The ultimate Star Wars quiz: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

By: Olivia Cantor
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About This Quiz

George Lucas’ epic sci-fi Star Wars saga inspired the devotion of generations of film fans. With the release of Episode I, the whole fandom learned how the story began. Think you know enough about The Phantom Menace? Take this quiz and find out!

Since the original Star Wars film trilogy was numbered IV to VI, Episode I naturally falls under what series category?

The original Star Wars trilogy produced many plot points that could be expounded further in the future. But creator George Lucas also spent a good deal of time going back to the past for the prequel trilogy.

The Phantom Menace includes what major plot point?

From a host of formidable characters in the original trilogy, Lucas chose to expound on the villain Darth Vader. He wanted to give a back story to Anakin’s transition to Vader, starting from when he was discovered.

Who among the original trilogy Jedi appears in his younger version in this prequel?

Obi-Wan Kenobi is seen in this film as a Jedi in training. The Jedi’s role in the galaxy is emphasized in this story.

Who portrayed the younger Obi-Wan Kenobi?

Ewan McGregor appears as the younger version of Obi-Wan Kenobi, previously played by Sir Alec Guinness. McGregor is present in all of the prequel films.

Obi-Wan Kenobi is being coached by which Jedi Master?

Qui-Gon Jinn is one of the more senior members of the Jedi Order. His rank is that of a Jedi Master already.

Who portrayed Qui-Gon Jinn?

Liam Neeson plays a longhaired master to young Jedis. He has played other mentor-type roles in films, including Batman Begins.

If the Jedi are the good guys, what are the bad guys called?

The older Jedi fight it out with Sith Lords within the film. They also have powers like the Jedi.

The ultimate Dark Lord of the Sith is which pale-faced fella?

Darth Sidious manipulates organizations and entities in this film. He orders battles and attacks.

Darth Sidious orders an attack on which planet?

Naboo, home to the Gungan, is an important planet in the Mid Rim. An important figure in the saga is from here.

Who is the queen of Naboo?

Queen Amidala is a formidable ruler, despite being 14 years of age in this story. The Jedi come to Naboo to help her with their predicament.

To protect her, the Jedi take Queen Amidala away from Naboo, then land on which planet when her ship has mechanical trouble?

Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan land on Tatooine to have Queen Amidala’s ship repaired. But another kind of destiny will be fixed for all of them here.

Who portrayed Queen Amidala?

Aside from being an accomplished actor, Natalie Portman is also an accomplished academic. She has a bachelor's degree from Harvard. She has taught at Columbia University as a guest lecturer and has published scientific scholarly papers.

Queen Amidala always travels with whom?

Queen Amidala has more than one handmaiden whenever she travels. The handmaidens serve as decoys, to confuse her enemies.

Before she could Bend It Like Beckham, which English actress was one of Queen Amidala’s handmaidens?

Keira Knightley quietly played the supporting role of Sabé in The Phantom Menace. She’s the one always disguised as the queen while the real Amidala dressed down as a handmaiden.

Which Hollywood daughter also appeared in The Phantom Menace as one of Queen Amidala’s handmaidens?

Sofia Coppola, director Francis Ford Coppola’s daughter, wanted a small role in the Star Wars universe to observe the filming of the epic. Since George Lucas was her dad’s longtime friend and acted like an uncle figure, the deed was done -- she became a handmaiden.

Which non-human Naboo creature from Gungan City is perhaps the most despised Star Wars saga character?

Jar Jar Binks is a kind of goofy character that sounds Jamaican at times. Many fans didn’t like the character at all - they were vocal about this.

Upon landing in Tatooine, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan encounter the young Anakin Skywalker in what kind of business establishment?

Qui-Gon senses that The Force is strong in the young Anakin. But it’s not easy for him to take Anakin away from the junk shop.

Who owns the junk shop where Anakin works?

Watto is a computer-generated character in the film - one of many. He is a greedy shop owner.

Watto “acquired” Anakin and his mother from a race bet, so the mother-son duo are technically what?

Anakin and his mother, Shmi Skywalker, are both slaves under Watto’s command. Qui-Gon tries to find a way to free them.

Which actor played the young Anakin?

Jake Lloyd’s performance wasn’t well-received in this film. He faded from the spotlight due to personal troubles and dealing with his schizophrenia diagnosis.

Qui-Gon discovers that the young Anakin is also skilled at piloting what?

Qui-Gon barters with Watto to free Anakin as a slave if he wins a podrace event. As a skilled podracer at an early age, Anakin succeeds and is freed.

Young Anakin built which droid that appeared in the original Star Wars trilogy?

C-3PO showcases Anakin’s skills in robotics and mechanics. An earlier, unpolished version of this protocol droid is seen in this film.

Qui-Gon battles with which dark entity, the known apprentice of Darth Sidious?

Darth Maul is very red and very evil. He carries a double-bladed lightsaber.

Who is the respected non-human leader of the Jedi Council?

The diminutive Yoda carries with him centuries-old knowledge and wisdom. This suits him for his role as the wise head of the Jedi Council.

The Jedi Council initially rejects Qui-Gon’s appeal to take Anakin in as a Jedi trainee for what reason?

The Jedi Council members acknowledge the strength of The Force in Anakin. However, they are wary that this strength might lead him to the dark side instead of the light.

Darth Sidious performs out in the open, playing what political role?

Senator Palpatine acts dubiously as the senator from Naboo. This is because he is secretly Darth Sidious, who wants to take over the galaxy.

The actress Pernilla August, who portrayed Shmi Skywalker, is of what nationality?

Pernilla August is a leading actress in Swedish cinema. She has worked with acclaimed Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, but she’s more well-known worldwide as the mother of Anakin.

Which well-known African-American actor played a member of the Jedi Council?

Samuel L. Jackson portrayed Mace Windu, one of those Jedi Council members suspicious of Anakin’s future dark side capacity. He gets more lightsaber-fighting action in the following prequel films, though.

Which actor reprised his role as C-3PO?

Anthony Daniels wore the C-3PO suit in the original Star Wars Trilogy. In the prequel films, his body was only occasionally used, but it’s still his voice that speaks droid-talk.

The role of Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum went to which veteran English character actor?

Terence Stamp’s film career spans decades, making memorable films in various genres. He appeared in Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children as Abe Portman.

What is the color of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s lightsaber?

Various lightsabers are used by different characters in the Star Wars universe. Obi-Wan had blue in the original trilogy, so he also carries a blue lightsaber in the prequel films.

What color is Qui-Gon Jinn’s lightsaber?

It looks like the more advanced Jedi carried green lightsabers. Qui-Gon had a green one, too.

Qui-Gon is killed by Darth Maul’s double-bladed lightsaber. What color is it?

Qui-Gon gets hurt really bad by this double-bladed red lightsaber. He eventually dies.

At the end of the film, Obi-Wan is finally promoted to which Jedi Council rank.

Obi-Wan’s experiences with his mentor Qui-Gon finally pays off. As a Jedi Knight, he can now mentor young Jedi trainees.

Before he died, Qui-Gon asked Obi-Wan to take in Anakin as his apprentice, which the latter eventually does. What is the term used by the Jedi for these young trainees?

Before a Jedi can become a Knight, he or she should be trained as a Padawan. By the end of the first prequel, Anakin is formally accepted by the Jedi Council as Obi-Wan’s Padawan or apprentice.

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