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This week, we are giving you a test to see how much you know (or remember) about the “Good Old Days.” This was sent by two our readers from Tucker County:

History Exam

1. In the 1940’s, where were automobile headlight dimmer switches located?

    A.  On the floor shift knob

    B.  On the floor board, to the left of the clutch

    C.  Next to the horn

2. The bottle top of a Royal Crown Cola bottle had holes in it. For what was it used?

    A.  Capture lightning bugs

    B.  To sprinkle clothes before ironing

    C.  Large salt shaker

3. Why was having milk delivered a problem in northern winters?

    A.  Cows got cold and wouldn’t produce milk

    B.  Ice on highways forced delivery by dog sled

    C.  Milkmen left deliveries outside of front doors and milk

          would freeze, expanding and pushing up the cardboard

          bottle top.

4. What was the popular chewing gum named for a game of chance?

    A.  Blackjack         B.  Gin        C.  Craps

5. What method did women use to look as if they were wearing stockings when none were available due to rationing during World War II?

    A.  Suntan        B.  Leg painting        C.  Wearing slacks

6. What postwar car turned automotive design on its ear when you couldn’t tell whether it was coming or going?

    A.  Studebaker        B.  Nash Metro        C.  Tucker

7. Which was a popular candy when you were a kid?

    A.  Strips of dried peanut butter

    B.  Chocolate licorice bars

    C. Wax coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar

          water inside

8. How was Butch wax used?

    A.  To stiffen a flat-top haircut so it stood up

    B.  To make floors shiny and prevent scuffing

    C.  On the wheels of roller skates to prevent rust

9. Before inline skates, how did you keep your roller skates attached to your shoes?

    A.  With clamps, tightened by a skate key

    B.  Woven straps that crossed the foot

    C.  Long pieces of twine

10. As a kid, what was considered the best way to reach a decision?

    A.  Consider all the facts

    B.  Ask Mom

    C.  Eeny-meeny-miney-MO

 

11. What was the most dreaded disease in the 1940’s?

    A.  Smallpox        B.  AIDS        C.  Polio

12. “I’ll be down to get you in a ________, Honey.

    A.  SUV        B.  Taxi        C.  Streetcar

13. What was the name of Caroline Kennedy’s pet pony?

    A.  Old Blue        B.  Paint        C.  Macaroni

14. What was a Duck-and-Cover drill?

    A.  Part of the game of hide and seek

    B.  What you did when Mom called you in to do chores

    C.  Hiding under your desk, and covering your head with

          your arms in an A-bomb drill.

15. What was the name of the Indian Princess on the Howdy Doody show?

    A.  Princess Summerfallwinterspring

    B.  Princess Sacajawea

    C.  Princess Moonshadow

16. What did all the really savvy students do when mimeo-graphed tests were handed out in school?

    A.  Immediately sniffed the purple ink, as this was believed

          to get you high

    B.  Made paper airplanes to see who could sail theirs out

          the window

    C. Wrote another pupil’s name on the top, to avoid their

          failure

17. Why did your Mom shop in stores that gave Green Stamps with purchases?

    A.  To keep you out of mischief by licking the backs,

          which tasted like bubble gum

    B.  They could be put in special books and redeemed for

          various household items

    C. They were given to kids to be used as stick-on tattoos

18. Praise the Lord, and pass the ________.

    A.  Meatballs        B.  Dames        C. Ammunition

19. What was the name of the singing group that made the song “Cabdriver” a hit?

    A.  The Ink Spots      B.  The Supremes       C. The Esquires

20. Who left his heart in San Francisco?

    A.  Tony Bennett     B. Xavier Cugat    C. George Gershwin

  

History Exam Answers

  1.  B                 11.  C

  2.  B                 12.  B

  3.  C                 13.  C

  4.  A                14.  C

  5.  B                 15.  A

  6.  A                16.  A

  7.  C                 17.  B

  8.  A                18.  C

  9.  A                19.  A

10.  C                 20.  A

 

SCORING

17-20 correct: You are older than dirt, and obviously gifted with mental abilities. Now, if you could only find your glasses. Definitely someone who should share your wisdom.

 

12-16 correct: Not quite dirt yet, but you’re getting there.

 

  0-11 correct: You are not old enough to share the wisdom of your experiences.

This Week's Editorial:

By Helen Morris:

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