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Movie Musicals Quiz: The Sound of Music

Updated on October 7, 2014
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The Sound of Music Movie -- Trivia and Quiz

The Sound of Music is one of the most loved movie musicals of all time and has fans in every part of the world. This Sound of Music quiz page is for those of you who have loved this wonderful film ever since it was first shown almost 50 (can you believe it?) years ago. But it is also for newer fans of the musical of all ages.

What makes The Sound of Music so popular and so enduring? It could be the sparkling personality and golden voice of Julie Andrews in the role of Maria von Trapp. It could be the handsome Christopher Plummer or the adorable cast of children. The soundtrack crammed with songs we all know and love is undoubtedly a huge attraction. And of course many of us love the gorgeous scenery of the Austrian Alps and Salzberg.

Whatever its secret, The Sound of Music is a movie musical classic. So join me and test your knowledge of The Sound of Music characters and plot.


Quiz 1

Did you do well on the easy The Sound of Music quiz?

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Let's Start at the Very Beginning... - The Story of the Sound of Music

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Before there was The Sound of Music, there was a real life Captain von Trapp and his children. He was a distinguished naval officer. Today Austria is landlocked but this was not always the case. Before Austria took part in the First World War, the country had a sea coast.

The real Maria von Trapp did start life as a governess, though just for the eldest von Trapp daughter, whose name was also Maria. The Captain already had 7 children, though the eldest was a boy and not Liesel. When the couple married, they had a further 3 children.

It was Maria's idea for the family to sing together to raise badly needed funds. They did not leave Austria in quite the difficult circumstances shown in the film and were able to cross the border into Italy by train, and from there went to America.

The dramatisation of their story, which Maria von Trapp shared in her book Maria, My Own Story, first appeared in 1953 as a stage musical. Maria was played by Mary Martin, a popular stage and screen actress who had starred in the stage musicals 'Annie Get Your Gun' and 'South Pacific'. The music and lyrics came from the legendary Rodgers and Hammerstein who had together also written 'Oklahoma!', 'The King and I', 'Carousel', and 'South Pacific'.

When director Robert Wise brought The Sound of Music to the screen he was taking a risk. The golden era of movie musicals seemed to be over. Julie Andrews was not the star she is today, in fact her first big movie success 'Mary Poppins' was yet to be released. Christopher Plummer was unenthusiastic about the project, famously being quoted as calling it 'the sound of mucus'.

However, when the movie was released in March 1965 the public fell in love with it. Audiences went on to embrace The Sound of Music around the world, although it was never popular in Austria. The movie saved the 20th Century Fox studio and (taking inflation into account) is to date the third highest grossing film of all time. In recent (2011) polls the public continue to vote it as the best movie musical.

The Real von Trapp Children Sing - The Great-Grandchildren of Georg von Trapp

An enchanting performance by the great-grandchildren of Captain von Trapp (and the grandchildren of the younger von Trapp son). The von Trapp children have released a number of albums. Their names are Sofia, Melanie, Amanda and Justin.

Here they sing a Christmas carol followed by Do-Re-Mi.

Quiz 2

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The Cast and Movie Trivia - Funny facts about The Sound of Music

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The Sound of Music movie trivia

The actors who played Friedrich and Rolfe had their hair bleached for their roles. Nicholas Hammond (Friedrich) also grew so much that Chamian Carr (Liesel) had to stand on a box when next to him.

The actress playing Marta was missing her front teeth and they had to be added in. This is why she has a slight lisp.

You can see the real Maria von Trapp in Salzberg when Julie Andrews is singing 'I Have Confidence'.

Liza Minnelli auditioned for Liesel and Kurt Russell was considered for one of the boys.

The Sound of Music cast trivia

Julie Andrews won an Oscar for Mary Poppins and was nominated for her role in The Sound of Music but lost out to Julie Christie.

Nicholas Hammond (Friedrich) went on to play Spider-Man in the 1970s TV series. He is still a TV actor today.

Christopher Plummer will be appearing in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo in 2011. He has a fondness for playing bad guys.

Eleanor Parker, who played the Baroness, has been married 4 times. Christopher Plummer has been married 3 times. Julie Andrews has been married twice.

Charmian Carr was a close friend of Michael Jackson.

The Ultimate Gift for a The Sound of Music Fan - Blu-ray, DVD, Audio CD, Book, DVD Extras, and Music Box

If your copy of The Sound of Music on DVD or (gasp) video is getting worn out or you want to treat yourself to a new copy, take a look at how good the movie looks on Blu-ray in a set that is packed with extras.

This limited edition set comes in a beautiful presentation box and also includes a DVD full of special feature documentaries, the soundtrack on CD, a music box, a book all about The Sound of Music, and a certificate.

The Sound of Music (45th Anniversary Blu-ray/DVD Combo Limited Edition)
The Sound of Music (45th Anniversary Blu-ray/DVD Combo Limited Edition)

What fan would not love this gift set? Highly-rated by Amazon.com buyers, it offers not just the movie but a look behind the scenes at the history and the making of The Sound of Music.

The greatest attraction of this limited edition set, according to buyers, is how vibrant and clear The Sound of Music looks on Blu-ray.

You can read over 100 customer reviews for The Sound of Music (Limited Edition Collector's Set) on Amazon.com.

 

Quiz 3

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Something Good - The Songs and Music of The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music is a musical that is cheerful and uplifting, but the plot is not all sugar-sweet. The dark undercurrents arise from the threat to Austria, the Captain's beloved homeland, with the rise of the German Nazi party. Hitler was Austrian by birth and it was always part of his master plan to join Austria with Germany. The political events threaten to tear apart the von Trapp family, with the Captain receiving orders from Berlin to join the German Navy.

On a personal level, Maria and Liesel must both cope with the pain of love lost. Maria also must choose between a life of religious devotion or a life as a wife and mother.

Music is the driving force that brings the family back together and gives them the strength to face and overcome all the challenges that face them. The children and their father are reunited by the title song, The Sound of Music, and celebrate their new happiness as a family with The Lonely Goatherd.

Maria befriends the children with My Favorite Things, and helps them to rediscover fun and joy by teaching them to sing Do-Re-Mi.

Edelweiss is Captain von Trapp's 'love song' to his homeland, Austria. Maria's own love of Austria and the Alps is expressed by The Sound of Music.

The Captain and Maria share a personal love song in Something Good, while Liesel and Rolf have a more light-hearted love song in Sixteen Going On Seventeen.

Climb Ev'ry Mountain, sung by the Mother Abbess, is a song of encouragement in times of trouble. I Have Confidence is Maria's own personal pick-me-up song.

Maria and the von Trapp Children -- The Actors - Then and Now

Reunited in a TV studio for the 40th anniversary of The Sound of Music, Julie Andrews and the children: Charmian Carr (Liesel), Nicholas Hammond (Friedrich), Heather Menzies-Urich (Louisa), Duane Chase (Kurt), Angela Cartwright (Brigitta), Debbie Turner (Marta) and Kym Karath (Gretl).

The actors talk about some of their The Sound of Music experiences and give an informal rendition of 'Edelweiss'.

© 2011 Indigo Janson

So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen.... - Sing me a note before you go!

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    mapol 

    19 months ago

    The Sound of Music is a good film, but "Climb Every Mountain" is my favorite song in the whole thing, because it delivers a very powerful message: Believe in yourself, follow your dreams, and when you find them, give them all you've got.

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    anonymous 

    4 years ago

    Very cool quizzes.

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    Scindhia 

    4 years ago from Chennai

    I love this movie. Great lens!

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    Andromachi Polychroniou 

    4 years ago from Maurothalassa, Serres, Greece

    i enjoyed it very much. i haven't realized i didn't know the songs well enough.

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    Lynn Klobuchar 

    4 years ago

    When I was young my best friend and I loved this movie and listened to the record (yes record) all the time. Thanks for putting this together!

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    Indigo Janson 

    5 years ago from UK

    @anonymous: Looking forward to it! Thanks for visiting.

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    anonymous 

    5 years ago

    Well.. Ever since I was 7 I've had a crush on Mr Plummer.. still have.. now I am 35.. So look for me on youtube soon.. Clips etc of my favorite parts.. It takes time but it's worth it I hope!

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    anonymous 

    5 years ago

    Sound of Music is one of my favorite musicals.

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    Cynthia Haltom 

    5 years ago from Diamondhead

    Another good quiz

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    DoctorOrEngineer 

    5 years ago

    TSOM was on TV last night... Best way to spend the holidays!

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    RuralFloridaLiving 

    6 years ago

    Thank you! Thoroughly enjoyed your lens!

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    FashionMommy 

    6 years ago

    I love The Sound of Music. I enjoyed watching their reunion on Oprah.

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    Stephen Bush 

    6 years ago from Ohio

    I thoroughly enjoyed everything you did.

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    WinWriter 

    6 years ago

    Loved the youtube video of the great-grandchildren. They are angels. Loved your lens. I've seen the movie a thousand times, even bought my own copy.

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    candidaabrahamson 

    6 years ago

    What terrific fun! Wonderful quizzes--and amazing how much I actually remember.

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    anonymous 

    6 years ago

    Delightful memories of The Sound of Music...I was wondering about who put that flag up too, you certainly went for the details here and I was at about 60%.

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    crstnblue 

    6 years ago

    Very nice quiz, informative and fun!

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    Indigo Janson 

    6 years ago from UK

    @melissiaoliver: You know, that's a good question Melissa. I'll have to go back and check. The butler was in league with the Nazis and presumably a party member, but you may just be right that it was the officials who came along and hoisted the flag in the newly-wed couple's absence.

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    melissiaoliver 

    6 years ago

    Does the butler really put the flag up in the house? It's been a while since I've seen the film, but I thought that the Nazi flag was put up outside the house by the Nazi officials whilst Maria and the Captain were on their honeymoon...?

    Really enjoyable lens :)

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    lclchors 

    6 years ago

    wow I so enjoyed this but I adore the movie

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    AJ 

    6 years ago from Australia

    I climbed the mountain, now I need to see the movie again. Blessings.

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    MindPowerProofs1 

    6 years ago

    I guess I should watch it again.

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    grannysage 

    6 years ago

    It's been awhile since I strolled through one of your lenses. So here I am and I have to admit I did progressively worse with each quiz. I love the video with Julie and the original cast.

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    Malu Couttolenc 

    6 years ago

    The Sound of Music is one of my favorite musicals ever. Love your quizzes, missed a couple of answers.

    So long, farewall, au revoir, auf wiedersehen! :)

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    StrongMay 

    6 years ago

    Adu, Adu, to you and you and you!....Goodbyeee.... Great lense!

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    Mary Crowther 

    6 years ago from Havre de Grace

    Beautiful movie and I enjoyed the quiz!

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    Fay Favored 

    6 years ago from USA

    Very neat lens. I've enjoyed my visit, even though my answers got worse as I went along. Guess it's time to watch the movie again. It's been awhile.

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    Indigo Janson 

    6 years ago from UK

    @oxfordian: Ah, that's because there are two songs in which they jump up and down steps -- good point! The indoor stairs are indeed part of "So Long, Farewell" but the outdoor flight of stone steps in Salzburg (which is the one I had in mind) is part of the "Do Re Mi" routine which also includes the bikes. :)

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    oxfordian 

    6 years ago

    I had a blast! Thanks. LOVE these quizes.

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    oxfordian 

    6 years ago

    I hate to be picky, but the song the children sing jumping up and down the stairs is "So Long Farewell," not "Do Re Mi." "Do Re Mi" they sing in a montage while running around the countryside and riding bikes. :)

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    Stacy Birch 

    6 years ago

    nice quiz.

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    WendyArts 

    6 years ago

    This was really fun. Thank you for the quizzes and the great lend. I absolutely love this movie.

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    Jim Sterling 

    6 years ago from Franklin, Tennessee

    Thank you for the great quizes. I need to see the film again.

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    JoyfulReviewer 

    6 years ago

    This movie is one of my all-time favorites.

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    KarenCookieJar 

    7 years ago

    One of my favorite movies!

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    Gayle Dowell 

    7 years ago from Kansas

    Wonderful lens and great quiz. I loved reading about what the actors are doing now. Great job!

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    goo2eyes lm 

    7 years ago

    sound of music is my favorite film. the church where they got married is actually in mondsee and not in salzburg. otherwise, everything is passable.

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    chocsie 

    7 years ago

    love this movie.. and the lens! keep up the great work!

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    pramodbisht 

    7 years ago

    Great quiz,had fun,thanks!

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    pimbels lm 

    7 years ago

    This was great fund, thank you.

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    Indigo Janson 

    7 years ago from UK

    Thanks for the visits and angel blessings! I'm delighted people are enjoying this quiz. :)

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    Ann Hinds 

    7 years ago from So Cal

    My mother met Maria Von Trapp when she was a young woman and was already a fan. When the movie came out, we went to the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood to see it. It was a very big deal. Thanks for creating such a great lens. Angel Blessed.

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    LegalDog 

    7 years ago

    Fun

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    smithlights 

    7 years ago

    Great lens! Love it! Awesome content and great quizzes. (Normally I do quizzes that are far too easy, but these were great!)

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    sushilkin lm 

    7 years ago

    thanks for sharing your knowledge.

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    KimGiancaterino 

    7 years ago

    This was so much fun, even though I could learn a few things about the movie. I visited "The Sound of Music" location when I was in Austria. Salzburg is beautiful. Blessed by an Entertainment Squid Angel.

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    Renaissance Woman 

    7 years ago from Colorado

    Fabulous! This is my favorite musical of all time. Really loved this quiz. Thank you! So long, farewell...

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    tssfacts 

    7 years ago

    This is one of my long time favorite movies. You made me relive the film as I was answering your question. I did miss some. I now have a the urged to go and re watch this wonderful movie.

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    Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

    7 years ago from United States

    Now this is my kind of quiz! It has been a long time since I last saw the movie and you definitely stumped me a few times, but it was fun to think back on some of the great scenes of the show :)

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    jolou 

    7 years ago

    Thank you for posting that reunion video! It was wonderful to see the whole cast again, except Christopher Plummer. I love this movie. Julie Andrews is a class act.

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    ohcaroline 

    7 years ago

    Great movie, musical, and music. I have the songbook and enjoy playing them on my keyboard. Excellent quizzes.

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    puzzlerpaige 

    7 years ago

    We've seen it countless times, but I still missed a few of the questions! My favorite song is the captain singing Edelweiss. The scariest part for me is when the family is hiding and Rolf finds them. I always think about how that must have felt. We simply love this movie. It's kid friendly and has a history lesson. They don't make them like this anymore.

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    Mona 

    7 years ago from Iowa

    I remember watching the sound of music as a kid but haven't seen it since. No wonder I did so poorly with the quiz.

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    irenemaria 

    7 years ago from Sweden

    A sound of Music has a special part in my memory! The music is wonderful and the story is really easy to love.

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    Karen 

    7 years ago from U.S.

    The Sound of Music was the first movie I went to in a real movie house when I was a kid. Before that, we just went to "drive in movies" with our parents. The movie captivated me, and sitting in real plush movie theater chairs was also special :-) This lens reminded me of the many things I loved about the movie!

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