A Quiz About The Beat Generation

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The Beat Quizzes & Trivia

We made this quiz for a project at school. You can see it as an introduction to the Beat Generation: Beat-writers, locations and other facts about the Beats. When you don't know a thing about the Beat Generation, this quiz could be really useful. You will learn the basics in no time, even if you answered the question wrong. Good luck!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    In which time did the Beat Generation emerge?
    • A. 

      1890-1910

    • B. 

      1920-1935

    • C. 

      1950-1960

    • D. 

      1990-2010

  • 2. 
    Walt Whitman considered as one of the most important beat-writers.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 3. 
    The Beat-literature was mostly American.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    What caused the repressive and conservative political climate in the 1950s?
    • A. 

      Recurring fear of the Germans

    • B. 

      Fear of Communism

    • C. 

      Racism against Afro-Americans

    • D. 

      It was the only way to prevent a new war

  • 5. 
    Where did the Beat Generation had its roots?
    • A. 

      New York

    • B. 

      Denver

    • C. 

      Chicago

    • D. 

      San Francisco

  • 6. 
    Where did the Beat Generation grew into a larger movement?
    • A. 

      London

    • B. 

      New York

    • C. 

      Chicago

    • D. 

      San Francisco

  • 7. 
    'On the Road' is the bible of the Beat Generation.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    Jack Kerouac despised Neil Cassady.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
    The first big trip Jack Kerouac took was to San Francisco
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 10. 
    The beat spirit was not only reflected by literature, but also through music. What kind of music?
    • A. 

      Electro/trance

    • B. 

      Hip-Hip

    • C. 

      Jazz

    • D. 

      Classical music

  • 11. 
    William Burroughs was the author of 'Junkie' and 'The Naked Lunch'.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 12. 
    After Jack Kerouac wrote 'On the Road', his hands hurt because...
    • A. 

      ..he wrote non-stop (kick-writing)

    • B. 

      ..his typing machine wasn't working well

    • C. 

      ..of all the nicotin on his hand from all the smoking

  • 13. 
    What famous was read for the first time ever at the Six Gallery poetry reading in 1955?
    • A. 

      Howl

    • B. 

      A Supermarket in California

  • 14. 
    What was considered as the breakthrough from the Beat Generation?
    • A. 

      On the Road

    • B. 

      Howl

    • C. 

      The Naked and the Dead

    • D. 

      The Horn

  • 15. 
    Allen Ginsberg's 'Howl' is about him and his friends.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 16. 
    What religon influenced the Beat Genaration?
    • A. 

      Christianity

    • B. 

      Buddism

    • C. 

      Islam

    • D. 

      Judaism

  • 17. 
    Jack Kerouac was content with the literature from his predecessors.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 18. 
    What did the Beat-writers reject in American society?
    • A. 

      Materialism and conventionalism

    • B. 

      Drug and alcohol abuse

    • C. 

      Jazz music and Zen-buddism

    • D. 

      Communism

  • 19. 
    Afro-Americans were viewed by Beats as untroubled and in touch with the body.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 20. 
    What was the ideal of a beatnik?
    • A. 

      Being totally bum

    • B. 

      Being smart

    • C. 

      Being strong an healthy

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