1920s Decade Quiz

Do you have what it takes to answer these questions about the 1920s?
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Last updated: January 31, 2022
First submittedFebruary 17, 2015
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Average score75.0%
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Who became the first leader of the Soviet Union in 1922?
V. I. Lenin
Which ancient Egyptian pharaoh was dug up?
Tutankhamun
What miracle drug was discovered by Alexander Fleming?
Penicillin
What intelligence-lowering device is John Logie Baird credited with inventing?
Television
Who was Chicago's most notorious gangster?
Al Capone
Who flew the Spirit of St. Louis from New York to Paris?
Charles Lindbergh
What art movement was represented by Salvador Dalí and René Magritte?
Surrealism
What was the name of F. Scott Fitzgerald's wife? (later, a video game princess)
Zelda
What group of women wore short skirts, had bobbed hair, drank booze,
and listened to jazz?
Flappers
What escape artist died after being punched in the stomach?
Harry Houdini
What trumpeter was known as "Satchmo"?
Louis Armstrong
What invention of 1928 was the greatest thing since ... ever?
Sliced Bread
Who wore a bowler hat, had a mustache, and often carried a cane?
Charlie Chaplin
What is the nickname of the 1920s?
The Roaring Twenties
Who wrote "Farewell to Arms" and "The Sun Also Rises"?
Ernest Hemingway
What fascist leader rose to power in Italy?
Benito Mussolini
What type of movie declined after the release of "The Jazz Singer", starring Al Jolson?
Silent Movie
Who composed "Rhapsody in Blue"?
George Gershwin
What was the name of the German government during this period?
The Weimar Republic
Who became the first President of Turkey?
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
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Level 55
Feb 18, 2015
The Philo T. Farnsworth fans will be showing up any minute now.
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Level 67
Jun 26, 2015
Yup!
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Level 83
Jun 26, 2015
It's not only Farnsworth or Baird that could be credited with "inventing television." There are several people that could arguably hold the title depending on how exactly you define television. It would be more accurate to ask something like "what technology did John Logie Baird make valuable contributions toward developing"
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Level ∞
Jan 3, 2020
Changed from "invented" to "credited with inventing".
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Level 61
Jun 26, 2015
electronic television vs. mechanical television; the Farnsworth camp that comes to this site should know the difference.
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Level 66
Jun 26, 2015
Maybe you should also accept "flapper girls" or even just "flapper"? I almost missed it.
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Level 66
Oct 28, 2016
I agree, I only tried flapper girls
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Level ∞
Mar 3, 2017
Flapper will work now
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Level 61
Oct 11, 2017
Dunce.
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Level 67
Mar 11, 2020
I checked to see what the quiz had as and answer if it wasnt flapper girls, cause thought huh is there another (totally different) term?. I dont think I have ever hear it used as flappers (somehow that sounds a bot derogatory) always as flapper girls.
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Level 77
Jun 22, 2020
I've only ever heard them called flappers. Maybe it's a location thing?
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Level 67
Jun 26, 2015
I really enjoyed this quiz, thank you for writing it. Picking a decade some time past made it a bit different from the regular types that often appear on this site and you calibrated the questions to be varied, interesting, tricky enough to be a bit of a challenge but not off-puttingly difficult
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Level 61
Jun 26, 2015
Who wore a bowler hat, had a mustache, and often carried a cane?

Mr Peanut?

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Level 56
Oct 11, 2017
James Joyce?
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Level 87
Nov 3, 2019
Excellent catch.
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Level 67
Jun 22, 2020
Mr. Peanut doesn't have a mustache and his hat is a top hat.
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Level 75
Jun 22, 2020
I guessed Mr. Monopoly
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Level 52
Dec 19, 2020
Still, a top hat.
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Level 67
Jul 16, 2022
No, a top hat is a particular kind of hat. It has a flat top. A bowler has a rounded top.
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Level 55
Jun 27, 2015
Ok so I just took the 90's quiz before taking this one, and I missed somewhere around six or seven questions from the 90's one and only two from this one. So I know more about the 20's than I do about the 90's, even though I was born in the 90's. Wow.
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Level 83
Oct 2, 2016
My grandmother was a flapper.
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Level 71
Oct 11, 2017
I feel slightly sad that I can get 20/20 for a quiz about the 1920s and yet quizzes about more recent decades I struggle with. Maybe I'm living in the wrong era?
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Level 80
Dec 18, 2017
The more recent quizzes can be much more specific, or include pop-culture trivia that won't survive.
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Level 67
Mar 11, 2020
Exactly, current quizzes can have questions that arent exactly noteworthy in the long run, but are rather omnipresent currently. I doubt in 100 years people will remember angrybirds, or gaga's meatdress. Then again... tetris and monroe's blowing dress have become iconic.
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Level 76
Mar 11, 2019
Me toooo!
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Level 54
Oct 11, 2017
So whenever someone says anything before 1928 is the greatest thing since sliced bread, I get to correct them?
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Level 77
Oct 12, 2017
They can say, "It was the greatest thing before sliced bread."
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Level 67
Mar 11, 2020
Great point aestus :)
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Level 67
Mar 11, 2020
Man, I was thinking ok, what is the term for silent movies... couldnt think of it... apparently there isnt one and it is just "silent movies"
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Level 65
Jun 22, 2020
I don't get the reference to the sliced bread question? I it an US thing to present it as the greatest invention ?
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Level 67
Jun 22, 2020
Not sure if it's limited to the US, but a very common saying here is to suggest that "[Insert object] is the greatest thing since sliced bread." It's just an expression. People don't really tout it as the greatest invention ever.
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Level 56
Jun 23, 2020
yeah we say it in the uk too
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Level 45
Sep 13, 2020
I know the expression, but I don't understand the answer given in the quiz. Bread was invented many millenia ago. So were knives. Using knives to cut bread into slices does not seem that far-fetched... Should have happened millenia ago as well.

Besides, I can find a reference to slices of bread in the Household Encyclopedia from 1858. So surely sliced bread cannot have been invented in 1928?

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Level 80
Jan 31, 2022
Chris19 the invention of sliced bread is more accurately *pre-sliced* bread. Of course people cut up bread into slices before that. But you didn't buy it sliced
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Level 72
Jun 22, 2020
Could you rephrase the question about Fleming? Penicillin was technically not a drug when Fleming discovered it.
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Level 51
Jun 22, 2020
While it's true that Fleming discovered a mould that seemed to have an effect on bacteria in a petri dish, and it was largely developed by others such as Howard Florey, it still fits the definition of a drug: "a medicine or other substance which has a physiological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body".
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Level 76
Jun 23, 2020
Can you accept 'Lindburgh' for Lindbergh?
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Level 45
Jun 26, 2020
Spelling his last name correctly would be a much better idea :)
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Level ∞
Jan 31, 2022
Lindburgh would have worked though.
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Level 71
Feb 3, 2022
I think Lindberg should suffice without the 'h'.
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Level 58
Jul 6, 2022
Oh dear, I did well and only missed two answers, but one of them was Al Capone at 91% and now I feel bad
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Level 66
Jul 16, 2022
Very fun quiz. The 1920s is my favourite decade so I really enjoyed this one!
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Level 66
Jul 21, 2022
Great quiz on a iconic decade!

Thought the question on Mrs. Fitzgerald was oddly worded however. Did she morph into a video game princess, or was always of royal blood? ;)

Love these "Decade" quizzes.