The Ultimate 'Last of the Mohicans' Quiz

By: John Miller

"The Last of the Mohicans" is a war movie that portrays which conflict?

"The Last of the Mohicans" is all about the French and Indian War, which was part of the Seven Years' War. It is set in 1757, decades before America became a free country.

Which actor gets top billing in this movie?

It is Daniel Day-Lewis who has the leading role in this film. He's famous for his work in films like "Gangs of New York" and "The Unbearable Lightness of Being."

Who plays the part of Cora Munro, the daughter of the commander of Fort William Henry?

Madeleine Stowe is Cora Munro. She's the daughter of the local British commander, and she's outside the fort with a group of soldiers that's attacked by hostile Indians.

Who is Magua?

Magua is an angry Huron Indian who is setting out to avenge the deaths of his children. He has aligned himself with French troops.

The story takes place in upstate New York. Where did filming actually happen?

The storyline unfolds in rural New York. But most of the movie was actually filmed in North Carolina.

The movie was inspired by what?

The original story came from an 1820s novel. But it was a 1936 movie that mostly inspired this massively ambitious remake.

The British soldiers and Cora are ambushed outside the fort. What happens next?

All of the soldiers are killed but Cora and another woman are saved, by a group of Mohican Indians that drives off the Huron Indian ambushers.

Daniel Day-Lewis is Hawkeye, one of the Mohicans who saves Cora. What is special about Hawkeye?

Hawkeye is the white, adopted son of the local Mohican chief. He helps to save Cora, and the two are immediately attracted to one another.

This is an epic movie. Who directed?

Michael Mann directed "The Last of the Mohicans." Mann has had an amazing career, with films like "Heat" and "The Insider."

Hawkeye rescues Cora and her younger sister from the Huron Indian attack. What does he do with the two women?

Hawkeye and his men escort the two young women back to Fort William Henry, a British stronghold during the French and Indian War. But it turns out to be a hazardous place for all of them.

When Hawkeye and the women arrive at the fort, what is the status of Fort William Henry?

Hawkeye and the women arrive at the forts as it is under siege from French troops and their Huron Indian allies. They must sneak into the fort when the French are distracted during battle.

The filmmakers used the real Fort William Henry for filming.

They did not use the real fort. For authenticity, they built a real fort out of real materials and based the design on the original fort.

Hundreds of Native Americans worked as extras in the movie. They were mostly from which tribe?

The story features mostly Huron and Mohican Indians. But it was Cherokee Indians who did much of the work as extras.

How did Daniel-Day Lewis prepare for this role?

Daniel-Day Lewis wanted to get a real sense of what it was like to live in the woods. So he did. He spent days living in a forested area in preparation for this role.

Cora's father is Col. Munro, who is in charge of the local British military. How does he treat local British colonists?

Col. Munro doesn't care about British colonists, even though many of them suffer at the hands of the French and their Indian allies. He's more concerned about his own fort and his own life.

Magua wants to kill Col. Munro's daughters. Why?

Magua's children were killed during a raid at the hands of Col. Munro's men. He plans to kill Munro's daughters … and then he's going to kill Munro, too.

How does Magua plan to kill Munro?

Magua is a tiny bit upset about his children's deaths. He plans to unleash his fury by ripping Munro's heart right out of his body. Welcome to 18th-century justice, frontier style!

This film was unveiled in 1992. What was its approximate budget?

"The Last of the Mohicans" was a big budget extravaganza. It cost around $40 million, making it a sizable gamble for the studio.

The movie bombed at the box office.

That $40 million budget was a roll of the dice but the gamble paid off nicely. It grossed more than $75 million at box offices around the world.

Magua blames Munro for killing his children. But Munro actually isn't responsible for their deaths.

Col. Munro really is to blame for the deaths of Magua's children -- and the Indian knows it. He plans to kill the colonel no matter what it takes.

The British fort is under siege and it is days from falling to the French troops. How many British reinforcement troops are on the way?

The British are under siege and there's no help coming for them. If the French troops and Huron Indians manage to smash through the walls of the fort, there's no telling what will happen to the people inside.

Critics lauded the film as an outstanding piece of filmmaking. But it won just a single Oscar award.

The movie was nominated for Best Sound and it won that category. It was also nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Score but didn't win.

In real life, there really was a massacre at Fort William Henry.

Yes, there was a real-life massacre at the fort. Hostile Indians killed perhaps 200 people at the fort, and the French took over the facility and then destroyed it.

Col. Munro grabs Hawkeye and sentences him to death. Why?

Hawkeye sees the colonel's indifference to the colonists and the militiamen in the fort. He encourages them to abandon the fort to save their families. The colonel is incensed and sentences Hawkeye to death by hanging.

Mann wasn't afraid to make a very long movie. How long was the first cut?

The first edited version was about three hours long. The final version was much shorter -- it was less than 2 hours long.

This was Daniel-Day Lewis' first big-budget film.

Lewis made a name for himself by starring mostly in high-quality independent films. This was his first foray into a big-budget Hollywood blockbuster.

Col. Munro knows the situation in the fort is dire. He offers to surrender. What does the French commander do in response?

The French commander accepts Col. Munro's surrender. It seems as though the battle will end peacefully, but there is unexpected violence on the horizon.

Munro and the rest of the British people evacuate the fort. Then what happens?

Magua is infuriated that the French are allowing the British to simply walk away. He orders his men to attack and they massacre many people. They also capture several prisoners, including Cora.

"The Last of the Mohicans" was the second-highest grossing film of 1992.

"The Last of the Mohicans" did really well, but it didn't even crack the Top 10 films of the year. It was 17th-highest earning movie of the year.

Chingachgook and Hawkeye rescue Cora, but the Huron Indians kill Chingachgook's son. In revenge, who kills Magua?

Chingachgook's son is killed during the rescue attempt. In retribution, he stalks Magua and kills him. Hawkeye and Cora, of course, live happily until the end of their days.

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Revenge is a dish best served cold. But as we learn in "The Last of the Mohicans," vengeance has a price. How much do you know about this colonial-era story of love and loss?

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