Video Questions: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
This is from the movie Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
When senator Sam Foley dies, how is his Senate seat replaced?
The governor appoint someone new.
Why is the governor and his group of supporters worried about who will take Senator Foley's place?
Because they need a "yes" man so they can get their shady legislation passed.
Who becomes the new Senator and what group of people recommend him?
Jefferson Smith and the Governors kid.
Why are the people of the state so happy that Jefferson Smith has become Senator?
Because he's naive, not corrupted by big city politics, he's not a yes man.
What does Mr. Smith do when he first arrives in Washington, D.C.?
He takes a sightseeing tour.
What nickname does Saunders give him?
Why does Mr. Smith want to visit Mt. Vernon before his first day as Senator?
To get in the mood.
What is Mt. Vernon?
George Washington's house.
How does the press change Mr. Smith's words from his first press conference? Examples?
They take pictures of him and put it in the newspaper out of context.
Why can't Mr. Smith respond to the allegations on the Senate floor about his sincerity as a Senator?
He's not a Senator yet so he has no official voice (hasn't been sworn in yet).
How does he react to the newspaper articles?
He punches and beats up the reporters.
What bill does Mr. Smith want to introduce and pass?
A National Boys Camp
Why are there only 96 Senators?
Because there's 2 from each state and there is only 48 states (Alaska and Hawaii aren't states yet.
Why doesn't Saunders think that Mr. Smith's bill will be easy to pass?
Because she doesn't feel it's important enough to be passed, hard to pass and he;s been in the senate two days.
Why is the location of Mr. Smith's camp so important?
Because he grew up there (Willet Creek) same place Payne want to build a dam.
What does Saunders call Senator Payne's daughter, Susan?
Susan Payne in the Neck.
Why does Susan Payne tale Mr. Smith out for the afternoon?
So he won't be there when Senator Payne introduces his bill.
What does Saunders to to "enlighten" or tell Mr. Smith about his bill?
She shows him a copy of Senator Payne's bill.
How has Senator Payne managed to stay in office for 30 years?
Because he compromises and takes the advice from Jim Taylor.
How does Senator Payne prevent Mr. Smith from speaking against the deficiency bill?
He cuts Mr. Smith off and says he stealing nickels and dimes from the Boys Club.
What does the Payne "group" do to make Mr. Smith look bad?
They say he bought the land so he could sell it.
What does Mr. Smith do on the floor of the Senate to be heard?
He causes a filibuster.
How does the President of the Senate react?
He seems to encourage it and believe Jeff Smith.
How does Taylor try to keep the news away from the state?
He controls the newspaper.
How does Saunders get the correct information to the state?
She puts it in the Boys Ranger newspaper.
What does Taylor's group do to the members of the boys' club?
He steal their newspaper, run them off the road, and hits them with water hoses.