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Movies That Explore the American Dream

written by: Eve
This quiz offers a selection of questions on movies that redefined the concept of the American Dream.

Question 1:

This iconic movie tells the story of a self-made man who becomes fabulously wealthy at the expense of his own happiness. On his deathbed, he utters the word "Rosebud".
The Great Gatsby
Citizen Kane

Question 2:

The tagline of this crime movie by Brian De Palma is "He loved the American Dream. With a vengeance".
8 Mile
The Big Lebowski
Requiem for a Dream

Question 3:

This fictional character is a mysterious millionaire who throws parties he himself does not attend. He went from rags to riches all in the hopes that it will earn him the love of his life.
Nick Carraway
Gordon Gekko
Tony Montana
Jay Gatsby

Question 4:

In this Academy Award-winning movie, the lesson that Olive Hoover teaches the rest of her family is to let go of ambition and enjoy life.
Little Miss Sunshine
American Beauty
My Blueberry Nights
Sunshine Cleaning

Question 5:

Name the unscrupulous corporate raider whose signature line is "Greed, for lack of a better word, is good."
Gordon Gekko
Carl Fox
Jordan Belfort
Howard Hughes

Question 6:

In this movie, after achieving a middle-class version of the American Dream, a suburban father gets bored with the mundanity of his life and becomes infatuated with his teenage daughter's best friend.
Ordinary People
Requiem for a Dream
American Beauty
A Time to Kill

Question 7:

In the movie 'Rocky', Rocky Balboa initially refuses the offer to fight with Apollo Creed. Which of the following was NOT one of the reasons for his refusal?
"This guy, he's the best."
"I don't have a coach."
"It wouldn't be much of a fight."
"You see, I fight in clubs. I'm kind of a ham-and-egger."

Question 8:

Name the former stockbroker portrayed in the biographical black comedy movie The Wolf of Wall Street.
George Hanson
Lester Burnham
Carl Fox
Jordan Belfort

Question 9:

In what movie based on a true story does the protagonist state, "Don't ever let somebody tell you that you can't do something. Not even me. You got a dream, you gotta protect it. People can't do something themselves, they wanna tell you can't do it. If you want something, go get it."?
Working Girl
The Pursuit of Happyness
The Social Network
Forrest Gump

Question 10:

At the end of this movie, the protagonist begins to have flashbacks of his childhood and his ambition for success, while repeating the phrase, "the way of the future".
The Aviaotor
Far and Away
Taxi Driver
A Beautiful Mind


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