By Good Morning Tri-State
Friday, December 21, 2007
The year 1968 had it all. Assassinations. Racial tension. An
increasingly unpopular war in Southeast Asia. Campus protests.
Generation gap. Burning draft cards. Flower power. Hair down to there.
How much do you know about one of the most turbulent and pivotal
years in recent United States history?
All the questions in this quiz are about events of 1968. Answers are
at the end.
1. In a sometimes forgotten chapter in the civil rights movement, a
protest at a white-only establishment in Orangeburg, S.C., led to the
deaths of three college students. What business was it? (a) Bowling
alley (b) Beer joint (c) Auto dealership (d) Laundromat.
2. This tune was not among the top 10 hits of 1968. (a) "Honey" by
Bobby Goldsboro (b) "Love Is Blue" by Paul Mauriat (c) "Sunshine of
Your Love" by Cream (d) "Revolution" by the Beatles.
3. This soap opera premiered in 1968. (a) "Tiny Bubbles" (b) "One
Life to Live" (c) "Days of Our Lives" (d) "Guiding Light."
4. At the 1968 Olympics in Mexico, these two African-Americans raised
their arms in a black power salute after winning the gold and bronze
medals in the 200 meters. (a) Tommy Smith and John Carlos (b) Bob
Hayes and Willie Davenport (c) Carl Lewis and Jim Hines (d) Cuba
Gooding and Chris Rock.
5. Who was not born in 1968? (a) Mary Lou Retton (b) Molly Ringwald
(c) Jim Carrey (d) Eric Bana.
6. Who did not die in 1968? (a) Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (b) Singer
Frankie Lymon (c) Helen Keller (d) Wally Cox.
7. In January 1968, a Navy intelligence-gathering ship the USS
Pueblo was captured by patrol boats from what country? (a) North
Vietnam (b) Japan (c) North Korea (d) China.
8. By 1968 the number of United States airplanes lost over Vietnam
exceeded (a) 10,000 (b) 2,500 (c) 5,000 (d) 7,500.
9. Walter Cronkite's coverage of this 1968 event was critical of the
military's handling of the Vietnam War and led some to rethink our
country's involvement in the fighting. (a) The expansion of the
conflict into Cambodia and Laos (b) The bombing of harbor cities in
North Vietnam (c) The use of torture tactics against captured Viet
Cong soldiers (d) The Tet Offensive.
10. He was runner-up to Lyndon Johnson in the 1968 New Hampshire
Democratic primary. (a) Robert Kennedy (b) Eugene McCarthy (c) Hubert
Humphrey (d) Gary Puckett.
11. Which was not a landmark during the Vietnam War? (a) Mekong Delta
(b) Hue (c) Haiphong (d) Fleury Islands.
12. One of the longest songs in pop music history was performed at
the Newport, R.I., Folk Festival. Which song was it? (a) "Tighten Up"
by Archie Bell and the Drells (b) "A Beautiful Morning" by the
Rascals (c) "Alice's Restaurant" by Arlo Guthrie (d) "I Thank You" by
Sam and Dave.
13. The My Lai massacre in Vietnam was about (a) American troops
killing scores of civilians (b) A shootout between rival governing
factions along the 20th parallel (c) Reaction to the leaking of the
Pentagon Papers (d) A failed coup attempt in Saigon.
14. Approximately how many United States soldiers were in Vietnam in
1968? (a) 100,000 (b) 500,000 (c) 1 million (d) 2 million.
15. Police clashed with thousands of anti-war protesters outside the
1968 Democratic National Convention. Where did the head-knocking take
place? (a) San Francisco (b) New York City (c) Poseyville (d) Chicago.
Answers: 1. A. 2. D. 3. B. 4. A. 5. C. 6. D. 7. C. 8. A. 9. D. 10. B.
11. D. 12. C. 13. A. 14. B. 15. D.
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