Hunger Games Books vs. Movie Quiz

By: Staff

4 Min Quiz

Which number was larger, the first print run of "The Hunger Games" book in 2008, or the first 24 hours of online views for the movie trailer?

If you guessed the movie trailer, you're right by a landslide. The book's first printing was around 200,000 copies, while the movie's trailer received over eight million views within a 24-hour period.

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"The Hunger Games" books constitute a trilogy, but the movies do not. Why?

The film version tells the story over the course of four movies instead of three.

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Does the movie take a broader point of view in bringing Katniss' world to the audience?

The books are told exclusively from Katniss Everdeen's point of view, while the movie uses a somewhat broader view of her world and the people in it, including scenes of Panem where Katniss isn't present. This makes telling the story through a visual medium somewhat easier.

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How many major character names were changed for the movie?

The answer is zero. Gems like Katniss Everdeen, Effie Trinket and Haymitch Abernathy were perfect as originally written.

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Peeta’s father was a character in the book, but MIA in the film. What District 12 office did he hold?

He was the mayor of District 12.

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Which has been translated or dubbed into more languages, the books or the movies?

The books have been translated into 26 languages, while the movies have been dubbed into 40 or more.

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The beginning of the movie "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" has a change of venue from the opening scenes of the third book. Where does the third movie in this franchise start?

The movie opens in the fabled District 13, while the book opened in a devastated District 12.

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Which is longer, the number of pages in the entire Hunger Games trilogy, or the total number of minutes in all four films?

The books win. The trilogy is made up of approximately 1,155 pages, while the movies have a total combined runtime of 548 minutes.

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Some critics have found one quality about most of the actors playing Suzanne Collins' characters a bit unrealistic. What is it?

Most of the districts depicted in the books are struggling. Some critics think the actors playing characters from these districts, including District 12, look a little too well fed.

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It isn't uncommon for movies to cut some scenes, and even pivotal ones that may be expensive to produce. In "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1," the reverse is true. What pivotal scene only alluded to in the book appears prominently in the movie?

That would be Peeta's rescue.

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President Coin is featured more prominently in the movies than in the books, although she is a pivotal character in both. What actress played the role in the final two films?

That would be Academy Award-winning actress Julianne Moore.

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What important character from the first two books is part of the action in the movie "Mockingjay - Part 1" but missing from the written account of life in District 13?

Effie Trinket was such a favorite she ended up replacing her kidnapped prep team (Venia, Flavius and Octavius) in the film version of events in District 13.

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In the movie version, Katniss acquires the mockingjay pin at a rummage sale. How does she obtain it in the book?

Madge, Peeta's sister, gives the pin to her.

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It becomes pretty clear early in "The Hunger Games" that Cinna, the stylist, is an ally. In the book version, what does he suggest Katniss and Peeta do during the opening procession.

Cinna suggests the duo hold hands. In the movie, it's Peeta's idea.

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Is the Capitol's initial reaction to the mockingjay pin different in the first book and movie?

The pin is an important symbol, and the book and movie treat it somewhat differently. In the book, the pin passes the review board with difficulty. In the movie, Cinna has to smuggle it to Katniss.

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In "The Hunger Games" movie, does Katniss find water right away or have to search for it?

Unlike the book where Katniss has to search for water and barely finds it in time, in the movie she finds a pond right away.

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If you're like most fans, the character of Haymitch grows on you as the tale progresses. We have a rougher introduction to him in the book than in the movie, though. What embarrassing thing does he do right away in the first book?

A very intoxicated Haymitch falls off the stage during the reaping.

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It would be great if we could all get gift parachutes when we needed them most. Katniss is a popular tribute, thanks to Haymitch, so she gets more than her fair share during the first game. In the movie version, do her gift packages come with helpful notes?

If you chose yes, you're right. In the book, no notes were attached to the gifts. This left Katniss to draw her own conclusions about how she was doing — and how to continue in the game.

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In the first movie, after what touching scene during the game do we cut away to see what's happening in District 11?

As Rue dies of her wounds, Katniss sings her a lullaby and covers her body with flowers. The action then cuts to a riot in District 11, an external event that is consistent with, but not included in the book.

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Cato is a big, bad tribute who is eaten alive in the first hunger games. He's the last adversary to die at the end of both versions (book and movie). In which version does he suffer the longest?

In the book, Cato is consumed over the course of hours, a fate that's somewhat (thankfully) shorter in the movie.

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In a touching scene in the book, not the movie, District 11 sends Katniss a welcome gift that helps her survive after Rue's death. What was it?

An agricultural region, District 11 sends Katniss bread.

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In the first film, Katniss' mother, her sister and Gale are the only people who visit her on the train. In the book, another visitor brings her cookies. Who is he?

In the book, Peeta's father, the mayor, brings her cookies.

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President Snow has a relative in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" who doesn't appear in the books. Who is it?

That would be his granddaughter. She expresses admiration for Katniss and inadvertently increases Snow's concerns.

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In a pivotal scene, Katniss and Peeta ask Haymitch for advice for the first time. His answer is: “Embrace the prospect of your imminent death.” Was this response in the movie version, the book version or both?

This bit of unhelpful advice was in the movie version. In the book, he said: “Here’s some advice, stay alive.”

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During Katniss' first hunger games competition, she uses a tracker jacker nest as a weapon. Was it her idea?

Katniss was somewhat more enterprising in the book than in the movie. In the book, the tracker jacker attack was her idea. In the movie, Rue suggests it.

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In "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee is an advocate for the growing resistance movement. Katniss does what with him during a banquet?

Katniss dances with Heavensbee. In the book, he displays a watch that has a mockingjay on it, a sign he may be an ally. In the movie, there's a dance, but no watch reveal.

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Who could forget the whipping scene in the "Catching Fire" movie? The underpinnings of the scene are somewhat different between the book and movie, though. In the book, Gale is beaten for hunting game. Why is he beaten in the movie?

Gale is beaten for trying to intervene during someone else's punishment.

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In the movie "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2," Haymitch and Effie do something they never did in the book. What is it?

If you chose the big smooch, you're right. In the midst of a revolution, they still find time for a little romance. Ahhhh.

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The hounds released at the end of the first "Hunger Games" movie are definitely creepy, but they could have been worse. In the book, what feature did they borrow from the dead tributes?

They had the same eyes. Yep, pretty creepy.

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In the third book, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1," Katniss makes a stunning demand in exchange for becoming the Mockingjay, the living symbol of the rebellion. This particular demand is absent from the movie version. What is it?

Her demand is to kill President Snow.

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About This Quiz

"The Hunger Games" has a little of everything, including a plucky heroine who becomes the reluctant hero of a revolution. Let's take a closer look at these two different treatments of Katniss Everdeen's epic story.

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