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Introduction

The FX drama The Americans ran for six seasons over the course of five years (2013-2018), coming to a conclusion at the end of May in 2018. Known for its use of suspense, complex characters, and clever writing, the show has been both a fan and critic favorite since its pilot episode. Its ending, too, has been widely praised as a well-written (and incredibly gut-wrenching) finale to a great show. While on the surface the show is clearly about two KGB sleeper agents in the United States during the Cold War, the heart of the show lies within the relationships between not just the two leads, but their family and friends; the decisions Philip and Elizabeth Jennings make throughout the course of The Americans ultimately affect not just their mission, but also people they love.

The Americans was partly inspired by real events. Series creator and executive producer Joe Weisberg--himself a former member of the CIA--has stated that the Illegals Program, which the FBI finally busted in 2010, was a source of inspiration for this show. The FBI investigation is formally known as Operation Ghost Stories and has resulted in numerous arrests and a United States-Russia prisoner exchange.

You've watched the show (and probably cried during the finale), now put your knowledge of The Americans to the test! This quiz contains 40 multiple-choice questions. Pick the answer you think is right, and you will be rewarded with a fun piece of trivia about the show and the people behind it; as such, spoilers are obviously ahead (so finish binging the show if you haven't already). Click "Let's Play" to begin!

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The FX drama The Americans ran for six seasons over the course of five years (2013-2018), coming to a conclusion at the end of May in 2018. Known for its use of suspense, complex characters, and clever writing, the show has been both a fan and critic favorite since its pilot episode. Its ending, too, has been widely praised as a well-written (and incredibly gut-wrenching) finale to a great show. While on the surface the show is clearly about two KGB sleeper agents in the United States during the Cold War, the heart of the show lies within the relationships between not just the two leads, but their family and friends; the decisions Philip and Elizabeth Jennings make throughout the course of The Americans ultimately affect not just their mission, but also people they love.

The Americans was partly inspired by real events. Series creator and executive producer Joe Weisberg--himself a former member of the CIA--has stated that the Illegals Program, which the FBI finally busted in 2010, was a source of inspiration for this show. The FBI investigation is formally known as Operation Ghost Stories and has resulted in numerous arrests and a United States-Russia prisoner exchange.

You've watched the show (and probably cried during the finale), now put your knowledge of The Americans to the test! This quiz contains 40 multiple-choice questions. Pick the answer you think is right, and you will be rewarded with a fun piece of trivia about the show and the people behind it; as such, spoilers are obviously ahead (so finish binging the show if you haven't already). Click "Let's Play" to begin!

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Don't know what to do now that "The Americans" has officially ended? Try taking this quiz to fill that post-series void (spoilers ahead).


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Let's Play!

1. Who plays Elizabeth Jennings?


1. Who plays Elizabeth Jennings?

1. Keri Russo

2. Keri Reynolds

3. Keri Russell

4. Keri Rudderford

The correct answer is Keri Russell. Did you know that this actress didn't initially want to do the show, but changed her mind when she couldn't stop thinking about it after reading the script.



2. Who plays Philip Jennings?


2. Who plays Philip Jennings?

1. Matthew Rhys

2. Matt Damon

3. Matthew McConaughey

4. Matthew Perry

The correct answer is Matthew Rhys. Joe Weisberg cast him after Leslie Feldman (head of casting at DreamWorks) recommended Rhys after seeing him in a play.



3. Elizabeth and Philip Jennings are officers of which organization?


3. Elizabeth and Philip Jennings are officers of which organization?

1. KGB

2. ROY-G-BV

3. KBG

4. FBI

They are KGB agents. Did you know that the creator of The Americans, Joe Weisberg, worked for the CIA in the early 1990s? (Image: Fx)



4. Who is the FBI neighbor to the Jennings?


4. Who is the FBI neighbor to the Jennings?

1. Steve Beeman

2. Stan Beeman

3. Sam Barman

4. Saul Beesmith

The correct answer is Stan Beeman. Noah Emmerich, who plays Stan, initially didn't want to play Stan but eventually accepted the role due to its complexity. (Image: Fx)



5. During which war was the show set?


5. During which war was the show set?

1. Persian Gulf War

2. Korean War

3. Cold War

4. War on Drugs

The correct answer is the Cold War. A former Marine Corps lieutenant, Oliver North, helped write the season two episode "Martial Eagle" because of his familiarity with the Nicaraguan contras of the 1980s. (Image: Fx)



6. Who is the FBI secretary that is eventually smuggled to Russia?


6. Who is the FBI secretary that is eventually smuggled to Russia?

1. Maxine Hanson

2. Maggie Hanson

3. Martha Hanson

4. Megan Hanson

The correct answer is Martha Hanson. Alison Wright, who plays Martha, is also known for playing Marjorie on Sneaky Pete. (Image: Fx)



7. Who does Stan have an affair with?


7. Who does Stan have an affair with?

1. Noel Sergeevna Krilova

2. Neveah Sergeevna Krilova

3. Nicolette Sergeevna Krilova

4. Nina Sergeevna Krilova

The correct answer is Nina Sergeevna Krilova. Annet Mahendru (Nina) speaks six languages (German, English, Russian, French, Persian, and Hindi)!



8. What is the first name of the son that Philip only learns of from a former lover?


8. What is the first name of the son that Philip only learns of from a former lover?

1. Mischa

2. Menscha

3. Henry

4. Mivowich

The correct answer is Mischa. Did you know that Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell have been in a relationship since 2013 and welcomed a son together in 2016?



9. What is the name of Philip and Elizabeth's daughter?


9. What is the name of Philip and Elizabeth

1. Piper

2. Parker

3. Paige

4. Penelope

The correct answer is Paige. The actress who plays her, Holly Taylor, said she was shocked to find out when reading the script that she would learn about the family secret.



10. Which country did Elizabeth and Paige visit to see Elizabeth's dying mother?


10. Which country did Elizabeth and Paige visit to see Elizabeth

1. Russia

2. Germany

3. Poland

4. France

The correct answer is Germany. Did you know that shooting for this show primarily took place in New York City?



11. Who is Paige's mentor?


11. Who is Paige

1. Father Tom

2. Pastor Tom

3. Father Tim

4. Pastor Tim

The correct answer is Pastor Tim. Did you know that Pastor Tim gave Paige Karl Marx's famous Communist Manifesto?



12. Paige's mentor accepts a job in which country?


12. Paige

1. Chile

2. Russia

3. Canada

4. Argentina

The correct answer is Argentina. The father of Kelly AuCoin, who plays Tim, was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.



13. Why was Nina told to "bear down" during the polygraph test?


13. Why was Nina told to "bear down" during the polygraph test?

1. To stimulate the vagus nerve

2. To strengthen her body during her pregnancy

3. To train herself to smuggle illegal items

4. To rain herself to concentrate

The correct answer is to stimulate her vagus nerve. Series creator Joe Weisberg thought he was going to fail the polygraph test he had to take to join the CIA.



14. What is the name of Elizabeth's former lover?


14. What is the name of Elizabeth

1. Gregory Thomas

2. Michael Thomas

3. Garrett Thomas

4. Samuel Thomas

The correct answer is Gregory Thomas. Did you know that Derek Luke, who plays Gregory, won an Independent Spirit Award for his role in Antwone Fisher? (Image: FX)



15. Who tries to protect Nina when she is in the Soviet Gulag?


15. Who tries to protect Nina when she is in the Soviet Gulag?

1. Oman Igorevich Burov

2. Oliver Smith

3. Oleg Igorevich Burov

4. Otto von Buren

The correct answer is Oleg Igorevich Burov. Did you know that some major industrial cities, like Magadan and Norilsk, were originally gulag "camps"?



16. What is Philip's daytime profession?


16. What is Philip

1. Pilot

2. Stay-at-home dad

3. Travel agent

4. FBI agent

The correct answer is travel agent. Matthew Rhys has traveled internationally not just for this show but for theater roles.



17. Philip has many different personas and disguises in the show. What is Philip's pseudonym when married to Martha?


17. Philip has many different personas and disguises in the show. What is Philip

1. Connor

2. Casey

3. Charlie

4. Clark

The correct answer is Clark. Philip uses 5 other aliases in the show. (Imagine having to dress up and play six characters in a show!)



18. Which of the following was not one of Philip's aliases?


18. Which of the following was not one of Philip

1. Clark Westerfeld

2. Jim Baxter

3. Stan Beeman

4. Ted Davis

Stan Beeman was not one of Philip's aliases, but his neighbor. Did you know that Noah Emmerich (Stan Beeman) graduated from Yale with a major in history? (Image: FX)



19. Which sport did Henry play at St. Edward's?


19. Which sport did Henry play at St. Edward

1. Hockey

2. Figure skating

3. Curling

4. Speed skating

The correct answer is hockey. Keidrich Sellati (Henry Jennings) plays hockey in real-life.



20. Which sport do both Stan and Philip enjoy?


20. Which sport do both Stan and Philip enjoy?

1. Squash

2. Badminton

3. Racquetball

4. Tennis

The correct answer is racquetball. Both actors have been nominated for awards for their performances in this show. (Image: FX)



21. What is the given name of Stan's first wife?


21. What is the given name of Stan

1. Sarah

2. Susan

3. Nina

4. Sandra

The correct answer is Sandra. Susan Misner (Sandra) is also known for playing Liz in Chicago (2002 film).



22. What event do Stan and Philip attend together to get help coping with events in their lives?


22. What event do Stan and Philip attend together to get help coping with events in their lives?

1. EST

2. PTO

3. YMCA Racquetball Club

4. VFW PTSD Seminars

The correct answer is Erhard Seminars Training (EST). Werner Erhard (shown here) founded the organization in the 1970s to help people let their lives clear up from unfortunate circumstances.



23. What is the name of the series finale/final episode?


23. What is the name of the series finale/final episode?

1. "START"

2. "END"

3. "The Soviet Decision"

4. "Echo"

The correct answer is "START." Did you know that the name of this finale is a reference to a Cold War US-USSR treaty, the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START)?



24. What is Elizabeth's secret addiction (that Stan discovers from snooping in their backyard)?


24. What is Elizabeth

1. Vodka

2. Cigarettes

3. Sex

4. Yodeling

The correct answer is cigarettes. Did you know that Keri Russell has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?



25. Which deadly disease did Elizabeth's mother contract?


25. Which deadly disease did Elizabeth

1. Tetanus

2. Diphtheria

3. Small pox

4. Pertussis

The correct answer is diphtheria, a disease that became rampant in larger Russian cities in the late 1980s and early 1990s.



26. Which of the following was not a career that Elizabeth pretended to have?


26. Which of the following was not a career that Elizabeth pretended to have?

1. Nurse

2. Artist

3. Psychologist

4. Hooker

The correct answer is artist. Did you know Keri Russell was once part of the Mickey Mouse Club? (Image: FX)



27. What is the name of Stan's girlfriend that Philip believes may be "one of them"?


27. What is the name of Stan

1. Rachel

2. Sandra

3. Renee

4. Becky

The correct answer is Renee. Laurie Holden (Renee) has played the role of Marita Covarrubias in X-Files from 1996 to 2002.



28. Who does Stan kill in retaliation for the murder of his partner, Chris Amador?


28. Who does Stan kill in retaliation for the murder of his partner, Chris Amador?

1. Vlad Kosygin

2. Van Vonovich

3. Viktor Kosygin

4. Arkady Ivanovich

The correct answer is Vlad Kosygin. Vitaly Benko (Vlad) grew up in Washington, D.C., in a family of Russian diplomats.



29. What bonding experience do Paige and Elizabeth do in order to calm themselves?


29. What bonding experience do Paige and Elizabeth do in order to calm themselves?

1. Daily yoga

2. Monthly spa treatments

3. Dance

4. Fighter training

The correct answer is fighter training. Actress Keri Russell was trained by Krav Maga instructor Avital Zeisler for a month in order to better her self-defense skills (and later to develop her choreography).



30. In which subject is Henry gifted?


30. In which subject is Henry gifted?

1. Math

2. English

3. Russian

4. Science

Henry is gifted in math. Keidrich Sellati (Henry) attends public school in New York City.



31. Who is sent to be Philip and Elizabeth's first handler?


31. Who is sent to be Philip and Elizabeth

1. Daniel

2. Nina

3. Claudia

4. Gabriel

The correct answer is Gabriel. Frank Langella (Gabriel) thought his character would be killed when he read in the script that he was to get down and say he didn't feel well.



32. What does Paige donate to the church that makes Philip upset?


32. What does Paige donate to the church that makes Philip upset?

1. Her $600 USD in savings

2. Her mom's ring

3. Her grandmother's necklace

4. Her Russian doll set

The correct answer is her $600 in savings. After Philip scolds Paige, Elizabeth makes her daughter a list of chores for Paige to do so she can learn the value of a ruble. (Image: FX)



33. What is the name of Paige's first boyfriend in the show?


33. What is the name of Paige

1. Matthew

2. Danny

3. Peter

4. George

The correct answer is Matthew. Daniel Flaherty (Matthew) also plays Stanley Pucerne on MTV's Skins.



34. What is Elizabeth's Russian name?


34. What is Elizabeth

1. Nadezhda

2. Dina

3. Nina

4. Olga

The correct answer is Nadezhda, a popular name in Slavic countries that means "hope."



35. Who wrote The Americans?


35. Who wrote <em>The Americans</em>?

1. Steven Spielberg

2. Anne Rice

3. Joe Weisberg

4. Matt Damon

The correct answer is Joe Weisberg, partly inspired by a spy ring (Illegals Program) that the FBI busted in 2010.



36. Which song used in the show did David Bowie sign off on just two days before his passing?


36. Which song used in the show did David Bowie sign off on just two days before his passing?

1. "Under Pressure"

2. "In the Heat of the Morning"

3. "It's Gonna Be Me"

4. "If You Can See Me"

The correct answer is "Under Pressure." The initial song choice was supposed to be "If I Had You" by Dire Straits.



37. During which presidential administration does the show take place?


37. During which presidential administration does the show take place?

1. Bush, Sr.

2. Reagan

3. Carter

4. Nixon

The correct answer is the Reagan administration. According to a Deadline Hollywood interview, Weisberg said he made the show a period piece partly to avoid current political influence on it.



38. What was the name of Philip and Elizabeth's travel agency?


38. What was the name of Philip and Elizabeth

1. AAA Travel

2. Jennings Travel

3. KGB Luxury

4. DuPont Circle

The correct answer is DuPont Circle, a historical part of Washington, D.C., that was further developed after the Civil War due to an influx of new residents.



39. Oleg's father was the minister of what?


39. Oleg

1. Transportation

2. Agriculture

3. Justice

4. Communications

His father was the Minister of Transportation. Costa Ronin, who plays Oleg Burov, was born in Kaliningrad, USSR.



40. Which restaurant do Paige, Elizabeth, and Philip visit at the end of the sixth season?


40. Which restaurant do Paige, Elizabeth, and Philip visit at the end of the sixth season?

1. Burger King

2. Steak n Shake

3. Big Boy

4. McDonald's

McDonald's, one of the great icons of American capitalism, is the last place Philip and Elizabeth visit before returning to the USSR.




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