1960s Decade Quiz #2

Do you have what it takes to answer these questions about the 1960s?
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Last updated: January 30, 2022
First submittedFebruary 12, 2015
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What 1962 crisis do some people think nearly led to World War III?
Cuban Missile Crisis
What language were Catholic masses held in, prior to the Second Vatican Council?
Latin
What American city had a "Summer of Love" in 1967?
San Francisco
What dance was popularized by Chubby Checker?
The Twist
What British actor did Elizabeth Taylor marry and divorce for the first time?
Richard Burton
In what country did an estimated 15–55 million people die because of a famine
caused by the "Great Leap Forward"?
China
Who sang "Happy Birthday, Mr. President"?
Marilyn Monroe
What couple stayed in bed for an entire week in Amsterdam, for peace?
John Lennon &
Yoko Ono
What "family" killed actress Sharon Tate and others?
Manson Family
Who was the President of France for most of the decade?
Charles de Gaulle
What Broadway musical had a notorious nude scene?
Hair
What doll was introduced as Barbie's boyfriend?
Ken
What article of clothing did Nikita Khrushchev supposedly bang against his desk
at a meeting of the UN?
Shoe
What brand of sugary drink mix did astronauts drink?
Tang
What event was hosted by Seattle in 1962, New York City in 1964,
and Montreal in 1967?
The World's Fair
What influential book was written by Betty Friedan?
The Feminine Mystique
Who wrote "To Kill a Mockingbird"?
Harper Lee
What period of violence began in Northern Ireland?
The Troubles
What model of American spy plane was shot down over Russia?
U-2
What revolution was ushered in by the introduction of "the pill" in 1960?
The Sexual Revolution
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Level 59
Aug 15, 2015
I only got 2. I'm obviously not an American or interested in hippie culture.
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Level 67
Aug 15, 2015
Hippie Culture? That made no sense
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Level 59
Aug 16, 2015
About a third of the questions are about hippie culture. I didn't know any of them. Even the image next to the quiz is of a hippie.
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Level 52
Aug 16, 2015
2 of the questions were about "hippie culture". That's 10 percent. Maybe 3, if you count John Lennon and Yoko Ono as hippies. Still not a third....
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Level 67
Mar 11, 2020
Agreed, maybe he meant questions that are set during the hippie period? Cause the questions themselves indeed rarely are about the hippie culture itself. Then again, the 2nd comment again mentioned hippie culture specifically... *shrugs* I give up... no idea how to explain this haha.

I am very curious now though which other 4-5 questions sulps thought had to do with hippie culture

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Level 67
Mar 11, 2020
I would think and hope not violence/politics. so World fair, Sammy davis jr., Twist, and Monroe? (I also discounted space, toys, books and actors as subjects) are the only ones that would "make sense" (music and events) though they dont at all. I dont know anything about hippy culture either, but they are famous enough to know they do not have anything to do with hippies.
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Level 77
May 14, 2020
I grew up in the '60s and at most, as ColoHarpare and Sifraven said, three questions are about hippie culture which didn't begin in the US until the middle of the decade. And that photo may be a hippie look, but it appears too modern to really be from the '60s.
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Level 73
May 21, 2022
Summer of Love. That's it. I hope birth control isn't being reduced to a hippie thing. The Twist doesn't fit either.
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Level 70
May 21, 2022
I got 19 and I am neither American, nor a hippy. I also wasn’t alive in the 1960s. Although, I have absolutely no idea what Tang is/was. But I have a funny feeling that I probably don’t want to know either.
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Level 76
May 21, 2022
Tang is delicious! I grew up on it.
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Level 70
May 21, 2022
There's so much more to the '60s than just hippie culture. I recommend actually reading about it before coming to generalizations like this.
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Level 52
Aug 15, 2015
The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer was a far more influential book.
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Level 68
Feb 16, 2016
so?
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Level ∞
Jan 3, 2020
It wasn't. Also, it was written in 1970.
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Level 74
May 15, 2020
1970 is the last year of the 1960s...
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Level 80
Jan 30, 2022
Nah. 1970 is the last year of the seventh decade of the 20th century, but 1960s are what the name says. 1960-1969.
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Level 72
May 21, 2022
@grantdon - 1970 is in the '70s. It's right there: 1970.
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Level 66
Aug 15, 2015
Should "Expo" count as a common nickname for "The World's Fair"?
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Level 51
Nov 14, 2021
Yes, of course. I know it as "EXPO" too, but no chance here.
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Level 68
Dec 2, 2021
Yeah, the Montreal one was called Expo 67, not World Fair.
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Level ∞
Jan 30, 2022
Expo will work now.
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Level 59
Aug 15, 2015
Little known trivia fact, the working title of 'X-Men Days of Future Past' was 'X-Men The Feminine Mystique.'

Of course, one should always remember the famous Abraham Lincoln quote: 'Don't believe everything you read on the internet.'

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Level 74
Aug 17, 2015
"Ancient" history? I got 20 out of 20 with 3:09 remaining.
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Level 77
Aug 17, 2015
Oh! Calcutta! should also work for the musical with a notorious nude scene.
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Level 58
Aug 21, 2015
agreed - that was what I put first
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Level ∞
Jan 30, 2022
Oh! Calcutta! will work now.
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Level 60
Mar 18, 2017
the Nikita Khrushchev shoe event never happend
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Level 37
Apr 13, 2018
It did.
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Level ∞
Jan 3, 2020
We'll never know... There are conflicting reports:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoe-banging_incident

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Level 67
Mar 11, 2020
Nikita is a guy?? what?
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Level 77
May 14, 2020
Sure looked like a guy to me when he was yelling on TV.
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Level 71
May 13, 2020
It's hard to overstate how US-centric this is. It's just absurd.
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Level 67
May 13, 2020
It's hard to overstate how stale this complaint is. The Quizmaster is American. Most of the quiztakers are American. You don't pay anything to use this site. If you want different quizzes, you and the horde of people raising this complaint can get together and draft different quizzes that meet your needs. Go ahead and make the "1960's in Europe and Africa" quiz. Quit griping about the hard work of a guy who runs a free recreational site. It's not the UN. Nobody promised you total proportionality among countries. Do you go to McDonald's and complain about the lack of Chinese food?
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Level 60
May 13, 2020
you're literally simping for the qm
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Level 87
May 13, 2020
It's not "simping," it's the truth. This happens all the time. The United States has made a huge impact on the world in recent years, and it's a huge country, both in terms of land and population, so of course there's going to be a lot of questions about it. Get over it.
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Level 60
May 13, 2020
Look. I understand America is influential. But let's say QM makes a quiz just like this and half of the questions are about Uganda. Everybody will be like "Wtfrick QM, why are they all about uganda?" Most people will think the quiz is quite odd. But if it's about the oh-so "beautiful" and "glorious" United States, nobody bats an eye. It's not even like these questions are world applying. Some questions I get, but a friggin dance move? Go to Moldova or something, go up to someone and ask them: "Do the Chubby Checker Twist!" They'll look at like you like you're mad! But if you ask them about actual American history that APPLIES to the entire WORLD, they'll know. All I'm asking is for a quiz to be made that you don't have to be American to understand
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Level 87
May 14, 2020
The problem with your Uganda analogy is that it's mostly known for being a poor country in Africa with a rising population, and Idi Amin. If there were more things to follow up on then there would probably be a bunch more Uganda questions. But there aren't. Sure, Marilyn Monroe singing Happy Birthday to the President doesn't sound like a big deal, and really isn't. But it's been referenced, parodied, and reenacted many times throughout the years. Don't believe me? There's a whole Wikipedia page about it. There are THOUSANDS of quizzes on this site that many non-Americans can understand whether the questions are about America or not.

But what do I know, right? I'm an American, so I guess maybe I should stop talking? Whatever. This is a complaint that's never gonna die as long as JetPunk still exists and Quizmaster's still making quizzes. Unless people like you let it die. Just stop. Please.

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Level 69
Jan 31, 2022
not and American - got 18, just saying! :)
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Level 81
Jan 31, 2022
The bizarre thing about this dialogue is that there ARE quizzes about Uganda on this site and there are plenty of Americans who do quite well in them.

I used to be one of those apologetic Americans who felt my own neighbors were really horrible when it comes to educating themselves about the rest of the world. My experience on JetPunk has singlehandedly demonstrated that I had a very backwards understanding of the situation.

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Level 76
Jan 31, 2022
@jmellor13: 28% of site users are American, that doesn't make them a majority as they constitute a lot less than 50% of the participants on this site. @Jacktheguy: keep that stereotype going strong, you've got it nailed.
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Level 31
Apr 2, 2022
The most important point is that it's English-speaking world centric. Most of the English-speaking world besides the United States is significantly influenced by the United States.
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Level 87
May 21, 2022
@blizzrd33: I assume the stereotype you are referring to is the one where I'm a loud, obnoxious American who can't possibly fathom the idea that there are other countries in the world and that the people in them should know everything there is to know about American culture. I hate to disappoint you, but that's not what this is. I'm sure plenty of things happened in the 1960s that took place in Australia or New Zealand or wherever you're from. Make a quiz on that and stop complaining.
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Level 73
May 22, 2022
Woops - I don't think that was a refutation.
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Level 60
May 13, 2020
more than half of these questions are about american history. Don't give me that 'aMeRiCa iS tHe mOsT iNfLuEnTiAl nAtIoN', because i don't care. Add something from somewhere else.
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Level 67
May 13, 2020
Write your own quiz. Where did you get the idea these questions were supposed to cater to you?
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Level 60
May 13, 2020
"where did you get the idea these questions were supposed to cater to you"

they literally are supposed to cater to me. that's the point of making a public website, to cater to the people that come on to it.

oh, and guess what happens if I write a quiz? less than 40 people take it.

You're kinda dense, aren't you?

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Level 67
May 13, 2020
I'm not dense at all. I understand that a *free* recreational quiz site run by like three people is not going to be able to please everyone. The Quizmaster, not you, gets to determine what his site will be. On what basis are you making these demands? Do you pay membership dues? Were you promised something to come to this site? Did someone guarantee quizzes catering equally to every nationality? No? Then where do you get this idea that he has to cater to you? If you go to a store (or a website), you are welcome to their inventory. You are welcome to request different inventory. You are *not* entitled to call them "absurd" for not having exactly what you want. Should I go on a European sports website and complain that there isn't enough coverage of the NHL? No, because it's not where they lay their focus, and the fact that *I* want to read about the NHL does not require them to change how they do things. It's up to them.
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Level 67
May 13, 2020
And if you're really that torn up about this, here's what you do: write a "1960's outside the US" quiz. Leave a comment on this quiz that says "if you want a 1960's quiz with a more global perspective, check out my quiz. Here's a link..." There you go. Problem solved. Now the masses clamoring for a more global quiz have an option, and they can click your quiz instead of leaving the same tired comment. The quizmaster on this site, like the quizmaster on *every* site, gets to decide what his site will be. He can recalibrate accordingly based on feedback to enlarge (or shrink, if he wants) his audience, but to make demands like he owes you something for visiting his *free* and very *recreational* website is preposterous.
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Level 60
May 13, 2020
The difference between your example with sports and what were talking about is the fact that Euro networks don't run NHL things because not a lot of people care about the NHL in places like Spain and France. However, this is a history quiz. Not everything needs to be about America. I'm sure that if you removed some of the USA-related answers and replaced them with other questions nobody would really care, however the abundance of America-centric answers gets me, a non-american, and others quite confused.

Now i'm not saying remove questions like the one about the Cuban Missile Crisis, because that was a worldwide thing. But please, for the love of god, I really don't care who sung Happy Birthday to the president. I don't know why that's considered such huge history. Whoop-dee-doo! Marilyn Monroe, an actress who was only famous for her looks, sang a song to the American president! Wowie Zowie! Call CNN!

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Level 76
May 14, 2020
Jetpunk is a trivia site after all. Trivial facts like Marilyn singing Happy Birthday attract users and generate traffic just as much as "serious" history questions. If anything I would call to include more events in other countries... but if there are too many questions that most quiztakers can't answer, it probably damages traffic too.
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Level 67
May 14, 2020
@noooolan, I am not saying no one can critique a quiz or advocate for a different manner of questions. It's the "how-dare-you!" attitude that rankles me. From what I can tell, the Quizmaster does most of this himself and works pretty hard to be fair-minded about things. But he's one guy. And I'm sure coming up with enough questions for countless quizzes is taxing, so he probably dips into the well he knows best -- the culture of his homeland. You seem to think it's an "America First" thing. I really don't think that's it. If he were French, the questions would probably skew French. I can also tell you, having run a pub quiz myself for a few years, that when you ask questions about what you don't know, you run into more problems. Sometimes your understanding of events or context is wrong. So, when in doubt, the clearest questions will come from what you know, not what you had to look up online. Go easy on the guy, is all I'm saying. He provides a really good service for free.
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Level 69
Jan 30, 2022
As someone who isn't American, secksmaster, your name is inappropriate and so is your logic. You're on a free site so stop whining and move on. The United States had the most significant cultural movement in the 1960s of any country in the world. If this were an 1890s quiz, then the Belle Epoque would be prominently featured. But it's the 1960s, so all of your complaints are baseless. If you learned about the year 2000 BC, would you complain that there are too many questions on Egypt and Mesopotamia? No, because they were the most influential civilizations at the time! Sure, whine all you want that the Valdivians only have one question, but do you really think the Valdivians were as influential as the Egyptians? No, just like most countries are not as influential on modern/popular history as the United States!
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Level 83
Apr 22, 2022
If you don't care about reasonable answers why should we care about your unreasonable complaints?
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Level 78
May 21, 2022
"Quizmaster won't spoonfeed me a quiz about what I want!!!"
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Level 72
May 23, 2022
I am not American, and I was not alive in the 60s, but still managed to enjoy this quiz. If you don't know all the answers, maybe you could use this to identify gaps in your knowledge, and learn more! If you didn't know something, but QM thinks it's interesting enough to be a quiz question, maybe it's worth learning about - think about that. It's your attitude that stinks, not this quiz, and CERTAINLY not this website.
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Level 71
Jun 9, 2020
"What British actor did Elizabeth Taylor marry?" makes it sound like she married a horse. Shouldn't it be "Who"?
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Level 87
Jun 18, 2020
"Who British actor did Elizabeth Taylor marry?" Yeah that sounds better.
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Level 32
May 22, 2022
''Which British actor did Elizabeth Taylor marry?" This sounds better I think.
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Level 86
Jan 30, 2022
Accept contraceptive revolution and birth control revolution? Several articles refer to it as such.
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Level 73
Jan 30, 2022
When I grew up in the 60's it was known as the "Sexual Revolution"...nothing else.
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Level 77
Jan 30, 2022
I didn't realise De Gaulle and Krushchev were American - sure they would have been pleased!

My Geog must be outdated if Northern Ireland has become part of the USA.

I'm British and dislike the abundance of American sport quizzes, but they are obviously popular. I just don't do any.

Yes - there are a lot of mainly US quizzes, but if the majority of users are American that is to be expected.

If you don't like it - create quizzes yourself and encourage others to do likewise.

Please stop moaning.

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Level 44
Jan 31, 2022
I typed in Cuban missle 3 times and it was rejected.
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Level ∞
Jan 31, 2022
That misspelling will be accepted now.
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Level 61
Apr 11, 2022
That's the definition of insanity.
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Level 78
May 21, 2022
Good.
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Level 74
Feb 2, 2022
The normative language of the Mass as of 1969 is also Latin, FYI.