The 'M.A.S.H' Characters Quiz


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About This Quiz

Everybody loved "M*A*S*H," the popular '70s-era TV show that depicted the tragic, but sometimes comedic, realities of war. The program's 1983 finale was watched by an incredible 105.9 million viewers — the most ever for a TV series finale, and also the most-watched TV event in history. This record stood until 2010, when Super Bowl XLIV topped the "M*A*S*H" episode with 106.5 million viewers.

"M*A*S*H" traced the lives of Army members working in a mobile hospital during wartime. The show was based off of a book written by a former military surgeon, H. Richard Hornberger. While there was no 4077th M*A*S*H unit in real life — Hornberger was assigned to the 8055th — many of the characters in the show were based off of real people, including Hornberger, who was portrayed by the surgeon Hawkeye.

M*A*S*H units were created at the end of World War II and were revolutionary at the time. The concept was simple: Set up hospitals with well-equipped operating rooms just behind the frontlines. This proximity to the battlefield meant more soldiers' lives could be saved.

In 2007, the U.S. Army's last M*A*S*H unit, in Pakistan, was handed over to the Pakistani government and the program ended. Today, the Army employs smaller medical units instead, which are nimbler and can travel directly to casualties.

Now it's time to see how much you know about the beloved, fictional 4077th. Take the quiz!

What actor played Maxwell Klinger on "M.A.S.H"?

American actor Jamie Farr played Sgt. Maxwell Q. Klinger.


How does Klinger constantly try to get discharged from the Army?

Klinger tries to convince his superiors he's mentally unfit for service (under "Section 8") — mostly by wearing dresses.


What is career army nurse Maj. Margaret Houlihan's nickname?

Hawkeye and B. J. Hunnicutt love to call Margaret "Hot Lips."


What happens to Col. Blake after he is discharged and sent home?

Fans of the show were shocked when Col. Blake's character was killed when his plane was shot down over the Sea of Japan.


Where is Cpl. "Radar" O'Reilly from?

Radar O'Reilly is from Ottumwa, Iowa, and joined the army right after high school.


Which doctor went by the nickname Hawkeye?

Capt. Benjamin Pierce, played by Alan Alda, went by the nickname Hawkeye.


Which actor was the only one to appear in every episode?

Alan Alda acted in every episode. Loretta Swit was contracted to the show for all 11 seasons but did not appear in several episodes.


Who did Col. Sherman T. Potter replace as the commanding officer of the 4077th MASH unit?

Col. Potter replaced the departing Col. Henry Blake of the 4077th MASH unit.


What was Col. Potter's horse's name?

Col. Potter's horse was named Sophie. He gave Sophie to Sister Teresa's orphanage after the war ended, since he couldn't take her back to the U.S.


True or false: Radar's teddy bear was once housed at the Smithsonian and later sold at auction for more than $11,000.

The teddy bear Radar slept with every night was originally found on the Fox Ranch where the series was filmed and became part of the show.


True or false: The TV series "M.A.S.H" is set during the Vietnam War.

Members of the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital cared for the injured during the Korean War.


What is Captain B. J. Hunnicutt's full name?

Hawkeye goes to extreme lengths to find out what B. J. stands for, but all official paperwork claims that B. J. really is his first name. B. J. explains that his parents' names are Bea and Jay and says that this is the reason for his odd name, but whether this is actually true is never made clear.


What nickname did Hawkeye and Trapper give Frank Burns?

Hawkeye and Trapper called Frank Burns Ferret Face.


True or false: The title of the series finale was "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen."

"Goodbye, Farewell and Amen" was a 2 1/2-hour long episode.


True or false: Both Margaret Houlihan and Klinger were married on the show and wore the same wedding dress.

Major Houlihan and Klinger were married (Margaret in person, Klinger over the phone) and shared the same dress. Both divorced during their service at the 4077th as well.


What do Pierce and Hunnicutt offer Col. Potter before they all finally part "the swamp"?

Before Potter rides away to the local orphanage on his beloved horse, Pierce and Hunnicutt both give Col. Potter a salute, something they seldom did for anyone, as a small token of gratitude.


What does MASH stand for?

MASH is the acronym for "Mobile Army Surgical Hospital."


How many episodes of "M.A.S.H" aired?

There were 251 episodes of M.A.S.H over 11 seasons.


Who developed "M.A.S.H." for television?

Larry Gelbart was writer and creator of the television series.


How does Maj. Charles Winchester end up at the 4077th?

Winchester's commanding officer in Tokyo assigned Winchester to the 4077th for beating him at a game of at cribbage.


True or false: The decision to end the series was determined by a vote by the show's cast members.

Cast members who voted in favor of continuing the series were the ones subsequently featured on the short-lived spinoff "AfterMASH."


True or false: Alan Alda actually served in the Korean War.

After graduating from Fordham University in 1956, Alda joined the U.S. Army Reserve and served a six-month tour of duty in Korea, after the cease-fire in 1953.


Margaret Houlihan's father was a retired army colonel. What was his nickname?

Margaret's father, Alvin Houlihan, went by the nickname Howitzer Al. He served under Gen. MacArthur and kept a signed photo as a memento.


What character did William Christopher play on "M.A.S.H"?

William Christopher played Father Mulcahy, who often worries about whether his job is doing any good for the people he counsels.


How many times did Alan Alda win Golden Globe and Emmy Awards for his role as Hawkeye Pierce?

Alda was nominated for the Golden Globe every year from 1973 to 1983 and won it five times. He also was nominated every year for the best lead actor in a comedy series Emmy, taking home the honor twice.


How many awards was "M.A.S.H" nominated for?

"M.A.S.H" was nominated for 153 different awards and won 62, including the 1982 Golden Globe for best television series – comedy or musical and the 1974 Emmy for outstanding comedy series.


Which three characters lasted from the original movie until the end of the TV series?

Hawkeye, Margaret and Father Mulcahy are the only characters that lasted from the original movie all the way through the end of the series.


What novel inspired the 1970 film "MASH," which in turn inspired the TV show?

The Academy Award-nominated film, which became one of the biggest of the early 1970s, was based on Richard Hooker's novel "MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors."


True or false: As Hawkeye flies away in the series finale, "farewell" is spelled out in stones on the ground below.

B. J. has actually spelled out the word "goodbye," not "farewell."


How many viewers tuned in to watch the series finale of "M.A.S.H"?

The series finale is still one of the highest rated American shows of all time, reaching 105.9 million viewers.


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