If you're a baby boomer, you witnessed the golden age of television and watched Elvis Presley move on stage like no one before him. Your family's toy closet was likely filled with Hula Hoops, army men, Barbies, and Play-Doh. The 1950s were a time of rapid cultural change and economic growth. Test your knowledge of this iconic decade with printable trivia questions.
50s Trivia Questions and Answers
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The above questions cover all aspects of the 1950s from political history to pop culture. Topics include:
- Civil rights movement
- International politics
- The space race
- Television and movies
Tips for Playing
Anyone can enjoy 1950s trivia questions, but they're especially fun for seniors who lived during that decade. They're a great icebreaker at any party and a fun way to liven up a family dinner or reunion. You can print them out and try to answer them by yourself or with your partner or friends. You might also see how many questions your children and grandchildren can answer correctly the next time they pay a visit.
If you're a member of a senior center or live in a nursing home or assisted living residence, use the questions to play a game:
- Print out enough copies of the questions for each participant; do not give out the answers.
- Read the questions one at a time and allow participants time (about 30 seconds) to write their answers.
- After all questions have been asked, provide the answers one by one.
- The person who has the most correct answers wins a prize.
Another option is to assign each trivia category a point value. For example, all correctly answered history questions are worth two points, while all pop culture questions are worth three. After all questions are answered, each person will add up her points. The person with the most points wins a prize.
For either method of play, you could divide players into teams of two, three, or four, depending on how many players you have.
Exercise Your Mind
Playing trivia is a great exercise for your brain. In fact, research suggests brain games help improve cognitive abilities in the elderly over the long term although more research is needed. Whether it turns out that playing trivia plays a role in reducing brain decline or not, these questions are a fun and entertaining blast from the past.