Born: November 4, 1879, Oologah, Indian Territory (now
Died: August 15, 1935 (age 55), Point Barrow, Alaska
Penn Adair “Will” Rogers was a Cherokee-American cowboy,
comedian, humorist, social commentator, vaudeville performer and actor.
By the mid-1930s, Rogers was adored by the American people, and was the
top-paid movie star in Hollywood at the time.
What do you know about Will Rogers. Rope this Quick Quiz.
1. Will Rogers was born on a ranch in Indian Territory, near
present-day Oologah, Oklahoma. What was the ranch's name?
- Mayflower Days Ranch
- Dog Iron Ranch
- White House Ranch
2. Rogers went to South Africa and broke horses for the British Army.
When the war ended, he began his show business career as a trick roper
in "Texas Jack's Wild West Circus": He moved on to Australia,
working on his trick roper and his pony act. In 1904, he returned to the
United States and began to try his roping skills on the American
3. A vaudeville producer came to see his vaudeville act, and quickly
signed Rogers to appear on the Victoria Roof - which was literally on a
rooftop - with his pony. For the next 10 years, Rogers estimated he
worked for 50 weeks a year at the Roof and at the city's myriad
vaudeville theaters. Who was the producer?
- Max Behr
- William Hammerstein
- William Windon
4. In 1908, who did Rogers marry?
- Betty Blake
- Betty Baker
- Betty Ritter
5. In the fall of 1915, Rogers began to appear in Midnight Frolic.
The variety revue began at midnight in the top-floor night club of New
Amsterdam Theatre. Who was the producer?
- Florenz Ziegfeld
- Manfred Maxx
- Freddie Rogers
6. Rogers branched into silent films, for Samuel Goldwyn's company
Goldwyn Pictures. He made his first silent movie, Laughing Bill Hyde,
filmed in , in 1918. Where was the movie filmed?
- Tulsa, Oklahoma
- Hollywood, California
- Fort Lee, New Jersey
7. "Well, what shall I talk about? I ain't got anything funny to
say. All I know is what I read in the papers." He then made jokes
about what he had read in that day's newspapers. The line "All I
know is what I read in the papers" is often incorrectly described
as Rogers's most famous punch line, when it was in fact his opening
8. One of Will Rogers's most famous lines, "I never yet met a
man that I didn't like," was part of a longer quotation. Who did it
originally refer to?
- Leon Trotsky
- Babe Ruth
- Teddy Roosevelt
9. An avid booster of aviation, Rogers undertook a flight around the
world with a fellow Oklahoman, world-renowned aviator in the summer of
1935. Post's plane, an experimental and nose-heavy hybrid of Lockheed
Explorer and Orion, crashed south of Barrow, Alaska, on August 15, 1935
when its engine failed on takeoff, killing both men. Who was the
- Wiley Post
- Harold Gatty
- George Phillips
10. Where is Will Rogers buried?
- Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles,
- Tubac Cemetery, Tubac, Arizona
- Will Rogers Museum, Claremore, Oklahoma