Hello Clarice: The Silence of the Lambs Quiz

By: Bambi Turner
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About This Quiz

The film may revolve around a brilliant serial killer/cannibal, but "The Silence of the Lambs" is so much more than your standard slasher flick. Thanks to a smart script and skilled actors, the movie moves beyond cheap scares to truly mess with viewers' minds long after the credits have finished rolling. Take our quiz to see how much you know about this iconic film!

Whose liver did Dr. Lecter brag about consuming?

Bored with Clarice's clumsy attempts to analyze him, Lecter warns her that when a census taker tried to profile him, Lecter ate the man's liver with a side of fava beans and a glass of Chianti.

What is the name of the serial killer that Clarice is trying to track?

By analyzing Lecter's mind, Clarice and her supervisors at the FBI hope to get inside the mind of Buffalo Bill -- a serial killer who kidnaps women and skins them.

Where does Clarice meet "Miss Mofet?"

After Lecter tells her to seek out former patient Miss Mofet, Clarice tracks down a storage unit in the name of a Miss Hester Mofet. After crawling inside, she finds the head of a very unfortunate Benjamin Raspail.

Who is Lecter's doctor at the Baltimore hospital where he is imprisoned?

The lecherous Dr. Chilton makes a move on Clarice when she comes to visit the hospital. Chilton eventually compromises the entire relationship between Clarice and Hannibal Lecter because he is jealous that she has been so successful in getting to know him.

What does Lecter want above all?

Lecter knows he will never be set free, so he makes a deal with Clarice to provide information about Buffalo Bill in exchange for a cell with a view -- one located far away from Dr. Chilton.

What does Buffalo Bill leave in the throats of his victims?

Investigators find the cocoons of the death's-head moth in the throats of Buffalo Bill's victims. The rare, imported insects later help detectives track the killer.

What is the name of Senator Martin's daughter?

The powerful Senator Martin attempts to strike a deal with Lecter to help track down Buffalo Bill when her daughter Catherine is kidnapped by the killer.

What does Dr. Lecter want from Clarice in the "quid pro quo" arrangement?

Dr. Lecter is willing to reveal clues about Buffalo Bill, but he wants something from Clarice in return; in his quid pro quo arrangement, he forces Clarice to reveal painful childhood memories before he will share what he knows about the killer.

What did Clarice's father do for a living?

In one painful exchange with Lecter, Clarice reveals that her father -- the town marshal -- was killed in a shootout during a drugstore robbery.

How does Lecter escape the courthouse in Tennessee?

Lecter poses as a gravely injured police officer to escape the scene in an ambulance. By the time paramedics realize that Lecter is in the vehicle, it is too late to stop him from killing again.

Where did Clarice live when she encountered the lambs?

Clarice lets Hannibal Lecter inside her head when she reveals her horror at the screams of lambs being slaughtered when she lived on a Montana farm.

Where does Buffalo Bill keep Catherine?

The killer keeps his victim in a dry well. He uses a bucket on a rope to send lotion down to her, instructing her to rub it on her skin to keep it smooth and supple -- so he can remove it and make clothing out of it.

What does Lecter tell Senator Martin that Buffalo Bill's real name is?

Lecter tells Martin that it's Louis Friend -- a former lover of the unfortunate Benjamin Raspail -- who has her daughter Catherine.

What is Louis Friend an anagram for?

Clarice figures out that Lecter is once again playing tricks on law enforcement with the use of the name Louis Friend -- which is an anagram for iron sulfide, or fool's gold.

What does Clarice discover about Buffalo Bill's first victim?

When Clarice visits Frederica Bimmel's home, she discovers that the victim was a seamstress or tailor, which leads her to the conclusion that Buffalo Bill himself is a tailor of sorts -- who uses skin in place of cloth.

What is Buffalo Bill's real name?

It is FBI trainee Clarice Starling who figures out that Buffalo Bill is really a man named Jame Gumb. She goes to his house alone to apprehend him.

What happens to Buffalo Bill at the end of the film?

Buffalo Bill flips the lights off in his home and uses night-vision goggles to track Clarice Starling. When she hears the click of his gun, she fires before he can, killing him.

What happens to Hannibal Lecter at the end of the film?

Lecter manages to escape and calls Clarice from the Bahamas to taunt her, promising he has no plans to harm her and asking that she avoid searching for him.

Who is Hannibal Lecter stalking at the end of the film?

When the film ends, viewers see Lecter trailing Dr. Chilton and promising Clarice that he is "meeting an old friend for dinner."

What is the name of Buffalo Bill's dog?

A desperate-to-survive Catherine lures her captors dog, Precious, into the well using some old chicken bones. She promises she will hurt the dog unless Buffalo Bill brings her a phone.

Which actor was originally supposed to star as Hannibal Lector?

It's hard to imagine "The Silence of the Lambs" with anyone else but Anthony Hopkins in the role of Lecter, but Gene Hackman was originally on board to both direct and star in the film.

Which actress was originally cast as Clarice Starling?

Michelle Pfeiffer was originally set to play Clarice Starling, but she dropped out because the film was too violent.

"The Silence of the Lambs" was the very first film starring Hannibal Lecter.

"The Silence of the Lambs" was the second film to star Hannibal Lecter, after the 1986 flick "Manhunter." The character is based on the killer from Thomas Harris' Red Dragon book series.

Which real-life serial killer famously made objects from the skin of his victims?

The character of Buffalo Bill was a composite of several killers. Like Buffalo Bill, serial killer Ed Gein used the skin of his victims to make objects, such as lampshades.

Which famous artist helped inspire the movie posters for "The Silence of the Lambs?"

The skull found on the back of the moth on the movie's poster comes from a photo of Salvador Dali and is actually composed on the nude corpses of several females arranged to form a skull-like shape.

What song is playing when Catherine is kidnapped?

Pretending to need help, Buffalo Bill lures in the unsuspecting Catherine to the tune of Tom Petty's "American Girl."

Which actress played Clarice Starling?

It was Jodie Foster who took on the role of the young FBI agent who manages to find a way inside the mind of a ruthless killer.

What was the name of the 2001 sequel to the film?

"The Silence of the Lambs" inspired a 2001 sequel called "Hannibal," as well as two prequels called "Red Dragon" and "Hannibal Rising." The series also led to a 2013 TV series called "Hannibal."

What year did the film hit theaters?

"The Silence of the Lambs" came out around Valentine's Day in 1991, three years after Harris' book of the same name was released.

How many Oscars did the film win?

"The Silence of the Lambs" was only the third film in history to win the "Big Five" at the Oscars -- Best Picture, Actress, Actor, Director and Screenplay. The first two films to take this honor were "It Happened One Night" in 1935 and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" in 1976.

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