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Quiz about Why is Wendy out in the wind
Quiz about Why is Wendy out in the wind

Why is Wendy out in the wind? Trivia Quiz


The rain has cleared up but it's windy outside. Wendy has been cooped up indoors for most of the weekend and she's finally been sent out to play. With no Xbox to entertain her (it is the 1950s!), can you figure out which toys Wendy has to choose from?

A multiple-choice quiz by lones78. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Author
lones78
Time
3 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
394,290
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Easy
Avg Score
9 / 10
Plays
570
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Question 1 of 10
1. First things first; Wendy has been cooped up and has a mountain of energy to burn - she practically bouncing off the walls! Which of the following bouncing toys would Wendy most likely NOT have access to in the 1950s? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Not likely to be affected too much by the wind, Wendy chooses to play with her brother's new toy that features a recently patented pullback motor. What type of toy has Wendy chosen to play with next? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. It bounces but can be broken when hit sharply. It can float or will form its own puddle. Definitely too messy to be playing with inside, Wendy has been told to play outside with which toy that comes in an egg-shaped container? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Playing with a flying disc in windy conditions is enough to frustrate any person, let alone a child like Wendy. Having plenty of names before settling on the name it's been known as since approximately 1957, which toy was Wendy playing with? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Onto a toy that wouldn't be affected by the wind, although a lot of use could result in a winded Wendy! Which toy can Wendy spin around her hips? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Wendy decided to swap toys again because she was definitely winded from the last one! Sitting still for a while and watching her next toy "walk" down the stairs from the deck to the grass, which springy toy did Wendy switch to? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Wendy found another toy she could play with in the wind but unfortunately, she couldn't rope the children next door into coming out to play so Wendy had to grab a shorter one in order to play with this kind of toy by herself. Again, this one resulted in a winded Wendy from so much physical activity! Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. A very old toy, however popular throughout the ages, Wendy managed to sit down for a while and play with which spinning toy? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Perfect for windy days, Wendy had lots of dolls to play with. However, Wendy knew she was getting a brand new doll soon - Mum promised it to her if she could go outside and play nicely outside after being cooped up for most of the weekend. The Bild Lilli doll, first sold in Germany in 1955, was part of the inspiration for which popular doll (that Wendy can't wait to get her hands on for fashion ideas!) - launched in the US in 1959? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Wendy has time to play with one last toy before it's time to come back inside for dinner. Wendy thinks it's a perfect day for this toy, however there is such a thing as too much wind for this toy to be controllable. Which flying toy does Wendy want to play with last? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. First things first; Wendy has been cooped up and has a mountain of energy to burn - she practically bouncing off the walls! Which of the following bouncing toys would Wendy most likely NOT have access to in the 1950s?

Answer: Space hopper

The space hopper was patented in the late 1960s, making it the least likely toy that Wendy would have had access to in order to get burn off some of her pent-up energy. The modern two-handled pogo stick was invented in 1957 and the modern trampoline was built in 1936 (with indoor jump centres being a huge fad in the 1950s).

The wonder horse (also known as a wonder pony, bouncing rocking horse, and some other variations using similar wording) is similar to a rocking horse in that it sits on rockers however the bottom of the horse is attached to horizontal beams that are attached to the ends of the rockers, giving some bounce to the toy, as well as rocking.
2. Not likely to be affected too much by the wind, Wendy chooses to play with her brother's new toy that features a recently patented pullback motor. What type of toy has Wendy chosen to play with next?

Answer: Pull back car

A pullback motor works when downward pressure is applied to the toy as it is dragged backward. This winds a spring within the motor which, when released, will propel the toy forward. Cars are a fantastic use of this type of technology and have kept boys and girls entertained for years.
Tonka toys have been around since the 1940s, however it doesn't appear that they used pullback technology this early on. GI Joe didn't make an appearance until the 1960s and, although the yo-yo has been around for thousands of years, the traditional yo-yo doesn't work using any kind of motor.
3. It bounces but can be broken when hit sharply. It can float or will form its own puddle. Definitely too messy to be playing with inside, Wendy has been told to play outside with which toy that comes in an egg-shaped container?

Answer: Silly putty

Silly Putty's main customers in the US during the mid-late 1950s were six to twelve year olds. It wasn't widely available in other parts of the world until the 1960s, however it was definitely popular in the 50s.
Play-Doh is a modelling clay-type product and the bane of parents with carpet. It's heaps of fun to mould and make all sorts of things, but it sticks to carpet and you can't get the stuff out, even when it dries, it's impossible to get off! It was around in the 1950s but Wendy's mum was smart enough not to get any for Wendy to play with!
Crayola crayons were definitely around in the 1950s, however they are solid (unless heated) and wouldn't really have the properties described in the question.
Slime was introduced to the toy market in the 1970s, meaning that Wendy couldn't have been playing with it on this particular windy day. It's more likely she was playing with it years later with her own children!
4. Playing with a flying disc in windy conditions is enough to frustrate any person, let alone a child like Wendy. Having plenty of names before settling on the name it's been known as since approximately 1957, which toy was Wendy playing with?

Answer: Frisbee

Prior to 1957 the frisbee was known as the Pluto Platter, Flyin-Saucer and the Whirl-Way. The fact that the word "frisbee" is trademarked means that organised sports using flying discs cannot use the term. Throwing a frisbee can be easy however there's a definite knack to being able to control it. As in Wendy's case, the wind was no help at all.
5. Onto a toy that wouldn't be affected by the wind, although a lot of use could result in a winded Wendy! Which toy can Wendy spin around her hips?

Answer: Hula hoop

The hula hoop was marketed by the same company that owns the rights to the frisbee, Wham-O, making the toy a international success in the 1950s. Based on the Australian bamboo "exercise hoop", the hula hoop was made with plastic and 100 million units were sold within two years of its release.
6. Wendy decided to swap toys again because she was definitely winded from the last one! Sitting still for a while and watching her next toy "walk" down the stairs from the deck to the grass, which springy toy did Wendy switch to?

Answer: Slinky

Developed in the 1940s, but continuing on as a trend for children everywhere, the slinky was originally a metal coil although it has also been made out of plastic in the years since. The slinky was inducted in to the National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong in Rochester, New York, in 2000 and became the official state toy of Pennsylvania in 2002.

The slinky sold 300 million units in its first 60 years
7. Wendy found another toy she could play with in the wind but unfortunately, she couldn't rope the children next door into coming out to play so Wendy had to grab a shorter one in order to play with this kind of toy by herself. Again, this one resulted in a winded Wendy from so much physical activity!

Answer: Skipping rope

A popular pastime in the 1940s and 1950s it is unclear as to when the skipping rope was actually invented (or the idea came about to use a rope for skipping).
Wendy decided to play with her skipping rope by herself. If they children next door were allowed to come and play, they could have taken turns jumping. Needless to say, Wendy was winded in about five minutes, so she moved onto the next toy.
8. A very old toy, however popular throughout the ages, Wendy managed to sit down for a while and play with which spinning toy?

Answer: Spinning top

Spinning tops were traditionally constructed of wood, although by the 1950s they were commonly made from plastic. Coming in all shapes and sizes, and either set in motion by a string, rope, the hand & fingers, or a push mechanism, spinning tops can create hours of fun for anyone. Almost any symmetrical object can be used as a top such as a drawing pin (thumbtack), or a sharpened stick forced through the centre of a fruit, leaving the way clear for science experiments and imaginations everywhere!
9. Perfect for windy days, Wendy had lots of dolls to play with. However, Wendy knew she was getting a brand new doll soon - Mum promised it to her if she could go outside and play nicely outside after being cooped up for most of the weekend. The Bild Lilli doll, first sold in Germany in 1955, was part of the inspiration for which popular doll (that Wendy can't wait to get her hands on for fashion ideas!) - launched in the US in 1959?

Answer: Barbie doll

The Barbie doll was launched by Mattel in 1959 and inspired by both paper dolls and the German Bild Lilli doll. The Barbie doll was a fashion icon and has had many careers throughout her many incarnations. Barbie has been an inspiration for art, music, girls, women and lawsuits throughout the world. Mattel claims that three barbie dolls are sold per second and estimates that over a billion Barbie dolls have been sold since first launch.
10. Wendy has time to play with one last toy before it's time to come back inside for dinner. Wendy thinks it's a perfect day for this toy, however there is such a thing as too much wind for this toy to be controllable. Which flying toy does Wendy want to play with last?

Answer: Kite

Too much wind can make flying a kite dangerous - not just for the person flying the kite, but for the kite itself. Kites are made of lightweight materials, so they can be lifted and held by the wind. They are tethered to something on the earth (usually a person) by lightweight "lines" so they can't fly away.

A gentle breeze is perfect for flying a kite, however on this windy day it would be too dangerous for Wendy to fly her kite - it may get damaged, or she may be injured if the kite gets out of control.
Source: Author lones78

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