History Exam

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by Phil Washburn, Oct 31, 2006.

  1. Phil Washburn

    Phil Washburn New Member

    Shawnee OK
    This is a History Exam for those who don't mind seeing how much they really remember about what went on in their life. Get paper and pencil and number from 1 to 20.
    Write the letter of each answer and score at the end.
    Then, best of all, before you pass this test on, put your score in the subject line!

    1. In the 1940's, where were automobile headlight dimmer switches located?
    a. On the floor shift knob
    b. On the floor board, to the left of the clutch
    c. Next to the horn

    2. The bottle top of a Royal Crown Cola bottle had holes in it. For what was it used?
    a. Capture lightning bugs
    b. To sprinkle clothes before ironing
    c. Large salt shaker

    3. Why was having milk delivered a problem in northern winters?
    a. Cows got cold and wouldn't produce milk
    b. Ice on highways forced delivery by dog sled
    c. Milkmen left deliveries outside of front doors and milk would freeze, expanding and pushing up the cardboard bottle top.

    4. What was the popular chewing gum named for a game of chance?
    a. Blackjack
    b. Gin
    c. Craps

    5. What method did women use to look as if they were wearing stockings when none were available due to rationing during W.W.II
    a. Suntan
    b. Leg painting
    c. Wearing slacks

    6. What post war car turned automotive design on its ear when you couldn't tell whether it was coming or going?
    a. Studebaker
    b. Nash Metro
    c. Tucker

    7. Which was a popular candy when you were a kid?
    a. Strips of dried peanut butter
    b. Chocolate licorice bars
    c. Wax coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside

    8. How was Butch wax used?
    a. To stiffen a flat-top haircut so it stood up
    b. To make floors shiny and prevent scuffing
    c. On the wheels of roller skates to prevent rust

    9. Before inline skates, how did you keep your roller skates attached to your shoes?
    a. With clamps, tightened by a skate key
    b. Woven straps that crossed the foot
    c. Long pieces of twine

    10. As a kid, what was considered the best way to reach a decision?
    a. Consider all the facts
    b. Ask Mom
    c. Eeny-meeny-miney-mo

    11. What was the most dreaded disease in the 1940's?
    a. Smallpox
    b. AIDS
    c. Polio

    12. I'll be down to get you in a ________, Honey"
    a. SUV
    b. Taxi
    c Streetcar

    13. What was the name of Caroline Kennedy's pet pony?
    a. Old Blue
    b. Paint
    c Macaroni

    14. What was a Duck-and-Cover Drill?
    a. Part of the game of hide and seek
    b. What you did when your Mom called you in to do chores
    c. Hiding under your desk, and covering your head with your arms in an A-bomb drill.

    15. What was the name of the Indian Princess on the Howdy Doody show?
    a. Princess Summerfallwinterspring
    b. Princess Sacajawea
    c. Princess Moonshadow

    16. What did all the really savvy students do when mimeographed tests were handed out in school?
    a. Immediately sniffed the purple ink, as this was believed to get you high
    b. Made paper airplanes to see who could sail theirs out the window
    c. Wrote another pupil's name on the top, to avoid their failure

    17. Why did your Mom shop in stores that gave Green Stamps with purchases ?
    a. To keep you out of mischief by licking the backs, which tasted like bubble gum
    b. They could be put in special books and redeemed for various household items
    c. They were given to the kids to be used as stick-on tattoos

    18. Praise the Lord, and pass the _________?
    a. Meatballs
    b. Dames
    c. Ammunition

    19. What was the name of the singing group that made the song "Cabdriver" a hit?
    a. The Ink Spots
    b. The Supremes
    c. The Esquires

    20. Who left his heart in San Francisco ?
    a. Tony Bennett
    b. Xavier Cugat
    c. George Gershwin

    1. b) On the floor, to the left of the clutch. Hand controls, popular in Europe , took till the late '60's to catch on.

    2. b) To sprinkle clothes before ironing. Who had a steam iron?

    3. c) Cold weather caused the milk to freeze and expand, popping the bottle top.

    4. a) Blackjack Gum.

    5.. b) Special makeup was applied, followed by drawing a seam down the back of the leg with eyebrow pencil.

    6. a) 1946 Studebaker.

    7. c) Wax coke bottles containing super-sweet colored water.

    8 a) Wax for your flat top (butch) haircut.

    9. a) With clamps, tightened by a skate key, which you wore on a shoestring around your neck.

    10. c) Eeny-meeny-miney-mo.

    11. c) Polio. In beginning of August, swimming pools were closed, movies and other public gathering places were closed to try to prevent spread of the disease.

    12. b) Taxi. Better be ready by half-past eight!

    13. c) Macaroni.

    14. c) Hiding under your desk, and covering your head with your arms in an A-bomb drill.

    15. a) Princess Summerfallwinterspring. She was another puppet.

    16. a) Immediately sniffed the purple ink to get a high.

    17. b) Put in a special stamp book, they could be traded for household items at the Green Stamp store.

    18. c) Ammunition, and we'll all be free.

    19. a) The widely famous 50's group: The Inkspots.

    20. a) Tony Bennett, and he sounds just as good today..


    17- 20 correct: You are older than dirt, and obviously gifted with mental abilities. Now if you could only find your glasses. Definitely someone who should share your wisdom!

    12 -16 correct: Not quite dirt yet, but you're getting there.

    0 -11 correct: You are not old enough to share the wisdom of your experiences.
  2. sal_jr

    sal_jr New Member

    Ithaca, MI
    I am not old, Phil!!!!

    But that was a "swell" test. Thanks!

    I wonder how many of you who are of the age to actually have lived this can outscore the guy who just reads a lot of useless information... such as the uses of butch cream. LOL

    I got 12 and 15 wrong, for the record. :eek:oooh:

  3. FS Driver

    FS Driver New Member

    15 out of 20
    i missed the following

    im not dirt but im about to become a relic i guess:confused2:
  4. Ol Man

    Ol Man New Member

    I already knew I was older than dirt...:lol:
    Do I get an "A" for getting them all right..?

    Does anyone remember getting ice for the icebox, delivered. You put a sign in the window indicating how much ice you needed... 25/50/75/100lbs..?

    Brain.....The apparatus with which we think that we think.
  5. Phil Washburn

    Phil Washburn New Member

    Shawnee OK
    and, btw, i missed 3...#6, 11, and 15
  6. Ol Man

    Ol Man New Member

    Well, that's prolly cause you're just a snot nosed kid... :lol:
    Sometimes the best helping hand you can give is a good, firm push.
  7. olefin

    olefin New Member

    15.... The Howdy Doody show wasn't around when I was growing up.

    19.... Ink Spots wasn't my kind of music.

    Ol Man, I remember many a day waiting on the iceman so we could have ice tea at dinner time. (and dinner wasn't the last meal, supper was last)

    And when we went to town to the ice house we would carry the ice home on the front bumber wrapped in a tow sack. Try that on todays cars. :big_smile:
  8. superman

    superman New Member

    DeSoto MO
    i missed 5 6 12 15 18 19 i did not relize that being 28 years old made almost as old as dirt and for the record i like the foot controlled dimmer switch
  9. Mark J

    Mark J New Member

    Four Oaks, NC
    Its amazing that every beauty supply store I go into no one has a clue what butch wax is.
    When I ask where the butch wax is I get looks as if I was making a joke about lesbians.

    It sure makes a flat top easy to manage:lol:
  10. r ward

    r ward New Member

    Kathleen G
    Well if my kids see this they will say we told you so [old that is]
  11. Phil Washburn

    Phil Washburn New Member

    Shawnee OK
    that's it you old geezer:lol: :lol:
  12. brad kilpatrick

    brad kilpatrick New Member

    Kansas City
    not bad for a 36 Year old Kid......got 16 right....LOL

    missed 8,11,15,19
  13. MRR

    MRR New Member

    Guess I forgot more about my past than I realize.I missed 9,11,12,14,15,16.A couple I had to guess at,but luck would have it I guessed right..Neat Quiz.
  14. savage308

    savage308 New Member

    Victoria, Texas
    Great post.... Reminded me of the metal skates we used to use... LOL
  15. ryang

    ryang Well-Known Member

    Blacklick, Ohio
    The skates were the thing when I was growing up with the metal wheels LOL sparks flew when you were skating I used to love that :big_smile: