How Much Do You Remember About '60s Pop Culture?

By: John Miller

How Much Do You Remember About '60s Pop Culture?
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About This Quiz

World War II changed human society all over the planet. When the war ended in 1945, families and nations began reconstructing their societies in new ways. The children of this era — the Baby Boomers — grew up quickly, drastically impacting pop culture and politics of the day. Do you really think you know about the ‘60s trivia in our pop culture quiz?

As the ‘50s gave way to the ‘60s, political turmoil was on the horizon, in part due to a war that just wouldn’t go away. The result? Young people up in arms over issues like power and military conscription. These divisive topics played a huge role in the music, drama and literature of the day. Do you know the biggest hits and music groups of the turbulent ‘60s?

The ‘70s and ‘80s had nothing on the ‘60s in terms of outrageous pop culture events… but that’s largely because the ‘60s were so fraught with violence and terror. Racial inequality, women’s rights and issues of all sorts came to a head, generating waves that affected everything from fashion to career choices. Do you really know how much politics warped ’60s pop culture?

From political assassinations to patchouli incense overload, the ‘60s had it all, providing a flashpoint that still impacts pop culture in major ways. Pull on your favorite tie-dye shirt, turn on the lava lamp, and take our ‘60s pop culture quiz now!

Which music festival became a defining moment of ‘60s pop culture?
Lollapallooza
Lilith Fair
Woodstock
In August 1969, what was supposed to be a small music festival ballooned into a massive, muddy lovefest called Woodstock. Hundreds of thousands of people gathered to celebrate life, music and the counterculture.

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In 1969, which children’s TV show debuted?
“Teletubbies"
“Barney"
“Sesame Street"
In the fall of 1969, "Sesame Street" debuted on public television. The ultra-popular kids' show is still going strong, thanks to the likes of Big Bird and Elmo.

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Where did the Woodstock music festival take place?
Washington
Texas
New York
Woodstock happened on a little farm located in the Catskills Mountains of New York. Over three days, 32 acts took the stage, as hungry, mud-stained hippies danced the nights away.

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How did men’s hairstyles change in the ‘60s, particularly with young men?
Everyone used lots of hair grease.
Long hair became fashionable.
In stark contrast to the short, cropped hair of the ‘40s and ‘50s, young men — particularly those wrapped up in the counterculture — began growing out their hair. Long hair became a symbol of divisiveness in many areas.
Buzz cuts were the norm.

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In 1965, which fashion item made its first appearance?
cotton t-shirts
miniskirt
At the beginning of the ‘60s, most skirts hovered right around the knees. As the decade progressed, skirts went higher and higher, until they were called "miniskirts," very popular among young women.
black dresses

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Which music group released an album called "Please Please Me" in 1963?
Aerosmith
The Beatles
In 1963, the Beatles unleashed "Please Please Me" upon the world. Within a year, they’d exploded as one of the biggest pop culture trends ever.
The Rolling Stones

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In 1963, which famous person was assassinated, altering the course of American history?
Pablo Picasso
John F. Kennedy
In 1963, President Kennedy was murdered during a visit to Dallas. His death reverberated through all of the politics and pop culture for a generation.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

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In the ‘60s, the "Motown Sound" emerged from ______, making a major impact on pop music.
Honolulu
Detroit
A Detroit-based record company named Motown created the "Motown Sound" in the ‘60s, adding soul flavor to pop tunes. The Motown Sound accounted for heaps of big hits during the decade.
Seattle

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Which part of the car industry blossomed during the ‘60?
muscle cars
Before the ‘60s, speed freaks "hot rodded" their cars to make them faster. In the ‘60s, though, car makers started the muscle car trend, offering fast production vehicles like the Mustang and Camaro.
minivans
SUVs

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Who wrote the critically-acclaimed 1960 novel "To Kill a Mockingbird"?
Stephen King
Harper Lee
In 1960, Harper Lee published "To Kill a Mockingbird," a book that addressed the racial complexities in America. The powerful novel is still required reading in many schools.
Mark Twain

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Which supermodel died in 1962?
Cindy Crawford
Twiggy
Marilyn Monroe
In 1962, Marilyn Monroe, a tragic sex symbol for the ages, died at just 36, likely from a drug overdose. Her death was one of several high-profile celebrity deaths of the '60s.

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Which band played a famous set at Woodstock?
Heart
Grateful Dead
The Grateful Dead, known as icons of the counterculture, played a famous set during the festival. Their set was shortened by electrical problems.
Fleetwood Mac

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In 1967, an off-Broadway musical called _____ combined many elements of the counterculture for a controversial performance.
“Grease"
“Hair"
In 1967, "Hair" opened off Broadway, generating much controversy with its edgy language and nudity, all meant to comment on counterculture and hippies. Music from the show turned into Top 10 hits.
“Titanic"

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Which event shook the world in July of 1969?
“Gone With the Wind" debuts
The moon landing
It was a groovy time to be alive, man. In July 1969, NASA landed two men on the surface of the moon, forever altering what people believed was possible in terms of space exploration. The feat also marked the end of the hotly-contested Space Race.
Watts riots

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In "One Million Years B.C." actress Raquel Welch gained fame for wearing what item?
a layer of gold paint
animal hide bikini
In this silly fantasy movie, Welch plays the role of a woman from prehistoric times. She wore a (rather revealing) bikini made of animal hide, and the look helped to make her famous.
the blood of her enemies

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In 1968, which famous news program debuted on TV?
“60 Minutes"
In 1968, "60 Minutes" debuted on CBS. Its long-format stories caught on. Reporters investigated and presented the news in a innovative manner that found fans all over the country.
“48 Hours"
“How to Marry a Millionaire"

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“Bell bottoms" refers to which clothing item popular in the ‘60s?
hats
blouses
pants
In the ‘60s, bell bottom pants became very popular. They were easy to spot, as they flared out at the leg bottoms in a bell shape.

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In 1964, about what percentage of U.S. households had a color TV?
about 3%
In 1964, just 3% of Americans had a color TV in their homes. By the end of the decade, just under half of homes had a color TV.
about 88%
about 99%

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What were America’s demographics like in the ‘60s?
very young
Following World War II, soldiers returned home and started families — the Baby Boom generation was born. By the 1960s, more than half of the country’s population was under 18, a fact that greatly impacted the nation's culture.
half of the population was Mexican
one-third more men than women

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How did mainstream religion fare during the ‘60s?
nothing changed
church attendance dropped
You know those hippies weren't going to church, right? The cultural upheaval of the ‘60s had a drastic impact on churches. All across America, churches found their attendance numbers dropping, in some cases by double-digit percentages.
church attendance exploded

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“Valley of the Dolls" was a popular book in the ‘60s. It portrayed a stark vision of which cultural phenomenon?
plastic surgery
drug use
“Valley of the Dolls" is a novel that portrays three women whose lives suffer from drug abuse. They start popping pills... and years later, their lives are not quite what they’d hoped for.
legalized prostitution

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During the ‘60s, what was the primary way to listen to prerecorded music in a car?
cassette
vinyl
8-track
In the ‘60s, radio was very popular, but if you wanted to play your own music, you could pull out your collection of 8-track tapes. These big, chunky tapes were common until the early ‘80s.

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Young people of the ‘60s often rejected the social norms of their parents. The ______ was born.
Kurdish movement
counterculture
In the ‘60s, war and social turmoil led to a popular uprising among young people. The ‘60s counterculture is still regarding as a major turning point in 20th-century culture, creating new trends in music, fashion and politics.
dirtbag movement

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Much of the pop culture in the ‘60s resulted from turmoil swirling around which conflict?
WWII
Korean War
Vietnam War
As the Vietnam War escalated and conscription began, young Americans began questioning the point of the ever-increasing body count. War protests contributed to much of the music and trends of the ‘60s.

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True or false: The Doors played at the Woodstock music festival.
true
false
Many iconic bands of the ‘60s didn’t make it to Woodstock for one reason or another. The Doors turned down the opportunity because they thought Woodstock would just be another typical music fest. They were, shall we say, dead wrong on that one.

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Which band gave up live performance in part because screaming fans drowned out the music?
the Who
the Doors
the Beatles
As Beatlemania took hold across America, screaming fans were so incredibly loud that they actually ruined the sound at concerts. It was one of the reasons the group gave up on touring in 1966, just a few years after hitting the mainstream.

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True or false: The very first version of the internet appeared in the ‘60s.
true
First established in 1969, ARPANET was the first inkling of the internet that was to come. The basic network resulted from research conduced by the Department of Defense.
false

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How did the drive-in movie theater culture change during the ‘60s?
Drive-ins boomed.
Drive-ins dropped in number.
At the beginning of the ‘60s, drive-ins were still very popular. But the proliferation of color TV caused these theaters to plummet in numbers during the ‘60s, a fact that rippled throughout the industry.
There was no change at all.

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The "British Invasion" referred to which aspect of ‘60s culture?
war
literature
music
The Beatles started a tidal wave of British acts that breached new markets all over the world, particularly in America. The British Invasion definitely changed America’s tastes in music.

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It was one of the first computer games ever, created in 1962. It was called ______.
“Galactic Empire"
“Pac-Man"
“Spacewar!"
In 1962, Steve Russell collaborated to make a game called "Spacewar!" This primitive game found two spacecraft trying to blast each other in black-and-white.

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