Science-Fiction Stumpers:


by W. R. Miller


1. The ad slogan for Alien is

a. You will believe a man can fly.

b. This movie ends where all the others begin.

c. Just when you thought it was safe in outer space.

d. In space no one can hear you scream.

e. You’ll know it when you see it.

2. The Nostromo is

a. real big.

b. huge, colossal, gigantic.

c. 800 feet long.

d. all of the above. (Isn’t this a simple question?)

e. perpendicular to the quadrant of an isosceles triangle.

3. “Mother” is

a. married to “Father.”

b. HAL 9000 with a sex change.

c. the daughter of P.A.R.E.N.T.S.

d. MU/TH/UR 6000.

e. Queen Amidala.

4. On its way to Earth, the Nostromo encounters

a. Darth Vader and his stormtrooopers.

b. Bill Hailey and the Comets.

c. the Lone Ranger and Tonto.

d. a distress call.

e. warp signatures.

5. Dallas is

a. a city in Texas.

b. a city in Georgia.

c. a city in Paris.

d. captain of the Nostromo.

e. in need of a haircut.

6. When investigating inside an alien ship, Kane finds

a. the Easter Bunny’s horde of eggs.

b. Mr. Spock studying alien life forms.

c. Ray Harryhausen dinosaurs.

d. the “space jockey.”

e. a working phaser.

7. What comes out of the egg?

a. a chicken, of course.

b. egg juice.

c. special effects.

d. the Alien.

e. Poppin‘ Fresh, the Pillsbury Doughboy.

8. “Hypersleep” is another name for

a. parsec hibernation.

b. supersonic shuteye.

c. Geritol overdose.

d. suspended animation.

e. Game over, man. Game over.

9. The director of Alien is

a. George the Great.

b. Great Caesar’s ghost.

c. Great Scott.

d. Ridley Scott.

e. in need of a haircut.

10. Kane suffers from

a. neurofibromatosis type I and Proteus syndrome.

b. a Big Mac attack.

c. being chained under Camelot for twenty years.

d. stomach cramps.

e. a terrible pain in all the diodes down his left side.

11. The ship’s mascot is

a. Morris the Cat.

b. Garfield.

c. the Cat in the Hat.

d. Jones the Cat.

e. The Cat from Outer Space.

12. The Alien is

a. gross.

b. scary.

c. ugly.

d. all of the above.

e. Ridley.


Wasn’t this test a scream? Confirm your answers here.