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McDonald's The Early Years Quiz

What do you know about McDonald's The Early Years?
Stop and grab a bit of this quick Fast Food quiz.
"Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

1) In 1937, Patrick McDonald father of Richard and Maurice McDonald, opens a hamburger and drinks stand on historic Route 66 (now Huntington Drive) near the Monrovia Airport in Monrovia, California.
WHAT was the venture called?FUN Fast Food Trivia Quizzes powered by ABE

  1. Airdrome

  2. Mickey D's

  3. Irish Dogs

2) Brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald move their dadís building 40 miles east to San Bernardino, California, where they open the first McDonald's restaurant, near U.S. Route 66, at West 14th St and 1398 North E St., on May 15, 1940.  Their menu consisted of 25 items, mostly barbecue.  As was common at the time, they employed around 20 carhops.  It became a popular and highly profitable teen hangout, and it was directed by Eric VanDemark.

  • True or False?

3) In 1948, after noting that almost all of their profits came from hamburgers, the brothers closed the restaurant for several months to implement their innovative concept, a streamlined assembly line for hamburgers. The carhops are fired, and when the restaurant reopens it sells only hamburgers, milkshakes, and French fries.
WHAT was the concept became know as?

  1. "Treat Every Customer with Respect"

  2. "Speedee Service System"

  3. "Made Your Way, Now"

4) At 15 cents, the burgers are about half as expensive as at standard diners, and they are served immediately. The restaurant is extremely successful, and its fame is spread by word of mouth.
WHAT is the 15 cent hamburger in 2011 dollars?

  1. $1.41

  2. $2.41

  3. $3.41

5) In 1953, the McDonalds begin to franchise their restaurant. The second McDonald's opens in Phoenix, Arizona at N. Central Ave and Indian School Road. It is the first to feature the Golden Arches design. Later in 1953, the original restaurant in San Bernardino is rebuilt in the same style.
WHO was the first McDonald's franchisee?

  1. Dave Fox

  2. Marion Morrison

  3. Mike McWeeney

6) The third McDonald's restaurant opens in 1953, at the corner of Lakewood Blvd and Florence Avenue, and is the oldest McDonald's restaurant still in operation.
WHAT is the town?

  1. Downey, California

  2. Yuma, Arizona

  3. Las Vegas, Nevada

7) In 1954: Ray Kroc becomes fascinated by the McDonald's restaurant during a sales visit, when he learns of its extraordinary capacity and popularity.
WHAT did Ray Kroc do before finding the McDonald brothers and owning McDonald's?

  1. Car salesman

  2. Multi-mix milkshake salesman

  3. Animator for Walt Disney

8) Others who had visited the restaurant and come away inspired were James McLamore, founder of Burger King, and Glen Bell, founder of Taco Bell.

  • True or False?

9) After seeing the restaurant in operation, Kroc approaches the McDonald brothers, who have already begun franchising, with a proposition to let him franchise McDonald's restaurants outside the company's home base of California and Arizona, with himself as the first franchisee.  Kroc works hard to sell McDonald's.
WHO does Ray Kroc attempts to prevail on his wartime acquaintance, in the failed hope of opening a McDonald's?

  1. John Wayne

  2. Walt Disney

  3. Ronald Reagan

10) On March 2, 1955, Ray Kroc founds "McDonald's Systems, Inc.", as a legal structure for his planned franchises. He opens the ninth McDonald's restaurant in suburban Chicago on April 15, 1955.
WHERE was the Chicago area location?

  1. Oak Brook, Illinois

  2. Gary, Indiana

  3. Des Plaines, Illinois

11) WHO does Ray Kroc hires as a grill-man (later CEO and Chairman) in his first store in 1955?

  1. Fred Turner

  2. Jim Skinner

  3. Willard Scott

12) In 1958, McDonald's worldwide sells its 300 millionth hamburger.

  • True or False?

13) The 100th McDonald's restaurant opens in 1959.
WHERE was the location?

  1. San Diego, Califnornia

  2. Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

  3. Jacksonville, Florida

14) WHAT in 1959, McDonald's begins advertising in what medium?

  1. TV

  2. Radio

  3. Billboard

McDonald's The Early Years

1) A.  2) True  3) B.  4) A.  5) A.  6) A.  7) B.  8) True  9) B.  10) C.  11) A. 
) False. In 1958, McDonald's worldwide sells its 100 millionth hamburger.  13) B.  14) C.

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