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Nov. 16, 2012, is the 35th anniversary of the U. S. Release of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." Test your CE3K smarts.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    The movie's protagonists, Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) and Jillian Guiler (Melinda Dillon), live in what city?

    • A.

      Muncie, Ind.

    • B.

      Norman, Okla.

    • C.

      Omaha, Neb.

    • D.

      Wichita, Kans.

    Correct Answer
    A. Muncie, Ind.
  • 2. 

    What is Roy's job?

    • A.

      Grocery store assistant manager

    • B.

      High school band director

    • C.

      Lineman for power company

    • D.

      Long-haul truck driver

    Correct Answer
    C. Lineman for power company
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Lineman for power company." This means that Roy's job is to work as a lineman for a power company. Linemen are responsible for the installation, maintenance, and repair of electrical power systems. They work on power lines, poles, and transformers to ensure that electricity is distributed safely and efficiently.

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  • 3. 

    What does the Spanish-speaking man tell the researchers investigating a UFO sighting in the desert?

    • A.

      "The ancients have come home."

    • B.

      "The sun came out last night and sang to me."

    • C.

      "The universe beats with the rhythm of our hearts."

    • D.

      "When I had fear, they brought me peace."

    Correct Answer
    B. "The sun came out last night and sang to me."
    Explanation
    The Spanish-speaking man tells the researchers that "The sun came out last night and sang to me." This suggests that he believes that the sun had some sort of supernatural or extraordinary occurrence, where it sang to him. This statement implies that the man may have had a hallucination or a spiritual experience, possibly related to the UFO sighting in the desert.

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  • 4. 

    What movie does Roy want his family to go see instead of playing miniature golf?

    • A.

      "The Day the Earth Stood Still"

    • B.

      "Jaws"

    • C.

      "Pinocchio"

    • D.

      "The Ten Commandments"

    Correct Answer
    C. "Pinocchio"
    Explanation
    "The Ten Commandments" is also mentioned in the movie: Roy's kids are watching it on TV, and when their mother objects that they'll be up too late, Roy says they can watch only five of the commandments.

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  • 5. 

    What substance does Roy not use to sculpt Devils Tower?

    • A.

      Dirt from his yard

    • B.

      His daughter's Play-Doh

    • C.

      Mashed potatoes

    • D.

      Shaving cream

    Correct Answer
    B. His daughter's Play-Doh
    Explanation
    Roy does not use his daughter's Play-Doh to sculpt Devils Tower. This implies that Roy uses other substances such as dirt from his yard, mashed potatoes, or shaving cream to create his sculpture. The absence of his daughter's Play-Doh suggests that it is not a material he typically uses for sculpting.

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  • 6. 

    Besides the compulsion that many UFO viewers feel to go to Devils Tower, Jillian has another reason:

    • A.

      Her young son disappeared on a UFO

    • B.

      She's in love with Roy, her high school sweetheart

    • C.

      She suspects she's from another planet

    • D.

      She wants to convince her estranged husband it's not a sin to believe in extraterrestrial life

    Correct Answer
    A. Her young son disappeared on a UFO
    Explanation
    As his horrified mother watches, Barry Guiler is sucked out a dog door when the UFO comes for the second time to his home.

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  • 7. 

    When the feds need to come up with "something so scary it'll clear 300 square miles" near Devils Tower, they fabricate what disaster?

    • A.

      A cholera outbreak

    • B.

      A hazardous chemical spill

    • C.

      An impending volcanic eruption

    • D.

      A nuclear power plant meltdown

    Correct Answer
    B. A hazardous chemical spill
    Explanation
    The correct answer is a hazardous chemical spill. This would be a fabricated disaster that could potentially clear 300 square miles near Devils Tower. A cholera outbreak, impending volcanic eruption, and nuclear power plant meltdown are all natural or accidental disasters, whereas a hazardous chemical spill would be a man-made disaster that the feds could fabricate.

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  • 8. 

    As a precaution against the alleged risk, Roy and Jillian carry:

    • A.

      Bodysuits made of garbage bags

    • B.

      Charcoal detox pills

    • C.

      Knee-high rubber boots

    • D.

      Two birds in a cage

    Correct Answer
    D. Two birds in a cage
    Explanation
    The theory is that any toxic fumes would kill the birds first, alerting the humans of the danger.

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  • 9. 

    A fellow pilgrim named Larry accompanies Roy and Jillian as they flee the compound, heading toward the tower. What happens to him?

    • A.

      He breathes sleep aerosol from a military helicopter and passes out

    • B.

      He panics at the arrival of the scout ships and hides in a latrine

    • C.

      He slips while traversing the tower's flank and falls to his death

    • D.

      He touches an extraterrestrial and dissolves

    Correct Answer
    A. He breathes sleep aerosol from a military helicopter and passes out
    Explanation
    Larry breathes sleep aerosol from a military helicopter and passes out.

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  • 10. 

    The project leader refers to the landing area as:

    • A.

      The Dark Side of the Moon

    • B.

      The Green Room

    • C.

      Last Exit to Brooklyn

    • D.

      The Sea of Tranquility

    Correct Answer
    A. The Dark Side of the Moon
    Explanation
    The project leader refers to the landing area as "The Dark Side of the Moon" because it is a common phrase used to describe the side of the moon that is not visible from Earth. This term is often used metaphorically to refer to something mysterious, unknown, or hidden. By using this phrase, the project leader may be emphasizing the complexity or secrecy surrounding the landing area, creating a sense of intrigue or excitement among the team members.

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  • 11. 

    Lacombe, the expert on UFO sightings, is played by what famous movie director?

    • A.

      Terrence Malick

    • B.

      Louis Malle

    • C.

      Steven Spielberg

    • D.

      Francois Truffaut

    Correct Answer
    D. Francois Truffaut
    Explanation
    Francois Truffaut is the correct answer because he is a famous movie director who played the role of Lacombe in the film "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." Truffaut was primarily known for his work as a director, but he also had a few acting roles throughout his career. In this particular film, he portrayed the character of Lacombe, who was an expert on UFO sightings. Truffaut's performance in the movie was well-received, and his presence added to the credibility and authenticity of the film's portrayal of UFO phenomena.

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  • 12. 

    One 'CE3K' performance was nominated for an Academy Award, that of:

    • A.

      Melinda Dillon

    • B.

      Richard Dreyfuss

    • C.

      Teri Garr

    • D.

      Cary Guffey

    Correct Answer
    A. Melinda Dillon
    Explanation
    The award in the supporting actress category went to Vanessa Redgrave, for "Julia." Dreyfuss won the best actor Oscar that year for "The Goodbye Girl." Best picture of 1977 was "Annie Hall," and Woody Allen won the director's prize.

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  • 13. 

    Which was released first in the United States?

    • A.

      "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"

    • B.

      "Logan's Run"

    • C.

      "The Man Who Fell to Earth"

    • D.

      "Star Wars"

    Correct Answer
    C. "The Man Who Fell to Earth"
    Explanation
    U.S. release dates: "The Man Who Fell to Earth," May 1976; "Logan's Run," June 1976; "Star Wars," May 1977; "Close Encounters," November 1977.

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  • 14. 

    Describing the UFO to his wife, Roy initially compares it to:

    • A.

      A folded pizza

    • B.

      A glowing taco shell

    • C.

      An inside-out cantaloupe

    • D.

      An orange ice cream cone

    Correct Answer
    D. An orange ice cream cone
    Explanation
    He then revises the description, saying it was not a cone but a shell.

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  • 15. 

    What is the Cotopaxi?

    • A.

      An ancient lost tribe depicted in petroglyphs

    • B.

      The five-tone theme that the extraterrestrial craft broadcasts

    • C.

      The Mexican plateau that is a hotbed of UFO activity

    • D.

      A ship that disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle

    Correct Answer
    D. A ship that disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle
    Explanation
    The Cotopaxi, a ship that in real life disappeared in 1925 en route to Havana, is included in a scene in the 1980 special-edition release of "Close Encounters."

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