Do or Do Not! "The Empire Strikes Back" Quiz

By: Michael S. Poteet

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Don't unlearn what you have learned until you show off your knowledge of Episode V in the "Star Wars" saga. There is no try!

At the film's outset, on what planet has the Rebel Alliance established a secret base?

According to Wookieepedia, the frozen world of Hoth is the sixth planet in its star system. Nighttime temperatures can fall to as low as -60°C.

What's the first word of dialogue spoken in the movie?

Luke Skywalker hails Han Solo over his transmitter using call signs: “Echo Three to Echo Seven: Han, old buddy, do you read me?”

What attacks Luke near the film’s beginning?

Never named on screen in the finished film, another scene involving a wampa attack in the Rebels’ base was filmed, but left on the cutting room floor.

Who is the general in command of the base on Hoth?

Rieekan was played by Bruce Boa, who was also known for playing an Earth military man, the rogue colonel in director Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket” (1987).

Han tells Rieekan he has to leave the Alliance for what reason?

The bounty Jabba placed on Han’s head also formed a plot point in “A New Hope”: Greedo tracked Han to the Mos Eisley cantina, hoping to collect it.

How does Leia respond when Han asks her, “Afraid I was going to leave without giving you a goodbye kiss?”

Han retorts, “I could arrange that. You could use a good kiss!”

Who first informs Han that Luke is missing?

In offscreen sources, the deck officer whom Han accosts once Threepio has told him Luke is missing is named Tamizander Rey. He was played by actor Norman Chancer, who appeared as an Oval Office aide in "Superman II" the same year.

What soon-to-be famous comic actor played Major Derlin, the Rebel officer who orders the base’s shield doors closed while Luke and Han are out in Hoth’s harsh night?

After gaining fame as Cliff on “Cheers,” Ratzenberger also became a familiar voice in Pixar animated films, most notably the piggy bank in the "Toy Story" movies.

How does Luke free himself from the Wampa’s cave?

Luke’s summoning of his lightsaber was the first instance of Force telekinesis seen in a "Star Wars" movie.

What is the call sign of the Rebel pilot who makes radio contact with Han the morning after Han and Luke’s absence from Echo Base?

In offscreen material, this pilot is named Zev Senesca. Zev was played by noted British actor and producer Christopher Malcolm. Among other credits, he played Brad in the original production of "The Rocky Horror Show" (1973) and eventually was the executive in charge of all its subsequent productions.

What is the name (not spoken on screen) of the restorative material in which Luke floats while recovering from the Wampa attack?

During production, according to Wired, “there was an accident with the bacta tank that could have killed Hamill if he’d been inside” (https://www.wired.com/2010/10/10-things-empire-strikes-back/).

Han tells Luke that Luke looks strong enough to pull the ears off which creature?

In "Attack of the Clones," Obi-Wan and Anakin Skywalker briefly reminiscence about they time they fell into a nest of gundarks.

Who is Luke’s gunner during the Battle of Hoth?

John Morton played the ill-fated Dak, as well as Boba Fett during one scene when Jeremy Bulloch was unavailable.

About what planet does Luke tell R2D2, “I’m sure it’s perfectly safe for droids”?

The film’s Dagobah scenes were filmed on a large stage at Elmstree Studios in England. The stage was elevated so puppeteers could work beneath it.

What creatures do Han, Leia, Chewie and C3PO encounter inside the belly of the space slug?

According to Wookieepedia, mynocks are silicon-based life forms capable of reproducing by splitting in half.

What do Imperial vessels routinely do before entering hyperspace?

Han uses his knowledge of Imperial trash jettisoning to allow the Falcon to make—he believes—a clean getaway.

What are Yoda’s first words to Luke?

Yoda was voiced and primarily operated by Frank Oz, famous for his work as Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Grover and other characters on “The Muppet Show” and “Sesame Street.”

According to Yoda, what does “not make one great”?

Despite his suggestion that he is not a great warrior, Yoda displays some fierce lightsaber fighting ability in "Attack of the Clones" and "Revenge of the Sith."

What piece of equipment on the Millennium Falcon does Han (begrudgingly following C3PO’s lead) tell Chewie to replace?

C3PO learned of the problem by communicating with the Falcon, which he says has “the most peculiar dialect.” The droid should know since, as he frequently mentions, he is “fluent in over six million forms of communication.”

When Han first mentions “Lando,” what or who does Leia think he is referring to?

“Lando’s not a system,” Han tells her, “he’s a man… card player, gambler, scoundrel. You'd like him.”

What product is mined at Cloud City on Bespin?

The young adult novel The Weapon of a Jedi establishes that “Interstellar gas” is an even rarer, more valuable form of tibanna gas.

Not named on screen, what stout, pig-like creatures work in Cloud City?

Other Star Wars material establishes that Ugnaughts evolved on the planet Gentes, and could live for as long as two centuries.

What “rude,” vulgar phrase does another protocol droid say to C3PO at Cloud City?

“E chu ta” is an insult in the Huttese language of the Star Wars universe.

In the cave on Dagobah, whose face does Luke see beneath Darth Vader’s helmet?

In “The Clone Wars” episode “Voices,” Yoda himself experiences a vision in the cave, a vision that anticipates the execution of Order 66.

What does Luke tell Yoda after Yoda raises the X-wing out of the swamp on Dagobah?

To which Yoda replies, “That is why you fail.”

In what substance is Han Solo frozen at Cloud City?

In the real world, carbonite was one of the earliest explosives used in coal mining.

Who tries to warn Luke that Vader has set a trap for him when Luke arrives at Cloud City?

One of the guards escorting Leia through the corridors of Cloud City is played by Jeremy Bulloch, who was usually under the armor of Boba Fett.

What was the number of the landing platform the Millennium Falcon occupied while at Cloud City?

According to Wookieepedia, “Perhaps not coincidentally, 327 was also the designation of the particular Death Star landing bay which captured the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.”

What is the name (not given onscreen) of Lando’s cyborg-like aide in Cloud City?

In the 2015 Marvel Comics “Lando” miniseries, Lando tells Lobot, "You had the Imperials put those things in your head so you could get paid to run battlefield calculations, all nice and safe back at a base."

What are Han Solo’s last words to Leia before he is frozen in carbonite?

Director Irvin Kershner and the actors improvised Han’s line, believing that the character would not respond, “I love you, too” to Leia’s profession of love.

How does Vader alter his deal with Lando once Han is frozen in carbonite?

When Lando protests, Vader responds, “I am altering the deal. Pray I don't alter it any further.”

How does Luke contact Leia when he needs to be rescued from the underside of Cloud City?

Leia’s perception of Luke’s cries for help are the first onscreen indication we have that she is sensitive to the working of the Force.

What line of dialogue was spoken on set during filming to help keep secret the revelation that Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker’s father?

In an interview with “Sound and Vision,” Mark Hamill said director Irvin Kershner told him, “If you tell anybody, and that means Carrie or Harrison, or anybody, we're going to know who it is because we know who knows” (http://www.soundandvision.com/content/mark-hamill-interview#KkE7ZBSH5jmsTwwb.99)

What does Lando say when he learns that the Falcon’s hyperdrive won’t work as the ship is escaping Bespin?

Lando is, of course, echoing Han Solo’s refrain from earlier in the film.

Which of these new musical themes did John Williams not compose for the film?

Williams composed "Luke and Leia" for the next film, "Return of the Jedi."

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