What Do You Remember About the Movie, "Boyz N the Hood"?


By: J. Reinoehl

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

John Singleton directed the teen drama, "Boyz N the Hood." It was nominated for two Oscars: one for Best Director and one for Best Writing. How well do you remember "Boyz N the Hood"? Find out by taking this quiz.

When the movie began, we hear but don't see what?

The statistics at the beginning of the movie have not changed. For example, in 2013, 2,245 African-Americans were killed by African-Americans. By comparison, caucasians killed 189 African-Americans in the same year.


What did Tre teach the class?

"My daddy says that makes it the place where all people originated from. That means everybody is originally from Africa."


In which metropolis area was the "'hood" located?

The film is primarily set in South Central Los Angeles, in the Inglewood area, which is just east of the Los Angeles International Airport. Furious Styles’ home is located at 5918 Cimarron Street.


Which of the following was not one of the three rules for being a leader (according to Furious Styles)?

Singleton chose to film on location in South Central Los Angeles. Because of the dangers of the neighborhood, the film crew requested that a van be parked behind them to protect them in the case of a drive-by shooting.


What punishment did Tre's mother give him for fighting in class?

"No, I don't think you'll be seeing Tre again… He's going to live with his father."


Which musician played Doughboy?

Ice Cube (born O’Shea Jackson Sr. on June 15, 1969) is one of the founders of the genre known as "Gangsta rap." Boyz N the Hood was his acting debut, but he went on to appear in many other films, including the "Friday" series, "Barbershop," and "Are We There Yet?"


What type of higher education was Tre's mom trying to finish?

"That's really none of your business, but since you asked, I am employed, and I'm studying to receive my master's degree."


After seeing the dead person, what did the older boys steal from Ricky (at age 10)?

Even though Singleton was offered $100,000 to let the studio use a more experienced director, he refused and planned to take the script elsewhere. Columbia relented, but only gave Singleton $6 million to make it.


What was Tre's girlfriend's name?

“Brandi, I want you to try and calm down, and I want you to go home. You hear me?"


Finish the quote, "Why is it that there is a gun shop on almost every corner in this community? …I'll tell you why -- for the same reason that there is a liquor store on almost every corner in the black community ______________________."

"Why is it that there is a gun shop on almost every corner in this community? …I'll tell you why -- for the same reason that there is a liquor store on almost every corner in the black community. Why -- they want us to kill ourselves."


Who did Furious Styles (Tre's dad) try to shoot?

Although a work of fiction, the movie contained events that happened in writer/director John Singleton’s life. For example, Singleton’s father actually shot at a fleeing burglar.


Why did Chris and Doughboy go to juvie?

"Yo, man, what happened?" "They were stealing."


What does Doughboy’s and Ricky’s mother do to keep her couch clean?

It took two years for Singleton to convince Ice Cube to take the role. The rapper then showed up to his audition unprepared. Singleton told him to go home and read the script and re-audition the next day. After reading the script, Ice Cube realized the movie's importance, and how much it represented his own life growing up.


When Tre was on the phone with his girlfriend asking her to have sex with him, who did he accidentally speak with on the other line?

"Oh! I’m sorry Momma. Hang on for one second."


What was Doughboy's real name?

"…This is my other son, Darin… Can I get you something to drink?"


What was bringing property values down in Compton, according to Furious?

The three cities with the highest murder rates (per 100,000 people) in America are East St. Louis (IL), Chester (PA), and Gary (IN) as of 2017. In 1991 (when Boyz in the Hood was released), there were 48 murders in Inglewood, CA, but in 2015, there were 10.


What college was scouting Ricky?

"So, what college you from?" "I'm from U.S.C."


Which actor played Tre Styles?

Cuba Gooding, Jr. (born January 2, 1968) had appeared briefly on TV on "MacGyver," "Amen," and "Hill Street Blues," before starring in "Boyz N the Hood." His role in Jerry Maguire won him an Oscar, but he turned down many important roles after his win, which led to a decline in his screen presence and popularity.


What lie did Tre tell his father?

"I lied to Pops yesterday. I told him I weren't no virgin."


What started the fight at the Crenshaw cruising strip?

Crenshaw is the main cruising strip in Inglewood, CA. During the filming of this scene, the director didn’t tell the actors when they were using gunfire to help create a realistic reaction on film.


Finish the quote: "Yeah, the best way you can destroy a people -- you _____________________."

"But they want us to kill ourselves. Yeah, the best way you can destroy a people -- you take away their ability to reproduce themselves. Who is it that's dying out here on these streets every night? Y'all -- young brothers like yourselves."


After Ricky and Tre drove away from the Crenshaw gunfire, who pulled Tre over and intimidated him?

Although 40-ounce bottles of beer were a reflection of life in the hood, sales skyrocketed after the movie was released. One Los Angeles distributor of St. Ides had to ration its stock due to increased demand.


What minimum score did Ricky need to get on the SAT to get into college?

"Are you gonna take it? Just remember, all you have to do is get over a 700."


Which actor played Furious Styles?

Laurence John Fishburne III (born July 30, 1961) was only seven years older than Cuba Gooding, Jr. while playing his father. He played Morpheus in the "Matrix" series.


Where did Chris say was the best place to pick up women?

"…Please! Ain’t nobody going to church to catch no [women]. I should roll [you] off this porch for that stupid [stuff]."


Which of the boys has a baby he helped care for before he graduated from high school?

Morris Chestnut (born January 1, 1969) is currently Dr. Beaumont Rosewood on the television series, "Rosewood." He also appeared in "The Perfect Holiday" (2007) and "Breakin’ All the Rules" (2004) since his time as Ricky in "Boyz N the Hood."


What did Ricky’s girlfriend send him to the store to get?

"Ricky! You know you heard me. I need you to go to the store to get some cornmeal."


What other item did Ricky pick up at the store?

"Boyz N the Hood"made $58 million, about ¼ of what "Terminator 2" made the same year. However, "Terminator 2" cost about 17 times more to make and was released to more theaters.


Instead of football, what other career was Ricky considering that Tre tried to talk him out of pursuing?

"I’m going to the … Army. That’s all there is to say."


Who was not in the car when Ricky was shot and killed?

Chris, played by Regi Green, was also not in the car. Regi Green was paralyzed in real life from street violence at the age of 6. He is currently the head of Empowering Youth, which works to inspire kids to succeed even in the worst of circumstances.


Which of the boys were killed during the movie?

"What happened to Ricky? …Something just happened to Rick… He just got shot!"


What did Furious try to stop Tre from doing after his friend was killed?

When "Boyz N the Hood" was released, theater violence made headlines after 33 people were wounded throughout the country and one was killed. However, movie theater violence started in 1979 when a gang fight erupted at a viewing of "The Warriors" in Palm Springs, FL.


Finish the quote, "I wasn't even talking to you. This is an A-B conversation, you know. _____________."

" I wasn't even talking to you. This is an A-B conversation, you know. You can ‘C’ your way out of it."


Where did Tre go to college?

Morehouse College remains one of four all-male colleges in the United States. Its female counterpart is Spelman College (where Tre’s girlfriend attended).


When Tre became a teenager where did he work?

"Girl, I seen him before. He works at the Fox Hills mall."


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