This economics-themed video study guide is designed to accompany the 2015 film The Martian (144 minutes, rated PG-13). Following the AP Economics exams in May my students chose to watch this film in class. The resulting video study guide, consisting of 37 multiple choice and 5 discussion questions, was completed by students during and after their viewing.
The study guide's questions address approximately 25 different macro- and microeconomic topics, including basic supply and demand, wage determination, factors of production, fixed and variable costs, gross domestic product, game theory, human capital/productivity, and others.
Because each question offers a description of the relevant scene(s) from the movie, students do not need to complete the study guide as they watch the film; they can answer each question after viewing the film, possibly with the aid of textbooks, notes and other sources. I usually assign a portion of the questions as homework after viewing some of the film, then we discuss those questions before continuing the film in class the following day.
You might not have covered all of these concepts in class, so feel free to modify as you see fit. If you have any suggestions for or questions about the study guide, please let me know, as well. An answer key follows the 6-page student handout.
Thank you, and enjoy!
The Martian and all characters in the film are the property of 20th Century Fox, which holds the trademarks and copyrights to their use. All questions and descriptions of the film contained within this study guide are the original creations of the document's author, Chris Kurth.