How Much Do You Know About 1940s Pop Culture?

The 1940s was a period of ups and downs in America. From World War II to VE Day, the 40s helped to shape the nation forever. Do you know 1940s pop culture well? Take these 12 quiz questions and discover the truth!
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This actress won an Academy Award in 1944 for her portayal of Paula Alquist Anton in the movie Gaslight.
Ingrid Bergman
Ava Gardner
Katharine Hepburn
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Orson Welles directed this groundbreaking film in 1941.
Citizen Kane
Casablanca
It's A Wonderful Life
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What actor portrayed the main character Rick Blaine in the Oscar-winning movie Casablanca?
Cary Grant
Humphrey Bogart
James Stewart
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Which Alabama native and all time country music legend recorded “Lovesick Blues” and “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” in 1949?
Hank Williams
Earnest Tubb
Johnny Cash
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James Stewart portrayed George Bailey in this annual Christmas favorite.
Miracle on 34th Street
The Santa Clause
It's A Wonderful Life
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Which famous crooner recorded his rendition of “White Christmas”, which became the best-selling single of all time in 1942?
Bing Crosby
Frank Sinatra
Dean Martin
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What was the first non-American film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture?
Hamlet
The Big Sleep
Great Expectations
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The second animated feature film ever by Walt Disney was released in 1940 about a wooden puppet and his wood-carver. What was it called?
Dumbo
Pinnochio
Bambi
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This famous jazz vocalist, who often collaborated with Louis Armstrong, was a master of scat singing.
Rosemary Clooney
Ella Fitzgerald
Billie Holiday
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Which author, famous for their book “Atlas Shrugged," also penned The Fountainhead in 1943?
Ayn Rand
Albert Camus
Ernest Hemingway
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What child kept a diary as she hid for two years with her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands.
Anne Frank
Helen Keller
Elie Wiesel
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The mid 30s to mid 40s were the prime era for this type of music.
Folk
Swing
Pop
Result
While you may not be familiar with the pop culture of the 1940s, you definitely held your own on this quiz. Sure, you may not be the world's foremost expert on this decade just yet, but you're well on your way!

C+, 40s Culture Average

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You're a total 1940s culture whiz! It's obvious that you value the history and culture of the 1940s. Not only do you know the music and movies, but you're pretty keen on the cultural events that made this decade so special.

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You're a 1940s pop culture expert. Unlike most people, you know the pop culture of the 1940s as only a true history expert can. From the most iconic films to the best in music, you understand the impact that this decade had on history and culture for decades to come.

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1
This actress won an Academy Award in 1944 for her portayal of Paula Alquist Anton in the movie Gaslight.
Ingrid Bergman
Ava Gardner
Katharine Hepburn
2
Orson Welles directed this groundbreaking film in 1941.
Citizen Kane
Casablanca
It's A Wonderful Life
3
What actor portrayed the main character Rick Blaine in the Oscar-winning movie Casablanca?
Cary Grant
Humphrey Bogart
James Stewart
4
Which Alabama native and all time country music legend recorded “Lovesick Blues” and “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” in 1949?
Hank Williams
Earnest Tubb
Johnny Cash
5
James Stewart portrayed George Bailey in this annual Christmas favorite.
Miracle on 34th Street
The Santa Clause
It's A Wonderful Life
6
Which famous crooner recorded his rendition of “White Christmas”, which became the best-selling single of all time in 1942?
Bing Crosby
Frank Sinatra
Dean Martin
7
What was the first non-American film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture?
Hamlet
The Big Sleep
Great Expectations
8
The second animated feature film ever by Walt Disney was released in 1940 about a wooden puppet and his wood-carver. What was it called?
Dumbo
Pinnochio
Bambi
9
This famous jazz vocalist, who often collaborated with Louis Armstrong, was a master of scat singing.
Rosemary Clooney
Ella Fitzgerald
Billie Holiday
10
Which author, famous for their book “Atlas Shrugged," also penned The Fountainhead in 1943?
Ayn Rand
Albert Camus
Ernest Hemingway
11
What child kept a diary as she hid for two years with her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands.
Anne Frank
Helen Keller
Elie Wiesel
12
The mid 30s to mid 40s were the prime era for this type of music.
Folk
Swing
Pop