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About This QuizSock hops were a popular diversion in young American culture during days of yore, and in some places, they're still hoppin' today. How much do you know about sock hops?
What decade is most commonly associated with sock hops?
Sock hops rose to mainstream popularity during the 1950s.
What, exactly, was a sock hop?
An informal high school dance
Sock hops were informal school dances, unlike prom, homecoming and other more formal events.
An established senior prank
An illicit afterhours get-together
Why were sock hops called sock hops in the first place?
"The Sock Hop" was a popular song at the time and it was always played.
Rebellious teens would often hit, or "sock" each other during the course of the evening.
Dancers had to remove their shoes and dance in their socks to spare the gym floors.
In order to protect the wooden gym floors where sock hops were typically held, attendees were required to remove their shoes.
What kind of music was traditionally played at sock hops?
Sock hops were renowned for the rock-and-roll music that was played throughout the evening.
Who first coined the term "rock-and-roll" in its modern context?
Radio DJ Alan Freed is frequently credited with first using the term "rock-and-roll" to describe the musical genre that sprang to life in the '50s and '60s.
Television helped increase the prevalence of sock hops and rock-and-roll. How many TVs were in American homes by the end of the 1950s?
About 5 million
About 50 million
At the start of 1950, only a little more than 5 million TV sets had been purchased in the United States. By the end of the decade, more than 50 million sets would fill close to 9 out of 10 American homes.
About 100 million
What well-liked TV show helped popularize sock hops and rock-and-roll?
The TV show "American Bandstand" brought new music genres and fresh dances into the homes of millions of Americans during the many decades it aired, among them rock-and-roll and the twist.
What year did Chubby Checker debut "The Twist" on American Bandstand?
Chubby Checker recorded "The Twist" in June of 1959, and performed it on "American Bandstand" the following summer.
During its heyday, how many letters would the folks at "American Bandstand" receive each week?
During the 1950s, the producers of "American Bandstand" would receive some 20,000 to 45,000 letters from excited viewers each week.
What historical fashion fad is commonly associated with sock hops?
During the sock hop era, one of the staple fashions out on the dance floor was poodle skirts.
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