Quiz about Neighbors
Quiz about Neighbors

Neighbors Trivia Quiz


This 1920 Buster Keaton short features his father, Joe Keaton, and childhood neighbor Big Joe Roberts.

A multiple-choice quiz by ubermom. Estimated time: 6 mins.
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Author
ubermom
Time
6 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
321,056
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Tough
Avg Score
6 / 10
Plays
111
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1. The first inter-title tells us, "The Flower of Love could find no more romantic spot in which to blossom than in this poet's Dream Garden." What exactly is the "Dream Garden" setting for this love story? Hint

A mansion's garden separated from the neighbor's modest home by a high brick wall
Two suburban gardens separated by a picket fence
Two tenement back yards separated by a high fence
Two hillbilly shacks separated by a split rail fence

2. The film opens with Buster and Virginia on either side of the barrier between them. What are they doing? Hint

Leaning against the barrier between them, looking wistful and forlorn.
Picking flowers for each other.
Passing a love note back and forth.
Giving each other surreptitious dreamy looks.

3. Both sets of parents come outside, and clearly don't approve of the romance. Virginia gets chased away by her father, and Buster gets dragged away by the ear by his mother. Then the parents set into quarreling with their respective spouses. How do the two young lovers come together after the cruel parting? Hint

Buster climbs the side of Virginia's house and goes in through a window.
The two sneak away to a secluded spot behind some shrubs.
Buster wriggles through a gap in the barrier and sneaks in through Virginia's back door.
Buster vaults the barrier and lands on a seat next to Virginia.

4. Big Joe catches Buster and Virginia together. Buster makes himself scarce. Or he tries to, anyway. What goes wrong with Buster's getaway? Hint

His trajectory ends up carrying him back, straight into Big Joe.
He trips over the cat and falls, landing on Virginia's mother.
He runs full-tilt into a tree.
He gets tangled up in the sheets on a clothesline.

5. By this mishap and that, Buster ends up with his head stuck in the ground, while his father tries to dislodge him. First Joe fetches a pickax, but thinks better of using it. He grabs his son by the legs and tries to yank him out of the ground -- which might work better if he weren't standing on Buster's arms. Big Joe yells to Buster's father that he knows a better way to do something. What? Hint

Break Buster's neck
Uproot Buster
Plant Buster
Kill Buster

6. The next set of gags revolve around Buster's dirty face and a cop he beaned by accident. How does Buster eventually get free from the cops? Hint

He hides under the laundry in a woman's wagon.
He hides in the spare tire of a car going by.
He hops on a trolly, then onto one going in the opposite direction.
He runs, dodges, and eventually loses them.

7. Back home, Buster rigs a board to smack Big Joe automatically. Big Joe thinks Buster's father is smacking him. The two men end up fighting and getting hauled off by the cops. Buster, identified as the original source of the trouble, gets grabbed as well, but manages to give the cops the slip. But he's discovered in his hiding place. What gives him away? Hint

His sneeze
His hat
His dog
His shadow

8. Both families get dragged before the judge, and the fathers have to sign a peace bond. While their parents bicker, Buster proposes to Virginia, and she accepts. What happens that knocks the judge right off his seat? Hint

Buster jumps for joy and tumbles backward over the judge.
Big Joe shakes the pen and sprays ink all over the place.
Big Joe swings at Buster's father, who responds with a high kick that overshoots.
Virginia blows him a kiss.

9. A nervous Buster dresses for his nuptials. But alas for Buster, his suspenders break. His baggy trousers -- with room enough for two of him -- keep falling down. A clothespin doesn't help. Stealing the preacher's belt doesn't help. How does he finally get his pants to stay up? Hint

He doesn't. They keep falling down for the remainder of the movie.
He steals Big Joe's belt.
A friend gives him a padlock.
He uses his necktie.

10. Big Joe notices that the ring is from a 5 and 10 cent store -- so cheap he can crush it between his thumb and forefinger. He stops the wedding short, grabs Virginia and drags her home. Buster's mother grabs him by the ear and drags him upstairs. Do Buster and Virginia manage to finish the wedding ceremony?

Yes
No


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. The first inter-title tells us, "The Flower of Love could find no more romantic spot in which to blossom than in this poet's Dream Garden." What exactly is the "Dream Garden" setting for this love story?

Answer: Two tenement back yards separated by a high fence

Laundry hangs on the multiple lines strung across the yards from house to house. Buster and Virginia stand separated by the high board fence, but mere wooden planks can't stand in the way of true love.

Virginia Fox plays Buster's beloved in this film. She was a frequent Keaton leading lady, playing the Mayor's Daughter in "Cops" (1922), an Indian Maiden in "The Paleface" (1922), one of the confusing twins in "The Play House" (1921), the Police Chief's Daughter in "The Goat" (1921), Virginia in "Hard Luck" (1921), and the Bank President's Daughter in "The Haunted House" (1921).
2. The film opens with Buster and Virginia on either side of the barrier between them. What are they doing?

Answer: Passing a love note back and forth.

The two sets of parents end up involved, passing the love note back and forth so that it ends up looking like Buster's mother and Virginia's father are the love birds. Neither one's spouse is pleased with this situation.

Buster's father is played by his real life father, Joe Keaton; Virginia's father is played by Big Joe Roberts, who Buster had known since childhood, when Roberts was a summer neighbor in Muskegon, Wisconsin. Buster frequently used the huge Roberts as his comic foil, from his first independently released short in 1920, to Roberts' last film before his death in 1923 -- 18 of the 21 films Keaton released in that time. (In that same span of time, Buster's father was only in 7 of Buster's films, and usually played bit parts rather than the supporting roles Buster gave to Roberts.)
3. Both sets of parents come outside, and clearly don't approve of the romance. Virginia gets chased away by her father, and Buster gets dragged away by the ear by his mother. Then the parents set into quarreling with their respective spouses. How do the two young lovers come together after the cruel parting?

Answer: Buster climbs the side of Virginia's house and goes in through a window.

Virginia calls to him from her third-floor window, and Buster scampers up the wall to the stairwell landing where she awaits. But their embrace is cut short by Virginia's father. If he disapproved of Buster across the fence, he doubly objects to Buster in the house.
4. Big Joe catches Buster and Virginia together. Buster makes himself scarce. Or he tries to, anyway. What goes wrong with Buster's getaway?

Answer: His trajectory ends up carrying him back, straight into Big Joe.

Buster uses the clothesline for a zip line -- but ends up with his momentum carrying him down the banister, onto the next clothesline, and right into Big Joe. Big Joe hangs Buster by his feet from the clothesline and runs him across to where Joe is beating a rug. Joe isn't paying attention to what he'd doing, smacks Buster, and sends him spinning over the line.
5. By this mishap and that, Buster ends up with his head stuck in the ground, while his father tries to dislodge him. First Joe fetches a pickax, but thinks better of using it. He grabs his son by the legs and tries to yank him out of the ground -- which might work better if he weren't standing on Buster's arms. Big Joe yells to Buster's father that he knows a better way to do something. What?

Answer: Break Buster's neck

"I know a better way than that to break his neck," Big Joe calls. Joe Keaton calls back, "He's my son and I'll break his neck any way I please." This line is an echo of a comment Joe made to Roscoe Arbuckle during the filming of "A Country Hero" (1917).

The movie was stage veteran Joe Keaton's first film, and he didn't take kindly to direction from Arbuckle on the best way to kick Buster's backside for the shot. "I've been kicking that boy's [bottom] ever since he was born," Joe snapped at Roscoe, "and now you tell me how." So instead of just kicking Buster, like the scene called for, Joe kicked Roscoe -- and Alice Lake as well.
6. The next set of gags revolve around Buster's dirty face and a cop he beaned by accident. How does Buster eventually get free from the cops?

Answer: He hides under the laundry in a woman's wagon.

The whole set of gags in this set of shots are very racist to modern eyes. First we see Buster's dirty face being mistaken for the face of a Black man. Then when the woman gets home with her wagon full of clean sheets, we get treated to a scene based on the stereotype of the superstitious Black folks, as Buster, sheet-covered, rises from the wagon, and the woman and her family flee what they take as a ghost.

It's a common type of gag in films of this era. What sets "Neighbors" apart from other white-produced films of the era is that Keaton used Black actors instead of the more typical white actors in blackface.
7. Back home, Buster rigs a board to smack Big Joe automatically. Big Joe thinks Buster's father is smacking him. The two men end up fighting and getting hauled off by the cops. Buster, identified as the original source of the trouble, gets grabbed as well, but manages to give the cops the slip. But he's discovered in his hiding place. What gives him away?

Answer: His shadow

Buster has climbed a utility pole. His shadow as he swings his legs clues the cop in to where the troublemaking young man has gotten to. Buster makes a temporary escape by using his tie and the electrical wire as a zip line, but he strolls right into a waiting paddy wagon while looking over his shoulder for the cop he'd just given the slip.

In this movie Buster has no dog, doesn't sneeze, and rarely dons the trademark porkpie hat.
8. Both families get dragged before the judge, and the fathers have to sign a peace bond. While their parents bicker, Buster proposes to Virginia, and she accepts. What happens that knocks the judge right off his seat?

Answer: Virginia blows him a kiss.

"Her father's abused her long enough; Now I want to marry her and take her home to my father," Buster tells the judge, from his perch atop the judge's bench. When the youngsters announce their intention to wed, the fathers try to yank them apart, but the judge warns them not to fight any more and sends them on their way. Buster gets a congratulatory handshake from the judge, and Virginia blows her knockout kiss.
9. A nervous Buster dresses for his nuptials. But alas for Buster, his suspenders break. His baggy trousers -- with room enough for two of him -- keep falling down. A clothespin doesn't help. Stealing the preacher's belt doesn't help. How does he finally get his pants to stay up?

Answer: A friend gives him a padlock.

The wedding scene has Joe Keaton with his arm in a cast for some reason. When Big Joe asks, "What happened to you?" Joe replies, "I bought a Ford." The male relatives on both sides hold various weapons behind their backs, for all their pleasantries to each other's faces.
10. Big Joe notices that the ring is from a 5 and 10 cent store -- so cheap he can crush it between his thumb and forefinger. He stops the wedding short, grabs Virginia and drags her home. Buster's mother grabs him by the ear and drags him upstairs. Do Buster and Virginia manage to finish the wedding ceremony?

Answer: Yes

Buster, from his third-floor window, sees Virginia at her third-floor window. He gets his friends to help him cross the yard to fetch her -- standing on each other's shoulders. It's a good thing Buster had The Flying Escalantes to help him. Their three-man tower makes it across the yard and back with Virginia's trunk, but get stuck between Joe Keaton in one yard and Joe Roberts in the other. They take off. Buster loses one Escalante to a clothes line, and another to an open trap door. He and Virginia slide down a cute to the basement where the preacher is firing up the furnace. He turns, finishes the ceremony, and goes back to his task. The end.

The Flying Escalanets would later play with Buster Keaton in "Allez Oop" in 1934.
Source: Author ubermom

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