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Sock Hop Quiz
by Staff
Sock hops were a popular diversion in young American culture during days of yore, and in some places, they're still hoppin' today. How much do you know about sock hops?

What decade is most commonly associated with sock hops?

  • The 1940s
  • The 1950s
  • The 1960s

What, exactly, was a sock hop?

  • An informal high school dance
  • An established senior prank
  • An illicit afterhours get-together

Why were sock hops called sock hops in the first place?

  • "The Sock Hop" was a popular song at the time and it was always played.
  • Rebellious teens would often hit, or "sock" each other during the course of the evening.
  • Dancers had to remove their shoes and dance in their socks to spare the gym floors.

What kind of music was traditionally played at sock hops?

  • Rock-and-roll
  • Punk rock
  • Blues

Who first coined the term "rock-and-roll" in its modern context?

  • Alan Freed
  • Dick Clark
  • Don MacLean

Television helped increase the prevalence of sock hops and rock-and-roll. How many TVs were in American homes by the end of the 1950s?

  • About 5 million
  • About 50 million
  • About 100 million

What well-liked TV show helped popularize sock hops and rock-and-roll?

  • "American Bandstand"
  • "American Idol"
  • "Countdown America"

What year did Chubby Checker debut "The Twist" on American Bandstand?

  • 1952
  • 1960
  • 1962

During its heyday, how many letters would the folks at "American Bandstand" receive each week?

  • About 10,000
  • About 50,000
  • About 100,000

What historical fashion fad is commonly associated with sock hops?

  • Flapper dresses
  • Poodle skirts
  • Bell-bottoms