With the advent of Trivial Pursuit, trivia became all the rage in the 1980s. My friends and I used to spend hours quizzing each other on various topics. In addition to trivia games, trivia books became quite popular among us.
Many different franchises attempted to cash-in on this trend, and Star Trek was no exception. The Official Star Trek Quiz Book hit bookstores in 1985, which was between the release of movies Star Trek III: The Search For Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. This was a simpler time for Star Trek, as there was essentially only one crew and one Enterprise.
I bought this book from a clearance rack in 1987 or 1988. I remember being disappointed that it did not include questions for Star Trek IV, my favorite movie at the time.
It contains hundreds of questions about all 79 live-action episodes and the first three films, however. My family did not yet have a VCR, so I was unable to study the details of the episodes and movies. I remember finding the book challenging to the point of frustration.
It has probably been twenty years since I have cracked open The Official Star Trek Quiz Book. I thought it might be fun to try to answer some of the questions now that I think I know more about Star Trek.
The book even includes a handy grading scale.
I do not have hours to complete all of the questions, so I used a random number generator to choose one question from each of the book’s 15 sections.
I. “Star Trek” History
33) The Enterprise is the first Earth vessel to establish
a. Deep space colonies
b. Diplomatic relations with the Klingons
c. Visual contact with the Romulans
d. The Prime Directive
My answer is a confident c. See Balance of Terror.
II. “Star Trek” Technology
2) The primary hull is how many decks thick?
My answer is b, though I am not confident. First of all, I am not sure it was consistently established on the series. Second, I am not good at remembering numbers, even if it was established.
III. Alien Life Forms in the “Star Trek” Universe
38) The highly evolved race that settled the dispute between the Federation and the Gorns is called the
My answer is d, though I am not 100% sure. My second choice would be a.
IV. James T. Kirk
5) Kirk’s first deep-space assignment was aboard the
My answer is d, but I am trying really hard to resist grabbing my Star Trek Encyclopedia for confirmation. Some might call that cheating. I would call it changing the conditions of the test.
V. William Shatner
[Hey wait a second, how would Starfleet cadets know about him?]
7) Bill made his Broadway debut in
a. Guys and Dolls
b. How to Succeed
c. Tamburlaine the Great
d. Fiddler on the Roof
Once again, my answer is d. I am fairly confident, though c is also nagging at me as a possible alternative choice.
VI. Mr. Spock
9) Spock was betrothed to T’Pring at age
My answer is c. That is definitely the answer, per Amok Time.
VII. Leonard Nimoy
8) Nimoy’s first television appearance was on
a. “Playhouse 90”
c. “Your Show of Shows”
d. “Space Patrol”
Funny that the author calls William Shatner “Bill” in that question, yet calls Leonard Nimoy “Nimoy” in this question. Why not “Leonard” or “Lenny” here? Anyway, my guess is a.
VIII. The Crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise
9) M’Benga first appears in
a. “Amok Time”
b. “All Our Yesterdays
c. “A Private Little War”
d. “Savage Curtain”
I have to go with c on this one, as he did not appear in the other episodes mentioned.
IX. Series Regulars
9) George Takei was born in
b. New York
c. Los Angeles
I am guessing c, as I seem to recall him mentioning growing up on the West coast.
X. The Episodes
“By Any Other Name”
1) Rojan’s home planet is
I am guessing a.
XI. Photo Quiz
The only name that comes to mind is Clint Howard, the actor. I cannot remember his character name to save my life. I know I am going to kick myself when I read the answer.
XII. Star Trek: The Motion Picture
5) At the beginning of the film, Spock is on
a. The Enterprise
c. Epsilon IX
It is definitely b.
XIII. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
33) Jim Kirk is David’s
XIV. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
12) True/False: Sarek admits to emotions where Spock is concerned.
My answer is true, though I fear this is some kind of trick question.
XV. For The Experts
64) Identify the episode and the speaker associated with the following quote: “I’m putting you gentlemen on the hot seat with me.”
Wow, they were not kidding with that “expert” stuff. It sounds like Kirk, but I have no idea the episode.
I. 33) c [correct]
II. 2) a
III. 38) d [correct]
IV. 5) d [correct]
V. 7) c
VI. 9) c [correct]
VII. 8) b
VIII. 9) c [correct]
IX. 9) c [correct]
X. By Any Other Name 1) a [correct]
XI. 4) Balok (of course!)
XII. 5) b [correct]
XIII. 33) c [correct]
XIV. True/False 12) True [correct]
XV. 64) Kirk, Operation-Annihilate! [incomplete]
And I call myself a Trekkie! Hmph! Still frustrating after all these years.