He's Back! Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Trivia Quiz


By: Monica Lee

7 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

John Connor has been living off the grid, following the death of his mother, Sarah. But now he is being tracked by a new Terminator as he tries to destroy Skynet before Judgment Day. Recall it all, including the reprogrammed Terminator, with this exciting trivia quiz.

What is different about the latest Terminator, T-X?

The T-X has an endoskeleton with built-in weaponry and a liquid metal exterior like the T-1000, and it can reprogram other machines. It also has a female form and is programed to kill John Conner, his future wife and other members of the Human Resistance. The T-X is portrayed by Kristanna Loken, an actress and model. She is best known for her roles in the films "BloodRayne" and "Bounty Killer," and on the TV series "Painkiller Jane," "The L Word" and "Burn Notice."


What does the resistance do to combat the programming of the T-X?

The Resistance sends a reprogrammed Terminator (T-850 - Model 101) to protect the T-X's targets, including John and his future wife. The Terminator is played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, reprising his role from the first two films. This film was Schwarzenegger's final starring role before becoming Governor of California.


What is the name of John Conner’s future wife?

Kate Brewster works at an animal hospital and is kidnapped against her will by John and the reprogrammed Terminator. Kate Brewster is portrayed by Claire Danes, a recipient of three Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. In 2012, Time named her one of the 100 most influential people in the World, and she was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2015.


John Conner is riding a motorcycle at the beginning of the film. Why does he crash?

To avoid a fawn, John Conner crashes his motorcycle and hurts his leg. After hitching a ride into town, he breaks into a veterinary clinic to steal drugs and bandage himself. This is the same veterinary clinic where Kate Brewster works. Did you know that Edward Furlong was originally supposed to reprise his role as John Connor? However, in December 2001, it was reported that he had been dropped from the film, allegedly due to a substance abuse problem. He was replaced by Nick Stahl shortly before filming began in April 2002.


What is one of the first things that T-X does when she appears in John Connor’s present time?

The T-X not only finds clothes but also a car to drive when she arrives in the present. She kills the woman driving, takes her clothes, styles her hair in the exact same way and takes her car. Kristanna Loken put on 15 pounds of muscle to fit her role of the T-X. She also took a mime class to prepare for her part. Because her character has so few lines, she had to learn to communicate through facial expressions and body gestures.


Once the T-X is in the car, she doesn’t follow the rules of the road. What happens next?

T-X causes accidents, goes through red lights and eventually gets pulled over by a cop. As she waits for the cops to come to her window, she looks at a Victoria's Secret billboard and notices sexy means big boobs. T-X's breast inflation scene took several takes because the air bladders underneath Kristanna Loken's bra made by the effects team didn't work properly. Sometimes one of the bladders popped or one would fizzle out.


What does T-X say to the cop?

She says to the cop, “I like your gun.” But she doesn’t really need it. From flame thrower to missile launcher to circular saw, her hand/arm changes into any weapon that she needs. For the filming of the arrival scene of the T-X, Kristanna Loken spent one night nude. During the filming, a piece of glass stuck under her foot because of her walking barefoot on the street.


What does Kate do to John Connor in the veterinary clinic?

She tells him the pills he is taking are to neuter dogs and throws him the bottle of pills to see for himself. John fumbles and drops his gun to catch the pills, then Kate retrieves it and locks John in a cage. Kate then realizes who John is … the first guy she ever kissed in Mike Kripke's basement. They were destined to meet then, and now they are destined to be together. Kate's character is meant to serve as the viewer’s eyes and ears into the world of the Terminator, being the outsider of the group.


Why is it impossible that Kate could ever be John’s wife?

Kate Brewster shows John her ring and says her fiancé will be looking for her. The character of Kate Brewster's fiancé was originally named Scott Petersen. Due to the name's similarity to Scott Peterson (a California man convicted of murdering his pregnant wife and their unborn child in late 2002 while out fishing) , the character's name was changed to Scott Mason, although he's still listed as Scott Petersen in the credits.


How does Kate know there is someone dangerous in the veterinary clinic?

The T-X has shot the owner of the sick cat through the head and is now stalking her. Kate is on the list of targets for the T-X to eliminate. The T-X also finds a bandage with John Conner’s blood and will be able to take out two of her targets in the veterinary clinic. After viewing initial dailies, the director, Jonathan Mostow, deemed Sophia Bush too young to play hero John Connor's love interest, and replaced her with Claire Danes at the last minute. Danes started filming immediately and basically learned about her character on the job. Danes later said this may have helped her performance, as Kate Brewster's character was similarly thrust into a strange new reality with no warning.


Where does the Terminator go to get clothes?

The Terminator goes to a bar that is having ladies’ night with male strippers. He is already stripped down when he appears and the ladies go wild. In fact, the bouncer collecting tickets doesn’t even get fazed when he sees The Terminator, the bouncer tells him to go through the back door. Arnold Schwarzenegger worked out for six months, about three hours a day, before shooting started, by which time he said he had the exact same body weight and muscle measurements as he had 12 years previously, while shooting "Terminator 2: Judgment Day."


Where does the Terminator take John and Kate after escaping the veterinary clinic?

The cemetery, where The Terminator shows John his mother's crypt was an actual cemetery, Rose Hills Memorial Park, at 3888 Workman Mill Road, in Whittier. Only the interior of the mausoleum was a studio set. The rest was real.


What vehicles were in the Hydraulic Truck Crane scene?

From the animal hospital van to the driverless police cars, regular cars on the street and fire engines, this scene was high-speed and high tension. To make it work, Arnold Schwarzenegger put up $1.4 million of his salary to ensure that a key scene remained. The scene has the construction crane smashing through the entire glass building. The director Jonathan Mostow was apparently worried that the film was going to run behind schedule and over budget. The crane weighed 140 tons, and the building that Schwarzenegger was plowed into took two weeks to build. The scene in which the crane flips over its own length was too dangerous to do in real life, so it had to be done by animation.


What happens at the gas station where they stop to fuel up?

The Terminator tells the gas station attendant to “talk to the hand” when he doesn’t pay for the snacks and gas he is getting. Then the attendant calls the police when he sees Kate launch out of the back of the van and scream. The gas station at which the Terminator stops for refueling is the same gas station seen in all three "Terminator" movies. In "The Terminator," it was shown at the end where the pregnant Sarah stops before driving to the Mojave Desert. In "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," it is where Sarah camps in for the night after she escapes from the hospital.


What is in Sarah’s casket?

The arsenal in Sarah Connor's coffin consists of: a 30-caliber machine gun; several Russian-made AK-47 assault rifles with 30 round/7.62 mm magazines; 9.0 mm Glock pistols; a bandoleer of H&W stun grenades used by U.S. special forces; a LAW antitank rocket; a 40 mm MK-19 grenade launcher; four bricks of C4 plastic explosives with acid fuses; a Glock 17 (the gun Kate that draws on The Terminator); a 9.0 mm Baretta; a Stoner 63A.30 caliber machine gun; an RPG-7 rocket-propelled grenade launcher with 85 mm shells (these carry a five-pound heat warhead, and those can penetrate one foot of steel armor plate.


Who says this? “I know what it's like to be in a hostage situation, I've been there myself. The fear, the adrenaline, you find yourself imagining things, impossible things, crazy things, insane things... takes years to get over it.”

Dr. Peter Silberman is a post-trauma counselor for the Sheriff's Department. Dr. Peter Silberman is portrayed by Earl Boen. Reprising his role from the first two films, Boen appears for one scene, attempting to comfort Claire Danes' character after she witnesses the acts of the Terminator. Boen and Schwarzenegger are the only actors to appear in all the first three "Terminator" films.


How does John Conner escape from the cemetery?

When the Terminator is holding a cache of weapons hidden inside of Sarah Connor's coffin, the coffin was lightweight, but still very heavy. When walking outside the mausoleum, the scene was even more difficult for Schwarzenegger because the weapon he was firing at the time was extremely heavy, even for someone like him. A harness holding it up but digitally erased helped him to film the scene. Another thing that made it difficult was the fact that Schwarzenegger's jacket weighed about 40 pounds.


Although Kate and John escape from the cemetery somewhat unharmed, the hearse is all shot up. What do they steal to replace the hearse?

They steal a motorhome, as it is convenient since the hearse is about to fall apart. Did you know that Arnold Schwarzenegger suffered a minor hand injury during the filming of the cemetery battle scene? One of the small explosives on the casket exterior, used to simulate a bullet hit, was planted too close to his hand.


What is the Terminator’s plan since they have a motorhome for transportation?

The Terminator reveals his plan to drive John and Kate to Mexico to escape the fallout when Judgment Day begins. John orders the Terminator to take him and Kate to see Kate's father, who is the primary creator of Skynet. The Terminator refuses. Arnold Schwarzenegger had to have surgery for a torn rotator cuff following an injury on the set. He was in a sling for 3-4 weeks but it didn't delay the completion of the movie.


How does John try to convince the Terminator to take him to see Kate’s father?

John threatens to kill himself if the Terminator refuses. The Terminator calls John's bluff but agrees to take them after Kate orders him to. The Terminator reveals that he killed John on July 4, 2032; Kate sent him back from the future after having him captured and reprogrammed. Did you know that Arnold Schwarzenegger was concerned about his nude scene (a staple of this series)? He knew people would compare this scene to the other nude scenes in the franchise, especially because he was 56 years old.


Why is General Brewster under intense pressure to activate Skynet?

At the Air Force base, General Brewster faces pressure from the President to activate Skynet to stop a computer virus from infecting computers all over the world. General Brewster is unaware that the virus is Skynet establishing control over the worldwide computer network. General Brewster, portrayed by David Andrews, is a 35-year industry veteran who has starred in films such as "World War Z," "Apollo 13," "Fight Club," "Hannibal," "Walk to Remember," "The Conspirator," "Cherry 2000" and "Fair Game," in which he was singled out for his powerful portrayal of Scooter Libby.


Why does Kate get shot when she runs to her dad?

It’s not the real Kate who tries to get General Brewster’s attention, it is the T-X. Did you know the novelization of the movie gave some background information on Kate's relationship with her father? General Brewster was such a workaholic his wife left him. Mrs. Brewster approved of Kate's engagement, but Kate wanted her father's approval too. He granted it, but never met Scott. Kate was an only child. Also, she is not sure about marrying Scott, and he is nervous about meeting her father.


What does General Brewster give Kate and John before he dies?

John and Kate arrive too late to stop Skynet from being activated, and the machines begin attacking the staff. General Brewster is mortally wounded by the T-X, which arrived before John, Kate and the Terminator. Before dying, General Brewster gives Kate and John a code book and the location of what John believes is Skynet's system core.


How did the particle accelerator stop the T-X ?

When the particle accelerator is activated, the magnetic field bonds the T-X’s body to the accelerator. Kristanna Loken's most challenging scene was when the T-X was stuck to the particle accelerator. It was difficult because she had to go from running to being spread-eagled in an instant without interruption. And because she had to keep such a rigid posture, she wound up with bruises up and down her arms for weeks afterward.


How does Kate know how to fly an airplane?

Kate and John were taking her Dad’s plane to escape and luckily, General Brewster taught her how to fly it. Here is a little more background from the novelization regarding Kate. When Kate was born, her family was stationed in Germany, at Ramstein. Because she was born as an "Air Force child," it explains why she knows the difference between a real gun and a paintball gun when John pulls one on her.


What happens to John before he and Kate can take off in the airplane?

The T-X reprogrammed the Terminator to kill John and Kate. Unable to control his outer functions but still consciously aware, the Terminator attacks John and Kate before John convinces it to reject the T-X's control, and deliberately shuts its corrupted system down, enabling John and Kate to escape. In that scene, when Kate attacks the Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger told Claire Danes not to hold back, but hit him as hard as she could.


What is Crystal Peak?

John has explosives with him to blow up the core of Skynet. However, once there, John and Kate realize that Crystal Peak is a VIP nuclear fallout shelter. There is no Skynet core because Skynet is within the internet, not an outside structure. Two of the air bases Skynet is shown taking control of are "Moron Airfield" and "Batman Air Base." These are actual military locations. Moron (pronounced More-own) Air Base is in Spain, and Batman Air Base is in Turkey.


Who flies/crashes first into the Crystal Peak entrance to kill Kate and John?

The T-X crashes a helicopter into the entrance of Crystal Peak in order to kill Kate and John. The two go through all the key codes needed to open the door, but before they can enter, the T-X appears and all heck breaks loose. Did you know it took six months for the VFX pioneers to develop the method to simulate the sequence in which T-X's liquid exterior is magnetized to the point of peeling off, revealing her alloy endoskeleton. It took over a year to completely animate the scene.


Who is the second one to crash through the Crystal Peak’s entrance?

Shortly after John and Kate leave the air force base, the Terminator's system reboots. When the Terminator shuts himself down to clear the T-X's corruption from his system, Schwarzenegger managed to keep completely still without the aid of any visual effects.


How does the Terminator stop the T-X from killing John and Kate at the nuclear fallout shelter?

Just as she is about to attack, the rebooted Terminator arrives in a second helicopter and crashes into the T-X, crushing it. Arnold Schwarzenegger also crushed it when it came to his contract for this film. Arnold Schwarzenegger's fee for reprising his role was $29.25 million, a record at the time. It was written into the contract as a "pay or play" fee, meaning he would get paid whether or not the movie was made. His "perk package" included a lump sum of $1.5 million for private jets, a fully equipped gym trailer, three-bedroom deluxe suites on location, round-the-clock limousines and personal bodyguards. Plus, there were other perks he received.


How does the Terminator get Kate and John safely inside the fallout shelter?

The T-X pulls itself from the wreckage after the Terminator crashes into her and attempts to drag itself inside the bunker to follow John and Kate. The Terminator holds the bunker open long enough for John and Kate to lock themselves inside, then uses one of its hydrogen fuel cells to destroy both itself and the T-X.


What happens when Judgment Day begins?

Judgment Day begins as nuclear missiles are fired at locations worldwide, killing billions. The storyboards for the Judgment Day scenes near the end of the film were much more graphic than what was seen in the film, and included images such as the Statue of Liberty melting, the Hollywood sign going up in flames and even Dr. Silberman being incinerated by a nuclear blast. However, the VFX team were told that it was "too soon after 9/11" to show such graphic destruction, and that only a single nuclear explosion should be seen, and that it should actually be of relatively poor quality compared to what was seen in the second film.


What happens inside the fallout shelter?

Radio transmissions start coming in on the emergency equipment from all over the country. John assumes command and begins answering radio calls, realizing that he will be starting the resistance. John takes Kate’s hand in his as he starts to inform others of what happened.


What did the critics think of the film?

"Terminator 3" received generally positive reviews from critics. The review aggregator website, Rotten Tomatoes, reported a 70% approval rating with an average rating of 6.6/10 based on 200 reviews. The website's consensus reads, "Although 'Terminator 3' never reaches the heights of the second movie, it is a welcome addition to the Terminator franchise."


What did the fans think of the film?

Although it was a success financially, the audience didn’t rate this movie as a winner. The audience gave it a 46% on Rotten Tomatoes. On a budget of $187.3 million, "Terminator 3" earned $433.4 million in box office sales. Besides the salary and extra perks, including 20% of the gross receipts made by the venture from every market in the world once it had reached its cash break-even point, the budget of the film had risen to $187.3 million, making it the most expensive independently produced movie in history.


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