QUIZ: Only True M*A*S*H Fans Can Pass This Quiz!

The television series MASH garnered a massive viewership in its eleven-year run from 1972 to 1983. Based on former army surgeon Richard Hooker’s novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors, the show carefully treads the territory of patriotism and life during wartime. Not everything went smoothly between the network, writers, and cast, and the show was almost canceled entirely after its first season. Fans of the show still enjoy rewatching old episodes and some know every last detail of the show. Are you one of them? Only true MASH fans can pass this quiz- test your knowledge and see how you rank.

The show was almost canceled after the first season. What saved it?

Retry Correct Incorrect The first season of the series received low ratings and was nearly canceled. After CBS switched its air time from Sunday evenings to Saturday evenings, between All In the Family and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, ratings immediately improved.

The show was almost canceled after the first season. What saved it?

  • Producers added Mike Farrell to the cast to play B.J. Hunnicutt
  • CBS moved the show to Saturday nights
  • Richard Nixon said he watched the show
  • Producers shortened episodes from 55 minutes to 25 minutes
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Which character was originally going to be written out after one appearance?

Retry Correct Incorrect Originally, producers were going to have Jamie Farr’s character be gay, and write him off the show after one episode. However, they fell in love with his zany performance and kept Max Klinger on as comic relief.

Which character was originally going to be written out after one appearance?

  • Radar O’reilly
  • Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan
  • Trapper John McIntyre
  • Corporal Maxwell Q. Klinger
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Which of these is true about the characters’ names?

Retry Correct Incorrect Writers of the show had fun when it came to naming supporting characters. Patients were named after baseball players, women were named after ex-girlfriends, and Farrell’s daughter’s name was dropped into the show.

Which of these is true about the characters’ names?

  • All of these
  • Radar’s girlfriends were named after ex-girlfriends of the writers of the show
  • Patients in seasons six and seven were named after MLB players
  • Actor Mike Farrell requested that his character’s daughter’s name be Erin, like his actual daughter
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Which character was in every single episode of M*A*S*H?

Retry Correct Incorrect Only Hawkeye Pierce, played by Alan Alda appeared in all 251 episodes of the TV series. Alda refused to move to California for the show, and flew back to New Jersey between filming episodes.

Which character was in every single episode of M*A*S*H?

  • Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan
  • Hawkeye Pierce
  • Max Klinger
  • Father Mulcahy
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Which war was the show based on, and which war was going on while it aired?

Retry Correct Incorrect M*A*S*H was set during the Korean War, and aired from 1972-1983, while the Vietnam War was still going on. The producers were careful not to spark controversy or make it appear that they were protesting the Vietnam War.

Which war was the show based on, and which war was going on while it aired?

  • Korean War, Vietnam War
  • Vietnam War, Iraq War
  • Korean War, Gulf War
  • Korean War, Korean War
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What did the writers do that spurred over 1,000 complaint letters?

Retry Correct Incorrect Actor McLean Stevenson planned on leaving the show, and it appeared that his character would be honorably discharged. However, the writers threw in a huge plot twist and had him killed in a transport plane crash. Fans were furious!

What did the writers do that spurred over 1,000 complaint letters?

  • They created spin-offs to the show
  • They killed off Colonel Henry Blake
  • Writers scripted Ron Howard’s character to be underage
  • They stuck with the Korean War setting for 11 years
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Actor Wayne Rogers was originally going to play which character?

Retry Correct Incorrect Rogers played Trapper John McIntyre for three seasons, but he originally auditioned for the role of Hawkeye Pierce. He changed his mind about the role after he decided Pierce’s character was too rough.

Actor Wayne Rogers was originally going to play which character?

  • Hawkeye Pierce
  • Henry Blake
  • Radar O’Reilly
  • Frank Burns
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Which of these appeared in the show, that was historically inaccurate?

Retry Correct Incorrect M*A*S*H creators did their best to remain authentic to the Korean War era, but every now and then something slipped by. One of these was a Gottlieb "Spot-A-Card pinball machine that was not invented until 1960 in real life.

Which of these appeared in the show, that was historically inaccurate?

  • Game machine
  • Etch A Sketch
  • Weather satellite
  • Audio cassette
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What was the name of the final episode of M*A*S*H?

Retry Correct Incorrect Over 106 million viewers tuned in to watch the final episode of M*A*S*H, which aired on February 28, 1983. The finale lasted two and a half hours, and fans were not happy with the outcome.

What was the name of the final episode of M*A*S*H?

  • Korean War To End
  • Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen
  • The Beginning Of The End
  • Captain Calls It Quits
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Where can you visit the set of M*A*S*H?

Retry Correct Incorrect Fans of M*A*S*H can visit the set of the TV series in Malibu, California. The outdoor scenes were filmed in the Santa Monica Mountains outside of Los Angeles, near the coast.

Where can you visit the set of M*A*S*H?

  • Malibu, California
  • Santa Barbara, California
  • Camp Pendleton, California
  • Damyang County, Korea
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Who was the author of MASH, the novel?

Retry Correct Incorrect Author Richard Hooker wrote the novel after serving in the military during the Korean War. He based the book off of his experiences as a war time surgeon in the Army. After writing the book, he continued his practice as a surgeon.

Who was the author of MASH, the novel?

  • Joseph Heller
  • Richard Simpkin
  • David Hackworth
  • Richard Hooker
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Alan Alda was the first in the entertainment industry to do what?

Retry Correct Incorrect Alda was the first to win an Emmy for writing, directing, and acting. He wrote 13 episodes for the show, and directed 31 of them. That’s more than impressive!

Alan Alda was the first in the entertainment industry to do what?

  • Turn down a directing role on a show to be an actor instead
  • Win an Emmy for writing, directing, and acting
  • First actor to film in California for 11 years without moving there
  • Refuse to talk to his cast members between takes
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Which of these things did Hawkeye despise?

Retry Correct Incorrect Alan Alda’s character Hawkeye Pierce hated guns. Fortunately for him, he was a surgeon and not a soldier, but it would be difficult to be drafted into the army and be surrounded by weapons if you couldn’t stand them.

Which of these things did Hawkeye despise?

  • California
  • Infidelity
  • The army uniforms
  • Guns
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There was an error in the TV show… what was it?

Retry Correct Incorrect In any case, someone can only be awarded one Purple Heart medal for being injured while serving in the military. After the first one, subsequent injuries receive oak leaf clusters to adorn the purple ribbon. However, writers and producers awarded characters multiple medals if characters were injured more than once.

There was an error in the TV show… what was it?

  • They awarded too many purple heart medals
  • A ranch house appears in the background during season 2
  • Major Charles Emerson Winchester III isn’t bald in his first appearance
  • In one episode the unit number reads 407th
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What was the name of the surgical unit in the show?

Retry Correct Incorrect The television series was based around the fictional 4077 MASH surgical unit in Korea. Richard Hooker, the creator of MASH, was in the 8055th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital himself, in Korea.

What was the name of the surgical unit in the show?

  • 2749
  • 4022
  • 4077
  • 2040
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Which character did Charles Emerson Winchester III replace?

Retry Correct Incorrect Charles Emerson Winchester III, played by actor David Ogden Stiers, replaced Frank Burns. He appeared in seasons 6-11 as a surgeon and executive officer. He later became a major.

Which character did Charles Emerson Winchester III replace?

  • Trapper
  • Frank Burns
  • Radar O’Reilly
  • Henry Blake
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Which role did actor Wayne Rogers believe got all the funny lines?

Retry Correct Incorrect Originally, Wayne Rogers was going to audition for the role of Hawkeye Pierce. He changed his mind when he found the role to be too cynical. He was promised the role of Trapper would be just as important. However, Rogers believed the writers gave Hawkeye better lines.

Which role did actor Wayne Rogers believe got all the funny lines?

  • Max Klinger
  • Radar O’Reilly
  • Frank Burns
  • Hawkeye Pierce
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How long did the Korean War last?

Retry Correct Incorrect The Korean War began June 25, 1950, and ended July 27, 1953. The MASH TV series, however carried on for eleven seasons, more than tripling the actual length of the war.

How long did the Korean War last?

  • Five years
  • 18 months
  • Three years
  • Seven years
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What did the doctors call their tent in the show?

Retry Correct Incorrect Hawkeye, Trapper, "Spearchucker" Jones and Frank Burns were the four initial residents of the tent, which they nicknamed "The Swamp."

What did the doctors call their tent in the show?

  • The Wedge
  • The Swamp
  • The Dog House
  • Pup Tent
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Why did Corporal Klinger wear dresses?

Retry Correct Incorrect Hoping for a Section 8 discharge, Max Klinger, played by actor Jamie Farr, wore women’s dresses a dozen episodes. The role was only supposed to last one episode, but the writers loved it so much, they kept him on.

Why did Corporal Klinger wear dresses?

  • He made a bet with Trapper.
  • He wanted to make people laugh.
  • He was trying to convince the army that he was crazy.
  • As part of army hazing.
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Who was Major Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan’s lover?

Retry Correct Incorrect Although he was married, Major Margaret "Hot Lips" took a liking to Major Frank Burns, and together they had an affair. Margaret would later married a lieutenant-colonel. That relationship would end in divorce.
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Who was Major Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan’s lover?

  • Hawkeye Pierce
  • Henry Blake
  • Trapper
  • Frank Burns
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Which cast member did a tour of duty in Korea?

Retry Correct Incorrect While in college, actor Alan Alda was a member of the ROTC. After graduating, he served in the US Army Reserve and completed a tour of duty in Korea.
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Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images

Which cast member did a tour of duty in Korea?

  • Alan Alda
  • Larry Linville
  • Mike Farrell
  • Harry Morgan
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Who starred in the spinoff, AfterMASH?

Retry Correct Incorrect MASH characters Klinger, Father Mulcahy, and Sherman Potter appeared in the spin-off series AfterMASH. The show followed the characters post-war, returning to civilian life.
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Who starred in the spinoff, AfterMASH?

  • Radar, Hawkeye, Klinger
  • Klinger, Father Mulcahy, Sherman Potter
  • Hawkeye, Klinger, Sherman Potter
  • Hawkeye, Klinger, Father Mulcahy
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What does ‘MASH’ stand for?

Retry Correct Incorrect MASH stands for the United States Army Mobile Army Surgical Hospital where soldiers sought surgery and other medical attention while fighting.
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What does ‘MASH’ stand for?

  • Medical Army Surgical Hospital
  • Mobile Army Surgical Hospital
  • Military Annex Surgical Headquarters
  • Medicine And Surgery Hut
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The TV series was considered a comedy, but also a…

Retry Correct Incorrect The TV series was categorized as a situational comedy, but was also described as a "dark comedy" or "dramedy" because of the dark subject matter of war.
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The TV series was considered a comedy, but also a…

  • Slapstick
  • Reality show
  • Drama
  • Documentary
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Parts of the show were narrated by the characters. This was done by…

Retry Correct Incorrect Several characters narrated portions of the TV show in a form of a letter they would be sending home. Many viewers could relate to this, as soldiers were overseas fighting in the Vietnam War when the show aired.
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Parts of the show were narrated by the characters. This was done by…

  • Voices of the family members back home.
  • Flashback scenes of before they were sent to war.
  • Inner dialogue of characters’ unspoken thoughts.
  • Reading a letter they wrote to home.
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Which actor didn’t audition for their role?

Retry Correct Incorrect Turns out actor Alan Alda didn’t even audition for the lead role of Hawkeye Pierce. Instead, he was offered the part due to his work on Broadway and in the movies.
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Which actor didn’t audition for their role?

  • Mike Farrell
  • Wayne Rogers
  • David Ogden Stiers
  • Alan Alda
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Which of these was different about the character of Hawkeye, from the film to the TV show?

Retry Correct Incorrect Actor Alan Alda believed that scripting Hawkeye’s character in the TV show to be single, instead of married, allowed him to be more lively and humorous.
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Which of these was different about the character of Hawkeye, from the film to the TV show?

  • Hawkeye was married in the film, but not in the TV show.
  • In the film, he’s a patriot, in the TV series, he’s not.
  • He gets a divorce on the TV show, but not in the film
  • In the film he’s from Indiana, in the show he’s from Maine
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Which of these did the real Hawkeye reportedly do that was against Army regulation?

Retry Correct Incorrect At the time, Army surgeons were forbidden to attempt to repair damaged arteries. But H. Richard Hornberger believed it was in the best interest of the soldiers’ well-being, and performed the surgery anyway.
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Which of these did the real Hawkeye reportedly do that was against Army regulation?

  • Perform a toe transplant
  • Write a letter to a fallen soldier’s family
  • Repair a damaged artery
  • Amputate a right arm
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In the episode "Hey Look Me Over" Hawkeye realizes what about Nurse Kellye?

Retry Correct Incorrect Hawkeye, a notorious flirt, realized in "Hey Look Me Over" that he was dismissing Nurse Kellye because she wasn’t as attractive as other nurses. Then he came to realize her strength in the way she dealt with patients in a tender manner.
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In the episode "Hey Look Me Over" Hawkeye realizes what about Nurse Kellye?

  • She has sweet bedside manner with patients
  • She’s attractive
  • She’s having an affair with a patient
  • She lied about her education
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Which actor played their character in both the film and the TV series?

Retry Correct Incorrect Actor Gary Burghoff was the only actor (aside from G. Wood as General Hammond" to play their character in both the film and TV show version of MASH.
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Which actor played their character in both the film and the TV series?

  • George Morgan
  • Mike Farrell
  • Gary Burghoff
  • Loretta Swit
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Which character was a third generation doctor in their family?

Retry Correct Incorrect Hunnicutt, played by Mike Farrell, was recruited to join the U.S. Army as a surgeon. He attended Stanford University and knowing for being calm and pragmatic.
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Which character was a third generation doctor in their family?

  • Charles Emerson Winchester III
  • Hawkeye Pierce
  • Trapper John McIntyre
  • B.J. Hunnicutt
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Which of these is a theme with Hawkeye?

Retry Correct Incorrect Throughout the TV series, Hawkeye is regularly shown not paying respect to the Army brass, rarely saluting or standing at attention for ranking officers.
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Which of these is a theme with Hawkeye?

  • He flirts with all of the women
  • He fails to show respect for army brass
  • He gets angry when people make racist comments
  • All of these
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Which character was considered the loyal family man?

Retry Correct Incorrect Hunnicutt was shown as a traditional family man, who often felt guilty and saddened that he couldn’t be home with his family. Hawkeye’s character was much different, and this caused a few arguments.
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Which character was considered the loyal family man?

  • B.J. Hunnicutt
  • Larry Linville
  • Max Klinger
  • Trapped John McIntyre
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On the show, what did they call nurses who had minor roles?

Retry Correct Incorrect Between seasons 2-11 there were a total of 21 episodes with a character named Nurse Able. They were played by 11 different actresses.
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On the show, what did they call nurses who had minor roles?

  • Nurse Jane
  • Nurse Maggie
  • Nurse Nancy
  • Nurse Able
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Who does Nurse Margie have the hots for?

Retry Correct Incorrect Trapper steps up to win a boxing match that means Nurse Margie can stay with the 4077th. Afterwards, Margie has feelings for Trapper for helping fight for her.
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Who does Nurse Margie have the hots for?

  • Frank Burns
  • Hawkeye
  • B.J. Hunnicutt
  • Trapper
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Why did CBS reject an unseen MASH episode that was filmed?

Retry Correct Incorrect There was one episode that CBS declined to air. It involved the soliders making themselves sick enough to be sent home to the US. The network saw the episode as unpatriotic, and it never aired.
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Why did CBS reject an unseen MASH episode that was filmed?

  • It showed too much nudity
  • It was offensive to Koreans
  • There was a graphic surgical scene
  • They saw it as unpatriotic
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Writers were annoyed that the cast kept requesting script changes. What did they do as punishment?

Retry Correct Incorrect The writers of the show grew tired of complaints from cast members, so they wrote in some cold weather scenes, forcing the actors to layer up clothing on 90 and 100 degree days in California.
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Writers were annoyed that the cast kept requesting script changes. What did they do as punishment?

  • They brought an Army sergeant in to train them
  • They took the catered food away for the cast
  • They made the cast sleep in tents for a week
  • They wrote in cold weather scenes
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What was unique about Max Klinger’s character?

Retry Correct Incorrect Klinger’s character was the first main character to appear on the TV series that didn’t appear in the film, or in the book. He was only meant to stay on for one episode, but the writers decided to keep him on.
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What was unique about Max Klinger’s character?

  • He was the only solider not born in the US
  • He was the first openly gay character
  • He was the only character who tried to be sent home
  • The character didn’t appear in the book or the film
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Which character was seen as young and naive?

Retry Correct Incorrect Radar’s character was only 19 years old, drafted at 18 from the Midwest. He’s seen sleeping with a teddy bear and relating well to children in the TV series.
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Which character was seen as young and naive?

  • Nurse Margie Cutler
  • Margaret "Hot Lips"
  • Father Mulcahy
  • Walter "Radar" O’Reilly
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Congrats, you finished! Here are your results:

Congrats, you finished! Here are your results:

Retry Say goodbye You didn’t do very well… how many episodes of MASH have you watched? Maybe it’s time for a rerun marathon. At attention, solider. You’ve got some work to do, better go back and try again. You’re a little familiar. You recall some fond memories from the 4077th, but not all of them! Cheers to a job well done! Your really know your stuff! Trapper and Hawkeye will drink to your success.
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