Interactive Seuss Trivia Challenge

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Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss!

Born in 1904, today would have been his 111th birthday, and while he has been gone nearly a quarter of a century, in many ways, he is still with us. So, to honor the doc that rocks, the Circles team is sharing this Interactive Seuss Trivia Challenge, a game that will perhaps spark some ideas for things you can do with your students.


In this post, in addition to our Interactive Seuss Trivia Challenge, you will find some fun facts, good reads, interactive technologies, and other ideas for using Dr. Seuss in the college classroom.

Now with no further ado…

You don’t have to tell us, it’s none of our biz, but how well will you do on our Seuss Trivia Quiz?

Did you know that Dr. Seuss went to Dartmouth and Oxford, but technically had no formal art training? According to Time Magazine, “He walked out on a high-school art teacher who refused to let him draw with his drawing board turned upside down”

Dr. Seuss was also not an immediate success. His first manuscript “A Story That No One Can Beat” was rejected by 27 publishers. In fact, according to Karen MacPherson:

[Dr. Seuss] was on his way home to burn it when he bumped into a Dartmouth College friend, Mike McClintock, who had — just three hours earlier — become the children’s-book editor of Vanguard Press. McClintock brought his friend up to meet his bosses, who agreed to publish the book as long as Geisel agreed to change the title to something snappier.

Another thing you might not know, is that he wrote and worked on an Oscar-winning animated short film. Dr. Seuss’s Gerald McBoing-Boing cartoon won the Academy Award in 1951.


Ok, so how did we do that? Well we made the interactive video with a new technology known as HapYak. There are other similar services out there, but this is one of our current favorites. We are reviewing some others and will be posting them to Circles soon, but for now, here is the training video for HapYak. Oh yeah, and here is the link. 

Good Reads

Here are some articles with some ideas for how to use Dr Seuss in the college classroom.

Note* If you log in to Atlas and click on the library link, then these links will open up without needing to sign in again.

Lisa Friedman Miner Daily Herald,Staff Writer. “You Rock, Doc to Celebrate His 100th Birthday, here are 100 Fantabulous Things about Dr. Seuss (Aka Theodor Geisel)!” Daily Herald: 1. Mar 02 2004. ProQuest. Web. 1 Mar. 2015 .

Juchartz, Larry R. “Team Teaching With Dr. Seuss And Shel Silverstein In The College Basic Reading Classroom.” Journal Of Adolescent & Adult Literacy 47.4 (2003): 336-341. Academic Search Complete. Web. 1 Mar. 2015.

Zambo, Debby. “Using The Picture Book Thank You, Mr. Falker To Understand Struggling Readers.” Journal Of Adolescent & Adult Literacy 48.6 (2005): 502-512. Education Research Complete. Web. 26 Feb. 2015.

Freeman, Nancy, Stephanie Feeney, and Eva Moravcik. “Enjoying A Good Story: Why We Use Children’s Literature When Teaching Adults.” Early Childhood Education Journal Apr. 2011: 1+. Education Research Complete. Web. 26 Feb. 2015.

Meyerson, Peter M. “Using Children’s Picture Books As Tools To Facilitate Undergraduates’ Learning.” College Teaching 54.3 (2006): 259. MasterFILE Complete. Web. 26 Feb. 2

Zambo, Debby, and Cory C. Hansen. “Once Upon a Theory: Using Picture Books to Help Students Understand Educational Psychology.” Teaching Educational Psychology 1.1 (2005): 1-8. Web. 26 Feb. 2015.



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