Filmmaker Ken Burns has made some of the most compelling and important documentaries of our time. But do you know your "Ashokan Farewell" from your Eleanor Roosevelt? Take this quiz to jump into the world of public television.
Before we jump into his films, let's do our own little investigation into Ken Burns himself. Where was Burns born?
What did Burns study in college?
Burns' co-founded a film production company called what?
Big History Films
Docs for Dough Films
What was the subject of Burns' first film?
the Adirondack chair
the Brooklyn Bridge
How old was Burns when "Brooklyn Bridge" aired?
Where did "Brooklyn Bridge" find an audience?
VHS tapes passed around by friends
What minority Christian religion was the subject of Burns' second documentary feature?
What other iconic American monument did Burns make a documentary about?
the Statue of Liberty
the Vietnam Memorial
the Washington Monument
What respected historian has narrated many of Burns' films?
Doris Kearns Goodwin
What artist did Burns choose as a subject for a 1988 film?
Thomas Hart Benton
Burns' 2005 feature "Unforgivable Blackness" detailed the life of …
In 1992, Burns turned to another medium as the subject for a film. What was it?
What politician did Ken Burns NOT make a documentary about?
How many episodes was Burns' "Civil War" series?
How many archival photographs were included in the series?
How many viewers watched the original "Civil War" on PBS?
What's the name of the original musical theme composed for the series?
"War Is Hell"
What historian was the primary on-camera interview for "The Civil War?"
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Barbara J. Fields
What actor voiced Abraham Lincoln in the film?
How many episodes are in Burns' 1994 film "Baseball?"
What famous actor was an interview subject for "Baseball?"
The 2007 series "The War" faced controversy for what?
omitting mention of internment camps
omitting mention of Pearl Harbor
not including Latino, Native American and female experiences
What musical genre did Burns turn his lens to in 2001?
Rock and roll
Burns' film "Central Park Five" tells the story of five young men of color who were wrongfully convicted of raping a white woman. After the documentary aired in 2013, what happened to the men?
They were arrested again.
New York City finally agreed to a multi-million dollar settlement for them.
They were freed from jail.
In 2010, Burns returned to a former film to add two more episodes. Which film was it?
What famous American family got its due from Burns in a 2014 film?
the Roosevelt family
the Addams family
the Kennedy family
What was NOT a subject of Burns'?
the Dust Bowl
the history of the phone book
Burns has won what?
an Academy Award
MacArthur "Genius" Award
Peabody, Emmy and Grammy Awards
Barak Goodman directed the documentary "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies." What was Burns' credit for on the film?
executive producer, senior consultant and writer
Burns' latest film is "Jackie Robinson." Who voices the pioneering ballplayer?