Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Presidential Trivia Quiz

In honor of today's inauguration, or perhaps because I needed blog fodder and I am a fan of presidential history and trivia in general, I bring you my first ever (and probably last ever), Presidential Trivia Quiz.

  1. Which U.S. President is tied with Thomas Jefferson for being the third tallest all-time? Bill Clinton (Srah)
  2. Which U.S. President approved "Seward's Folly"? Andrew Johnson (Elisabeth)
  3. Which U.S. President used to bathe naked in the Potomac? John Quincy Adams (Aunt Pam)
  4. Which U.S. President attended Miami University? Benjamin Harrison (Aunt Pam)
  5. Which U.S. President was the only one unanimously elected to the office by the Electoral College? George Washington (Aunt Pam)
  6. Which U.S. President had the shortest retirement between leaving office and death? James Polk (Elisabeth)
  7. Which U.S. President ranks as ninth tallest all-time? Barack Obama (Srah)
  8. Which U.S. President was the first to have a beard? Abraham Lincoln (Srah)
  9. Which U.S. President holds the record for the most grandchildren and great-grandchildren of all of the U.S. Presidents?
  10. Which U.S. President signed the order that awarded the posthumous title of "General of the Armies of the United States" on George Washington? Gerald R. Ford Jr. (Srah)
  11. Which U.S. President was the first to visit Alaska (not necessarily the state)? Warren G. Harding (Aunt Pam)
  12. Which U.S. President had a Vice-President who killed a man while in office? Thomas Jefferson (Srah)
  13. Which U.S. President was in China during the Boxer Rebellion? Herbert Hoover (Srah)
  14. Which U.S. President served on the Board of Trustees of the Ohio State University after his presidency, until his death? Rutherford B. Hayes (Srah)
  15. Which U.S. President was born in New Jersey? Grover Cleveland (Aunt Pam)
  16. Which U.S. President predicted that history would vindicate him, even though it has not to date? James Buchanan (Gary)
  17. Which U.S. President was the first President to be born in the twentieth century (in order of election, later Presidents may have been older)? John F. Kennedy (Srah)
  18. Which U.S. President is known for this statement: "I have only two regrets: I didn't shoot Henry Clay and I didn't hang John C. Calhoun."? Andrew Jackson (Elisabeth)
  19. Which U.S. President did Harriet Beecher Stowe refer to as "the arch traitor"? Franklin Pierce (Aunt Pam)
  20. Which U.S. President played in the first College World Series? George H.W. Bush (Srah)
  21. Which U.S. President served as a defense attorney for the British soldiers involved in the Boston Massacre? John Adams (Aunt Pam)
  22. Which U.S. President gave up alcohol in 1986? George W. Bush (Aunt Pam)
  23. Which U.S. President is the only one to have held the office of President Pro Tempore of the Senate? John Tyler (Elisabeth)
  24. Which U.S. President was given the oath of office by his father? Calvin Coolidge (Elisabeth)
  25. Which U.S. President's memoirs, written while terminally ill and completed days before his death, earned the family over $450,000 at a time that the family was bankrupt? Ulysses S. Grant (Aunt Pam)
  26. Which U.S. President served under Rutherford Hayes during the Civil War? William McKinley (Elisabeth)
  27. Which U.S. President is the only one whose first language was not English? Martin Van Buren (Srah)
  28. Which U.S. President is considered the "Father of the Constitution"? James Madison (Aunt Pam)
  29. Which U.S. President used to do radio broadcasts of Iowa Hawkeye home football games? Ronald Reagan (Srah)
  30. Which U.S. President was the first to travel in an airplane on official business? Franklin D. Roosevelt (Aunt Pam)
  31. Which U.S. President has a capital of a foreign nation named after him? James Monroe (Srah)
  32. Which U.S. President signed the Medicare bill and gave the first two Medicare cards to Harry and Bess Truman? Lyndon B. Johnson (Aunt Pam)
  33. Which U.S. President served the nation in the highest office of both the executive and judicial branches of the federal government? William Howard Taft (Aunt Pam)
  34. Which U.S. President was "attacked" by a swimming rabbit? Jimmy Carter (Aunt Pam)
  35. Which U.S. President, at the time of his election, was a U.S. Representative, the only sitting member of the U.S. House of Representatives to be elected? James Garfield (Aunt Pam)
  36. Which U.S. President was exempt from military service due to his religion, but joined anyway and became a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy? Richard M. Nixon (Srah)
  37. Which U.S. President had a child that married a person who would later become the leader of a new government? Zachary Taylor (Srah)
  38. Which U.S. President was the first to travel outside the United States during his presidency? Theodore Roosevelt (Srah)
  39. Which U.S. President is the only President other than Grant to have achieved the rank of a five-star general, or General of the Army? Dwight David Eisenhower (Aunt Pam)
  40. Which U.S. President signed the Fugitive Slave Act? Millard Fillmore (Elisabeth)
  41. Which U.S. President was the first to attend the World Series? Woodrow Wilson (Elisabeth)
  42. Which U.S. President was rumored to have been born in Canada, and would have therefore been ineligible for the office? Chester Alan Arthur (Aunt Pam)
  43. Which U.S. President worked as a haberdasher before entering politics? Harry S. Truman (Aunt Pam)
Extra Credit (+5): Which U.S. President appears as the desktop on my computer? Gerald R. Ford, Jr. (Aunt Pam)
Extra Extra Credit (+10): Give me a link to my desktop image.

If you have physically seen my desktop, used my computer, etc., you are ineligible for the extra credit.

Aunt Pam - 17 + 5EC = 22
Srah - 15 + 1BP = 16
Elisabeth - 8 + 1BP = 9
Gary - 1