The Only M*A*S*H Quiz You Need to Take!

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The Only M*A*S*H Quiz You Need to Take!
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Do you feel like you know more about Trapper John, Hawkeye and Hot Lips Houlihan than you do about the members of your own family? Think you could fit right in with the 4077 Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, treating patients injured on the battlefield? Take our quiz to prove how much you really know about the classic TV series M*A*S*H!

The Korean War sometimes gets glossed over in the history books because it didn't reach the scope of WWI or WWII, and didn't face the level of controversy associated with the Vietnam War. Despite this lack of attention, the three-year conflict took more than 35,000 American lives with more than 100,000 soldiers injured. 

One of the brave men working to save lives in Korea was a surgeon named Richard Hooker, who in 1968 wrote a book about his experiences on the battlefield. The novel inspired a TV movie, and eventually, a TV series called M*A*S*H. The show ran from 1972 to 1983 and was popular with viewers up until the very end. In fact, 77-percent of all Americans tuned in to watch the 1983 season finale of the show.

Since then, the show has lived on in spin-offs and syndication, as viewers remain captivated by the series' ability to mix comedy with an unflinching look at the horrors of war. This duality was most obvious in the some of the most memorable episodes — like the celebratory feel when Henry finally got his discharge papers, which quickly turned to shock when his plane was shot down later in the episode.

Ready to prove your M*A*S*H IQ? Take our quiz to show your skill!

Which actor played the main character Hawkeye Pierce in the TV show M*A*S*H?
Alan Alda
Leslie Nielsen
Dick van Dyke
Donald Sutherland
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Captain and Chief Surgeon Hawkeye Pierce was played by Alan Alda, who was the central character of the show. Donald Sutherland played Hawkeye in the movie.

What is Hawkeye Pierces's full name?
James Douglas
Joseph James
Harry Steven
Benjamin Franklin
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Captain and head surgeon Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce is the lead character in M*A*S*H.

What was head nurse Margaret Houlihan's nick name?
Hot Lips
Sweet Cheeks
Nurse Ratchet
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Major Houlihan, played by Loretta Swit, took on the nick name of Hot Lips.


Max Klinger, played by Jamie Farr, spent most of his run on the show trying to get home to which city?
Toledo, OH
Dallas, TX
Orlando, FL
San Francisco, CA
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Klinger went so far as to wear dresses to try to get himself sent home to Toledo, OH.

What happened to Lieutenant Colonel Henry Blake?
Lost an arm when the M*A*S*H unit was hit by a bomb, and could no longer be a surgeon.
He was discharged and sent home.
He was sent to another M*A*S*H unit.
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Henry Blake's character, played by McClean Stevenson, was discharged but died when his aircraft was shot down on his way home at the end of season 3.

Which of the surgeons on the show did Major Houlihan have a romantic relationship with?
Sherman Potter
Frank Burns
B.J. Hunnicutt
Father Mulcahy
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Hot Lips had a romantic relationship with Major Frank Burns, played by Larry Linville. Frank leaves after season 5, and Hot Lips becomes engaged to marry Donald Penobscott.


What is Corporal Walter Eugene O'Reilly's nick name?
Pee Wee
Corn Boy
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As company clerk, Radar O'Reilly has keen extra-sensory perception, always appearing at his commander's side before being needed and able to hear incoming helicopters before anyone else does.

What was Radar O'Reilly known for keeping in his bed with him?
A teddy bear.
A woman.
A blankie.
His gun.
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Radar's character went right from high school and into the Army, so the teddy bear was a bit of a symbol of his youth. The teddy bear sold in an auction in 2005 for $11,800.

What is B.J. Hunnicut's real name?
Bryan Jacob
Benjamin Junior
Bradly James
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B.J. is his real name based on all of the official paper work that Hawkeye can find. But we do find out that the B comes from his mother's name, Bea, and the J from his father's name, Jay.


Two years before appearing in The Outsiders and ten years before Point Break, this young member of the brat pack appeared on M*A*S*H as an injured soldier with a broken arm who is diagnosed with leukemia.
Patrick Swayze
Rob Lowe
Emilio Esteves
Matt Dillon
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Patrick Swayze has a guest roll in the episode called "Blood Brothers."

Who is the shell-shocked soldier from the 1973 episode "Deal me Out" that would grow up to become Jack Tripper?
Rob Reiner
Peter Falk
John Ritter
Alec Baldwin
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John Ritter was in one episode of M*A*S*H, but only three years later began his run as Jack Tripper on Three's Company.

What war is the setting for the TV show M*A*S*H?
The Vietnam War
The Gulf War
The Korean War
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The show is based during The Korean War, but the series started while The Vietnam War was still in progress.


What kind of device did Hawkeye and his tent mates build in their tent using medical supplies?
A still.
Bunk beds.
A swing.
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They built a still so they could have all the alcohol they cared to enjoy!

What does M*A*S*H stand for?
Military Army Standing Hospital
Must Ask Someone for Help
Mobile Army Surgical Hospital
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M*A*S*H stands for Mobile Army Surgical Hospital

What was Hawkeye's tent called?
The Octagon
The Swamp
The Point of No Return
The House
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Hawkeye's tent was called The Swamp.


What was Radar's drink of choice?
Vodka on the rocks
Grape Nehi
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Radar didn't drink alcohol, so he would always have a Grape Nehi.

Who were Hawkeye's tent mates?
Frank Burns
Trapper John McIntyre
B. J. Hunnicutt
All of them
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All three, plus Charles Emerson Winchester III, lived in The Swamp with Hawkeye at various times throughout the series.

When did M*A*S*H first air?
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The show first aired in 1972 and ran for 11 seasons. The Oscar winning film was released in 1970.


What record did the series finale "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen" break when it aired on February 28, 1983?
Longest running TV show.
First 2.5 hour TV episode.
Ran the highest paid commercial, at the time.
Was watched by more viewers than any other previous show.
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The series finale was the most-watched and highest-rated single television episode in U.S. television history at the time, with a record-breaking 125 million viewers!

What was the TV show M*A*S*H based on?
The creator's life.
A book.
Nothing, it was a new idea.
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M*A*S*H was adapted from the 1970 feature film MASH, which was based on the 1968 novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors, by Richard Hooker.

What was John Patrick Francis Mulcahy's role in the show?
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Father Mulcahy, played by George Morgan in the pilot episode and then by William Christoper in the remaining series, was the Chaplain.


John McIntyre played by Wayne Rogers in seasons 1-3 of the show, went on to become the main character in what spin-off show in the '80s?
Trapper John, MD.
Magnum PI
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Trapper John served as chief of surgery at San Francisco Memorial Hospital after returning home after the Korean War. Trapper John was played by Pernell Roberts in Trapper John, MD.

Mike Farrell, who played surgeon B.J. Hunnicutt, went on to be a different kind of doctor in a TV series later on in his career. What kind of doctor was it?
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Mike Farell went on to play Dr. James Hansen, a veterinarian, in the show Providence, which stared Melina Kanakaredes as his daughter.

Who replaced Lieutenant Colonel Henry Blake as commanding officer of the 4077th?
Hawkeye Pierce
Charles Emerson Winchester III
Sherman Potter
Margaret Houlihan
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Frank Burns was temporarily the commanding officer of the unit, until Sherman Potter played by Harry Morgan arrived and took over for seasons 4-11.


Frank Burns was replaced by Major Charles Emerson Winchester III played by David Ogden Stiers. What were his defining characteristics?
His bald head and snobbish accent.
His colorful socks and always dirty hat.
His funny jokes and handsome smile.
His big nose and hair legs.
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Charles Winchester III is born in Boston and is considered a "blueblood." He is tall, stocky, and losing his hair. He is well-respected as a surgeon, but his snobbish attitude doesn't win him many friends.

Pat Morita, who played character Captain Sam Pak of the Republic for Korea Army in two episodes, is most known for which other role?
Mr. Miyagi from the Karate Kid
Capatain Sao Feng from Pirates of the Caribean: At World's End
Chon Wang in Shanghai Knights
Master Li Mu Bai from Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
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Pat Morita taught young Daniel in The Karate Kid and was also well known for his role as Matsuo "Arnold" Takahashi on Happy Days.

Why does the title song of the show, Suicide is Painless, not have any lyrics?
None were ever written.
The lyrics weren't appropriate for TV.
There isn't enough time in the credits to play the lyrics.
There are lyrics.
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The song was written by Johnny Mandel and Mike Altman, the 15 year old son of Robert Altman, the director of the M*A*S*H movie. The producers felt the lyrics weren't appropriate for the TV series but they used an entirely instrumental version for the opening and closing credits.


Which star of The Matrix trilogy appeared in the episode called "The Tooth Shall Set You Free", in which the M*A*S*H surgeons learn from a wounded soldier​ that a racist commander is sending African-American soldiers into dangerous duty?
Gloria Foster - The Oracle
Hugo Weaving - Agent Smith
Julian Arahanga - Apoc
Laurence Fishburne - Morpheus
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Laurence Fishburne appeared in the season-10 episode. He also appeared in an episode of Trapper John, MD. And interestingly, his Matrix costar, Joe Pantoliano, also appeared both on M*A*S*H and Trapper John, M.D.

Which often considered controversial stand-up comic was only 25 when he appeared in the 1982, season 11 Halloween episode called "Trick or Treatment"?
George Carlin
Johnny Carson
Eddie Murphy
Andrew Dice Clay
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Andrew Dice Clay played drunken Marine Cpl. Hrabosky who was injured after challenging fellow drunken marines to a motorbike race. This was his first acting role.

George Wendt, better known as Norm from Cheers, also appeared in the episode "Trick or Treatment." What did his character get stuck in his mouth and need to receive medical help for?
A pool ball
A tongue depressor
A beer bottle
His hand
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Private LaRoche put a pool ball in his mouth as a joke, but then it got stuck! Winchester had to help him get it out. Shelley Long, better known as Diane from Cheers, was also a guest in a M*A*S*H episode called "Bottle Fatigue" in 1980.


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