Popular Entertainment in 1930s America


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The series of events that led to massive unemployment during the 1930s is known as what?

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1. Throughout the 1930s, Americans regularly patronized nightclubs, despite which of the following?

2. Hoping that they might win a cash prize, throughout the 1920s and 30s Americans regularly participated in which of the following?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

During the 1930s, Americans struggled with the economic hardships and uncertainty brought on by the Great Depression, and the entertainment industry responded by giving audiences bright, bold music they could dance to, movies that transported them away from everyday problems and radio programs that provided plenty of free comedy and suspense. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you understand how the 1930s was not only an era of accessible and affordable entertainment, but also an era of arguably some of the best popular entertainment ever produced in the United States.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • What type of popular event in the '20s and '30s often yielded a cash prize
  • The term for the era of Hollywood in the 1930s
  • A popular radio program that caused public hysteria
  • 1930s nightclub entertainment that carried on despite what event
  • Economic conditions of the 1930s

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use your understanding of popular American entertainment in the 1930s to answer questions about how it responded to the mood and needs of audiences
  • Defining key concepts - ensure you can accurately define key terms such as Great Depression, dance marathon and Prohibition
  • Making connections - examine why the film Gone with the Wind resonated with audiences during the late 1930s

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on popular American entertainment during the 1930s. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand how popular culture reflected political and economic realities
  • Know the types of music that were popular during this decade
  • Understand how movies provided audiences with an escape from everyday hardships
  • Know some of the major radio programs of the era
  • Understand popular movie and radio program themes and genres