Quiz about 1978  The Disco Year
Quiz about 1978  The Disco Year

1978 - The Disco Year Trivia Quiz


This is for the 30th Reunion class of my high school. We were kinda busy that year, so let's see what we can remember ... if we're still able.

A multiple-choice quiz by Oddball. Estimated time: 6 mins.
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Author
Oddball
Time
6 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
280,144
Updated
Dec 03 21
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15
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1. 1978 was known as the Year of the Three Popes. Which of the following did not make an impact that year? Hint

John XXIII
John Paul I
Paul VI
John Paul II

2. The last thoroughbred race horse to win the fabled U.S. Triple Crown in the 20th Century did so in 1978. What was the horse's name? Hint

Alydar
Affirmed
Secretariat
Seattle Slew

3. 1978 was definitely the year of the Bee Gees, Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. On March 4, the trio of brothers took the top five positions of the Billboard Top 100 as singers or songwriters (only the Beatles had done this before). Which of the following was NOT one of the songs? Hint

More Than A Woman
Night Fever
How Deep Is Your Love
Emotion

4. 1978 marked the birth of a young girl named Louise Brown in the U.K. What was so notable about her birth? Hint

She was the first child born in space
She was cloned
She was conceived by 'in vitro fertilization'
She was the last documented 'Thalidomide baby'

5. A neighborhood called 'Love Canal' became a center of attention in 1978, when toxic waste was discovered buried beneath the soil. In what U.S. state was the area located? Hint

Pennsylvania
New York
New Jersey
Ohio

6. I don't want to make any of my classmates feel old, but ... which of the following actors and actresses was NOT born in 1978? Hint

Tina Fey
Aston Kutcher
Topher Grace
Katie Holmes

7. Which movie, released in 1978, won the Oscar for Best Picture at the 51st Academy Awards held April 1979? Hint

Coming Home
Animal House
Midnight Express
The Deer Hunter

8. The soundtrack to 'Saturday Night Fever' took the Grammy Award for Album of the Year for 1978, but did not take Song of the Year. What composition took that honor? Hint

'Copacabana' - Barry Manilow
'Last Dance' - Donna Summer
'Feel So Good' - Chuck Mangione
'Just The Way You Are' - Billy Joel

9. What then-fledgeling boxer shocked the world by taking out the legendary Muhammad Ali for the heavyweight title in February, 1978, only to lose to Ali seven months later? Hint

Leon Spinks
Larry Holmes
Ken Norton
Chuck Wepner

10. Which of the following U.S. TV shows did not premiere in 1978? Hint

Diff'rent Strokes
Mork and Mindy
Dynasty
WKRP in Cincinnati

11. What initiative led to a ray of hope in the war-torn Middle East in September of 1978? Hint

The Paris Peace Conference
The Reykjavik Summit
The Oslo Accords
The Camp David Accords

12. Which of the following books, all released in 1978, won the Newberry Medal for Childrens' Literature? Hint

Bridge To Terabithia
A Pocket for Corduroy
I Can Read With My Eyes Shut
The Basketball Diaries

13. What forerunner of the modern video game was first seen in Japanese homes in 1978? Hint

Donkey Kong
Space Invaders
Pac-Man
Asteroids

14. Which production won the Tony Award for Best Play of 1978? Hint

Da
Chapter Two
The Gin Game
Deathtrap

15. What was the topic debated in the 1978 landmark Supreme Court case 'Regents of the University of California v. Bakke'? Hint

Rights of the Accused
Providing Legal Counsel
Abortion Rights
Reverse Discrimination


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. 1978 was known as the Year of the Three Popes. Which of the following did not make an impact that year?

Answer: John XXIII

Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli (John XXIII) ruled the Roman Catholic Church from 1958 till his death in 1963, when Giovanni Montinni (Paul VI) took over. Pope Paul died August 6, 1978, succeeded by Albino Luciani on August 26, who took the name John Paul I to honor his two predecessors. Sadly, the first John Paul's reign lasted only 33 days (one of the shortest in Catholic history) when he died suddenly September 28. Polish-born Karol Wojtyla (John Paul II), the first non-Italian Pope since the 16th Century, was elected on October 16.
2. The last thoroughbred race horse to win the fabled U.S. Triple Crown in the 20th Century did so in 1978. What was the horse's name?

Answer: Affirmed

Affirned, a product of Harbor View Farms in Marion County, Florida, had to beat rival Alydar in all three of the Triple Crown races (Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes) to take the crown. Alydar became the first horse to place second in all three races in the same year. Affirmed's jockey was Steve Cauthen, who was just over 19 years old at the time the feat was accomplished.

The famed Secretariat took the Triple Crown back in 1973, while Seattle Slew did the same in 1977.
3. 1978 was definitely the year of the Bee Gees, Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. On March 4, the trio of brothers took the top five positions of the Billboard Top 100 as singers or songwriters (only the Beatles had done this before). Which of the following was NOT one of the songs?

Answer: More Than A Woman

'How Deep Is Your Love', 'Night Fever' and 'Stayin' Alive' all came from the soundtrack to the movie, 'Saturday Night Fever'. 'Emotion', performed by Samantha Sang, was also written by the Gibbs brothers. The last remaining song, '(Love Is) Thicker Than Water' was written for younger brother Andy Gibb.

There were two versions of 'More Than A Woman' on the 'Fever' soundtrack (the Bee Gees and Tavares), but neither version was one of the fabled Top Five.
4. 1978 marked the birth of a young girl named Louise Brown in the U.K. What was so notable about her birth?

Answer: She was conceived by 'in vitro fertilization'

Known as the world's first 'test-tube baby', Louise was born July 25, 1978 at Oldham General Hospital in Greater Manchester, weiging 5 pounds, 12 ounces. She married in 2004 and became a mother in her own right two years later (by natural means). The horrors of Thalidomide were long past by then, while cloning and space babies were still years away.
5. A neighborhood called 'Love Canal' became a center of attention in 1978, when toxic waste was discovered buried beneath the soil. In what U.S. state was the area located?

Answer: New York

Love Canal, named for William T. Love, was a suburb of Niagra Falls, New York. It was here that officials found a higher than normal rate of children born with deformities or life-threatening conditions, as well as an abnormal number of miscarriages. It was discovered that a business called Hooker Chemical dumped tons of materials, many of which were carcinogenic, under the soil of the area years ago, which was then sold to the community for a single dollar.

By the end of August, many of the residents were evacuated and the cleanup began.
6. I don't want to make any of my classmates feel old, but ... which of the following actors and actresses was NOT born in 1978?

Answer: Tina Fey

Kutcher ('That 70s Show' and 'Punk'd') was born February 7, Grace (also 'That 70s Show' and 'Spider-Man III') was born July 12 and Holmes ('Dawson's Creek' and 'Batman Begins') celebrates on December 18. Fey, of '30 Rock' and 'Saturday Night Live' fame was born May 18, 1970.
7. Which movie, released in 1978, won the Oscar for Best Picture at the 51st Academy Awards held April 1979?

Answer: The Deer Hunter

Both 'Deer Hunter' and 'Coming Home' centered around the Vietnam War, but it was 'Deer Hunter' that took the Oscar for Best Picture (and Best Director for Michael Cimino). Best Supporting Actor also went to Christopher Walken as the troubled Nick Chevotarevich.

However. 'Coming Home' took the categories for Best Actor (Jon Voight), Best Actress (Jane Fonda), beating out 'Deer Hunter' nominees Robert DeNiro and Meryl Streep. 'Midnight Express' took the Oscar for Best Music and Original Score (both supplied by Giorgio Moroder) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Oliver Stone).

While garnering no Oscars, 'Animal House' was the fifth highest-grossing film of the year, behind 'Close Encounters', 'Saturday Night Fever', 'Grease' and the first 'Superman' movie.
8. The soundtrack to 'Saturday Night Fever' took the Grammy Award for Album of the Year for 1978, but did not take Song of the Year. What composition took that honor?

Answer: 'Just The Way You Are' - Billy Joel

'Last Dance', from the movie 'Thank God It's Friday!' got the Grammy for best R&B song and female vocal for Summer ... and the Academy Award for Song of the Year. (Some felt it was compensation to the disco industry for snubbing 'Saturday Night Fever' in the Oscar categories). Manilow's 'Copacabana' won for Best Pop Male Vocal and the Pop Instrumental Grammy went to Mangione.

But it was Joel's ballad from the hit album 'The Stranger' that garnered the top single prize. The awards were handed out at the Shrine Auditoreum in Los Angeles.
9. What then-fledgeling boxer shocked the world by taking out the legendary Muhammad Ali for the heavyweight title in February, 1978, only to lose to Ali seven months later?

Answer: Leon Spinks

Spinks, a former Marine and member of the 1976 U.S. Olympic boxing team, suprised the seasoned veteran in only his eighth professional bout, becoming one of the fastest to ever win the belt. But, because he refused to defend the belt against Norton, he was stripped of the WBC title before the return bout with Ali in September. Leon's younger brother, Michael, was able to defeat Holmes in a 1985 championship bout, making them the first brothers to hold the heavyweight title.
10. Which of the following U.S. TV shows did not premiere in 1978?

Answer: Dynasty

'78 was an interesting year for people to watch the exploits of a hodge-podge Ohio radio station, an alien and his cute roommate and an interracially adopted family. Despite the sometimes-implausible plots, the shows did make stars out of Robin Williams (Mork), Gary Coleman (Arnold Willis) and Howard Hessman (Dr. Johnny Fever). 1978 also saw the premier of the first 'Battlestar Gallactica', 'Taxi' and 'Dallas', but 'Dynasty', the prime-time soap opera showcasing the quirky Carrington clan, debuted in 1981.
11. What initiative led to a ray of hope in the war-torn Middle East in September of 1978?

Answer: The Camp David Accords

There were actually two accords reached at Camp David in Frederick County, Maryland, but it was the second that paved the way for the landmark Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty the following year. The Accords also garnered the Nobel Peace Prize that year for Egyptian president Anwar El Sadat and Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin.

The accords were assisted and witnessed by U.S. President Jimmy Carter.
12. Which of the following books, all released in 1978, won the Newberry Medal for Childrens' Literature?

Answer: Bridge To Terabithia

'Terabithia', by Katherine Paterson, told the bittersweet story of two lonely children who joined to create their own imaginary kingdom. The story made its way to film as a made-for-TV movie in 1985 and as a feature film in 2007. (The latter was written and produced by Katherine's son, David Paterson, who was the inspiration for the character of Jess Aarons). 'Diaries', about a New York teen growing up in the 60s, also became a movie in 1995, starring Leonardo DeCaprio. 'Eyes Shut' is an easy-reading book by Dr. Seuss, featuring his famout Cat-In-The-Hat. 'Corduroy' was a sequal to the popular 1968 book by Don Freeman.
13. What forerunner of the modern video game was first seen in Japanese homes in 1978?

Answer: Space Invaders

'Invaders', released by Taito in 1978, was based on creator Tomohiro Nishikado's interpretation of the aliens in H.G. Wells' novel, 'The War Of The Worlds'. Niskikado explained it would have been easier to make the 'aliens' look human, but was against it because he felt it would be morally wrong.

The game found its way to North America through the Midway division of Bally Entertainment. 'Asteroids' came out in 1979, followed in 1980 by 'Pac-Man' and in '81 by 'Donkey Kong'.
14. Which production won the Tony Award for Best Play of 1978?

Answer: Da

Hugh Leonard's 'Da', about a former Irishman returned to his homeland to deal with the ghosts of his past, scored big over Neil Simon's 'Chapter Two', about a widower who's letting his past get in the way of his romance. While 'Gin Game', about a card game with ulterior motives, didn't get the Tony, it did garner the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for D.L. Coburn and further solidified the careers of its two stars, Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy. Ira Levin's 'Deathtrap' was no slouch, being popular enough to hold the record for the longest running comedy on Broadway.
15. What was the topic debated in the 1978 landmark Supreme Court case 'Regents of the University of California v. Bakke'?

Answer: Reverse Discrimination

Allan Bakke, a white applicant to the University of California Davis Medical School, filed suit, claiming he had been turned down twice because of the university's need to fill minority quotas. The court narrowly ruled (5-4) that 'affirmative action' could not be served at the expense of others, even majority races. Eight months later, Bakke was finally admitted to the University. 'Rights of the Accused' was the basis of the famed 'Miranda' case in 1966, abortion rights were secured with the 'Roe v. Wade' case in 1973 and legal counsel was established with 'Gideon' Decision of 1963.
Source: Author Oddball

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