Winners don't give up: The Little Miss Sunshine quiz

By: Isadora Teich
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Winners don't give up: The Little Miss Sunshine quiz
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The 2006 film "Little Miss Sunshine" was a sensation, winning numerous awards. Do you have what it takes to rock the pageant world? Find out with this HowStuffWorks quiz.
Which famous funnyman has a more serious role in "Little Miss Sunshine"?
Will Ferrell
Steve Carell
In the film, Steve Carell plays the role of Frank Ginsberg. He's a suicidal scholar, living with his sister and her family after a suicide attempt.
Eddie Murphy
Louis C.K.

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The name of the little girl in the film is:
Olive Hoover
Her name is Olive Hooper. Her parents are Sheryl and Richard Hoover.
Penny Dean
Odette Harmon
Grace Hill

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Where does the Hoover family live?
Las Vegas
Las Angeles
Albuquerque
The Hoover family lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They travel to Redondo Beach, California, during the course of the film.
Portland

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Who played Olive Hoover?
Abigail Breslin
Abigail Breslin played wannabe pageant queen Olive Hoover in "Little Miss Sunshine." She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the role, making her one of the youngest actresses to ever be nominated.
Dakota Fanning
Jamie Lynn Spears
Emma Watson

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What event prompts the Hoover family to take a road trip?
A funeral
A family reunion
A beauty pageant
At the beginning of the film, Olive learns that she has been accepted to compete in the "Little Miss Sunshine" beauty pageant. The family goes on a two-day road trip to the pageant.
A concert

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Teenager Dwayne took a vow of:
Silence
Dwayne took a vow of silence - he refuses to speak until he achieves his dream of becoming a test pilot. He does not speak throughout a chunk of the film.
Chastity
Poverty
Enclosure

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Olive's father, Richard, is an aspiring:
Playwright
Musician
Reiki healer
Life coach
Richard Hoover wants to be a motivational speaker and life coach. Over the course of the trip, he loses a contract that was important for starting his professional career.

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Is Olive well-prepared for the pageant?
No
Olive arrives at the pageant completely unprepared. All of the other girls are thin and heavily made up, hyper-sexualized girls in expensive costumes. They have been extensively trained.
Yes
Somewhat
Not really

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Who is Olive's beauty pageant coach?
Her grandfather
Olive's grandfather, Edwin Hoover, had been training her for pageants before his death. He even choreographed her pageant dance.
Her mother
Her father
A professional coach

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What was unique about the directors of "Little Miss Sunshine"?
They're married
The film had two directors, Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton. They met as college students in 1980 and have been together ever since.
They starred in the film
They're siblings
They had no directing experience

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How does Edwin Hoover die?
Old age
Pneumonia
Car accident
Overdose
Edwin Hoover got kicked out of his nursing home for snorting heroin. During the family's road trip to the beauty pageant, he overdoses and dies.

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What song is Olive's scandalous beauty pageant dance set to?
"Super Freak"
Edwin Hoover choreographs Olive's pageant dance, which is set to the song "Super Freak," by Rick James. It horrifies the pageant judges and attendees.
"Desert Rose"
"Let's Dance"
"Heartbreaker"

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Which "Breaking Bad" actor has a role in "Little Miss Sunshine"?
Aaron Paul
Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston, of Walter White fame, plays Stan Grossman in the film. Richard Hoover considers Grossman key to his motivational speaking career. Stan ignores Richard's calls, only to later tell him that he's a complete failure.
Anna Gunn
Krysten Ritter

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Which philosopher is Dwayne a fan of?
Locke
Hume
Nietzsche
Teenage Dwayne Hoover reads Nietzsche throughout the film. He hates his family and spends the majority of the film undertaking a vow of silence.
Jung

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Why can't Dwayne become a pilot?
Color blindness
After spending most of the film under a vow of silence until he becomes a pilot, Dwayne realizes that he is color blind. He breaks his silence and screams at his family, knowing that attaining his dream is now impossible.
A bad back
Sleep apnea
He failed the licensing test

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Why does Frank Ginsberg try to commit suicide?
Romantic and professional woes
Frank Ginsberg is an academic who tries to commit suicide after his boyfriend leaves him. The fact that his ex left him for a far more successful rival in his field only made things worse.
Death of his partner
Legal trouble
Debt

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Does Olive win the title of "Little Miss Sunshine"?
No
Olive's dance horrifies everyone at the pageant. The family is escorted out by security and only allowed to go on the condition that they never enter a beauty pageant in the State of California ever again.
Yes
No, but she wins Miss Congeniality
No, but she comes close

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What does Olive's family do when the pageant organizers demand they take Olive off the stage?
End her performance
Dance with her
When the pageant organizers demand that Olive stop her raunchy burlesque routine, her family decides to support her instead. They all get up on stage and dance with her.
Punish her
Apologize

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What color is the vehicle the Hoovers drive to the pageant?
Blue
Yellow
The family drives an old yellow Volkswagen Type 2. This famous hippie van of the '60s has also been called a microbus or minibus.
Green
Purple

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Which "X-Files" actor was considered for the role of Richard Hoover?
David Duchovny
"Little Miss Sunshine" was in production for so long that a number of other actors were considered for different roles. Both Robin Williams and David Duchovny were originally considered for the role of Richard Hoover, but ultimately Greg Kinnear played the part.
Gillian Anderson
Seth Green
Mitch Pileggi

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Which character wears cynical slogan t-shirts throughout the film?
Olive
Dwayne
Dwayne spends most of the film in a sullen silence. He wears a number of cynical and funny slogan tees that say things like, "Jesus was wrong."
Frank
Edwin

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The "Little Miss Sunshine" pageant takes place in which city in California?
Los Angeles
San Francisco
Redondo Beach
The Hoovers drive 800 miles, from Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Redondo Beach, California. This is where the pageant takes place.
Malibu

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The directors of the film had previously directed:
Commercials
Musicals
Plays
Music videos
Directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris had never directed a film before "Little Miss Sunshine." They had directed music videos for artists like The Smashing Pumpkins and The Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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How does Olive react to being so unprepared for the pageant?
She's intimidated
She's scared
She's oblivious
When faced with all of the other well-groomed and prepared contestants, Olive doesn't even seem to notice how unprepared she is. She performs her dance happily and without shame, even though the audience and judges are horrified.
She's optimistic

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What role was Bill Murray initially considered for?
Frank Ginsberg
Bill Murray was initially considered for the role of Frank Ginsberg, Cheryl's brother and suicidal Proust scholar. The role went to Steve Carell instead.
Edwin Hoover
A pageant official
Stan Grossman

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What was the film rated?
R
"Little Miss Sunshine" was rated R for language, drugs and sexual content. Alan Arkin, who played Edwin Hoover, didn't want the young Abigail Breslin to hear his foul lines, so she really was blasting music in her headphones during some of the scenes they shared.
G
PG
PG-13

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Was "Little Miss Sunshine" successful at the box office?
Incredibly
The film was a critical and box office hit. It was nominated for and won numerous awards and grossed over $100 million worldwide.
Somewhat
Not very
It was a total flop

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"Little Miss Sunshine" starts in Albuquerque, the same city as which famous TV show?
"Roseanne"
"Seinfeld"
"Girls"
"Breaking Bad"
The Hoover family lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This is where their road trip begins. In "Breaking Bad," Walter White and his family also live in Albuquerque.

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"Little Miss Sunshine" is considered to be a:
Dark comedy
The film is a dark comedy. While it is undoubtedly funny, it handles dark themes such as failure, suicide, addiction and death.
Tragedy
Musical
Romance

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What is wrong with the family's VW Bus?
It's hard to start
The family's old Volkswagen Type 2 doesn't start on its own. They all have to push it to get it going and then hop inside it.
The brake is faulty
The windows are broken
Radiator issues

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Who played the other pageant contestants in the film?
Actresses
Child pageant veterans
Before filming, the directors went to several child pageants and met with a pageant expert to learn more about them. They cast some of the pageant girls they met while researching.
Child models
The children of cast members

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Where did the film premier?
Sundance Film Festival
"Little Miss Sunshine" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006. It was written by first-time screenwriter Michael Arndt.
Berlin International Film Festival
Cannes Film Festival
Montreal World Film Festival

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The film was adapted into a:
TV show
Play
Musical
"Little Miss Sunshine" was adapted into an Off-Broadway musical. It was performed in both California and New York.
Miniseries

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Which now-famous actor was an unknown when cast in "Little Miss Sunshine"?
Steve Carell
Steve Carell was cast in this film before his breakthrough performance as Andy Stitzer in "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," which was a massively popular film. The producers initially worried that he didn't have enough star power or experience for the role of Frank Ginsberg.
Abigail Breslin
Alan Arkin
Bryan Cranston

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What did Abigail Breslin wear to play the part of Olive?
A wig
A hearing aid
Heeled shoes
A fat suit
In order to play the part of Olive, who still has some baby fat, Abigail Breslin wore a fat suit. This is what makes her look plumper than the other pageant contestants.

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