Hippies and the Counterculture: Origins, Beliefs and Legacy


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Which of the following is an important difference between the Beats of the 1950s and the Hippies of the 1960s?

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1. All of the following were characteristic of 1960s countercultural movements EXCEPT _____.

2. Movements like the Hippies stood against the American values established in the decade that followed _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

During the 1960s, members of the Baby Boomer generation rejected the lifestyles and values of their parents and launched their own counterculture led by hippies known for their long hair, taste in colorful clothing, and their belief in peace and free love. This quiz/worksheet combo will test you on this complex era and some of the social and political changes that have become the counterculture's legacy.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The name given to members of the counterculture
  • Characteristics of the counterculture
  • Large-scale counterculture events
  • The political wing of the counterculture
  • Reason(s) the counterculture eventually faded

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the characteristics of the counterculture
  • Lesson comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related US history lesson
  • Information recall - access what you've learned regarding the issue(s) that led to the downfall of the counterculture of the 1960s

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson titled Hippies and the Counterculture: Origins, Beliefs and Legacy. This lesson will help you:

  • Understand some of the main ideas and values of the counterculture
  • Describe the counterculture's alternative to traditional relationships and family structure
  • Explain the role of the Yippies
  • Cite examples of counterculture alternatives in style
  • List some of the positive contributions of the counterculture