Monster”

4. Imagine Dragons                         d. “Roar”

5. Katy Perry                                    e. “Dope”

7. In the same vein of Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop,” and further demonstrating that some young people are tired of the status-obsessed, bling-ring, celebrity culture that permeates their popular culture, a young singer has risen to the top with her hit single railing against name-brands and excess. Lorde is from what country?

a. New Zeland      b. England      c. Australia      d. Tahiti

8. Kanye West is on his “Yeezus” tour and fresh off his epic proposal to Kim Kardashian. Proving that he’s not above throwing shade at just about anyone, Kanye West declared that he feels “used” by and he’s “not gonna mention him no more” referring to whom?

a. Eminem     b. President Obama      c. Jay-Z      d. Bruce Jenner

9. Teen book-to-movie fans are waiting with baited breath for Catching Fire (and already got Ender’s Game  and The Book Thief), but there are several more movies based on teen fiction coming soon! Which of these movies isn’t coming out later this year or early in 2014?

a. Vampire Academy  b. The Last Apprentice  c. The Maze Runner  d. If I Stay


10. Match the pregnant celeb on the left with the # baby on the right:

a. Drew Barrymore         1. First Baby!

b. Gwen Stefani               2. Baby # 2

c. Megan Fox                   3. Baby 3 is on the way!

d. Rachel Zoe

e. Kristin Cavallari

f. Kerry Washington


Give yourself five points for each correct answer. Each component of a multiple choice question counts as one point. A perfect score is 51.

41 – 51  Excellent work – you get to be the new mayor of Toronto!

30 – 40  Rob Ford knocked you down at a crazy meeting, but he pulled you back up.

20 – 29  Oh no, you’re just another thing Rob Ford forgot about during his last drunken stupor.

0 – 19    Sorry – you’re the bleeped word at Rob Ford’s last press conference.


1d; 2a; 3d; 4c; 5d; 6: 1c, 2a, 3e, 4b, 5d; 7a; 8b; 9d; 10:  a2, b3, c2, d2, e2, f

Helmrich headshot, used with permission Erin Helmrich is a teen and IT/production librarian at the Ann Arbor District Library in Michigan. She’s lucky enough to get to play with pop-culture via programs, large-scale events and contests, social media, digital publishing, and gaming. Her book, Create, Relate and Pop @ the Library: Services and Programs for Teens & Tweens, was published in 2011. She’s currently obsessed with the loss of summer’s fruits, Lawrence Wright’s book, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood & the Prison of Belief and whether her cats will ever get along. Contact her at erinhelmrich@gmail.com.    


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