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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?
Kon-Tiki
Tigris
Ra
Riki Tiki Tavi

Question 2:


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

Question 3:


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

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)
1984
Coming Up for Air
Animal Farm
A Clergyman's Daughter

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?
Betty Grable
Lana Turner
Ava Gardner
Rita Hayworth


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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?
Perry Como
Cab Calloway
Bing Crosby
Glenn Miller

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?
Rocky Marciano
Sugar Ray Leonard
Joe Louis
Sugar Ray Robinson

 


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