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  • 1. 

    Which actress graced the cover of the first "People Magazine" in 1974?

    • A.

      Mia Farrow

    • B.

      Ellen Burston

    • C.

      Joanne Woodward

    • D.

      Farah Fawcett

    Correct Answer
    A. Mia Farrow
    Explanation
    Mia Farrow is the correct answer because she was the actress who graced the cover of the first "People Magazine" in 1974.

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  • 2. 

    Who hosted the premiere episode of "Saturday Night Live" in 1975?

    • A.

      Paul Simon

    • B.

      Rob Reiner

    • C.

      Candice Bergen

    • D.

      George Carlin

    Correct Answer
    D. George Carlin
    Explanation
    George Carlin hosted the premiere episode of "Saturday Night Live" in 1975. He is a well-known comedian and actor who was known for his sharp wit and social commentary. Carlin's hosting of the premiere episode helped set the tone for the show, showcasing his comedic talent and paving the way for many other memorable hosts in the years to come.

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  • 3. 

    Which network scored record-breaking ratings by showing "Gone With The Wind" in 1976?

    • A.

      CBS

    • B.

      ABC

    • C.

      PBS

    • D.

      NBC

    Correct Answer
    D. NBC
    Explanation
    In 1976, NBC scored record-breaking ratings by showing "Gone With The Wind."

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  • 4. 

    Who was the first woman ever to receive the "Lifetime Achievement Award" at the Oscars?

    • A.

      Bette Davis

    • B.

      Elizabeth Taylor

    • C.

      Meryl Streep

    • D.

      Barbra Streisand

    Correct Answer
    A. Bette Davis
    Explanation
    Bette Davis was the first woman ever to receive the "Lifetime Achievement Award" at the Oscars. She was a highly acclaimed actress known for her powerful performances and strong portrayals of complex characters. Throughout her career, Davis received numerous accolades and nominations, and her contributions to the film industry were recognized with this prestigious award.

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  • 5. 

    What group began the trend of rap music with the song "Rapper's Delight" in 1979?

    • A.

      NWA

    • B.

      Run DMC

    • C.

      Public Enemy

    • D.

      The Sugar Hill Gang

    Correct Answer
    D. The Sugar Hill Gang
    Explanation
    The correct answer is The Sugar Hill Gang. They began the trend of rap music with their song "Rapper's Delight" in 1979. This song was one of the first commercially successful rap songs and helped to popularize the genre. NWA, Run DMC, and Public Enemy were also influential in the development of rap music, but The Sugar Hill Gang holds the distinction of starting the trend.

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  • 6. 

    What TV show's series finale had a record-breaking 125 million viewers in 1983?

    • A.

      Laverne And Shirley

    • B.

      Dynasty

    • C.

      M*A*S*H

    • D.

      Knots Landing

    Correct Answer
    C. M*A*S*H
    Explanation
    M*A*S*H is the correct answer because its series finale in 1983 holds the record for the most viewers with 125 million. This indicates that a large number of people tuned in to watch the final episode of M*A*S*H, making it a highly anticipated and popular television event.

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  • 7. 

    What was Michael Jackson filming when he got burned accidentally in 1984?

    • A.

      A Sneaker Commercial

    • B.

      "Thriller" Music Video

    • C.

      "Beat It" Music Video

    • D.

      A Soft Drink Commercial

    Correct Answer
    D. A Soft Drink Commercial
    Explanation
    In 1984, Michael Jackson got burned accidentally while filming a soft drink commercial.

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  • 8. 

    Who was the first rap group to hit the top ten with "Raisin' Hell"?

    • A.

      NWA

    • B.

      Run DMC

    • C.

      Wu Tang Clan

    • D.

      The Sugar Hill Gang

    Correct Answer
    B. Run DMC
    Explanation
    Run DMC was the first rap group to hit the top ten with "Raisin' Hell." They achieved mainstream success and popularity in the mid-1980s, becoming one of the most influential and iconic rap groups of all time. Their fusion of rock and rap, along with their unique fashion sense and energetic performances, helped to bring hip hop into the mainstream and paved the way for future rap artists.

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  • 9. 

    What was the top-grossing movie in the USA in 1990?

    • A.

      Pretty Woman

    • B.

      Ghost

    • C.

      Home Alone

    • D.

      Dances With Wolves

    Correct Answer
    C. Home Alone
    Explanation
    In 1990, the top-grossing movie in the USA was "Home Alone." This film, directed by Chris Columbus, tells the story of a young boy named Kevin McCallister who is accidentally left behind when his family goes on vacation for Christmas. Kevin must defend his home from two burglars using various booby traps. "Home Alone" became a massive success, grossing over $476 million worldwide and becoming the highest-grossing comedy film of all time at that point. Its popularity and financial success make it the correct answer for the top-grossing movie in the USA in 1990.

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  • 10. 

    What TV show had its one-hundredth episode in 1991, in which twins were born?

    • A.

      L.A. Law

    • B.

      Family Ties

    • C.

      Growing Pains

    • D.

      Full House

    Correct Answer
    D. Full House
    Explanation
    Full House had its one-hundredth episode in 1991, in which twins were born. This popular TV show followed the story of widowed father Danny Tanner who enlists the help of his brother-in-law and best friend to raise his three daughters. In the one-hundredth episode, Danny's wife gives birth to twin boys, adding a new dynamic to the show's storyline.

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  • 11. 

    On what holiday did River Phoenix die in 1993?

    • A.

      Christmas

    • B.

      Halloween

    • C.

      Thanksgiving

    • D.

      Memorial Day

    Correct Answer
    B. Halloween
    Explanation
    River Phoenix died on Halloween in 1993.

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  • 12. 

    For which movie did Steven Spielberg win his first directing Oscar?

    • A.

      Schindler's List

    • B.

      Jaws

    • C.

      E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

    • D.

      Jurassic Park

    Correct Answer
    A. Schindler's List
    Explanation
    Steven Spielberg won his first directing Oscar for the movie Schindler's List. This film, released in 1993, is a powerful and critically acclaimed Holocaust drama. Spielberg's direction was praised for its emotional depth and storytelling, capturing the horrors of the Holocaust while also highlighting the resilience and humanity of its characters. The film went on to win a total of seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, solidifying Spielberg's reputation as one of the greatest directors in cinema history.

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  • 13. 

    Who appeared on David Letterman's show and flashed him on his birthday in 1995?

    • A.

      Tori Spelling

    • B.

      Shannen Doherty

    • C.

      Drew Barrymore

    • D.

      Alyssa Milano

    Correct Answer
    C. Drew Barrymore
    Explanation
    In 1995, Drew Barrymore appeared on David Letterman's show and famously flashed him as a surprise birthday gift. This incident gained significant media attention and became one of the most memorable moments in late-night television history.

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  • 14. 

    Who became the highest-paid musician in history when she signed an $80 million deal in 1996?

    • A.

      Celine Dion

    • B.

      Whitney Houston

    • C.

      Mariah Carey

    • D.

      Janet Jackson

    Correct Answer
    D. Janet Jackson
    Explanation
    Janet Jackson became the highest-paid musician in history when she signed an $80 million deal in 1996. This deal solidified her status as one of the most successful and influential artists of her time.

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  • 15. 

    How many Academy Awards did the "Titanic" win in 1998?

    • A.

      Three

    • B.

      Five

    • C.

      Seven

    • D.

      Eleven

    Correct Answer
    D. Eleven
    Explanation
    In 1998, the movie "Titanic" won a total of eleven Academy Awards. This was a significant achievement for the film, as it tied the record for the most Oscars won by a single movie. The awards included Best Picture, Best Director for James Cameron, and various technical categories such as Best Visual Effects and Best Costume Design. The film's success at the Academy Awards highlighted its immense popularity and critical acclaim.

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  • 16. 

    In what country did Madonna and Guy Ritchie get married in 2000?

    • A.

      Scotland

    • B.

      Italy

    • C.

      France

    • D.

      England

    Correct Answer
    A. Scotland
    Explanation
    Madonna and Guy Ritchie got married in Scotland in 2000. This information is not explicitly mentioned in the question, but it is implied that the correct answer is Scotland based on the options provided.

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  • 17. 

    What was the most downloaded song of 2005?

    • A.

      Beverly Hills

    • B.

      We Belong Together

    • C.

      Since U Been Gone

    • D.

      Hollaback Girl

    Correct Answer
    D. Hollaback Girl
    Explanation
    "Hollaback Girl" was the most downloaded song of 2005 because it was a popular hit by Gwen Stefani. The song gained significant radio airplay and topped the charts in several countries. Its catchy melody, energetic beats, and memorable lyrics resonated with listeners, leading to its widespread popularity and high number of downloads during that year.

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  • 18. 

    What was the #1 record on Billboard's first-ever "Hot 100 Chart"?

    • A.

      Volare

    • B.

      Tequila

    • C.

      Poor Little Fool

    • D.

      At The Hop

    Correct Answer
    C. Poor Little Fool
    Explanation
    "Poor Little Fool" was the #1 record on Billboard's first-ever "Hot 100 Chart" because it was the most popular and best-selling song during that time period. The Hot 100 Chart ranks songs based on their sales, radio airplay, and streaming data, and "Poor Little Fool" performed exceptionally well in all these categories to earn the top spot.

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