1930s Decade Quiz

Do you have what it takes to answer these questions about the 1930s?
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Last updated: January 3, 2020
First submittedFebruary 17, 2015
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What economic downturn lasted through most of the decade?
The Great Depression
What country was invaded by Germany (and the Soviet Union) to start WWII?
Poland
Who painted "Guernica"?
Pablo Picasso
What country's civil war was called a "dress rehearsal" for WWII?
Spain
What baseball player was diagnosed with ALS disease?
Lou Gehrig
What country invaded Ethiopia?
Italy
What New York building became the world's tallest in 1931?
Empire State Building
What style of design is exemplified by the above?
Art Deco
What book by John Steinbeck was about poor Okies looking for work in California?
The Grapes of Wrath
What communist led his forces on the Long March?
Mao Zedong
Who disappeared over the Pacific in 1937?
Amelia Earhart
What period of U.S. history ended with the ratification of the 21st amendment?
Prohibition
Who starred as Rhett Butler in "Gone With the Wind"?
Clark Gable
What character from "The Wizard of Oz" lacked a brain?
Scarecrow
Who famously danced with Ginger Rogers?
Fred Astaire
Fill in the blank: The only thing we have to fear is ____ ______?
Fear Itself
What child actress delighted audiences in "Curly Top" and "Heidi"?
Shirley Temple
What instrument was played by bandleaders Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw?
Clarinet
Who was Stan Laurel's comedic partner?
Oliver Hardy
Who married American divorcée Wallis Simpson?
Edward, Duke of Windsor
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Level 82
Feb 18, 2015
Tried my darned best with Gehring. Gering. Ghering. Nope. Better learn the name right I guess.
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Level 53
Jun 20, 2020
Never heard of it.
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Level 62
Aug 14, 2020
I made a quiz that specifically talks about the Great Depression in America, if anyone wants to look at it.
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Level 80
Feb 20, 2015
The only thing we have to fear is Grizzly Bears!
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Level 78
Oct 2, 2016
Clearly, you've never met my mother-in-law.
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Level 37
Nov 30, 2017
What ^ Said!
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Level 67
Mar 11, 2020
you know his mother-in-law?
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Level 59
Nov 12, 2017
'Brown' Grizzly Bears
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Level 85
Apr 1, 2015
Edward was not a king when he married Wallis Simpson - he was Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor. He had to abdicate the throne to marry her.
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Level 74
Apr 9, 2015
He was the King. If he wasn't already King he wouldn't have had to, or have been able to, abdicate.
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Level 81
Jun 20, 2015
He had to abdicate to marry her, so he wasn't a king at the marriage.
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Level 56
Nov 13, 2017
He wasn't King at the time of the marriage, he had already abdicated. He became the King on 20th Jan 1936 and abdicated on 10th Dec 1936. He married Simpson on 3rd Jun 1937
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Level 57
Jun 22, 2015
omg who cares...you people pick at every little contrivance just to show that you know some random tidbit that most people on here already know
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Level 37
Nov 30, 2017
Accuracy is important. Remember, school-aged children may be taking these quizzes and relying on their accuracy for the answers on their exams.
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Level ∞
Jan 3, 2020
The nitpick has been addressed.
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Level 58
Jun 20, 2015
After he abdicated, even though Edward VIII wasn't the King any more, everybody continued to address him as "Mr. King".
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Level 58
May 26, 2020
That's not the name he was commonly known as in Britain
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Level 53
Jun 26, 2015
I really enjoyed this quiz, thanks
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Level 80
Nov 12, 2017
Too 1930s-centric.
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Level 83
Nov 12, 2017
Too general-knowledge-centric.
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Level 67
Nov 13, 2017
Too trivia-centric.
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Level 67
Mar 11, 2020
too word centric, why not drawn answers
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Level 59
Nov 12, 2017
Is it because of the Great War and the Great Depression that they had the Greatest Generation? Is there another kind of Depression?
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Level 80
Nov 13, 2017
I always thought it was because they invented Frosted Flakes.
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Level 43
Nov 13, 2017
Is the Wonderful Wizard of Oz in any way typical for the 1930s? Wikipedia tells me it was first published in 1900.
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Level 79
Nov 13, 2017
The movie, which is much more widely known, was released in august 1939.
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Level 58
Nov 17, 2017
I got them all right (I'm old) but my results show lots of my responses as being only 50% correct. What's up with that? Did I not capitalize when typing? Did I hesitate? How can one person only get a one-word answer 50% correct?
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Level 77
Dec 18, 2017
The right column shows your all-time average (since last reset). 50% means that you got the answer right this time but you had taken the quiz once before and missed it. (or missed twice and got it right once etc)
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Level 22
Feb 26, 2019
Its Of Mice and Men not Grapes of Wrath
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Level 67
Mar 11, 2019
They're completely novels, for Pete's sake!
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Level 75
Jul 4, 2019
To be fair, Of Mice And Men almost fits as well, except that in that book I don't think we're told where the main characters are from
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Level 83
Jun 18, 2020
I thought the same thing. Though it's been a while since I've read Of Mice and Men so I don't exactly remember if they did mention where they came from.

Either way, it sounds like Steinbeck didn't have a lot of original ideas.

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Level 67
Jun 18, 2020
Yeah, I'm reasonably sure that George and Lennie are never pegged as Okies, while the Joads most definitely are.
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Level 37
Mar 14, 2019
Typed in Zedong three times, didn't work. Any way this could be accepted?
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Level ∞
Jan 3, 2020
Sorry, that would be like accepting "Lou" for "Lou Gehrig".
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Level 83
Jun 18, 2020
Or "Elvis" for "Elvis Presley."
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Level 80
Jun 20, 2020
Because Lou Gehrig is so often written Gehrig Lou.
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Level 49
Jun 20, 2020
Only 50% guessed Edward VIII?
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Level 55
Jun 21, 2020
I had a mental blank with Clark Gable. Could see him, hear him, knew his name started with a G and had 2 minutes with only that to get. Still missed out.
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Level 45
Oct 10, 2020
This quiz is too much America-centred. Not even a mention of how nazis rose to power...