1920s Decade Quiz

Do you have what it takes to answer these questions about the 1920s?
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Last updated: January 3, 2020
First submittedFebruary 17, 2015
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Who was Chicago's most notorious gangster?
Al Capone
Who flew the Spirit of St. Louis over the Atlantic ocean?
Charles Lindbergh
What novel, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, would later become a
symbol of the decade?
The Great Gatsby
Which ancient Egyptian pharaoh was dug up?
Tutankhamun
What group of women wore short skirts, had bobbed hair, drank booze,
and listened to jazz?
Flappers
What escape artist died after being punched in the stomach?
Harry Houdini
What trumpeter was known as "Satchmo"?
Louis Armstrong
What invention of 1928 was the greatest thing since ... ever?
Sliced Bread
Who wore a bowler hat, had a mustache, and often carried a cane?
Charlie Chaplin
What dance craze was named after a city in South Carolina?
The Charleston
What is the nickname of the 1920s (in North America)?
The Roaring Twenties
Who wrote "Farewell to Arms" and "The Sun Also Rises"?
Ernest Hemingway
What was the Scopes "monkey trial" really about?
Evolution
What intelligence-lowering device is John Logie Baird credited with inventing?
Television
What type of movie declined after the release of "The Jazz Singer", starring Al Jolson?
Silent Movie
Who composed "Rhapsody in Blue"?
George Gershwin
What art movement was represented by Salvador Dalí and René Magritte?
Surrealism
In what sport did Gene Tunney defeat Jack Dempsey?
Boxing
What Chinese tile game was popular in the U.S.?
Mahjong
What miracle drug was discovered by Alexander Fleming?
Penicillin
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Level 57
Feb 18, 2015
The Philo T. Farnsworth fans will be showing up any minute now.
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Level 68
Jun 26, 2015
Yup!
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Level 79
Jun 26, 2015
It's not only Farnsworth or Baird that could be credited with "inventing television." There are several people that could arguably hold the title depending on how exactly you define television. It would be more accurate to ask something like "what technology did John Logie Baird make valuable contributions toward developing"
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Level ∞
Jan 3, 2020
Changed from "invented" to "credited with inventing".
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Level 55
Jun 26, 2015
electronic television vs. mechanical television; the Farnsworth camp that comes to this site should know the difference.
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Level 64
Jun 26, 2015
Maybe you should also accept "flapper girls" or even just "flapper"? I almost missed it.
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Level 66
Oct 28, 2016
I agree, I only tried flapper girls
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Level ∞
Mar 3, 2017
Flapper will work now
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Level 56
Oct 11, 2017
Dunce.
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Level 67
Mar 11, 2020
I checked to see what the quiz had as and answer if it wasnt flapper girls, cause thought huh is there another (totally different) term?. I dont think I have ever hear it used as flappers (somehow that sounds a bot derogatory) always as flapper girls.
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Level 78
Jun 22, 2020
I've only ever heard them called flappers. Maybe it's a location thing?
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Level 53
Jun 26, 2015
I really enjoyed this quiz, thank you for writing it. Picking a decade some time past made it a bit different from the regular types that often appear on this site and you calibrated the questions to be varied, interesting, tricky enough to be a bit of a challenge but not off-puttingly difficult
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Level 54
Jun 26, 2015
The Scopes Trial was not about really evolution. It was orchestrated by the town leaders as a PR stunt to draw tourism and attention to Dayton, TN. Scopes himself was not even a regular teacher but a substitute.
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Level 38
May 18, 2017
So, how does all that deny that the plot of the movie was evolution v. creationism?
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Level 74
Mar 12, 2020
The OP doesn't say anything about the plot of the 1960 movie (based on the 1955 anti-McCarthyism play that explicitly says that it isn't a historical account of the 1925 trial at the beginning, but somehow became seen as the historical record of the trial that happened 30 years beforehand).
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Level 59
Jun 26, 2015
Who wore a bowler hat, had a mustache, and often carried a cane? Mr Peanut?
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Level 56
Oct 11, 2017
James Joyce?
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Level 81
Nov 3, 2019
Excellent catch.
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Level 64
Jun 22, 2020
Mr. Peanut doesn't have a mustache and his hat is a top hat.
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Level 69
Jun 22, 2020
I guessed Mr. Monopoly
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Level 46
Jun 27, 2015
Ok so I just took the 90's quiz before taking this one, and I missed somewhere around six or seven questions from the 90's one and only two from this one. So I know more about the 20's than I do about the 90's, even though I was born in the 90's. Wow.
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Level 78
Sep 21, 2015
The Fitzgerald clue should probably be revised to indicate that he wrote the book in the 20s, and it would eventually become his most famous work. However, it was mostly overlooked during the author's lifetime, and didn't become popular until, and after, WW2.
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Level 77
Oct 2, 2016
My grandmother was a flapper.
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Level 55
Nov 11, 2016
Can you change it to "mah-jongg?" The current way just looks wrong to me as a person of Chinese heritage.
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Level 62
Feb 18, 2017
Should accept both. Am amazed that the Americans knew about this game so early!
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Level 79
Oct 11, 2017
What's the extra g for? Never seen it spelled that way before but if you type it in you still get the answer
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Level 55
Oct 11, 2017
http://www.mahjongg.com/
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Level 77
Jun 22, 2020
Hes got you there
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Level 82
Jun 23, 2020
Huh? That website doesn’t exist.
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Level 70
Oct 11, 2017
I feel slightly sad that I can get 20/20 for a quiz about the 1920s and yet quizzes about more recent decades I struggle with. Maybe I'm living in the wrong era?
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Level 76
Dec 18, 2017
The more recent quizzes can be much more specific, or include pop-culture trivia that won't survive.
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Level 67
Mar 11, 2020
Exactly, current quizzes can have questions that arent exactly noteworthy in the long run, but are rather omnipresent currently. I doubt in 100 years people will remember angrybirds, or gaga's meatdress. Then again... tetris and monroe's blowing dress have become iconic.
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Level 64
Mar 11, 2019
Me toooo!
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Level 54
Oct 11, 2017
So whenever someone says anything before 1928 is the greatest thing since sliced bread, I get to correct them?
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Level 78
Oct 12, 2017
They can say, "It was the greatest thing before sliced bread."
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Level 67
Mar 11, 2020
Great point aestus :)
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Level 66
Feb 7, 2020
Small typo: "What is intelligence-lowering device is John Logie Baird credited with inventing?" The first "is" before "intelligence" should be removed. ^^ Great quiz!
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Level ∞
Feb 9, 2020
Fixed, thanks
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Level 67
Mar 11, 2020
Man, I was thinking ok, what is the term for silent movies... couldnt think of it... apparently there isnt one and it is just "silent movies"
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Level 64
Jun 22, 2020
I don't get the reference to the sliced bread question? I it an US thing to present it as the greatest invention ?
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Level 64
Jun 22, 2020
Not sure if it's limited to the US, but a very common saying here is to suggest that "[Insert object] is the greatest thing since sliced bread." It's just an expression. People don't really tout it as the greatest invention ever.
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Level 46
Jun 23, 2020
yeah we say it in the uk too
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Level 69
Jun 22, 2020
Could you rephrase the question about Fleming? Penicillin was technically not a drug when Fleming discovered it.
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Level 48
Jun 22, 2020
While it's true that Fleming discovered a mould that seemed to have an effect on bacteria in a petri dish, and it was largely developed by others such as Howard Florey, it still fits the definition of a drug: "a medicine or other substance which has a physiological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body".
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Level 64
Jun 23, 2020
Can you accept 'Lindburgh' for Lindbergh?
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Level 45
Jun 26, 2020
Spelling his last name correctly would be a much better idea :)