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23 November 2016

Think you’re a Gilmore Girls fan? Prove it! Try our SRSLY hard quiz

What are the first two words of the whole series? Where does Rory have her first kiss? And who is Rocket Boy?

By Anna Leszkiewicz

On SRSLY, the New Statesman’s pop culture podcast, we’re devoted to discussing books, film and TV in sometimes excruciating detail (see our Harry Potter, FRIENDS, and Love, Actually episodes for proof). So when we decided to hold a Gilmore Girls quiz in London to accompany our special podcast on the series, we knew it had to be hard. After some tough quizzing, the winners were the excellently named “WHY did you DROP out of YALE”.

If you couldn’t make the live event, you’re in luck! We’re sharing all the questions and answers below. If you think you’re a Gilmore Girls expert, this is (possibly) the quiz for you. If you need yet more organised fun at your viewing party for the new Netflix episodes premiering this Friday, this is also (possibly) the quiz for you. (You can download printable answer sheets here for rounds one, two, three and four.)  

The Questions

Round One

  1. What are the first two words of the whole series?
  2. What film does the Stars Hollow movie night show every year?
  3. What causes “The Great Stink” in Stars Hollow? (Note: there are other bad smell incidents in Stars Hollow, but only this one is bad enough to have an episode named after it.) For an extra point, how much would it cost the town to clean up?
  4. What is the name of the newspaper where Rory does her internship in season five?
  5. What was the name of Richard’s university acapella group? 
  6. Gilmore Girls is known for Rory and Lorelai’s dialogue. But what is the maximum number of episodes in a row that feature no dialogue between them?
  7. Who is the Ice Cream Queen?
  8. What is Taylor’s official government position in Stars Hollow?
  9. There are two words written on Luke’s Diner’s windows — what are they?
  10. Rory and Lorelai own a set of plates that Emily describes as featuring “women in bikinis”. Who are those women?

Rory’s Extra Credit Question One

In one minute, how many of Kirk’s jobs can you name? A point for each.

Round Two

  1. What is the name of Jess’ novel?
  2. What are Rory and Lorelai’s middle names?
  3. How much money does Lorelai get on her 35th birthday? I need the answer in dollars or pairs of Jimmy Choos.
  4. What does Lorelai say was her first sentence?
  5. Fill the blank:  Bicycle, unicycle, unitard __________ rattlesnake, monkey, monkey, underpants!
  6. Which famous writer, who admitted to stabbing his second wife in the heart, stars in a season five episode? For an extra point, what is his drink of choice? 
  7. What is the name of Jackson’s abrasive cousin?
  8. How many times during the seven seasons is Lorelai engaged?*
  9. What is the name of Dean’s friend in the navy?
  10. Where does Rory have her first kiss?

Picture Round

How well do you know the geography of Stars Hollow? Identify as many of the buildings below as you can.

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Round Three

  1. How does Rory fracture her wrist?
  2. Where did Richard propose to Emily? For an extra point, what is there when they walk past the same spot with Rory?
  3. Who does Rory greet by saying “Hello, boys” when she and Lorelai return from Europe?
  4. “It’s what we bring out for social gatherings that need mouth to mouth.” What is Rory referring to?
  5. What is the date of Luke and Lorelai’s planned wedding?
  6. What martial art does Paris practice?
  7. What does Lorelai “finally give” Rory when she leaves for her first job?
  8. What animal does Babette dress up as, as “a turn on” for Maurie?
  9. Rory and Lorelai inherit their name from Richard’s mother. But what is Lorelai Gilmore the first’s maiden name?
  10. Name as many alternative names considered for Hep Alien as you can.

Rory’s Extra Credit Question Two

At the time of season one, what is the population of Stars Hollow? (Every team that gets it exactly right gets a point – if no one gets it exactly, the nearest team gets a point.)

Round Four

  1. What did Lorelai call Luke “for two years, just to make him mad”?
  2. What precious childhood toy does Rory find in her garage when she and Lorelai clean it out for Lane’s band rehearsals?  
  3. In what year does Rory graduate from Chilton?
  4. Who said “mould is money, but I wish I wasn’t so scared of finding it”?
  5. How many Gilmore Girls characters have been attacked by swans? You must also name them to get the point.
  6. What are the names of Michel’s dogs?
  7. Who’s car does Kirk crash into Luke’s diner?
  8. What is the username of the person who runs the blog Rocket Boy, and helps Rory identify the model rocket Logan gives her?
  9. What is Paul Anka’s original name?
  10. How many miles separate Yale and Stars Hollow? You must get within a mile of the correct answer.


Highlight the white text below to reveal the answers.

Round One

  1. “Please, Luke.”
  2. The Yearling
  3. Pickles deposited during a train derailment. $2500
  4. The Stamford Eagle Gazette
  5. The Whiffenpoofs
  6. Two
  7. Rory Gilmore
  8. Town selectman
  9. “Good” and “food”.
  10. The original Charlie’s Angels

Rory’s Extra Credit Question One

See Decider’s list of Kirk’s jobs, and refer to the knowledge of the quizzer.

Round Two

  1. The Subsect
  2. Leigh and Victoria
  3. $75,000 / 150 pairs of Jimmy Choos
  4. “Big Head Want Dolly”
  5. Hockey Puck
  6. Norman Mailer, Ice Tea
  7. Rune
  8. Three. *Note: there was much controversy surrounding this question. When Christoper and Lorelai elope, are they ever actually engaged? That all depends on your view of the nature of performative utterances – but in my book, they’re engaged from the moment they leave the table to the moment they say, “I do.”
  9. Kyle
  10. Dosee’s market

Picture Round

  1. Luke’s
  2. Taylor’s Soda Shoppe
  3. The Library
  4. Sophie’s Music Shop
  5. Dosee’s Market
  6. Stars Hollow Beauty Supply
  7. Antonioli’s Pizza
  8. Stars Hollow Books
  9. KC’s Annex
  10. Stars Hollow Gallery
  11. Stars Hollow Vintage Clothing / Shoe Repair
  12. Le Chat Club
  13. The Churchogogue
  14. Kim’s Antiques
  15. Stars Hollow High
  16. Weston’s Bakery
  17. Stars Hollow Video
  18. Stars Hollow Video Game Arcade
  19. Bootsy’s Newsstand
  20. Miss Patty’s / The Town Meeting venue

Round Three

  1. Jess crashes her car
  2. Park bench in Yale. It’s now a trash can
  3. Her socks
  4. Bop It
  5. June 3rd
  6. Krav Maga  
  7. An orange sweater
  8. A howler monkey
  9. Gilmore. (She married her second cousin!)
  10. Answers include: The Harry Potters, Follow Them To The Edge Of The Desert (FTTTEOTD), The We, Devil’s Advocate, The Chops

Rory’s Extra Credit Question Two


Round 4

  1. Duke
  2. Hug A World
  3. 2003
  4. Kirk
  5. Two: Jess and Michel
  6. Chin Chin and Paw Paw
  7. Taylor’s.
  8. Rocketchamp465
  9. Cocoa
  10. 22.8

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