If You're a Forrest Gump Fan You Should Score 100%

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"Run, Forrest, run!" Let's face it, the memories came flooding back as soon as you saw those words. In fact, you probably couldn't help but break out into a smile. The fact that those words can conjure up emotions that tug at the heart is proof of the enduring allure of this iconic movie.

So what's the appeal?

Never mind the all-star cast and stellar acting. And never mind the excellent direction by Robert Zemeckis. The story is a darn good one about a slow, but lovable guy named Forrest who always sees the best in people and in life.

Based on a novel by Winston Groom, "Forrest Gump" was released in movie theaters in 1994, offering an engaging and heartwarming tale about the resilience of the human spirit. The film was shot on a mere $55 million budget but did well at the box office, grossing nearly $678 million worldwide. It also won a whole host of awards.

Do you think you're the ultimate "Forrest Gump" fan? Prove it by acing this quiz! Get ready to run with Forrest. Ready? On your mark, get set, go!

What floats through the air at the start and end of the movie?

The movie opens and closes with a feather imagery. In the beginning, Forrest sticks a feather that landed by his foot in a book. He reads the book to his son as they wait for a school bus in the final scene. After the son rides off, a feather on the ground is picked up by the wind and floats away.

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Which famous actor played the role of Forrest Gump?

Tom Hanks' performance as Forrest Gump earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor. He also took home a Golden Globe for Best Actor for this film. It's said that he agreed to do the film after reading the script for just an hour-and-a-half.

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Where does Forrest Gump narrate his story throughout the movie?

Forrest shares his story with strangers at a bus stop. The setting is 1981, and he's waiting for a bus in Savannah, Ga. The bench he sat on throughout the movie is now housed in the Savannah History Museum.

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Forrest offers this to the people to whom he tells his story.

Forrest sits on a bench with a box of chocolates on his lap, offering up the sweet treat as different people sit down next to him. "I could eat about a million and a half of these," he tells one lady who rejects his offer.

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Where did Forrest spend his childhood?

Forrest grew up in Greenbow, Ala., during the 1950s. Greenbow is a fictitious town that does not exist in real life. Incidentally, the movie was filmed in the Carolinas, Georgia and other states, but not in Alabama.

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What did Forrest have to wear as a child?

Forrest had to wear leg braces as a kid and was often bullied as a result. It was believed the braces would help with his spine since, as his doctor put it, "his back is crooked as a politician."

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How did Forrest get into college?

Forrest managed to get a football scholarship to the University of Alabama because of his lightning-speed running abilities. He even was named to the All-America team and got to meet President Kennedy.

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Who played Jenny, Forrest's love interest throughout the movie?

Jenny Curran was Forrest's best friend and love interest throughout the movie. The character was portrayed by actress Robin Wright, who received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance.

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"Jenny and me was like peas and _______."

Forrest likens his friendship with Jenny to "peas and carrots." The two quickly became inseparable after first meeting on a school bus. Forrest was safe territory for Jenny, who suffered abuse at the hands of her father.

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Name the person who told Forrest "life is like a box of chocolates."

It was Forrest's mother who passed the saying on to her son. The full quote from Forrest was: "My momma always said, "Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."

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Which famous actress played the role of Forrest's mother?

Sally Field played the role of Mrs. Gump. She was nominated by the Screen Actors Guild in the category of "Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role" for her portrayal of Forrest's mother.

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"Stupid is as _______ does."

"Stupid is as stupid does" becomes Forrest's go-to response whenever people would ask if he's stupid. This was another line he picked up from his mother as a child. It is a widely recognized line in Hollywood today.

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After graduation, Forrest enlists in the _______.

Forrest enlists in the U.S. Army, an experience he describes as easy. "The Army was real easy," he says. "You just have to stand up straight, make your bed real neat, and always answer every question with 'Yes, Drill Sergeant!'"

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Who is Forrest's fellow recruit and best friend in the military?

Bubba, who was played by actor Mykelti Williamson, befriends Forrest while the two are in the Army. Bubba's real name was Benjamin Buford Blue. His dream was to become a shrimping boat captain.

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Which actor played the role of Benjamin Buford Blue?

Mykelti Williamson played the role of Benjamin Buford Blue, better known as "Bubba." Comedian Dave Chappelle was reportedly offered the role but turned it down — a decision he later regretted.

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While serving in the military, what does Bubba aspire to become?

Bubba dreams of owning a shrimping boat and suggests he and Forrest go into business together once they get out of the military. Forrest later starts the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company in honor of his friend.

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Where does the military send Forrest?

Forrest served during the Vietnam War, which lasted from Nov. 1, 1955 to April 30, 1975. Americans were divided in their opinions about whether the United States should get involved. More than 58,000 U.S. soldiers died or went missing during the war.

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What happened to Bubba while in combat?

Bubba was killed during an ambush overseas. Right before dying, he tells Forrest, "I wanna go home." Upon returning home from the war, Forrest pays a visit to Bubba's family in Bayou La Batre, Ala.

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Forrest was shot in which part of his body while at war?

Forrest was hit on his rear end. While receiving a Medal of Honor, Forrest tells President Lyndon B. Johnson he was shot "in the butt-ocks." He then bends over and drops his pants to show the president.

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Name the actor who played Lt. Dan.

Gary Sinise played the role of Lt. Dan Taylor, who oversaw the platoon to which Forrest and Bubba were assigned. Sinise's performance earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

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In what year was "Forrest Gump" released?

"Forrest Gump" was released during the summer of 1994 and made a whopping $678 million at the box office! The movie nabbed six Academy Awards and three Golden Globes. This included taking home Oscars for best picture, best director and best male actor in a leading role.

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When Forrest rescues Lt. Dan during an ambush, his superior is _____.

Lt. Dan Taylor was angry that Forrest had saved him. He'd lost both his legs and didn't want to go on living. "I didn't ask you to pull me out of there, God damn you," the lieutenant yells at Forrest.

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What does Forrest discover he's really good at while recovering from his gunshot wound?

Forrest discovers a talent for pingpong, also known as table tennis, and starts to play competitively against Chinese teams. It is said that no actual ball was used during the filming of the pingpong matches. Instead, the pingpongs were computer-generated images.

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What did Forrest do with the money from his pingpong paddle endorsement?

Forrest uses most of the $25,000 he earned to buy a shrimping boat, living out what had been Bubba's dream. He decides to name the boat "Jenny" after his childhood friend and love.

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While Forrest is away at war, Jenny joins the ____________.

Jenny joins the hippie movement and runs into Forrest at an anti-war rally in Washington, D.C. They reunite at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, with the Washington Monument in the background.

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For how long did Forrest Gump run?

Forrest ran for three years, two months, 14 days and 16 hours, to be exact. At that point, he stopped, turned to a crowd of people running behind him and said, "I'm pretty tired. ... Think I'll go home now."

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"I'm not a smart man, but I know what _____ is.

Forrest professes he knows what love is after Jenny rejects his marriage proposal. He insists he'd make a good husband. Jenny agrees but says to Forrest, "You don't wanna marry me."

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When Forrest goes to visit Jenny, he's introduced to her son named _____.

The son is named Forrest Jr. It turns out Forrest is the father, but Jenny never told him about the child. Forrest Jr. is played by a very young Haley Joel Osment, who was 6 when the movie was released.

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Who joins Forrest on his shrimping boat endeavor?

Lt. Dan joins Forrest on his shrimping expeditions. Their boat survived Hurricane Carmen when other boats didn't, allowing them to catch lots of shrimp and make out with a lot of money!

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What does Lt. Dan do with the money from the shrimping boat?

Lt. Dan uses the money to invest in Apple, the computer company. This sets Forrest up for a lifetime of financial security. When told he wouldn't have to worry about money anymore, Forrest replies, "That's good. One less thing."

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Toward the end of the movie, who proposes to Forrest?

Jenny proposes to Forrest several years after giving birth to their son and she learns that she is sick. Jenny and their son move in to Forrest's house, where he tends to Jenny in her final days and she finally tells him she loves him.

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How does Jenny die?

Though her illness is never specified, Jenny tells Forrest that the doctor had found a virus in her. Many fans of the movie presume Jenny died of HIV/AIDS. Her character died in the early 1980s, shortly before the virus later called HIV was identified.

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Name the singer inspired by Forrest's dance moves.

Forrest's dance moves inspired Elvis Presley, who rented a room from the Gumps while traveling through town. He was an unknown at the time, but later, Forrest and his mom saw Elvis on TV, imitating Forrests' dance moves while singing to "Hound Dog."

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How many Academy Awards did Forrest Gump win?

"Forrest Gump" took home six Oscars. It won for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Visual Effects and Best Film Editing. It was also nominated in seven other categories.

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What book does Forrest read to his son as they wait for the school bus?

Forrest reads a "Curious George" book, the same one he carried in his suitcase while traveling to meet Jenny. The first "Curious George" book came out in 1941. It has since turned into a series with over 200 books to its name.

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