The Ultimate Roaring 20s Quiz! How Much Do You Know?

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The "roaring twenties" were one of the most memorable decades in American history - and for a good reason! There was jazz, decadence, and a horrendous financial crash that changed everything. How much do you know of the eventful years of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Al Capone? Come test your 1920s knowledge in this quiz!

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1. When were the so-called "roaring twenties"?

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  1. 2020s
  2. 1820s
  3. 1920s
  4. 1720s
Although each century has a decade of twenties, when people say "the roaring twenties," they are referring to the 1920s.
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2. Which event brought an end to the "roaring twenties"?

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  1. The stock market crash
  2. The death of all the mobsters
  3. The Titanic sinking
  4. 1930
Contrary to popular belief, the "roaring twenties" did not end because a new decade was ushered in. Rather, it came to a close when the stock market crashed in 1929. Today, that loss would be equivalent to almost $400 billion.
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3. What craze swept the nation during this decade?

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  1. A dance craze
  2. A flower-growing craze
  3. A cat-owning craze
  4. A mobile phone craze
People seemed to be very excited about life in the twenties. One of the activities they really embraced was dancing. Some of the favorites were the jitterbug and jazz hands.
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4. Which genre of music became popular during the twenties?

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  1. Jazz
  2. Pop
  3. Rap
  4. Hip-hop
America in the 1920s saw lots of change. A new type of music (and dancing) emerged and it was called jazz. The genre is largely credited to the African American community.
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5. What was the African American migration to northern cities?

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  1. Exodus
  2. Tropical Storm
  3. The Great Migration
  4. The Big Bang
Also known as the Great Northward Migration or the Black Migration, this was the movement of about 6 million African Americans out of the South and into the Northeast, Midwest, and West.
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6. The 20s were a decade of big change! How many presidents were there?

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  1. Six
  2. Zero
  3. Four
  4. Fifteen
The decade began with Woodrow Wilson, followed by Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge and then Herbert Hoover.
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7. Where did most Americans live during the twenties?

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  1. Under the Sea
  2. In cities
  3. On foreign soil
  4. In the suburbs
The 1920s brought about a big change in where Americans chose to settle down. By the 1920s, more of the country's residents lived in the cities than in rural areas.
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8. Which war ended just before the start of the "roaring twenties"?

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  1. World War I
  2. The Iraq War
  3. Napoleonic Wars
  4. Chinese Civil War
World War I was the war that ended before the roaring twenties. It started on July 28th, 1914 and ended on November 11th, 1918.
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9. Who was the the biggest boxing champion of the decade?

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  1. Jack Dempsey
  2. Hurricane Hal
  3. Quentin Tarantino
  4. Muhammad Ali
Also known as Kid Blackie and The Manassa Mauler, Jack Dempsey was the world heavyweight champion from 1919 to 1926, which made him one of the biggest sports icons of his time.
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10. Which of these was NOT a reason for the Great Migration:

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  1. Climate
  2. Lynchings
  3. Prejudice
  4. Segregation
African Americans were still dealing with racial prejudice in the 1920s. It was a very difficult time for them, especially in the South. Many chose to move to where they were not discriminated against. Climate generally did not factor into their decision.
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11. What happened to the economy from 1920 to 1928?

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  1. It slowly declined
  2. Nothing
  3. It fluctuated quite a bit
  4. It grew by a lot
In the 1920s, the American economy almost doubled in size. Mass production of consumer goods, the assembly line, and various government policies were some of the reasons that this happened.
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12. What was illegal to make, transport and sell in the twenties?

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  1. Popcorn
  2. Alcohol
  3. Vehicles
  4. Telephones
Between January 17th, 1920 and 1933, it was illegal to make, transport and sell alcohol in the United States (and a few other nations).
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13. What was the name given to this alcohol ban?

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  1. The Refusal
  2. The Prohibition
  3. The Removal
  4. The Great Mistake
The name given to this alcohol ban was "The Prohibition." It was labeled a noble experiment, meant to reduce crime and help with certain social problems.
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14. Which amendment started the Prohibition?

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  1. 1st
  2. 35th
  3. 18th
  4. Brexit
The 18th Amendment was the one that signed the Prohibition into existence. It declared beer, wine, liquor and a host of other intoxicating drinks as illegal.
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15. And which amendment ended it?

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  1. 21st
  2. 35th
  3. 42nd
  4. 2nd
The 21st Amendment put a stop to the Prohibition. It was proposed by Congress in February of 1933 and ratified close to the end of the year.
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16. What name was given to the people who smuggled alcohol during the Prohibition?

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  1. Thieves
  2. Nervous Nancies
  3. Bootleggers
  4. Busybodies
A bootlegger was someone who illegally trafficked liquor during the Prohibition. The word was even used to describe the practice of hiding flasks with liquor in boot tops.
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17. Which of the following products became mass-produced in the twenties?

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  1. Animals
  2. Plants
  3. Automobiles
  4. Televisions
In the 1920s, the auto industry experienced a boom, aided by mass production. It is estimated that people bought more than 20 million vehicles during the decade.
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18. Which US president was involved in the Teapot Dome scandal?

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  1. Bill Clinton
  2. Donald Trump
  3. Richard Nixon
  4. Warren G. Harding
The Teapot Dome Scandal was a scandal (involving bribery) in the Warren G. Harding administration between 1921 and 1923. It was the most serious political scandal in the country's history for years, until Watergate.
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19. Which president, also known as Silent Cal, governed for the longest during this decade?

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  1. Herbert C. Hoover
  2. Calvin Coolidge
  3. Franklin D. Roosevelt
  4. Woodrow Wilson
Calvin Coolidge had the longest run in that particular decade. He was the president from August 2nd, 1923 until March 4th, 1929.
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20. Which two groups of people did the Immigration Act of 1924 mainly affect?

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  1. The French
  2. Asians and some Europeans
  3. Africans and Antarcticans
  4. Aborigines and Mongolians
The Immigration Act of 1924 limited the number of migrants allowed in the USA. It set quotas for specific countries like Italy, Greece, and Poland. But there was a complete ban on anyone from Asia.
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21. What was moonshine?

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  1. The time of night when the moon can't be seen
  2. Homemade alcohol
  3. A type of drink that is of the highest quality
  4. When the moon is brighter than usual
During the Prohibition, moonshine was made with a mixture of yeast, water, sugar, malt and cornmeal. These were left to ferment to create a final, alcoholic product.
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22. Who wrote The Great Gatsby during the 1920s?

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  1. Gena Showalter
  2. J K Rowling
  3. F. Scott Fitzgerald
  4. J R Ward
The Great Gatsby remains one of the best books of all time. It was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald and published in 1925. Several film adaptations were released: in 1926, 1949, 1974 and 2013.
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23. What was the name of the famous pilot who made the first solo, non-stop trip across the Atlantic Ocean, back in 1927?

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  1. Charles Lindbergh
  2. Bob Hoover
  3. Dr. Doolittle
  4. Jimmy Doolittle
Charles Lindbergh was the first pilot to cross the Atlantic solo, with no stops. It was a feat he achieved in 1927.
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24. Every year, the stock market grew by:

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  1. No one knows
  2. 100%
  3. 2%
  4. 20%
It is said that on average, the stock market increased in value by 20% each year in the United States. The economy itself was said to grow by 42%.
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25. Which mobster was behind the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre?

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  1. Al Capone
  2. Pig Genovese
  3. Bugsy Siegel
  4. Meyer Lansky
The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre happened on Valentine's Day of 1929. 7 members of Chicago's North Side Gang were shot and killed in a garage near Lincoln Park.
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26. Which city did Al Capone dominate?

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  1. Chicago
  2. Miami
  3. New York City
  4. Los Angeles
Al Capone's Italian roots often leave people thinking that he was part of a New York gang. He was actually the co-founder and boss of the Chicago Outfit.
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27. What test did immigrants have to pass in order to enter the country?

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  1. Memorise the Bible
  2. Reading and writing
  3. Math
  4. Science
Immigrants had to pass a few reading and writing tests before they were allowed entry into the country. Many aspiring, poorer immigrants who had no education failed and they were refused entry.
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28. What was the name of the popular Ford that changed the way vehicles were looked at in the twenties?

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  1. Freestyle
  2. F-150
  3. Mustang
  4. Model T
The Ford Model T is often seen as the first affordable vehicle available to Americans. This was made possible, in part, because of Ford's assembly line production.
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29. Americans DID NOT smuggle beer from Germany because:

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  1. The Germans drank it all
  2. Moonshine tasted better
  3. The beer was made from rice
  4. They didn't trust the Germans
Because the United States and Germany were on opposing sides during WWI, Germans weren't exactly a trusted source for alcohol, especially at a time when it wasn't even legal in the country.
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30. What was the name and color of the day that the stock market crashed in 1929?

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  1. Mint Monday
  2. Pink Friday
  3. White Wednesday
  4. Black Tuesday
The day the stock market crashed is often referred to as 'Black Tuesday.' It happened on October 29th, 1929. Share values fell dramatically that day, ruining businesses and families alike.
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31. What was the Temperance Movement against?

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  1. Drinking alcohol
  2. Joining gangs
  3. Divorces
  4. Having children out of wedlock
The Temperance Movement was completely against alcohol. It theoretically endorsed consumption in moderation, but more often aimed for abstinence.
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32. Which of these best describes a "flapper"?

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  1. A woman who went to prison
  2. A woman who broke social norms
  3. A mobster
  4. A woman who taught dance classes
A flapper was a woman who went against conventional standards at the time, in favor of dressing in a less modest way, being more open and having (scandalous amounts of) fun.
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33. What was the Scopes Monkey Trial all about?

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  1. A teacher who taught a class the theory of evolution
  2. An affair between two popular religious figures
  3. A monkey that liked to look through telescopes
  4. A famous piece of art that was stolen by government officials
The Scopes Monkey Trial came about when a high school teacher was arrested for teaching about evolution. At the time, it was unlawful to teach about that particular topic in state-funded schools.
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34. Which East Coast state famously refused to enact the Prohibition?

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  1. Kentucky
  2. Maryland
  3. Arkansas
  4. Ohio
Maryland refused to enact the Prohibition. Soon, other states followed. While New York had gone ahead with it, they repealed it in 1923.
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35. And what was the name of the act that enforced this alcohol rule?

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  1. The Volstead Act
  2. The Drymouth Act
  3. The Experimental Act
  4. The Don't Get Drunk Act
The Volstead Act was the name of the law prohibiting the manufacturing and sale of alcohol. It was enacted in 1919, but came into effect the following year.
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36. What was the name given to Americans' fear of Communism in the 1920s?

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  1. The Black Terror
  2. The Blue Fear
  3. The Yellow Horror
  4. The Red Scare
The Red Scare is the fear and hysteria felt by some citizens of the United Sates because of the Communist presence in the country.
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37. What whopping percentage of people lived below the poverty line in the twenties?

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  1. More than 60%
  2. 26%
  3. 5%
  4. 1.5%
More than 60% of people lived below the poverty line during the twenties, despite the country's economic growth. Many groups of people such as most African Americans, immigrants and farmers did not enjoy the decade, in a financial sense, at least.
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38. Which Western state was the first to allow women to vote?

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  1. Alabama
  2. Alaska
  3. Wyoming
  4. Hawaii
Wyoming was the first state which allowed women to vote. In August of 1920, all American women were given the right to do so.
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39. But which amendment gave a woman the right to do so?

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  1. 19th
  2. 50th
  3. 1st
  4. 100th
The 19th amendment granted American women the right to vote. Congress passed it in 1919 and ratified it in 1920.
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40. What was the name given to a bar which served alcohol during the Prohibition?

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  1. Shhh! Don't Tell Anyone Bars
  2. Underground bars
  3. Speakeasies
  4. Pro-pubs
Speakeasies were the names of the bars that offered their patrons alcoholic beverages during the Prohibition. They got the name because people had to keep their existence a secret.
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41. The Harlem Renaissance was a rebirth of the culture of what group of people?

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  1. Aliens
  2. Native Americans
  3. African Americans
  4. Caucasians
The Harlem Renaissance was a revolution for black culture. Artists, poets, and singers finally gained control of how they wanted the culture to be represented.
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42. Which of these inventions was a big seller in the twenties?

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  1. Pasta makers
  2. Radios
  3. Televisions
  4. Cell phones
Radios were big sellers in the 1920s. They were introduced during the war and soon became a common feature of every household. Everything from political speeches to news and stories were broadcasted.
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43. What name was given to the very first feature-length talking movie?

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  1. A Star Is Born
  2. The Jazz Singer
  3. Titanic
  4. Mickey Mouse
Movies were not nearly as fancy as they are today. The Jazz Singer, which was released in 1927, was the very first feature-length movie with synchronized audio. It was created with a budget or just over $420,000 and grossed $2.6 million.
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44. What type of rate drastically increased in the twenties?

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  1. Drug addiction rate
  2. Pet ownership rate
  3. Mortality rate
  4. Divorce rate
In the 1920s, the divorce rate increased significantly. At the start of WWI, only 1 out of every 1000 Americans divorced. During the roaring twenties, the number of divorces nearly doubled. It was 1.7 per thousand Americans.
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45. Which baseball player hit 60 home runs in 1927?

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  1. Babe Ruth
  2. Nomar Garciaparra
  3. Barry Bonds
  4. Cy Young
Nicknamed "The Bambino," Babe Ruth was one of the most successful and iconic baseball players of all time. During 1927, he hit 60 home runs, a record that lasted for more than 30 years.
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46. Who were the Italian anarchists whose death sentence sparked outrage?

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  1. Baldwin and Jones
  2. Sacco and Vanzetti
  3. Parks and Tubman
  4. Gandhi and King Jr.
Sacco and Vanzetti were two Italian immigrants and reported anarchists who were executed for the murder of a guard. Despite worldwide demonstrations protesting their innocence, the two were still sentenced to death. It is seen as an important miscarriage of justice in the country's history.
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47. Which of the following did the Fordney-McCumber Tariff affect?

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  1. Vehicles
  2. Banned Books
  3. Internet
  4. Imported goods
The Fordney-McCumber Tariff, which came into effect in 1922, was a law that raised the taxes on imported goods to protect American farms and factories.
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48. Why did the Prohibition fail?

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  1. The laws were weak and mostly unenforced
  2. The economy was about to crash because of alcohol sales
  3. Lawmakers wanted to drink alcohol publicly
  4. The Prohibition did not fail
The Prohibition failed for a number of reasons. It didn't help, for example, that it didn't kill people's desire to drink. On top of that, the law wasn't that heavily enforced.
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49. Who founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association?

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  1. Marcus Garvey
  2. Dorothy Height
  3. Barack Obama
  4. Bob Marley
Marcus Garvey was a political activist who happened to be the founder and first president of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League.
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50. And why were the '20s "Roaring"?

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  1. Because it just sounded good
  2. Because it was windy
  3. Because many lions were imported
  4. Because there was a major cultural shift
This decade is often called the "roaring 20s" because it was a time where the culture in the US experienced a great change. The first World War was over, people were defying the Prohibition, new styles of dressing and dancing were adopted and more traditional morals were discarded.
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