The 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' Quiz

By: Nathan Chandler

The 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' Quiz
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About This Quiz

"Star Trek: The Next Generation" (TNG) was a star-studded success for this space franchise. How much do you know about Captain Picard and company?
In which century does the series take place?
24th century
The first episode is set in the year 2364.
22nd century
26th century

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Which frightening antagonists are cyborgs that often attack the Enterprise?
The Ferengi
The Cardassians
The Borg
The hive mind and incredible power of these beings made for a formidable opponent.

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In which year did the series debut on television?
1987
It ran from 1987 to 1994.
1993
1995

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What did Patrick Stewart hate about the set of the captain's ready room?
It had an exercise bike.
It had a bar with alcoholic drinks.
It had a fish tank.
He believed that keeping a captive animal was at odds with the crew's ethics.

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Remus is a planet that's home to which race?
Klingon
Romulans
The Romulans also hail from another planet, named Romulus.
Cardassians

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"The Next Generation's" story takes place roughly how long after the original "Star Trek?"
About 300 years later
About 200 years later
About 100 years later
And the advanced technologies (and special effects) are evident

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Who is the only person to play themselves on an episode?
Edwin Hubble
Stephen Hawking
He plays poker with other notable scientists.
Shaquille O'Neal

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What is the name of Whoopi Goldberg's character in the show?
Ogawa
Ro Laren
Guinan
She's the philosophical bartender.

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How long were "The Next Generation's" episodes?
39 minutes
44 minutes
16 minutes of commercials rounded out the hour-long slot.
52 minutes

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Who else was considered for the part of Geordi LaForge?
Wesley Snipes
Imagine Snipes doing spots for "Reading Rainbow."
Denzel Washington
Will Smith

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The Romulans have a family tree that joins them to which other race?
Vulcans
The eyebrows sort of give it away.
Humans
Klingons

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In total, how many "Next Generation" episodes were made?
163
149
176
It's enough to keep even obsessive Trekkies busy for a while.

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What is the ultimate goal of the Borg?
to blow up Earth
to destroy all life
to achieve perfection
They seek to combine organic life with the benefits of artificial components.

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Deanna Troi is half human, half what?
Betazoid
She is the emotional genius of the crew.
Romulan
Vulcan

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In which season does arch-nemesis Q first appear?
Season 1
He would harass the crew for years to come.
Season 2
Season 3

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Which actor released a Sinatra-tinged album called, "Ol' Yellow Eyes Is Back" during his tenure on the show?
Jonathan Frakes
Brent Spiner
Who knew that "Data" had such a creative streak?
Patrick Steward

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What is the number of crew members aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise?
478
1012
The crew capacity was higher than with previous versions of the ship.
1896

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One early concept for the show used what technology to transport crew members from planet to planet instead of a ship?
Teleporter
But they opted to keep the ship.
Worm hole
Rip in the space-time continuum

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Which actor plays Q?
Brian Bonsall
John de Lancie
His trademark smirk makes the character work.
Robert O'Reilly

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Michael Dorn (Worf) appeared many times on which popular cop show?
"Columbo"
"Magnum P.I."
"CHiPs"
He was a cop before he patrolled the stars as a Klingon.

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How many viewers did the show average per week?
8 million
13 million
20 million
It was consistently one of the top-ranking dramas each season.

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What was the average per-episode cost of Season 1?
$1.3 million
It was one of the highest budgets for a drama of this era.
$2.4 million
$3.1 million

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How many versions of the U.S.S. Enterprise existed before the one in "TNG?"
three
four
It is the "D" version, or NCC-1701-D
six

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What phrase do the Borg use to intimidate their victims?
"Humans are such easy prey."
"Resistance is futile."
And often, they are correct.
"We are legion."

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What does Q derisively call humans in the first episode?
self-destructive lunatics
dangerously savage child-race
Q's low view of humans continues for many years.
idiotic baby barbarians

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Early in the creative process, producers almost gave Deanna Troi three of what body part?
breasts
Fortunately, one producer convinced them it was a bad idea.
eyes
arms

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In order to build the ship's bridge, the staff first had to evict what from the soundstage?
feral cats
The place probably stunk to high heaven for a while.
a group of five homeless people
rats

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What was the name of Data's twin, who appeared in multiple episodes?
Torre
Mode
Lore
One script had Lore as a female android but that was dropped for the twin concept.

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Which obsolete technology appeared on a Borg ship during one episode?
a CD player
a floppy diskette drive
Hopefully our future selves don't regress to that particular technology.
an ancient microwave

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Which character disappeared after the first season and then reappeared in Season 3?
Beverly Crusher
She was fired but a letter-writing campaign (and Patrick Stewart) helped restore her character.
Katharine Pulaski
Lieutenant Worf

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You Got:
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