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The Fabulous Forties

written by: Jeopardybound
 
Yes, it's been a while since the world lived through the 1940's. However, I want to do my part, albeit a small one, in order to pay tribute to a decade that introduced us to such things as the novel "Death of a Salesman", the epic movie "Casablanca", and the United Nations Charter. Without further ado, quiz on!

Question 1:


What was the name of the raft that Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl used for his 1947 expedition across the Pacific Ocean from South America to the Polynesian islands?
Ra
Tigris
Kon-Tiki
Riki Tiki Tavi

Question 2:


What pilot of the Enola Gay dropped the atomic bomb that decimated Hiroshima on August 6, 1945?
Edward Teller
Paul Tibbets
Robert Oppenheimer
Charles Sweeney

Question 3:


On April 4th of what year was the North Atlantic Treaty signed?
1945
1947
1949
1944

Question 4:


Which sleek and graceful "stair conqueror" was invented in the early 1940's by naval engineer Richard James?
Silly Putty
Erector Set
Slinky
Frisbee

Question 5:


Set in Oceania, what 1949 dystopian novel by George Orwell follows the 'thoughtcriminal' Winston Smith?  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)
A Clergyman's Daughter
Coming Up for Air
Animal Farm
1984

Question 6:

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What famous "pin-up girl" of the WWII era had her legs insured by her studio through Lloyds of London for $1,000,000?
Lana Turner
Rita Hayworth
Betty Grable
Ava Gardner


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Question 7:


Known as "Mr. C", what American singer and personality initially hosted "The Chesterfield Supper Club", which started as a 15 minute radio program in 1944?
Cab Calloway
Glenn Miller
Perry Como
Bing Crosby

Question 8:


What 1941 American drama film was Orsen Wells's directorial debut and topped the AFI's "100 Years ... 100 movies" list in 1998 & 2007?
Citizen Kane
Casablanca
The War of the Worlds
Rebecca

Question 9:


What prominent leader of the 20th century founded the People's Republic of China in 1949?
Hirohito
Chiang Kai-Shek
Ho Chi Minh
Mao Zedong

Question 10:


Born Walker Smith Jr., what "sweet" American boxer turned professional in 1940 and battled Jake LaMotta an astounding 6 times during his impressive career?
Joe Louis
Sugar Ray Leonard
Sugar Ray Robinson
Rocky Marciano

 


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