A Patriotic Pop Quiz

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 Chiseled monuments. Stars and stripes. Amber waves of grain. They’re just a few of the iconic images that come to mind as we celebrate America’s 237th birthday. You’re probably thinking, “Funny, the Old Girl doesn’t look a day over 220.” That’s kind of you to say, but she’s been experiencing a touch of dementia in recent decades, often forgetting who she is and where she came from. Nevertheless, we love the U.S.A. and hope this birthday sparks star-spangled memories of what made her great.

Speaking of memories, we thought it might be fun—amid the traditional cookouts and fireworks—to see how well you can recall examples of patriotic entertainment. So we whipped up 20 trivia questions to help light the fuse on your Independence Day festivities (look for the answers in tomorrow’s blog). Enjoy! And God bless America!

1. Which of Heath Ledger’s early films stars Mel Gibson as a peaceful farmer driven to violence during the American Revolution?

2. Which 1990s television series featured the exploits of Zap, Siren, Nitro, Ice and Turbo?

3. With more than 15 million copies sold in the U.S. alone, which Bruce Springsteen album remains his most commercially successful?

4. What comic book superhero resurfaced in theaters in 2011, and was billed as “The First Avenger”?

5. In the 1986 animated feature An American Tail, what was the name of the Russian mouse separated from his family after immigrating to the United States?

6. Who wore Old Glory while performing “Firework” at last year’s Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular on NBC?

7. What movie about American ingenuity and perseverance in the face of astronomical odds includes the famous line, “Failure is not an option”?

8. Which country singer, despite seven No. 1 singles, is best known for his patriotic anthem “God Bless the U.S.A.”?

9. A bald eagle is just one national symbol used by which political humorist, whose late-night TV show airs on Comedy Central?

10. What 1942 film stars James Cagney as composer George M. Cohan, the man responsible for classic songs such as “Over There” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag”?

11. What singer’s Super Bowl rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” became a Top-20 pop hit in 1991?

12. Which Academy Award-winning film’s most iconic image is actor George C. Scott standing in front of an enormous American flag?

13. The nation’s loss of innocence between the idealistic 1950s and turbulent 1960s is chronicled in what 8:33 folk rock tune by Don McLean?

14. Which free, downloadable video game introduced on July 4, 2002 continues to serve as an online recruitment tool for the U.S. military?

15. What film features James Brown singing “Living in America,” a song from the soundtrack that became a Top-5 pop hit?

16. Following a roundtable discussion of patriotic movies, this week’s Official Plugged In Podcast (#209) concludes with a clip from what classic film?

17. Following the onscreen destruction of the White House, which cocky action star spent Independence Day turning back an alien invasion in 1996?

18. Who had a Top-10 single containing the lyric, “On the boats and on the planes, they’re coming to America/Never looking back again, they’re coming to America”?

19. What Steven Spielberg epic honoring U.S. soldiers’ courage under fire lost the 1998 Best Picture race to Shakespeare in Love?

20. Which U.S. city hosted the winter Olympics the year Team U.S.A. beat the Soviet Union in men’s ice hockey—a thrilling upset chronicled in the Disney film Miracle?

Who wrote this?

Senior Editor for PLUGGEDIN.COM. In addition to hosting the weekly "Official Plugged In Podcast," Bob also writes reviews, articles and Movie Nights discussion guides, and manages areas of this website. He has served at Focus on the Family for more than 20 years. Since 1995, Bob has penned "High Voltage," a monthly column that answers children's entertainment questions in Clubhouse magazine. He has co-authored several books, including Chart Watch, Movie Nights, Movie Nights for Teens and, most recently, The One Year Father-Daughter Devotions. Bob is also co-host of "The Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast."

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Dan Haynes More than 1 year ago

--OK, syd started, I'll continue (correct me if I'm wrong...I'm old and forgetful!):

1.) The Patriot

2.) American Gladiators

3.) Born in the USA

6.) Katy Perry

8.) Lee Greenwood

9.) Stephen Colbert

12.) Patton

13.) American Pie

15.) Rocky IV (I think...the one with Ivan Drago as the villain)

18.) Neil Diamond

Can anyone finish them out?

syd collings More than 1 year ago

--4. Captain America

9. John Stewart? (or Stephen Colbert)

11. Whitney Houston

17. Will Smith? (What do you mean by ''cocky action star'', is that referring to the actor or his character? Let's all remember that there is a difference between the two.)

19. Saving Private Ryan