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Roaring 20s Trivia Quiz Questions With Answers

What was the Roaring Twenties?
A: The Roaring Twenties refers to the decade of the 1920s in Western society and Western culture.

It was a period of economic what?
A: Prosperity with a distinctive cultural edge in the United States and Western Europe.

In the French Third Republic, the decade was known as the what?
A: The "années folles" ('crazy years').

Jazz blossomed, the flapper redefined the modern look for women, and what peaked?
A: Art Deco.

This period saw the large-scale development and use of what?
A: Automobiles, telephones, motion pictures, radio, and electrical appliances.

Aviation became a what?
A: A business.

Nations saw rapid industrial and economic growth, accelerated consumer demand, and significant changes in what?
A: Lifestyle and culture.

 
The media focused on celebrities, especially whom?
A: Sports heroes and movie stars.

Cities rooted for their home teams and filled new what?
A: Palatial cinemas and gigantic sports stadiums.

In most major democratic states, women won what?
A: The right to vote.

The social and cultural features known as the Roaring Twenties began where?
A: In leading metropolitan centers, then spread widely in the aftermath of World War I.

The United States gained dominance in what?
A: World finance.

Wall Street invested heavily in what country?
A: Germany, which paid its reparations to countries that, in turn, used the dollars to pay off their war debts to Washington.

By the middle of the decade, prosperity was what?
A: Widespread, with the second half of the decade known, especially in Germany, as the "Golden Twenties".

 
The spirit of the Roaring Twenties was marked by a general feeling of novelty associated with what?
A: Modernity and a break with tradition.

Everything seemed to be feasible through what?
A: Modern technology.

New technologies, especially automobiles, moving pictures, and radio, brought "modernity" to whom?
A: A large part of the population.

Jazz and dancing rose in popularity, in opposition to what?
A: The mood of World War I.

As such, the period is also often referred to as the what?
A: The Jazz Age.

The Wall Street Crash of 1929 ended the era, as the Great Depression brought what?
A: Years of hardship worldwide.

The Roaring Twenties was a decade of economic growth driven by what?
A: Recovery from wartime devastation and deferred spending, a boom in construction, and the rapid growth of consumer goods.

 
The economy of the United States, which had successfully transitioned from a wartime economy to a peacetime economy, boomed and provided what?
A: Loans for a European boom as well.

Some sectors stagnated, especially what?
A: Farming and coal mining.

The US became the richest country in the world on what basis?
A: Per capita.

Its industry was based on what?
A: Mass production and its society acculturated into consumerism.

European economies, by contrast, had a more difficult postwar readjustment and did not begin to flourish until when?
A: About 1924.

At first, the end of wartime production caused a brief but deep what?
A: Recession, the post–World War I recession of 1919–20.

Quickly, however, the US and Canadian economies rebounded as what happened?
A: Returning soldiers re-entered the labor force and munitions factories were retooled to produce consumer goods.

 
Mass production made technology affordable to whom?
A: The middle class.

Before the war, cars were a what?
A: A luxury good.

By 1927, the Ford Motor Company discontinued the Ford Model T after selling how many?
A: 15 million units of that model.

It had been in continuous production for how long?
A: From October 1908 to May 1927.

The company planned to replace the old model with a newer one, the what?
A: The Ford Model A.

The decision was a reaction to what?
A: Competition.

Only about 300,000 vehicles were registered in 1918 in all of Canada, but by 1929, how many were there?
A: There were 1.9 million, and automobile parts were being manufactured in Ontario, near Detroit, Michigan.

 
The automotive industry's influence on other segments of the economy was widespread, jump starting industries such as what?
A: Steel production, highway building, motels, service stations, car dealerships, and new housing outside the urban core.

Ford opened factories around the world and proved a strong competitor in most markets for its what?
A: Low-cost, easy-maintenance vehicles.

Radio became the first what?
A: Mass broadcasting medium.

Radios were expensive, but their mode of entertainment proved what?
A: Revolutionary.

Radio advertising became a platform for what?
A: Mass marketing.

The 1927 establishment of the Federal Radio Commission introduced a new era of what?
A: Regulation.

In 1925, electrical recording, one of the greatest advances in sound recording, became available with what?
A: Commercially-issued gramophone records.

 
The cinema boomed, producing a new form of entertainment that virtually ended what?
A: The old vaudeville theatrical genre.

Watching a film was cheap and accessible; crowds surged into what?
A: New downtown movie palaces and neighborhood theaters.

Many vaudeville performers and other theatrical personalities were recruited by whom?
A: The film industry, lured by greater salaries and less arduous working conditions.

The introduction of the sound film at the end of the decade of the 1920s eliminated what?
A: Vaudeville's last major advantage.

Vaudeville was in sharp what?
A: Financial decline.

In October 1927, the sound film The Jazz Singer (1927) turned out to be what?
A: A smash box office success.

It was innovative for its use of what?
A: Sound.

 
The animated short film Dinner Time (1928) by the Van Beuren Studios was among the first what?
A: Animated sound films.

It was followed a few months later by what animated short film?
A: Steamboat Willie (1928), the first sound film by the Walt Disney Animation Studios.

It was the first commercially successful what?
A: Animated short film and introduced the character Mickey Mouse.

Steamboat Willie was the first cartoon to feature a what?
A: A fully post-produced soundtrack, which distinguished it from earlier sound cartoons.

It became the most popular cartoon of what?
A: Its day.

In February 1929, sixteen months after The Jazz Singer, Columbia Pictures became the what?
A: The eighth and last major studio to release a talking feature.

In May 1929, Warner Bros. released On with the Show! (1929), the first what?
A: All-color, all-talking feature film.

 
The last totally silent feature produced in the US for general distribution was what?
A: The Poor Millionaire, released by Biltmore Pictures in April 1930.

In 1927, Charles Lindbergh rose to fame with what?
A: The first solo nonstop transatlantic flight.

How long did it take him to cross the Atlantic Ocean?
A: It took Lindbergh 33.5 hours.

In Britain Amy Johnson (1903–1941) was the first woman to do what?
A: To fly alone from Britain to Australia.

For decades biologists had been at work on the medicine that became what?
A: Penicillin.

In 1928, Scottish biologist Alexander Fleming discovered a substance that did what?
A: Killed a number of disease-causing bacteria.

In 1929, he named the new substance what?
A: "penicillin".

Electrification, having slowed during the war, progressed greatly as what happened?
A: More of the US and Canada was added to the electrical grid.

Industries switched from coal power to what?
A: Electricity.

In America, electricity production almost what?
A: Quadrupled.

What were being strung across the continent?
A: Telephone lines.

Indoor plumbing and modern sewer systems were what?
A: Installed for the first time in many houses.