Note from Anna: Hi guys! Today author Stacey Kade is on the blog as part of her blog tour for the supernatural book The Rules, and she’s sharing her Alien 101 quiz. And, let’s just say I am QUEEN OF THE NERDS because I got 8 out of 10 right super easily. I only missed two because I haven’t seen Galaxy Quest or The Fifth Element. How’d you do? And don’t forget to enter the giveaway below to win a copy of the book for yourself!
Strange people (or creatures) from strange places often play a starring role in our TV shows and movies. When I was writing THE RULES, which features Ariane, an alien/human hybrid, I revisited many of my science fiction favorites to see how aliens were portrayed. And there’s a lot of variety. Sometimes the aliens are big, scary monsters; other times they’re just like us…with some advancement. Either way, I think our depiction of aliens in entertainment says a lot about us: what we fear or what we aspire to be.
Or, maybe we tell stories about aliens just because it’s fun! 🙂
And speaking of fun, let’s see how well you know your aliens! Take this 10-question quiz and see where you stack up in your pop culture science fiction knowledge.
1) The X-Files features two FBI agents, one a believer in aliens and government conspiracies and the other a complete skeptic. They were named:
a) Mulder and Scully
b) Tully and Reinquist
c) Cagney and Lacey
2) In the movie Signs, the element that proves to be the secret weapon against the invading aliens is:
3) Roswell (the TV show, as opposed to the also excellent series of books by Melinda Metz) features an alien, Max, who is love with a human, Liz. She learns his big secret when he:
a) shapeshifts in front of her
b) transports her to his ship
c) saves her from a gunshot wound
4) In the movie E.T., E.T. creates a device to phone home using:
a) a cell phone amplified with a hanger
b) an old Mac computer
c) a Speak & Spell
5) In Independence Day, the aliens communicate with each other telepathically. How do they communicate with the humans?
a) rudimentary sign language
b) through computers
c) taking over a human’s mind and forcing him/her to speak for them.
6) In Star Trek, Spock’s mother is human. But his father is:
7) Superman, possibly our most famous alien, is from the planet Krypton. He was given the name Clark Kent by his adoptive (Earth) parents. What was his birth name?
8) In Star Wars: A New Hope, what is the name of the planet Princess Leia gives to Grand Moff Tarkin as the rebel base (to be destroyed by the Death Star)?
9) In Galaxy Quest, the Thermians come to Earth because:
a) they’re looking for a new home planet
b) they need a beryllium sphere to power their ship
c) they believe the episodes of a TV show they’ve seen from space are real and they need the crew of the (fictional) NSEA Protector to help them deal with an evil warlord.
10) In the movie The Fifth Element, what is the Fifth Element?
a) A piece of mysterious technology that was lost years ago
How did you do?
8-10 correct: All Hail King/Queen of the Universe!
5-7 correct: Intergalactic Explorer
2-4 correct: Starwatcher
0-1 correct: Greetings, Earthling!
About the author:
As a former award-winning corporate copywriter, Stacey Kade has written about everything from backhoe loaders to breast pumps. But she prefers to make things up instead. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, Greg, and their two retired racing greyhounds, Tall Walker (Walker) and SheWearsThePants (Pansy). More information about The Rules and Stacey can be found online at StaceyKade.com. She is also on Twitter @StaceyKade and on Facebook.
About the book:
By Stacey Kade
Publication date: April 23, 2013
Disney-Hyperion, 416 pages
1. Never trust anyone.
2. Remember they are always searching.
3. Don’t get involved.
4. Keep your head down.
5. Don’t fall in love.
Five simple rules. Ariane Tucker has followed them since the night she escaped from the genetics lab where she was created, the result of combining human and extraterrestrial DNA. Ariane’s survival—and that of her adoptive father—depends on her ability to blend in among the full-blooded humans in a small Wisconsin town, to hide in plain sight at her high school from those who seek to recover their lost (and expensive) “project.”
But when a cruel prank at school goes awry, it puts her in the path of Zane Bradshaw, the police chief’s son and someone who sees too much. Someone who really sees her. After years of trying to be invisible, Ariane finds the attention frightening—and utterly intoxicating. Suddenly, nothing is simple anymore, especially not the rules…
— Goodreads.com description