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1940's Questions:


1. In what ways was radio the lifeline of Australia in the 1940's?


Some are because of World War 2 some people would want to know what was happening in the war, where the army was and most importantly who had died at the point in time.



2. What was happeing in the world in the 1940's?

Nazi Germany invades Norway, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, and Luxembourg. Hitler tried to to take over the world. World war 2 started. Japan surrenders and world war 2 ends



3. Why were dance bands and their music so popular?

Because most songs meant something to World War 2 and families would like to listen to music that is about World War 2.


4. Why was nostalgia such an important element of pop music?


During this time music was used to express how people were feeling including there pain but at the same time the music tried to make them happy and feel good about the future

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5. Who were the greatest music stars in the 1940's? Some of them are Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.



6. How did the roles and lives of women change in the 1940's?

When the men went to war, there was no one to run the factories so the women had to go to work. Women were not allowed to work at first because this was considered a mans role, so the women had to stay home and look after the children and do the house work. It all changed when lots of men went into war and lots of factories were left without men to work in them.



1950's Questions:

1. What influence did Rock and Roll have on the world?The massive popularity of rock music resulted in a powerful impact on society. Rock and roll influenced daily life, fashion, attitudes, language and social developments. As the original generations of rock and roll fans changed, the music became more interesting and more energetic with Elvis Presley especially changing it a lot. In the early 1970s, rock songs and acts began to be used in television commercials and within a decade this practice became bigger and popular. Starting in the 1980s rock music was often featured in film and television program soundtracks.

2. What was the Baby Boom?A baby boom is any period marked by a greatly increased birth rate. Young males returning to the United States, Canada, and Australia following tours of duty overseas during World War II began families, which brought about a significant number of new children into the world.

This dramatic increase in the number of births from 1946 to 1964 (1947 to 1966 in Canada and 1946-1961 in Australia) is called the Baby Boom. In the United States, approximately 79 million babies were born during the Baby Boom. In 2006, the oldest Baby Boomers are turning 60 years old, including the first two Baby Boomer presidents, Presidents William J. Clinton and George W. Bush, both born in the first year of the Baby Boom, 1946.

In the 1930s to early 1940s, new births in the United States averaged around 2.3 to 2.8 million each year. In 1945, the number was 2.8 million births; it marked the beginning of the Baby Boom. In 1946, the first year of the Baby Boom, new births in the U.S. skyrocketed to 3.47 million births. New births continued to grow throughout the 1940s and 1950s, leading to a peak in the late 1950s with 4.3 million births in 1957 and 1961.

3. Where did Rock and Roll originate?Rock 'n' roll originated from the evolution of rhythm and blues. The term rock and roll was coined by Alan Fried. Some people say that Rock and Roll started in 1954-55 when Bill Haley recorded "Rock Around the Clock." It was a hit first in America and then in Britain. It stayed on the charts for over a year, and sold 15 million copies world wide. It also started Rock and Roll, and Bill Haley is considered the "father of rock and roll." The beat was bigger and louder than any beat before it and that is because of electric guitars.

4. What threats to world peace flared during the 50's? Heaps of different types of bombs were going off so that was a very big issue. Nuclear bombs became a massive threat.

5. In what way did peacetime encourage economic and industrial change? All the men that came back from WW2 would all have to find jobs in factories. There would not be many places for them but lots of women would have been fired because in the 50's after the war everyone thought that men had the right to work over women. Most women would try keep their job but because they were only getting paid half the amount of men they may have gone to another workplace, where there was no men or just not have a job at all. Although some women would have not necessarily cared that they were getting half the pay of the men were becuse some would have thought, " At least i am getting some money" and "Some money is better than NO money". Lots of women would desperately need money if they didn't have a husband working and getting paid.

6. In what ways were the 50's conservative? In the 50s women had to wear dresses and sometimes pants but the pants were for sports and men had to wear pants and a shirt. The black people and the white people were separated from each other because most of the white people thought that they were more important than the black people.

After the end of the war this started to change because people believed that as black men had fought for the country they should be treated equally. Women looked after the children and did the house work: cleaning, cooking etc. While the men went to work and worked all day coming home to expect dinner to be ready for them on the table.

1960's Questions:

1. Why was this decade called the "Swinging Sixties?" Milk still came in bottles and doctors still made house calls. In Britain, the police were still called "bobbies" (and walked around instead of driving around in vans), and while TV may have been black & white, it was far more entertaining than most of what the TV stations churn out today.

With employment high and most enjoying a reasonable income, the 60s saw an increase in people spending money. Leisure time could be enjoyed by shopping, going to the cinema, watching television and traveling abroad. By mid-decade motoring had also become a pleasure affordable to most and everything was 'fab' and 'groovy' and discotheques were the chic places to go. During the 60s there was a huge influx of Rock and Roll, beat and pop music from British bands, known in North America as the 'British Invasion'. Bands such as the Rolling Stones and the Beatles became popular in countries such as Australia, America and Canada. 1967 was the year of Peace and Love. Flower Power became the message, manifesting itself in everything from psychedelic fabrics, flowers and flares.

2. In what ways were the 1960's revolutionary? The 1960s were different because they were changing at a very fast pace.

3. How did the 'Space Race' impact on the world? The space race increased much of the technology available today. Before this age, space travel was just a dream. And no one imagined satellites would be so important as they are today. Without them we can't do nothing in terms of communication, transportation and all media resources. Just NASA has, in the period of space race, registered about 300,000 patents, including digital clock, waterproof pen and the Velcro. We can't imagine the future of human being out of the space exploration. The space research help us to understand ourselves as kind on this little platform of life that we call Earth. As Werner Von Braun once said: the space race opened the gates to the heaven.


4. Why did this revolution occur in the 60's?

It happened because there was a race between the US and the USSR to get the first man up into space. The USSR won that, so the Americans set another goal to beat the USSR and have the first man step on the moon. They were determined to win this one, so they make sure it happened as soon as possible.


5. What was 'social change'? Hippies who wanted to stand up against war and cruelty and greediness of the world. They wanted to show you could be happy and loving without lots of material things. There was also social change about war. In the 60’s lots of people had seen how war had affected the world in a bad way, so there were standing up against it.

6. What topics were the subjects of political demonstrations?

War, Greediness, Cruelty, Equal rights for all (i.e black and white people, and male and females)


1970's Questions:

1. Why did so many social movements take place during the seventies? More and more people were having mothers groups or social groups where they could meet up and talk about life or their social life.

2. What was the "Civil Rights" movement and how did it affect society? People had to respect people for what they were, even if they had different colour skin or something different about them everyone had to accept them for who they were.

3. What advancements were there in Woman's movements in this decade? women got more rights in the 70's then the 60's, more people respected them and more people accepted them

4. How/Why did the environment become and important issue? The public started to see what was happening to the environment when they didn't care about it, the community was falling apart.


1980's Questions:

1. What influence did the birth of video gaming have on the world? It had a big influence on the world, lots of people would have video games such as pacman, pong & space invaders and many more. It Revolutionized people's lives these days and what they do, it still is a big thing now.

2. Why are the 80's seen as the "Me" years? Because everyone was just trying to get as much money for themselves, and be greedy and selfish and try and get the most money as possible.

3. Who were the influential musicians of the 1980's and how did they impact this era? Madonna & Michael Jackson influenced lots of people's lives with new styles of music they brought out to the world, and also dance styles and many more.

4. How did the removal of the Berlin Wall impact on Western culture? well it definitely impacted on heaps of people's lives because it would look weird without a wall there, it is like they are taking down your bedroom wall forever, it would be really weird, feel like nothing is left, and the public would be wondering what is next to be knocked down ?


1990's Questions:

1. What were the major events that influenced the war during the 1990's ? Princess Diana being killed, the war, and lots of other things too.

2. In what ways were the 90's the "Electronic age" ? Well because of heaps of new technology like the computer and the internet and other new video and computer games also came out so that was why it was called the "Electronic age".

3. How did the advent of personal computers impact on language ? it impacted because lots and lots of people bought American brands and products etc.

4. Where were the beginnings of terrorism evident ? Lots of bombing and murders/car hijackings and killings.


2000's Questions:

1. There have been many natural disasters in the 2000's. Explain how some of them have impacted this era. Natural Disasters are really bad for the community and public. They freak everyone out and makes people very cautious.

2. In what ways has "Terrorism" become a part of life ? It started happening regularly in places like Airports, Footy Games, Social Celebrations etc.

3. What world events have had an impact on our lives ? Some things that impacted on our lives were things like 9-11, 2000's Sydney Olympics, Melbourne Common Wealth Games etc.

4. What world events are shaping our lives now ? Global Warming and lots of other several environmental issues and subjects.