The "Planet of the Apes" Quiz


By: Mike Poteet

4 Min Quiz

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"Get your questions off me, you dirty apes!" Test your knowledge of the classic 1968 film now!

Who wrote the novel on which the famous film was based?

In Boulle’s 1963 philosophical and satirical novel, three humans visit an ape-dominated world orbiting Betelgeuse. Boulle’s other famous novel is “The Bridge over the River Kwai” (1952).


Who played astronaut Taylor?

Heston was already famous for his roles in “The Ten Commandments,” “Ben Hur” and “El Cid.” All the other actors named here were, in fact, either approached for or attached to the project at some point, as were Marlon Brando and Rock Hudson.


Where did Taylor learn to write?

Taylor attended "Jefferson Public School" in Fort Wayne. In real life, a Jefferson Middle School (mascot: The Patriots) currently serves children in Fort Wayne.


How long did Taylor’s ship spend in deep space before its crew entered suspended animation?

According to Taylor’s report at the film’s beginning, “In less than an hour, we'll finish our sixth month out of Cape Kennedy. Six months in deep space…”


According to the ship’s chronometer, what is the year when Taylor and his crew crash on the planet?

The chronometer clearly displays the year “3978.” Inexplicably, however, the film’s direct sequel, "Beneath the Planet of the Apes," is set in the year 3955.


Which member of Taylor’s crew doesn’t survive suspended animation?

Lt. Stewart, the crew’s only female member, dies because of an air leak in her sleeping unit. Stanley was originally a male character; co-writer Michael Wilson switched the gender in the final shooting script.


Which Earth scientist named the time dilation phenomenon Taylor believes he and his crew experience?

The sequel will name the phenomenon a "Hasslein time curve." The third film, "Escape from the Planet of the Apes," brings Dr. Otto Hasslein, scientific adviser to the U.S. President, onscreen as an antagonist for the "ape-a-nauts."


Taylor thinks the planet he and his crew crash land on is in which constellation?

"You're 300 light-years from your precious planet,” Taylor mockingly tells Landon. “Your loved ones are dead and forgotten for 20 centuries."


What ultimately happens to astronaut Landon?

"You cut up his brain, you bloody baboon!” cries Taylor. “You cut out his memory. You took his identity. And that's what you want to do to me."


What is astronaut Dodge’s ultimate fate?

Actor Jeff Burton’s role of Dodge, though brief, was physically taxing: He passed out from the heat on the first day of filming, and wore special contact lenses, a custom mouthpiece and body makeup to achieve a “museum display” look.


What ominous sight greets the astronauts as they arrive on the outskirts of the jungle?

A line deleted from the final film would have made clear that the scarecrows marked the boundary of the Forbidden Zone.


What nickname does Zira give Taylor?

In "Escape from the Planet of the Apes," Zira and Cornelius confess they came to love Taylor, the human whom Zira called “Bright Eyes”—and “where we come from, apes do not love humans.”


What does Taylor name the woman from whom he receives a blood transfusion?

In Boulle’s novel, Nova and the human astronaut Ulysse have a son, and she returns to Earth with Ulysse—only to discover that apes have ascended to supremacy on that planet, as on her own.


What does Taylor write on the ground to try and prove his intelligence?

Fearful of the apes, Nova erases part of Taylor’s message. Later, Dr. Zaius erases the rest to conceal Taylor’s intelligence.


What scientific discipline does Cornelius practice?

Cornelius discovered ancient, human artifacts in the Forbidden Zone.


What “heresy” does Cornelius believe, based on his research?

Cornelius thinks "the ape evolved from a lower order of primate, possibly man.” Zira thinks Taylor is the missing link that proves Cornelius’ hypothesis.


Which kind of ape holds political power on the planet?

In the planet’s society, orangutans hold political as well as religious powers; chimpanzees are scientists and doctors; and gorillas make up the police force and the military.


Who played Dr. Zaius in the film?

While veteran Shakespearean actor Evans played Zaius in the film, Robinson played the part in the screen test that persuaded Twentieth Century Fox executives the movie was a viable project.


Who played Zira in the film?

Hunter also played Zira in the next two “Apes” films. Linda Harrison, a former Miss Maryland, played Zira in the screen test but Nova in the first two “Apes” movies.


Who played Cornelius in the film?

McDowall played Cornelius in the first and third “Ape” movies, Cornelius’ son Caesar in the next two, and Galen in the “Planet of the Apes” television series (1974).


Which of these beliefs is not part of the apes’ first Article of Faith?

Dr. Honorius, the orangutan prosecutor at Taylor’s “trial,” recites the first Article of Faith.


Which of these questions does Dr. Honorius is not one he asks in order to “prove” Taylor can’t reason?

Dr. Honorius actually asks, “What is proof of the divine spark in the simian brain?”


What does Taylor teach Nova to do?

In a scene reminiscent of Tarzan and Jane (to whom Taylor alludes), Taylor tries, but fails, to teach Nova to talk. She finally calls out his name in the sequel, "Beneath the Planet of the Apes."


What order does Dr. Zaius give to “the vet” concerning Taylor?

Although Zira wants Taylor and Nova to breed, Dr. Zaius orders (offscreen) that Taylor be castrated. The order sparks Taylor’s escape attempt, which culminates in his famous outburst, “Get your stinking paws off me, you damn, dirty ape!”


What does Landon do shortly after the crew crashes that prompts Taylor’s uproarious laughter?

Although Landon’s action evokes comparisons to the Apollo astronauts’ flagplantings on the Moon, the film came out in 1968, the year before Apollo 11.


What does Landon first discover in the muddy ground by the waterfall?

The astronauts follow the prints to discover the planet’s primitive human population. Taylor remarks—moments before the gorillas attack—”If this is the best they’ve got around here, in six months we’ll be runnin the planet.”


Who composed the music for “Planet of the Apes”?

Goldsmith’s dissonant, avant garde score earned him an Academy Award nomination. He returned to the franchise to score the third film, “Escape from the Planet of the Apes.”


What artifact from the Forbidden Zone proves humans once had the power of speech?

"Would an ape make a human doll that talks?" Taylor asks Dr. Zaius, referring to the doll that calls for its mother.


What familiar proverb in ape society does Julius quote when Taylor is trying to speak?

The saying “monkey see, monkey do” emerged in U.S. popular culture during the 1920s, perhaps from an old folktale about a cap-selling peddler. Although the orangutans who preside at Taylor’s tribunal visually mimic the “no evil” saying, it is never spoken in the film.


How does Lucius try to trick Julius into releasing Taylor from his cage?

Julius suspects Lucius’ order is false when he notes that Dr. Zaius has not countersigned it. The actor who played Julius, Buck Kartalian, would return to the franchise in "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes" (1972) as the gorilla Frank; so would the actor playing Lucius, Lou Wagner, but as a human busboy.


Taylor tells Luicus never to trust whom?

Lucius inclusion in the film allowed it to attempt and connect with the discontent expressed by 1960s youth culture.


Complete Dr. Zaius’ claim: “There’s no contradiction between faith and science, ____ science.”

Zaius is defending himself against Taylor’s charge that Zaius’ dual role as Minister of Science and Chief Defender of the Faith creates an inherent conflict of interest.


Which of these texts is not from the 29th Scroll of the apes’ scripture?

The story of Proteus chaining a man to a tree is from the 13th Scroll. Zaius tells Cornelius to read from the 29th Scroll just before Taylor and Nova set off into the Forbidden Zone.


What half-hearted objection does Zira make when Taylor announces he wants to kiss her near the movie’s end?

The line is one of the few remnants of a much more flirtatious relationship between the two in earlier drafts of the screenplay.


In the film’s famous final scene, Taylor sees the Statue of Liberty in ruins. What landmark, in an altered form, appears at the end of director Tim Burton’s 2001 remake?

At the movie’s end, astronaut Leo Davidson (Mark Wahlberg) arrives on a planet where the Memorial celebrates chimpanzee General Thade (Tim Roth) instead of America’s 16th president.


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