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Test yourself on this pop quiz of presidential history

It’s President’s Day, so circle your answer and see how you do on this test.

23 questions for 2023

Arlington National Cemetery was established during the Civil War after the land the cemetery was built upon, Arlington Estate, was confiscated from the private ownership of Confederate States Army general Robert E. Lee’s family following a tax dispute.How many president’s have been buried there?

  • A) 2
  • B) 4
  • C) 5

Answer: A) William Howard Taft and John F. Kennedy are buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Which president’s first wife and mother died on the same night?

  • A) Calvin Coolidge
  • B) Thomas Jefferson
  • C) Theodore Roosevelt

Answer: C) Roosevelt’s wife, Alice, died two days after giving birth to their daughter from kidney failure. His mother died 11 hours earlier of typhoid fever in the same house in Manhattan.

Executive Order 9981 desegregated the military. Who was the president that signed that order?

  • A) Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • B) Harry S. Truman
  • C) Dwight Eisenhower

Answer: B) Truman signed the order on July 16, 1948. The order said, “There shall be equality of treatment and opportunity for all persons in the armed forces without regard to race, color, religion, or national origin.”

How many of the 46 presidents owned enslaved people?

  • A) 8
  • B) 10
  • C) 12

Answer: C) According to, at least 12 presidents were slave owners at some point during their lives: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, James K. Polk, Zachary Taylor, Andrew Johnson and Ulysses S. Grant.

What president signed the Civil Rights Act into law?

  • A) John F. Kennedy
  • B) Lyndon Johnson
  • C) Dwight D. Eisenhower

Answer: B) The act, signed into law by Johnson on July 2, 1964, prohibited discrimination in public places, provided for the integration of schools and other public facilities and made employment discrimination illegal. It was the most sweeping civil rights legislation since Reconstruction.

What amendment to the Constitution is the following text from?

Section 1.Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

  • A) 12th
  • B) 13th
  • C) 14th

Answer: B) President Abraham Lincoln got the 13th Amendment ratified at the end of the Civil War before the Southern states had been restored to the Union.

Other than Barack Obama, who is the other person of African American heritage to have received Electoral College votes?

  • A) Rev. Jesse Jackson
  • B) Martin Luther King Jr.
  • C) Colin Powell

Answer: C) In the 2016 election, 10 members of the Electoral College voted or attempted to vote for a candidate different from the ones to whom they were pledged. Three of the electors voted for Powell while John Kasich, Ron Paul, Bernie Sanders and Faith Spotted Eagle each received one vote.

The first film to be shown in the White House was “Birth of a Nation” which glorified the Ku Klux Klan. What president was it shown to?

  • A) William Howard Taft
  • B) Woodrow Wilson
  • C) Warren G. Harding

Answer: B) It was shown on March 21, 1915. The film was based on “The Clansman” a novel by Wilson’s friend, Thomas Dixon.

What president signed Executive Order 12232, which directed the Secretary of Education to “implement a Federal initiative designed to achieve a significant increase in the participation by historically Black colleges and universities in Federally sponsored programs”?

  • A) Richard Nixon
  • B) Jimmy Carter
  • C) Ronald Reagan

Answer: B) Carter established the program on Aug. 8, 1980. Each president since has reestablished the initiative.

What state was Abraham Lincoln born in?

  • A) Illinois
  • B) Kentucky
  • C) Indiana

Answer: B) Lincoln was born on Feb. 12, 1809, in Hardin County, Kentucky. He moved to Indiana when he was 8 and after being a captain in the Black Hawk War, settled in Illinois.

What religious holiday was Abraham Lincoln assassinated on?

  • A) Easter
  • B) Passover
  • C) Good Friday

Answer: On Good Friday, April 14, 1865, Lincoln was assassinated at Ford’s Theatre in Washington by John Wilkes Booth.

How many presidents died in office?

  • A) 6
  • B) 8
  • C) 9

Answer: B) Eight presidents have died in office. Four died from natural causes: William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, Warren G. Harding and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Four were killed by assassins’ bullets: Abraham Lincoln, James A. Garfield, William McKinley and John F. Kennedy.

What year was George Washington born?

  • A) 1732
  • B) 1740
  • C) 1776

Answer: A) Washington was born Feb. 22, 1732, in Westmoreland County in the British colony of Virginia. He died at age 67.



How many years did it take to build the Washington Monument?

  • A) 26
  • B) 30
  • C) 36

Answer: C) Construction began in 1848 but was halted from 1854 to 1879. The monument was completed in 1884.

How old was President Barack Obama when he was sworn in as president?

  • A) 45
  • B) 47
  • C) 57

Answer: B) Obama was the fifth youngest to take the oath of office. The four to be sworn in that were younger were Theodore Roosevelt (42), John F. Kennedy (43), Bill Clinton (46) and Ulysses S. Grant (46).

Where any presidents born in Florida?

  • A) Yes
  • B) No

Answer: B) No. Florida is one of 29 states that is not the birthplace of a president.

Which president was not born in Vermont?

  • A) Chester Arthur
  • B) Calvin Coolidge
  • C) Grover Cleveland

Answer: C) Cleveland was born in 1837 in Caldwell, N.J. He is the only president to serve two nonconsecutive terms in office serving as the 22nd and 24th president.

Which president was not born in Texas?

  • A) Dwight Eisenhower
  • B) George W. Bush
  • C) Lyndon Johnson

Answer: B) George W. Bush was born in New Haven Connecticut, and moved to Texas as a child.

How many one-term presidents have there been?

  • A) 8
  • B) 10
  • C) 13

Answer: C) The 13 are: John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Martin Van Buren, James K Polk, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Rutherford B Hayes, Benjamin Harrison, William Taft, Herbert Hoover, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush and Donald Trump.

Who is the president is in the image below?

  • A) William Howard Taft
  • B) Woodrow Wilson
  • C) Warren G. Harding

Answer: A) Taft is the last president to have facial hair in an official portrait.

How many assassination attempts on U.S. presidents have there been?

  • A) 4
  • B) 6
  • C) 10

Answer: C)

  1. 1835: Andrew Jackson — Jackson is unhurt
  2. 1865: Abraham Lincoln — Lincoln is killed
  3. 1881: James Garfield — Garfield is killed
  4. 1901: William McKinley — McKinley is killed
  5. 1912: Theodore Roosevelt — Roosevelt is wounded
  6. 1933: Franklin Roosevelt — Roosevelt is unhurt
  7. 1950: Harry S. Truman — Truman is unhurt
  8. 1963: John F. Kennedy — Kennedy is killed
  9. Sept. 5, 1975: Gerald R. Ford — Ford is unhurt
  10. Sept. 22, 1975: Gerald R. Ford — Ford is unhurt
  11. 1981 Ronald Reagan — Reagan is wounded

How many presidents have had 500 or more Electoral College votes?

  • A) 1
  • B) 3
  • C) 5

Answer: B): Ronald Reagan 1984 (525), Franklin D. Roosevelt 1936 (523) and Richard Nixon 1972 (520).

What president contracted Mark Twain to write his memoirs and died a few days before the book was completed?

  • A) James A. Garfield
  • B) Ulysses S. Grant
  • C) Andrew Johnson

Answer: B) Grant lost his hopes of a secure retirement after he borrowed money to support his son’s brokerage business and a partner scammed him. He then had throat cancer and to raise money for his wife, he contracted Twain. His widow ultimately got the royalties, which were about $450,000.

Quiz score:

  • 23-16 correct: Two-term president
  • 14-10: One-term president
  • 0-9 correct: Unelected


Source: Orange County Register

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