“Gods and Generals” Trivia Contest Questions

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First off, I would like to welcome all of you to the Gods and Generals Trivia Contest, here on FNYTSF, the first of its kind to ever take place on this blog, as today, we celebrate our two-year anniversary. These questions may seem pretty tough, especially if you have not read through all of the interviews previously, but since we have a couple of great prizes, I had to have some degree of difficulty here. Every single answer can be found amongst the interviews conducted with cast members of both Gods and Generals and Gettysburg. To make it easier, all of them are located in the archive, which has a tab at the top of the page.


Because I anticipate more than two people will get 100% correct, we cannot have the highest percentage automatically win the prize. So, to become eligible to win, you must get 80% of the questions correct. In doing so, your name will be placed inside a kepi and the winners will be pulled two weeks from today, on March 27. Second place will receive an autographed picture of Fred Griffith, who played General Robert Rodes, while first place will get an autograph of Patrick Gorman, who was General John Bell Hood in both films. You can submit your answers to my email at nyr1199@comcast.net with the subject clearly labeled GODS AND GENERALS TRIVIA CONTEST. Also include your full name somewhere in the email or subject. Please do not post your answers in the comment section below! Upon getting your email, you will be sent confirmation that your answers have been received. The questions are below:

1. Gettysburg: Between his first reading of the book and the theatrical premiere, how long did it take Ron Maxwell to make the film?

2. Gods and Generals: Ron Maxwell has often referred to the John Wilkes Booth scenes as the what for the American Civil War?

3. Gods and Generals: Which actor’s role was originally only two days of filming and a few scenes, but was then re-written to be 16 days and 20 scenes?

4. Gods and Generals: Bruce Boxleitner’s beard was made from the hair of what animal?

5. Gods and Generals & Gettysburg: An actor who played a Confederate General is actually a distant cousin of the real person. Who is he, and which general is he related to?

6. Gettysburg: Where did Ron Maxwell offer Brian Mallon the job of General Hancock?

7. Gettysburg: Which actor was able to convince the production staff to put aside historical accuracy for the sake of him not having to wear a “terrible” looking fake goatee?

8. Gods and Generals: Which actor, in preparing for his role, used researching historical places as an excuse to “eat [his] way from Maryland to Virginia”?

9. Gettysburg: Which actor gave swords to all of his “staff officers” prior to filming?

10. Gods and Generals: The author of the novel, Jeff Shaara, typically reads how many books on a certain subject before writing one of his own?

Good luck, everyone!

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Gettysbuff says:

    This is great, Greg. Hope you can do this more often in the future…even if there is no prize.

    1. I will certainly try, though I would had to have a contest with nothing to offer.

      1. Gettysbuff says:

        You don’t necessarily need a prize, i would be happy to play for the sheer fun of it as i’m sure some other people would too…Incidentally i’ve submitted my answers.

        You could do Gettysburg battle trivia or general civil war trivia once a month. Everyone likes to test themselves and it’s a good way to learn new things or refresh your memory. There was 1, or maybe 2 answers to this one that i wasn’t sure of and i had to hunt them down but i enjoyed doing it!


      2. That’s a great idea! I think we’ll do one this summer, for the anniversary of Gettysburg.

        Just got your answers. You qualified. 🙂

      3. Gettysbuff says:

        Cool and cooler!

        Good luck everyone

  2. Gettysbuff says:

    Well Greg, who won?

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