Flush with the success of my far superior Alzheimer’s test not too long ago, I simply had to devise a test for Baby Boomers to assess their knowledge of our cultural landmarks.
Or, maybe it’s more apt to say it tests their memory of our generation’s culture, right? Because how many times do we KNOW that something is buried in our brains but we just can’t access it? Yeah, I thought so. Well, we do the best we can with what we have. Let’s get down to business:
Are you a real Baby Boomer? This test will tell you! So why not give it a go? And count up the number of correct answers for your score.
Carol’s Baby Boomer Test
1-What river is the subject of the song, Dirty Water by the Standells?
The River Charles.
2-What kind of car did Abigail Beecher drive in the Churck Berry song?
3-What one-word career advice did Benjamin get in The Graduate?
4-Finish this line: Sha-na-na-na, Sha-na-na-na Hey Hey, _________
5-What was the name of the office complex that was the site of the break-in at the Democratic National Convention offices in June, 1972?
6-What happened at Kent State University in 1970?
College students were killed when the Ohio National Guard fired on unarmed peace protesters
7-And what was the name of the song about it done by Crosby Stills and Nash?
Ohio (four dead in Ohio…)
8-What happened in Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas?
President John F. Kennedy was shot.
9-Who shot Bobby Kennedy?
Sirhan Sirhan. Supposedly.
10-Who sang a song about the killings of Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Martin Luther King and JFK?
11-Peter, Paul & Mary sang about a magic dragon. What was its name?
12-Who was Butch Cassidy’s partner?
The Sundance Kid.
13-What was John Lennon’s first wife’s name?
14-The Beatles sang about a submarine. What color was it?
15-What group did Dion used to sing with?
16- Who ran for president against George Bush in 2000? Some say he was the real winner.
15- 16 correct: Expert Baby Boomer! Knowledgeable about all our generation’s important events. And, congratulations! You’ve retained all your marbles.
10-14 correct: Your memory is a bit lacking. You might have smoked too much weed back then.
Below 10: Imposter! Admit it. You’re a Gen X-er.