Americana

This is a History Exam for those who don’t mind seeing how much they really remember about what went on in their life. Some of these questions will be difficult for anyone not living in the ’50’s.
ANSWERS TOMORROW.

Get paper & pencil & number from 1 to 20.

  1. In the 1940s, where were automobile headlight dimmer switches located?
    a. On the floor shift knob.
    B. On the floor board, to the left of the clutch….
    C. Next to the horn.
  2. The bottle top of a Royal Crown Cola bottle had holes in it.. For what was it used?
    A. Capture lightning bugs.
    B. To sprinkle clothes before ironing.
    C. Large salt shaker.
  3. Why was having milk delivered a problem in northern winters?
    A. Cows got cold and wouldn’t produce milk.
    B. Ice on highways forced delivery by dog sled.
    C. Milkmen left deliveries outside of front doors and milk would freeze, expanding and pushing up the cardboard bottle top.
  4. What was the popular chewing gum named for a game of chance?
    A. Blackjack
    B. Gin
    C. Craps
  5. What method did women use to look as if they were wearing stockings when none were available due to rationing during WW II.
    A. Suntan
    B. Leg painting
    C. Wearing slacks
  6. What postwar car turned automotive design on its ear when you couldn’t tell whether it was coming or going?
    A. Studebaker
    B. Nash Metro
    C. Tucker
  7. Which was a popular candy when you were a kid?
    A. Strips of dried peanut butter.
    B. Chocolate licorice bars.
    C. Wax coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside.
  8. How was Butch wax used?
    A. To stiffen a flat-top haircut so it stood up.
    B. To make floors shiny and prevent scuffing..
    C. On the wheels of roller skates to prevent rust.
  9. Before inline skates, how did you keep your roller skates attached to your shoes?
    A.With clamps, tightened by a skate key.
    B. Woven straps that crossed the foot.
    C. Long pieces of twine.
  10. As a kid, what was considered the best way to reach a decision?
    A. Consider all the facts.
    B. Ask Mom.
    C. Eeny-meeny-miney-MO.
  11. What was the most dreaded disease in the 1940s and 1950s?
    A. Smallpox
    B. AIDS
    C. Polio
  12. ‘I’ll be down to get you in a________, Honey’
    A. SUV
    B. Taxi
    C. Streetcar
  13. What was the name of Caroline Kennedy’s pony?
    A. Old Blue
    B. Paint
    C. Macaroni
  14. What was a Duck-and-Cover Drill?
    A. Part of the game of hide and seek.
    B. What you did when your Mom called you in to do chores.
    C. Hiding under your desk, and covering your head with your arms in an A-bomb drill.
  15. What was the name of the Indian Princess in the Howdy Doody Show?
    A. Princess Summerfallwinterspring
    B. Princess Sacajawea
    C. Princess Moonshadow
  16. What did all the really savvy students do when mimeographed tests were handed out in school?
    A. Immediately sniffed the purple ink, as this was believed to get you high.
    B. Made paper airplanes to see who could sail theirs out the window.
    C. Wrote another pupil’s name on the top, to avoid their failure.
  17. Why did your Mom shop in stores that gave Green Stamps with purchases?
    A. To keep you out of mischief by licking the backs, which tasted like bubble gum.
    B. They could be put in special books and redeemed for various household items.
    C. They were given to the kids to be used as stick-on tattoos.
  18. Praise the Lord , & pass the _________?
    A. Meatballs
    B. Dames
    C. Ammunition
  19. What was the name of the singing group that made the song ‘Cabdriver’ a hit?
    A.The Ink Spots
    B. The Supremes
    C. The Esquires
  20. Who left his heart in San Francisco ?
    A. Tony Bennett
    B. Xavier Cugat
    C. George Gershwin
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