An 80s Pop Quiz by Jenny Holiday

This week, Jenny Holiday launches The Fixer, book one in her 1980s-set New Wave Newsroom universe. Set against the machinations of a college newspaper, the series is quick-releasing this fall and will take you back to a totally tubular time of big hair and big romance. To kick off the series, she wrote a gnarly 1980s quiz. Check back tomorrow for answers with commentary. One commenter on today’s or tomorrow’s post will win a copy of The Fixer and copies of subsequent books in the series as they release. And, hey, we’d be amped if you’d share your schweet quiz answers too!

“Dickweed” refers to:

  1. An unfortunately named weed that has nothing to do with the 1980s.
  2. 1980s slang for genital warts
  3. A distasteful person.

Which 1980s heartthrob went on to become a Trump surrogate?

  1. Scott Baio aka Charles in Charge
  2. Kirk Cameron aka Mike Seaver
  3. Ricky Schroder aka Richard Stratton

Who was not a fictional girlfriend of John Cusack?

  1. Diane Court
  2. Monique Junot
  3. Andie Walsh

What was Matthew Broderick trying to prevent in War Games?

  1. Russian missile attack
  2. The US from boycotting the 1980 Olympics
  3. Global thermonuclear war

Choose the 1980s song that wasn’t, in retrospect, a little bit (or a lot) creepy.

  1. Every Breath You Take
  2. True Colors
  3. More Than Words

What wasn’t made into cereal in the 1980s?

  1. Keebler Elves
  2. Smurfs
  3. Ghostbusters

It’s 1984. You feel the need to gag yourself. What implement will you use?

  1. Finger
  2. Spoon
  3. Jello Pudding Pop stick

What does Mr. T pity?

  1. Bad drivers
  2. Weaklings
  3. Fools





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09/16/2016 8:01 am

I love books set in the 80’s, even though it makes me feel old that my childhood is now is historical period!

Jenny Holiday
Jenny Holiday
Reply to  Kristy
09/16/2016 10:31 am

Kristy: I know!!! But I console myself that most organizations (like RWA) and retailers still consider anything post-1950 “contemporary romance.” But it is weird to see decades you lived through as historical, isn’t it?

Sandra Owens
Sandra Owens
09/15/2016 3:42 pm

Fun quiz. I only know the answers to four of them. I think I slept through the 80s. Love your cover!!!!

09/15/2016 1:58 pm

Pretty sure I knew most of the quiz answers. I do love some 80s nostalgia!

Maggie Boyd
Maggie Boyd
09/15/2016 10:27 am

Woot-woot, I knew all but one of the answers! So fun!

09/15/2016 9:47 am

I’m pretty sure I got at least 5 right. Fun quiz.

Jenny Holiday
Jenny Holiday
Reply to  Dabney Grinnan
09/15/2016 12:06 pm

“What the hell Michael Stipe was saying.” Yes! I remember once my Sassy magazine came with one of those floppy 45 records inserted in it (those flexible ones made of…vinyl?) It was the new REM single, and the lyrics were printed in the magazine. I remember thinking, “SCORE!”