In honor of Pope Benedict XVI’s first visit to the United States of America (since becoming Pope), I’ve decided to celebrate by challenging both your papal and music knowledge. I’m guessing U2’s Bono is going to ace this quiz (since he and the late great Pope John Paul II broke bread on many occasions). How will you do?
Ed. Note: I just realized this is my second quiz of the week–wow–maybe I secretly want to become a game show host?
(above: Pope Benedict XVI makes his first papal visit to the U.S. this week.)
1.) What early 90’s college rock band, originally called Popes, opened up for both Green Day and Morrissey? (Hint: They also had a critically praised album called Born to Quit)
A. Popes With Habits
B. Pope For a Day
C. The Smoking Popes
2.) What popular rock frontman was accepted into the seminary and contemplated becoming a priest?
A. Michael Stipe
B. Jack White
C. Wayne Coyne
3.) What was the name of Moby’s early-80’s hardcore punk band?
A. Vatican Commandos
B. Vatican Youth
C. Vatican Skywalker
4.) What member of Led Zeppelin does not share the name of a former Pope?
A. Robert (Plant)
B. John (Bonham)
C. John Paul (Jones)
5.) What following musical act shares the name of (3) prominent figures in the Bible’s New Testament (including the very first Pope)?
A. Peter, Paul and Mary
B. Peter, Bjorn, and John
C. Crosby, Stills and Nash
6.) According to the names of the following artists, which act would have the best chance of becoming the next Pope?
A. The Chemical Brothers
B. Judas Priest
C. Kardinal Offishal
1-C, 2-B, 3-A, 4-A, 5-A (Peter being the first Pope), 6-C (a Cardinal is customarily elected as Pope)