Quiz about Black Mirror  The National Anthem
Quiz about Black Mirror  The National Anthem

"Black Mirror" - "The National Anthem" Quiz


"Black Mirror" is a modern take on "The Twilight Zone". Each episode is a stand-alone story. They're also on the more mature themes, so viewer discretion is advised. This quiz is about the pilot episode, "The National Anthem".

A multiple-choice quiz by TonyTheDad. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
TonyTheDad
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
391,812
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
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154
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Scroll down to the bottom for the answer key.
1. In which country is "The National Anthem" set? Hint

Iceland
Australia
United Kingdom
Norway

2. The story revolves about the kidnapping of one of the royal family. Which royal family member is kidnapped? Hint

Prince Albert
The Queen's mother
The Queen
Princess Susannah

3. Instead of money, the kidnapper asks for the Prime Minister to do this for "ransom". Hint

perform an unspeakable act on live TV
have a prisoner released who is on death row
kill an innocent person on live TV
get a divorce

4. In what way does the prime minister's staff try to fake the ransom? Hint

They hire a TV special effects crew.
They create the paperwork for the divorce, but it's never officially filed.
They hire a near-identical actor.
They hire an actor.

5. What body part is sent to the prime minister's office because the kidnapper found out about their attempted deception? Hint

A finger
A toe
An ear
A breast

6. The prime minister is still adamant about not caving in to the kidnapper's extortion. What convinces him to finally capitulate to the kidnapper's demand? Hint

A call from the royal family
The unspeakable act actually appeals to him
His wife actually asking for a real divorce
Lowering public opinion

7. When does the kidnapper release the royal family member? Hint

He kills his captive, and the body is found in a river.
He releases the captive the exact moment the ransom is "paid".
He releases the captive a year later, after the prime minister has had to leave office.
He releases his captive half an hour before the prime minister actually "pays".

8. Is the kidnapper captured alive? Hint

Yes, he is captured as he tries to escape the country.
No, he is killed in a shootout.
No, he is found dead in his apartment, by suicide.
Yes, it is the next royal family member in the line of succession.

9. Who was the kidnapper? Hint

A feminist who was trying to make a statement about the ephemeral nature of marriage.
A royal family member who wanted to move up in the line of succession.
A performance artist whose "work" is a statement on the people's obsession with the media.
A terrorist that wanted to get his brother out of prison.

10. A year later, which of the following is the negative consequence of the whole kidnapping? Hint

The prime minister is forced from office
The prime minister's wife becomes very distant to him in private, though maintaining a good public image
The royal family surrenders their claim to the crown
The captive body is found in a river


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. In which country is "The National Anthem" set?

Answer: United Kingdom

"Black Mirror" premiered on British television's Channel 4. Its first two seasons were set in United Kingdom.

Netflix purchased the program in 2015. Subsequent episodes were based in the United States and Iceland.
2. The story revolves about the kidnapping of one of the royal family. Which royal family member is kidnapped?

Answer: Princess Susannah

The story centers around the kidnapping of a Princess Susannah, of the British royal family.
3. Instead of money, the kidnapper asks for the Prime Minister to do this for "ransom".

Answer: perform an unspeakable act on live TV

The "ransom" is that the prime minister have televised sexual relations. (I won't go into any further detail of this.)
4. In what way does the prime minister's staff try to fake the ransom?

Answer: They hire an actor.

They hired an actor, who was going to wear a green-screen hood over his face so that special effects could be used to paste in the prime minister's face.

One of the production staff leaked the information on what he was working on, and the kidnapper found out. That's when he sent a cut-off finger (his own, not the princess's).
5. What body part is sent to the prime minister's office because the kidnapper found out about their attempted deception?

Answer: A finger

The finger was actually the kidnapper's, not the princess's. Since this whole scenario was the kidnapper's -- a performance artist -- attempt at an "art" piece about the obsession of the public with media, he wasn't *really* going to injure the princess, beyond the trauma of the kidnapping itself.
6. The prime minister is still adamant about not caving in to the kidnapper's extortion. What convinces him to finally capitulate to the kidnapper's demand?

Answer: Lowering public opinion

Waiting until the final hour, the prime minister finally capitulates. He takes a dose of Viagra and does the unspeakable act.
7. When does the kidnapper release the royal family member?

Answer: He releases his captive half an hour before the prime minister actually "pays".

The kidnapper releases a drugged princess in the middle of the London Millennium Footbridge, a half-hour before the PM "pays". He then presumably goes back to his apartment and commits suicide.

After she's found, the PM's staff is informed. However, they hold off from telling him. After he pays, the prime minister spends quite a while in the bathroom vomiting and retching.
8. Is the kidnapper captured alive?

Answer: No, he is found dead in his apartment, by suicide.

The kidnapper kills himself after he releases the princess, unharmed, on the London Millennium Footbridge.
9. Who was the kidnapper?

Answer: A performance artist whose "work" is a statement on the people's obsession with the media.

A lot of effort for an "art" piece that he won't be able to discuss with anyone.
10. A year later, which of the following is the negative consequence of the whole kidnapping?

Answer: The prime minister's wife becomes very distant to him in private, though maintaining a good public image

In the denouement, the prime minister is shown making public appearances with his wife. He's in a good mood, and the news anchors are mentioning his public opinion ratings are at a high. The Princess Susannah is married and expecting a baby.

However, when the prime minister and his wife get to 10 Downing Street, she walks away from him and coldly walks upstairs without him. It's apparent that they are only putting on a happy face for the public, that their marriage has been corrupted by the unspeakable act he committed to save a life.
Source: Author TonyTheDad

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