How well do you know the Cartwright mothers?

Which little lady was riding shotgun on the back of that horse?


We see Ben Cartwright's beautiful sons all throughout Bonanza, but what about those beautiful wives that gave him those beautiful sons? Here's a quiz to test your knowledge of Ben's first, second, and third wives, and mothers to his three sons!

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  1. Elizabeth is the mother of which Cartwright son?
  2. Inger is the mother of which Cartwright son?
  3. Marie is the mother of which Cartwright son?
  4. Marie Cartwright has another son. What is his name?
  5. Geraldine Brooks, known for playing Elizabeth, also played another character on Bonanza. What was her name?
  6. Which wife does Ben meet in New Orleans?
  7. Inga Swenson, known for playing Inger Cartwright, also had an appearance in which classic television show?
  8. Who gives Ben and his wife the idea to call their son Hoss?
  9. How does Ben meet Marie?
  10. When Ben met Elizabeth, what was his occupation?

How well do you know the Cartwright mothers?

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Cougar90 7 months ago
Ben was the First Mate onboard his ship. I believe it was a cargo ship.
MikefromJersey 9 months ago
"You got 9 out of 10. You're fluent in Ben Cartwright's wives!"

How many brothers does Little Joe have?
Answer: 4 Adam, Hoss, Jamie, plus his brother Clay whom Joe's mom had with her
first husband. I have won many a mug of McSorleys finest ale with that one.
RelicHominid006 9 months ago
5/10. Great quiz. It seems like this is a quiz that has been waiting to happen for a long time. Good job MeTV. That was fun.
Tresix 9 months ago
7/10. I remember how surprised I was when I saw the recently-departed Inger Swenson as Hoss’ mother. A complete 180 from her “Benson” character.
BenSobeleone 9 months ago
Inger's brother was Gunnar Borgstrom. Young Gunnar was played by Jeremy Slate. Old Gunnar was played by Neville Brand.
lmahabhashyam 9 months ago
9/10 I missed Inger Swenson’s appearance on Barnaby Jones.
I missed her appearance as well.
cperrynaples 9 months ago
One comment I must make: Ever notice in the Bonanza open Ben Hoss and Joe are grinning but Adam looks like he's constipated? Now I understand why Pernell Roberts left!
Dysall cperrynaples 8 months ago
Maverick66 9 months ago
8/10. Not too bad. Sometimes the ol' memory still works.
Big3Fan 9 months ago
Only a six on the real wives of the Ponderosa quiz. Nuttin' to hop and sing about.
BenSobeleone Big3Fan 9 months ago
Good one! I see what ya did there.
seltaeb 9 months ago
The article mentioned Ben Cartwright's beautiful sons. I wouldn't exactly call them beautiful, especially Hoss.
cperrynaples seltaeb 9 months ago
Yes they should have said handsome! You NEVER call a boy beautiful!
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