How well do you know "The Quiet Man?"

By: Susan McDonald
Estimated Completion Time
6 min
How well do you know "The Quiet Man?"
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About This Quiz

Faith and begorrah! "The Quiet Man" is one of the most beloved movies about Ireland and its people. John Wayne's swagger, traditional Irish music, beautiful scenery -- what's not to love? Test your knowledge of the movie here.
Why does Sean have his heart set on buying a particular house in which to live?
It is the least expensive one in the village.
It is the house in which he was born.
The locals are curious about why Sean has moved to this tiny village, but they soon learn the answer. His mother was a native, and he was born and spent much of his childhood there. In fact, he hopes to buy the very cottage in which he was born.
It is the largest in the area.
It is near the local pub.

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How does Sean Thornton arrive in Castletown?
Horseback
Train
The movie opens with the main character, Sean Thornton, disembarking at the train station in Castletown, Ireland. It doesn't take long for him to realize things are a little different here as the locals take their time gossiping, even though the train is already several hours off-schedule.
Car
Plane

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To what town does Sean move?
Innisfree
Sean moves from the U.S. to the tiny village of Innisfree. Castletown is a larger town a few miles away where the locals go for more shopping options.
Castletown
Dublin
Connemara

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From what American city does Sean move?
New York
Philadelphia
Chicago
Pittsburgh
Sean has spent most of his life in the United States, specifically in Pittsburgh. That is where he established his home and his career.

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Who narrates the film?
Peter Lonergan, the parish priest
The film is narrated by the parish priest, Father Peter Lonergan. He plays a role in the plot as well, but we first meet him as our narrator and we see events from his perspective.
Sean Thornton
Michaleen Flynn
Rev. Cyril Playfair

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What is Michaleen Flynn's mode of transportation?
Model T Ford
Horse and buggy
Michaleen navigates the area in a horse and buggy. We first meet him when he picks Sean up at the train station and takes him to his new home.
Bicycle
Pedicab

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What is Mary Kate Danaher doing when Sean first sees her?
Herding sheep
Sean spots Mary Kate as she is herding a group of sheep in a field near the village. He is immediately taken by her beauty and although she notices him, she does not seem as enamored.
Riding a bike
Shopping in the village
Talking to Michaleen

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How does Sean first approach Mary Kate?
He offers to buy her a drink at the pub.
He asks Michaleen to introduce them.
He offers her holy water after mass.
After seeing Mary Kate at mass, Sean waits outside the church until she comes out. When she appears, he offers her some holy water from the font outside the church, but she slaps away his hand and stomps away.
He goes to her house to ask her out.

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What is the name of the cottage and farm Sean wants to buy?
Adare
White o'Morn
White o'Morn is the farm, complete with a thatched-roof cottage, that is the object of Sean's desire. He is determined to get it, no matter the cost.
Ashford Cottage
Cloch na Ron

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Why does Will Danaher want the same property Sean hopes to buy?
It is adjacent to his property and would increase his holdings.
Will Danaher is already the largest landholder in the area, but he isn't satisfied yet. He is determined to buy the adjacent property to increase his holdings, making him even more important in the village.
He simply doesn't want Sean to have it.
There are rumors of treasure buried there.
He was born there and wants it for sentimental reasons.

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How does Mary Kate react to the sale of the land to Sean?
She is upset because she wanted Will to get it.
She is upset because she hoped to buy it for herself.
She is happy that Sean got it instead of Will.
Mary Kate has a volatile relationship with Will, so although she barely knows Sean, she is happy when he outbids Will for the property. Her elation is mostly delight that Will was thwarted, rather than pleasure that Sean came out ahead.
She doesn't care one way or the other.

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What traditional Irish song is playing in the pub the first time Sean visits there?
My Wild Irish Rose
Danny Boy
The Wild Rover
The Wild Colonial Boy
The Wild Colonial Boy is a song that becomes something of a theme throughout the movie. It is appropriate since Sean has come to Ireland from the "Colonies."

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What is the relationship between Will and Mary Kate?
He is her father.
He is her brother.
Will and Mary Kate are brother and sister. Since neither is married, they live together and she takes care of the household duties as well as helping him on the farm.
He is her ex-husband.
He is her cousin.

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What surprising thing does Sean discover when he enters his cottage for the first time?
It is smaller than it appears.
Mary Kate has started a fire and is hiding.
Sean expects the cottage to be empty and abandoned, so he is surprised when he comes in and finds that a fire has been lit in the fireplace. He soon finds Mary Kate hiding in a dark corner.
Someone has taken all the furniture.
Will is there, expecting to fight him.

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What does Mary Kate do after Sean kisses her for the first time?
Kisses him back very passionately
Screams for help
Threatens him with a fireplace poker
Slaps him
Although she seems to be expressing an interest in Sean by coming to his cottage, Mary Kate is a fiery woman with a mind of her own. When he kisses her, she immediately slaps him.

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What role does Michaleen play in the village?
Matchmaker
Michaleen is Inisfree's matchmaker. He serves as a go-between, ascertaining whether two people are interested in exploring a relationship, and then proceeds to negotiate the terms of the potential relationship.
Pub owner
Minister
Shop keeper

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What must Sean do before he can pursue marriage with Mary Kate?
Prove his net worth
Fight the strongest man in the village
Pay a large fee to Will
Ask Will for permission to marry her
In the time and place portrayed in the film, a woman had to get permission from the head of her family in order to marry. In this case, Sean must ask her brother Will to allow the marriage.

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What does Mary Kate's fortune consist of?
Furniture, household items and some cash
Mary Kate is very proud of her fortune, or dowry. She has accumulated several pieces of furniture as well as numerous household items and a sum of money.
Only her clothing and personal items
Half of Will's holdings
About £1,000

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Why does Will refuse to allow Sean to marry his sister?
He holds a grudge because Sean got the property he had hoped to buy.
Will is a proud man, and losing White o' Morn to Sean was a blow to his pride. He is still very angry with the American and will not grant permission for the courtship -- or marriage -- out of spite.
He needs Mary Kate to continue taking care of his household.
He thinks Sean is hiding something.
He thinks Sean does not have enough money.

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During the race, whose bonnet does Sean take?
Mary Kate
The Widow Tillane
Mary Kate is reluctant to submit her bonnet for the competition, but when she finally agrees, she is certain Sean will claim it. She is shocked, therefore, when he grabs the Widow Tillane's hat instead, leaving her bonnet unclaimed.
Elizabeth Playfair
Michaleen's wife

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Why does Will change his mind about letting Sean court Mary Kate?
He learns that Sean is very wealthy.
He learns that the Widow Tillane won't marry him as long as there is another woman in the household.
Some of the villagers hatch a plot to trick the stubborn Will into allowing the marriage. Knowing that he hopes to marry the Widow Tillane, they convince him that no woman wants to come into a household she will have to share with another woman, even if it is the man's single sister. Will immediately reverses course and allows the match, hoping it will increases his chances of getting the woman he wants.
Mary Kate refuses to cook and clean for him unless he changes his mind.
He begins to see the good in Sean and decides to give him a chance.

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Under what conditions is Sean allowed to court Mary Kate?
He must pay a fee to her brother.
He must only take her to church.
He can only see her once a week.
They must take along a chaperone.
The rules of courtship in Inisfree are strict and unflinching. An unmarried man and woman are not allowed to spend time together unless a proper chaperone is present, so Michaleen takes Mary Kate and Sean on their first date in his horse and buggy, and he sets the rules, including no touching.

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How do Sean and Mary Kate escape from Michaleen?
They steal a tandem bike.
Unhappy with Michaleen's strict courting rules, Sean takes matters into his own hands. Seeing a tandem bike leaning against a building in the village, he commandeers it and he and Mary Kate ride off together.
They sneak away while he is in the pub.
They take his horse and buggy while he is checking a tire.
They hide behind the church until he leaves.

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What frightens Mary Kate on her first date with Sean?
His fierce temper
Her brother's sudden appearance
A thunderstorm
As Sean and Mary Kate are exploring an abandoned stone structure, a thunderstorm suddenly begins. Mary Kate is frightened and Sean holds her underneath an arch, although both get soaked anyway.
A gunshot from behind a nearby building

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What announcement does Will make at Sean and Mary Kate's wedding reception?
He has decided to leave the county.
He is giving Mary Kate half his property as a wedding gift.
He plans to marry the Widow Tillane.
Will's announcement that he and the Widow Tillane will marry comes as quite a surprise, especially to her. She has no idea that Father Lonergan and the others have used her to trick Will into allowing Mary Kate and Sean to marry.
He plans to marry Elizabeth Playfair.

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How did Sean's boxing career end?
He was banned for steroid use.
He was injured and could no longer box.
He lost a major match and decided to quit.
He accidentally killed a man in the ring.
Sean was a prominent fighter in the U.S. but he has a dark secret. During a fight, he knocked out his opponent and the man died. This still weighs heavily on Sean and makes him reluctant to get into an argument that might lead to blows.

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Why does Mary Kate refuse to sleep in the same room with Sean after they are married?
She refuses to be a real wife until she has her dowry.
Mary Kate is proud, and she is upset that her brother is withholding her rightful dowry and that Sean is unwilling to step up and fight for it. Until she has her belongings around her, she does not consider herself a real wife, and so she sends Sean to the living room with his sleeping bag.
She doesn't want to get pregnant.
She is afraid he will hurt her.
She does not like his cottage.

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What was Sean's nickname during his boxing career?
Scout
Trooper
Sean was known as Trooper Thornton during his boxing days. The people of Inisfree gradually realize who their new neighbor is and find newspaper clippings about his career.
Boomer
Hoss

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Why does Mary Kate become ashamed of Sean?
He has less money than she thought.
He refuses to fight Will for her dowry.
Sean does not completely understand Irish customs, so he is baffled about why the dowry is so important to his new wife. In addition, he knows that he is capable of killing without meaning to and has vowed never to land another blow on a man, so the idea of fighting Will is out of the question.
He knows nothing about farming.
She doesn't consider boxing an appropriate career.

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What does Sean tell Will when he refuses to turn over Mary Kate's dowry?
He will sue him.
Will can take her back.
Refusing to fight for the dowry, Sean nevertheless becomes angry when Will refuses to budge, because his wife is upset. However, rather than insisting on getting the fortune, Sean simply tells Will he can have Mary Kate back.
They will move to the U.S. and he will never see his sister again.
It doesn't matter because the marriage isn't legal anyway.

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What part of the dowry does Will give Mary Kate first?
The cash
Five sheep
The furniture
The morning after their wedding, Sean and Mary Kate are surprised to see a wagon pull up in front of their cottage. Although he is hanging onto the cash, Will has been persuaded to give up the furniture, which is promptly unloaded and placed in the cottage.
A few pots and pans

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When Will finally gives him Mary Kate's money, what does Sean do with it?
Throws it into a fire
Sean never needed or wanted the money Mary Kate had accumulated. He only pressed the issue because it was so important to her, so when Will finally hands it over, Sean tosses it into the fire to show how little it means to him.
Puts it in the bank
Throws it back into Will's face
Gives it to Mary Kate

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What does Michaleen do during the fight between Sean and Will?
Drinks in the pub
Tries to break it up
Runs to get help
Takes bets
Ever the entrepreneur, Michaleen knows an opportunity when he sees one. As the two men punch and wrestle their way through the fields and the village, Michaleen sets himself up as a bookmaker for those who want to make a wager.

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What do Sean and Will do in the middle of their fight?
Hide from the local police who have arrived to break it up
Go to the pub for a drink
Exhausted from their efforts, the two men pause between blows to refresh themselves at the local pub. While inside, their only argument is over who will buy the drinks.
Accidentally break some of Mary Kate's prized furniture
Accidentally let the sheep loose in the village

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What does Will do after the fight?
Goes to Sean and Mary Kate's house for dinner.
As a further sign that all is now well in the Thornton/Danaher family, Will goes to his sister's new home after the fight ends. There the three of them sit down for dinner together.
Goes to the hospital to get patched up
Goes to propose to the Widow Tillane
Goes to the pub with his friends

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