Can We Guess Your '50s High School Stereotype?

EDUCATION

Zoe Samuel

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Being a cool cat is perhaps the most envied state of being in high school, but none more so than in the 1950s. The 1950s were the beginning of the model of post-war American life, in a meaningful way. The social hierarchy solidified under the shadow of the looming threat of nuclear war with The Soviet Union. With the spread of television and the solidification of the cultural significance of radio, slang spread from coast to coast, so threatening someone with a knuckle sandwich, calling something a big tickle, or saying something razzed your berries were all word from the bird.

Out of this age, certain archetypes were formed. When we think of "types" of high-schoolers, we imagine the bookworms who spend all their time in the library, playing chess and studying. We think of the football player and his cheerleader girlfriend. We think of the beatniks in the band that plays at the local open mic, and the weird introvert who spends all his time writing because he believes he's the next Jack Kerouac.

If you were transported back in time to the 1950s, placed in a high school and expected to fit in somewhere, how would you end up? Take the quiz to find out!

Did you go to a really good college?

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What did you end up studying in college?

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What would people from high school remember you for?

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What kind of scholarship, if any, did you get for college?

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How many writing implements do you typically carry on any given day?

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What color dominates your wardrobe?

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What did you and your high school friends spend your time doing?

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What unorthodox measurement do you use to measure time?

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How's your vision?

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What do you like to read?

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What item can you not leave home without?

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What do you like to do to keep fit?

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What are your close friends really good at?

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What is your worst vice?

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What sin are you most guilty of?

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What quality gives you the greatest sense of self-worth?

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What did you want to be when you grew up?

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Of these people, who do you most admire?

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What's your idea of a great road trip?

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What sort of strangers do you keep track of most eagerly?

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What new skills are you acquiring as an adult?

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Which of these musical acts do you like best?

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Which of these dream machines would you want to own?

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What famous California native do you admire the most?

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Where would you most want to spend a Christmas vacation?

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Who was your childhood role model?

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Which of these movies would you pick for the only movie you ever watch from now on?

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Which of these TV shows do you like the most?

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Who do you spend the most time with?

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Which decade do you think you'd be most at home in?

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