Quiz 1950s Car Culture

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    While real life families flocked to the suburbs, this was not reflected in America's fictional television families who stayed in more elegant and sophisticated urban settings.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 2. 
    Which car manufacturer spent the most on advertising in the 1950s?
    • A. 

      GM

    • B. 

      Ford

    • C. 

      Chrysler

    • D. 

      Volkswagon

  • 3. 
    What proportion of all the cars in the world did Americans own in this period?
    • A. 

      10%

    • B. 

      Half

    • C. 

      99%

    • D. 

      75%

  • 4. 
    Why were Europe and Great Britain so far behind America in car ownership?
    • A. 

      They were concerned about the environment and preferred train travel

    • B. 

      They lived in cute little places where it was easier to walk

    • C. 

      They chose to spend their money on building zeppelins instead.

    • D. 

      They were using a lot of their resources to rebuild after the destruction of the war

  • 5. 
    When the Russians beat the Americans to space with the launch of Sputnik in 1958
    • A. 

      Cadillac began designing cars that looked like they were from outer space!

    • B. 

      Oldsmobile began collaborating with the government to make space vessels like the Rocket 88

    • C. 

      There was a recession. Consumers felt queasy about buying the latest model car when the Russians were actually building rockets.

    • D. 

      Americans began building cars full of gadgets and features to make their cars seem futuristic to show that they too had advanced engineering

  • 6. 
    Ads for cars and popular songs made connections between cars and 
    • A. 

      Masculinity 

    • B. 

      Romance

    • C. 

      Male sexual prowess

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 7. 
    What could not have existed without the massive increase in automobile ownership?
    • A. 

      Suburbs

    • B. 

      City life

    • C. 

      Romance

    • D. 

      Space travel

  • 8. 
    Which of the following terms described the idea that there should be a new stylish model of car each year?
    • A. 

      Fordism

    • B. 

      Communism

    • C. 

      Sloanism

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 9. 
    What was something that General Motors and Ford used to try to make cars more appealing to female buyers?
  • 10. 
    Why might a member of a minority group buy a luxury car?
    • A. 

      They were not allowed to buy property in "nice" neighbourhoods

    • B. 

      Because those with enough income could, so why not?

    • C. 

      To show their success

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 11. 
    Cadillac tail fins were 
    • A. 

      Inspired by naval vessels used after Pearl Harbour

    • B. 

      Functional for making the car more aerodynamic and better on gas

    • C. 

      Ridiculed by a small body of critics who called the cars luxurious loungemobiles

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 12. 
    Cars were seen as feminine
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 13. 
    Dagmars
    • A. 

      Were the German designers hired by Ford to make cars more futuristic

    • B. 

      Part of a car's bumper named after a starlet's breasts

    • C. 

      Early safety features which were regarded as something only for sissies or women

    • D. 

      All the cool extras that came with a new car, like matching lipstick, 

  • 14. 
    People in the 1950s seem to have really wanted decorated surfaces with lots of embellisment
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 15. 
    Art and design critics loved the playfulness of car design 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 16. 
    The lady driver
    • A. 

      Was commonly seen in advertising with her hat and gloves

    • B. 

      Was a way for a man to justify power brakes or steering (it's for the little lady!)

    • C. 

      Was often the butt of jokes

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 17. 
    The Edsel was a huge failure. Its grill was described as
    • A. 

      An egg

    • B. 

      A toilet seat

    • C. 

      An unmentionable portion of the female anatomy

    • D. 

      A and b

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 18. 
    Why did Elvis trade in one of his cars after only three weeks?
    • A. 

      He wanted the new model

    • B. 

      He felt effeminate driving a pink car

    • C. 

      It had been entirely covered in lipstick messages from his fans

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      None of the above

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