The 'Jaws' Quiz
by Staff
It chilled the blood of audiences everywhere and generated hysteria towards creatures of the sea. How much do you know about "Jaws?"

The movie "Jaws" was based on which other work of fiction?

  • a novel
  • a comic book
  • a short story

In what year was "Jaws" released?

  • 1975
  • 1976
  • 1977

The book "Jaws" was based on a 4,500-pound shark that was caught where?

  • near the Florida Keys
  • near Long Island
  • near San Diego

What role did Peter Benchley play in the story's big-screen adaptation?

  • He wrote the screenplay.
  • He was a caterer.
  • He was an advisor.

How long was one of the mechanical sharks used in the film?

  • 12 feet
  • 25 feet
  • 30 feet

About how many of the movie's scenes were never mentioned in the book's story?

  • about 30
  • about 15
  • about 10

The shark in the movie is which species?

  • Hammerhead shark
  • Whale shark
  • Great white shark

Who directed "Jaws?"

  • James Cameron
  • George Lucas
  • Steven Spielberg

Why did Spielberg want lesser known actors for "Jaws"?

  • He wanted audiences to identify with the characters.
  • He didn't want to deal with big egos.
  • because of the low budget

What line did Roy Schneider make up on his own during shooting?

  • "Ha ha! They're all gonna die."
  • "It's only an island if you look at it from the water."
  • "You're gonna need a bigger boat."

What is the name of Roy Scheider's character?

  • Vaughn
  • Brody
  • Quint

How many drafts of the screenplay did Peter Benchley write before handing over his duties to other writers?

  • one
  • two
  • three

Which actor was NOT considered for the part of Martin Brody?

  • Charlton Heston
  • Jeff Bridges
  • Robert Duvall

On how many screens did the film debut?

  • 120
  • 450
  • 1,200

What did Steven Spielberg think of the movie's theme music the first time he heard it?

  • He thought it was funny.
  • He said it was bloodcurdling.
  • He hated every second of it.

Why did director Spielberg call the shark a "great white turd"?

  • It kept malfunctioning.
  • It looked entirely fake.
  • It was way too expensive for a single prop.

When did the film's producers purchase the rights to make a movie out of the book?

  • 1973
  • 1974
  • 1975

Why did Spielberg decide to reduce the shark's onscreen appearances?

  • He became scared of sharks as the project dragged on.
  • He thought it was more menacing to simply suggest the shark's presence.
  • The prop kept breaking.

How many "Jaws" sequels were made?

  • one
  • two
  • three

The film crew did not harm any animals in the creation of "Jaws."

  • TRUE

What was the original, planned budget for "Jaws?"

  • $18 million
  • $28 million
  • $4 million

How much did "Jaws" wind up earning at the box office?

  • $280 million
  • $470 million
  • $190 million

How did Robert Shaw inadvertently delay a scene in the movie?

  • He got drunk.
  • He forgot which day he was supposed to be on set.
  • He had a fight with the director.

In what year was the movie chosen for preservation in the National Film Registry?

  • 1997
  • 2001
  • 1988

How many prop sharks were built for the movie?

  • two
  • three
  • four

What was the film's final budget?

  • $9 million
  • $6 million
  • $7 million

What's one reason the crew chose Massachusetts as a filming location?

  • The water was clearer.
  • relatively shallow areas far from shore
  • fewer real sharks

How much did Universal Pictures spend on advertising for "Jaws?"

  • $200,000
  • $1.8 million
  • almost nothing

Where did the crew shoot footage of real sharks?

  • Florida
  • Australia
  • Africa

How many Academy Awards did "Jaws" win?

  • zero
  • three
  • one