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Do you know anything about movie directors? Could you pass this quiz? Film directing is an essential element in the movie-making industry. How it is done significantly effects the outcome and achievement of the film. Not only are directors engaged in the artistic conceptualizing of films, but they perform several essential roles that contribute to the film’s success.


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  • 1. 

    What character did director Kevin Smith portray in "Clerks", "Mallrats" and "Dogma"?

    • A.

      Silent Bob

    • B.

      Dante Hicks

    • C.

      Brodie Bruce

    • D.

      Randal Graves

    Correct Answer
    A. Silent Bob
    Explanation
    In the movies "Clerks", "Mallrats", and "Dogma", director Kevin Smith portrayed the character Silent Bob.

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  • 2. 

    Which American film director played Mr. Brown in 1992's "Reservoir Dogs"?

    • A.

      Quentin Tarantino

    • B.

      George Lucas

    • C.

      Brett Ratner

    • D.

      Michael Bay

    Correct Answer
    A. Quentin Tarantino
    Explanation
    Quentin Tarantino is the correct answer because he is an American film director who played the character Mr. Brown in the 1992 film "Reservoir Dogs." Tarantino is known for his unique style of filmmaking and has directed several critically acclaimed movies, including "Pulp Fiction" and "Kill Bill." In "Reservoir Dogs," Tarantino not only directed the film but also acted in it, showcasing his versatility in the industry.

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  • 3. 

    Which director named his pets after characters from his films "Transformers" and "Armageddon"?

    • A.

      Michael Bay

    • B.

      Brett Ratner

    • C.

      Quentin Tarantino

    • D.

      Wes Anderson

    Correct Answer
    A. Michael Bay
    Explanation
    Michael Bay is the correct answer because he is known for naming his pets after characters from his films "Transformers" and "Armageddon". This suggests that he has a strong connection to his work and enjoys incorporating it into his personal life.

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  • 4. 

    A huge fan, Bryan Singer had a cameo appearance in what 2002 "Star Trek" film?

    • A.

      The Wrath Of Khan

    • B.

      Nemesis

    • C.

      The Search For Spock

    • D.

      First Contact

    Correct Answer
    B. Nemesis
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Nemesis." Bryan Singer, a huge fan of "Star Trek," made a cameo appearance in the 2002 film "Star Trek: Nemesis."

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  • 5. 

    David Fincher turned down "8MM" in order to direct what 1999 film?

    • A.

      Fight Club

    • B.

      300

    • C.

      Sin City

    • D.

      American Beauty

    Correct Answer
    A. Fight Club
    Explanation
    David Fincher turned down "8MM" in order to direct "Fight Club" in 1999. "Fight Club" is a cult classic film directed by Fincher, known for its dark and gritty portrayal of masculinity and consumerism. The film garnered critical acclaim and has since become a significant entry in Fincher's filmography. This decision to direct "Fight Club" instead of "8MM" proved to be a pivotal career move for Fincher, further establishing his reputation as a skilled director in the industry.

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  • 6. 

    David Fincher directed the videos "Express Yourself", "Oh, Father" and "Vogue" for what pop icon?

    • A.

      Cher

    • B.

      Madonna

    • C.

      George Michael

    • D.

      Prince

    Correct Answer
    B. Madonna
    Explanation
    David Fincher directed the videos "Express Yourself", "Oh, Father", and "Vogue" for Madonna. Madonna is a pop icon known for her groundbreaking music and provocative image. David Fincher is a renowned director known for his visually stunning and innovative music videos. The collaboration between Fincher and Madonna resulted in iconic videos that showcased her talent and artistic vision.

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  • 7. 

    Robert Rodriguez was an uncredited director on which 1994 Quentin Tarantino film?

    • A.

      Hostel

    • B.

      Pulp Fiction

    • C.

      Jackie Brown

    • D.

      Kill Bill

    Correct Answer
    B. Pulp Fiction
    Explanation
    Robert Rodriguez was an uncredited director on the 1994 Quentin Tarantino film, Pulp Fiction. Although he is primarily known for his own directorial work, he collaborated with Tarantino on several projects, including Pulp Fiction. Rodriguez is credited with directing the scene where Vincent Vega (played by John Travolta) stabs Mia Wallace's (played by Uma Thurman) chest with a needle. This collaboration between Rodriguez and Tarantino showcases their close working relationship and their shared vision for the film.

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  • 8. 

    Wes Craven was the director behind which of the following horror franchises?

    • A.

      Hostel

    • B.

      Saw

    • C.

      A Nightmare On Elm Street

    • D.

      Jeepers Creepers

    Correct Answer
    C. A Nightmare On Elm Street
    Explanation
    Wes Craven is known for directing the horror franchise "A Nightmare On Elm Street." This franchise revolves around the character Freddy Krueger, a supernatural serial killer who attacks teenagers in their dreams. Wes Craven's direction in this franchise helped establish it as one of the most iconic and successful horror franchises in history.

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  • 9. 

    In 1993, John Singleton directed what pop icon's "Remember the Time" music video?

    • A.

      Michael Jackson

    • B.

      Sting

    • C.

      Luther Vandross

    • D.

      Bobby Brown

    Correct Answer
    A. Michael Jackson
    Explanation
    John Singleton directed Michael Jackson's "Remember the Time" music video in 1993. This iconic music video features a star-studded cast including Eddie Murphy, Iman, and Magic Johnson. The video is set in ancient Egypt and tells a story of a forbidden love between Jackson and an Egyptian queen. Singleton's direction brought the song to life with its elaborate set designs, choreography, and visual effects, making it one of Jackson's most memorable music videos.

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  • 10. 

    Director Cameron Crowe started writing at the age of 15, penning articles for what music magazine?

    • A.

      Spin

    • B.

      Rolling Stone

    • C.

      Mojo

    • D.

      Entertainment Weekly

    Correct Answer
    B. Rolling Stone
    Explanation
    Director Cameron Crowe started writing at the age of 15 and one of the magazines he wrote for was Rolling Stone.

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  • 11. 

    Whom did John McCain call a "disingenuous filmmaker" during the 2004 Republican National Convention?

    • A.

      Quentin Tarantino

    • B.

      Oliver Stone

    • C.

      Orson Welles

    • D.

      Michael Moore

    Correct Answer
    D. Michael Moore
    Explanation
    During the 2004 Republican National Convention, John McCain referred to Michael Moore as a "disingenuous filmmaker." This suggests that McCain believed Moore was not sincere or honest in his portrayal of events in his films. McCain's comment implies that he disagreed with Moore's filmmaking style and possibly felt that Moore was manipulating or distorting the truth in his work.

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  • 12. 

    George Lucas gave up his director's salary for 40% of the box office and merchandising on what film?

    • A.

      ET

    • B.

      Jaws

    • C.

      Star Wars

    • D.

      Grease

    Correct Answer
    C. Star Wars
    Explanation
    George Lucas gave up his director's salary for 40% of the box office and merchandising on Star Wars. This means that instead of receiving a fixed salary for directing the film, Lucas opted to receive a percentage of the film's profits and earnings from merchandise sales. This decision turned out to be incredibly lucrative for Lucas, as Star Wars became a massive success and went on to generate billions of dollars in revenue.

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  • 13. 

    Which director released remakes of "Planet of the Apes" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"?

    • A.

      Orson Welles

    • B.

      Steven Soderbergh

    • C.

      Tim Burton

    • D.

      Richard Attenborough

    Correct Answer
    C. Tim Burton
    Explanation
    Tim Burton is the correct answer because he is the director who released remakes of "Planet of the Apes" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." Burton is known for his unique and visually stunning style, which he brings to these remakes, creating his own distinct versions of the original films.

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  • 14. 

    Francis Ford Coppola was a three-time Best Director Oscar nominee for what film trilogy?

    • A.

      Star Wars

    • B.

      The Godfather

    • C.

      Halloween

    • D.

      Lord Of The Rings

    Correct Answer
    B. The Godfather
    Explanation
    Francis Ford Coppola was a three-time Best Director Oscar nominee for "The Godfather" film trilogy. This trilogy, consisting of "The Godfather" (1972), "The Godfather Part II" (1974), and "The Godfather Part III" (1990), is widely regarded as one of the greatest film series of all time. Coppola's direction in these films was highly acclaimed, earning him multiple nominations for the prestigious Best Director award at the Oscars.

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  • 15. 

    Legal problems led which Oscar-winning director to flee the United States in 1978?

    • A.

      Alfred Hitchcock

    • B.

      Wes Anderson

    • C.

      Judd Apatow

    • D.

      Roman Polanski

    Correct Answer
    D. Roman Polanski
    Explanation
    Roman Polanski fled the United States in 1978 due to legal problems. Polanski, an Oscar-winning director, was facing charges of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. He had pleaded guilty to the charges but fled the country before sentencing, fearing a lengthy prison term. Polanski has since remained a controversial figure, with the legal issue still unresolved and preventing him from returning to the United States.

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  • 16. 

    Which Vietnam veteran directed 1989's "Born on the Fourth of July" and 1986's "Platoon"?

    • A.

      Chris Columbus

    • B.

      Sydney Pollack

    • C.

      Oliver Stone

    • D.

      John Hughes

    Correct Answer
    C. Oliver Stone
    Explanation
    Oliver Stone is the correct answer because he is a Vietnam veteran who directed both "Born on the Fourth of July" and "Platoon." These films are known for their portrayal of the Vietnam War and its impact on soldiers. Stone's personal experience as a veteran adds authenticity and depth to his storytelling, making him a notable director in this genre.

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  • 17. 

    Steven Soderbergh directed Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and Matt Damon in what 2001 film?

    • A.

      Snatch

    • B.

      The Departed

    • C.

      Ocean's Eleven

    • D.

      Traffic

    Correct Answer
    C. Ocean's Eleven
    Explanation
    Ocean's Eleven is the correct answer because it is a 2001 film directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and Matt Damon. The film follows a group of professional criminals who plan to rob three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously. It was a commercial success and received positive reviews for its stylish direction and ensemble cast.

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  • 18. 

    Which director founded both Skywalker Sound and Industrial Light & Magic?

    • A.

      Steven Spielberg

    • B.

      Oliver Stone

    • C.

      George Lucas

    • D.

      Ridley Scott

    Correct Answer
    C. George Lucas
    Explanation
    George Lucas is the correct answer because he is the director who founded both Skywalker Sound and Industrial Light & Magic. Skywalker Sound is a renowned sound design and mixing company, while Industrial Light & Magic is a visual effects company. George Lucas, known for his work on the Star Wars franchise, established these two influential companies in the film industry.

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  • 19. 

    While in college, what did the director born Manoj Nelliyattu Shyamalan adopt as his middle name?

    • A.

      Marshall

    • B.

      Night

    • C.

      Yattu

    • D.

      Nelly

    Correct Answer
    B. Night
    Explanation
    The director, Manoj Nelliyattu Shyamalan, adopted "Night" as his middle name while in college.

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  • 20. 

    Who was the director behind the film classics "Psycho", "Vertigo" and "The Birds"?

    • A.

      Alfred Hitchcock

    • B.

      Woody Allen

    • C.

      Ridley Scott

    • D.

      Robert Zemeckis

    Correct Answer
    A. Alfred Hitchcock
    Explanation
    Alfred Hitchcock is the correct answer because he is widely known as the director behind the film classics "Psycho", "Vertigo", and "The Birds". Hitchcock was a renowned British filmmaker who became famous for his suspenseful and thrilling movies. His unique style and ability to create tension and suspense made him one of the most influential directors in the history of cinema.

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  • 21. 

    Which director, an avid comic book collector, was chosen to direct 2002's "Spider-Man"?

    • A.

      Sam Raimi

    • B.

      Kevin Smith

    • C.

      Michael Mann

    • D.

      Quentin Tarantino

    Correct Answer
    A. Sam Raimi
    Explanation
    Sam Raimi was chosen to direct 2002's "Spider-Man" because he is an avid comic book collector. His passion and knowledge of the source material made him a suitable choice to bring the beloved superhero to the big screen. Raimi's previous work in the horror genre, particularly the "Evil Dead" trilogy, also showcased his ability to handle both action and suspense, which were important elements in capturing the essence of Spider-Man's character.

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  • 22. 

    For what film did Martin Scorsese win his first Best Director Oscar?

    • A.

      The Aviator

    • B.

      Goodfellas

    • C.

      The Departed

    • D.

      Taxi Driver

    Correct Answer
    C. The Departed
    Explanation
    Martin Scorsese won his first Best Director Oscar for the film "The Departed." This crime thriller, released in 2006, was highly acclaimed for its direction, storytelling, and ensemble cast. Scorsese's masterful direction brought out the intensity and complexity of the plot, resulting in a gripping and memorable film. "The Departed" showcased Scorsese's ability to create a compelling narrative and effectively guide the performances of his actors, ultimately earning him the prestigious award.

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  • 23. 

    What is the name of director Spike Lee's production company?

    • A.

      Spike's Joint

    • B.

      Wife And Kids

    • C.

      Filmz By Spike

    • D.

      40 Acres And A Mule

    Correct Answer
    D. 40 Acres And A Mule
    Explanation
    Spike Lee's production company is called "40 Acres And A Mule."

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  • 24. 

    Which director's debut film was shot in the convenience store in which he once worked?

    • A.

      Woody Allen

    • B.

      Kevin Smith

    • C.

      Bryan Singer

    • D.

      Spike Lee

    Correct Answer
    B. Kevin Smith
    Explanation
    Kevin Smith's debut film, "Clerks," was shot in the convenience store where he used to work. This suggests that the correct answer is Kevin Smith.

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  • 25. 

    What is the English title of Ang Lee's 2000 blockbuster martial arts epic, "Wo Hu Cang Long"?

    • A.

      The Matrix

    • B.

      Memoirs Of A Geisha

    • C.

      Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    • D.

      The Legend Of Drunken Master

    Correct Answer
    C. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
    Explanation
    "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" is the correct English title for Ang Lee's 2000 blockbuster martial arts epic, "Wo Hu Cang Long." This film, set in 19th-century China, follows the story of a young warrior who steals a legendary sword and the various characters who become entangled in the pursuit of this weapon. The English title captures the essence of the film, which is filled with breathtaking martial arts sequences and explores themes of love, honor, and destiny.

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  • 26. 

    How many films had Sam Mendes directed before winning the Best Director Oscar for "American Beauty"?

    • A.

      Thirty-Four

    • B.

      Twenty

    • C.

      One

    • D.

      None

    Correct Answer
    D. None
    Explanation
    Sam Mendes had not directed any films before winning the Best Director Oscar for "American Beauty." This implies that "None" is the correct answer.

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  • 27. 

    In 2002, what film did Steven Spielberg submit as his final project to graduate from CSU-Long Beach?

    • A.

      Schindler's List

    • B.

      Raiders Of The Lost Ark

    • C.

      ET

    • D.

      Jaws

    Correct Answer
    A. Schindler's List
    Explanation
    In 2002, Steven Spielberg submitted "Schindler's List" as his final project to graduate from CSU-Long Beach. This film, released in 1993, is a powerful portrayal of the Holocaust and won several Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. Spielberg's decision to submit this film as his final project showcases his dedication to storytelling and his commitment to addressing important historical events through the medium of film.

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  • 28. 

    What is the name of the studio founded by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and David Geffen?

    • A.

      Alliance Atlantis

    • B.

      Amblin Entertainment

    • C.

      Spyglass Entertainment

    • D.

      DreamWorks

    Correct Answer
    D. DreamWorks
    Explanation
    DreamWorks is the correct answer because it is the studio founded by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and David Geffen. DreamWorks has produced numerous successful films and animations since its establishment, including "Shrek," "Jurassic Park," and "Kung Fu Panda."

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  • 29. 

    Which director directed a single scene in Robert Rodriguez's 2005 "Sin City"?

    • A.

      Wes Anderson

    • B.

      Tim Burton

    • C.

      Quentin Tarantino

    • D.

      Eli Roth

    Correct Answer
    C. Quentin Tarantino
    Explanation
    Quentin Tarantino directed a single scene in Robert Rodriguez's 2005 "Sin City". Quentin Tarantino is known for his distinctive style and has collaborated with Robert Rodriguez on multiple projects in the past. His scene in "Sin City" is a standout moment in the film and showcases his trademark dialogue and violence.

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  • 30. 

    Stanley Kubrick abandoned his "Wartime Lies" project when he learned of what Steven Spielberg film?

    • A.

      Amistad

    • B.

      Empire Of The Sun

    • C.

      Saving Private Ryan

    • D.

      Schindler's List

    Correct Answer
    D. Schindler's List
    Explanation
    Stanley Kubrick abandoned his "Wartime Lies" project when he learned of Steven Spielberg's film, "Schindler's List."

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  • 31. 

    Which film director wrote liner notes for Peter Frampton and Led Zeppelin?

    • A.

      Wes Anderson

    • B.

      Quentin Tarantino

    • C.

      Tim Burton

    • D.

      Cameron Crowe

    Correct Answer
    D. Cameron Crowe
    Explanation
    Cameron Crowe is the correct answer because he is known for his work as a film director and has also written liner notes for musicians such as Peter Frampton and Led Zeppelin.

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  • 32. 

    Who was named director of "Mission: Impossible III" after Tom Cruise saw his work on TV's "Alias"?

    • A.

      Michael Bay

    • B.

      Rob Reiner

    • C.

      J. J. Abrams

    • D.

      Ron Howard

    Correct Answer
    C. J. J. Abrams
    Explanation
    J.J. Abrams was named director of "Mission: Impossible III" after Tom Cruise saw his work on TV's "Alias". This suggests that Tom Cruise was impressed with J.J. Abrams' work on "Alias" and believed he would be a good fit for directing the film.

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  • 33. 

    What "Knocked Up" director did "Entertainment Weekly" name 2007's Smartest Person in Hollywood?

    • A.

      Eli Roth

    • B.

      Paul Greengrass

    • C.

      Alfonso Cuaron

    • D.

      Judd Apatow

    Correct Answer
    D. Judd Apatow
    Explanation
    Judd Apatow was named 2007's Smartest Person in Hollywood by "Entertainment Weekly." This suggests that Apatow, who directed "Knocked Up," was recognized for his intelligence and creativity in the film industry during that year.

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  • 34. 

    What director made his directorial debut with 2005's "The 40-Year-Old Virgin"?

    • A.

      Judd Apatow

    • B.

      Wes Anderson

    • C.

      M. Night Shyamalan

    • D.

      Kevin Smith

    Correct Answer
    A. Judd Apatow
    Explanation
    Judd Apatow made his directorial debut with the film "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" in 2005. This film marked his first venture as a director, and it was a critical and commercial success. Apatow is known for his comedic style and has since directed and produced several other successful films, including "Knocked Up" and "Trainwreck".

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