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HAIL TO THE GEEK- A pop culture quiz

by Venditto (writer), Sty Town, April 18, 2007

Take robust, primal passion; a giant, whale sized heart; blind devotion; raw untamed lust; sheer genius --- okay, okay, maybe not genius, but definitely a twisted ironic intellect. Combine that with a complete lack of anything resembling athletic ability or fashion sense; mix in the common short term goals of social acceptance and virginity loss. Then, dear reader, you'll start to form a mental picture of one of the great movie archetypes of the modern age: The Geek.

The modern Geek broke out in the early 80's in a hailstorm of turgid, raging hormones and outright physical awkwardness. Movies like Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Revenge of the Nerds gave us a taste of the highwaters, pocket protectors, taped together black rimmed glasses and unfortunate hair style choices that would become the hallmark of the modern Geek.

Then in the mid 80's writer/director John Hughes through his Geek muse Anthony Michael Hall single handedly ushered in the Golden Age of the Geek with three master works: Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Weird Science.

Under the guidance of Hughes and his writer/ director contemporaries the Geek oeuvre flourished in the 80's. Consider this one example:

Before Patrick Dempsey was Dr. McDreamy he started a one man Geek revolution of his own headlining such classic gems as; Loverboy, and Can't Buy Me Love. He even lit up the small screen in Fast Times, the horrendous TV series based on the film.

Geek Aptitude Quiz:

Take this crazy cool 16 question Geekatude Quiz! It's sixteen questions because 16 is the age when movie Geeks ripen. After the quiz add up your score to determine your Geekatude Quotient, or, GQ, and be the envy of your friends and enemies alike!

1. Which movie's tagline was: "It's Awesome! Totally Awesome!"?

a. Bill and Ted''s Excellent Adventure
b. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
c. Revenge of the Nerds
d. The color Purple

2. What cinematic gem features character actor Gedde Watanabe as foreign exchange student: Long Duk Dong?

a. Sixteen Candles
b. The Breakfast Club
c. Weird Science
d. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

3. Which film contained the following witty repartee:
Guy 1- "She's s not that kind of girl Booger."
Guy 2- "Why, does she have a penis?"

a. Lucas
b. Nacho Libre
c. Revenge of the Nerds
d. Yentil

4. When submitting his script to studios, the screenwriter of this movie titled it, "Untitled Teenage Sex Comedy That Can Be Made For Under $10 Million That Most Readers Will Probably Hate But I Think You Will Love".

a. American Pie
b. Sixteen Candles
c. Porky's
d. Boy's Don't Cry

5. This movie contained the following sage dating advice: "And five, now this is the most important, ... When it comes down to making out, whenever possible, put on side one of Led Zeppelin IV"

a. Napoleon Dynamite
b. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
c. Weird Science
d. The Notebook

6. Jim Carrey auditioned for a role that eventually went to Anthony Michael Hall in this movie:

a The Breakfast Club
b.Weird Science
c. Sixteen Candles
d.Freddy Got Fingered

7. In which Revenge of the Nerds sequel did Ogre pose the philosophical question, "What if d- o-g spelled cat?"

a. Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise (1987)

b. Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation (1992)

c Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love (1994)

d. Revenge of the Nerds V: The Empire Strikes Back (?)

8. This movie features one of the longest credited cast lists in movie history; all 181 student extras' names are listed in the closing credits.

a. Animal House
b. Sixteen Candles
c. Napoleon Dynamite
d. Breakin 2: Electric Boogaloo

9. What movie was sent to theaters under the code name "Toast"?

a. Nacho Libre
b. Meatballs
c. Lucas
d. The Passion of the Christ

10. It took four tries for this film to get another rating other than NC-17

a. Blues Brothers
b. American Pie
c. Can't Buy Me Love
d. Bambi

11. In which movie is a major character turned into a giant pile of doody?

a. Weird Science
b. Welcome to the Dollhouse
c. Sixteen Candles
d. Capote

12. This classic gives us Jeremy Piven as Spike and Charlie Sheen as Cappie:

a. Say Anything
b. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
c. Lucas
d. Raging Bull

13. The original title of this movie was "Boy Rents Girl"

a. American Pie
b. Can't Buy Me Love
c. Some Kind of Wonderful
d. Pretty Woman

14. The tagline to this film was, "He's out to prove he has nothing to prove."

a. Caddyshack
b. Napoleon Dynamite
c. Nacho Libre
d. Gandhi

15. The producers of this comedy wanted Nicolas Cage to play the bad ass in this film, but they couldn't afford him. Then they cast John Cusak in the role, but dropped him at the last minute for timeless film icon -- Judd Nelson-

a. The Breakfast Club
b. Harold and Kumar go to White Castle
c. Weird Science
d. Schindler's List

16. Which movie gave us the poetic line, "He went from totally Geek to totally chic!"?

a. Bachelor Party
b. Revenge of the Nerds
c. Can't Buy Me Love
d. The Elephant Man

Bonus Question: Match the Character from the Breakfast Club with the infraction that got them Saturday detention. For each correct answer give yourself 1 point and an undeserved sense of satisfaction

1. Bender
2. Brian
3. Andy
4. Clair
5. Allison

A. Nothing. Just had nothing better to do
B. Flare gun went off in locker
C. Taped a guy's ass cheeks together
D. Ditched class to go shopping
E. Pulled fire alarm

Answer Key
1b 2a 3c 4a 5b 6c 7a 8c 9a 10b 11a 12c 13b 12b 15a 16c bonus question: 1e 2b 3c 4d 5a

GQ- Geekatude Quotient

1-5 right. "You're not worthy." You know next to nothing about Geeks and probably spent your childhood participating in outdoor team sports. I feel bad for you.

6-9 right. Slightly below average. You demonstrate some knowledge, but you need to log some serious screen time with the Geek to pass muster.

10-14 right. Congratulations you're average!

14-18 right. Embrace it, you are a Geek! Your family should be proud of you, even if members of the opposite sex still don't "get" you.

18-21 right. At last, the student as become the master. You are a Geek of the highest order, but remember it's okay to skip a movie and read a book once in a while.


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7 comments on HAIL TO THE GEEK- A pop culture quiz

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By Ariel on April 18, 2007 at 04:51 pm
I got 0 .... Sweet! :-)
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By Hunter Addams on April 19, 2007 at 02:25 am
I only got 3 wrong, and I'm damn happy to see that Can't Buy Me Love is not as ignored as it seems.. and, am I the only person on earth who saw (and loved) Better Off Dead?
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By Venditto on April 24, 2007 at 11:03 am
Better Off Dead is a blazing star in the universe of film.
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By PB Chick on April 26, 2007 at 01:45 pm
9 plus all bonus questions...ya know why because I'm freakin old and can remember things...the newbie stuff is where I faltered....Boo Ya me!
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By Venditto on April 26, 2007 at 05:23 pm
you are a freak chick.
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By S'up Y'all!!! on April 27, 2007 at 03:53 pm
Venditto, you have a flair for writing, you rogue scribe, you. However, I must point out in question 11, isn't the correct spelling, "Doodie?"
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By Venditto on May 04, 2007 at 03:05 am
touche, ed, touche.
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