How Much Do You Remember About '70s Pop Culture?

By: Heather Cahill
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How Much Do You Remember About '70s Pop Culture?
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About This Quiz

It was theĀ decade of everything groovy and fun!

The '70s brought us a lot of pop culture. From hit music to hit movies and everything in between, the decade will always be a memorableĀ one. It had style, attitude, and fun. What is your most memorable moment from the '70s?

Do you think you know which popular band broke up? What about which movies took over the Academy Awards? Maybe you can name the boxer who took down George Foreman. The '70s made for some big moments in pop culture that have and will be remembered for years to come.

Do you know which game console was released in the '70s? What about the most popular doll at the time? Can you name the most popular sitcom of the decade? The '70s were filled with firsts, world records and big stars that made names for themselves.

When thinking of the '70s, a lot comes to mind. It was a time of change and individuality. The decade brought us happy moments and some sad moments as well. So, if you think you're truly a '70s pop culture expert, you'll have no trouble acing this. What are you waiting for? See if you get nostalgic and take this quiz!

Which popular car in the '70s was used in the movie "The Italian Job"?
VW Beetle
Toyota Prius
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
A Mini Cooper
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A Mini Cooper was used in "The Italian Job." It was a movie about a gold heist in which the Mini was featured.

What scandal happened in the United States in the '70s?
The Watergate Scandal
The Bush Email Scandal
Wedtech Scandal
IRS Scandal of 2013
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The Watergate Scandal happened in 1972. It was so bad, that President Richard Nixon ultimately ended up resigning from his position.

Which of the following songs was #1 in 1970?
"Ain't No Mountain High Enough"
"Baby Got Back"
"Smells Like Teen Spirit"
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'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' by Diana Ross was #1 in 1970. The song was first recorded by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell.


What was the name of the '70s toy that used colorful pegs and lights?
Rubik's Cube
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The Lite-Brite was a must-have toy in the '70s. Kids could make pictures or words using the colored pegs that could be stuck into the main light box.

What was the name of Steven Spielberg's first hit movie which was released in 1975?
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Dirty Dancing
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Steven Spielberg's first true hit movie was "Jaws," which was released in 1975. The movie is now regarded as one of the best of all time.

Which musical artist died in 1977?
Elvis Presley
Michael Jackson
Whitney Houston
Johnny Cash
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Elvis Presley died in 1977 after suffering a heart attack at the age of 42. He has a lasting legacy in the world as the King of Rock and Roll.


What television show that takes place during the Korean War was popular in the 1970s?
Will & Grace
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'M*A*S*H' was a very popular television show in the '70s. It took place during the Korean War and revolved around the nurses and doctors who took care of the casualties.

Which famous actor died in 1973?
Bruce Lee
Robert De Niro
Marlon Brando
Christopher Walken
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Bruce Lee died in 1973. He was famous for his movies such as "Fist of Fury," as well as his incredible skills as a martial artist.

Who won a boxing match against George Foreman?
Muhammad Ali
Manny Pacquiao
Larry Holmes
Henry Armstrong
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Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in the historic boxing match known as 'Rumble in the Jungle.'


The first movie of which franchise hit theaters in 1977?
Harry Potter
James Bond
Star Wars
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"Star Wars" first hit theaters in 1977. The release of the movie brought success to the franchise that it has managed to sustain up to today.

Which popular comedy show debuted in 1975?
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Mad TV
Arrested Development
Saturday Night Live
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"Saturday Night Live" debuted in 1975. The television show continues to be produced today, although the cast has changed throughout the years.

What type of pants were fashionable in the '70s?
Skinny jeans
Cargo pants
Jogging pants
Bell Bottoms
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Bell Bottoms were very fashionable in the '70s. The pants symbolized the era and you could see them everywhere, from the television screen to the streets around town.


What item was very popular in the '70s?
Beanie Babies
Silly Putty
Lava Lamps
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Lava lamps were very popular in the '70s. The '70s were quite psychedelic and lava lamps were in during this era. Bright colors were trendy.

What popular theme park opened in 1971?
Universal Studios Hollywood
Disney World
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Gulliver's World
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Disney World opened in 1971 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Which movie won big at the 1973 Academy Award?
The Breakfast Club
The Godfather
Pretty in Pink
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'The Godfather' won big at the 1973 Academy Awards. The movie won many awards and was nominated for even more that year.


Which group announced their end in 1970?
Pink Floyd
The Beatles
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The Beatles announced their breakup in 1970. It was a sad day for all of their fans but the members each went on their own paths.

Who was the first African-American to grace the cover of Vogue in 1973?
Chanel Iman
Jessica White
Naomi Sims
Beverly Johnson
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The first African-American to grace the cover of Vogue was Beverly Johnson. She has also been in a few movies and television shows throughout her career.

Which jazz legend died in 1974?
Duke Ellington
Louis Armstrong
Count Basie
Earl Hines
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Jazz legend, Duke Ellington died in 1974. He was best known for his songs such as 'Take the 'A' Train' and 'Satin Doll.'


In 1974, which baseball player broke a world record set by Babe Ruth?
Hank Aaron
Roger Clemens
Lou Gehrig
Jackie Robinson
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In 1974, Hank Aaron broke the home run record that had been set by Babe Ruth. Aaron broke Ruth's record when he hit his 715th home run.

What console was released in 1977?
Nintendo Gamecube
Atari 2600
PlayStation 2
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The Atari 2600 was released in 1977. The games that you could play on the Atari 2600 included 'Street Racer' and 'Pac-Man' that are still loved today.

Which toy from the '70s was filled with corn syrup?
Stretch Armstrong
Pet Rock
Hungry Hungry Hippos
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Stretch Armstrong was a toy filled with corn syrup. The doll was a wrestler-type figure that could be stretched from its original size.


What product released in the '70s allowed people to take music with them?
The iPod
The Portable Record Player
The radio
The Walkman
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The Walkman allowed people to take music with them wherever they went. It paved the way for the portable music devices that we still use today.

What was one of the most popular sitcoms of the '70s?
All In The Family
Full House
The Golden Girls
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"All in the Family" was one of the most popular sitcoms of the 1970s. The show did extremely well and ran for nine seasons throughout the decade.

Which guitar legend died in 1970?
Jimi Hendrix
Jimmy Page
Joe Perry
Billy Gibbons
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Jimi Hendrix died in 1970. The legendary guitarist was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and won many awards for his work.


Which arcade game was popular in the '70s?
Burger TIme
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Pong was popular in the '70s. The game was made by Atari and is similar to Ping Pong. The players try to score on each other or a computer.

Which band from the '70s had a name that came from the area in New York called Greenwich Village?
The Village People
Black Sabbath
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The Village People got their name from Greenwich Village in New York City. The members of the band were also all from Greenwich Village.

Which of the following songs was #1 on the charts in 1979?
'Le Freak'
'Call Me'
'I Love Rock N' Roll'
'Billie Jean'
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'Le Freak' by Chic was #1on the charts in 1979. The song was inspired after one of the band members was denied into a club.


What did the Queen celebrate in the '70s?
Her 50th Wedding Anniversary
Her 80th Birthday
Her Silver Jubilee
Her father's reign
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The Queen celebrated her Silver Jubilee in 1970. This marks the 25th anniversary since the monarch was crowned after the passing of her father.

Which hairstyle was popular for women in the 1970s?
Feathered Hair
Crimped Hair
Mini Buns
Pixie Cut
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Feathered hair was very popular in the 1970s. The hair was layered and brushed outwards. Many celebrities sported this look at the time.

Which type of music gained popularity in the '70s?
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Soul music gained popularity in the '70s. Artists like The Temptations and The Supremes dominated the charts and recorded memorable hits.


What type of shoes were fashionable in the '70s?
High Heels
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Platforms were fashionable in the '70s. The shoes have a history before the decade, but their popularity resurfaced during this time.

What '70s children's television show featured a crew of round characters with large eyes?
Speed Buggy
Cattanooga Cats
The Funky Phantom
The Flumps
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"The Flumps" was a very popular television show during the decade. The Flumps were a fun family with three children who went on adventures.

What dolls gained popularity in the '70s?
Polly Pocket
American Girl
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Barbie gained lots of popularity in the 1970s despite being invented in 1959. In the '70s, Barbies became a little more multi-cultural.


What type of shirts were 'in' during the decade?
T-shirt and overalls
T-shirts and blazers
Collared shirts
Plaid shirts
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Collared shirts were very popular during the '70s. They were often meant to be worn at discos, which were also very popular at the time.

What item could tell your mood in the '70s?
Lava Lamps
Mood Rings
A Fortune Teller
A slap bracelet
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Mood Rings were popular in the '70s and were said to be able to tell what mood you were in. They changed color according to the person's body temperature.

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