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Tuesday, January 10, 2005: Page updated at 12:00 a.m.

How "Lost" are you?


To ace this quiz, you've got be "gaming" "Lost" — making mental notes on all those patterns and overlapping themes. Have you been paying close attention — really close attention? If so, give it a go. Warning: This quiz is full of spoilers.

1. On two occasions, songs by the same artist play in pivotal scenes for Kate, creating a recurring motif. Who is the singer?

Mama Cass
Willie Nelson
Neil Young
Patsy Cline
Loretta Lynn
Janis Joplin

2. The number string (4 8 15 16 23 42) pops up repeatedly on the show, from Hurley's winning lottery ticket to etched numbers on the side of the hatch. From the list below of instances when the numbers have been used, which did not happen?

The airplane flight number is 815 (a combination of 8 and 15), and the flight leaves from Gate 23.
On the plane, Jack's row was 23, while Ana-Lucia's was 42.
When they discover the radio transmission, it has been playing for 16 years.
Sawyer, whose father killed his mother and himself, was orphaned at age 4.
In a flashback to Jack in the hospital, his ID card contains the number 42.
When Hurley races through the airport, a girls' soccer team has the number string — in order — on the backs of their jerseys.
In the pilot episode, Jack has four scratches on his face.

3. Which of the following works of literature has not been referenced in "Lost"?

"Watership Down"
"The Turn of the Screw"
"Treasure Island"
"The Epic of Gilgamesh"
"A Wrinkle in Time"

4. The stories of the characters overlap — even in their flashbacks. All but one of the following is true. Which one is false?

When the doctor delivers the news to Shannon that her father has died, Jack passes behind them.
When Kate talks with her father, the Army recruiter, Sayid shows up on the television news in the background.
During Jin's flashback, an image of Hurley plays on a TV in the room.
While Boone talks to a police officer at the station, Sawyer comes through on his way to being booked.
When Charlie performs with his band, Driveshaft, Hurley is in the audience.
When Michael is on the phone at the airport, Locke rolls by in a wheelchair.

5. "Lost" is filled with plot threads about the complicated relationship between parents and their adult children. Which of these castaways worked for one of their parents before the plane crash?

Jack, Ana-Lucia and Boone.
Boone, Locke and Mr. Eko.
Kate, Sawyer and Hurley.
Hurley, Ana-Lucia and Locke.

6. The concept of black and white as complementary opposites is a recurring idea in the show. Which one of these has not been in the show, reinforcing the theme?

The black and white pieces of a backgammon game.
The interracial marriage of Rose and Bernard.
The black and white icon of the Hanso Foundation.
Locke's black and white irises in Claire's dream.
The black and white logo of Oceanic Airlines.

7. Polar bears have shown up on the island itself, as well as in Walt's comic book and on Dharma Initiative's film. Where else did a polar bear appear?

Painted in the mural in the hatch.
As a stuffed animal Michael gives Walt as a child.
As a stuffed head in Locke's father's game room.
On the cover of Claire's journal.

8. Jack said about Sawyer: "All I'm going to get for my trouble is a snappy one-liner and — if I'm real lucky — a brand-new nickname." Which one of these isn't one of Sawyer's nicknames for his fellow castaways?

"Dr. Quinn" for Jack.
"Ponce de Leon" for Ana-Lucia.
"Picard" for Locke.
"Chewie" for Jin.