The Stephen King's 'Misery' Quiz
by Staff
A successful author's life takes an abject turn when he is imprisoned in a farm house. How much do you know about Stephen King's "Misery?"

What sort of books does Paul Sheldon write?

  • comedy
  • romance
  • horror

What is the name of the star of Sheldon's books?

  • Jane Eyre
  • Misery Chastain
  • Annie Wilkes

Where does Paul hunker down to write his latest book?

  • Nevada
  • Pennsylvania
  • Colorado

To which city is Paul driving when he wrecks his car?

  • New York City
  • Los Angeles
  • Denver

What is Annie's former occupation?

  • nurse
  • prison guard
  • dominatrix

What sort of injury does Paul sustain during the car accident?

  • broken legs
  • head wound
  • broken arms

King intended to publish "Misery" using his pseudonym. Why didn't he?

  • He originally hated the book and then decided he liked it.
  • He wanted to add to the King brand.
  • The pseudonym was publicly revealed to be King.

As soon as she realizes who Paul is, Annie declares what?

  • That she is his "No. 1 fan"
  • That she was just released from the "wacky ward"
  • That she just "loves cats" and has 18 of them

In the movie, who plays the character named Annie?

  • Kathy Bates
  • Virgina Madsen
  • Kasi Lemmons

What happens to Misery Chastain in Paul's latest book?

  • She runs away and is never seen again.
  • She dies.
  • She is assaulted by her lover.

In what year was the novel published?

  • 1981
  • 1985
  • 1987

Why did Paul decide to kill off Misery in his books?

  • He was in the middle of a contentious divorce.
  • He didn't want to be pigeon-holed as a romance writer.
  • He was sick of romance books.

In the 1990 film, which actor plays Paul Sheldon?

  • James Caan
  • Richard Farnsworth
  • Frances Sternhagen

Why does Annie find Paul's crime drama manuscript to be off-putting?

  • child abuse
  • sex scenes
  • vulgar language

In the book, what does Annie do to Paul to keep him from escaping?

  • hammers his toes
  • cuts off his foot
  • breaks his kneecaps

Who plays the role of the local sheriff?

  • John Travolta
  • William Katt
  • Richard Farnsworth

Which Academy Award did the movie win?

  • Best Director
  • Best Actress
  • Beset Music

What does Annie do with Paul's finished crime drama manuscript?

  • She makes him burn it.
  • She recycles it.
  • She uses it as toilet paper.

In the movie, what does Annie do to Paul's feet to keep him from running away?

  • cuts them with a knife
  • burns them with a blowtorch
  • takes a sledgehammer to his feet

What does Annie purchase that gives away Paul's location?

  • typing paper
  • many pens
  • medicine

The first time he escapes his room, what does Paul do?

  • He calls for help.
  • He looks for painkillers.
  • He watches TV.

For what crime was Annie arrested?

  • homicide
  • kidnapping
  • arson

Paul suspects that Annie has killed how many people?

  • 39
  • 42
  • 71

Angered by the new novel, for how long does Annie abandon Paul after realizing that he killed off Misery?

  • two days
  • two weeks
  • 20 hours

What happens when a police officer arrives at the house looking for Paul?

  • Annie sets her attack dog on him.
  • He arrests Annie and saves Paul.
  • Annie runs him over with a lawnmower.

Which actor played Paul in the Broadway adaptation?

  • Bruce Willis
  • Tom Cruise
  • Clint Eastwood

On the typewriter that Annie gives to Paul, which letter is missing?

  • M
  • N
  • O

How does Annie die?

  • head injuries
  • Paul stabs her.
  • He commits suicide.

Stephen King has said that the character Annie was related to which problem in his own life?

  • substance abuse
  • uncontrollable temper
  • childhood abuse

After escaping his ordeal, what kind of book does Paul publish?

  • a romance
  • a crime drama
  • non-fiction about his encounter with Annie