Dream big with this BFG Trivia Quiz


By: Julie Medina

4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

When an orphan girl befriends a benevolent giant, dubbed the "Big Friendly Giant", the adventures grow. Especially when they attempt to stop man-eating giants from invading the human world. Remember Dream Country, Sophie, BFG (and his crazy vocabulary), with this bigger-than-life quiz.

What does BFG stand for?

Mark Rylance portrays the BFG, a 24-foot benevolent giant whose name is short for the "Big Friendly Giant". He is called "Runt" by the other giants. Mark Rylance is also known for his portrayal of a Soviet spy in the movie, Bridge of Spies, in which he won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.


What is the character name of the orphaned girl?

Sophie is the orphaned girl who has insomnia and is always awake at the “witching” hour. Sophie is portrayed by Ruby Barnhill an English actress known for playing the lead role of Sophie and the 4 o’clock Club TV series as Isobel.


Who says this? “'Never get out of bed. Never go to the window. Never look behind the curtain.”

As Sophie says these things to never do, she does them! She seems more curious than afraid until she spies the giant. Sophie is the tale’s heroine and is taken by Rylance’s giant after accidentally spotting him at work in London, blowing dreams into the windows of children’s bedrooms.


Who says this? “Don’t gobblefunk around with words.”

Sophie is always correcting BFG’s use of words. Although the meaning is clear, he uses a new assortment of made-up words to get there. Mark Rylance as BFG has no trouble mastering the giant’s vocabulary. Spielberg had approached Rylance with the role during filming of Bridge of Spies. Spielberg was quoted as saying that "Mark Rylance is a transformational actor. I am excited and thrilled that Mark will be making this journey with us to Giant Country. Everything about his career so far is about making the courageous choice and I'm honored he has chosen The BFG as his next big screen performance."


Why does Sophie have to stay in Giant Country?

Although Sophie swears she will not tell anyone there are giants, BFG can’t afford to have the word get out. She even tells BFG that she is an untrustworthy little kid and no one would listen to her anyway. BFG remains unconvinced. Ruby Barnhill who portrays Sophie is very convincing playing against a giant. She has already been compared to Drew Barrymore, who was also spotted by Spielberg at primary school age for his film E.T.


What do giants dislike?

As soon as it starts raining, all the giants seek shelter. It’s the one thing they cannot stand. When a rainstorm breaks out, BFG (with Sophie in hand) can escape Giant Country and getting picked on by the other giants.


If the mean giants eat human beans, what does BFG eat?

He only eats vegetables and not human beans. Although, he has very interesting names for his vegetables. For instance, Sophie hides from a giant in a “snozzcumber”. According to the Wonderful World of Roald Dahl website, words such as “snozzcumber” and "Gobblefunk" can be defined as "Roald Dahl's own language". It states: "the words are found across his literature and explain meaning when Dahl's dreamworld transcends normal adjectives."


Why is BFG so reluctant to have Sophie stay with him?

The movie mentions that the BFG abducted and befriends a boy, long before he met Sophie, unfortunately the boy was eventually found and eaten by the other giants. Once the giants have found Sophie’s blanket, BFG knows he must return her home for her safety, against Sophie’s wishes.


When Sophie finally gets out of the snozzcumber, she is covered in juice and pulp. What does BFG do?

Although it is not a traditional home. BFG is able to wash off Sophie, dry her, and give her new clothes. Spielberg has said he “hit the jackpot” when he found Ruby, who portrays Sophie. Settling on her after her very first audition when she asked clever questions and came up with ideas to develop her character.


Who is the fearsome leader of the man-eating giants?

The fearsome leader of the man-eating giants is called the Fleshlumpeater. He enters BFG’s home asking who BFG is talking to, then he smells a human. The interaction of humans, giants and even a “snozzcumber” was enabled due to a new filming process. Weta Digital's Joe Letteri explains: "With Simulcam, we can pre-record a performance and then play it back through the camera monitor so that the camera operators could actually see the virtual performance unfolding in real time as they're photographing the live-action scene. By combining the two, they're able to make decisions and frame and actually even cue actions based on what's happening in the virtual world."


How old is Sophie?

The age of London orphan girl Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) was ten years old. She needed to be old enough to brave the scary orphanage at 3 in the morning, as well as to brave Giant Country. Years have gone by since the novel was first written. The film was made and released about thirty-four years after its source novel of the same name by Roald Dahl had been first published. The 2016 movie was made and released about twenty-seven years after the first filmed adaptation of the novel.


How old is BFG?

BFG tells Sophie that giants have no mother or fathers and that he is as old as the Earth. "I get a little bit crumply but us joints is coming on and on." For a 10-year she earned quite a bit of money for her first film. Reportedly, Ruby Barnhill salary for this movie was US $85,000.


Sophie eventually convinces the BFG to take her to Dream Country, but what happens when they try to go through Giant Country to get there?

As they leave, they accidentally wake up the Bloodbottler who alerts the other man-eating giants of the BFG's presence. They torment and bully the BFG - throwing him around like a doll and pushing him down a hill on an old garbage truck. As the pair escape during a thunderstorm which repels the man-eating giants, Sophie tells the BFG that he should not allow the other giants to bully him.


What does the BFG do once a dream is caught?

The BFG captures nightmares and dreams with a net and then bottles them — the nightmares are to be quarantined, the good dreams to be softly dispersed into children’s bedrooms as they sleep. As the giant describes one of the dreams — about a boy who receives an important call from the President of the United States — we see the boy sleeping in the foreground while the dream unfolds as a shadow play behind him.


What does BFG like to drink?

The name of the green-colored fizzy drink in Giant Country that the BFG drank was "Frobscottle". Sophie notes that the bubbles go down instead of up. BFG agrees, and especially enjoys the titanic bursts of flatulence that accompany guzzling frobscottle. "'Whenever I is feeling a bit scrotty,' the BFG said, 'a few gollops of frobscottle is always making me hopscotchy again.'"


Who says this? “Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”

Roald Dahl, who wrote James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, BFG and other fantasy-world novels, said this quote. It was used in a children's promotional flier for the film. Here is the full quote: “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.”


If you ever watched Saturday Night Live you might recognize Bloodbottler. Who portrays this character?

Bill Hader portrays Bloodbottler, a 43 foot man-eating giant who is the second-in-command to the Fleshlumpeater. Bill Hader is an actor, voice actor, comedian and writer. He is best known for his work on Saturday Night Live (2005–2013), for which he has received three Emmy nominations, South Park (2009–present), and his parody series Documentary Now! (2015–present). Most people recall his most famous Saturday Night Character, Stefon, Weekend Update's flamboyant New York City correspondent, whose recommendations consist solely of bizarre nightclubs involving nightmarish characters.


Butcher Boy is an interesting giant. What does he like to collect?

Michael David Adamthwaite, a voice actor, portrays Butcher Boy, a chubby and immature man-eating giant who wears clothes made from circus tents and is known for collecting cars. Butcher Boy, Bloodbottler, Feshlumpeater … the names of the giants are just as interesting as BFG’s vocabulary. Of utmost importance to the filmmakers was remaining faithful to source novelist's Roald Dahl's voice, keeping consistent with the author's rhythm, language and interaction between his characters, all of which were uniquely his. Screenwriter Melissa Mathison said: "I tried to use Dahl's dialogue verbatim as much as possible. We didn't want to tamper with the tone."


Adam Godley plays a very tall and slim man-eating giant that wears a vest and shorts. What is the giant’s name?

Manhugger is portrayed by Adam Godley, an English film, television and theatre actor. He is a Tony Award nominee and has been nominated three times for the Olivier Award. His film appearances include The Theory of Everything, Battleship, The X-Files: I Want To Believe, and Love Actually, to name a few. He has guest starred on numerous TV series’, include Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Homeland, Suits, The Good Wife and more.


What happens when they get to Dream Country?

The pair arrives in Dream Country and catch a dream each: a good dream about Sophie and a nightmare about committing unforgivable crimes. If you recall, BFG carries his dreams in bottles inside of a bag. Of the props and prop-work in the film, director Steven Spielberg said: "There was so much love put into every prop. So much thought put into something as simple as the BFG's bag, which [production designer] Rick [Carter] created to resemble a big doctor's bag. Of course the bag carries his dreams, but the dreams are kind of like medicine for the kids who are in need of them, and the bag was stitched together in a Frankensteinian way to almost resemble a patchwork quilt."


Why is BFG’s work so important?

Sophie finds out how important BFG’s work is when the two then head to London to spread good dreams to sleeping children. As for nightmares, at BFG’s workshop the audience can see two of the BFG's jars are labeled "I is naked at work" and "I is naked at wedding", respectively.


If you worked as a housekeeper, which of these giants would you want to keep out of your house?

Although in the giant-naming sense, Maidmasher could mean a maid as in maiden or a maid as in a housekeeper. Either way, you would want to keep all the giants out of your house. Maidmasher is portrayed by Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, an Edda Award-winning Icelandic-American actor, producer, and screenwriter. He is known for Children, XL and Trapped. Many of the giants (looking like humans, not giants) also played minor London characters in the movie.


Speaking of maids, what is the name of the Queen’s maid?

Rebecca Hall portrays Mary, the Queen's maid. Ms. Hall in fact, bears a great resemblance to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, who is Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter-in-law in reality. Rebecca Maria Hall is a British-American actress. In 2003, she won the Ian Charleson Award for her debut stage performance of Mrs. Warren's Profession. She has appeared in the films The Prestige, Vicky Cristina Barcelona (for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe), The Town, Frost/Nixon, Iron Man 3, Transcendence, and The Gift. In June 2010, Hall won the Supporting Actress BAFTA for her portrayal of Paula Garland in the 2009 Channel 4 production Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974. She was also nominated for the Leading Actress Television BAFTA in 2013 for her role as Sylvia Tietjens in BBC Two's Parade's End.


Who portrayed the Queen?

Dame Penelope Alice Wilton, is an English actress known for starring opposite Richard Briers in the BBC sitcom Ever Decreasing Circles; playing Homily in The Borrowers, and The Return of the Borrowers; and for her role as Isobel Crawley in the ITV drama Downton Abbey. She also played the recurring role of Harriet Jones in Doctor Who.Wilton has had an extensive career on stage, receiving six Olivier Award nominations. Her film appearances include Clockwise, Cry Freedom, Calendar Girls, Shaun of the Dead, Match Point, Pride & Prejudice, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and The Girl.


The screen writer for BFG was especially close to Steven Spielberg, why?

The screen writer for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was also the screenwriter for BFG, which Melissa Mathison wrote prior to her passing during late 2015. The picture is dedicated to her as a tribute. The film's closing credits dedication reads: "FOR OUR MELISSA". At the time, according to Spielberg: "I have not had a chance to mourn Melissa, because she's been so vibrant and real to me, in the cutting room, on the scoring stage, in the dubbing room - she's just always been there with me, so because of that, it's going to be hard when I have to let The BFG go, because then I have to let Melissa go, too."


How do they rule in Giant Country?

The height of the BFG (the Big Friendly Giant) is a “runt-sized” twenty-four feet, the height of The Gizzardgulper is thirty-nine feet; the height of The Bloodbottler who is second in command, is forty-three feet; and the height of the leader, Fleshlumpeater is fifty feet. The height of source novelist Roald Dahl was six feet six inches-tall, Dahl being somewhat of a giant in real life himself.


The Giants are carted off to an isolated uncharted island. What cargo is left behind with them?

An army helicopter ensnares the giants are they are lifted away. The giants are all trapped on an isolated uncharted island where numerous crates of snozzcumber seeds are left with them much to their fury.


How does Sophie figure out the plan to use the Queen?

While hidden, Sophie finds the home of the last human to live with the BFG. She leaves his jacket on his bed and finds a portrait of Queen Victoria among his belongings. From this she devises a plan to forge a nightmare and give it to Elizabeth II, the Queen of the United Kingdom. The nightmare consists of giants eating the children of England, the British Army fighting the giants, and Sophie appearing on her windowsill.


Where do they head after they complete the dream for the Queen?

They head to Buckingham Palace where upon waking from her nightmare, the Queen finds Sophie on the windowsill as in the nightmare, and the BFG outside in the palace grounds. Sophie plays a part in almost every scene in the movie which is a lot of responsibility for a young actress. Maybe that’s why Ruby Barnhill was so well prepared for her audition. She learned six pages of dialogue in preparation for her audition for the lead female role of Sophie.


What did Mary give to the Queen, prior to the Queen spotting Sophie?

Prior to the Queen spotting Sophie, her servant Mary, on hearing about the nightmare the Queen has just had, shows her a newspaper detailing a story about unexplained disappearances of a number of children.


Once the Queen awakens she is very civil. What does she provide them with?

Once the Queen awakens she provides them with a hearty breakfast. %0DActress Penelope Wilton, who portrays The Queen, said of the Buckingham Palace Grand Ballroom set: "It is an absolute replica of the actual ballroom with the same carpet and paintings that are in the palace itself. But they also designed the Queen's bedroom which had this incredible woodwork and gold filling in the plaster-work and looks absolutely marvelous."


In the end scenes Fleshlumpeater tries to attack Sophie, what happens?

Fleshlumpeater tries to attack Sophie, but is stopped by the BFG. Before he can attack BFG, an army helicopter ensnares him and the giants are lifted away. BFG made quite an impression on the Queen, especially his language. The BFG: [to the Queen of England; awkwardly yet politely] “Your madjester, I am your most humbug servant.”


What happens to Sophie at the end of the movie?

Sophie begins living in the Queen's palace upon Mary adopting her while the BFG returns to Giant Country where he begins growing a wide variety of vegetables inspired by his time in England. He still delivers dreams. The film ends with her narrating that whenever she feels lonely, which is less often than before, she talks to him; he can still hear her. Leaning out of her window, she whispers, "Good Morning, BFG". At his writing desk, the giant hears her words and smiles.


How does the music interact with the film?

John Williams composed and conducted the film's musical score, marking the twenty-seventh collaboration between Spielberg and Williams. According to Williams "The BFG tries to capture dreams with his net and does something that almost looks like a Ray Bolger or Fred Astaire dance; It is an amazingly musical and choreographic sequence which required the orchestra to do things that are more associated with musical films." The soundtrack was released by Walt Disney Records on July 1, 2016.


Did The BFG movie win any awards?

Heartland Film in 2016 awarded BFG with the Truly Moving Picture Award. Maybe because the movie had lines like this: Sophie: “Why did you take me?” The BFG: “Because I hears your lonely heart, in all the secret whisperings of the world.”


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