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Update #31

Erin Helmrich

August 2010

BOOB TUBE BRAIN MELT

1. Justin Bieber vomited while appearing on this show so let’s hope the rest of our 15 minutes are a little more dignified.  Which show did Bieber appear on?

a.  The Buried Life b. Silent Library c. Jersey Shore

2. Only time will tell if viewers abandon the American Idol for Simon Cowell’s new show called:

a. X Factor b. X Marks c. Star Maker d. America’s Next Big Talent

3. Even though they never show videos anymore, MTV still hosts the Video Music Awards.  Who isn’t nominated for one this year?

a. Lady Gaga   b. Kei$ha  c. Katy Perry  d. Mariah Carey

CHA-CHING

4. While younger kids are the bigger target teens have also responded to the craze of collecting and wearing what?

a. Animal bands  b. Silly Bandz   c. Rubber Robos   d. Giggle Gear

5. Which popular teen retailer recently released a maternity line of clothes in stores in select states?

a. Abercrombie & Fitch  b. American Eagle Outfitters    c. Forever 21  d. Hollister

6. Speaking of teens and clothes what new trend has caught the eye of retailers looking for a new way to market to teen girls?

a. Haulers: Girls post videos of themselves on YouTube modeling their more recent “haul.”

b. Mallers: Girls create videos of themselves hanging out at the mall and trade them with friends.

c. Runners: Girls hire other girls to do their shopping for them in exchange for an outfit.

7. Don’t believe the hype!  First it was the “widespread” practice of “sexting” and now… which of the following hasn’t been a recent “widespread” teen “trend” spotted by the media?

a. Fur applique on select areas of the body to mimic werewolves

b.Vampire teeth implants/canine veneers

c. Oversized contacts to mimic “anime eyes” & Lady Gaga in her Bad Romance video

FLICKS

8. Trying to appeal to the tween and teen audience and proving that the Quimby’s were way hotter than we ever realized which flick did Selena Gomez appear in this summer?

______________________

9. Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden is a great read alike title for the Hunger Games crowd, and it’s also coming to the big screen.  It will be released this fall in which country (the setting of the books and home of the author)?

a. England    b. Australia    c. United States   d. New Zealand

10. Michael Cera is becoming the go-to actor for book adaptations.  Which of the following flicks isn’t based on a book?

a. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World     b. Youth in Revolt   c. Juno   d. Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist

11. Fans will have to wait a full year between parts I and II of the concluding movie version of which insanely popular blood sucking series?

_______________

SCORING

Give yourself five points for each correct answer. Each component of a multiple choice counts as one point. A perfect score is 55.

45-55  You no longer have to read teen lit about vampires, fairies, or zombies!

35-44   You graduated from Twilight and can move up.

25-34   The fae are looking for their new summer queen…

0-24     You’re zombie bait.

ANSWER KEY

1b; 2a; 3d;  4b; 5c; 6a; 7a; 8Ramona & Beezus; 9b; 10c; 11Twilight/Breaking Dawn

Erin Helmrich is a teen services librarian at the Ann Arbor District Library in Michigan. When she’s not planning or hosting the perfect pop-culture program she’s buying graphic novels for kids, teens and adults.  She’s also the Chair of the YALSA 2012 Printz Committee. She’s currently obsessed with crocheting mushrooms, learning GIMP, and figuring out how to read a book a day. Contact Erin at erinhelmrich@gmail.com.

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Update #30

Erin V. Helmrich

April 2010

FLICKS

1.Even though it’s rated R, there are sure to be lots of teens wanting to see Kick-Ass, the new comedy based on the comic of the same name by Mark Millar that was debuted in Austin during the SXSW Film Conference and Festival.  Who isn’t is this comedy?

a. Christopher Mintz-Plasse   b. Seth Rogen  c. Nicholas Cage   d. Yancy Butler

2. Turning teen girls on to feather hair and guitar riffs, The Runaways with Joan Jett and Cherie Currie also includes the following teen stars except:

a. Dakota Fanning  b. Kristen Stewart  c. Riley Keough   d. Rumer Willis  e. Alia Shawkat

MUSIC

3. Match the singer on the left with their current hot singles on the right:

a. Lady Gaga & Beyonce 1. How Low
b. Ke$ha 2. Imma Be
c. Adam Lambert 3. Telephone
d. Ludacris 4. TiK ToK
e. Black Eyed Peas 5. Whataya Want From Me

BOOB TUBE BRAIN MELT

4. Leaving the accuracy of the name in doubt, MTV Jersey Shore Season 2 will take place where?

a. Myrtle Beach   b. Miami South Beach   c. Atlantic City   d. Santa Monica

5. MTV’s The Hills Lauren Conrad has a new line of clothing coming out at which affordable retailer?

a. JC Penny  b. Marshalls   c. Target   d. Kmart  e. Kohls

6. After being scrutinized and criticized for weight gain Jessica Simpson was inspired to explore how external beauty is perceived all around the world.  Her VH1 TV show explores stories like a French model with anorexia to a woman who bleaches her skin in Thailand.  What’s it called?

a. Ugly Princesses b.Beauty is Only Skin Deep c. Price of Beauty d. Eye of the Beholder

NEWS

7. With a Facebook group called Let Constance Take Her Girlfriend to Prom!, the ACLU and Constance McMillan have sued a high school in which state for cancelling the prom rather than allow Constance to attend wearing a tux with her girlfriend?

a. Georgia   b. Illinois   c. Mississippi   d. Texas   e. Oregon

8. While not exclusive to the lives of teens, its territory is being charted and lead by them in this age of 9 million ways to communicate with the one you love.  What’s the new way to refer to the online social networking dating world?

a. Digital Drama  b. Online Orchestration  c. sexting  d. Social Circus

CHI CHING

9. It’s fair to say that Chatroulette isn’t recommended or geared towards teens, but the press’s recent focus on its sexual content has only made it more attractive to check out.  Retailers are also getting into the mix using it as a marketing tool.  Which clothing company gave out vouchers to contest entrants to buy a “date-worthy” outfit in their store if they could prove they set-up their date using Chatroulette?

a. Abercrombie & Fitch   b. Urban Outfitters    c. French Connection   d. Calvin Klein

10. Madonna and her daughter Lourdes are creating a line for Macy’s to be released this summer.  What will it be called?

a. Dress You Up    b. Material Girl     c. Lucky Star   d. Everybody   e. Who’s That Girl

PAGE TO SCREEN

11. Teen novels continue to be mined to make TV shows and movies.  Match the description of a show with the book being developed.

a. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith 1. This weighty comedy is being billed as Glee meets Ugly Betty.
b. Betwixt by Tara Bray Smith 2. Director R. J. Reynolds who directed The September Issue is taking on this story of the overprivileged and the undersupervised.
c. Au Pairs by Melissa de la Cruz 3.  Elizabeth meets flesh eaters.
d. Huge by Sasha Paley 4. Channing Tatum is a Roman centurian in this historical adventure.
e. Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff 5. The CW is doing a pilot about three supernatural teens.

SCORING

Give yourself five points for each correct answer. Each component of a multiple choice counts as one point. A perfect score is 55.
45-55  You conquered the Jabberwocky and everyone loves you!
35-44   The Cheshire Cat is looking out for you.
25-34   Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum must have been involved.
0-24     You’re headed for the Red Queen’s Moat . . .

ANSWER KEY

1b;  2d;  3a3, b4, c5, d1, e2; 4b; 5e; 6c; 7c; 8a; 9c; 10b; 11: a3, b5, c2, d1, e4

Erin Helmrich is a teen services librarian at the Ann Arbor DistrictLibrary in Michigan. When she’s not planning or hosting the perfect pop-culture program she’s buying graphic novels for kids, teens and adults. She’s currently obsessed with mushrooms, moss terrariums, de-cluttering her apartment and getting her etsy store started. Contact Erin at erinhelmrich@gmail.com.

Update #29

Erin Helmrich

December 2009

BOOB TUBE BRAIN MELT

1. A debut Web site spoofing Kanye West’s interrupting, insulting rant during Taylor Swift’s acceptance at the MTV Music Video Awards is called _______.

a. Bitch, I’ll Let You Finish b. Just Gimme a Sec  c. I’mma Let You Finish  d. Finish This, Bitch!  e. I Shall Allow You to Finish!

2. Dipping yet another dirty toe into the reality format it created, MTV has a new show about Guidos and Guidettes living in the ultimate beach house rental called _______.

a. Jersey Jetset b. Jersey Shore  c. Atlantic City Nights  d. Jersey Girls e. Oh, What a Night!

3. Jodi Sweetin has been making the rounds promoting her new memoir chronicling her meth addition, among other problems. Jodi was a child star on which TV show?

a. Growing Pains b. Full House c. Kate & Allie  d. Married with Children  e. Eight Is Enough

PAGE TO SCREEN

4. Proving again how ripe teen literature is for movies, there’s a whole new crop in development. Find the book that won’t be coming to a screen near you.

a. King of the Screw-Ups by K. L. Going
b. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
c. Wings by Aprilynne Pike
d. Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson
e. Beastly by Alex Flinn

5. Precious, the movie based on the book Push by Sapphire, has been getting lots of buzz since it debuted at Sundance earlier this year. Who is not involved in acting or producing the movie that is now in theaters nationwide?

a. Oprah Winfrey b. Mariah Carey c. Lenny Kravitz  d. Jamie Foxx e. Tyler Perry

6. With the release of New Moon, the movie, the Twilight tourism trade has gone international with fans flocking to which Italian city?

a. Vicenza b. Verona  c. Volterra  d. Viterbo  e. Varese

CHI-CHING!

7. Reducing the ubiquitous “fifteen minutes of fame” down to fifteen seconds, which store promises to show your face on their electronic billboard in Times Square within fifteen minutes of purchasing something in their store?

a. Abercrombie & Fitch b. The Gap  c. American Eagle Outfitters  d. Aeropostle   e. Macy’s

8. Proving that cuteness and style are never far apart, Hello Kitty turned thirty-five on November 1, 2009. After her original popularity in the ’70s, she came back big in the ’90s when rave culture picked her up, and she has been popular since then. Several high-profile jewelry and cosmetics makers and celebrities have worked with Sanrio to create special versions of Hello Kitty merchandise. Name the partnership that never happened.

a. Betsey Johnson b. Kimora Lee Simmons  c. Tarina Tarantino  d. M.A.C. Cosmetics   e. Tiffany and Company

GONE DIGITAL

9. Match the Internet-coined verbiage with the definitions.

1. Flash mobs a. A digital, musical, or Web application combining parts of
several components to create something new.
2. Meme b. A micro-blog post on the Twitter social network site or the act
of posting on it.
3. Tag cloud c. Another word for “suck” but also an example of an Internet
meme originating in gaming and now immortalized with
several blogs devoted to it.
4. Tweet d. A visual depiction of user-generated tags, or simply the word
content of a site, used typically to describe the content of Web
sites.
5. FAIL e. A word used to describe a catchphrase or concept that spreads
quickly from person to person via the Internet, much like an
esoteric inside joke.
6. Mashup f. A large group of people who assemble suddenly in a public
place, perform an unusual action for a brief time, then quickly
disperse—using social networking to plan the event.

TEENS IN THE REAL LIFE

10. The increased visibility and knowledge of gender identity and the new generation’s flexibility with it has been creating conflicts in schools not prepared to handle such situations with their traditional dress codes and policies. Other schools have been managing it much better. Which of the following scenarios hasn’t been in the news recently?

a. In August, a Mississippi student’s senior portrait was barred from her yearbook because she had posed in a tuxedo.
b. In November, a teenage boy was sent home for wearing a wig because his hair went beyond his collar.
c. Last May, a gay male student at a Los Angeles high school was crowned prom queen.
d. In September, a freshman girl who identifies as male was nominated for homecoming prince at Rincon High School in Tucson.
e. In March, a teenage boy was sent home for carrying a “man bag” at the prom.

11. A group of teens obsessed with celebrity and covetous of high-end material goods were finally caught for the rash of Hollywood burglaries they committed. Which celebrity wasn’t a victim of the breaking and entering?

a. Lindsay Lohan b. Paris Hilton c. Britney Spears d. Audrina Patridge e. Orlando Bloom

12. Representing a direct hit at inter-generational communication, a Massachusetts High School banned the use of the word “meep” after students started using the word to disrupt class and school events and had planned a large scale “meep” disruption mob. “Meep” is taken from what retro TV show?

a. The Muppet Show b. Fraggle Rock  c. The Electric Company  d. Alf  e. Mr. Rogers Neighborhood

SCORING

Give yourself five points for each correct answer. Each component of a multiple choice counts as one point. A perfect score is 61.

51-61: You’re up in the air, and the whole world is watching!
40-50: There’s a hole in the balloon and your story.
30-39: Apparently being on Wife Swap is the best thing that will happen to you.
0-29: You’re busted, and your dreams are sinking as fast as your balloon!

Answer Key

1c; 2b; 3b; 4a; 5d; 6c; 7c; 8e; 9. 1f, 2e, 3d, 4b, 5c, 6a; 10e; 11c; 12a.

Erin Helmrich is a teen services librarian at the Ann Arbor District Library in Michigan. When she’s not planning or hosting the perfect pop-culture program she’s buying graphic novels for kids, teens and adults. She’s currently obsessed with getting acupuncture, looking at pics of whimsical bento boxes, avoiding H1N1, and cooking. Contact Erin at erinhelmrich@gmail.com.


Update #28

Erin Helmrich

August 2009

TUBE TIME

1. Demi and Bruce’s daughter Rumer Willis will be playing what kind of role on the second season of the popular comback show 90210?

a. Brenda’s long lost daughter b. A lesbian c. This incarnation’s version of Emily Valentine’s crazy girl! d. A sorority girl

2.Which of these celebs did not appear on I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here (aka the freakshow of the summer)?

a. Heidi and Spencer b. Janice Dickinson  c. Willie Ames  d. Stephen Baldwin

3. Riding the Twilight wave but with a pub date that pre-dates that saga, which teen vampire book series will be on a television near you this fall?

a. House of Night b. The Vampire Diaries c. Blue Bloods d. Cirque du Freak

4. Although filming in Washington DC is hotter than hot lately, which reality show will not be set in the nation’s capital for its next season?

a. Top Chef b. The Real World  c. The Real Housewives  d. Blonde Charity Mafia

BEATS

5. In direct conflict with the Jonas Brothers’ squeeky clean/purity-ring image, South Park recently lampooned them for doing what at their concerts?

a. Doing pelvic moves b. Spraying the young female audience with white foam c. Handing out free condoms d. Taking off their shirts

6. Match the artist on the left with their latest album on the right.

a. Black Eyed Peas 1. Relapse
b. Jonas Brothers 2. The Fame
c. Eminem 3. The E.N.D.
d. Ginuwine 4. Lines, Vines and Trying Times
e. Kings of Leon 5. A Man’s Thoughts
f. Lady Gaga 6. Only by the Night

7. In addition to the nostalgia of his music, Michael Jackson is being discovered for the first time by many teens, and his videos are currently back on the top of MTV’s charts. Which one is the most popular?

a. Bad b. Billie Jean  c. Black or White d. Beat It   e. Thriller

MEDIA MIX

8. In another indicator that things are different in the White House, who skated down the halls and in the Grand Foyer during a special Father’s Day celebration?

9. Striking fear in the hearts of rollercoaster enthusiasts everywhere, which major amusement park company declared bankrupty?

a. Cedar Fair b. Universal  c. Six Flags d. Hershey

10. Following the trend for retro-rewinding, which brand has not released its old school soda formula with natural sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup to the United States?

a. Pepsi b. Coca Cola c. Mountain Dew  d. Jones

11. Teen/tween lit continues to be a source for movie makers. Which of the following books/series are not currently in development for a film?

a. Guardians of Ga’Hoole b. Cirque du Freak c. Flipped d. Pendragon

SCORING

Give yourself five points for each correct answer. Each component of a multiple choice counts as one point. A perfect score is 56.

46-56: You’re just like Thriller—you’re back on MTV
35-45: You moonwalked your way through this quiz!
24-34: You know you’re bad, you’re bad, you know it!
0-23: You must be taking anesthesia recreationally, too.

Answer Key

Tube Time: 1b; 2c; 3b; 4a Beats: 5b; 6. a3/b4/c1/d5/e6/f2; 7e. Media Mix: 8. Tony Hawk; 9c; 10b; 11d.

Erin Helmrich is a teen services librarian at the Ann Arbor District Library in Michigan. When she’s not planning or hosting the perfect pop-culture program she’s buying graphic novels for kids, teens and adults. She’s currently obsessed with spotting celebs in Ann Arbor (now that Michigan has the best movie-making tax break in the U.S.), reading the Oishinbo cuisine manga series and watching Bravo’s The Real Housewives. Contact Erin at erinhelmrich@gmail.com.


Update #27

Erin Helmrich

April 2009

Tube Time

1. In the current season of MTV’s The Real World: Brooklyn, there are eight roommates instead of the traditional seven. The additional roommate is __________.

a. bisexual       b. a lesbian        c. a post-op transsexual       d. a transvestite

2. A group of Canadian teen girls are rebelling against the recent rash of reality TV shows about child pageants. They formed a Facebook group to get which show off the air?

a. Toddlers and Tiaras b. Little Miss Perfect c. Little Beauties d. Painted Babies

3. Celebrating twenty-five years of eye-gouging and hair-pulling in the ring is frequent YALSA partner __________.

4. Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’s new house band is none other than:

a. Black Eyed Peas         b. Rage Against the Machine            c. The Roots          d. The Killers

5. Justin Timberlake has turned cameos on Saturday Night Live into a side business. Spot the fake skit description below.

a. JT plays Irving to Andy Samberg’s Cathy in a sendup of the Cathy comic strip

b. JT was one of several men who could not contain their sexual excitement in their pants.

c. JT is the sauerkraut in a reuben sandwich commercial for Katz’s Delicatessen.

d. JT and company pose as Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” in spoof of her video.

Beats

6. Match the artist on the left with the hit single on the right:

a. Kanye West 1. “Crack a Bottle”
b. Kelly Clarkson 2.  “Gives You Hell”
c. Eminem, Dr. Dre, and 50 cent 3.  “My Life Would Suck Without You”
d. The All-American Rejects 4. “Heartless:”

7. Chris Brown’s career is definitely in trouble, but now that Rihanna appears to have gotten back together with him, some fear her career and endorsements may be at risk too. Rihanna has been a spokesperson for all but which one of the following products?

a. Nike Sportswear       b. Totes umbrellas         c. Venus razors         d. LeSportsac bags           e. Fuze beverages

Media Mix

8. Which teen queen has recently written a new book for teens?

a. Jordin Sparks         b. Miley Cyrus           c. Demi Lovato          d. Taylor Swift

9. Teens know that the best celebrity gossip is online. Which of these is not a popular celebrity gossip site?

a. tmz.com b. wwtdd.com c. chitchatchat.com d. perezhilton.com e. omg.yahoo.com

10. After the bong photo of Michael Phelps surfaced, which of the following sponsors dropped the Olympic athlete?

a. Omega         b. Kellogg          c. Visa         d. Speedo

11. Match the celebrity on the left with the product they endorse on the right.

a. Katy Perry 1. M•A•C Viva Glam
b. Taylor Swift 2. K-SWISS
c. Vanessa Hudgens 3. Adidas
d. Fergie 4. Ecko Red
e. Beyoncé 5. L.e.i.
f. Ed Westwick 6. Deréon

Scoring

Give yourself five points for each correct answer. Each component of a multiple choice counts as one point. A perfect score is 54.

44–54: You’re so money and you don’t even know it!

34–43: The recession is rolling right off your back . . .

24–33: Don’t invest in any pop-culture stock.

0–23: Octomom is looking for a new publicist.

Answer Key

Tube Time: 1c; 2a; 3 WWE’s Wrestlemania; 4c; 5c. Beats: 6: a4, b3, c1, d2; 7d. Media Mix: 8b; 9c; 10b; 11: a3, b5, c4, d1, e6, f2.

Erin Helmrich is a teen services librarian at the Ann Arbor District Library in Michigan and a member of the YALSA Board of Directors. She’s currently obsessed with scanning old photos and uploading them to Flickr, starting a moss terrarium, and finding the perfect spring coat. Contact her at erinhelmrich@gmail.com


Update #26

ERIN V. HELMRICH

December 2008

Do you feel as if you’re always a keyboard stroke behind today’s latest passion? Do you feel as if you finally “get it” only after the fad turns to tradition? Take our twenty-sixth quiz to sharpen your radar and hone your pop-culture savvy. Pop culture becomes old news quite quickly, but you can still check out many past quizzes to learn what’s been in before it went out.

HEARD ON THE STREET

1. The latest online sensation is the Ustream.TV-hosted “Puppy Cam.” What breed of puppies are these adorably cute cybersuperstars?
a. Schipperke     b. Shiba Inu      c. Chow Chow       d. Siberian Husky

2. Urban Outfitters is launching what mall-meets-art gallery-meets-community gathering-and-advocacy center with this new venture in Hollywood?
a. Buffalo 66      b. 21 Jump Meet          c. Space 15 Twenty      d. Wespace

3. Semi-nude pics of Adrienne Bailon recently hit the news. Her group has since been fired from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Bailon is a member of __________.
a. Pussycat Dolls      b. Harvest Moon      c. Demi Lovato        d. The Cheetah Girls

BEATS

4. Match the hit songs on the left with the performer(s) on the right.

a. “Let It Rock” 1. The Killers
b. “Human” 2. T.I.
c. “So What” 3. Taylor Swift
d. “Whatever You Like” 4. Kevin Rudolf, featuring Lil Wayne
e. “Love Story” 5. Pink

5. This retro metal band has a new album out, Black Ice, and their track “Spoilin’ for a Fight” is the official theme song for the WWE’s Survivor Series. Who are they?
a. Scorpions      b. AC/DC           c. Black Sabbath          d. Iron Maiden

6. With her new album release, what is Beyoncé’s self-professed alter-ego?
a. Sasha Fierce      b. Lola Sweetwine       c. Katy Toughgirl       d. Josie Thunderbolt?

COUCH POTATOES

7. It’s true that after ten years of screaming fans, TRL bid farewell with a special “Total Finale Live!” Who didn’t make an appearance at this special event?
a. Taylor Swift      b. Justin Timberlake       c. Beyoncé          d. Madonna       e. Ludacris

8. In an attempt to fill the void left by TRL and to get back to their roots, MTV is bringing real live videos back on Friday nights! Featuring live performances by hot acts, the new show is called __________.
a. ZOMG b. MTVFN c. FNMTV d. Friday Night Live

FLICK

9. Twilight is THE movie event of the season! Which soon-to-be Hollywood household name is NOT in the movie?
a. Kristen Stewart       b. Robert Pattinson      c. Leighton Meester        d. Ashley Greene        e. Taylor Lautner

PULP

10. Midnight: A Gangster Love Story is the long-awaited prequel to which ground-breaking urban-lit novel by Sister Souljah?

11. Young adult literature is all over the movies lately. Which teen novel is not currently in development, being produced, or a recent straight-to-DVD release?
a. Derby Girl by Shauna Cross      b. America by E. R. Frank      c. Youth in Revolt: The Journals of Nick Twisp by C. D. Payne
d. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr        e. Clique series by Lisi Harrison

SCORING

Give yourself 5 points for each correct answer. Each component of a multiple choice counts as one point. A perfect score is 55.
45-55: FTW!
35-44: GFY.
25-34: Meh.
0-24: Keep your frenemies close.

Answer Key

HEARD ON THE STREET: 1. b; 2. c; 3. d. BEATS: 4. a4, b1, c5, d2, e3; 5. b; 6. a. COUCH POTATOES: 7. d; 8. c. FLICK: 9. c. PULP: 10. Coldest Winter Ever ; 11. d.

Erin Helmrich is a Teen Services Librarian at the Ann Arbor District Library in Michigan and member of the YALSA Board of Directors. She is a YALSA Serving the Underserved (SUS) Trainer. She’s currently obsessed with cursebird.com, Re-ment miniature food, and the Totoro Forest Project.


Update #25

Erin Helmrich

August 2008

Teens are cash cows for many industries. Do you know what they’ll be buying? Music? Videogames? Starbucks? Uniforms?

CASH BLAST

1. Videogame manufacturers are feuding again! The most recent lawsuit concerning Rock Band is between which two companies?
a. Konami and Harmonix           b.Nintendo and Activision         c. Rockstar Games and Electronic Arts            d. Gibson Guitar Corporation and Activision

2. In the competitive world of acne-treatment systems, Proactiv has the most celebrity endorsements. Which celebrity has never endorsed Proactiv?
a.Vanessa Williams       b. Jessica Simpson        c. Paris Hilton         d. Jennifer Love Hewitt

3. Match the stars on the left with the companies they currently endorse on the right.

a. Brody Jenner and Lauren Conrad 1. Sears
b.Vanessa Hudgens 2. Candie’s
c.Hayden Panettiere 3. Pastry
d.Vanessa and Angela Simmons 4.AT&T

4. The latest must-have school staple is __________________.
a. Leopard-print first-aid kits       b.Magnetic locker wallpaper        c. Textbook GPS devices         d. Environmentally friendly staplers

5. The new Converse Connectivity ads feature a mix of new and old—some dead—stars. Who is NOT featured in the ads?
a. Julian Casablancas      b. Santogold      c. Pharrell Williams       d. Soulja Boy         e. Common

MUSIC

6. Match the artists on the left with the titles of their recent singles on the right.

a. Kate Perry 1.“Forever”
b. Rihanna 2.“Burnin’Up”
c. Chris Brown 3.“Take a Bow”
d. Jonas Brothers 4. “I Kissed a Girl”

TUBE TIME

7.Which youth-centric television channel will now run political ads in a reversal of previous policy?
a. Cartoon Network       b.MTV      c.Nickelodeon        d. The Disney Channel

FLIX

8. Lots of fun, girl-friendly flicks came out this summer! Match the stars on the left with the movies in which they appear on the right.

a. Blake Lively 1.Mamma Mia!
b.Abigail Breslin 2.Get Smart
c.Anne Hathaway 3. Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
d.Amanda Seyfried 4. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2

MEDIA MIX

9. The high cost of gas also impacts teenagers’ lives. Which story hasn’t been in the news this summer?
a. Boom in online college class registrations     b. Summer cruising on the decline      c. Teen car ownership on the decline        d. Teens getting along better with parents because they spend more time at home

10.Which of the following isn’t a recent celebrity baby name?
a. Knox        b. Sunday        c.Honor          d.Plum          e.Harlow

11. The Boy Scouts of America finally have a new uniform! More function than flash,what’s the tagline for the new look?
a. It’s Gear      b. On my honor, I will look good!        c. Be prepared        d. Outdoor-inspired pride

SCORING

Give yourself 5 points for each correct answer. Each component of a multiple choice counts as one point. A perfect score is 52.
42–52: Congrats! You get to pay for gas at 2005 prices!
32–41: How’s $2.39 a gallon?
22–31: California prices for you!
0–21: You’re in Europe paying for diesel, baby!

Answer Key

CASH BLAST: 1. a; 2. c; 3. a4, b1, c2, d3; 4. b; 5. d. MUSIC: 6. a4, b3, c1, d2. TUBE TIME: 7. b. FLIX: 8. a4, b3, c2, d1. MEDIA MIX: 9d; 10d; 11a.

Erin Helmrich finds the intense “research” for these quizzes invigorating.  She is a Teen Services Librarian at the Ann Arbor District Library in Michigan, and a member of the YALSA Board of Directors whose  current addictions include Flickr, Metromint water, season 5 of Project Runway, and her Wii.


Update #24

Erin Helmrich

April 2008

Strobe lights and dating games, talk shows and trash talk, teens are all about what’s in the pop-culture news. You should be too! Get your game on and take this quiz to test yourself against what your teens are talking about. When you’re in the know, check out past quizzes in these print issues: October 1999, August 2000, December 2000, April 2001, December 2001, April 2002, and August 2002.

BUZZ

1. Aw, love! Match the dating pairs from the choices below.

a. Paris Hilton 1. Tony Romo
b. Jessica Simpson 2. Chris Brown
c. Drew Barrymore 3. Benji Madden
d. Reese Witherspoon 4.Milo Ventimiglia
e.Ashlee Simpson 5. Justin Long
f. Rihanna 6. Jake Gyllenhall
g.Hayden Panettiere 7. Pete Wentz

2. Fans voted on the new logo for the upcoming Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola event in this sport in July.
a.WWE          b.Ninja Warrior           c.NASCAR            d.American Gladiator

COUCH POTATO FUN

3. After competing on Tila Tequila’s dating show, Domenico got his own MTV dating gig called _______________.
a.D is for Delicious! b. That’s Amore c. Fifteen Chicks and One Guy d. Dissed!

4. The new season of Dancing with the Stars is going to be interesting! Which of the following stars won’t be on the new season?
a. Priscilla Presley        b. Penn Jillette            c.Adam Carolla             d. Chris Klein

5. Adding yet another title to her lengthening resume, Raven Symone is in development for a new daytime talk show with whose company?
a. Ellen Degeneres          b.Martha Stewart           c.Oprah Winfrey             d. Tyra Banks

6. Proving themselves to be the funniest couple of the century, Sarah Silverman and Jimmy Kimmel created dueling videos claiming that theywere each [expletive deleted] one-half of which duo?
a.Matt Damon and Ben Affleck        b. George Clooney and Brad Pitt        c. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie          d. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes

7. The documentary/reality show High School Confidential appears onwhich network?
a.CW         b. NBC          c.MTV         d.WE

8. Selena Gomez is the new star of which Disney Channel show?
a. Life with Derek b. As the Bell Rings c.Wizards of Waverly Place d. Cory in the House

BEATS

9. The new Gnarls Barkley video for its song “Run” was originally banned from MTV for ____________.
a. Extreme sexuality        b. Potential seizure causing flashing        c. Too many boys kissing boys          d. Extreme violence

10. When Janet Jackson dropped out of a scheduled March Saturday Night Live appearance due to illness, which other diva filled in for her?
a.Mariah Carey         b.Madonna            c. Beyoncé           d. Céline Dion

11.With three songs currently on the charts, Taylor Swift is taking the country and pop music scenes by storm.Which of the following is not one of her song titles?
a. “Picture to Burn”        b.“Teardrops on My Guitar”       c.“Our Song”           d.“My Heart Is Breaking”

12.Match the artists on the left with their hot releases on the right.

a. Paramore 1. Ego Trippin’
b. The Kills 2.Volume One
c. Snoop Dogg 3. Riot!
d. She and Him 4.Midnight Boom

13.Most of these ladies broke out when their songs were featured on commercials or online. Match the female vocalist with her breakout tune.

a. Feist 1.“Bubbly”
b. Colbie Caillat 2.“The Way I Am”
c.Yael Naim 3.“1234”
d. Ingrid Michaelson 4.“New Soul”

SCORING

Give yourself 5 points for each correct answer. Each component of a multiple choice counts as one point. A perfect score is 65.
55–65: Horton heard you and now you are safe.
45–54: Jo-Jo will help you find your voice!
35–44: Vlad Vladikoff and the Wickersham Brothers got you!
0–34: A person’s a person, no matter how small . . .

Answer Key

BUZZ: 1. a3, b1, c5, d6, e7, f2, g4; 2. c. COUCH POTATO FUN: 3. b ; 4. d; 5. c; 6 a.; 7. d; 8. c. BEATS: 9. b; 10. a; 11. d; 12. a3, b4, c1, d2; 13. a3, b1, c4, d2.

Erin Helmrich is never entirely sure if writing these quizzes is “work,” but their creation is surely the epitome of slackertasking. She is a Teen Services Librarian at the Ann Arbor District Library in Michigan. A member of the YALSA Board of Directors, she is also a YALSA SUS Trainer, whose current addictions include iwantsandy.com, Rachel’s yogurt, season 4 of Top Chef, and her new Casio digital camera.


Update #23

ERIN HELMRICH

December 2007

Banned behavior, free music, and fake-me-out groups—whatever will hit the teen radar screen next? Can you keep up? Test your knowledge of the teen scene with our latest Pop-Culture Quiz. Now that you’re in the know, check out past quizzes in these print issues: October 1999, August 2000, December 2000, April 2001, December 2001, April 2002, and August 2002.

BUZZ

1. Teen’s individual freedoms are being challenged all over the place. Which of the following controversial limits haven’t been in the news recently?
a. Baggy pants banned.      b. Installing RFID tags in school uniforms.       c. Croc shoes banned.       d. Facial tattoos forbidden.

2.Apparently things are more hands-on than they used to be! Which act is all the rage now with “FREE__” campaigns, viral videos, and one school in Illinois banning the activity because of congestion in the halls?
a. Kisses.         b. Shaking hands.        c. Hugs.         d.Massage.

CHA-CHING

3.Which board-game maker is getting noticed for replacing paper money in new versions of Monopoly and The Game of Life with a debit card and a VISA card?
a.Mattel.         b. Hasbro.        c. Parker Brothers.          d.Milton Bradley.

4.Which retailer’s popular “Pink” line is a must-have for teen girls—much to the chagrin of some parents?
a.Victoria’s Secret.        b. Limited Too.         c. Abercrombie & Fitch.        d. Pacific Sunwear.

5. Sure to be a holiday season gotta-purchase, the newest game from the makers of the videogame Guitar Herowill bring group dynamics to a new level with which game?
a. Rhythm Nation.         b. Rock Band.         c. Drum Circle          d. Amplified Beats.

BEAT MANIA

6.Which band tried something new with the “pay what you want” online release of their latest album?
a. Death Cab for Cutie.          b. Snow Patrol.           c. Pearl Jam.          d. Radiohead.

7. Proving she’s no flash in the pan, Carrie Underwood won “Single of the Year”on which awards show?
a. Grammy Awards.          b. Country Music Awards.          c. Billboard Music Awards.           d. MTV Video Music Awards.

8. Using viral videos, savvy self-promotion, and his own dance for the hot single “Crank That,”which pop rap performer is all that?
a. Chris Brown.          b. Timbaland.            c. Soulja Boy.          d. Baby Bash.

9.Which is not a tween/teen music obsession?
a. Naked Brothers Band.        b. Cheetah Girls.         c. Jonas Brothers.         d. Tia and Tamara.        e. Hannah Montana.

FLIX

10. Will this movie be the next High School Musical? Teens are packing theaters repeatedly to see Across the Universe. This trippy ’60s era musical features whose songbook?
a. The Who.         b. The Rolling Stones.           c. The Beatles.          d. The Byrds.

IDIOT BOX

11. MTV’s A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila is a unique take on the dating showbecause Tila is which of the following?
a. Transgender.         b. Bisexual.          c. In the military.         d.Married.

12. Match the show on the left with its plot on the right.

a. Friday Night Lights. 1. A family moves from Ohio to Los
Angeles, where they find themselves
unprepared for the city’s fast pace and
the overcrowded public school that
their three teenagers will attend.
b. South of Nowhere. 2. A family takes in a formerly
institutionalized teen savant (Dallas)
who is missing standard human
behaviors such as anger, joy, and love.
c. Kyle XY 3. In the small town of Dillon, Texas,
football and winning are tops.

SCORING

Give yourself 5 points for each correct answer. Each component of a multiple choice counts as one point. A perfect score is 58.
48—58: A Yule log for you,my friend!
38—47: Saturnalia feasts are fun.
28—37: Look on the bright side! After the longest day of the year it can only get better.
0—27: Maybe some light therapy will help.

ANSWER KEY

Buzz: 1. d; 2. c. Cha-Ching: 3. b; 4. a; 5. b. Beat Mania: 6. d; 7. b; 8. c; 9. d. Flix: 10. c. Idiot Box: 11. b; 12. a 3, b 1, c 2.

Erin Helmrich is never entirely sure if writing these quizzes is “work,” but their creation is surely the epitome slackertasking. She is a Teen Services Librarian at the Ann Arbor District Library in Michigan. A member of the YALSA Board of Directors, she is also a YALSA SUS Trainer, whose current addictions include etsy.com, amigurumi cupcakes, season four of Project Runway, and Pullip dolls.

Update #22

ERIN HELMRICH

August 2007

Here today, gone tomorrow—the last Pop Culture questions helped you stay on top of the YA scene for a brief, shining moment, but you mustn’t linger long or you’ll be left behind. Here’s another set of stumpers to help you remain in sync with your teens. Now that you’re in the know, check out past quizzes in these print issues: October 1999, August 2000, December 2000, April 2001,December 2001,April 2002, and August
2002.

BOOB TUBE

1. Baldwin Hills, a reality show about eleven upper-middle-class teens in an upscale LA neighborhood is on what TV network?
a.MTV2        b. BET        c. The CW          d. Fox

2. They can sing, they can dance . . . and they look good doing it! MTV’s Tr3 is looking for the best new talent for the newest incarnation of this Latino music institution on their show Road to______________.

3. Fourteen Springfields competed to host the hometown premier of The Simpsons Movie.Which state’s Springfield is the new home of the Simpsons?
a.Michigan        b. Kentucky          c. Oregon           d.Vermont

BEATS

4. Summer is always the best time for music festivals! Match the music fest on the left with its lineup on the right.

1. Bumbershoot,
Seattle,
Washington.
a. The Police, Tool, The
White Stripes,Wilco, The
Flaming Lips
2. Virgin Festival,
Baltimore,
Maryland.
b. Ciara, Ludacris; Robin
Thicke, NE-YO, Chris
Brown
3. Essence Music
Festival,New
Orleans,
Louisiana
c. Smashing Pumpkins,
Peter Bjorn and John,
Amy Winehouse,Modest
Mouse
4. Bonnaroo,
Manchester,
Tennessee.
d. Fergie, John Legend,
Black Rebel Motorcycle
Club, Tokyo Police Club.

5.Which new, popular female singer does not hail from England?
a. Lily Allen        b. Corinne Bailey Rae                 c. Fergie           d.Amy Winehouse

6. Disney has been hitting big with their music lately.Which of the following isn’t a Disney-label commodity?
a.Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus b. Rascal Flatts         c.High School Musical d. JoJo

STAR DOINGS

7. They never can seem to stay out of trouble! Which of the following recent celeb events didn’t actually happen?

1. Avril Lavigne was sued by the 1970s band, the Rubinoos, who claims that her hit song Girlfriend rips off its song, IWanna Be Your Boyfriend.
2. Beyonce visited the ER in St. Louis to visit two fans who were injured by pyrotechnics gone bad at her concert there.
3. Clay Aiken tangled with a fellow passenger on a flight to Tulsa, Oklahoma.
4. Nick Lachey and Vanessa Manillo were captured on tape going at it in a hot tub while on vacation in Mexico.
5. Paris Hilton built a women’s halfway house for recently released prisoners.

THIS AND THAT

8. Putting the NASCAR/Nextel partnership to ultimate death, which phone company will be changing the NASCAR Cup name with a re-brand since it bought Nextel?
a.Verizon         b.AT&T           c. Sprint           d.Vonage

9. Readers of Edge magazine and gaming industry experts recently chose the top 100 video games of all time.What was the #1 pick?
a. Tetris b. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time c. Super Mario World d. Resident Evil 4

10. Microsoft lost how much $$ for the launch of the Xbox 360?
a. $250 million         b. $1.26 billion          c. $550 million         d. $9.52 million

11. Tweens are rebelling with a smackdown against which social networking site that once promised to always be “free”but is now angering its users with paid content?
a.Club Penguin           b.Neopets           c.Webkinz           d.Whyville

SCORING

Give yourself 5 points for each correct answer. Each component of a multiple choice counts as one point.A perfect score is 54.
44–54: You’re Twitter worthy!
34–43: Del.icio.us needs your tags.
24–33: OnSMASH.com has a forum just for you.
0–23: Club Penguin may have some vacancies.

ANSWER KEY

Boob Tube: 1. BET; 2.Menudo; 3.Vermont. Beats: 4. a4; b3; c2; d1; 5. Fergie; 6. JoJo. Star Doings: 7. 5 (Paris Hilton). This & That: 8. Sprint; 9. Legend of Zelda; 10. $1.26 billion; 11.Neopets.

Erin Helmrich is never entirely sure if writing these quizzes is “work,” but their creation is surely the epitome of slackertasking. She is a Teen Services  Librarian at the Ann Arbor District Library in Michigan.  Currently a member of the YALSA Board of Directors, she is also a YALSA Serving the Underserved Trainer and a member of the Michigan Library Association’s Teen Services Division Board. Contact her at erinhelmrich@gmail.com.


Update #21

ERIN HELMRICH

April 2007

My, my, my—whatever stunts will those silly stars come up with next? Do you know the answers to these questions on hot topics of conversation among your teens? No? Well, listen up! Take the quiz, study the answers, and get some culture—pop culture, that is. Now that you’re in the know, check out past quizzes in these print issues: October 1999, August 2000, December 2000, April 2001, December 2001, April 2002, and August 2002.

HOT BRAIN ROT

1. The Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim is breaking all sorts of records among young male viewers.Which of the following is not a show on Adult Swim?
a. Aqua Teen Hunger Force       b. Futurama         c. Crank Yankers        d. Robot Chicken         e. Saul of the Moleman

2.Match the reality TV show with the network that it’s on (you may use a network more than once).

1.Dancelife a.CW
2. Top Chef b.MTV
3.Maui Fever c. Bravo
4. Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll

3. The Beckhams are coming to the U.S.! NBC will chronicle their move in an upcoming reality TV series. David Beckham is an international superstar for what activity?
a.Hockey       b. Singing         c. Soccer        d. Poker         e. Fashion Design

4. Largely because of young Latino viewers, Univision blew away the competition by ranking #2 on March 1—against Survivor—with which show?
a. Premio Lo Nuestro 2007          b. Fea Mas Bella          c.Mundo De Fieras

BEAT PATROL

5. Match the singers with their current hot singles.

1.Akon a.“Before He Cheats”
2.Nelly Furtado b.“This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race”
3. Carrie Underwood c.“Don’t Matter”
4. Justin Timberlake (featuring T.I.) d.“Say It Right”
5. Fall Out Boy e.“My Love”

6. Which of the following summer music festivals made the “historic” announcement that the tickets would be completely FREE?
a. Ozzfest       b.Vans Warped Tour         c. Family Values Tour

7. NASCAR recently forged its biggest and most comprehensive partnership with which recording artist?
a. Carrie Underwood         b. Kelly Clarkson          c. Toby Keith             d. Kellie Pickler

8.With Angela Hacker the winner of the fifth season of Nashville Star, the next season will move from the USA Network to which TV station?
a. FX         b.WBR Nashville       c. Spike TV            d.CMT

9.Christian Chavez, one of six members of the glitzy pop band RBD, revealed that he was gay after he was outed in photographs claiming to be of his commitment ceremony. From which conservative, predominantly Catholic country does he hail?
a. Spain          b.Mexico          c.Argentina          d. Costa Rica

ON THE WIRE

10.While in Miami recently,Kelis (with hubbie Nas) was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest without violence after an altercation with two undercover cops posing as ________________.
a. Prostitutes        b. Drug dealers          c. Peace Corps Volunteers          d. Johns

11. Britney Spears has been in rare form of late. Which of the following is the only thing she hasn’t done?—yet!
a. Shaved her head         b. Got more tattoos        c. Pierced her lip          d. Lost her underwear         e. Checked into Rehab

12. Featuring music by Depeche Mode, Chris Brown and The Sugarhill Gang, Dance Dance Revolution’s latest incarnation (and the first for the Xbox 360) is called ________________.
a. DDR SuperNOVA      b. DDR Universe         c. DDR Ultramix4          d. DDR Extreme

SCORING

Give yourself 5 points for each correct answer.Each component of a multiple choice counts as one point. A perfect score is 59.
49–59: Trimspa Baby!
38–48: Howard Stern is *not* your baby’s daddy!
27–37: Your Methadone script just ran out.
0–26: You’re buried in Bermuda!

Answer Key

Hot Brain Rot: 1c, Crank Yankers; 2. 1b, 2c, 3b, 4a; 3c, Soccer; 4a, Premio Lo Nuestro. Beat Patrol: 5. 1c, 2d, 3a, 4e, 5b; 6a, Ozzfest; 7b, Kelly Clarkson; 8b,WBR Nashville; 9b,Mexico. On the Wire: 10a, Prostitutes; 11c, Pierced her lip; 12b, DDR Universe.

Erin Helmrich is never entirely sure if writing these quizzes is “work,” but their creation is surely the epitome of slackertasking. She is a Teen Services Librarian at the Ann Arbor District Library in Michigan. Currently a member of the YALSA Board of Directors, she is also a YALSA Serving the Underserved Trainer and a member of the Michigan Library Association’s Teen Services Division Board. Contact her at erinhelmrich@gmail.com.


Update #20

December 2006

Time to upload some pop culture savvy again with our twentieth update. Even if the answers elude you, a little study time will put you in touch with your teen patrons. Finished? Up to date? Pop culturally cool? Check out past quizzes in these issues: October 1999, August 2000, December 2000, April 2001, ugust 2001, December 2001, April 2002, and August 2002.

REAL LOVE

1.What’s the status of these real-life couples?

a. Britney and K-Fed 1.Headed for Divorce
b. Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe 2. Engaged
c. Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher 3. Married
d. Ellen Pompeo and Chris Ivery
e. Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise

GAME ON

2. The new Sony Playstation 3 and the new Nintendo Wii just launched. The Wii is unique because the new controller is __________ sensitive and will invite many non-gamers into the gaming fold.

WE GOT THE BEAT

3. Leaving MySpace in their musical dust, many bands are mobbing this new music-centered social networking site.
a. Beatzone        b.MOG         c. Pod         d.Candyshop

4. Taking the tween scene by storm are the latest Disney musical faves based on the popular books.
a. Raven & the Storms       b. Cheetah Girls          c. Laughy Taffy

5. Match the artists on the left with their latest album releases on the right.

a. Justin Timberlake 1. Smack That
b.All-American Rejects 2. Sexyback
c. Christina Aquilera 3. The Sweet Escape
d.Gwen Stefani 4. It Ends Tonight
e. Akon featuring Eminem 5. Tha Blue Carpet Treatment
f. Snoop Dogg 6.Hurt

6.Match the artists on the left with their hot singles on the right.

a. JoJo 1.“White & Nerdy”
b. Chris Brown 2.“Call Me When You’re Sober”
c. Evanescence 3.“Too Little Too Late”
d.Weird Al Yankovic 4.“Say Goodbye”

FLICKS

7. Don’t You Forget About Me is a documentary in the works about which beloved teen-scene movie director?

8. The adventures of Meatwad, Frylock, and Master Shake are coming to a multiplex near you! Which Cartoon Network show will be made into a movie in 2007?
a. Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends       b. Aqua Teen Hunger Force           c. Camp Lazlo

TUBE TIME

9. The “Real OC,” aka Laguna Beach, isn’t too happy about what’s happened to their town since MTV moved in.Among other complaints, they claim that the number of _______ predators has soared in their town—an accusation called a “crock”by a member of their police force.

10.Teens love these new hot shows—match their descriptions on the left with the titles on the right.

a. Ordinary people from all over the world gain superpowers. 1.Brothers and Sisters
b. In an adaptation from a Colombian telenovela, a bright but ordinary-looking
woman is a fish out of water working at a glitzy fashion magazine.
2. Heroes
c. This ongoing saga involves a well-to-do but down-to-earth California
clan of diverse personalities.
3.Ugly Betty

REAL LIFE

11. Bono teamed up with Oprah recently to help launch his new “Product Red” campaign to eliminate AIDS in Africa.Which of the following companies does NOT have a special red product in the campaign?
a. Gap        b.Motorola         c. Converse          d.Apple iPod          e.Nike

Scoring

Give yourself five points for each correct answer. Each component of the multiple choice counts as one point.A perfect score is 53.
43–53 First in your class at MIT!
33–42 M. C. Escher is your favorite MC.
23–32 Bet you’re fluent in JavaScript—as well as Klingon.
0–22 You spend every weekend at the Renaissance Fair and even have your name in your underwear.

Answer Key

Real Love: 1. a1; b1 c2; d2; e3. Game On: 2.Motion We Got the Beat: 3.b; 4.b; 5. a2; b4; c6; d3; e1; f5. 6. a3; b4; c2; d1. Flicks: 7. John Hughes; 8. b. Tube Time: 9. sexual. 10. a2; b3; c1. Real Life: 11. e.

It’s a dirty job, but somebody has to do it! Slaving away in front of her TV, reading magazines, listening to music, and surfing the ’Net (all at the same time) is Erin V. Helmrich, Teen Services Librarian at the Ann Arbor District Library in Michigan. Contact her at helmriche@aadl.org.

Update #19

August 2006

For the unschooled, learn how to converse with your teens from their pop world perspective by taking our latest Pop Culture Quiz. If you tank on it, at least memorize the answers.You’ll seem ever-so cool!!
Finished? Up to date? Now check out past quizzes in these issues: October 1999, August 2000, December 2000, April 2001, August 2001, December 2001, April 2002, and August 2002.

CASH COWS

1. Match the celebs on the left with the product they’re currently stumping for:

a. Lindsay Lohan 1. Eastsport
b. Rihanna 2.Cover Girl
c. Keri Russell 3. Bongo
d. Kristin Cavallari 4. Rocawear
e.Naomi Campbell 5. JCPenney
f.Nick Cannon 6. Proactiv

TUBE TIME

2. Miley Cyrus and her dad, Billy-Ray, former mullet-wearing, country-music sensation, both star on which popular show?
a. That’s So Raven b.Hannah Montana c.Unfabulous d. Zoey 101

3.Which of these now popular young stars was NOT in the enormously popular Disney Channel Movie, High School Musical?
a. Katharine McPhee        b.Ashley Tisdale          c.Vanessa Anne Hudgens         d. Zac Efron

4. Picking up where the Osbournes left off is the new reality show, The Family Jewels, chronicling the family life of which aging rocker?
a. Phil Collins     b. Gene Simmons       c. Jimmy Page       d. Rod Stewart

5. The MTV show, Yo Momma, pits competitors against each other using what skill?
a. Rapping       b. Dancing        c. Trash-Talking       d. Slam Poetry

LISTEN UP

6.Match the hot newcomers with the title of their albums.

a. Teddy Geiger 1. Chroma
b. Cartel 2. Into the Rush
c.Dem Franchize Boyz 3. The Rising Tied
d. Lupe Fiasco 4.Underage Thinking
e.Aly & AJ 5. Food & Liquor
f. Fort Minor 6. On Top of Our Game

7. Fans have started an online petition protesting the “bad dancing” and lack of chemistry between the stars in the video for Déjá Vu featuring:
a.Nelly Furtado & Timbaland       b. Beyonce and Jay-Z       c. Shakira and Wyclef Jean

8. The video for Jessica Simpson’s single, A Public Affair, is loaded with cameos. Who isn’t featured in the video?
a. Andy Dick        b. Ryan Seacrest        c. Kathy Griffin          d. Eva Longoria          e. Christina Applegate

9.Match the artists on the left with their hot singles.

a.Nelly Furtado 1. Crazy
b.Gnarls Barkley 2. Stars are Blind
c. Christina Aguilera 3. Promiscuous
d. Panic! At the Disco 4. Ain’t No Other Man
e. Paris Hilton 5. I Write Sins Not Tragedies

SITTING IN THE DARK

10. The man who brought us Kids is back with a new flick about Hispanic teen skaters in LA called:
a.Wassup Rockers b. Can’t Stop c. Sk8 Hood

11. Kevin Smith finally tells us what happens to Dante Hicks in the followup to the 1994 cult classic called _____________ .

Scoring

Give yourself five points for each correct answer. Each component of the multiple choice counts as one point.A perfect score is 57.
47-57:You’re giving Troy and Gabriella a run for the lead!
37-46: Ms. Darbus wants you to try out . . .
27-36: You’re spending too much time at basketball practice.
0-26: Sharpay and Ryan are your friends.

Answer Key

Cash Cows: 1. a6; b5; c2; d3; e4; f1. Tube Time: 2. b; 3. a; 4. b; 5. c Listen Up: 6. a4; b1; c6; d5; e2; f3; 7. b; 8. c Sitting in the Dark: 9. a3; b1; c4; d5; e2; 10. a; 11. Clerks.

It’s a dirty job, but somebody has to do it! Slaving away in front of her TV, reading magazines, listening to music, and surfing the ’Net (all at the same time) is Erin V. Helmrich, Teen Services Librarian at the Ann Arbor District Library in Michigan. Contact her at helmriche@aadl.org.


Update #18

April 2006

Email rhonnold@gmail.com for a pdf of this Pop Culture Quiz.

Update #17

December 2005

Lookin’ to liven up your contact with teens? Stay on the same wavelength? Take our Pop Culture Quiz to find out just how much you’re in the know. Finished? Up to date? Now check out past quizzes in these issues: October 1999, August 2000, December 2000, April 2001, August 2001, December 2001, April 2002, and August 2002.

Making $ for The Man

1. Match the celeb with the product/brand:

a. Brittany Murphy 1. AOL
b. Eve 2. Jordache
c. Gwen Stefani 3. Claire’s
d. Ashlee Simpson 4. Mudd
e. Beyonce 5. Boost Mobile
f. Ashanti 6. L’Oreal Studioline
g. Hilary Duff 7. Harajuku Lovers

2. In an attempt to teach the world to sing garage rock, The White Stripes’ Jack White will be writing a song for which cola company?

3. Which performer is jumpin’ on the urban lit bandwagon with a partnership with MTV/Pocket Books for a line of hip-hop novellas is which performer?
a. Ludacris           b. 50 Cent            c. Kanye West           d. Pretty RickyBrain Drain

4. Match the teen queens with the shows in which they appear.

a. Sophia Bush 1. Zoe 101
b. Emma Roberts 2. One Tree Hill
c. Jamie Lynn Spears 3. Unfabulous

5. Which Laguna Beach star will we follow to LA in the spin-off The Hills?
a. Kristen         b. Morgan S.           c. Jessica        d. Lauren/LC

6. The next season of The Real World might focus on the Superbowl in this unlikely city.
a. Washington, D.C.          b. Detroit, Michigan           c. Houston, Texas          d. Oakland, California

7. Inspired by childhood experiences and narrated by Chris Rock, a popular new television show is called Everybody _____ Chris.

Flix

8. Match the stars with the flicks in which they starred this past fall.

a. Keira Knightly 1. Walk the Line
b. Usher 2. AeonFlux
c. Jake Gyllenhaal 3. In the Mix
d. Charlize Theron 4. Jarhead
e. Joaquin Phoenix 5. Pride & Prejudice

Beats

9. Match these hot new acts with the titles of their albums.

a. The Veronicas 1. Greetings From Imrie House
b. Fall Out Boy 2. The Secret Life of the Veronicas
c. Paul Wall 3. From Under the Cork Tree
d. Click Five 4. Unwritten
e. Natasha Bedingfield 5. Commit This to Memory
f. Motion City Soundtrack 6. Peoples Champ

Random

10. Wilmer Valderrama, the young Hollywood stud and star of That 70s Show, has been linked with all but one of these hot celebs:
a. Hilary Duff        b. Lindsay Lohan         c. Ashlee Simpson        d. Mandy Moore

11. Match the cyber-social gathering site with the description that best describes its function.

a. MySpace 1. Enables teens to broadcast their whereabouts via text messages.
b. Friendster 2. Caters to college students—and now high schoolers as well.
c. Facebook 3. One of the first of its kind—cliques and popularity abound!
d. Dodgeball 4. The place for bands and music lovers to get noticed and network.

12. Launching a “Girlcott,” the Pennsylvania nonprofit Women and Girls Foundation brought which controversial clothing store to its knees over T-shirts with messages such as “Who Needs Brains When You Have These?” (across the breasts) and “Freshmen 15,” followed by a list of men’s names? _____________

Scoring

Give yourself five points for each correct answer. Each component of the multiple choice counts as one point. A perfect score is 60.
50—60: Awesomely Informed!
39—49: Better Than Most!
29—38: Can’t Find the Station!
0—28: Doomed

Answer Key

Making $ for the Man: 1. a2; b5; c7; d3; e6; f4; g1 2. Coke 3. b Brain Drain: 4. a2; b3; c1 5. d 6. b 7. Hates Flix: 8. a5; b3; c4; d2; e1 Beats: 9. a2; b3; c6; d1; e4; f5 Random: 10. a 11. a4; b3; c2; d1 12. Abercrombie & Fitch

It’s a dirty job, but somebody has to do it! Slaving away in front of her TV, reading magazines, listening to music, and surfing the ‘Net (all at the same time) is Erin V. Helmrich, Teen Services Librarian at the Ann Arbor District Library in Michigan. Contact her at helmriche@aadl.org.


Update #16

August 2005

Check it out! Score a perfect 56 and your teens will give you props for being in the know! After you’ve finished our sixteenth update to the quiz, check out past quizzes in these issues: October 1999, August 2000, December 2000, April 2001, August 2001, December 2001, April 2002, and August 2002.

Summer Fun

1. Don’t you wish that we all could have gone? Spot the only summer camp that isn’t real:
a. Secret Agent Camp         b. Rock Star School            c. Spa Camp          d. Perfume Camp

2. The only one you couldn’t catch on tour this summer:
a. Kelly Clarkson         b. Green Day           c. Coldplay           d. Gavin DeGraw            e. Backstreet Boys           f. Missy Elliot

3. Lawmakers are up in arms about these ________-flavored suckers with names like“Purple Haze, “Rasta,” and “Kronic Kandy.”

4. Match the teen/’tween up-and-comers with their summer flicks:

a. Freddie Highmore 1. Bad News Bears
b. Sammi Kane Kraft 2. War of the Worlds
c. Dakota Fanning 3. Sky High
d. Michael Angarano 4. Charlie and the
Chocolate Factory

Corporate Shills

5. Match the celebs with the product they sell:

a. Hilary Duff 1. Cover Girl
b. Christina Ricci 2. Candies
c. Beyoncé 3. Neutrogena
d. Hayden Panettiere 4. Reebok

6. Dickies, the old-time work-wear brand, a fave of Ashlee Simpson and Big Boi, is going into the new business of designing what item?
a. Burger King’s uniforms         b. School uniforms          c. Bathing suits          d. Golf pants

7. Joining up with TokyoPop, this teen girls’ magazine has launched it’s own manga, The Adventures of CG, within the magazine:
a. Seventeen b. CosmoGirl c. Elle Girl d. Justine

We Got the Beat

8. Still struggling with what “emo,” “reggaeton,” and “industrial” mean in music terms? Now comes “Hurban”—short for:
a. Hot Urban b. Hispanic Urban c. Hop Urban d. House Urban

9. Match the acts with their latest releases:

a. Kelly Osbourne 1. Get Behind Me Satan
b. The White Stripes 2. X&Y
c. Black Eyed Peas 3. One Word
d. Coldplay 4. Demon Days
e. Gorillaz 5. Monkey Business

Brain Drain

10. Match the hot, new show with the network it airs on:

a. Instant Star 1. ABC
b. Veronica Mars 2. MTV 2
c. Wonder Showzen 3. The “N”
d. Brat Camp 4. WB

11. Match the Jessica with her current project:

a. Jessica Alba 1. Dukes of Hazzard
b. Jessica Simpson 2. Fantastic Four
c. Jessica Biel 3. Stealth

Random Stars

12. Dating? Engaged? Married? Fill in the relationship status for each couple:

a. Sandra Bullock & Jesse James
b. Paris Hilton & Paris Latsis
c. Nicole Ritchie & DJ Adam Goldstein
d. Avril Lavigne & Deryck Whibley
e. Jason Lewis & Rosario Dawson
f. Ben Affleck & Jennifer Garner

Scoring

Give yourself five points for each correct answer (each component of the multiple choice counts as one point). A perfect score is 56.
46—56: That’s hot!
35—45: Enjoying the sun . . .
24—34: Starting to burn . . .
0—23: Toast.

Answer Key

Summer Fun: 1. d; 2. f; 3, pot/marijuana/weed; 4. a4, b1, c2, d3. Corporate Shills: 5. a2, b4, c1, d3; 6. b; 7. b. We Got the Beat: 8b; 9. a3, b1, c5, d2, e4. Brain Drain: 10. a3, b4, c2, d1; 11. a2, b1, c3; Random Stars: 12. a. married; b. engaged; c. engaged; d. engaged; e. dating; f. married.

It’s a dirty job, but somebody has to do it! Slaving away in front of her TV, reading magazines, listening to music, and surfing the ‘Net (all at the same time) is Erin V. Helmrich, Teen Services Librarian at the Ann Arbor District Library in Michigan. Contact her at helmirche@aadl.org.


Update #15

April 2005

Does your pop culture savvy measure up? Can you hang? Test your knowledge of what teens are talking about today. After you’ve finished our fifteenth update to the quiz, check out past quizzes in these issues: October 1999, August 2000, December 2000, April 2001, August 2001, December 2001, April 2002, and August 2002.

Bling and Cha-Ching

1. Match the celeb with the product/brand.

a. Christina Aquilera 1. Keds
b. Mischa Barton 2. Diet Pepsi
c. P. Diddy 3. ThermaSilk
d. Ashlee Simpson 4. Skeechers
e. Nicky Hilton 5. Coast to Coast
f. MaryKate & Ashley Olsen 6. Miami Glow
g. Jlo 7. Chic

2. Vixen is the new “sister” publication of which music and lifestyle magazine?
a. Spin b. RollingStone c. The Source d. Vibe

3. The ubiquitous thick, rubber band bracelet fad was started by the Lance Armstrong Foundation and Nike with their yellow bands benefiting people worldwide who are battling cancer with what message imprinted on them?
a. LIVESTRONG         b. LIVELONG         c. LIVENOW         d. JUSTLIVE

Brain Drain

4. Now that the Osbournes are kaput, MTV has launched Meet the Barkers, a reality show featuring the tattooed drummer (and his fam) of which band?
a. Cold        b. Sum 41          c. Green Day           d. blink-182

5. Beck previewed five tracks from his upcoming album, Guero, on which popular teen soap?
a. Summerland b. The O.C. c. Life As We Know It d. Everwood

6. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, this Canadian cult-classic is now shown on the teen network the N. _________: The Next Generation

Music

7. In a surprising moment of good behavior modeling, 50 Cent and The Game ended their “beef” by donating $253,500 to:
a. United Negro College Fund       b. NAACP       c. Boys Choir of Harlem       d. The Boys and Girls Club

8. This former lead singer of boy band B2K is taking 2005 by storm with an album that debuted at No. 1, a two-picture deal with Paramount/MTV Films, and a hot, new memoir.
a. Usher        b. Omarion        c. Lil’ Fizz        d. Mario

9. A regular on the WB’s One Tree Hill and now a fixture on MTV’s TRL, which hot, new singersongwriter will play Elvis in the upcoming ohnny Cash bio-pic, Walk the Line?
a. Ryan Cabrera        b. Gavin DeGraw         c. Tyler Hilton          d. Chad Michael Murray

10. Match artists with their latest releases.

a. 50 Cent 1. Mafia
b. Jack Johnson 2. Massacre
c. Jennifer Lopez 3. In Between Dreams
d. Black Label Society 4. Rebirth

Legal Briefs

11. Only one of these news bytes is false. Can you spot it?
a. Wyoming lawmakers may ban facial piercings for staff in restaurants.
b. Legislation in Texas seeks to end “sexually suggestive” performances by high school cheerleaders at athletic events.
c. In Florida, three teenagers kidnapped a fifteen-year-old and ordered his father to drop off a $50 ransom at a local Taco Bell.
d. One California school district wants to ban suckers and lollipops from their middle schools for fear that they encourage promiscuous behavior.

12. Rapper Lil’ Kim faces up to 20 years in prison for what conviction?
a. Assault          b. Gun Possession          c. Tax Evasion           d. Perjury

13. This Hollywood “party girl” has sued Sky Las Vegas Condominiums for libel, citing that they allegedly used her name without permission in ads that said “Dear ____ ____. Come Let it All Hang Out”—referring to an “exposure” incident that occurred late last year.
a. Lindsay Lohan           b. Shannon Doherty           c. Tara Reid           d. Paris Hilton

Scoring

Give yourself two points for each correct answer (each component of the multiple choice counts as one correct answer). A perfect score is 44.
30—44: Jerk it Out! You are shuffle worthy!
20—29: Podcasting is your bag!
10—19: MP3 what?
0—18: The pod people will be coming to get you soon.

Answer Key

Bling and Cha-Ching: 1. a4, b1, c2, d3, e7, f5, g6; 2. d; 3. a. Brain Drain: 4. d; 5. b; 6. Degrassi. Music: 7. c; 8. b; 9. c; 10. a2, b3, c4, d1. Legal Briefs: 11. d; 12. d; 13. c.

It’s a Dirty job, but somebody has to do it! Slaving away in front of her TV, reading magazines, listening to music, and surfing the “net” (all at the same time) is Erin V. Helmrich, Teen Services Librarian at the Ann Arbor District Library in Michigan. Contact her at helmriche@aadl.org.


Update #14

December 2004

Passing fancy? Pulp? Obsession? Kitsch? Test yourself and see if your brainwaves are on the same frequency as those of your teen patrons with VOYA’s latest Web quiz.  After you’ve finished our fourteenth update to the quiz, check out past quizzes in these issues: October 1999, August 2000, December 2000, April 2001, August 2001, December 2001, April 2002, and August 2002.

Shills & Thrills

1. Match the celeb with the product:

a. Bon Jovi 1. McDonalds
b. Destiny’s Child 2. OPI
c. Jewel 3. The Gap
d. U2 4. Duracell Batteries
e. Adriana Lima 5. iPod
f. Angel 6. Feria
g. Sarah Jessica Parker& Lenny Kravitz 7. Maybelline

2. Match the celeb with her own product:

a. Britney Spears 1. true star (fragrance)
b. Gwen Stefani 2. LAMB (clothing)
c. Paris Hilton 3. Curious(fragrance)
d. Beyonce 4. Jewelry on Amazon.com

3. The controversial new ads reading, “Read Books, Get Brain” from the hip-hop clothing line Akademiks were pulled from New York City buses when city officials realized that “get brain” is street slang for:
a. French kissing             b. Getting pregnant            c. Oral sex            d. Getting high

4. This slim and stylish digital camera comes in lots of cool colors:
a. Candid           b. Che-ez Foxz           c. Elf Fox            d. Clix

Singin’ & Blingin’

5. Match the artist with the new single:

a. Jem 1. 1985
b. Bowling for Soup 2. Tangled Up in Me
c. JoJo 3. They
d. My Chemical Romance 4. Only One
e. Skye Sweetnam 5. Baby, It’s You
f. Yellowcard 6. I’m Not Okay

6. Match the artist with the latest release:

a. Eminem 1.How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
b. Gwen Stefani 2. Under Blackpool Lights (live DVD)
c. White Stripes 3. Destiny Fulfilled
d. U2 4. Love. Angel. Music. Baby.
e. Bj¨ork 5. PowerBallin’
f. Destiny’s Child 6. Medulla
g. Chingy 7. ncore

7. A founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan, O.D.B. recently died at the age of 35. He was better known as:
a. One Dirty Boy         b. Our Dastardly Boss         c. Ol’ Dirty Bastard

Screens & Scenes

8. MTV’s Laguna Beach: The Real OC stars a clique of rich teens. Spot the fake:
a. LC b. Morgan        b. Morgan          c. Trey          d. Talan       e. Lo f. Finn            f. Finn           g. Kristin

9. Ashlee Simpson was busted for pretending to sing on which live show?

10. This hot new MTV2 show melds music and video games:
a. Video Mix b. Video Mods c. Gaming Grooves

11. The Duff sisters will star in the film___________ Girls, playing Hilton-esque sisters. (Hint: think Madonna)

12. Kelly Osborne stars in the ABC show, Life As We Know It, which is based on which controversial teen novel by Melvin Burgess?

13. Match the popular teen show with the network on which it airs.

a. Veronica Mars 1. The WB
b. Jack & Bobby 2. UPN
c. One Tree Hill 3. Fox
d. America’s Top Model
e. The OC

Scoring

Give yourself two points for each  correct answer (each component of the multiple choice counts as one). A perfect score is 74.
60-74 Snap! You popped that thing just like Christina Milian
45-59 Crackle—Its head popped off ala Eminem
30-44 Pop it like it’s hot—Snoop got you!
0-30 Soda Not—You’ve earned a Jones Turkey & Gravy!

Answer Key

Shills & Thrills 1. a4, b1, c6, d5, e7, f2, g3; 2. a3, b2, c4, d1; 3. c; 4. b. Singin’ and Blingin’ 5. a3, b1, c5, d6, e2, f 4; 6. a7, b4, c2, d1, e6, f3, g5; 7. c. Screens & Scenes 8. f; 9. Saturday Night Live; 10. b; 11. Material; 12. Doing It; 13. a2, b1, c1, d2, e3.

Keeping their fingers on the pulse of teen culture are Erin V. Helmrich, Teen Services Librarian @ the Ann Arbor District Library, and Wendy Woltjer, Children’s Librarian @ the Kalamazoo Public Library, both in Michigan.

Update #13

Erin V. Helmrich and Wendy Woltjer

August 2004

HAVE YOU GOT ENOUGH POP CULTURE SAVVY TO ROCK YOUR TEENS? OR DOES YOUR CULTURE NEED AN UPDATE? TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT TEENS ARE TALKING ABOUT WITH VOYA’S LUCKY THIRTEENTH QUIZ UPDATE. AFTER YOU’VE FINISHED, CHECK OUT PAST QUIZZES IN THESE ISSUES: OCTOBER 1999, AUGUST 2000, DECEMBER 2000, APRIL 2001, AUGUST 2001, DECEMBER 2001, APRIL 2002, AND AUGUST 2002.

GOOD BUYS

1. “Dish the Dirt Clarifying Shampoo” and “Knot Now, Knot Ever Conditioner” are from which designer’s hair product line?

a. Tommy Hilfiger b. Ralph Lauren c. Todd Oldham d. Isaac Mizrahi

2. In time for the new school year young women will have a new “Choice” when Calvin Klein launches his new line of

a. Shoes b. Jeans c. Underwear d. T-Shirts

3. Match the star with the product he/she endorses.

a. Mischa Barton 1. Dooney & Burke
b. Lindsay Lohan 2. Neutrogena
c. Fefe Dobson 3. Liquid Ice IceBreakers
d. Mila Kunis 4. Maybelline
e. Jessica Simpson 5. Milk
f. The Cardigans/Liz Phair/Katy Rose 6. TREsemmé

4. Fashion designer Zac Posen has partnered with which musician?

a. Prince b. Russell Simmons c. Eminem d. Sean “P. Diddy” Combs

5. “Five Words That Sound Dirty But Aren’t” is the tagline for the new ads for:

a. Abercrombie & Fitch b. Chicklets c. Lip Smackers d. Veet

6. Those effervescent, bubbly Diet Coke ads star which hot, young actors?

a. Kirsten Dunst and Ashton Kutcher b. Selma Blair and Colin Farrell   c. Kate Beckinsale and Adrien Brody

SCREEN SCREAMS

7. On MTV’s spoof of The Apprentice individuals vie to be “The Assistant” to which whacked out actor?

a. Andy Dick b. Jack Black c. Will Ferrell d. Jimmy Fallon

8. Whose little sister has her own reality show (Ashlee) that chronicles her own musical success?

a. Hilary Duff b. Britney Spears c. Jessica Simpson

9. Match the summer teen queen with the flick in which she stars:

a. Keira Knightley 1. Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
b. Anne Hathaway 2. Sleepover
c. Bryce Dallas Howard 3. A Cinderella Story
d. Hilary Duff 4. King Arthur
e. Alexa Vega 5. The Village

10. Spot the fake! Which of these people isn’t an MTV on-air personality?

a. La La    b. DJ Clue    c. Cappy    d. Quddus

SPORTY SORTS

11. Match the athlete with his/her sport:

a. Michael Phelps 1. Tennis
b. Megan Abubo 2. Swimming
c. Michelle Wie 3. Surfing
d. Maria Sharapova 4. Track
e. Justin Gatlin 5. Golf

FABULOUS FAMILY

12. Match the happy couple with their recent event:

a. Liv Tyler and Royston Langdon 1. It’s a girl! (Apple)
b. Britney Spears and Kevin Federline 2. We’re engaged!
c. Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin 3. We’re expecting!
d. Tori Spelling and Charlie Shanian 4. It’s a girl! (Coco)
e. Courteney Cox and David Arquette 5. We’re hitched!

LISTEN UP

13. Match the artist/s with their latest work:

a. Modest Mouse 1. “Seat and Suit”
b. Nina Sky 2. “Afrodisiac”
c. Green Day 3. “Float On”
d. Brandy 4. “To the 5 Boroughs”
e. Nelly 5. “Move Ya Body”
f. Beastie Boys 6. “American Idiot”

14. Which music mogul will be turning DJ on Satellite Radio when he launches a 100% hip-hop radio station?

LEGAL BRIEFS

15. Only one of these news bytes is false—can you spot it?

a. In California a proposed bill would require those younger than eighteen to have a prescription to use tanning salons.
b. Louisiana lawmakers want to fine anyone caught wearing low-riding pants $500.
c. Some teens in Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana may attend R-rated movies with the new, parent-approved, “R-Card.”
d. Wyoming lawmakers are considering raising the legal age to purchase tobacco to 21.

16. David LaChapelle, Christina Aguilera, and Outkast’s André 3000 together are supporting which cause?

a. Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation    b. Amnesty International   c. Greenpeace    d. Declare Yourself: Register to Vote

Scoring

Each question is worth 5 points. A perfect score is 80.

65-80: 20 Million Loud—You Rock the Vote!
50-64: Start the Party—You’re hip enough to win!
35-49: Get on the tour bus—Your rank is slipping!
0-34: You’re worse than a hanging chad!

Answer Key

Good Buys: 1. b; 2. c; 3. a2, b1, c5, d6, e3, f4, 4. d; 5. b; 6. c. • Screen Screams: 7. a; 8. c; 9. a4, b1, c5, d3, e2; 10. c. • Sporty Sorts: 11. a2, b3, c5, d1, e4. Fabulous Family 12. a3, b2, c1, d5, e4. • Listen Up: 13. a3, b5, c6, d2, e1, f4; 14. Eminem. • Legal Briefs: 15. d; 16. d.

Keeping their fingers on the pulse of teen culture are Wendy Woltjer, Children’s Librarian @ the Kalamazoo Public Library, and Erin V.Helmrich, Teen Services Librarian @ the Ann Arbor District Library, both in Michigan.

Update #12

Erin V. Helmrich and Wendy Woltjer

April 2004

Word up. What’s bad and what’s not? What’s out and what’s hot? Test yourself and see if your brainwaves are on the same frequency as those of your teen patrons with VOYA’s latest Web quiz. After you’ve finished our twelfth update to the quiz, check out past quizzes in these issues: October 1999, August 2000, December 2000, April 2001, August 2001, December 2001, April 2002, and August 2002.

Televisionary

1. American Idol rejected him but he signed a record deal anyway. William Hung sang which Ricky Martin single?

a. “Livin’ la Vida Loca”   b. “She Bangs”  c. “Shake Your Bon-Bon”

2. In January, MTV lost Mary-Ellis Bunim, who helped launch reality TV as we know it. Which show didn’t Bunim create/produce?

a. Real World b. The Simple Life c. Temptation Island d. Road Rules

3. This new show on The WB is about the trials and tribulations of half brothers Nathan and Lucas Scott.

4. It drives but it’s a junker! Give your car a makeover on MTV’s new show called

a. Trick My Pony   b. Pimp My Ride   c. Chopshoppers

5. A Web site, a TV channel, and a promise come from the people who brought us Nickelodeon and Noggin. Which of these former teen faves isn’t featured on The N, a new network for teens?

a. My So-Called Life b. Clueless c. Sabrina the Teenage Witch d. Dawson’s Creek

6. Which former Real World cast member lived The Surreal Life with Tammy Faye and Erik Estrada?

a. Las Vegas Trishelle b. New Orleans Melissa c. San Francisco Rachel d. New York Beth

7. Every first word was bleeped from the chorus of this artist’s song entitled “I Don’t Want You Back.”

a. J-Kwon b. Eamon  c. Usher d. Sean Paul

8. The Aussies are coming! Which act isn’t featured on the Aussie Invasion Tour this spring?

a. Jet b. The Living End   c. Yeah Yeah Yeahs d. The Vines

9. Match the artist with the single.

a. Joss Stone 1. “One Call Away”
b. Katy Rose 2. “Shake Your Body”
c. Tyra Banks 3. “This Love”
d. Yeah Yeah Yeahs 4. “Fell in Love with a Boy”
e. Maroon 5 5. “You and I”
f. Jason Mraz 6. “Maps”
g. Chingy 7. “Overdrive”

10. Which small screen heartthrob stars in Dido’s “White Flag” video?

a. David Boreanaz b. Seth Green   c. Jared Ledo

11. Dessert is the new edible makeup line launched by which blonde singer?

a. Hilary Duff b. Britney Spears   c. Jessica Simpson d. Gwen Stefani

12. Match the star with the product she/he endorses.

a. Jessica Simpson 1. Nokia
b. Li’l Kim 2. Gap
c. Snoop Dogg 3. Acuvue Advance Contacts
d. Katie Holmes 4. Old Navy
e. Lillix 5. Pizza Hut

13. Which of the following love chains never happened?

a. Lindsey Lohan/Aaron Carter/Hilary Duff
b. Paris Hilton/Rick Solomon/Shannon Doherty
c. Chad Michael Murray/Alexis Bledel/Jonathan Jackson
d. Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake/Cameron Diaz

14. Those crazy, bug-eyed, rat-like, hat-wearing creatures sing “They got a pepper bar!” for which sub shop?

Scoring

Each question is worth 5 points. A perfect score is 70.

55-70: You love the subs! The subs love you!
45-54: So close! Take a buck off!
35-44: Add some spice—you need the pepper bar!
25-34: You are warm because you got toasted!
0-24: SUBmerged—you sank!

Answer Key

Televisionary: 1. b; 2. c; 3. One Tree Hill; 4. b; 5. d; 6. a. Musicality: 7. b; 8. c; 9. a4, b7, c2, d6, e3, f5, g1; 10. a. Miscellaneous: 11. c; 12. a5, b4, c1, d2, e3; 13. c; 14. Quiznos.

Keeping their fingers on the pulse of teen culture are Erin V. Helmrich, Teen Services Librarian @ the Ann Arbor District Library, and Wendy Woltjer, Children’s Librarian @ the Kalamazoo Public Library, both in Michigan.


Update #11

Erin V. Helmrich and Wendy Woltjer

December 2003

December 2003 marks our eleventh update of your favorite quiz, our fourth in Web format alone. Find past quizzes in print in these issues: October 1999, August 2000, December 2000, April 2001, August 2001, December 2001, April 2002, and August 2002. Past Web quizzes are still clickable: December 2002, April 2003, and August 2003.

SCREEN TEST

1. Match the Real World alum with the show on which she appeared.

a. New York Season Two’s Coral 1. The View
b. San Francisco’s Rachel 2. Girls Behaving Badly
c. New Orleans’ Melissa 3. Blind Date

2. MTV’s Rich Girls follows the filthy rich trials and tribulations of which duo?

a. Paris and Nicky Hilton b. Ally Hilfiger and Jaime Gleicher   c. Dylan Lauren and Alicia Silverstone

3. MTV’s Diddy in the City documented P. Diddy’s

a. running of the New York marathon.
b. shadowing of Mayor Bloomberg for a day.
c. campaigning for New York City Commissioner.

4. Match the show with its description:

a. Viva La Bam 1. Friends and family bust unsuspecting partiers
b. The O.C. 2. Lucky would-be cheerleaders are whipped into shape
c. One Bad Trip 3. Melrose Place for the next generation
d. Wild Boyz 4. Skater guru teases and torments his parents
e. Camp Jim 5. Jackass alums taunt wild animals in strange stunts

5. Match the star with the correct film project:

a. Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1. Dave Matthews
b. Resurrection 2. Jenny McCarthy
c. Scary Movie 3 3. Jessica Biel
d. Because of Winn-Dixie 4. The late Tupac Shakur

BOOK ‘EM

6. The Oxford English Dictionary is da bomb!! Which of the following terms is not a recent addition to it?

a. Bling bling   b. Cha-ching   c. Bootylicious

7. Which state decided to regulate the latest body-modification trend of tongue splitting?

a. Michigan   b. California  c. Illinois

8. Which one of the following celebs has not had a recent run-in with the law?

a. Chris Bridges (aka “Ludacris”)   b. Stone Temple Pilots’ Scott Weiland  c. Hole’s Courtney Love

ENCORE! ENCORE!

9. Single Sensations: Match the band with its latest single:

a. Fountains of Wayne 1. “Take Me Away”
b. Lillix 2. “Bring Me to Life”
c. Beyoncé 3. “Me Against the Music”
d. Evanescence 4. “Baby Boy”
e. Fefe Dobson 5. “Stacy’s Mom”
f. Britney Spears 6. “This Town”

10. Ready to rumble! Match the feuding stars:

a. Kelly Osbourne 1. Jay-Z
b. 50 Cent 2. Christina Aguilera
c. Eminem 3. Lil’ Kim

11. Which star recently opened Chi (a dim sum restaurant) in Los Angeles?

a. Kelly Clarkson b. Justin Timberlake   c. John Mayer

SCORING

Each question is worth 10 points for a possible total of 110.

90 – 110: Rip it up! Your MP3 is loaded!
75 – 89: Burnin’ up! Your CD’s still spinnin’!
50 – 74: Mix it up! Your cassette’s on auto-reverse!
0 – 49: Give it up! The 8-track isn’t comin’ back!

Key to Answers

Screen Test: 1. a3; b1; c2. 2. b. 3. a. 4. a4; b3; c1; d5; e2. 5. a3; b4; c2; d1. Book ‘em! 6. b. 7. c. 8. a. Encore! Encore! 9. a5; b6; c4; d2; e1; f3. 10. a2; b3; c1. 11. b.

Keeping their fingers on the pulse of teen culture are Erin V. Helmrich, Teen Services Librarian @ the Ann Arbor District Library, and Wendy Woltjer, Children’s Librarian @ the Kalamazoo Public Library, both in
Michigan.

Update #10

Erin V. Helmrich and Wendy Woltjer

August 2003

Test your hipster librarian muscles with this August 2003 update of VOYA’s Teen Pop Culture Quiz, our tenth since 1999 and our third in Web format alone. Find past quizzes in print in these issues: October 1999, August 2000, December 2000, April 2001, August 2001, December 2001, April 2002, and August 2002. Past Web quizzes are still clickable: December 2002 and April 2003.

BRAIN ROT

1. Jack Osbourne revealed in his MTV News Special that he was addicted to which painkiller? __________________________________

2. On the 2003 MTV Movie Awards, Eminem did an impersonation of “Special Ed” from which popular show?

a. South Park   b. Crank Yankers   c. Trigger Happy TV d. The Simpsons

3. MTV gave Snoop his own show! Which of these is the actual title?

a. Snoop Cranks It Up! b. Snoop’s Dog Pound  c. Doggy Style  d. DoggyFizzle Televizzle

4. MTV’s The Real World is in Paris this season. Where are the roomies working?

a. The Louvre  b. Moulin Rouge  c. Frommer’s  d. Disneyland Paris

5. Which celeb got roasted on MTV’s first Bash? __________________

6. Star RomAntics: On or Off?

a. Beyoncé and Jay-Z _______
b. Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore _______
c. Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson ________
d. Scott Foley and Jennifer Garner _______
e. Jack White and Renee Zellweger ______
f. Brandy and Robert Smith ______

MUSIC

7. The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) has decided to ______ illegal “file sharers” who download online music.

8. Match the “hit” with the “hit maker”:

a. “Bring Me to Life” 1. Black Eyed Peas with Justin Timberlake
b. “Crazy in Love” 2. Evanescence
c. “Get Busy” 3. Kelly Clarkson
d. “Miss Independent” 4. Beyoncé with Jay-Z
e. “Where is the Love?” 5. Sean Paul

9. Who has not released a new album?

a. Beyonce   b. Ashanti   c. Michelle Branch  d. Monica e. Jewel f. Britney Spears

10. What larger-than-life musician is producing MTV’s Making the Band 2, featuring rising hip-hop stars? ____________________________

11. Stone Temple Pilots’ Scott Weiland is the lead singer for which new band?

a. Velvet Revolver   b. Velvet Overground  c. Undercover Revolt  d. Guns and Posers

THE GOODS

12. Which star is featured in a Gap ad campaign?

a. Mike Myers b. Madonna  c. Eminem  d. Gwyneth Paltrow

SCORING

Each question is worth 5 points. A perfect score is 105.
90 – 105: Shizzle on the Hizzle!
75 – 89: “YAY, YAY, YAYYY!!”
50 – 74: You’ve been PUNK’D!
0 – 49: You’re officially BASH-worthy.

Key to Answers

Brain Rot: 1. OxyContin. 2. b. 3. d. 4. c. 5. Carson Daly. 6. (As of July 2003) On: a, b, c, e; Off: d, f. Music: 7. sue. 8. a2; b4; c5; d3; e1. 9. f. 10. P. Diddy. 11. a. The Goods: 12. b.

Keeping their fingers on the pulse of teen culture are Erin V. Helmrich, Teen Services Librarian @ the Ann Arbor District Library, and Wendy Woltjer, Children’s Librarian @ the Kalamazoo Public Library, both in
Michigan.

Update #9

Wendy Woltjer and Erin V. Helmrich

April 2003

Our first Web-only Quiz Update #8 in December 2002 gave you a whiz-bang quiz that is more timely (translate as hot with teens) than it was in print. This new Update #9 joins the rest of our April 2003 issue contents; unlike other new articles, it was never in print. As a Teen Pop Culture Quizzie (groupie), remind yourself to check VOYA’s Web site around the first of each April, August, and December to get your latest quiz fix. Past print quizzes appear in these VOYA issues: October 1999, August 2000, December 2000, April 2001, August 2001, December 2001, April 2002, and August 2002—but they’re past history.

THE GOODS

I. Hawking their wares: Match the celeb with the brand that he or she promotes.

a. L’Oreal 1. Tony Hawk
b. Coke 2. Natalie Imbruglia
c. Pepsi 3. The Osmonds/Osbournes
d. Skechers 4. David Arquette/Courtney Cox
e. Hershey’s 5. Robert Downey Jr.

II. Targeting teens: Which company does not have a campaign aimed at young adults?

a. Pottery Barn   b. Progressive Auto Insurance   c. Pizza Hut   d. Pontiac

MUSIC

III. A.K.A. Match these musicians with their side project/new band.

a. Queens of the Stone Age 1. Tool’s Maynard James Keenan
b. The Special Goodness 2. Offspring’s Ron Welty
c. Steady Ground 3. Weezer’s Pat Wilson
d. A Perfect Circle 4. Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl

IV. On the charts: Match the music maker with the hit.

a. T.A.T.U 1. “Rock Your Body”
b. The Donnas 2. “Gossip Folks”
c. OK Go 3. “In Da Club”
d. 50 Cent 4. “Get Over It”
e. Missy Elliott & Ludacris 5. “Take It Off”
f. Justin Timberlake 6. “All the Things She Said”

V. Punk is an attitude, not a fashion statement! Tell us “Punk” or “Not Punk” for the following:

a. Avril Lavigne b. The late Joe Strummer c. Green Day d. Good Charlotte e. Kelly Osbourne f. The late Kurt Cobain g. Offspring

BRAIN ROT

VI. For each description, choose the correct MTV show from the following list.
Crib Crashers • Punk’d • Big Urban Myth Show • Jammed • MADE

a. What happens when the biggest stars get too high on the Hollywood hog?

a. Ashton Kutcher steps in to take them down a notch on ____________.

b. An expert coach teaches a teen a new talent on __________.

c. Designer Todd Oldham secretly revamps a room to look like a rock star’s on _____________.

d. Rockers shock fans with a surprise concert on ____________.

e. Can you kill someone by dropping a penny from the top of a building? Find out on ____________.

VII. MTV’s Sorority Life 2 and its new “brother” show, Fraternity Life, are set on which campus?

a. University of Michigan    b. Florida State      c. University at Buffalo         d. University of Arizona

VIII. On TV I wed thee: Which of the following ceremonies was not seen on TV?

a. Real World’s Puck and Betty
b. Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani
c. Corey Feldman and model Susie Sprague

IX. Love Love Love! Three’s a crowd: Which of the following is NOT a recent dating trio?

a. Evan Rachel Wood/Shane West/Rachel Leigh Cook
b. Ashton Kutcher/Brittney Murphy/Eminem
c. Justin Timberlake/Britney Spears/Fred Durst

Scoring

All questions are worth 5 points.

36-45: See ya in Da Club!!26-35: You’ve almost got it MADE!!
16-25: Better get jammin’!! 0-15: Crash and Burn!!

Key to Answers

The Goods: I. a2; b4; c3; d5; e1. II. c. Music: III. a4; b3; c2; d1. IV. a6; b5; c4; d3; e2; f1. V. a and e are “Not Punk.” Brain Rot: VI. a. Punk’d. b. MADE. c. Crib Crashers. d. Jammed. e. Big Urban Myth Show. VII. c. VIII. b. IX. a.

Our totally trendy pop culture mavens are Wendy Woltjer, a children’s librarian at the Kalamazoo Public Library in Kalamazoo, Michigan; and Erin V. Helmrich, Youth/Young Adult Librarian at the Royal Oak Public Library in Royal Oak, Michigan.

Update #8

Wendy Woltjer and Erin V. Helmrich

December 2002

Welcome to our first Web-only quiz update. When updates appear in the magazine, they are written about four months ahead to allow for production time. But pop culture has a short shelf life, so the Web’s speed lets us make each quiz update as up-to-date as possible. From the quiz creators to you, now it’s days instead of months. Find this Update 8 only here on VOYA’s site. The quiz might occasionally appear in
print in the magazine, but count on finding the newest updates here each April, August, and December. (See previous quizzes in VOYA October 1999, August 2000, December 2000, April 2001, August 2001, December 2001, April 2002, and August 2002 issues.)

Clips

I. Match the star with the upcoming project.

a. Orlando Bloom 1. School of Rock
b. Katie Holmes 2. Party Monster
c. Jack Black 3. Just Married
d. Keanu Reeves 4. The Two Towers
e. Wilmer Valderrama 5. Phone Booth
f. Ashton Kutcher 6. The Matrix Reloaded

Crushes

II. Match the current sweethearts.

a. Gwyneth Paltrow 1. John Mayer
b. Tara Reid 2. Burt McCracken (of The Used)
c. Jennifer Love Hewitt 3. Chris Martin (of Coldplay)
d. Kelly Osbourne 4. JC Chasez (of ’NSync)
Chords

III. Jennifer Lopez’s video for the song “Jenny from the Block” features which of the following:

a. A concert
b. Her family
c. A riot
d. The paparazzi

IV. Which singer recorded “Impossible” with Christina Aguilera?

a. Missy Elliott
b. Vanessa Carlton
c. Alicia Keys
d. Avril Lavigne

V. The Detroit rock duo, the White Stripes, are:

a. Brother and sister
b. Married
c. Unrelated
d. Divorced

VI. Zwan is which singer’s new band?

a. Billy Corgan
b. Rob Zombie
c. Justin Timberlake
d. Liam Gallagher

VII. Spin named which group 2002’s Band of the Year?

a. The Vines
b. The Strokes
c. Beck
d. Dashboard Confessional

Clicks

VIII. Match the MTV show with its description.

a. FM Nation 1. One chosen teen transforms
into his/her idol
b. Tough Enough 2. Friends have Friday night
adventures
c. Suspect 3. Animated tales tell of
higher education
d. 3 South 4. The WWE seeks its next star
e. Becoming 5. Polygraphs solve crimes
among friends

Cash

IX. Match the celeb with the ad or cause.

a. Nelly 1. The Fund for Animals
b. Alyssa Milano 2. Neutrogena
c. Kristin Kreuk 3. The White House Project
d. Jennifer Love Hewitt 4. Milk
e. Jessica Biel 5. South African AIDS Charity

Scoring

Question I is worth 6 points and Question II is worth 4 points. All other questions are worth 5 points.
36–45: Crank it up—you rock!
26–35: Carry on—there’s hope for you!
16–25: Could be worse. . . .
0–15: Clueless—that’s you!

Key to Answers

Clips: I. a4; b5; c1; d6; e2; f3 • Crushes: II. a3; b4; c1; d2 • Chords: III. D; IV. c; V. d; VI. a; VII. b Clicks: VIII. a2; b4; c5; d3; e1 • Cash: IX. a4; b5; c2; d3; e1

Our totally trendy pop culture mavens are Wendy Woltjer, a children’s librarian at the Kalamazoo Public Library in Kalamazoo, Michigan; and Erin V. Helmrich, Youth/Young Adult Librarian at the Royal Oak Public Library in Royal Oak, Michigan.

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