Test Your Knowledge: J.J. Abrams Quiz

By: Nathan Chandler

Test Your Knowledge: J.J. Abrams Quiz
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About This Quiz

Even before his directing work on "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," he was one of the busiest and most successful men in Hollywood. How much do you know about J.J. Abrams?
With which film did Abrams make his directorial debut?
"Forever Young"
"Mission: Impossible III"
That's right, his first film featured one of the biggest stars in history in Tom Cruise.
"Star Trek"

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Of all of Abrams films, which earned the most money at the box office?
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens"
"The Force Awakens" is currently the third-highest grossing film of all time.
"Star Trek Into Darkness"
"Mission: Impossible III"

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In what capacity did Abrams serve during his first Hollywood film?
producer
composer
He helped make the music for "Nightbeast," which had a budget of under $20,000.
editor

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What year was J.J. Abrams born?
1966
He was born in June in New York City.
1971
1973

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Abrams did NOT receive acting credits for which show?
"Alias"
"Future Shock"
With regards to acting, his most notable appearance might be in "Saturday Night Live."
"The Suburbans"

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In which state did Abrams grow up?
New York
California
He grew up in Southern California, the perfect place to develop dreams of a Hollywood career.
Texas

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For which project was Abrams NOT a producer?
"10 Cloverfield Lane"
"Revolution"
"Undercovers"
Abrams has worked in dozens of different jobs since starting out in Hollywood.

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When he was a child, which Hollywood figure did Abrams most admire?
Harrison Ford
Cary Grant
Dick Smith
Smith was a makeup artist who did famous work on films like "The Exorcist" and "The Godfather."

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What is the name of the production company that Abrams helped create in 1998?
Bad Robot
Abrams was also the one who came up with the idea for the little red robot that appears during credits.
Working Dog Productions
Atopia

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Which TV series did Abrams NOT help create?
"Lost"
"Fringe"
"Star Trek: Voyager"
He also did work on other popular shows such as "Alias" and "Felicity."

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Why did Abrams give up his work on "Felicity" for "Alias?"
He wanted a more exciting show.
"Alias" was full of the kinds of action sequences he was looking for.
He didn't get along with Keri Russell.
The pay was dismal.

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How many Emmy Awards did Abrams receive for his work on "Lost?"
one
two
Those awards were for Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series.
four

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Which film franchise did Abrams fall in love with first?
"Star Trek"
"Star Wars"
He was hooked on "Star Wars" as a child and didn’t really enjoy "Star Trek" until studio executives asked him to direct the new movie.
"Battlestar Galactica"

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Abrams was nominated for a "Razzie" for Worst Screenplay for which film?
"Joy Ride"
"Regarding Henry"
"Armageddon"
The Bruce Willis film was still a smash hit and made more money than any other in 1998.

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How many children does Abrams have?
none
two
three
He's been married to Katie McGrath since 1996; he is Jewish and she is Catholic.

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What movie did Abrams direct immediately following "Star Trek?"
"Cloverfield"
"Super 8"
As with "Star Trek," "Super 8" garnered positive reviews from both critics and audiences.
"Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol"

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For television, in what capacity has Abrams most often worked?
producer
He has been an executive producer for at least 19 TV shows.
director
writer

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For which TV show did Abrams NOT serve as executive producer?
"The Office"
However, he was a director for one episode of "The Office."
"Person of Interest"
"11.22.63"

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Which person co-produced "Super 8" with Abrams?
Clint Eastwood
George Lucas
Steven Spielberg
The 2011 film starred Joel Courtney, Ellie Fannie and other well-known actors.

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On how many episodes of "Westworld" did Abrams work as executive producer?
three
10
The HBO series is based on the 1973 Michael Crichton film of the same name.
14

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Abrams frequently works with Michael Giacchino, who performs which role during film production?
composer
Giacchino worked on "Alias" and "Lost," among other projects that were linked to Abrams.
editor
writer

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Abrams won the Saturn Award for Best Director for his work on which film?
"Star Trek Into Darkness"
"Star Trek"
The movie was a blockbuster that raked in more than $380 million at the box office.
"Super 8"

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As of 2016, how many Academy Awards has Abrams won?
zero
He's taken home many prizes, but so far, no Oscars.
one
three

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What role did Abrams perform for the film "Taking Care of Business?"
writer
The film starred James Belushi and Charles Grodin.
actor
producer

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For which movie did Abrams win the Empire Award for Best Director?
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens"
Abrams drew mostly positive reviews for his work on the franchise.
"Star Trek"
"Mission: Impossible III"

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How many episodes of "Felicity" did Abrams direct?
all of them
two
He also served as writer on 17 episodes and even teamed up to compose the theme music.
none

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For which show did Abrams NOT play a role in the theme music composition?
"Lost"
"Fringe"
"Anatomy of Hope"
He also wrote the themes for "Almost Human" and "Revolution."

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Abrams was a guest star on which show?
"Family Guy"
Abrams has almost always been behind the scenes of his creations.
"Lost"
"Almost Human"

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Why didn't Abrams direct "Star Trek Beyond?"
He was sick of space movies.
He was busy with "Star Wars."
But he didn't give up on the film entirely; instead, he was a producer.
He had a spat with studio executives.

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Abrams was both writer and composer for which project?
"Fringe"
He helped write six episodes of the show.
"Anatomy of Hope"
"What About Brian"

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