Quiz: Could You Pass a 1953 Home Ec Class?
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Could You Pass a 1953 Home Ec Class?
By: Torrance Grey
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About This Quiz

The more things change, the more they stay the same! That seems to be at least partly true when it comes to our ideas about domesticity and housekeeping. Most people would say that they wouldn't want to live in the 1950s, with all the pressure to keep a perfect home and rules for doing so. But some of the top-selling books and magazines in the 21st century are ones that push very similar standards. Consider, of course, domestic guru Martha Stewart and her lifestyle brand. Or think about the many women's magazines, like "O" and "Real Simple" which publish fairly time-consuming recipes for readers whom they say, in the next breath, have jam-packed lives and schedules. 

It seems people have always cared about keeping a welcome, clean and appealing home! Today, people of all genders are interested in home care, and they love seeing who can recreate grandma's famous meatballs. What might have been considered relics of the past at some point have become exciting and celebrated aspects of society! From balancing a checkbook to repairing home appliances, young people celebrate and discover the domesticity of the past every day!

Just how much have things really have changed since, say, 1953?  We went to the archives to dig up some of the lore and tips of 1950s home economics. We've turned these tips into a quiz, so if you're curious about how you'd measure up to 1950s standards of housekeeping, wonder no more!

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Party invitation? It's time to make your classic _____ upside-down cake!
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The length of time meat needs to roast depends on its _______.
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Which of these gets sifted?
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One tablespoon of cornstarch mixed with two cups water makes a good ______.
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What kind of food might have a "lattice"?
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Which of these can restore copper to its original brightness?
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How often should the toilet be cleaned?
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How many times should you flip meat while pan-frying it?
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Which of these does NOT belong in a Key lime pie?
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Which of these complements a pork roast well?
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Which of these alcoholic drinks should be kept in the kitchen for cooking purposes?
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Which of these would get basted?
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Which of these might be kept in a box?
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Cutting and serving an angel food cake? You'll need a _______.
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A close cousin to the cookie cutter is the cookie ____.
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What is a food mill used for?
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Vegetables cut into long, thin strips are said to be _____.
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Need a little ice for your drink? You'll need an ice ___.
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A tool with a wooden handle and a grid or squiggle of inflexible metal below is probably a ______.
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A mixture of lemon juice and water is good for removing what kind of stains?
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Which of these vegetables would be served creamed?
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True or false? You should button shirts closed before washing them.
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Why are items like bedspreads and pillows frequently aired out rather than laundered?
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If you are trying to "reduce," what are you doing?
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Which of these fancy dishes is at risk to "fall"?
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Which of these dishes is literally set afire?
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Which of these would a 1950s housewife mostly likely use to make coffee?
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Which of these was THE classic vacuum cleaner of the 1950s?
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