Sunday, February 17, 2008

How Well Do You Know The U.S. Presidents?

Happy Presidents Day to all!

While in Arizona visiting my parents, I was drawn to this quiz in the Sunday Arizona Republic newspaper. Being known as the U.S. Presidents junkie...err "expert" on staff, I, of course had to put my trivial mind to work. Try your best and see if you can do better than me, I got 16 of 20 questions right. Let me know how you did! No fair cheating and looking up the answers! For a wide selection of books about all of our presidents checkout our "Don't Know Much About Presidents" booklist which is also available as a booklet on the library's literature racks.

1) Who is the only president to serve as chief justice of the Supreme Court?

a) Millard Fillmore b) William H. Taft

c) Rutherford B. Hayes d) James K. Polk

2) Which president approved the Star-Spangled Banner as the national anthem?

a) Abraham Lincoln b) Zachary Taylor
c) Herbert Hoover d) Franklin D. Roosevelt

3) Who was the first president to call the president’s residence in Washington, D.C., the "White House?"

a) James Buchanan b) Theodore Roosevelt
c ) Franklin Pierce d) Warren G. Harding

4) Who said: "I may be president of the United States, but my private life is nobody’s damn business"?

a) Richard Nixon b) Chester A. Arthur
c) John F. Kennedy d) Bill Clinton

5) At 6 feet 4 inches, Abraham Lincoln was the tallest president. Who was the shortest?

a) John Quincy Adams b) Andrew Jackson
c) James Madison d) Harry S. Truman

6) Who was the first president to ride to and from his inauguration in an automobile?

a) William H. Taft b) Woodrow Wilson
c) Warren G. Harding d) John F. Kennedy

7) Which president got out of his limousine and walked down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House on Inauguration Day?

a) Ronald Reagan b) Jimmy Carter
c) Bill Clinton d) George W. Bush

8) Which president killed a man in a duel after he cast a slur against the soon-to-be president’s wife?

a) Ulysses S. Grant b) Andrew Jackson
c) Zachary Taylor d) James A. Garfield

9) Who gave the longest inauguration speech in U.S. history at 105 minutes?

a) Ronald Reagan b) William Henry Harrison
c )Rutherford B. Hayes d) Calvin Coolidge

10) Who served the shortest term?

a) Chester A. Arthur b) William Henry Harrison
c) Andrew Johnson d) Millard Fillmore

11) Who was the only bachelor president?

a) James K. Polk b) John Tyler
c) Martin Van Buren d) James Buchanan

12) Who was the last president to be born in a log cabin?

a) Abraham Lincoln b) Theodore Roosevelt
c) Jimmy Carter d) James A. Garfield

13) Who was the first president to visit all 50 states?

a) Harry S. Truman b) Richard Nixon
c) Lyndon B. Johnson d) Dwight D. Eisenhower

14) Who was the third president to die in an assassination?

a) John F. Kennedy b) Abraham Lincoln
c) William McKinley d) James A. Garfield

15) Who was the first president to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery?

a) Theodore Roosevelt b) John F. Kennedy
c) Ulysses S. Grant d) William H. Taft

16) Which president signed the bill that made Arizona the 48th state in the Union?

a) William H. Taft b) William McKinley
c) Theodore Roosevelt d) Grover Cleveland

17) Who was the first president born in the United States?

a) Martin Van Buren b) George Washington
c) James Monroe d) William Henry Harrison

18) Which president regularly swam nude in the Potomac River?

a) John Quincy Adams b) Calvin Coolidge
c) Herbert Hoover d) James K. Polk

19) Which president was a speed reader, having been recorded reading 2,000 words per minute?

a) Thomas Jefferson b) Bill Clinton
c) Jimmy Carter d) John Adams

20) What political party did George Washington (1789-97) belong to?

a) The Federalists b) The Whig Party
c) The Revolutionary Party d) No party

Answers: 1)B 2)C 3)B 4)B 5)C 6)C 7)B 8)B 9)B 10)B 11)D 12)D 13)B 14)C 15)D 16)A 17)A 18)A 19)C 20)D

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