My friend Alyssa at work is the trivia queen. So every once in a while she starts a
competition for us and passes out quizzes every day for about a month. Today's was
right up my alley. So I'm posting it! It's titled "Do great books make great movies?"
The rule is that you can find your answers anywhere you want, except on the internet.
Have fun! Oh, and also: I don't have the answers. But when I get them, I'll post them!
1. The Lord of the Rings film trilogy took director Peter Jackson seven years to
complete. How long did it take writer J. R. R. Tolkien to complete the books?
a. One year
b. Three years
c. The exact same amount of time it took to make the movies: seven years
d. Over ten years
2. In the 1994 film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, Winona Ryder
played Jo March. Who played Jo in the 1933 version of the film?
a. Bette Davis
b. Katharine Hepburn
c. Judy Garland
d. Joan Crawford
3. Which award-winning war film was based on Joseph Conrad's book Heart of Darkness?
a. The Bridge on the River Kwai
b. The Great Escape
c. Apocalypse Now
d. The Deer Hunter
4. There have been several movie versions of Shakespeare's Hamlet. Which of the
following actors has not played the role of Hamlet in a movie?
a. Richard Burton
b. Kenneth Branagh
c. Sir John Gielgud
d. Laurence Olivier
5. Clueless, the 1995 film starring Alicia Silverstone as the teenage heroine Cher,
is based on which classic novel?
a. Sense and Sensibility
c. Great Expectations
d. My Antonia
6. Which actor made his motion-picture debut as the reclusive Boo Radley in the
1962 film of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird? (Tequila Mockingbird?)
a. Sam Shepard
b. Warren Beatty
c. Robert Duvall
d. Gregory Peck
7. Nicole Kidman won an Academy Award for her role as Virginia Woolf in The Hours,
which was based on Michael Cunningham's 1999 Pulitzer Prize winning novel of the
same name. Which of Virginia Woolf's works was central to the story?
a. A Room of One's Own
b. To the Lighthouse
c. Mrs. Dalloway
d. The Waves
8. Although the name of Harry's owl is used in the book Harry Potter and the
Sorcerer's Stone, it is not mentioned in the movie version. What is the owl's name?
9. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest won 5 Academy Awards, including best actory, best
actress, best director, and best picture. How did Ken Kesey, who wrote the 1962
novel, react to the movie?
a. He loved it
b. He thought it was OK
c. He hated it
d. He laughed, he cried -- it was better than Cats
10. When Rhett Butler declared "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn!" in Gone With
the Wind, he uttered one of the most famous lines in movie history. In the book, the
line was slightly different. What was it?
a. "My dear, I don't give a damn!"
b. "Frankly, I don't give a damn!"
c. "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a darn!"
d. "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a hill o' beans!"