Quiz: Presidents' Day Trivia

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Today is Presidents' Day, an occasion to honor the nation's former Commander-in-Chiefs by taking the day off to shop and just generally lie around. Given the holiday, why not take the opportunity to find out just how much you know about the men who occupied the highest office in the land?
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1.WhichpresidentsvisitedthebirthplaceofWilliamShakespearetogether?
  • George Washington and Thomas Jefferson
  • John Adams and John Quincy Adams
  • John Adams and Thomas Jefferson
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson visited Stratford-upon-Avon together, and they even chipped off a piece of a chair as a souvenir.
  • James Madison and James Monroe
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2.Whichofthefollowingpresidentsachievedthehighestrankduringhistimeservinginthemilitary?
  • Zachary Taylor
  • Andrew Jackson
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Dwight D. Eisenhower held the highest rank as a five-star general. Only two men in history outranked Eisenhower, one of them being George Washington, but the title was given posthumously.
  • George Washington
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3.AndrewJacksonwasnicknamed"OldHickory"duringhislifetime.Whichpresidentearnedthemonicker"YoungHickory?"
  • James K. Polk
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: James K. Polk was known as "Young Hickory," as a result of being a protege of Jackson.
  • Andrew Jackson, during his younger days before the presidency
  • Martin Van Buren
  • Andrew Johnson
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4.WhichpresidenthadelectricityinstalledattheWhiteHouse?
  • Chester A. Arthur
  • Grover Cleveland
  • Woodrow Wilson
  • Benjamin Harrison
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Benjamin Harrison had electricity installed, and he and his wife subsequently spent the rest of his administration in fear of being electrocuted.
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5.Whichpresidentlikedgolfsomuchthathepaintedhisballsblacksothathecouldplayinwinter?
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Richard Nixon
  • Woodrow Wilson
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Woodrow Wilson painted his golf balls black to play in winter, but he wasn't the only golf enthusiast to hold the presidency. Golf Digest even ranked the top 15 presidential golfers in 2009, placing John F. Kennedy at the top of the list.
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
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6.WhichpresidenthadabowlinglaneinstalledattheWhiteHouse?
  • Richard Nixon
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Richard Nixon and his wife had an underground, single-lane bowling alley built because of their love of the game.
  • Jimmy Carter
  • Lyndon B. Johnson
  • George H.W. Bush
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7.WhichofthefollowingpresidentsgambledawaytheWhiteHousechinacollection?
  • Herbert Hoover
  • Franklin Pierce
  • Millard Fillmore
  • Warren G. Harding
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Warren G. Harding was a chronic and terrible gambler, losing the china collection in a poker game.
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8.WhichofthefollowingpresidentswassolargeheoncegotstuckintheWhiteHousebathtub?
  • Chester A. Arthur
  • James Buchanan
  • William Howard Taft
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: After William Howard Taft, the heaviest man ever to hold the presidency, got stuck in a bathtub, he had a larger one installed at the White House. Taft, who famously didn't even want to become president, lost 150 pounds after leaving the Oval Office.
  • Grover Cleveland
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9.Whichpresidentdiedinofficeafterconsumingmilkandabowlofcherries?
  • Zachary Taylor
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Zachary Taylor likely contracted cholera from consuming milk and a bowl of cherries that were tainted, though rumors did circulate that his death was the result of poisoning by pro-slavery advocates.
  • Franklin Pierce
  • Millard Fillmore
  • Rutherford B. Hayes
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10.WhichpresidenthasbeenenshrinedintheWrestlingHallofFame?
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • William Howard Taft
  • Abraham Lincoln
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Abraham Lincoln was an avid wrestler, said to have participated in hundreds of matches and only losing once. He even trash-talked in the ring.
  • Warren G. Harding
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11.RonaldReaganwasanactorbeforeenteringpolitics.ButwhichpresidentearnedawritingcreditonascreenplayduringhistimeintheWhiteHouse?
  • William Jefferson Clinton
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Franklin D. Roosevelt once regaled guests at the White House with the premise for a mystery novel. One of the guests in attendance was a magazine editor, who commissioned a book based on the president's idea that later became a movie.
  • Harry S. Truman
  • John F. Kennedy
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12.WhichofthefollowingpresidentsownedanAmphicar,anamphibiousautomobilethatcouldrunonlandandwater?
  • Richard Nixon
  • Harry S. Truman
  • Jimmy Carter
  • Lyndon B. Johnson
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Lyndon B. Johnson owned the Amphicar and would delight in taking in passengers, pretending to lose control of the vehicle and drive into a lake.
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13.Whichpresidenthasaportraitinhislibrarymadeentirelyofjellybeans?
  • George W. Bush
  • Jimmy Carter
  • Ronald Reagan
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Jelly Belly honored the 40th president, Ronald Reagan, with a series of portraits made entirely of jelly beans, one of which hangs in his presidential library.
  • William Jefferson Clinton
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14.WhichpresidenthasgoneonrecordasclaimingtohavespottedaUFO?
  • Jimmy Carter
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Jimmy Carter reported seeing an unidentified flying object in 1969, and claimed he would make all information about UFOs public upon assuming the presidency during his campaign in 1976.
  • Ronald Reagan
  • George W. Bush
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
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15.Whichpresidentwasdrunkathisowninauguration?
  • Ulysses S. Grant
  • Andrew Jackson
  • Andrew Johnson
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Andrew Johnson was so inebriated at his own inauguration that he could no longer swear-in senators afterwards as a result of his intoxication.
  • Calvin Coolidge
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16.Whichpresidentistheonlyonetoholdtheofficewhohaskilledamaninaduel?
  • Andrew Jackson
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Andrew Jackson participated in a number of duels during his lifetime, mostly famously with Charles Dickinson, a man who had insulted Jackson's wife. Jackson kept a momento from that day for the rest of his life, a bullet that landed inches from his heart that could not be removed.
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • James Madison
  • Martin Van Buren
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17.WhatdoestheSinHarryS.Trumanstandfor?
  • Sebastian
  • Samuel
  • Seamus
  • It doesn't stand for anything. It's just the letter.
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: The S doesn't stand for anything. His parents just gave him the middle initial in order to appease his grandparents, both of whom had names that began with the letter.
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18.JamesMadisonandThomasJeffersonwereoncearrestedinVermontforwhichoffense?
  • Public intoxication
  • Drag racing
  • Riding in a carriage on a Sunday
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Despite being among the men who helped build a free country, Madison and Jefferson were arrested for the minor offense of riding a carriage on a Sunday.
  • Visiting an illegal gambling parlor
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19.WhichpresidenthadabuzzerinstalledintheWhiteHousesothesecretservicecouldwarnhimofhisapproachingwifewhilehewashavingrelationswithanotherwoman?
  • Lyndon B. Johnson
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Lyndon Johnson took the extraordinary step of adding a sort of adultery alarm in the White House in case his wife might catch him in the act. When he had heard stories of Kennedy's conquests, he famously claimed: "Why, I had more women on accident than he ever had on purpose!"
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Warren G. Harding
  • Grover Cleveland
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20.WhowasthefirstpresidentbornintheUnitedStatesofAmerica?
  • James Madison
  • James Monroe
  • John Quincy Adams
  • Martin Van Buren
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Martin Van Buren was the first natural-born citizen of the United States elected to the presidency. All previous presidents had been born British subjects.
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