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Playing History

May 30 2010
Instructions
ItsLassieTime, Game of the District Messenger Boy game components, McLoughlin

Since the early 19th century, Americans have played games about American settings, governed by American rules. Space by space, children and adults have learned, consciously and unconsciously, about mathematics, economics, ethics, history, politics, and other subjects through these settings and their rules. Answer these questions about board games.


  1. The earliest-known board game printed and invented in the U.S. was designed to teach:
    A.

    U.S. geography

    B.

    European history

    C.

    Proper moral behavior

    D.

    Multiplication tables


  2. Late 19th-century board games promoted the "rags to riches" myth of American success. Titles included:
    A.

    Paul Pennywise's Game of Common-sense

    B.

    Game of the District Messenger Boy, or Merit Rewarded

    C.

    Rags to Riches

    D.

    Golden Shores, The Immigrant's Story


  3. The Game of Life (or LIFE, published in its modern form in 1960), in which players progress through the stages of a stereotypical successful American life to reach retirement, developed from an earlier game, published in:
    A.

    1823

    B.

    1860

    C.

    1920

    D.

    1945


  4. The inventor of The Landlord's Game, a 1904 precursor to Monopoly, intended the game to highlight:
    A.

    The virtues of capitalism

    B.

    The importance of planning ahead

    C.

    The dangers of capitalism

    D.

    The spread of railroads and new utilities