What Would Your Name Be If You Were Born in 1950?

By: Emily Maggrett
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About This Quiz

Ah, the '50s. Through the magic of Hollywood, even people who weren't alive back then sometimes feel nostalgic for this era's retro charms. Poodle skirts, drive-in, hula hoops, ice cream shoppes ... it all seems so innocent and fun. Of course, the '50s were a lot more complex than that, but there's no harm in daydreaming about them, is there? If your answer to that question is yes, then this is the quiz for you! 

We're taking you on a journey through the past, to find out what your life would have been like if you'd been born during this quintessentially American decade. How would you have done your hair and makeup? Which slang would you have used? Would you have worshiped Paul Newman? We also want to know about your life now. Can you cook? Be smooth on the telephone? Sweet-talk your boss after making a big screw-up? All of these skills are crucial for 1950s survival, so the better you are at them, the more likely it is that you'll get a cool name as your result!

So: are you ready to find out how you would have fared way back when? Then put some Elvis on the stereo and come play this quiz, daddy-o!

If you lived in the '50s, would you have been a nerd, a soc, a greaser or a surfer?

In high school, did you like going to dances?

You've screwed up big at work. How do you avoid getting fired?

In your opinion, which '50s trend should we bring back?

When you were a kid, which classic '50s TV show re-runs were your favorite?

Do you ever wish you could go back in time and live life in the '50s?

On a scale of 1 to 10, how good of a cook are you?

What's your biggest pet peeve about modern times?

Do you enjoy Jell-o?

If you could own any '50s car you wanted, which one would you drive?

Your favorite '50s slang word is ...

Are you comfortable talking on the telephone?

What's your favorite '50s makeup look?

The tastiest '50s meal is ...

What was your New Year's resolution this year?

'50s cooks lacked our modern conveniences. What's the last food you made from scratch?

Who's your favorite classic movie star?

Do you get along well with baby boomers?

If you were forced to get involved with your school play, what kind of role would you take?

Who's your favorite '50s musician?

The most important lesson of the '50s that people today need to know is ...

Would you rather go hiking, play a game of Dungeons and Dragons or go to an art opening?

How would you describe your hair?

Let's say your wedding has a '50s theme. What will you serve at the reception?

In a movie about your high school days, who would play you?

You have the power to check out any historical '50s event. Which one do you go see?

Which '50s job would you have?

Be honest: What's the nerdiest thing you've ever done?

Are there any '50s names that you absolutely hate?

What's your name in real life?

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