A Monty Python Quiz

The six men of “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” forged a remarkably influential comedy troupe with their willingness to combine highbrow literary and historical references with lowbrow silliness. So don’t stop being silly – see how you do with this quiz about one of the UK’s finest exports.

1 of 12
Which member of Monty Python’s Flying Circus was American?
Terry Jones
Terry Gilliam
Eric Idle
Michael Palin
2 of 12
What was the title of a Python sketch meant to be a film allegedly directed by Sam Peckinpah, which featured a group of 1920s swells getting impaled on tennis rackets and losing fingers on a piano?
“Sam Peckinpah’s Garden Party”
“Sam Peckinpah’s Salad Days”
“Sam Peckinpah’s ‘Brideshead
“Sam Peckinpah’s Deadly Game”
3 of 12
In “Monty Python’s Meaning of Life,” what is the name of the obscenely obese man, played by Terry Jones, who explodes after finishing dinner with a “wafer-thin” cracker?
Mr. Creosote
Mr. Piranha
Mr. Percy
Aardvark P. Mengymengysupperwom-Smith
4 of 12
“Monty Python’s Life of Brian” came about because of an offhand late-‘70s comment by Eric Idle, who said the troupe’s next film was going to be called what?
“Not the Bible”
“Monty Python Goes to Hell”
“Monty Python’s Christmas”
“Jesus Christ: Lust for Glory”
5 of 12
In 1978, Eric Idle wrote and starred in “The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash,” a parody of both the Beatles and the documentary form. What Beatle had a small role in the film?
John Lennon
Paul McCartney
George Harrison
Ringo Starr
6 of 12
The opening credits to “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” parody what other film?
“Vertigo”
“L’Avventura”
“The Seventh Seal”
“Rashomon”
7 of 12
Which knight in “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” encounters the Three-Headed Giant?
Sir Robin
Sir Lancelot
Sir Galahad
Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Film
8 of 12
Which pair of Pythons engaged in the “Fish-Slapping Dance”?
Eric Idle and Terry Jones
Eric Idle and John Cleese
Michael Palin and John Cleese
Graham Chapman and Michael Palin
9 of 12
In the famous “Parrot Sketch,” where was the parrot supposed to be from?
Scotland
Burma
Norway
Brazil
10 of 12
Which one of these 1960s British shows did NOT feature a member of the Python troupe?
“Do Not Adjust Your Set”
“At Last the 1948 Show”
“I’m Sorry, I’ll Read That Again”
“That Was the Week That Was”
11 of 12
Which Python member was a trained physician?
Graham Chapman
John Cleese
Terry Jones
Eric Idle
12 of 12
In 1998, the surviving members of Python came to the Aspen Comedy Festival with the late Graham Chapman’s partner, David Sherlock. How was Chapman represented?
He wasn't
A military uniform on a hanger
An urn full of ashes
A toenail