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A Nerd Quiz

March 10, 2011

I’m a died-in-the-wool, card-carrying, ever-lovin’, ever-livin’ Nerd, true believer. Science-fiction, fantasy, super-heroes, horror, role-playing games…it’s all good.

I’ve used these questions to bake the brains of my co-workers in various jobs over the years.

Now it’s time to come clean. Here’s the full quiz and the answers.


Q: Which famous spacecraft was used as a building for the film Blade Runner?
A: The Millennium Falcon

Q: Which well-known WWII sidearm was used as the basis of Han Solo’s blaster pistol?
A: Mauser

Q: Wolverine is the most famous Canadian super-hero. Which province was he born in?
A: Alberta

Q: Which cast member of Joss Whedon’s Firefly played opposite Mr.T in a feature film? Do you pity the fool?
A: Adam Baldwin (in DC Cab)

Q: Which cast member of Star Wars E.IV also had a role in A Clockwork Orange?
A: David Prowse

Q: Rick Jones has been the sidekick for which two Marvel characters whose super-name begins with “Captain”?
A: Captain America and Captain Marvel

Q: Which radio DJ portrayed an Autobot in the Transformers animated series?
A: Casey Kasem played Cliffjumper

Q: Which camera was used during the Apollo missions and left on the moon (only the film returned to earth)?
A: The Hasselblad Lunar Surface Camera, a modified 500EL

Q: Which World of Warcraft subscriber became a question on Jeapordy? Please state your answer in the form of a question.

Q: Name the fantasy novel by Jack Vance that was the basis for the magic rules in Dungeons and Dragons.
A: The Dying World

Q: Uma Thurman’s sword from Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2 was used in another film. Which one?
A: Sin City

Q: “This town is infested with killer cockroaches!!” Name the film and actor.
A: Damnation Alley, George Peppard

Q: During the critical laboratory chase scene in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the Eighth Dimension, Dr. Sidney Zwibel, newest member of those hard-rocking scientists, The Hong Kong Cavaliers, asks Reno “Why is there a watermelon there?” Why was the watermelon there?
A: The Watermelon Airlift Project was created to develop a food source that could be dropped from a low-altitude aircraft into remote areas of the world

Q: How many times has The Lord of the Rings been adapted to film?
A: 3 times, 2 animated and Peter Jackson’s live version

Q: There have been two William Gibson film adaptations. Name them.
A: Jonny Mnemonic and New Rose Hotel

Q: Which episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation featured Teri Hatcher in a walk-on role?
A: The Outrageous Okona

Q: Which two science-fiction writers have used a device called The Ansible in their work? Name the novels.
A: Ursula K. LeGuin, The Dispossessed, and Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game

Q: Frank Miller got his start in Hollywood by writing the screenplay to which two sequels?
A: Robocop 2 and 3

Q: Which Star Trek franchise re-used props from Buckaroo Banzai?
A: ST: The Next Generation

Q: Which cast member of Buffy The Vampire Slayer starred in a rock opera with Paris Hilton?
A: Anthony Stewart Head

Q: The flash attachment of a vintage camera was used to create Luke’s lightsaber in Star Wars E.IV. Which camera was it?
A: A 4×5 Speed Graphic

Q: What do Buckaroo Banzai and Family Ties have in common?
A: Billy Vera played Pinky Carruthers in Buckaroo and recorded the 80’s hit “What Would You Say?” for Family Ties

Q: Which Canadian author created the Forgotten Realms campaign setting for Dungeon and Dragons?
A: Ed Greenwood

Q: Which Star Trek actor had the honor of delivering Ashley Judd’s first on-screen kiss?
A: Wil Wheaton. In the words of the actor himself: “Yep. It is 100% true. Ashley Judd played Robin Lefler, in the episode “The Game”, and Uncle Willie went to bootytown.”

Q: Who were the founding members of Marvel Comic’s The Avengers?
A: Wasp, Ant-man, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America

Q: Who was the father of Shang-Chi, Master of Kung-Fu?
A: Fu-Manchu

Q: Name the first Emperor of the United States. What nation was he originally from?
A: Norton I, from South Africa

Q: Name the nefarious nemesis of The Mighty Micronauts.
A: Baron Karza

Q: Which two Star Wars characters appeared as heiroglyphics on the wall in the Temple of Souls in Raiders of the Lost Ark?
A: R2D2 and C3PO

Q: Which author created the novel that the film Beastmaster was based on?
A: Andre Norton

Q: Which Marvel writer/editor changed his name and became an ordained minister?
A: Christopher Priest

Q: Which sequence in Raiders of the Lost Ark was adlibbed and a single take?
A: Where Harrison Ford shoots the swordsman

Q: How many colours has the Hulk’s skin been?
A: 3: grey, green, and red

Q: “It doesn’t matter where you go…there you are.” Name the film and actor.
A: Buckaroo Banzai, Peter Weller

Q: Which member of the Irish aristocracy was also a chess champion, worked for the British War Bureau during WWII, and wrote fantasy novels? Which county of Ireland is his castle in?
A: Lord Dunsany, County Meath

Q: Who were the original 13 members of the G.I. Joe team?
A: Grunt, Flash, Stalker, Zap, Scarlett, Snake Eyes, Breaker, Short-Fuze, Rock n’ Roll, Clutch, Grand Slam, Hawk, and Steeler

Q: How many of Philip K. Dick’s novels and stories have been adapted into films? Name them.
A: 8: Blade Runner, Total Recall, Screamers, Minority Report, A Scanner Darkly, Next, Paycheck, Imposter

Q: Two of the most famous Canadian science-fiction authors were American ex-patriots. Who were they?
A: Judith Merrill and William Gibson

Q: Which famous Canadian director cut his teeth working with Roger Corman?
A: James Cameron

Q: The TV series Blood Ties is based on the work of which Canadian fantasy author?
A: Tanya Huff

Q: Which Neil Gaiman story was first adapted to live-action? Who adapted it?
A: Neverwhere, the BBC

Q: Which conceptual artist worked on both Blade Runner and Aliens?
A: Syd Mead

Q: Which film’s pre-release poster featured only the words “He’s back”?
A: Terminator 2

Q: “Run, Runner! Run!!” Name the film.
A: Logan’s Run

Q: Which offensively bad Canadian production featured both Ice-T and Henry Rollins as good guys?
A: Johnny Mnemonic

Q: Before landing the role of spunky reporter Lois Lane in the 1970’s production of Superman, what was Margot Kidder most well-known for?
A: low-budget Canadian horror films

Q: What substitute for a well-known word that begins with ‘f’ did Chris Claremont use when fashioning dialogue for the X-Men’s Wolverine?
A: flamin’

Q: Which Marvel Comic’s creator took the company to court over the return of his original artwork?
A: Jack Kirby

Q: Scott McCloud is well-known for his seminal graphic design and information architecture classic Understanding Comics. Name the series that launched his career in the comics industry.
A: Zot

Q: The ‘classic’ original line-up of Saturday Night Live guest-starred in which comic?
A: Marvel Team-Up #74

Q: Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?
A: The Shadow

Q: Which Warren Ellis comic was made into a pilot that was cancelled prior to airing on TV?
A: Global Frequency

Q: Which science-fiction film theme became a disco hit? Who was the original composer and the disco cover artist?
A: Star Wars, John Williams and Meco

Q: Which major character in Daredevil did Kevin Smith kill off during his run as writer? Which character did he use to do it?
A: Karen Page, Bullseye

Q: Which game was bundled with the original Atari 2600? It’s not what you might think.
A: Combat

Q: What was the Western name for the Nintendo Famicon?
A: Nintendo NES

Q: Which actor connects Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and True Blood?
A: Michelle Forbes

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