"The spice must flow," is a famous quote from "Dune." Set in the far-flung future on a desert planet called Arrakis, Frank Herbert's "Dune" explores hero worship, environmentalism and the mingling of religion with politics. Test your knowledge of the 1965 novel and 2021 movie with our quiz. Maybe we'll let you ride a sandworm afterward!
Question of 10
Most of Paul's story unfolds on Arrakis, but he wasn't born there. What's the protagonist's native planet?
Frank Herbert owned a 40-foot sailboat that he named "Caladan" after Paul's watery homeworld.
Who's playing fan favorite Gurney Halleck in Denis Villeneuve's upcoming adaptation of "Dune"?
A hired fighter with a certain roguish charm, Halleck was played by Sir Patrick Stewart in the 1984 version.
Since it never rains on Arrakis, what do many of the native birds drink?
Reportedly, the planet's birds eat carrion out of necessity. Desert creatures get tough breaks.
Early in the original novel, Paul foils an attempt on his life. What weapon almost kills him?
a stone burner
Airborne, remotely operated and able to bury itself in human flesh, this little murder machine raises questions when it shows up at the Palace of Arrakeen.
Giant sandworms are unlikely steeds, yet the Fremen of Arrakis ride them all the time. How do they do it?
After luring the beasts, Fremen use elongate "maker hooks" to pull back their body segments. This forces the worms to turn, lest the sand cause tissue damage.
Fill in the blank: Excessive consumption of the spice melange can _______.
turn your eyes blue
Spice facilitates space travel in this universe, making it a vital commodity. But addicts (like the guild navigators) often end up with purely blue eyeballs.
give you functional wings
diminish your sense of smell
The reigning emperor at the start of the original novel is Shaddam IV, who hails from which of these Great Houses?
Two of Shaddam's daughters, Irulan and Wensicia, play significant roles in later installments of the series.
What's the name of the full-body, moisture-capturing suits worn by desert-savvy Fremen?
Planetologist Liet Kynes describes the stillsuit as "a high-efficiency filter and heat exchange system." These garments let Fremen recycle bodily moisture, sweat and urine included.
The members of what well-respected group fuction like human computers in this universe?
the Guild navigators
the Bene Gesserit
Thinking machines were outlawed long before the events of "Dune" began, hence the need for these brilliant logicians.
Which longtime family servant betrays House Atreides, resulting in the capture (and eventual death) of Paul's father, Duke Leto?
When Yueh's wife is taken hostage, he's compelled to turn on the Duke. The choice destroys his legacy; it's later said, "A million deaths are not enough for Yueh!"