Favorite Movies: Quiz Show

I don't have a favorite movie, but I certainly have 10 I can watch over and over again. Quiz Show is one of those 10, and not only because I'm a quiz show nut myself, but because I'm a big Ralph Fiennes fan and an even bigger John Turturro fan.




I enjoyed writing this quiz because it gave me a chance to go Meta (lookout!) Yes, it's the quiz within the quiz. You not only have to know the film, you have to know the answers to the questions posed in the film, right and wrong! Watch out now... there could be some tricky ones.

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Herb Stempel (John Turturro) is asked by the producers of the quiz show to give the wrong answer to the following question: What won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1955? What film is Herb told to give as his answer?
Rear Window
On the Waterfront
White Christmas
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Who is the author of the poem quoted in the previous question?
Emily Brontë
Emily Dickinson
Lord Byron
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Another contestant seen on a taped episode of the quiz show is asked to identify the author of the following quote: "Hope is the thing with feathers / that perches in the soul." Which of the following statements is true?
The contestant answers correctly after he'd been instructed by the producers to answer incorrectly.
The contestant answers incorrectly, as he was told to do by the producers.
The contestant answers correctly and was given the correct answer by the producers.
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Mark Van Doren (Paul Scofield) recites the following poem at a dinner party: Now see summer bloom upon this lee / Three score rings around this tree /Once green now bare /Once lush now sere /Consoled only that I am planted here. Who wrote the poem?
John Keats
Mark Van Doren
Percy Bysshe Shelley
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The movie begins and ends with a song called “Mack the Knife.” Who wrote this song?
Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein
Kurt Weill/Bertolt Brecht
George Gershwin/Ira Gershwin
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Quiz Show was nominated for 4 Oscars. How many did it win?
zero
3
1
4
2
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Which statement below about Dick Goodwin is true?
The name of the man who actually broke the quiz show scandal in the Washington Post is Richard Goodwin
The name of the man who wrote the book the movie is based on is Richard Goodwin.
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Dick Goodwin, the lawyer sent in to investigate the possibility that the quiz show is rigged, is played by what actor?
Roger Bart
Rob Morrow
Patrick Bristow
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Professor Charles Van Doren (Ralph Fiennes) is asked the following question on the quiz show: Because of a disagreement with his commanding general, Ulysses S. Grant was virtually placed under arrest for a brief time early in 1862. Who was the commanding general of the Union Army at that time? The Professor answers the question correctly and goes on to be the new quiz show champion. What's the correct answer to the question?
Ambrose P. Hill
General H. W. Halleck
Frederick Douglass
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Continuing on with the Paul Revere question, Herb is asked to name the man who loaned Paul Revere his horse for that fateful midnight ride. Herb answers:
Deacon John Larkin
Noble Wimberly Jones
Enoch Woodbridge
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As Herb is told on the quiz show: Every schoolboy knows about the midnight ride of Paul Revere. How many lanterns were hung in the Old North Church? What is the answer Herb gives to the question?
One lantern in the Old North Church.
Three lanterns in the Old North Church.
Two lanterns in the Old North Church.
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What company was the official sponsor of the quiz show, both in the movie and real life?
Geritol
Palmolive
Ivory Soap
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What is the name of the real quiz show that the movie’s plot revolves around?
Dotto
The $64 Question
Twenty-One
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Poor Herb is very upset when he learns he has to lose on an Oscar question. What category does he suggest for an alternate question?
Physics
Sports
Literature
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What film actually DID win the Oscar for Best Picture in 1955?
Rebel Without a Cause
Marty
The Seven Year Itch
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Quiz Show was directed by?
Robert Redford
Robert Zemeckis
Mike Figgis