New Trends in American Life in the 1980s


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What characteristics made 'Generation X' Americans the 'me' or 'yuppie' generation?

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1. How did shows such as Life Styles of the Rich and Famous and slogans such as Shop 'Til You Drop' impact the American people?

2. Identify the most likely profile of an AIDS infected American in the 1980s:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

America in the 1980s is remembered for Generation X, Ronald Reagan, the pop culture and the societal epidemics. This quiz will have you recall many of these.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This 1980s quiz is for you to test your ability to:

  • Recall the characteristics that made Generation X yuppies
  • Determine what was and was not a highly demanded 80s product
  • Remember what was a pandemic during the 1980s
  • Know the phrase Nancy Reagan campaigned with in the War on Drugs
  • Understand accomplishments for women in the 80s

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - draw from relevant information from the lesson on America in the 1980s
  • Critical thinking - use this information to consider if something was or was not an in demand product in the 80s
  • Information recall - remember the knowledge you've acquired about 1980s American life

Additional Learning

Want to learn more? The lesson on American Life in the 1980s covers the following objectives:

  • Examine the money and power of the 80s generation
  • Explore 1980s music, movies and television
  • Discuss the expanding society and the epidemics