The 'Making a Murderer' Quiz

By: Nathan Chandler

The 'Making a Murderer' Quiz
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About This Quiz

This series spotlights seedy behavior by criminals and law enforcement alike. How much do you know about "Making a Murderer"? Test your knowledge by taking this quiz.
What sort of business did Stephen Avery's family operate?
auto detailing
auto repair
auto salvage
The sprawling junkyard had hundreds or thousands of dead vehicles.

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The events of "Making a Murderer" take place in which state?
Wisconsin
Behold the Wisconsin residents' unmistakable upper Midwest accents.
Minnesota
Ohio

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Who serves as the special prosecutor for Calumet County, Wisconsin?
Jerry Buting
Ken Kratz
Kratz relishes the spotlight and eventually takes a fall from his pedestal.
Denis Vogel

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Over how many years was this docuseries recorded?
10
The project took a decade to complete.
eight
four

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When he was 18 years old, Steven Avery was sent to prison for which crime?
sexual assault
battery
burglary
He was sentenced to two years for burglarizing a bar.

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On which holiday was Teresa Halbach murdered?
Halloween
She was murdered on Halloween, the stuff of horror movies.
Christmas
Thanksgiving

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How many hours of footage did the filmmakers shoot during the course of production?
1,500
1,000
700
They shot 700 hours of footage and had to interweave many multilayered stories.

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What was the dollar amount of the civil lawsuit that Steven Avery filed against officials?
$48 million
$36 million
$36 million was a staggering amount, and he gave up pursuing it.
$3.6 million

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How many episodes are there in the first season?
five
eight
10
The 10 episodes are an extraordinary twist on the documentary genre.

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In his younger days, Steven Avery once set fire to what?
a neighbor's garden
his mom's car
a family cat
He reportedly used gasoline to set a family cat on fire.

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Who was the last known person to see Teresa Halbach alive?
Steven Avery
Steven Avery maintains he had nothing to do with her disappearance.
Brendan Dassey
Allan Avery

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At which university did the two filmmakers of the series meet?
Harvard University
Columbia University
Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos were both part of Columbia's film program.
Princeton University

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How long was Steven Avery imprisoned before DNA evidence exonerated him of a sexual assault?
8 years
18 years
He was locked up for 18 years before he was released.
20 years

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In which bodily fluid was Avery's DNA supposedly found on Halbach's car?
semen
sweat
Sweat may carry DNA from other cells, but it doesn't naturally contain DNA.
blood

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Which online service was not part of the documentary's streaming release?
Amazon
Both YouTube and Netflix garnered millions of viewers thanks to the film.
YouTube
Netflix

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About how many hours of evidence did jurors witness during the Halbach trial?
90
180
240
Two hundred hours of evidence was a mind-blowing amount of information to absorb.

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How many days was Teresa Halbach gone before she was reported missing?
four days
three days
No one reported her missing until Nov. 3, three days after she was gone.
six days

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In what year was Avery convicted of the Halbach murder?
2007
He was convicted in 2007. It's been years, and his courtroom saga continues.
2005
2003

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How many relationships has Avery maintained while in prison?
one
two
three
He has maintained three relationships. His love life is nothing if not complicated.

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What was Steven Avery's sentence for the first-degree murder conviction?
89 years
life without parole
If his life without parole conviction stands, he'll never get out of prison.
death

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The filmmakers first tried to sell their idea to which company?
Showtime
HBO
They tried HBO and PBS, but neither company would bite.
Starz

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What murder evidence was NOT collected at Avery's residence?
a knife
Officials found plenty of interesting evidence on the property, but they didn't find a knife.
bone fragments
a car

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An article in which publication sparked the idea for the film?
Newsweek
Time
The New York Times
The filmmakers saw The New York Times article as a gold mine of interesting material.

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Why was prosecutor Ken Kratz forced to resign from office?
He was caught manipulating evidence.
He lied during a press conference.
He sent sexual text messages to a domestic violence victim.
Other women also complained about his inappropriate behavior.

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How many weeks did the Halbach murder trial last?
six
For jurors the six-week trial must have seemed endless.
eight
10

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Before she made the film, filmmaker Laura Ricciardi worked as what?
a police officer
an accountant
a lawyer
Her familiarity with the legal system was a boon to the film.

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According to school records, Steven Avery's IQ was about what?
70
His IQ was about 70, and he had a very hard time in his classes.
100
120

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Brendan Dassey, Steven Avery's nephew, reportedly had an IQ of what?
50
70
His IQ was about 70, which is below average.
90

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At the murder trial, Avery was found NOT guilty of which crime?
murder
mutilating a corpse
The firearm charge alone got him five years in prison.
possession of a firearm

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What day did the state legislature pass the Avery Bill, which was meant to prevent wrongful convictions?
Feb. 14, 2003
June 14, 2004
Oct. 31, 2005
Eerily, Halloween was the same day that Teresa Halbach went missing.

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