Mockingjays and Archers' Arrows: 'The Hunger Games' Quiz

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Before Suzanne Collins wrote "The Hunger Games," she worked on which Nickelodeon Emmy-nominated television program?

Suzanne started her writing career as a children’s television writer and worked on shows like "Clarissa Explains It All," "The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo," "Little Bear" and "Oswald."

Collins wrote another book series prior to writing "The Hunger Games" trilogy. What’s the name of the lead character?

Gregor is the main character in "The Underland Chronicles." He’s just an average kid from New York City who falls out of his laundry room into a fantastic underground world called the Underland. There are five books in this series, beginning with "Gregor the Overlander."

What inspired Suzanne Collins to write "The Hunger Games?"

An article in The New York Times revealed that the idea for the book came to Suzanne while she was watching TV and flipped from a reality TV show to a wartime video shot in Iraq.

Which military-themed movie helped the author visualize the weaponry and battle scenes for the book?

Collins watched clips of "Rambo" to better understand how weaponry like crossbows were used. Her father, a Vietnam veteran, also gave her many war stories to draw inspiration from.

Now, on to the book itself. In "The Hunger Games," what do they call the selection process where they choose the children who will fight to the death?

The event where the tributes are chosen is called the reaping. To be qualified for the reaping, you must be between 12 and 18 years old. One boy and one girl are chosen from each district to participate in the Games.

What natural resource is District 12 known for?

District 12 is where you find coal and coal mines. The lead character, Katniss, lost her father in a tragic mining accident when she was 11.

Which boy from District 12 did Katniss nickname “the boy with the bread?”

Katniss will always remember Peeta Mellark as “the boy with the bread.” This nickname was born on the day he offered her some burned bread from his parent’s bake shop while she was scavenging for food in the trash.

When Katniss and Peeta arrive at The Capitol, they encounter an Avox. What the heck is an Avox?

An Avox is a person who has committed the crime of rebelling against the Capitol. These traitors have their tongues cut out so they can no longer speak.

Some tributes are volunteers who were born and bred for competing to the death. What nickname do District 12 residents call these kids?

Folks from District 12 refer to these trained warriors as Career Tributes, or Careers for short. The Careers are typically from the wealthier districts like 1, 2 and 4, and their whole lives are devoted to volunteering for and winning the Games. So when one's around, watch your back. And your front. They aren’t picky.

"The Hunger Games" features some very unique wildlife. What’s a jabberjay?

Jabberjays are genetically altered birds created in labs at the Capitol. The jabberjays can memorize and recite entire conversations, making them great spies for the government. The Capitol discontinued their use after people from the districts figured out how these devious birds operated and manipulated them into feeding lies to the Capitol. Animals, intrigue and espionage. That’s "The Hunger Games" for you.

Name another deadly animal designed by the Capitol.

Tracker jackers are one of many mutant animals that the Capitol created. This special breed of killer wasps was placed around the districts during the war. They have a recognizable solid gold body and several stings can kill you.

Which character refers to the Games as “a big, big, big day?”

Effie Trinket works for the Capitol as an escort for District 12. She always encourages the tributes to be happy about their participation in the upcoming Games with exclamations like "Up, up, up! It's going to be a big, big, big day!"

When the Games begin, what's the name of the storage facility from which the tributes grab supplies?

The Cornucopia is a giant, golden horn o’ plenty placed in the center of the circle where the tributes start their challenge. It's filled with supplies that can help the tributes survive, like weapons, medicine, food and clothing. But it’s first come, first served -- so you’d better act fast.

Katniss receives some wise advice from Haymitch before the competition. What did he say?

Haymitch Abernathy uttered these wise words: "Here’s some advice. Stay alive." Haymitch survived the 50th Hunger Games, so his advice is well worth listening to (even if it’s muttered with a drunken slur).

Four weeks before “The Hunger Games” movie was released, Lionsgate started selling advanced tickets and broke a one-day record originally held by which movie?

"The Hunger Games" advanced tickets sales beat "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" and made up 83 percent of ticket sales that day. Fandango Executive VP and General Manager Rick Butler said, "We saw the biggest first-day advance ticket sales in our company’s nearly 12-year history."

Who wrote and produced the film adaptation of "The Hunger Games?"

Gary Ross directed the film and Billy Ray consulted on the screenwriting, but Suzanne Collins retained creative control as the writer and producer of the film.

Some critics think Suzanne Collins borrowed the idea for "The Hunger Games" from a 1999 Japanese novel. What’s the title?

"Battle Royale," written by Koushun Takami, was published in 1999 and echoes similar themes of the public's thirst for violence being cheerfully indulged by the media at the expense of a nation's youth. However, Collins stands by her statement, "I had never heard of that book or that author until my book was turned in."

If Suzanne Collins didn’t borrow her themes from "Battle Royale," then what epic tale did she base her story on?

Collins often cites "Theseus and the Minotaur" as an influence. In that mythological story, the people of Athens are required by the Cretans to give up 7 boys and 7 girls as a sacrifice to the Minotaur.

Which famous Young Adult author claims that "The Hunger Games" is the "closest thing to a perfect adventure novel" that he’s ever read?

Rick Riordan gave the book this compliment, which means a lot coming from the guy who wrote the "Percy Jackson & the Olympians" series.

"The Hunger Games" movie’s soundtrack features two songs from which popular country music artist?

Taylor Swift performs two songs on the soundtrack: "Eyes Wide Open" and "Safe & Sound." She actually partners with country duo The Civil Wars for the "Safe & Sound" track.

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