The cultural, political, and social impacts of the 1940s can still be felt today. Movie stars like Marilyn Monroe found the beginnings of stardom, musicians like Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby dazzled the world. Meanwhile, politicians and world leaders mulled their options during one of the worst wars in history. World War II, in particular, marked the decade as a turbulent and war-torn one. Shortages in food and supplies were impacts felt at home for many families, but the war also impacted women's roles in the workforce, the political landscape of the country, and even clothing styles. But what do you really know about the 40s? Can you name the starring roles of Katherine Hepburn or every moment of the Davis/Crawford feud? How much do you really know about the Second World War? There's only one way to find out: take our quiz and quiz your friends, too. Whoever has the best score wins!
Joselyn wasn’t too keen on multiple choice in high school. She vividly remembers the first biology exam she passed by only the skin of her teeth, which dragged her overall average down into the embarrassingly low 90s (she doesn’t want to talk about it). After swearing off any high school or university courses that required multiple choice tests, Joselyn managed to get an English degree by sweet-talking her professors into offering only essay-style exams. Needless to say, this did not exactly endear her to her peers. This rocky start smoothed out in time, though, and after tumbling down a black quiz hole one day while putting off job hunting, Joselyn realized her hatred of all things a-b-or-c had faded and she actually enjoyed dreaming up new ideas for questions and dangerously correct-sounding answers. You won’t find her quizzes an easy ride, but Joselyn just wants to make sure you’re really testing your knowledge.
Many people may not realize that World War II actually began in 1939, not in the 1940s. Hitler rose to power even before that, but it was only during the 1940s that his reign of terror extended further into Europe, causing neighboring countries to push back. Hitler never even saw the 1950s: he committed suicide towards the end of the war with his wife of one day, Eva Braun. After the war ended in 1945, economic growth in the United States blossomed, and the economy boomed. The rest of the decade was marked by peace after the brutal and economically draining war.
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