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Friday the 13th Quiz

By Alan G. Luke
December 21, 2016 - 0 comments

FRIDAY the 13th QUIZ

By Alan G. Luke


January has the first of the two Friday the 13th dates in 2017. Some people are superstitious about the number 13. Unless you are suffering from triskaidekaphobia (fear of the number 13), good luck on these 13 (or baker’s dozen) trivia quiz questions.


1.  The 13th installment of the Friday the 13th film franchise opened on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013. Of the previous dozen films about the maniacal hockey mask murderer Jason Voorhees, how many actually opened on a Friday 13th?

a)   0                                                c)  8

b)   5                                                d)  12


2.  The 13th Letterinvolved a doctor receiving a poison pen letter in a Quebec hospital. Who directed this 1951 film noir starring Charles Boyer?

a)   Norman Jewison                                   c)  Otto Preminger

b)   John Huston                               d)  Billy Wilder


3.  The late great director, Alfred Hitchcock was born on a Friday the 13th in 1899. Who portrayed the corpulent character in the 2012 biopic, Hitchcock?

a)   John Malkovich                            c)  Anthony Edwards

b)   John Goodman                            d)  Anthony Hopkins


4.  Frank Morris (Clint Eastwood) occupied cell #113 in the 1979 film featuring the 1962, Escape from Alcatraz. On Friday January 13th, 1939 how many convicts attempted an escape from this federal penitentiary?

a)   2                                                c)  4

b)   3                                                d)  5


5.  On Friday July 13th, 1923 the original “Hollywoodland” sign was unveiled. In what year was the word “land” removed?

a)   1929                                          c)  1949

b)   1939                                          d)  1959


6.  On November 13th a man was asked "to remove himself from his place of residence", the introductory narrative in the sitcom, The Odd Couple.  Who resided at the address 1313 Mockingbird Lane in another popular sitcom?

a)   The Munsters                             c)  The Addams Family

b)   The Flintstones                                   d)  The Simpsons


7.  Of the seven features based on the number 13, which one of the following is not included on the official design of the Great Seal of the United States of America?

a)   13 stars                                             c)  13 letter motto

b)   13 eagles                                            d)  13 rows of stones


8.  According to US government documents, who made the following statement on Friday, November 13, 1789, now a popular adage, that " this world nothing is certain but death and taxes."?

a)   Andrew Jackson                         c)  Benjamin Franklin

b)   Abraham Lincoln                d)  Benedict Arnold


9.  Match the stellar athlete who wore jersey #13 to their popular team sport:


a)   Steve Nash

b)   Alex Rodriquez

c)   Dan Marino

d)   Matts Sundin

A.   hockey (NHL)

B.   football (NFL)

C.   baseball (MLB)

D.   basketball (NBA)



10.            Lift off of Apollo 13 was on April 11th at 13:13 (CST).  What "problem" occurred on April 13th imperiling the three man crew on this lunar mission?

a)   Malfunctioning navigational system

b)   oxygen tank explosion

c)   slow leak in module's cabin

d)   leak in zero gravity toilet


11.            Cuba’s 17th President, Fidel Castro, was born on Friday August 13th. At what age did the revolutionary dictator finally succumb in late 2016?

a)   75                            c)  85

b)   80                            d)  90


12.On Friday, October 13th, Templar Grand Master Jacques de Molay and several warrior monks were arrested by the order of King Philip IV of France.  The Knights Templar was coerced into providing false confessions and many were tortured to death. In what year did this occur?

a)   1120                                 c)  1307

b)   1266                                 d)  1492


13.What is the fear of Friday the 13th known as?

a)   venerisdekaphobia             c)  friggatriskdekaphobia

b)   venideccaphobia                d)  frigginfridayaphobia



Answers to Quiz:


1.     b) 5 [1982; 1984; 1988; 1983; 2006]

2.     c) Otto Preminger

3.     d) Anthony Hopkins

4.     d) 5

5.     c) 1949

6.     a) The Munsters

7.     b) 13 eagles

8.     c) Benjamin Franklin

9.     a) D; b) C; c) B; d) A

10.     b) oxygen tank explosion

11.     d) 90 {1926}

12.     c) 1307

13.     c) friggatriskdekaphobia (Norse mythology, after Frigg, a Norse goddess)


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