1940s Decade Quiz

Do you have what it takes to answer these questions about the 1940s?
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Last updated: February 10, 2020
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What does the E stand for in V-E day?
Europe
In what movie did Sam play the song "As Time Goes By"?
Casablanca
In what city did Anne Frank hide?
Amsterdam
Who said "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat"?
Winston Churchill
What film genre was exemplified by "Double Indemnity" and "The Maltese Falcon"?
Film Noir
Who was assassinated in New Delhi in 1948?
Mahatma Gandhi
What French fashion designer and perfumer was suspected of being a Nazi spy?
Coco Chanel
In what French region would you find Omaha, Juno, and Gold beaches?
Normandy
What new country was led by David Ben-Gurion?
Israel
At what university did J.R.R. Tolkien teach?
Oxford
What was the name of the American and British effort to develop an atomic bomb?
Manhattan Project
Who directed "Citizen Kane"?
Orson Welles
Who wrote the play "Death of a Salesman"?
Arthur Miller
What name was given to Japanese suicide pilots?
Kamikaze
What American program gave massive amounts of aid to help rebuild Europe?
Marshall Plan
What would you find on Carmen Miranda's hat?
Fruit
What bebopping saxophonist was known as "Bird"?
Charlie Parker
What musical featured the songs "Some Enchanted Evening" and "Bali Ha'i"?
South Pacific
To what island did Chiang Kai-shek flee?
Taiwan
What brutal leader was called "Uncle Joe" in an attempt to soften his image?
Joseph Stalin
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Level 38
Jan 20, 2017
I am so nostalgic for that time, even though I hadn't been born as yet, my parents made it seem so REAL and EXCITING! - So much more so than the dull history books depicting the era.
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Level 64
Nov 28, 2017
I don't know that I'd characterize the period dominated by the bloodiest conflict in recent history as "exciting."
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Level 67
Nov 29, 2017
Well it certainly wouldn't have been boring
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Level 38
Dec 18, 2017
My parents did! - Given the mundane existence of the '30s, the '40s came alive! Yes, there was, sadly, danger and death but living on the edge is a particular high for some.
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Level 78
Nov 30, 2017
My brothers were born during the war, and my parents made it seem real, too, talking about sugar and gasoline rationing, working in a torpedo factory, friends missing in action - but I don't think they ever felt nostalgia or excitement for those years. Their tone was more one of weariness when they remembered those times. But I think I understand what you're saying - it was a very unique time in our history and the men and women who lived through it had amazing stories to tell.
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Level 78
Jun 9, 2020
Wow, reading that comment now makes me wonder why I was so negative when I wrote it. Yes, my parents did talk about the hard times during the war, but they also had good memories of the decade when they married and started their family.
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Level ∞
Jan 3, 2020
No doubt for many, especially in the United States or Great Britain that didn't see the worst of the fighting, the 1940s were the most exciting and purpose filled decade of their lives.
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Level 69
Jun 15, 2018
Unsurprisingly, I got every history-related question and not a single pop-culture one.
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Level 22
Feb 10, 2020
I might just be a little too critical, but I feel like accepting "Bird" as an answer to the question, "What bebopping saxophonist was known as 'Bird'?" may just be a bit too easy...
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Level ∞
Feb 10, 2020
Auto type-ins are to blame. This has been fixed, thank you.
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Level 59
Jun 4, 2020
Dang, that sucks many don't know the talented Charlie Parker. This man is a legend!
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Level 55
Jun 4, 2020
Nice job on describing Stalin as a "brutal dictator" while ignoring Churchill's genocidal atrocities. :P
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Level 33
Jun 4, 2020
Churchill was defending, mine and your freedom, my friend.
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Level 70
Jun 4, 2020
He didn’t have to unnecessarily kill 3 million Indians via famine while doing it though...
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Level 47
Jun 4, 2020
I could only remember Arthur Miller's first name :-(