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Welcome to the ultimate Bowling Quiz!

Are you geared up to test your knowledge of the exciting world of bowling and show that you’re a genuine bowling enthusiast?

We’ve compiled tough questions that will challenge your bowling prowess.

Just count your correct answers and visit our result table to check your performance.

So, tighten your bowling shoes, polish up your ball, and let’s find out if you can strike it big with your bowling trivia expertise!


Table of Contents

1. In which country was the modern game of bowling invented?

  • A) United States
  • B) England
  • C) Germany

2. What is the maximum number of points that can be scored in a single game of ten-pin bowling?

  • A) 200
  • B) 300
  • C) 400

3. What is the term used for a bowler who throws a series of three consecutive strikes?

  • A) Turkey
  • B) Chicken
  • C) Eagle

4. In bowling, how many pins are arranged in a standard ten-pin formation?

  • A) 10
  • B) 12
  • C) 15

5. What is the term for a bowler who knocks down all ten pins with two consecutive rolls in a single frame?

  • A) Split
  • B) Spare
  • C) Strike

6. What is the term used for the area between the foul line and the pins?

  • A) Pin Deck
  • B) Lane
  • C) Approach

7. In which year did bowling become an official Olympic demonstration sport?

  • A) 1936
  • B) 1960
  • C) 1988

8. Which famous character is known for being an excellent bowler in the TV series ‘The Simpsons’?

  • A) Homer Simpson
  • B) Marge Simpson
  • C) Ned Flanders

9. What is the largest bowling alley in the world?

  • A) Inazawa Grand Bowl in Japan
  • B) Thunderbowl in Michigan
  • C) Freeway Lanes in Ohio

10. What is the term for knocking down all ten pins with one roll of the ball during the tenth frame of a game?

  • A) Perfect End
  • B) Final Strike
  • C) Fill Ball

11. In how many frames does a bowler compete in a standard game of ten-pin bowling?

  • A) 9
  • B) 10
  • C) 12

12. Which actor played ‘The Dude’ in the 1998 bowling-related film ‘The Big Lebowski’?

  • A) John Goodman
  • B) Steve Buscemi
  • C) Jeff Bridges

13. What nation is known for creating the first indoor bowling alley?

  • A) France
  • B) United States
  • C) Scotland

14. What is the term used for an arrangement of pins left standing after the first roll of a frame?

  • A) Leave
  • B) Mark
  • C) Clean

15. What is the diameter of a standard ten-pin bowling ball?

  • A) 8.5 inches
  • B) 8.59 inches
  • C) 8.96 inches

16. What is the term used for a split where the 7th and 10th pins remain standing?

  • A) Big Four
  • B) Bedposts
  • C) Greek Church

17. In five-pin bowling, what is the maximum score a player can achieve?

  • A) 450
  • B) 300
  • C) 225

18. What material is typically used for the lanes in a bowling alley?

  • A) Laminated Wood
  • B) Marble
  • C) Plastic

19. What’s the minimum number of steps most bowlers take during their approach toward the foul line?

  • A) 2 steps
  • B) 4 steps
  • C) 6 steps

20. In candlepin bowling, how many balls are thrown per frame?

  • A) 1
  • B) 2
  • C) 3

21. What is the term used to describe a ball thrown down the middle of the lane without any hook or curve?

  • A) Straight ball
  • B) Dead ball
  • C) Rocket ball

22. How many points is a single pin worth in five-pin bowling?

  • A) 1
  • B) 5
  • C) 3

23. What is the term used for the person who resets the pins and returns the ball to the bowler?

  • A) Pin Monkey
  • B) Ball-Boy
  • C) Pin Setter

24. In duckpin bowling, what’s the maximum score a player can achieve?

  • A) 300
  • B) 450
  • C) 237

25. What is the term for a split where the 4th, 6th, 7th, and 10th pins remain standing?

  • A) Big Four
  • B) Lumberyard
  • C) Greek Church

26. What is considered a “scratch” in bowling?

  • A) A game without handicap
  • B) A missed pin
  • C) A gutter ball

27. What is the perfect number of points scored during a ten-frame game of turkey bowling?

  • A) 120
  • B) 300
  • C) 237

28. What is the minimum weight of a legal ten-pin bowling ball?

  • A) 6 pounds
  • B) 8 pounds
  • C) 10 pounds

29. When was the first Women’s International Bowling Congress Championship tournament held?

  • A) 1916
  • B) 1925
  • C) 1940

30. In ten-pin bowling, what is the term for a game in which a bowler does not roll any strikes or spares?

  • A) Clean Game
  • B) Open Game
  • C) No Mark

31. Which of these is not a type of bowling pin used in the sport?

  • A) Ten-pin
  • B) Candlepin
  • C) Steakpin

32. What is the term used for the space at the end of the lane where the pins are set?

  • A) Pin Deck
  • B) Gutter
  • C) Approach

33. What do you call the place in the bowling alley where players sit and wait for their turn to bowl?

  • A) Lounge Area
  • B) Waiting Room
  • C) Settee Area


# of Correct Answers Percentage Range Label Description
0- 0-49% Armchair Athlete You've got some learning to do, but don't worry, there's always the next game!
- 50-64% Rookie Runner Not bad! Keep practicing, and you'll be a sports trivia champ in no time.
- 65-79% Midfield Maestro Impressive! You're getting closer to the top, keep up the good work.
- 80-94% All-Star Striker Wow, you really know your sports trivia! You're a force to be reckoned with.
-33 95-100% Legendary Champion Unbelievable! You're a true sports trivia master. Your knowledge knows no bounds!

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Max is a sports enthusiast who loves all kinds of ball and water sports. He founded & runs stand-up-paddling.org (#1 German Paddleboarding Blog), played competitive Badminton and Mini Golf (competed on national level in Germany), started learning β€˜real’ Golf and dabbled in dozens of other sports & activities.

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