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Leisure Time through History
Horse racing did not become a popular sport until the early 1900s.

Leisure Time through History

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An awareness of history can be developed by looking at different areas, one of which is leisure time. The way we spend our leisure time has changed dramatically over the centuries. The invention of labor saving devices has ensured we have much more free time than our ancestors - we don't even need to leave the house to do the shopping! Children in elementary school will learn about how leisure time in the past differed from that of the present, which helps them to develop an awareness of the differences between life in the past and the present time.

Try this quiz to see how much you know about the changes in leisure time over the centuries.

In the 1700s, many people worked long hours for little pay. A very popular leisure time activity was what?
A visit to the zoo
A visit to the capital city
A visit to a local fair
A visit to a theme park
Some fairs lasted for a week and everyone enjoyed them, from rich to poor
In 1784, a scientific spectacle caused a stir in London. What was it?
The first rocket launch
The first manned hot air balloon
The first mobile telephone
The first television show
People had never seen such a thing and it was talked about for months!
In the 1800s, people often spent their free time where?
In movie theaters
At discos
In supermarkets
At music halls
Music halls were loud, busy places to eat, drink and watch the performances on stage
What gradually replaced the loud, crowded music halls?
Busy bowling alleys
Elegant theaters
Crowded supermarkets
Tall blocks of flats
Some beautiful Edwardian theaters still exist today
How many hours a week did people work in 1900?
There were no paid holidays but most people did not work on a Sunday
In the early 1900s, King Edward VII made a certain sport very popular. What was it?
Horse racing
Ice skating
Pole vaulting
Synchronized swimming
Only the wealthy could afford to have a day at the races at first
Which three games, invented in the middle of the 1900s, are still around today?
Cranium, Connect 4 and Hungry Hippos
Monopoly, Cluedo and Scrabble
Operation, Boggle and Hungry Hippos
Twister, Guess Who and Operation
Before people had television in their homes, board games and listening to the radio would have filled their evenings
In 1927, something amazing happened in the world of movie theater. What was it?
Seats were put into theaters
Movie theater screens got much bigger
Children were allowed to visit
The first talking movie was released
In the 30s, most people went to the movie theater at least once a week. Before 'talkies' music was played to accompany the film
Nowadays we spend a lot of our leisure time watching TV. What's the average amount we spend doing this each day?
40 minutes
6 hours
30 minutes
4 hours
Some people might spend considerably more than this
After television, what's the next most popular leisure activity?
Meeting up with friends and family
Going to the movie theater
A lot of people socialize with others at least once a week
Author:  Angela Smith

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