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Quiz about U571
Quiz about U571

U-571 Trivia Quiz


During WWII, a U.S. submarine crew must operate a German sub after their covert mission goes awry. Matthew McConaughey, Harvey Keitel and Thomas Kretschmann star in this movie from 2000.

A multiple-choice quiz by Polaris101. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
Polaris101
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
221,343
Updated
Jul 23 22
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
8 / 10
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Question 1 of 10
1. Why is Lt. Tyler upset when he arrives at the party? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. When Lt. Tyler and Lt. Emmett look at what Maj. Coonan has referred to as his luggage, what do they see? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. After the S-33 is underway, Lt. Hirsch gives the officers a briefing on their mission. What is the name of the encoding machine they intend to capture? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. What happens to the S-33 that causes the Americans to have to operate U-571? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Lt. Hirsch speaks German fluently. Which other American speaks German? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. The Americans rescue one crewmember from U-571. What is that person's position on the sub? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Lt. Tyler orders Rabbit not to fire on the German surveillance plane.


Question 8 of 10
8. After the plane incident, Lt. Tyler gives an order to dive. Why does this not happen? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. What does Lt. Tyler want Rabbit to aim for when he fires the deck cannon at the German destroyer? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Lt. Tyler and his crew bring U-571 safely into a friendly port.



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Why is Lt. Tyler upset when he arrives at the party?

Answer: He was turned down for a command position.

Before attending the wedding reception of Ensign Larson (Matthew Settle), Lt. Andy Tyler (McConaughey) looks at a letter he received telling him that he has been turned down for a command position. Lt. Tyler questions Capt. Dahlgren (Bill Paxton) at the party about why he didn't give his recommendation. Capt. Dahlgren replies that he didn't feel Andy was ready to take on a command of his own.
2. When Lt. Tyler and Lt. Emmett look at what Maj. Coonan has referred to as his luggage, what do they see?

Answer: Weapons and explosives

Amidst the preparations for the S-33's departure, Lt. Tyler and Lt. Emmett (Jon Bon Jovi) are standing on the dock talking, when a man comes up to them and asks where he can find the Executive Officer, which is Lt. Tyler. The man introduces himself as Maj. Coonan (David Keith) from the Office of Naval Intelligence.

He says he's going to sea with them and, pointing to a jeep, says there is his luggage. Lt. Tyler and Lt. Emmett walk over and see a couple of crates of explosives sitting on top of boxes of ammunition and weapons.
3. After the S-33 is underway, Lt. Hirsch gives the officers a briefing on their mission. What is the name of the encoding machine they intend to capture?

Answer: Enigma

Lt. Hirsch (Jake Weber) is travelling on the mission and has operational control. On the submarine, he explains that the inability of the Allies to decipher the German's messages are costing the Allies the war. They plan on capturing the Enigma encoding machine from a disabled U-boat, but must hurry to its location because a German resupply submarine is also on the way.
4. What happens to the S-33 that causes the Americans to have to operate U-571?

Answer: It is torpedoed by another U-boat.

After the Americans board U-571 and capture the encoding machine, they are in the process of transferring the German prisoners to the S-33. Capt. Dahlgren turns and sees a torpedo heading for the S-33. The torpedo was fired from the German resupply sub, which saw what was happening to U-571.

The S-33 is blown up, and the few Americans left on the U-boat are forced to get it underway quickly before the other U-boat fires at them.
5. Lt. Hirsch speaks German fluently. Which other American speaks German?

Answer: Wentz

Lt. Hirsch finds out prior to their departure that Seaman Wentz (Jack Noseworthy) can speak German fluently. Wentz's skill comes in handy both when the boats approach the U-571, and when the Americans have to operate the German sub.
6. The Americans rescue one crewmember from U-571. What is that person's position on the sub?

Answer: Captain

On the sub, Capt. Wassner (Thomas Kretschmann) does not admit to being U-571's captain when he is captured, and is on the S-33 being processed with the rest of the prisoners when the torpedo strikes the sub. Lt. Tyler realizes that the German resupply sub is responsible for torpedoing the S-33, and puts his crew into action.

They submerge the U-571 and fire torpedoes at the other U-boat, sinking it. They resurface, and find only two survivors. One is Eddie Carson (T.C. Carson), the cook from the S-33, and the other is Capt. Wassner. Capt. Wassner tells the Americans that he is an electrician.
7. Lt. Tyler orders Rabbit not to fire on the German surveillance plane.

Answer: True

Lt. Tyler is afraid that if they shoot and miss, the plane will radio to headquarters that one of the U-boats has been captured. If the Germans know that an Enigma machine has been compromised, they will change the codes. The Enigma machine and codebook that were captured will then be worthless to the Allies. Seaman Mazzola (Erik Palladino) panics, thinking the plane is going to fire on them and tells Rabbit (Will Estes) to fire, but Lt. Tyler orders him not to. Immediately after the plane flies over them, a German destroyer is spotted on the horizon.
8. After the plane incident, Lt. Tyler gives an order to dive. Why does this not happen?

Answer: the hydraulics are inoperable

Capt. Wassner is handcuffed near the engine room, but momentarily knocks Tank (Dave Power) unconscious and frees himself. He then quickly sabotages the hydraulics. Lt. Tyler sends Mazzola to the engine room to find out why they have lost hydraulics and are not diving. Capt. Wassner shoots Mazzola and the two struggle, with the German getting shot as well. Mazzola dies, and Tank must hurriedly try to fix the hydraulics system.
9. What does Lt. Tyler want Rabbit to aim for when he fires the deck cannon at the German destroyer?

Answer: Radio shack

As a result of not being able to dive, the German destroyer has now approached U-571. They cannot take on the ship without a working torpedo tube, so Lt. Tyler and Lt. Hirsch decide to destroy the radio shack and the antenna so the Germans cannot report that Enigma has been compromised. Rabbit's shot accomplishes this and the sub dives under the destroyer.

The Germans begin dropping depth charges, forcing Lt. Tyler to continually make their depth deeper to stay under the explosions. He eventually comes up with a plan to destroy the German ship, but they must first find the air leak which is rendering the rear torpedo tube inoperable.
10. Lt. Tyler and his crew bring U-571 safely into a friendly port.

Answer: False

After surfacing, Lt. Tyler must wait until Trigger (Tom Guiry) has closed off the air leaks before the torpedo tube is ready for firing. In the meantime, the German destroyer has seen the sub and begins firing on it, causing major damage. Trigger becomes trapped in the bilge water and dies after he closes off the valve.

The torpedo is fired and destroys the German ship. The Chief (Harvey Keitel) tells Lt. Tyler that they can't keep U-571 afloat any longer, so Lt. Tyler gives the order to abandon ship.

As the men watch from their life raft, U-571 sinks beneath the surface. They are later found by a U.S. Navy plane.
Source: Author Polaris101

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