The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

New this week Question: Why did Katniss strike the force field?

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New today Answer: In the book, Haymitch told Katniss how he used the arena's force field to electrocute and kill his opponent, making him the victor. He was at the edge of the arena when his opponent threw a weapon at him. As it hit the force field, Haymitch ducked, avoiding the weapon, and the electrical power bounced back, striking and killing the other tribute. Katniss knows that shooting an arrow at the force field will damage the dome.

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New this week Question: Exactly how is Peeta pretending that he and Katniss are having a baby supposed to get them to cancel the games?

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New this week Answer: Peeta knows that he and Katniss are Capitol favorites and that their fans have been enthralled by their (fake) romance. By announcing a faux pregnancy, he is attempting to win over peoples' sympathy to where they will demand that the games be cancelled in order to protect the "unborn child." People generally have more empathy when infants and small children are involved, though his attempt was unsuccessful.

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New this week Question: During Katniss' individual assessment, was Peeta the one who painted that picture of Rue? I read that it was but that doesn't explain why Katniss got angry when Plutarch tells her she has 10 minutes to present her chosen skills. Or why she made that dummy about Seneca Crane?

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New this week Answer: It was done by Peeta, who was artistically inclined. Peeta knew it would have an emotional effect on Katniss, and that she'd be angry over Rue's death, helping her not to be intimidated by the Capitol judges watching her. It was also Peeta's way of making a defiant statement against the Capitol's cruelty in taking innocent lives. Katniss made the dummy of Seneca Crane as her own defiant act. Seneca, by stopping Katniss and Peeta from eating the poisoned berries and declaring them both victors in the previous games, saved their lives, but he was later executed for going against Snow's orders. Katniss is acknowledging that Seneca saved her and Peeta, losing his life in the process.

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Question: When Katniss asks Johanna about Annie why does Johanna kind of stutter when answering?

Chosen answer: Joanna hesitates a bit when she's recalling how many years ago it was when Annie was in the games-she's tells Katniss it was "four" then corrects herself and says "five." She then seems a bit somber when Katniss indicates that Annie had some kind of mental breakdown, implying that Annie is Joanna's friend. Joanna is being shown as having a softer side than the harder image she tries to project.

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Question: When Johanna is ranting about setting fire to Snow's backyard, you can hear what sounds like a cell phone ringing. Any explanation?

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Chosen answer: There is no explanation. They did have electrical devices, so this could be attributed to any number of things that make ringing or buzzing noises in the background.

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Question: I have 3 questions. 1. How come Katniss wanted Mags as an ally? 2. Why didn't she want Finnick as an ally? 3. Plutarch said half the tributes were in on getting Katniss out of the quarter quell. Is it known what tributes were in on it?

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Chosen answer: 1, She chose Mags because she liked her and wanted to protect her as much as possible. 2. Katniss didn't trust Finnick. She didn't know he was one of her allies. 3. Not all of the Tributes who are allies are named.

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Question: In the book Plutarch says that he never imagined Katniss being in the games, and gave her hints because he thought she would be mentoring the next tribute, yet in the movie these a deleted scene that shows him switching game plans so he did make it so Katniss and Hay Mitch/Pee ta would be in the games again. Someone help me understand this?

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Chosen answer: The dance scene took place long before the time when Plutarch would have been changing out the Quarter Quell box. He had plenty of time to change his mind.

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Question: Given that the Quarter Quell is held every 25 years, the first and second Quarter Quells would have killed off 23 of the previous 24 winners each time. Hence, even if Quarter Quell winners are still eligible (and still alive) for the subsequent ones, the maximum number of available contestants for the 3rd Quarter Quell rises to only 26, which is far too small to guarantee 2 contestants from each district, let alone exactly 1 of each sex. How can they get 24 contestants for the Quarter Quell games?

Chosen answer: This is explained in the books, but not in the movie. Each Quarter Quell had a different twist. The first Quarter Quell, the citizens had to vote on who the tributes would be. The second Quarter Quell (which is actually the Hunger Games that Haymitch won), four tributes were reaped instead of the usual two.

Question: When someone dies in the dome, the body is taken away by a hovercraft. At the end, Katniss' body is taken by what seems the same hovercraft, which can do this because the dome collapsed. If so, how can the hovercraft enter the dome in the earlier scenes?

Chosen answer: It is not the same hovercraft. It is one that was either stolen or otherwise obtained by the growing rebellion faction that had planned Katniss' rescue. For the other hovercraft that have regularly retrieved the dead tributes, it can be assumed that one is already stationed inside the arena for this purpose or there is an entryway into the dome that one can fly in and out of.

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