Dr. Seuss is one of the most popular children’s authors of all time. His books are known for their rhyming text and imaginative stories. It’s no wonder books like Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, and Hop on Pop are bestsellers to this day!
In honor of the beloved children’s author, we’ve compiled a list of trivia questions all about Dr. Seuss!
If you’re a fan of the works of Dr. Seuss, whether it be in book form or TV/movie form, see how much you know about his works with these trivia questions!
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42 Fun Dr. Seuss Trivia Questions and Answers
What is Dr. Seuss’ real name?
Answer: Theodor Seuss Geisel.
While living in the Jungle of Nool, a friendly elephant hears a voice coming from a tiny speck of dust and discovers that it is actually the microscopic town of Whoville. What book is this the plot of?
Answer: Horton Hears A Who!
Not only does Horton hear a Who, but what else does he do in the other book that features Horton as the main character?
Answer: Horton Hatches the Egg.
Dr. Seuss’s Birthday is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on what date?
Answer: March 2.
What does Sam-I-Am want to serve?
Answer: Green eggs and ham.
How many other pen names did Dr. Seuss have, besides ‘Dr. Seuss’ — 1, 3, or 5?
Answer: 3. They are Rosetta Stone, Theophrastus Seuss, and Theo Lesieg.
Dr. Seuss is said to have coined the word “nerd”, as the first recorded instance of the word “nerd” is in his 1950s book, named what?
Answer: If I Ran the Zoo.
Which one of Dr. Seuss’ stories revolved around its titular character’s warning about the environmental damage caused by a greedy industrialist?
Answer: The Lorax.
What species of tree is featured in The Lorax?
Answer: The Truffula Tree, inspired by the Monterey Cypress along the California coast.
What is the top selling Dr. Seuss book of all time?
Answer: Green Eggs and Ham (as of 2015, the book has sold 17.5 million copies).
Can you finish the line? “The Lorax left. He’s gone, I guess. His final word, it was…”
In Dr. Seuss’s ABC, what is the letter Z for?
In 1980, Pontoffel Pock, Where Are You? aired on ABC. What is the plot of this animated musical television special written by Dr. Seuss?
Answer: After being fired from his job at a pickle factory, the title character travels around the world using a flying piano.
What was Dr. Seuss’ profession before he started writing children’s books?
Answer: He was an ad man, creating satirical advertisements for General Electric, Standard Oil, NBC, and others. He was also a World War II political cartoonist making educational and propaganda films for the Army.
In what year did How The Grinch Stole Christmas, one of Dr. Seuss’ best-known screen adaptations, come out?
If you were looking to buy a book to teach kids how to count, which Dr. Seuss book would you buy?
Answer: Ten Apples Up on Top!
Fox in Socks features two main characters — Fox, who speaks almost entirely in densely rhyming tongue-twisters and who else?
Which of Dr. Seuss’ books seeks to convey the concept of opposites through depictions of different kinds of feet?
Answer: The Foot Book.
Yertle was a turtle who went upward and beyond. How did another turtle make him fall into the pond?
Answer: He burped.
Which book is about a girl and a boy called Kay and Jay, who meet many interesting creatures and people on their adventures?
Answer: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.
In which story does Dr. Seuss present a number of different rhymes, including “Cup and Pup,” “Mouse and House,” and “Tall and Small,” in a way that is easy for toddlers to understand?
Answer: Hop on Pop.
Who voices the mystical orange creature in Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax?
Answer: Danny DeVito.
Which actor starred as the Grinch in a 2000 adaptation of How The Grinch Stole Christmas?
Answer: Jim Carrey.
What is the name of the Dr. Seuss children’s book that was published posthumously (after his death) in 2015, 25 years after he had passed away?
Answer: What Pet Should I Get?
One of the earliest animated versions of a Dr. Seuss story is one in which the title character is ostracized because he can only speak in sound effects. It won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film in 1950. What is the title of this short film?
Answer: Gerald McBoingBoing.
Dr. Seuss had an animated musical television special that leveraged the fame of two of Seuss’ characters to win two Emmys in 1982. What characters were featured in this mashup?
Answer: The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat. The plot involves a harmless Cat in the Hat trying to make amends with a Grinch he can’t help but offend, while the Grinch uses a “Vacusound Sweeper” to distort the world and annoy the Cat.
Which actor assumed the title role in the 2003 live-action Seuss adaptation of The Cat in the Hat?
Answer: Mike Myers.
What animals does Sam try and convince to eat the green eggs and ham?
Answer: Fox, goat, and mouse.
In The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, how many hats did Bartholomew Cubbins take off?
What was the name of the town that was robbed by the Grinch?
What is the little girl in The Cat in the Hat named?
Which one of Dr. Seuss’ books is this quote from: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
Answer: Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
Which one of Dr. Seuss’ books is this quote from: “I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny.”
Answer: The Cat in the Hat.
Which one of Dr. Seuss’ books is this quote from: “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”
Answer: Horton Hears a Who!
Which one of Dr. Seuss’ books is this quote from: “And will you succeed? Yes you will indeed! (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)”
Answer: Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
“Some are thin. And some are fat. The fat one has a yellow hat.”
Answer: One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.
Cindy Lou Who, Martha May Whovier, Mayor Augustus Maywho and Max are all characters in what movie?
Answer: How The Grinch Stole Christmas.
According to Dr Seuss, how many sizes too small was the Grinch’s heart — was it two sizes, four sizes, ten sizes, or twenty sizes?
Answer: Two sizes too small.
What was the broadway musical based on Dr Seuss’s characters called?
What was the first children’s book ever published by Dr. Seuss?
Answer: And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, published in 1937.
What was the last children’s book published by Dr. Seuss?
Answer: Oh, the Places You’ll Go! was his final book before his death, published in 1990.
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