Roller coasters are a regular American institution. And if you listened to our podcast on coasters, then this one should be a breeze. Hang your head in shame for any score under 15 out of 20.
Question 1 of 20
What is considered the direct ancestor of roller coasters?
Question 2 of 20
In what country were ice slides popular in the 16th and 17th centuries?
Question 3 of 20
True or false: The first roller coaster in the United States was in the state of New York.
Question 4 of 20
Also in Pennsylvania, what is considered to be the first genuine amusement park?
Question 5 of 20
What's the name of the legendary amusement park that was built on Coney Island, N.Y., in 1903?
Question 6 of 20
The first roller coaster boom was in the 1920s. The second came during which decade?
Question 7 of 20
True or false: The traditional method of getting a roller coaster up the initial hill is by using a chain lift.
Question 8 of 20
After the initial hill of a standard roller coaster, what keeps the train going the rest of the way?
Question 9 of 20
The initial potential energy of a roller coaster is changed into what after it crests the first hill?
Question 10 of 20
What are the two main forces acting on the body during a roller coaster ride?
Question 11 of 20
Newton's First Law of Motion states that an object in motion tends to what?
Question 12 of 20
What do coaster enthusiasts call the moment at the top of a hill where the rider rises from his or her seat?
Question 13 of 20
Tubular steel roller coaster tracks first came about during what decade?
Question 14 of 20
The fastest roller coaster in the world as of 2011 is located in which country?
Question 15 of 20
At 456 feet (139 meters) high, the tallest coaster in the world in 2011 sits in which state?
Question 16 of 20
With a total of 10 inversions, the Colossus coaster shares the record with a coaster in China. In which country is the Colossus?
Question 17 of 20
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, what are your chances of suffering a serious injury during a visit to an amusement park?
Question 18 of 20
What are your chances of getting killed on a roller coaster?
Question 19 of 20
As rated by most roller coaster organizations, what is the best coaster amusement park on the planet?
Question 20 of 20