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1930s General Knowledge

Do you have what it takes to answer these questions about the 1930s?
Last updated: March 03, 2017
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What economic downturn lasted through most of the decade?
The Great Depression
What country was invaded 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?
King Edward VIII
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level 79
Feb 18, 2015
Tried my darned best with Gehring. Gering. Ghering. Nope. Better learn the name right I guess.
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level 74
Feb 20, 2015
The only thing we have to fear is Grizzly Bears!
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level 66
Jun 24, 2015
The only thing we have to fear is running out of beer!
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level 70
Oct 2, 2016
Clearly, you've never met my mother-in-law.
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level 39
Nov 30, 2017
What ^ Said!
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level 57
Nov 12, 2017
'Brown' Grizzly Bears
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level 80
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 71
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 77
Jun 20, 2015
He had to abdicate to marry her, so he wasn't a king at the marriage.
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level 58
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 39
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 57
Jun 20, 2015
Technically Edward VIII was the Duke of Windsor not King Edward VIII as he had to abdicate first before marrying Mrs Simpson.
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level 74
Jun 20, 2015
Technically, he was His Royal Highness the Duke of Windsor.
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level 59
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 66
Jun 24, 2015
Did anyone whining about the King Edward thing get the question wrong by putting something else (like "Prince Edward" or "Duke Edward" or whatever)? If not, then quit your whining.
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level 44
Nov 13, 2017
Whining for some, reasonable calls for factual precision for others :)
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level 49
Jun 26, 2015
I really enjoyed this quiz, thanks
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level 78
Nov 12, 2017
Too 1930s-centric.
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level 76
Nov 12, 2017
Too general-knowledge-centric.
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level 67
Nov 13, 2017
Too trivia-centric.
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level 74
Nov 12, 2017
Japan occupied Korea in 1910 and invaded China in 1937.
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level 74
Nov 12, 2017
casting doubt on the narrative that WW2 began with the invasion of Poland.
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level 72
Nov 12, 2017
No the WW2 started when Germany bombed Pearl Bailey.
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level 74
Nov 13, 2017
you could.. or you could just say that WW1 and WW2 were so inextricably linked that they were in fact a single protracted worldwide conflict.
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level 71
Dec 18, 2017
And then there are 2 Balkan wars 1912-13, annexation of Bosnia in 1908 and occupation in 1878 etc. Or e.g. Spanish civil war where nazis and commies were already fighting each other. It's all a matter of perspective but the quizzes are usually about the general consensus.
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level 57
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 74
Nov 13, 2017
I always thought it was because they invented Frosted Flakes.
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level 74
Nov 15, 2017
No, it's because they gave birth to my generation of great baby-boomers who invented Franken Berry which gave everyone pink poo. And yes, blacklab, there have been several economic depressions worldwide, and another one was called the Great Depression until a worse one came along in the '30s. The former is now known as the Long Depression.
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level 44
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 74
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 71
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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