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Rain Quiz

Questions About Rain

  1. In the nursery rhyme, what is the old man doing when "it's raining, it's pouring"?
  2. Who plays Kathy Selden in the 1952 American musical "Singin' in the Rain"?
  3. "The Rain in Spain" is a song from the musical?
  4. With what would you use the Duckworth–Lewis–Stern method?
  5. Who wrote the song "A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall"? (Hint: it was written in the summer of 1962)

  6. "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" is a song written by Hal David and Burt Bacharach for which 1969 film? And who sung this song for the film?
  7. According to tradition, if it rains on Saint Swithun's bridge on his feast day it will continue for forty days - in which city is Saint Swithun's bridge? And in which month is Saint Swithun's Day?
  8. Which city gets the less rain: London, Rome, Sydney, or New York City?
  9. Acid rain is composed mainly of the oxides of which two elements?
  10. Does the word "petrichor" describe the the smell, feel, noise or sight of falling rain?
  11. Which term, coined in the mid-19th century, typically refers to precipitation with a pH of about 4?
  12. In Victorian Britain, umbrellas were often referred to as "gamps" after the character Mrs. Gamp in which Charles Dickens novel?
  13. "To the red country and part of the gray country of Oklahoma, the last rains came gently, and they did not cut the scarred earth." is the opening line to which classic book?
  14. If it prevents someone from enjoying an event or spoils plans, it's said to "rain on someone's" what?
  15. "November Rain" is a song by which hard rock band?
  16. Which American singer, songwriter and actress once said: "The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain."?
  17. Golden rain or golden chain are sometimes names given to a genus of two species of which small tree?
  18. Who was the goddess of the rainbow and the messenger of the Olympian gods?
  19. "Why Does It Always Rain on Me?" was which Scottish band's international breakthrough single?
  20. Which ancient Latin word means "rain storm"?


  1. The old man is snoring
  2. Debbie Reynolds
  3. My Fair Lady
  4. Cricket (used to calculate the target score for the team batting second in a one-day cricket match interrupted by rain)
  5. Bob Dylan
  6. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, it was sung by B. J. Thomas
  7. Winchester, July (15th)
  8. London
  9. Sulphur and Nitrogen
  10. Describes the the smell

  11. Acid rain
  12. Martin Chuzzlewit (the character Sarah Gamp was well known for carrying an umbrella everywhere)
  13. The Grapes of Wrath
  14. Parade
  15. Guns N' Roses
  16. Dolly Parton
  17. Laburnum
  18. Iris
  19. Travis
  20. Nimbus