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1920s General Knowledge

Do you have what it takes to answer these questions about the 1920s?
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Last updated: March 3, 2017
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Who was Chicago's most notorious gangster?
Al Capone
Who flew the Spirit of St. Louis?
Charles Lindbergh
What was F. Scott Fitzgerald's most famous novel?
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 1920's (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 did John Logie Baird invent?
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 69
Jun 26, 2015
Yup!
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level 77
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 51
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 63
Jun 26, 2015
Maybe you should also accept "flapper girls" or even just "flapper"? I almost missed it.
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level 67
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 52
Oct 11, 2017
Dunce.
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level 53
Jun 26, 2015
I'm really surprised that the least known answer was for the John Logie Barid invention- but then I missed some of the better know ones.
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level 59
Jun 26, 2015
That's cause most Americans have never heard of John Logie Baird
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level 76
Sep 14, 2016
They probably should have done.
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level 70
Oct 2, 2016
But how could they have done if they hadn't did?
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level 73
Jan 30, 2017
Good point. But how can't they not have didn't, if they did not hadn't?
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level 73
Nov 3, 2019
He doth.
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level 49
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 72
Jun 26, 2015
What is the picture of the girl riding a cork - was this a famous painting of that era?
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level 76
Oct 12, 2017
The pin-up girl was very popular in the '20s. I don't know if this is a Henry Clive, but he made lots of illustrations similar to this one in that era.
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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 73
Nov 3, 2019
Excellent catch.
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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 76
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 70
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 63
Feb 18, 2017
Should accept both. Am amazed that the Americans knew about this game so early!
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level 77
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 67
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 74
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 57
Mar 11, 2019
Me toooo!
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level 51
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 76
Oct 12, 2017
They can say, "It was the greatest thing before sliced bread."