Unravel The Mysteries of Twin Peaks

By: Isadora Teich
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Unravel The Mysteries of Twin Peaks
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"Twin Peaks" is a cult smash from the brilliant and strange mind of David Lynch. Quiz yourself on the show and unravel its many mysteries with this HowStuffWorks quiz.
Which "Twin Peaks" character said "Every day, once a day, give yourself a present."?
Shelly Johnson
The Log Lady
Laura Palmer
Dale Cooper
Dale Cooper says this to Sheriff Truman. He says it in Episode 6.

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Which character does David Lynch play in "Twin Peaks"?
Laura Palmer's father
A teacher at the school
An FBI agent
David Lynch plays FBI regional bureau chief Gordon Cole. Cole is named after a character in one of David Lynch's favorite movies, "Sunset Boulevard."
A creature in the Black Lodge

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Where was "Twin Peaks" originally supposed to take place?
California
Ireland
North Dakota
"Twin Peaks" was initially set in North Dakota. The show's creators moved it to the Pacific Northwest because they felt the area's dense forests offered a more complete sense of mystery.
New Mexico

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How many seasons did "Twin Peaks" air before it ended?
1
5
3
2
There were only two seasons of "Twin Peaks." The original show had only 30 episodes.

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Which famous director almost directed a "Twin Peaks" episode?
Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg talked to Mark Frost about directing the pilot episode of Season 2. David Lynch said no and directed the episode himself.
Quentin Tarantino
Tim Burton
David Fincher

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Who was initially supposed to solve the murder of Laura Palmer?
No one
The murder of Laura Palmer was never supposed to be solved. David Lynch intended for the unsolved mystery to fade into the background while the characters of the town were focused on.
Dale Cooper
Audrey Horne
Deputy Andy Brennan

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How did David Lynch try to add to the "Twin Peaks" universe right after the show ended?
A cartoon
A novel
A film
David Lynch followed up "Twin Peaks" with the 1992 film "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me." The show's success didn't do much for the film, which bombed at the box office.
A graphic novel

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Which "Twin Peaks" actor plays two roles in the show?
Sherilyn Fenn
Lara Flynn Boyle
Ray Wise
Cheryl Lee
Cheryl Lee played both Laura Palmer and Laura Palmer's cousin, Maddy Ferguson. Maddy wears glasses and has brown hair, unlike her blonde cousin.

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In what popular long-running TV show did Kyle MacLachlan play a side character?
"The X-Files"
"How I Met Your Mother"
Kyle MacLachlan played The Captain in this show. He was a wacky boating enthusiast who appeared several times throughout the show's later seasons.
"Law And Order: Special Victims Unit"
"ER"

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When did the original "Twin Peaks" premiere?
1999
1981
1975
1990
The show originally premiered on ABC in 1990. The pilot episode was 94 minutes long.

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What happened to the romantic subplot between Special Agent Dale Cooper and Audrey Horne?
Kyle MacLachlan put an end to it
On set tensions are what ultimately axed Special Agent Dale Cooper and Audrey Horne's romance. Due to complaints from his girlfriend, fellow "Twin Peaks" cast member Lara Flynn Boyle, Kyle MacLachlan said that the age difference between the characters was too large. That was the end of that.
It was edited out
CBS axed it
David Lynch decided to go in a different direction.

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How was "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me" received when it was screened at the Cannes Film Festival?
won several awards
was a favorite
was booed
This film failed at the box office and was torn apart by critics. In 2013 it was even featured as part of "Booed at Cannes," a showing of 15 works that were famously booed when screened at the film festival.
People walked out of the theater

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Which famous musician appears in "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me"?
David Bowie
David Bowie played the role of FBI agent Phillip Jeffries. The agent disappeared in Argentina in 1987.
Mick Jagger
Sting
Bjork

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Which famous world leader allegedly was the ultimate "Twin Peaks" fan?
George H.W. Bush
Mikail Gorbachev
Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was such a huge fan of the show that he supposedly turned to then-U.S. President George H.W. Bush and asked him to find out who killed Laura Palmer. When asked about it years later, Gorbachev denied knowing anything about "Twin Peaks."
Mauno Koivisto
Queen Elizabeth II

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How were the weird vocal patterns in the Red Room achieved?
Vocal effects
Actors read their lines backwards
The strange vocal patterns in this scene were recorded by actors reading their lines in reverse. All the words were pronounced backwards.
Sentences were cut up and rearranged in post-production
Lines were recorded underwater

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In what other David Lynch film can the distinctive zig-zag floor from the Black Lodge be seen?
"Wild At Heart"
"Blue Velvet"
"Lost Highway"
"Eraserhead"
This distinctive pattern can be seen in both films. In "Eraserhead" it is a carpet.

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Who owns the Great Northern Hotel?
Ben Horne
Ben Horne, father of Audrey Horne, is one of the richest people in Twin Peaks. He owns the Great Northern Hotel and the town's only department store.
Josie Packer
Leland Palmer
Dr. Lawrence Jacoby

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The mother of which famous actress had a role in "Twin Peaks"?
Kristen Stewart
Zooey Deschanel
Zooey Deschanel's mother, Mary Jo Deschanel, had a small role in "Twin Peaks." She played the role of Donna Hayward's mother.
Jennifer Lawrence
Mila Kunis

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Which "Twin Peaks" actor plays the mayor of Portland in "Portlandia"?
Sherilyn Fenn
Madchen Amick
Kyle MacLachlan
Kyle MacLachlan plays Portland's mayor in "Portlandia." He's a wacky character that plays in a reggae band.
Michael Ontkean

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In which state does "Twin Peaks" take place?
Washington
The town of Twin Peaks was set in Washington. It is a fictional town.
Portland
Montana
Idaho

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Was "Twin Peaks" popular when it aired?
at the beginning
At the beginning of it's run, "Twin Peaks" was one of the most popular shows on TV. It quickly lost viewers as it went on, which lead to it not being reviewed for a third season.
took a while to catch on
developed a cult following after it ended
No one watched it

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Did Kyle MacLachlan win any awards for the role of Special Agent Dale Cooper?
Yes
Kyle MacLachan was nominated for several awards. He ended up nabbing a Golden Globe for Best Actor.
No
was nominated but never won
was never even nominated

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Who killed Laura Palmer?
Leland Palmer
It is revealed in the second season that Laura Palmer's father, Leland Palmer, murdered her. He killed her while possessed by an evil being.
Audrey Horne
Ben Horne
Leo Johnson

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Who co-created "Twin Peaks"?
Mike Judge
Danny Elfman
Tim Burton
Mark Frost
While David Lynch is famous for it, he did not create "Twin Peaks" alone. He collaborated with writer, director and producer Mark Frost.

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What was "Twin Peaks" originally going to be called?
"North Dakota"
"Twin Peaks" was originally going to be set in North Dakota. During that phase, the show was also set to be titled after its setting.
"The Forest"
"The Life And Death of Laura Palmer
"Laura"

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Which actress almost played the role of Josie Packer?
Sherilyn Fenn
Courtney Cox
Isabella Rossellini
Initially Isabella Rossellini was supposed to play the role of Josie Packer, but she turned it down. Instead the part went to Chinese actress Joan Chen.
Angelina Jolie

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Which of these actors had roles in both "Twin Peaks" and "The X-Files"?
Gillian Anderson
David Duchovny
David Duchovny, famous for playing Fox Mulder on "The X-Files," had a smaller role in "Twin Peaks." Duchovny played DEA Agent Denise Bryson.
William B. Davis
Jack Black

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What unusual method does Dale Cooper use to solve crimes?
Psychedelics
Tarot Cards
Mirror magic
Dream interpretation
Dale Cooper makes important leaps while trying to solve the case of Laura Palmer's death in a unique way. He interprets his own dreams.

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How old is Audrey Horne during the events of "Twin Peaks?"
14
16
Audrey Horne is 16 during the events of "Twin Peaks." She is a high school student.
21
19

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Which of these "Twin Peaks" locations can you not visit in real life?
The Double R Diner
The Great Northern Hotel
Donna's home
Many of the film's shooting locations can be visited in either Washington or California, except for this one. You can even stay at The Great Northern Hotel.
Big Ed's Gas Farm

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What type of tree does Dale Cooper fall in love with in "Twin Peaks"?
Douglas fir
Throughout the series Dale Cooper seems amazed by the trees he finds in Twin Peaks. He marvels at the Douglas fir trees in the town.
Redwood
Evergreen
Cedar

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Who was Laura Palmer's best friend before her death?
Donna Hayward
Donna Hayward had been Laura Palmer's best friend before her death. After her death, Donna dates her secret boyfriend, James Hurley.
Shelly Johnson
Audrey Horne
Lucy Moran

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What drug was Laura Palmer addicted to?
Heroin
Meth
Vicodin
Cocaine
Laura Palmer lived a dangerous double life. She was fired from the casino/brothel she had been secretly working in due to her cocaine habit.

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How did Nadine Hurley lose her eye?
Car crash
Boating accident
Hunting accident
Nadine Hurley, the mentally ill wife of "Big" Ed Hurley, lost her eye in a hunting accident during their honeymoon. Ed feels incredibly guilty about it.
In a robbery gone wrong

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Who was Laura Palmer publicly in a relationship with before her death?
James Hurley
Dr. Lawrence Jacoby
Leo Johnson
Bobby Briggs
Laura Palmer was in a relationship with Bobby Briggs prior to her death. They were both secretly seeing other people, and she was only dating him in order to get cocaine.

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