Patriotism runs rampant in ’Merica. Americans are proud of their Stars and Stripes. And their democratic institutions. They love their historical sites. Their bootstrapping mentality is the stuff of legend. Also, remember the great power of the American Dream. Manifest Destiny - as American's we're all about it. Hollywood doesn’t always toe the line to present the United States in all of its glory. But there are several films in this quiz that demonstrate the power of American mythology in moviemaking. You’ll get a single image from the movie and a short clue to go on in this patriotic movie quiz.
Joselyn wasn’t too keen on multiple choice in high school. She vividly remembers the first biology exam she passed by only the skin of her teeth, which dragged her overall average down into the embarrassingly low 90s (she doesn’t want to talk about it). After swearing off any high school or university courses that required multiple choice tests, Joselyn managed to get an English degree by sweet-talking her professors into offering only essay-style exams. Needless to say, this did not exactly endear her to her peers. This rocky start smoothed out in time, though, and after tumbling down a black quiz hole one day while putting off job hunting, Joselyn realized her hatred of all things a-b-or-c had faded and she actually enjoyed dreaming up new ideas for questions and dangerously correct-sounding answers. You won’t find her quizzes an easy ride, but Joselyn just wants to make sure you’re really testing your knowledge.
While you’re thinking about patriotic Hollywood, here’s a little history on the Hollywood 10 who received jail sentences and were banned from working for major studios in October 1947. Why? They publicly denounced the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), which was probing alleged communist influence in American motion pictures. Prominent screenwriters and directors such as Alvah Bessie, Albert Maltz, Robert Adrian Scott, and Lester Cole were blacklisted. Others were later banned as well during the late 1940s and early 1950s. The controversial crack-down in Hollywood didn’t end until into the 1960s. The blacklist, though, didn’t stop everyone. Dalton Trumbo, for instance, working under the pen name Robert Rich wrote The Brave One, which earned a 1957 Academy Award for Best Screenplay.
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