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  'Citizen Kane' (Part 1)   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
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'Citizen Kane' is one of the true masterworks of Hollywood history. This series of quizzes looks at some of the more superficial details of Orson Welles' 1941 landmark film. I hope you will enjoy...
Average, 10 Qns, thejazzkickazz, Mar 02 11
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  Citizen Kane (Part 3)   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
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In this, the third quiz in a series on the 1941 film 'Citizen Kane', we continue to follow the tale of one Charles Foster Kane. I wish you luck.
Average, 10 Qns, thejazzkickazz, Mar 02 11
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  Citizen Kane (Part 2)   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
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This is the second installment in my wildly popular series of quizzes covering Orson Welles' classic film 'Citizen Kane'. Play and enjoy...
Average, 10 Qns, thejazzkickazz, Mar 02 11
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  'Citizen Kane' - One of America's Greatest Films   popular trivia quiz  
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An easy multiple choice quiz on what many (including myself) consider to be one of, if not the best, films in American cinema. It's hard to create questions that speak to the techniques and symbolism of this 1941 classic.
Average, 10 Qns, Boru2537, Sep 05 03
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  Citizen Kane: A Small Miracle In Cinema    
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This quiz is about the 1941 theatrical sensation "Citizen Kane". Although, publically shunned at the time because of poor promoting tactics, it was critically acclaimed all over the world.
Easier, 10 Qns, crissy_70, Mar 02 11
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  "Citizen Kane": Behind the Scenes   popular trivia quiz  
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One of the most honored motion pictures in the history of the medium, "Citizen Kane" is certainly on my list of the greatest films ever made. How much do you know about its production?
Difficult, 15 Qns, enfranklopedia, Feb 10 12
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trivia question Quick Question
According to the newsreel, aside from Xanadu, which of these other buildings was Charles Foster Kane responsible for constructing?

From Quiz "'Citizen Kane' (Part 1)"

Citizen Kane Trivia Questions

1. Just following the film title the viewer hears ominous music. The picture then fades in to a metal sign hanging on a fence. What is written on this sign?

From Quiz
'Citizen Kane' (Part 1)

Answer: No trespassing

Following the image of the 'No trespassing' sign, we are treated to some almost surreal images of the grounds of the Kane mansion. Among the unusual images are monkeys in Kane's zoo, Viking style boats and a golf course, complete with tattered flags identifying the holes. Always in the background are matte photos of the Kane mansion, each making the great house appear sinister and spooky as we pan in closer to a lit window where the dying Charles Foster Kane is about to emit his last word.

2. What famous word did Charles Foster Kane say just before he died?

From Quiz Citizen Kane: A Small Miracle In Cinema

Answer: Rosebud

The inspiration for "Citizen Kane" was the life of William Randolph Hearst, a man who created an empire of newspapers, radio stations and magazines. Rosebud was said to be an inside joke between cast and crew, for it was said that Rosebud was actually a pet name that Willian Randolph Hearst created for intimate areas of his lover's body. (eeew!)

3. Which actress was pregnant during certain stages of filming?

From Quiz "Citizen Kane": Behind the Scenes

Answer: Dorothy Comingore

Dorothy Comingore (who played Susan Alexander Kane) was pregnant throughout a rather long segment of shooting. Director Orson Welles dressed her in flowing robes and gowns, and placed her behind obstacles in order to mask her condition.

4. Who directed this movie?

From Quiz 'Citizen Kane' - One of America's Greatest Films

Answer: Orson Welles

He also starred in the film and helped write the script. And he was only 25 at the time! Imagine what he could have offered the world if RKO hadn't pulled him in so fiercely!

5. Following the separation of Charles from his parents, the viewer is presented with an interesting and significant snippet of Charles receiving a Christmas gift from Mr. Thatcher. The gift is a sled. What is the name of this sled?

From Quiz Citizen Kane (Part 2)

Answer: The Crusader

Rosebud is the name of Charles' sled in Colorado. The fact that he is presented with a new and improved (?) sled, and not his beloved Rosebud, hints at the separation anxiety the young boy is feeling. As 'Rosebud' is Charles Foster Kane's last word, the viewer is led to believe that the sled, an inanimate object, is the poor chap's best wordly friend.

6. Following sundry views of the grounds surrounding the Kane mansion, the scene shifts to the inside of the great home. Charles Foster Kane lies alone, dying. Soon, the first word of the film can be heard. What is this word?

From Quiz 'Citizen Kane' (Part 1)

Answer: Rosebud

The word 'Rosebud' has almost become synonymous with this film. Fans of Orson Welles' know very well that this was the name of young Charlie Kane's sled. Also well known to fans of Mr. Welles is the rumored secret origin of this term. Apparently, it was a nickname that William Randolph Hearst had provided for certain body parts of his mistress Marion Davies. There is, of course, no way to substantiate the veracity of this claim.

7. Who directed, co-wrote and starred in "Citizen Kane"?

From Quiz Citizen Kane: A Small Miracle In Cinema

Answer: Orson Welles

Orson Welles, the boy wonder, was only 25 years of age when he created Mercury Theatre Company. Most of the members of the company each made their debut in "Citizen Kane." Jospeh Cotten played Jed Leland, Kane's supposed best friend. Everett Sloane played Mr. Bernstein the successful business man. William Alland played Thompson the reporter.

8. Which character actually *heard* Charles Foster Kane say the word "Rosebud" seconds before Kane died?

From Quiz "Citizen Kane": Behind the Scenes

Answer: Raymond, the butler

It's a common misconception that no one was in the room when Kane spoke his dying word(s), "Rosebud"...but the script itself contradicts this idea. At the end of the film, when "News on the March" reporter Mr. Thompson (William Alland) asks Raymond (Paul Stewart) about the meaning of the term "Rosebud," Raymond states that he heard Kane say "Rosebud" just after his second wife left Xanadu...and, he adds, "that other time, too." We never *see* Raymond in the room during the opening scene of the film when Kane dies, but the dialogue demands (as does logic) that *someone* heard Kane's final words, and Raymond appears to have been that critical witness -- "that other time, too" seems to be a reference to Kane's final moment alive.

9. The film was nominated for _____ Academy Awards?

From Quiz 'Citizen Kane' - One of America's Greatest Films

Answer: 9

Best Original Screenplay, Picture, Actor, Director, Black and White Cinematogoraphy, Black and White Interior Decorating, Sound Recording, Dramatic Picture Score, and Film Editing. It only won for Best Original Screenplay.

10. What's so strange about every time we see Thompson the reporter?

From Quiz Citizen Kane: A Small Miracle In Cinema

Answer: We never actually get to see his face

We never get a good look at Thompson's face. His back is always turned to us or his face is in the shadows. It is said that at the premiere of "Citizen Kane" William Alland who played Thompson told the audience that he should probably turn around and show them his back or no one would recognize him.

11. A rather notable actor appears in several scenes of "Citizen Kane," but his face is obscured in shadow, and his name is barely (if at all, in some prints) noted in the credits. Who is he?

From Quiz "Citizen Kane": Behind the Scenes

Answer: Alan Ladd

Ladd plays one of the reporters in the shadowy "News on the March" screening room early in the film, and appears again (still in shadow) in the final scenes. He received no official credit for his role.

12. What is the name of the film's exceptionally talented cinematographer?

From Quiz 'Citizen Kane' - One of America's Greatest Films

Answer: Gregg Toland

He also did some fantastic work with John Ford's 'Grapes of Wrath.' He artfully used the new technique of deep focus, as well as lighting to show the emotional positon of a character, as well as physical position.

13. Following Kane's return from Europe, we discover that he will soon be married. His soon-to-be wife, Emily, is no less than the niece of the President of the United States. What is her family name?

From Quiz Citizen Kane (Part 3)

Answer: Norton

Miss Emily Monroe Norton, niece of the current president, becomes Kane's first wife. Their marriage is initially a happy one, but they lose interest in each other, as depicted in the famous breakfast table scene later in the film. In the Newsreel at the beginning of the film it states that, not long after their divorce, Emily and her son (with Kane) are killed in a car accident.

14. As we see various, non-conforming images of Kane's great estate of Xanadu the announcer also describes its location. In which U.S. state has Kane built his magnificent abode?

From Quiz 'Citizen Kane' (Part 1)

Answer: Florida

Welles' fans know very well that, though Kane's estate is built along Florida's Gulf coast, its 'model' is the great Hearst castle (La Cuesta Encantada) at San Simeon, California. The newsreel announcer claims that 100,000 trees were planted on the estate and 20,000 tons of marble used in the creation of the mansion. We are also told of the mansion's contents, which include paintings, statues and other priceless relics; 'enough for ten museums' we are told. Cost of the mansion: no man can say.

15. What is the name of Kane's palatial estate?

From Quiz Citizen Kane: A Small Miracle In Cinema

Answer: Xanadu

Xanadu is the name of Kane's estate. San Simeo was the name of William Randolph Hearst's estate. Xanadu's location is supposedly on the dessert coast of Florida, except Florida doesn't have dessert coast. During the picnic scene on the beach the background is actually from some dated pre-historic setting from a movie. You can actually see pterodactyls flying around in the background!

16. What man was the role of Charles Kane rumored to be patterned after?

From Quiz 'Citizen Kane' - One of America's Greatest Films

Answer: William Randolph Hearst

Hearst was a powerful newspaperman, as well. Both Kane and Hearst had palatial and massive estates (Xanadu and San Simeon), and both had young female companions (Susan and Marion Davies).

17. The introductory newsreel generously provides the viewer with a quick synopsis of Charles Foster Kane's life. During the short film we see, among other things, Kane twice standing with a U.S. president, but which one?

From Quiz 'Citizen Kane' (Part 1)

Answer: Teddy Roosevelt

The 'News on the March' film is intended to orient the viewer to the main character of the film, and also to relate this character (Kane) to William Randolph Hearst, the real-life newspaper magnate upon whom Kane was roughly based. Along with the clever film juxtaposition of Kane with Roosevelt, the title character is seen standing alongside other world leaders, including Hitler. Keep in mind that this movie was made over 50 years before Forrest Gump.

18. What did Kane build for his second wife, Susan Alexander?

From Quiz Citizen Kane: A Small Miracle In Cinema

Answer: An opera house

Kane built an opera house just for her. Susan never wanted it. The fact of the matter is that Susan never wanted anything Kane bought for her because it was always things that Kane thought she should like.

19. What is the name of the reporter who searches for the meaning of 'Rosebud' throughout the movie?

From Quiz 'Citizen Kane' - One of America's Greatest Films

Answer: Thompson

Though he never discovers the true meaning of Kane's last words, the audience does. If you sit and think about it, the meaning is heart-wrenchingly tragic. The movie is REALLY deep.

20. During his interview, Leland reveals something very profound and tragic about Charles Foster Kane. According to this old friend of Kane, what is the only thing the newspaper man really ever wanted out of life?

From Quiz Citizen Kane (Part 3)

Answer: Love

Jedidiah Leland probably knows Charles Foster Kane better than anyone else, so when he makes this revelation it seems rather believable. Leland insists that Kane wanted love from his wife, and later from the American people in general, and this is what drove his ambition. Unfortunately, according to Leland, Charles 'just didn't have any [love] to give', the exceptions being to himself and to his mother.

21. During this scene in the newspaper publishing office the viewer is introduced to two key characters in the film. The first is Bernstein, Kane's chief assistant. What is Mr. Bernstein's given name?

From Quiz Citizen Kane (Part 2)

Answer: We are never told

Bernstein is always referred to as 'Mr. Bernstein' throughout the film...I'm not sure why. He is portrayed by Everett Sloane, another member of Welles' Mercury Theater group. Sloane went on to work with Welles' in several more films, including 'Journey into Fear', 'The Lady from Shanghai' and 'Prince of Foxes'.

22. What was Kane a great collector of?

From Quiz Citizen Kane: A Small Miracle In Cinema

Answer: Statues

At the end of the movie, the camera pans across thousands of statues left in Kane's storage warehouse, some were never even taken out of their crate.

23. What was the name of Kane's first wife?

From Quiz 'Citizen Kane' - One of America's Greatest Films

Answer: Emily Norton Kane

She was a direct descendant of James Monroe, I believe. Many thought that Charles Kane married her in order to further his chances at becoming president one day. He, however, never even became governor.

24. What is the name of the club where Thompson interviews Susan Alexander?

From Quiz Citizen Kane: A Small Miracle In Cinema

Answer: El Rancho

The outside of the club was actually a model. So when the camera panned over the roof and through the skylight to show Susan sitting at a table, they would either have a bolt of lightning separate the model from the actual set or go to a dissolve.

25. Dorothy Comingore was not born with the name she used in the credits of "Citizen Kane." What was her real first name?

From Quiz "Citizen Kane": Behind the Scenes

Answer: Margaret

Dorothy was born Margaret Louise Comingore, and appeared in several "Three Stooges" features before being tapped by Orson Welles for "Citizen Kane."

26. What was Susan's occupation?

From Quiz 'Citizen Kane' - One of America's Greatest Films

Answer: singer

She didn't even like singing, virtually all of her singing career was Charlie's idea. When she couldn't land a part with any prestigous comapanies, Charlie built her an opera house where she could perform.

27. What political office did Charles Foster Kane run for?

From Quiz Citizen Kane: A Small Miracle In Cinema

Answer: Governor

Charles Foster Kane made an unsuccessful bid for Governor. Perhaps he would have won, but Kane's opponent, Gettys, blackmailed him when he discovered that he was cheating on his wife (who was the President's niece) with Susan Alexander. Kane refused to step back and the scandal was released to the public with the headline, "Kane Caught In Love Nest With 'Singer'".

28. Orson Welles has been portrayed by a number of actors over the years, in many films. Which actor has *never* played Welles in a film?

From Quiz "Citizen Kane": Behind the Scenes

Answer: D. B. Sweeney

MacFayden played Welles in "Cradle Will Rock" (1999); Schrieber played Welles quite brilliantly in "RKO 281" (1999); D'Onofrio played Welles (with a dubbed-in voice) in "Ed Wood" (1994). As of September 2003, Sweeney has never portrayed Welles in a motion picture.

29. Where does the reporter meet to speak with Mr. Leland?

From Quiz 'Citizen Kane' - One of America's Greatest Films

Answer: nursing home

They sit at a large reflective desk with an enormous picture of Charlie gazing down at them. Dripping with symbolizm, that scene is.

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