Wednesday, November 9, 2011

to kill a mockingbird trivia quiz

Last year my friend Cathy casually mentioned that she tries to watch To Kill A Mockingbird every fall. It's a fall movie, she explained, with the climactic scene occurring on the evening of a Halloween pageant at the school.

I was intrigued. My sister and I watch White Christmas every holiday season, largely because it was broadcast each Christmas Eve where we grew up; but it never occurred to me to have an annual movie for other times of year.

So I invited Cathy and some other friends over this past weekend to watch To Kill A Mockingbird on our screen. We served big bowls of popcorn, chocolate and tea; people arrived in the rain with blankets and bottles of wine; and we started as we often do around here—

—with a trivia quiz. C and I have played on a trivia team on and off for some years now, and we enjoy the format. Knowledge, even trivial knowledge, makes everything more interesting, doesn't it? We always hand out a small prize—this year it was a used copy of the 50th anniversary edition of To Kill A Mockingbird.

Below is the quiz as given. It helps to begin with some common ground: that the movie was adapted from the book by Harper Lee, who based it on people and events from her childhood. Some of the questions were quite easy, especially if you know the book or the movie. Some were fairly esoteric. Most were facts lifted wholesale from trivia and movie websites. My only contribution was to turn them into multiple choice questions, which makes the quiz relatively fast and easy and gives everyone a fair shot at each question.

To Kill A Mockingbird
trivia quiz
  1. What year was To Kill A Mockingbird published?
    • 1936
    • 1949
    • 1957
    • 1960
  2. The events take place in Maycomb, Alabama. The model for Maycomb was Harper Lee's hometown of:
    • Magnolia Springs, Alabama
    • Maytown, Alabama
    • Mobile, Alabama
    • Monroeville, Alabama
  3. Atticus is one of the more unusual names in American literature. What was Harper Lee's father's real name?
    • Abraham
    • Amasa
    • Ambrose
    • Arthur
  4. Which actress from the tv series Bewitched made her film debut as Stephanie Crawford?
    • Agnes Moorhead (Endora)
    • Alice Ghostley (Esmerelda)
    • Elizabeth Montgomery (Samantha)
    • Marion Lorne (Aunt Clara)
  5. Which actor from The Godfather made his film debut as Boo Radley?
    • Al Pacino (Michael)
    • James Caan (Sonny)
    • John Cazale (Fredo)
    • Robert Duvall (Tom Hagen)
  6. Brock Peters, who played Tom Robinson, also sang background vocals on:
    • Alley Oop
    • Banana Boat Song
    • Twist and Shout
    • Unforgettable
  7. The character of Dill was based upon which childhood friend of Harper Lee?
    • Bill Haley
    • Jimmy Carter
    • Truman Capote
    • William Styron
  8. Gregory Peck was not the first choice to play Atticus. Which actor was?
    • Gary Cooper
    • Fred MacMurray
    • James Stewart
    • Rock Hudson
  9. When Harper Lee saw Gregory Peck in costume, she remarked that he looked just like her father, down to the little pot belly. Peck replied, "That's not a pot belly, Harper—that's..."
    • a beer belly."
    • great acting."
    • my wallet. These pants have no pockets."
    • padding from wardrobe."
  10. What is Scout's given name?
    • Harper Louise
    • Jean Louise
    • Mary Louise
    • Thelma Louise
  11. What is a chifforobe?
    • a type of chair
    • a freestanding closet
    • a framed mirror
    • a dressing gown
  12. Mary Badham, who played Scout, didn't continue her acting career for long, but her brother John Badham became a director. Which of the following films did he direct?
    • Dracula
    • Saturday Night Fever
    • Short Circuit
    • War Games
  13. To Kill A Mockingbird was nominated for 8 Academy Awards and won 3. Name one of the 3 categories in which it won:
    • ______________________________
  14. Who performed the eulogy at Gregory Peck's funeral in 2003?
    • Brock Peters (Tom Robinson)
    • Mary Badham (Scout)
    • Harper Lee
    • Michael Jackson
  15. To Kill A Mockingbird has also been adapted into a play, which is performed annually in Harper Lee's hometown. How many times has Harper Lee seen the play?
    • none
    • once
    • twice
    • she has attended every peformance since its debut in 1990.
Tie-breaker Question
What is To Kill A Mockingbird's ranking on the AFI's 100 Greatest Movies of All Time? _________________________________
How nerdy can I get about these things? Well, you can click here for a printable .pdf file if you like. I'll post answers tomorrow.

Meanwhile, I'm curious: do you have a movie you watch every year?

1 comment:

  1. Well, now I have to watch it, too. Before I try to answer the questions! So much fun : )


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