Put your 90's pop culture knowledge to the test - Answer questions about everything from ''90210'' to Nirvana

By EW Staff
Updated April 09, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

Yes, the last one was hard. Yes, you broke pencils, bit your nails, and plumbed the very depths of your Hardcastle & McCormick knowledge to master our sphinxian riddling.

Well, guess what? Our second annual Pop Culture Quiz is equally pencil-busting.

It’s also a bit more focused. Junk your John Huston and warm up your Tarantino. This quiz is set in the ’90s. And we owned that decade, buckaroo. (To wit, cover boy Bart Simpson was EW’s first Entertainer of the Year.)

Ah, the ’90s: a simpler age, when the mentally challenged rattled off shrimp recipes and Arnold had a nice movie career to keep him off the streets of Sacramento.

On the pages ahead, we’ve cooked up more than 100 Clinton-era brainteasers to keep you thinking. So crank up your Nirvana, flip on the Seinfeld reruns, and recall those halcyon days when it appeared that Hammer might actually hurt us. (Looking for more? Log on to http://www.ew.com/popquiz to further test your ’90s trivia skills.)

How to Score

Give yourself one point for each question answered correctly. For questions with multiple answers, such as No. 5 (below) and No. 19, score one point for each correct matchup.

You can earn additional points with the specially marked bonus questions and Extra Credit sections. Bonuses and Extra Credit questions are also worth one point each.


#1 Which guise did Homer ”man of a thousand faces” Simpson never embody in the 1990s?

A. B. C. D.

2 What is the name of the poem Matthew (John Hannah) reads at a church service in Four Weddings and a Funeral?

a ”Song of Myself” b ”Funeral Blues” c ”Invitation to a Funeral” d ”Death Be Not Proud”

Bonus Who is the author?

3 To whom did the first naked ass seen on NYPD Blue belong?

4 What was the first book picked for Oprah’s Book Club?

a Wally Lamb’s She’s Come Undone b Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon c Toni Morrison’s Beloved d Jacquelyn Mitchard’s Deep End of the Ocean

5 Match the grunge band with its frontman.

A Kurt Cobain B Eddie Vedder C Scott Weiland D Chris Cornell E Layne Staley

1 Stone Temple Pilots 2 Soundgarden 3 Nirvana 4 Alice in Chains 5 Pearl Jam 6 Screaming Trees


Part 1 On Twin Peaks, what is the name of the brothel just across the Canadian border where Ben Horne frequently visits?

a One-Eyed Jacks b Canadian Bacon c Queens of Heart d Jack of All Spades

Part 2 What skill does Audrey Horne show off while applying for a job there?

7 Which of these rappers is NOT in the Wu-Tang Clan?

a U-God b Method Man c Jeru the Damaja d The RZA

8 The first rule of Fight Club is ”You do not talk about fight club.” How many rules of fight club are there?

a five b six c ten d eight

9 In 1992’s A Few Good Men, who is it who, presumably, ”can’t handle the truth!”?