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1. The film opens with an MGM logo that is almost never seen in any other movie. Which of the following is not a characteristic of the MGM logo in 2001: A Space Odyssey:
The lion does not roar.
The logo is shaded a solid blue and yellow.
The letters MGM slowly grow larger.
The logo appears in a 2.20 aspect ratio.
2. How many times does the famous “Thus Spoke Zarathustra” play during 2001?
What is a Zarathustra?
It’s still playing in my God, it’s full of stars!
Three times.
3. Unlike Star Wars, 2001 actually has a few credits before the movie begins. In the opening credits, which of the following did not appear:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Presents
A Stanley Kubrick Production
Arthur C. Clarke’s
2001: A Space Odyssey
4. Rumor has it Kubrick brought animals to tears with the number of retakes demanded of them. Which decidedly non-space-faring animal is depicted as dead (not dying) in 2001?
5. The entirety of 2001, save for one or two shots, is filmed in a studio. How did they achieve this for the Dawn of Man scenes?
“Downward screen projection”, using sunlight to highlight a transparent painted screen behind the actors
“Front screen projection”, projecting scenes of Africa on a reflective screen
“Rear screen projection”, projecting scenes of Africa on a white screen
“Side screen projection”, projecting scenes of Africa onto a mirror angled to the camera
6. Kubrick is known for his adoration of violence and murder. Or morbid fascination. Or sociopathic tendencies. Or, we’ll just name a new disorder after him. What do the early humans fight to the death over?
A sexy ape.
A fruit tree.
A watering hole.
The monolith.
7. The most famous jump cut in all cinematic history, other than the penis in Fight Club, is in 2001. But more than that, what is the correct motion of the bone and satellite (nuclear missile)?
Bone spinning clockwise, satellite spinning clockwise.
Bone spinning counter-clockwise, satellite spinning clockwise.
Bone spinning wildly out of control, satellite spinning counter-clockwise.
Bone spinning clockwise, satellite not spinning.
8. Lots of famous companies appear in 2001. Which of the following companies depicted in the film does not exist anymore?
Pan-American Airlines.
Hilton Hotel.
Howard Johnson’s.
9. 2001 holds dearly to the axiom “show, don’t tell”. Of the four parts of the film, Dawn of Man, the untitled Lunar Journey, Jupiter Mission, and Jupiter and Beyond the Infinite, which two have zero dialogue, totaling almost half the run-time?
Parts 1 and 4.
Parts 1 and 2.
Parts 3 and 4.
Parts 1 and 3.
10. Real obscure question here. In the video phone call between Dr. Heywood Floyd and his daughter, who desires a thing called a Bush Baby, what is the charge for the call?
Guilty your honor.
11. In 1968, Kubrick apparently thought the Russians and the United States would still be quite frosty with one another. How quaint! What fake news story is spread to cover up the discovery of the monolith at the moonbase?
The base is infected with a pathogen of unknown origin.
Donald Trump has been elected president.
Aliens have abducted the scientists.
A nuclear power plant at the base has malfunctioned.
12. 2001 quickly jumps from majestically displaying the height of technological power and sophistication by flying us from spaceship to moonbase accompanied by Strauss’ “The Blue Danube”, to jamming us in a cramped, drab conference room with a horribly dressed photographer wearing a suit patterned in:
Solid purple.
13. You were all waiting for that question about the zero gravity toilet, weren’t you? Well, too bad! You’ll never know how the damn thing works! Instead, how long ago have the scientists surmised the monolith was buried on the moon?
One million years ago.
Nine million years ago.
Four million years ago.
The toilet is now ready for use. The Sonovac cleanser is activated by the small switch on the lip. When securing, twist the ring back to its initial-condition, so that the two orange lines meet. Disconnect. Place the dalkron eliminator in the vacuum receptacle to the rear. Press the blue button
14. Okay, Kubrick. Fine, don’t explain anything in the damn movie! But there’s a massive spacecraft going to Jupiter all of a sudden, it takes up most of the movie, and all the really freaky stuff happens at that point. Exactly why is there a big honkin’ tub floating towards Jupiter?
A previous mission mysteriously disappeared near Jupiter.
A telescope spotted another monolith on Jupiter.
NASA already had the mission lined up. It just coincidentally meets another monolith.
The moon monolith sent a transmission towards Jupiter.
15. Now you see what spending three years on a single film gets you. Either the quickest cure for insomnia, or a religious experience best experienced on an acid trip. How much, in 1968 dollars, did they spend on the single centrifuge set?
It was free, Kubrick got IBM to pay for it for product placement.
16. 2001 predicted a lot of the technological future with uncanny accuracy, as well as perhaps predicting some things...that have not yet come to pass. Which of the following is not a technological innovation depicted in the film decades before it really existed:
Faster than light communication
Widescreen television
Computers that beat humans at chess
Tablet computers
17. When HAL first starts mentioning his concerns about the mission to Dave, what does Dave ask?
Why would a computer question its mission?
What do you think we should do about it?
You didn’t mention this on Earth?
You’re working up your crew psychology report?
18. When HAL decides to take matters into his own artificial hands which of the following does not display on the monitor?
Computer Alarm
Computer Malfunction
Life Functions Critical
Life Functions Terminated
19. What special method did Kubrick use to mimic the effect of weightlessness in the film?
Special effect? He did a dry run of the moon landing for this film by actually going to the moon so he could fake it later for NASA. Wait...
He filmed weightless scenes underwater.
He filmed looking straight up with people hanging on ropes.
Animators and optical printing were used to move the actors around the frame.
20. What was the name of the photographic process for 2001?
Ultra Panavision
Super Panavision
21. Which is HAL’s final, perfectly reasonable line when Dave is arguing with HAL about opening the pod bay door?
Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.
This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it.
I’m sorry, Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that.
Without your space helmet, Dave, you’re going to find that rather difficult.
22. Dave Bowman, a totally ordinary human being with no special traits, leads a mission to Jupiter, kills an artificially intelligent computer leagues smarter than him, travels beyond the infinite and becomes a star child. How many versions of this dude (including star child) are shown in the weird Victorian room at the end?
One, how can there be more than one Dave?
23. HAL was born in Urbana, Illinois on January 12th. He(?) is definitely not just IBM with letters moved one space, he certainly thinks he has feelings, and he can sing the song “Daisy” in a very low key. Oh, and he reads lips! What year was he born in the film?
24. Stanley Kubrick only won one Oscar in his life, for 2001: A Space Odyssey. What category did he win in?
Special Effects
25. Kubrick threw just about every special effect process at the screen that existed in the 1960’s. Which of the following was not used in 2001:
Rear-screen projection
Scale models

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