Entertainment through History
Father Christmas was the subject of the very first theme park.

Entertainment through History

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Children in elementary school will look at some of the changes that have occurred due to inventions and developments over time. One area where inventions, developments and changes can be clearly seen is the entertainment world. The way we entertain ourselves today is very different to how our ancestors amused themselves. Without electricity, circuit boards or the internet, leisure time in the past was spent very differently to the way it is today!

Try this quiz to see how much you know about how entertainment has changed through the decades.

1.
Who was the subject of the very first theme park?
Santa Claus
Mickey Mouse
Andy Pandy
Buzz Lightyear
Santa Claus Land, in Santa Claus, Indiana, opened in 1946
2.
The oldest known board game is called...
Monopoly
Senet
Kerplunk
Cluedo
Senet was played in Ancient Egypt and enjoyed by the pharaoh Tutankhamun
3.
The painting 'Children's Games,' by Bruegel in 1560, shows children doing things modern children still do today. What are they doing?
Playing marbles and hide and seek
Chewing gum and wearing trainers
Using their phones and iPods
Watching TV and eating pizza
The children are also shown blowing soap bubbles and piggyback riding!
4.
In the late 19th century, a type of entertainment was developed which is still very popular today. What was it?
The MP3 player
The laptop
The television
The moving picture, or film
The French Lumière brothers were the first to send cameramen throughout the world to film everything they saw
5.
An ancient children's game involves a blindfold and a game of tag. What is it called?
Blind Man's Bath
Blind Man's Bluff
Blind Man's Biff
Blind Man's Bolt
The traditional name of the game is "blind man's buff". The word buff is an old word meaning push
6.
When Shakespeare was alive, many people watched comedies, dramas and romance. Where did they do this?
At home on the television
At the movie theater
At a theater
In libraries
Going to the theater was a very popular pastime in those days
7.
Courts and palaces often held banquets as entertainment. Who might have been hired to entertain the lords and ladies?
Magicians, rock bands and flying displays
Jesters, jugglers and actors
Balloon artists, DJs and TV presenters
Airplane displays, professional footballers and Ant and Dec
The banquets could sometimes last for days!
8.
A very cheap form of entertainment in the past was quite gruesome. What was it?
Watching lions have their manes cut
Watching fish being caught
Watching chickens racing
Watching a beheading or hanging
Whole families would often spend the day at the gallows - it was seen as a family day out!
9.
Centuries ago, many people could not read. How were stories shared from generation to generation?
They were written in story books
They were saved on the internet
The were recorded on CDs
They were told aloud
People passed on values, traditions and legends in this way - the details often changed as they were passed down!
10.
Sport has always been popular entertainment. Which sporting tournament has been around the longest?
The Formula 1 Grand Prix
The London Marathon
The Soccer World Cup
The Olympics
The Olympics have been around in one form or another sine the times of Ancient Greece
Author:  Angela Smith

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