Only A True Baby Boomer Can Pass This Quiz

Baby Boomers certainly are one-of-a-kind. Typically, Baby Boomers are categorized as those born between 1946 and 1964 who grew up during a time of technological and social boom, as well as vast social changes. For many Baby Boomers and historians alike, the period is known as a simpler time in American history. See how well you remember the technology, trends, and history from the period.

Warning: you’ll only pass this quiz if you’re a true Baby Boomer (or if you’ve got a Ph.D. in Baby Boomer history). Take the quiz and be sure to challenge your friends to beat your score.

What are these women doing?

what are these women doing
Retry Correct Incorrect These women are doing the job of a telephone operator. Before phones simply connected, calls needed to be manually connected by placing wires in the coordinating phone jack. Being a telephone operator was a popular job for women in the 1960s.
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Minnesota Historical Society/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images

What are these women doing?

  • Disc jockey
  • Seamstress
  • Telephone operator
  • Accountant
0%

What was this innovative talking doll called?

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Retry Correct Incorrect The Chatty Cathy was one of the first of its kind. It used a pull string to utter certain phrases. The Chatty Cathy was manufactured from 1959 to 1969. and later versions were released, including Chatty Baby.
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BRUCE BISPING/Star Tribune via Getty Images

What was this innovative talking doll called?

  • Golden Age Collectable Dolls
  • Barbie
  • Chatty Cathy
  • Cabbage Patch Kids
2%

Chubby Checker made this dance move popular on American Bandstand

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Retry Correct Incorrect The twist became a worldwide dance craze after Chubby Checker performed a song about it on American Bandstand in 1959. The dance was popular but controversial because some believed that it was too riské.
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Serge DE SAZO/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Chubby Checker made this dance move popular on American Bandstand

  • The Jive
  • The Waltz
  • The Twist
  • The Skip
3%

Which memorable music festival took place in 1969?

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Retry Correct Incorrect The Woodstock music festival was the first of its kind and brought in over 400,000 spectators. It took place in August of 1969 and featured performances from artists like Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix.
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Archive Photos/Getty Images

Which memorable music festival took place in 1969?

  • Lollapalooza
  • Monterey Pop
  • Woodstock
  • Glastonbury Festival
5%

What kind of drill are these kids practicing?

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Retry Correct Incorrect We might be used to fire drills but during the Cold War, schools focused on atomic bomb attacks. During the drills, kids were taught to duck, cover, and hide under their desks in a protective position.
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GraphicaArtis/Getty Images

What kind of drill are these kids practicing?

  • Atomic
  • Gas
  • Tornado
  • Tsunami
7%

What was the name of the game you played on the street with a tin can?

Retry Correct Incorrect Kick the can was the to-the-point for an outdoor kid’s game. It was created during the Great Depression when people didn’t have many items to play with. The game became popular in the 1960s with Boomers.

What was the name of the game you played on the street with a tin can?

  • Empties
  • Pop-ups
  • Kick the can
  • Rockets
8%

What is this thing called?

Retry Correct Incorrect Transistor radios were development in 1954 and quickly became the most popular communication devices in history. Billions of transistors were sold in the 1960s because they gave people the ability to listen to music whenever, wherever.

What is this thing called?

  • 8 track player
  • Transistor Radio
  • Walkie talkie
  • Transmitter
10%

What common thing today was once banned from television?

Retry Correct Incorrect When television became a common sight in the living rooms of the nation, there were a lot more rules on what could be aired. For the first few decades, swearing was completely banned to maintain integrity in the household.

What common thing today was once banned from television?

  • Swearing
  • Death
  • Toddlers
  • Guns
12%

What strange (but popular) toy was this the packaging for?

Retry Correct Incorrect Sea Monkeys were a strange type of grow-your-own crustaceans. The Sea Monkeys would undergo a process called cryptobiosis that meant it could be regrown. They were developed in the United States in 1957 and were sold through comic book ads.

What strange (but popular) toy was this the packaging for?

  • Water Buddies
  • Fish Friends
  • Grow ems’
  • Sea Monkeys
14%

What memory is most commonly associated with Baby Boomers?

Retry Correct Incorrect Each generation is said to be defined by a pivotal moment or memory, and for Boomers, it’s the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Most Baby Boomers can remember exactly where they were when the news broke.

What memory is most commonly associated with Baby Boomers?

  • The Cuban Missile Crisis
  • We landed on the moon
  • The Vietnam War started
  • When JFK was assassinated
15%

What were the most popular type of jeans in the 1960s and 1970s?

Retry Correct Incorrect Bell-bottom jeans were fashionable for both men and women. The jeans fit snug in the hips then flared out past the calf. This style was later associated with the hippie and counter-culture movement.

What were the most popular type of jeans in the 1960s and 1970s?

  • Bootcut
  • Bell-Bottoms
  • Mid-rise
  • Skinny
17%

What chemical warfare was introduced during the Vietnam War?

Retry Correct Incorrect While chemical warfare wasn’t anything new, Agent Orange was first used by the U.S. during the Vietnam War. It is an herbicide and defoliant chemical that had disastrous environmental and health-damaging effects to anything (or anyone) exposed.

What chemical warfare was introduced during the Vietnam War?

  • Agent Orange
  • Tear Gas
  • Chlorine
  • Mustard Gas
19%

What were these bicycle seats called?

Retry Correct Incorrect The most popular bike in the 1950s was the wheelie style. They were designed to look like a chopper motorcycle and even featured a matching seat called the banana seat. The top manufacturer of these seats was Schwinn Sting-Ray.

What were these bicycle seats called?

  • Free riders
  • Long seats
  • Banana seats
  • Tandems
20%

What is the name of these popular stickers?

Retry Correct Incorrect Rickie Tickies were reusable plastic decals that were popular with young people. They went on the be associated with the hippie movement and the VW Beetle. People loved them so much that they were put on anything that they could be.

What is the name of these popular stickers?

  • Groovies
  • Flower Pedal stickers
  • Sunshine Stickers
  • Rickie Tickie Stickers
22%

What is the name of this street board game?

Retry Correct Incorrect If you needed entertainment on a dime, then Scully was the street game for you. All you needed was paint or chalk to draw out the course on the ground. Then players would try to beat the course by flicking bottle caps on certain spots.

What is the name of this street board game?

  • Stomp to stomp
  • Flickers
  • Scully
  • Caps
24%

What were these popular beads from the 1960s called?

Retry Correct Incorrect These beads were called love beads are were often given as a gift to a friend or someone you were in a relationship with. They were often worn on the wrist, neck, or ankle.

What were these popular beads from the 1960s called?

  • Love beads
  • Groovy beads
  • Special beads
  • Buddha beads
25%

What is the name of this style of skirt?

Retry Correct Incorrect Mini skirts grew in popularity during the period of women’s liberation. They were most popular in 1967 as the counter-culture revolution grew. This style was all thanks to the “Swinging London” era of the 1960s.

What is the name of this style of skirt?

  • Knickers
  • Showers
  • Miniskirts
  • Show-em skirts
27%

What were these sky-high boots called?

Retry Correct Incorrect Andre Courreges designed the Go-Go boot in 1965. They became extremely popular when Nancy Sinatra released her hit song “These Boots Are Made For Walking.” They were then adopted by women of all walks of life.

What were these sky-high boots called?

  • Party boots
  • Thigh-high’s
  • Go-Go boots
  • Discos
29%

These tiny toy planes were made of what material?

Retry Correct Incorrect Balsa wood model airplanes were introduced int he 1950s. The wood is a perfect material because it is extremely light but heavy enough to fly more effectively than a typical paper airplane.

These tiny toy planes were made of what material?

  • Balsa
  • Oak
  • Paper
  • Plastic
31%

What were these funky decor pieces called?

Retry Correct Incorrect An accountant named Craven Walker invented lava lamps in the mid-1960s and they immediately became popular. The simple design has heat from the light bulb makes the liquid bubble and move in fun ways.

What were these funky decor pieces called?

  • Goo lights
  • Lava lamps
  • Glow Worms
  • Blobbers
32%

What is a well-known brand of TV dinners?

Retry Correct Incorrect Swanson TV Dinners dominated the market during the 1950s. They envisioned the TV dinner after having too many leftover turkeys. They packaged the turkey with potatoes and peas and sold it for single men.

What is a well-known brand of TV dinners?

  • American Classic
  • Stouffer’s
  • Swanson
  • Easy Dinner
34%

What is the name of this computer game?

Retry Correct Incorrect Pong was the hit game released by Atari in 1972. It was a table tennis-themed game that allowed two players to compete against each other virtually. The game is such a big part of Boomer culture that one Pong console is on display at the Smithsonian Institute.

What is the name of this computer game?

  • Ball Battle
  • Score Board
  • Pong
  • Bounce Attack
36%

What beverage was held in these containers?

Retry Correct Incorrect Tang is an orange-flavored drink that was invented in 1959 but gained popularity later on when astronaut John Glenn drank it during his experiments in orbit. It’s since been known as a space drink.

What beverage was held in these containers?

  • Country Lemonade
  • Whiskey
  • Gin
  • Tang
37%

This toy is called…

Retry Correct Incorrect View-Masters were invented in 1939 by the company View-Master Virtual Reality Viewer. It is a stereoscope that lets the viewer scan through multiple images in 3D and close-up.

This toy is called…

  • View-Master
  • Reality Check
  • Space Goggles
  • A slider
39%

This type of jewelry has this fun name.

Retry Correct Incorrect Mood rings were invented in 1975 and changed color depending on the temperature of the wearer’s body. The jewelry was marketed as being able to tell whether the wearer was happy or sad.

This type of jewelry has this fun name.

  • Queen Rings
  • Antiques
  • Glammies
  • Mood Rings
41%

What is the name of this popular toy?

Retry Correct Incorrect Slot Cars were a powered miniature car that you could guide along a grooved track. You controlled the speed of the car with a remote. Slot Cars are still popular with children and hobbyists.

What is the name of this popular toy?

  • Speed Racer Mobiles
  • Slot Cars
  • Electric Cars
  • Zip Cars
42%

What were these bouncy balls were called?

Retry Correct Incorrect Invented in 1964 by Norman Stingley, Super Balls were created using synthetic rubber. The special rubber created an abnormally bouncy ball that out-bounced any ball it met. They’re still a top-seller today.

What were these bouncy balls were called?

  • Moon Balls
  • Incredi Balls
  • Super Balls
  • Space Balls
44%

What is this popular hat style called?

Retry Correct Incorrect It might have been popularized by the frontiermen of the 18th and 19th centuries, but coonskin caps became popular again in the 1950s. This was thanks to the wilderness character Davy Crockett.

What is this popular hat style called?

  • Trapper hat
  • Bear cap
  • Coonskin cap
  • Indian hat
46%

How many telephones did Baby Boomers own on average?

Retry Correct Incorrect It was extremely rare to see a house in the 1950s or 1960s that had more than one phone. That’s much different than what we know today, with everyone carrying their own smartphone.

How many telephones did Baby Boomers own on average?

  • 2
  • 1
  • 3
  • 4
47%

The insane love of the band The Beatles was nicknmaed this.

Retry Correct Incorrect While The Beatles had been popular for years beforehand, Beatlemania kicked off in 1963 when they touched down in America. Beatlemania continued for years until the band officially broke up in 1970.

The insane love of the band The Beatles was nicknmaed this.

  • Beatlemania
  • Beatletopia
  • Beatlefrenzy
  • Beatlephobia
49%

What is this marionette puppet’s name?

Retry Correct Incorrect Howdy Doody was the name of the small marionette featured on the children’s show The Howdy Doody Show. It ran from 1947 to 1960 and was taped at NBC in Rockefeller Center.

What is this marionette puppet’s name?

  • Bobby
  • Howdy Doody
  • Felix
  • Krumpy
51%

Baby Boomers would not have encountered this feature in cars very frequently…

Retry Correct Incorrect Most (though, not all) cars of the 1960s had a manual transmission. This meant drivers had to know how to physically switch the gears of the car. Nowadays automatic transmission cars are the most common.

Baby Boomers would not have encountered this feature in cars very frequently…

  • Automatic transmission
  • Taillights
  • Windows
  • Trunks
53%

What tool did you use to adjust these skate straps?

Retry Correct Incorrect Before you had roller skates with velcro or click-on straps, adjusting a pair was hard work. You had to use a skate key which was made to perfectly fit the skate.

What tool did you use to adjust these skate straps?

  • Skate jack
  • Allan wrench
  • Screwdriver
  • Skate key
54%

What is this thing?

Retry Correct Incorrect Church keys were a common household tool that was used to open soda or beer cans. The pointed end would pierce through the tin can and provide a hole for you to drink out of.

What is this thing?

  • Church key
  • Topper
  • Poke-through
  • Poker
56%

What is this man’s name?

Retry Correct Incorrect Mr. Green Jeans, played by Hugh Brannum, was a character in the classic children’s television show Captain Kangaroo. The popular kid’s show starring Bob Keeshan ran from October 3, 1955 until December 8, 1984.

What is this man’s name?

  • The Green Violinist
  • The Green Man
  • Green Man Sam
  • Mr. Green Jeans
58%

What are these?

Retry Correct Incorrect Green stamps were commonly received when you bought items at a gas or grocery store. You could collect the stamps and redeem for household goods. They reached their height in the 1960s.

What are these?

  • Green stamps
  • Green tickets
  • Green tears
  • Green notes
59%

What are these?

Retry Correct Incorrect This is a 45 adapter which are disks that play on a 45-rpm record player. Webster-Chicago Corporation introduced them in the 1950s and the first ones were made of zinc.

What are these?

  • Sticker
  • Television knob
  • Boomerang
  • 45 adapter
61%

What type of paneling did station wagons have?

Retry Correct Incorrect While the station wagon was slick, they were made even cooler with wood siding. The 1953 Roadmaster Estate Wagon was the last car to use real wood and after that, the Roadmaster used a “wood look” made of metal.

What type of paneling did station wagons have?

  • Rubber
  • Silver
  • Wood
  • Copper
63%

Baby Boomers only had this many Crayola colors

Retry Correct Incorrect While Crayola crayons had been around for a long time they were upgraded in the 1950s with the 64-pack. The new colors included come now-classics like Mulberry, Aquamarine, Cornflower, and Raw Umber.

Baby Boomers only had this many Crayola colors

  • 64
  • 164
  • 28
  • 100
64%

How low could gas prices drop?

Retry Correct Incorrect Back in the Baby Boomer days, gas prices could drop as low as twenty cents per gallon. That certainly isn’t the case anymore and the average price per gallon in the United States is $2.99.

How low could gas prices drop?

  • $2.50
  • $0.20
  • $1.00
  • $0.50
66%

What fun pastime did people do on Sunday afternoons?

Retry Correct Incorrect In the 1950s and 1960s, going for a drive was seen as a relaxing and fun way to spend time together. The novelty of owning a car led to this trend. Nowadays, driving is so commonplace and traffic is so bad that people don’t do it for fun.

What fun pastime did people do on Sunday afternoons?

  • Play baseball
  • Go to church
  • Grocery shop
  • Go for a drive
68%

Where would you see this picture?

Retry Correct Incorrect Kids today would never know a time when television wasn’t on. This was the image to say that the broadcast was “signing off.” The image appeared most nights at 1 AM and was followed by the National Anthem.

Where would you see this picture?

  • Car manuals
  • Everywhere during nuclear bomb threats
  • On television
  • At a hospital
69%

Why was Richard Nixon wiping his face here?

Retry Correct Incorrect This still was taken from the first-ever televised presidential debate. Americans watched Nixon sweat profusely and try to keep up with golden-boy JFK, who was much more prepared for the new style of debate.

Why was Richard Nixon wiping his face here?

  • Sweating
  • Dirt on nose
  • Blowing his nose
  • Crying
71%

This item was delivered to your doorstep daily

Retry Correct Incorrect If you find yourself in an older home you might notice a hole in the wall with a door on both sides. What was where the milkman would deliver your quote of fresh, daily milk.

This item was delivered to your doorstep daily

  • Newspaper
  • Milk
  • Mail
  • Breakfast
73%

What is this game?

Retry Correct Incorrect These oddly shaped toys are called jack. Kids would play with them on the in place of other games like marbles. All you needed was a rubber ball and a set of jacks to play with a friend.

What is this game?

  • Weapons
  • Jacks
  • Pest control devices
  • Dog toys
75%

Who are these television and music stars?

Retry Correct Incorrect The Monkees were a rock band that was formed for a television show of the same name. The show was so popular that they toured as a real band. They were incredibly popular until they broke up in 1971.

Who are these television and music stars?

  • The Mermen
  • The Monkees
  • A male version of Charlie’s Angels
  • The Beatles before they were famous
76%

Mary Tyler Moore was on this show before getting her own

Retry Correct Incorrect Mary Tyler Moore got her start on television starred on The Dick Van Dyke show. She rose in popularity and the show was ranked high on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.

Mary Tyler Moore was on this show before getting her own

  • Cloris Leachman
  • Johnny Carson
  • Red Skelton
  • Dick Van Dyke
78%

What is another name for a school dance?

Retry Correct Incorrect School dances (or sock hops) initially started out as WWII fundraisers. They were put on by the American Junior Red Cross in 1944. The attendees would get to dance but most of the time, it was a social event.

What is another name for a school dance?

  • Sock Hops
  • Dances
  • Gym Parties
  • Social Hours
80%

What weird thing did you have to do if you attended a sock hop?

Retry Correct Incorrect The name “sock hop” came from the fact you have to take off your shoes to dance! They required this so that you didn’t scuff up the gymnasium floor. Another name for sock hops was “record hops.”

What weird thing did you have to do if you attended a sock hop?

  • Donate $0.10 to the school
  • Take off your shoes
  • Be quiet
  • Mandatory dance with opposite gender at least once
81%

What is this haircut called?

Retry Correct Incorrect These haircuts were called ducktails before you would style a v-shape into the back of your head. The look required a ton of hair gel and would often look pretty greasy.

What is this haircut called?

  • Smooth tops
  • Ducktail
  • Greaser cuts
  • Shiny tops
83%

How would you contact someone if you weren’t at home?

Retry Correct Incorrect Even though telephones were new in the home, they were common on the street. Payphones could usually be found on every block. Today, there are only about 100,000 across all of America.

How would you contact someone if you weren’t at home?

  • Payphones
  • You didn’t contact anyone
  • Send a note from the post office
  • Send a note to police
85%

Who is this?

Retry Correct Incorrect Lucille Ball is one of the most beloved comedians of all time. She starred with and her husband Desi Arnaz in her self-titled sitcom “I Love Lucy.” She is also the first woman to ever be shown as pregnant on television.

Who is this?

  • Kim Novak
  • Cloris Leachman
  • Lucille Ball
  • Vivian Vance
86%

What did you use to find information before Google?

Retry Correct Incorrect Before you had every bit of information on your computer, it was on the bookshelf. Encyclopedias are sets of reference books that have pictures and definitions of millions of things. They’re hard to find nowadays though.

What did you use to find information before Google?

  • You had to ask about it at school
  • Call the operator
  • Wikipedia
  • Encyclopedias
88%

Who is this woman?

Retry Correct Incorrect Also known as “America’s Sweetheart,” Donna Reed was another comedian with a longstanding acting career. She starred in The Donna Reed Show and was on television for more than 40 years.

Who is this woman?

  • Grace Kelly
  • Donna Reed
  • Jayne Mansfield
  • Norma Cook
90%

Why were kids scared of soap?

Retry Correct Incorrect A common threat by parents was that they would wash out their kid’s mouth with soap if they talked back. President George W. Bush famously said his mother Barbara did just that when he “got fresh” with her as a child.

Why were kids scared of soap?

  • The soap caused rashes
  • It had a foul smell
  • They had to wash their mouths with it
  • They hated baths
92%

Where did everyone move to?

Retry Correct Incorrect After WWII, city planning changed. Rather than stay in the city, people could move outside to the suburbs and travel into the city with their car. Living in the suburbs was cheaper and seen to be more modern.

Where did everyone move to?

  • The wilderness
  • The city
  • The suburbs
  • The country
93%

This is the name of the first satellite launched into space

Retry Correct Incorrect The space race officially kicked off in 1957 when the Soviet Union launched. It led many Americans to believe the Soviet Union was technologically on par with them. Sputnik orbited Earth for three weeks.

This is the name of the first satellite launched into space

  • Vladimir
  • Sputnik
  • Soviet Satellite
  • Kremlin
95%

What is this turtle’s name?

Retry Correct Incorrect Bert the Turtle was a safety spokes-turtle for the “Duck and Cover” videos. They were a safety film shown in school during atomic drills in the 1950s. Bert was crafted by the US Federal Civil Defense Administration.

What is this turtle’s name?

  • Bert
  • Kurt
  • Jeffrey
  • Tommy
97%

What is this boy on?

Retry Correct Incorrect It might have been a simple invention but kids would play for hours on this springy toy. The pogo stick was invented by Max Pohlig and Ernst Gottschall. Combine their names and you have PoGo.

What is this boy on?

  • Pogo stick
  • Playground equipment
  • A hunting device
  • A toy wizard wand
98%

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Congrats, you finished! Here are your results:

Retry You’ve been through the mill, are you sure you’re a Baby Boomer? Ouch. Looks like time has taken its toll on your memory. Wow! Not too shabby. You just about got the whole kit and caboodle!
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