Could You Be A Home Economist in 1950?

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Could You Be A Home Economist in 1950?


17, Nyc Number, Newsweek


Byline: Number 17, NYC

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There was a time when public schools took seriously the task of teaching young women the finer points of housekeeping. In the early 1950s, future homemakers (and other students) answered questions such as the ones below from the New York State Regents High School Examination. Heat up your irons!

1. A hot iron should be used when pressing

(a) a silk slip

(b) a woolen sweater

(c) a linen skirt

(d) a crepe dress (e) rayon undies

2. If, at dinner, your hostess spreads a whole slice of bread and eats it without breaking it, the most acceptable

procedure for you would be to

(a) avoid eating bread

(b) eat bread the same way she does

(c) break your bread into two pieces and

spread it as you eat it

(d) break your bread into four pieces and

spread it as you eat it

(e) suggest a more desirable practice for

eating bread

3. A girl displays social sensitivity when she

(a) asks her intimate friend to lend her her lipstick

(b) picks up her friend's trumpet and

blows on it

(c) wears a brimmed hat in a movie

(d) remarks about another person's choice

of food when eating with friends

(e) makes opportunities for a shy person

to share in conversation

4. Which one of the following remarks will help a child to form good food habits?

(a) "No dessert, young man, until you eat

every bit of that dinner."

(b) "Eat the crusts, Ellen. They'll make

your hair curl."

(c) "Here is a small serving of beets. You

may have more if you want them."

(d) "I've known little girls to become sick

because they wouldn't eat their carrots."

(e) "See how Daddy eats all his spinach."

5. Which of the following is a good rule for the weekly cleaning of a bedroom?

(a) Begin cleaning at the top.

(b) Start sweeping at the door.

(c) Be sure windows are closed to keep

out the dust.

(d) Straighten dresser drawers.

(e) Rearrange furniture.

6. Which of the following features in a child's clothes would tend to delay his learning to dress himself?

(a) large buttons

(b) zipper fasteners for openings

(c) openings at the back of the garment

(d) elastic waistband on panties

(e) kimono sleeves

7. …

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