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Quiz about Storied Films Stories within Stories
Quiz about Storied Films Stories within Stories

Storied Films: Stories within Stories Quiz


Many movies tell a story within the story, or have alternate realities. Most often, they start in the present and tell a story from the past. This quiz is about films that tell stories in different and interesting ways.

A multiple-choice quiz by andshar. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
andshar
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
414,545
Updated
Dec 30 23
# Qns
10
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Question 1 of 10
1. In "Titanic" (1997), a search team inspecting the wreckage of the ship finds a safe. They are hoping it contains a large valuable jewel which was on the ship when it sank. Instead of a jewel, what do they find? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. "The Princess Bride" (1987) tells a wonderful fantasy/adventure story by having a grandfather begin reading the story from a book to his young grandson who is home sick from school. The grandfather is played by which actor? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. In "Kiss of the Spider Woman" (1985), two men are in prison in Brazil. One man, Valentin, is a political prisoner and is being poisoned. In order to pass the time and comfort Valentin, the other man, Molina, describes a movie he's seen that was particularly moving for him. Which actor won the Oscar for Best Actor for playing Molina and narrating the film within the film? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. In "Citizen Kane" (1941), we begin to learn about Kane from a newsreel obituary. We then see more of his story as someone investigates his past, through interviewing family and associates and reading memoirs. Why is he doing this investigating? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. "The French Lieutenant's Woman" (1981) features the terrific pairing of Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons. It tells the tale of two love affairs set in England, one in the present and the other during the Victorian period. The affair in the present involves two actors who are acting in a modern film version of which Victorian romantic story? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. "My Dinner with Andre" (1981) is unusual because when stories are told within a movie, the story within the film is usually shown to us. In "My Dinner with Andre", we mostly watch and listen to Andre, as he describes his fantastical experiences while he's been out of circulation (although the companion gets in a nice rant near the end of the film). The dinner companion is played by which actor, who was also in "The Princess Bride" (1987)? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946) is a Christmas classic that uses the supernatural storytelling device of a guardian angel who can show the lead character what would have happened if he hadn't lived. What is the first name of the guardian angel? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Science fiction can utilize imagined technologies to tell stories with multiple or ambiguous realities. In "Total Recall" (1990), the lead character might be experiencing reality or implanted memories. Which actor plays the lead character? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. The idea of artificial memories, as conceived in "Total Recall", was expanded into a virtual reality concept in "The Matrix" franchise. In "The Matrix", the world is run by machines and most humans are unwittingly connected into the matrix, which is an artificially constructed reality. Why have the humans been connected to the matrix? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. "Everything Everywhere All at Once" (2022) utilizes the concept of the multiverse, the set of all existing universes, which enables the film maker to show the same characters with different personalities or capabilities in parallel situations. In this film, the main character must connect with versions of herself in parallel universes to prevent the destruction of the multiverse by which phenomenon? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. In "Titanic" (1997), a search team inspecting the wreckage of the ship finds a safe. They are hoping it contains a large valuable jewel which was on the ship when it sank. Instead of a jewel, what do they find?

Answer: A drawing

When the search team opens the safe, they find only a drawing of a young woman wearing the necklace with the jewel that they are seeking. The sketch is dated April 14, 1912, the same day the Titanic struck the iceberg that caused it to sink. The woman in the sketch survived the disaster and hears about its discovery. She contacts the search team and recounts the story of her voyage.

"Titanic" was nominated for 14 Academy Awards and won 11 including Best Picture. With an initial worldwide box office gross of over $1.8 billion, it was the first film to reach the billion-dollar mark.
2. "The Princess Bride" (1987) tells a wonderful fantasy/adventure story by having a grandfather begin reading the story from a book to his young grandson who is home sick from school. The grandfather is played by which actor?

Answer: Peter Falk

At the beginning of the story, a young woman named Buttercup takes some pleasure in bossing a farm boy, who works on their farm, named Westley. Westley always complies using the phrase, "As you wish." She eventually realizes that this is an expression of love. We later hear the grandfather express the sentiment to his grandson by saying, "As you wish" deepening the meaning of the phrase.

Peter Falk is best known for playing the titular character in the television show "Columbo" (1968-1978, 1989-2003). He won four Primetime Emmy Awards for "Columbo" and was also nominated twice for Oscars for Best Supporting Actor for his movie career which ran from 1958 to 2009.
3. In "Kiss of the Spider Woman" (1985), two men are in prison in Brazil. One man, Valentin, is a political prisoner and is being poisoned. In order to pass the time and comfort Valentin, the other man, Molina, describes a movie he's seen that was particularly moving for him. Which actor won the Oscar for Best Actor for playing Molina and narrating the film within the film?

Answer: William Hurt

Molina recounts memories from one of his favorite films, a wartime romantic thriller, which we, as the audience, watch intermittently. The film within the film has parallels to Valentin and Molina. In addition to Hurt winning the Oscar for Best Actor, "Kiss of the Spider Woman" was nominated for three other Oscars including Best Picture. Hurt made his film debut in Ken Russell's science-fiction feature "Altered States" (1980).

He also received Oscar nominations for Best Actor for "Children of a Lesser God" (1986) and "Broadcast News" (1987). Raul Julia played the part of Valentin.
4. In "Citizen Kane" (1941), we begin to learn about Kane from a newsreel obituary. We then see more of his story as someone investigates his past, through interviewing family and associates and reading memoirs. Why is he doing this investigating?

Answer: To find out the meaning of Kane's last word

One of the many reasons "Citizen Kane" is often considered the best movie in history (voted number one on the American Film Institute's surveys of the best films in both 1998 and 2007) is the interesting construction of the story. On his deathbed, Kane's last word is "Rosebud".

The newsreel's producer requests that a reporter try to find out the meaning of the word. This allows us to see different aspects of Kane's life through different perspectives, as the reporter interviews people who knew him, or reads their memoirs.
5. "The French Lieutenant's Woman" (1981) features the terrific pairing of Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons. It tells the tale of two love affairs set in England, one in the present and the other during the Victorian period. The affair in the present involves two actors who are acting in a modern film version of which Victorian romantic story?

Answer: The affair in the past

The film is based on the novel of the same name by John Fowles from 1969. The characters in both affairs are played by Streep and Irons. By having the modern film be a version of the affair in the past, we can compare and contrast the societal norms of the present versus the past. The film was nominated for five Oscars including Best Actress for Streep.
6. "My Dinner with Andre" (1981) is unusual because when stories are told within a movie, the story within the film is usually shown to us. In "My Dinner with Andre", we mostly watch and listen to Andre, as he describes his fantastical experiences while he's been out of circulation (although the companion gets in a nice rant near the end of the film). The dinner companion is played by which actor, who was also in "The Princess Bride" (1987)?

Answer: Wallace Shawn

The film was written by and stars Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn as fictionalized versions of themselves sharing a conversation at Café des Artistes in Manhattan. "Wally" is a struggling playwright who hasn't seen his old friend Andre for several years. Andre relates some of his extraordinary experiences while he was out of circulation, going through a spiritual and existential midlife crisis. The film has an approval rating of 92% based on 25 reviews, with an average score of 7.8 out of 10, on Rotten Tomatoes.

Shawn's involvement with theater began in 1970 when he met Gregory, who subsequently directed several of plays written by Shawn. Shawn's first film appearance was in the Woody Allen film, "Manhattan" (1979). He has since remained quite busy acting in films and television as well as voice acting.
7. "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946) is a Christmas classic that uses the supernatural storytelling device of a guardian angel who can show the lead character what would have happened if he hadn't lived. What is the first name of the guardian angel?

Answer: Clarence

The full name of the guardian angel is Clarence Odbody, who is played by Henry Travers. The film was produced and directed by Frank Capra and also stars Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore in the lead roles. The story is loosely based on the Charles Dickens novella "A Christmas Carol" (1843), which uses a similar supernatural literary device to show Scrooge the past, present and what the future holds in store if things don't change. "It's a Wonderful Life" was nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture, and has been recognized by the American Film Institute as one of the 100 best American films ever made on both their 1998 and 2007 surveys.
8. Science fiction can utilize imagined technologies to tell stories with multiple or ambiguous realities. In "Total Recall" (1990), the lead character might be experiencing reality or implanted memories. Which actor plays the lead character?

Answer: Arnold Schwarzenegger

Schwarzenegger plays a construction worker on Earth, who ostensibly receives implanted memories of an amazing adventure on Mars. He experiences his adventure occurring in his reality on Earth, when agents of a shadowy organization try to prevent him from receiving memories in which he himself was an agent on Mars. The screenplay is based on the 1966 short story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale" by Philip K. Dick who also wrote the story on which "Blade Runner" (1982) was based. The film received mixed reviews. However, retrospectively it is now considered one of the better sci fi movies (number 43 on The Playlist website) and was rated Schwarzenegger's fourth best movie by Variety in 2022.

Schwarzenegger began his career as a bodybuilder, earning a Mr. Universe and seven Mr. Olympia titles. He then turned to acting and had with his breakthrough role in the sword and sorcery epic "Conan the Barbarian" (1982).
9. The idea of artificial memories, as conceived in "Total Recall", was expanded into a virtual reality concept in "The Matrix" franchise. In "The Matrix", the world is run by machines and most humans are unwittingly connected into the matrix, which is an artificially constructed reality. Why have the humans been connected to the matrix?

Answer: So the humans will accept being controlled

As Morpheus explains to Neo in the first movie, there was a war between humans and the machines which the machines won. In order to have an adequate power source, the machines built fields of pods which house humans generating bioelectric power. He tells Neo, "The Matrix is a computer-generated dream world built to keep us under control in order to change a human being into this (Morpheus holds up a battery)."

The franchise has been highly successful. As of 2023, there have been three sequels as well as animation, video games and comics and it has generated over $3 billion in revenue. The films have had a significant cultural and societal influence with their style, special effects (such as dodging bullets) and philosophical concepts especially regarding choice (i.e. the red pill or the blue pill).
10. "Everything Everywhere All at Once" (2022) utilizes the concept of the multiverse, the set of all existing universes, which enables the film maker to show the same characters with different personalities or capabilities in parallel situations. In this film, the main character must connect with versions of herself in parallel universes to prevent the destruction of the multiverse by which phenomenon?

Answer: The Everything Bagel

Our hero, Evelyn Quan Wang, is a middle-aged, Chinese American immigrant who runs a laundromat with her husband and they have a daughter named Joy. In the parallel Alphaverse, Joy is Joa Tupaki and she has created a black hole-like Everything Bagel - everything on a bagel which has collapsed in on itself.

The film is highly entertaining and was a great success at the 95th Academy Awards winning seven of the eleven awards it was nominated for including Best Picture. The actors playing each of the three main characters all won Oscars as well including Michelle Yeoh as Evelyn, Ke Huy Quan as her husband and Jaimie Lee Curtis as Evelyn.
Source: Author andshar

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