Video 1950s – The 20th Century


1) How many N. Korean troops crossed the 38th parallel on June 25, 1950?

a) 123,000

b) 130,000

c) 135,000


2) How many nations contributed troops and supplies to the Korean War?

a) 20

b) 23

c) 27


3) General McArthur bragged that his troops would be home by

a) The new year

b) Christmas

c) Easter


4) Did McArthur want to attack China?

a) Yes

b) No


5) In what year was McArthur relieved of his command in Korea?

a) 1950

b) 1951

c) 1952


6) How many S. Korean soldiers were killed in the war?

a) 70,000

b) 80,000

c) 90,000


7) Where was McCarthy from?

a) New York

b) Kansas

c) Wisconsin


8) What did J. Edgar Hoover do?

a) Head of FBI

b) Attorney General

c) Chief of Staff


9) How many combat missions did McCarthy claim to have flown?

a) 20

b) 25

c) 30


10) In 1952 who won the presidential race?

a) Truman

b) Nixon

c) Eisenhower


11) What did McCarthy say about Truman?

a) He was weak on communism

b) He was weak mistaken on how he dealt with Japan

c) He should have ordered the Berlin airlift


12) Were any communists ever revealed among the ranks of the army?

a) Yes

b) No


13) In what year did McCarthy die?

a) 1957

b) 1958

c) 1959


14) Who was Eisenhower’s running mate?

a) Roosevelt

b) Nixon

c) Truman


15) How many terms did Eisenhower spend in the White House?

a) 1

b) 2

c) 3


16) What did the GI bill help Americans do?

a) Make a career in the military

b) Get a Masters degree

c) Buy a home


17) By the end of the 1950s what percentage of the population lived in the suburbs?

a) ½

b) 1/3

c) 1/4


18) What was the message to women in the 1950s?

a) They could have a career and family

b) They should limit the number of children to two

c) Their place was in the home


19) Did the US govt encourage or discourage the building of a fall out shelter?

a) Encouraged

b) Discouraged


20) How did young people react to the pressures of the Cold War?

a) They protested government involvement

b) They sought an escape

c) They enrolled in the military


21) Who invented the term “rock and roll”?

a) Beatles

b) Sullivan

c) Freed


22) Name of first song of Elvis Presley?

a) “That’s all right”

b) “Blue Suade Shoes”

c) “Hound Dog”


23) What film was Marlon Brando in which won the Academy Award for best picture?

a) Streetcar Named Desire

b) On the Waterfront

c) Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe


24) How old was James Dean when he died?

a) 24

b) 25

c) 26


25) In what year did Marylyn Monroe achieve stardom?

a) 1951

b) 1952

c) 1953


26) What were the Ronsenbergs accused of?

a) Passing information to Cuba

b) Being spies for China

c) Passing atomic secrets to the Russians


27) In what year did the first hydrogen bomb explode?

a) 1951

b) 1952

c) 1953


28) What did Stalin do in 1953?

a) He invaded Poland

b) He died

c) He began his 5 year plan


29) What happened to Hungary after it revolted against the Warsaw Pact?

a) Hungarians set up a Western style government

b) The Soviets granted them independence

c) Soviet troops crushed the uprising


30) What weapon did the US use in Latin America to fight communism?

a) Atomic bomb

b) The CIA

c) Arm shipments


31) In which year did the US break diplomatic relations with Cuba?

a) 1960

b) 1961

c) 1962


32) Who did Castro turn to for help?

a) China

b) Latin America

c) The Soviets


33) Who did Mickey Mantle play for?

a) Dodgers

b) NY Yankees

c) Redsox


34) Who put the first satellite into orbit?

a) USA

b) Soviets


35) In what year was NASA created?

a) 1958

b) 1959

c) 1960


36) Did Mao’s Great Leap forward help China progress?

a) Yes

b) No


37) In what year did Krushev visit the US for the first time?

a) 1959

b) 1960

c) 1961


38) In 1950s African Americans made up what percentage of the US population?

a) 7%

b) 9%

c) 11%


39) What was the campaign called organized by the NAACP?

a) Uprising for Liberty

b) Fight for Freedom

c) Freedom Ride


40) Brown vs. Board of Education was a law suit about

a) A black student who wanted to ride a white bus

b) A black student wanting to go to an all white public school

c) A black student who wanted to enroll at Harvard


41) How did the Supreme Court rule in Brown vs. Board of Education about segregation?

a) Segregation was legal and advised

b) Segregation could have no part in public education


42) How many students were prevented from going to Little Rock High School in Arkansas?

a) 9

b) 10

c) 11


43) In what year did Rose Parks take a seat in the front of a city bus?

a) 1954

b) 1955

c) 1956


44) What was the result of the Montgomery bus boycott?

a) Segregation in any context was made a felony

b) Segregation in public transportation was made illegal

c) Private schools could not segregate students