Malkovich! The Being John Malkovich Quiz

By: Isadora Teich
Estimated Completion Time
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Malkovich! The Being John Malkovich Quiz
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About This Quiz

"Being John Malkovich" is a surreal comedy-drama film that had everyone saying "Malkovich!" Get inside the mind of the one and only John Malkovich with this HowStuffWorks quiz.
Where does "Being John Malkovich" take place?
San Francisco
Tokyo
London
New York City
The film takes place in New York City. All of the characters live and work in the city. The entrance to the portal is in the city as well, and the exit is near the New Jersey Turnpike.

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Craig Schwartz is a frustrated:
Musician
Street puppeteer
Craig Schwartz is a struggling puppeteer. He eventually steals John Malkovich and lives his world-class puppeteer fantasies through him.
Actor
Classical violinist

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Which actor other than John Malkovich plays themselves in "Being John Malkovich"?
John Cusack
Nicolas Cage
Charlie Sheen
In the film Charlie Sheen plays the role of himself. He is John Malkovich's best friend.
Whoopi Goldberg

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Which famous actor was not recognized by the crew on set?
John Cusack
Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz was almost unrecognizable as Lotte Schwartz. Since the character's look wasn't described in the script, some crew members initially thought she was a stranger.
John Malkovich
Sean Penn

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Who directed "Being John Malkovich"?
Quentin Tarantino
Sofia Coppola
Anna Biller
Spike Jonze
The film was directed by Spike Jonze. He also directed the "Jackass" films, "Her" and "The Wolf of Wall Street."

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The public doesn't react well to Craig's puppets because they are:
Dark
As a street puppeteer, Craig puts on dark shows with tortured and odd puppets. They fail to draw people in.
Sexual
Poorly made
Boring

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Who plays the role of Craig Schwartz in the film?
David Bowie
Tom Hanks
John Cusack
John Cusack plays the role of narcissistic street puppeteer gone mad, Craig Schwartz. He initially took the role because he thought the entire film was crazy.
Michael Douglas

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What job is Craig Schwartz hired to do at LesterCorp?
File clerk
Craig Schwartz is hired as a file clerk at LesterCorp. This is how he comes to discover the portal.
CEO
Janitor
Doorman

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What is so odd about Floor 7 1/2, where Craig works?
Its height
Floor 7 1/2 has incredibly low ceilings. It also has no designated elevator button. The floor can only be reached by pressing the emergency stop between floors 7 and 8 and prying the doors open with a crowbar.
It's dirty
There are no lights
It can't be reached by the stairs

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Which famously beautiful actress dressed way down for a role in this film?
Cameron Diaz
In "Being John Malkovich" Cameron Diaz plays the animal hoarding Lotte Schwartz. She was nominated for several awards for her performance in the film, including a Golden Globe, a BAFTA and a SAG Award.
Charlize Theron
Angelina Jolie
Natalie Portman

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After people enter the portal to John Malkovich's mind, where does it eject them?
Bushwick
The Appalachian Mountains
A ditch
The portal allows people to enter John Malkovich's mind for 15-minute intervals. It then spits people out in a ditch near the New Jersey Turnpike.
Philadelphia

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Both Craig and Lotte Schwartz become obsessed with:
Craig's co-worker
Craig and Lotte both desire Craig's co-worker at LesterCorp, Maxine Lund. They both end up using John Malkovich to sleep with her.
A waitress
Video games
Taoism

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Who finds the door to John Malkovich's consciousness?
Craig Schwartz
After reluctantly getting a job at LesterCorp, he finds the door hidden behind a filing cabinet. It is on the famously odd Floor 7 1/2, which has incredibly low ceilings.
Lotte Schwartz
Charlie Sheen
Spike Jonze

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How was the film received by critics?
Well
Critics raved about "Being John Malkovich." It was nominated for multiple Golden Globe and Oscar awards, as well as dozens of other awards, in a variety of categories.
Badly
It was ignored
It got mixed reviews

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After John Malkovich, who is the next host of the portal?
Lotte Schwartz
Maxine Lund
Charlie Sheen
His daughter
At the end of the film an older John Malkovich, while occupied by Lester and his friends, tells Charlie Sheen that they will continue to prolong their lives using John Malkovich's daughter, Emily. Emily is being raised by Lotte and Maxine.

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Which actor starred in both "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and "Being John Malkovich"?
Steve Carell
Catherine Keener
Catherine Keener starred in both films. She played Maxine Lund in "Being John Malkovich" and Trish Piedmont in "The 40-Year-Old Virgin."
Seth Rogen
Cameron Diaz

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What does Craig do right after discovering the portal?
Takes over John Malkovich permanently
Burns the building down
Goes insane
Tells his co-worker
After discovering the portal, he tells Maxine Lund, the co-worker he is attracted to. Together they turn it into a business and start charging people to use it.

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How much do Maxine and Craig charge people to use the portal?
$1,000
$50
$10,000
$200
Maxine and Craig create a thriving business. They charge people $200 a pop for access to the mind and life of John Malkovich.

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What is the true use of the portal?
Longer life
Dr. Lester and his friends have been using the portal to prolong their lives. It switches hosts every 44 years.
Ultimate knowledge
Riches
Controlling John Malkovich

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What does Lotte Schwartz discover when she uses the portal?
Her attraction to women
Lotte becomes obsessed with the portal because it allows her to experience being a man. While using it, she also realizes that she is attracted to women and is trans.
Her love of John Malkovich
How to dance
How to cook

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While occupying John Malkovich, Craig does what?
wins an Oscar
impregnates Maxine
dies
marries Maxine
After realizing he can control John Malkovich indefinitely, Craig marries Maxine. He pursues his dream by using John Malkovich to become a master puppeteer.

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Who is Maxine with romantically at the end of the film?
Lotte
At the end of the film Maxine and Lotte are an item. They raise their daughter Emily together.
Craig
John Malkovich
Charlie Sheen

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Who is trapped in the portal permanently at the end of the film?
Craig Schwartz
Craig is trapped permanently in the portal after controlling John Malkovich for 8 months. He watches Maxine and Lotte's lives through the eyes of their daughter, Emily.
Dr. Lester
Charlie Sheen
David Fincher

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Who wrote the film's screenplay?
Louis CK
Anna Biller
Fran Walsh
Charlie Kaufman
The film was written by Charlie Kaufman. He also wrote "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind."

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How does Craig try to convince Maxine to go on a date with him?
Bragging
Lying
With puppets
With a guessing game
Craig says that if he guesses Maxine's name in three tries, she has to come get a drink with him. He does it in one try, mostly by awkwardly making noises. She agrees to meet him.

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Why was John Malkovich picked for the film?
his starpower
he was friends with the screenwriter
his name was fun to repeat
Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman decided on John Malkovich from the very beginning. He said this was partially because of how well the sound of his name worked when repeated.
Tom Cruise wouldn't do it

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Who was in John Malkovich's head when he caused Maxine to conceive?
Lotte Schwartz
In a shocking twist, Maxine reveals that she conceived while Lotte was inside John Malkovich's mind, even though she has been married to a Craig-controlled Malkovich. Maxine says that this makes the baby theirs, and they raise her together at the end of the film.
Craig Schwartz
Dr. Lester
Charlie Sheen

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Where was most of 'Being John Malkovich' filmed?
Shanghai
Minnesota
Los Angeles
The film was shot mostly in Los Angeles, California. The state's schools are routinely used for filming, and the University of Southern California was one shooting location for "Being John Malkovich."
Australia

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What does John Malkovich do when he finds out about the portal?
enter it
John Malkovich enters the portal. He discovers a world where everyone is a copy of him and can't say anything except "Malkovich."
kill Craig
sue Craig
destroy the portal

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"Being John Malkovich" was director Spike Jonze's:
First film
"Being John Malkovich" was the first feature film directed by Spike Jonze. It was also a first for screenwriter Charlie Kaufman.
Last film
Least favorite film
Least popular film

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What was John Malkovich's initial opinion on the film's script?
hated it
didn't want to be in it
After reading the script, John Malkovich wondered if he had somehow offended screenwriter Charlie Kaufman in the past, even though they had never met before. He thought they should have found a different actor to play the part at first, but eventually accepted.
loved it
thought it was ok

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What is John Malkovich rehearsing for in the film?
A Shakespearean play
A scene in the film is set during a run through of Shakespeare's "Richard III." Malkovich plays Richard III while wearing a hump.
A toothpaste commercial
A cop show
A soap opera

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How long can people stay in John Malkovich's mind in the beginning of the film?
3 days
2 hours
About 15 minutes
Craig initially discovers that people can stay inside the mind of John Malkovich for about 15 minutes. Later in the film he takes over his body for 8 months.
A month

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The singer of which famous band produced "Being John Malkovich."
R.E.M.
Michael Stipe, the lead singer of R.E.M., executive produced the film. He was also a producer on several other films, including the Andy Kaufman biopic "Man on the Moon."
Nickelback
Hanson
A Flock of Seagulls

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How many stars did critic Roger Ebert give the film?
1
0
4
Ebert loved the film. He called it rich and inventive and gave it four stars.
2

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You Got:
/35
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