Prohibition & Roaring ‘20s Trivia

35 questions and answers pertaining to one of the most transformative decades for American culture

Q1: Which U.S. President vetoed the Volstead Act in 1919?

A: Woodrow Wilson

Q2: In 1923, a Broadway musical opened that featured a musical number that launched the Charleston dance craze. What was this musical called?

A: “Runnin’ Wild”

Q3: The famous Route 66 was created in 1926. What two major cities sit at each of its ends?

A: Chicago and Los Angeles

Q4: In 1921, Ellis Island had to be quarantined after an outbreak of what disease?

A: Typhus

Q5: National Bootlegger’s Day falls on January 17th every year due to it being the birthday of what prolific prohibition era bootlegger?

A: Al Capone

Q6: In 1929, what popular cartoon character, known for his love of canned spinach, was created by Elzie Chrisler Segar?

A: Popeye

Q7: In the 1920s, Louis Armstrong, Bessi Smith, and Duke Ellington were pioneers in the creation of a new genre of American music, called what?

A: Jazz

Q8: Which constitutional amendment, ratified in 1920, gave women the right to vote?

A: The 19th Amendment

Q9: What historical event, which took place between 1914 and 1918, was one of the main driving forces behind prohibition?

A: World War I

Q10: This guy, who had several nicknames, including the Sultan of Swat and the Behemoth of Bust, donned the number 3 and was the biggest name in sports in the 1920s.

A: Babe Ruth

Q11: In 1928 Scottish physician and microbiologist Alexander Fleming was credited with the discovery of what antibiotic on an accidentally contaminated Staphylococcus culture plate?

A: Penicillin 

Q12: In the November 1920 presidential election, a third party candidate received 3.4% of the vote despite being held in federal prison at the time. What was his name?

A: Eugene V. Debs 

Q13: What was the term coined in reference to police officers who would turn a blind eye to the operation of speakeasies upon payment from speakeasy owners?

A: Blind pig

Q14: The very first Winter Olympics were held in 1924 in what country?

A: France 

Q15: The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald was published in what year?

A: 1925

Q16: In 1925, public school teacher John T. Scopes was put on trial for teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution in what state?

A: Tennessee

Q17: What was the name of the Livermore establishment, which once sat where Saigon Cafe is now located, that was known for bootlegging during prohibition?

A: Yosemite Club

Q18: The first “talkie” film to be widely seen debuted in 1927 and starred Al Jolson, What was it called?

A: The Jazz Singer

Q19: Walt Disney’s famous Mickey Mouse cartoon character appeared for the first time in 1928 in what short animated film?

A: Steamboat Willie

Q20: After the death of Warren Harding, who was sworn in as president in 1923?

A: Calvin Coolidge

Q21: During prohibition, it was actually legal to make and drink wine at home, but there were limits on how much wine a home could produce. What was the yearly limit on at-home wine production during prohibition?

A: 200 gallons 

Q22: In the 1920s, Americans’ fear of communist Russia’s political philosophies was called what?

A: Red Scare

Q23: In 1928, who became the first woman to successfully pilot an aircraft across the Atlantic Ocean?

A: Amelia Earhart 

Q24: A year prior to Earhart’s historical flight, who became famous for being the first American to fly nonstop from New York City to Paris?

A: Charles Lindbergh

Q25: On Repeal Day, December 5th, 1933, what U.S. President exclaimed, “what America needs now is a drink!”?

A: Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR is an acceptable answer)

Q26: Women were given the right to vote nationwide in 1920, but was the first state to grant women the right to vote?

A: Wyoming 

Q27: African-American culture, especially literature and music, flourished in the 1920s. What American neighborhood was particularly well-known for its hand in the renaissance of Black American culture?

A: Harlem

Q28: Between 1929 and 1933, in the United States, gross domestic product declined by 30% and unemployment reached more than 20%. This worldwide economic downturn, that ultimately lasted through the late 1930s, was known as what?

A: The Great Depression 

Q29: According to the Volstead Act, intoxicating liquors were defined as anything containing what percentage of alcohol?

A: 0.5% alcohol (one half of one percent alcohol)

Q30: The first Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, took place in Los Angeles in what year?

A: 1929

Q31: The tomb of the 18th Dynasty Pharaoh Tutankhamun, also known as “King Tut” was discovered by who in November 1922?

A: Howard Carter

Q32: In 1922, the Anglo-Irish Treaty, which resulted in Irish independence, was signed in what city?

A: London

Q33: The Volstead Act was named after the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, who was also strong proponent of temperance. What was his first name?

A: Andrew (full name Andrew Volstead)

Q34: On September 16th, 1920, what New York City spot was hit with a bomb, injuring hundreds of people?

A: Wall Street

Q35: Famed Magician Harry Houdini died on October 31st, 1926 due to what ailment?

A: Peritonitis, or a ruptured appendix