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A Presidents’ Day Quiz

by James M. Lindsay
February 14, 2014

U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornets fly by Mount Rushmore. (Lt. Anthony Dobson/U.S. Navy Handout/Courtesy Reuters) U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornets fly by Mount Rushmore. (Lt. Anthony Dobson/U.S. Navy Handout/Courtesy Reuters)

Monday is Presidents’ Day. To get you in the proper celebratory mood, TWE presents its third annual Presidents’ Day quiz. You can find a link to the answers at the bottom of the post. By all means, if you have your own presidential trivia questions, please post them in the comments section so everyone can take a crack at answering them. And if you are feeling up to it, you can try the quizzes from 2012 and 2013 as well.

1) Which president’s middle initial does not actually stand for anything?
A: James K. Polk
B: Ulysses S. Grant
C: Harry S. Truman
D: Dwight D. Eisenhower

2) Who is the only president to have run a marathon?
A: George H.W. Bush
B: George W. Bush
C: Bill Clinton
D: Barack Obama

3) Which president was nicknamed the “Little Magician”?
A: Martin Van Buren
B. John Tyler
C. James Garfield
D: William McKinley

4) Who was the first president to give a public radio address?
A: Woodrow Wilson
B: Calvin Coolidge
C: Herbert Hoover
D: Franklin D. Roosevelt

5) Who is the only president to have received a patent for an invention?
A: Abraham Lincoln
B: Theodore Roosevelt
C: William H. Taft
D: Bill Clinton

6) How many presidents have won a Grammy Award?
A: 1
B: 2
C: 3
D: 5

7) Who was the first president to hold a doctorate?
A: William H. Taft
B: Woodrow Wilson
C: Warren G. Harding
D: Harry Truman

8) Who was the first lawyer to become president?
A: John Adams
B: James Madison
C: John Quincy Adams
D: William Henry Harrison

9) Who was the first president to know how to drive?
A: Theodore Roosevelt
B: Warren G. Harding
C: Calvin Coolidge
D: Herbert Hoover

10) Which president once used his cane to beat a man trying to assassinate him?
A: John Quincy Adams
B: Andrew Jackson
C: Andrew Johnson
D: Ulysses S. Grant

11) Who was the only president to be censured by the U.S. Senate?
A) Andrew Jackson
B) Andrew Johnson
C) Richard Nixon
D) Bill Clinton

12) Who was the last president to write his own speeches?
A. Woodrow Wilson
B. Herbert Hoover
C. Franklin Roosevelt
D. Richard Nixon

13) Who was the first president-elect to travel to Capitol Hill for his inauguration in an automobile?
A: Woodrow Wilson
B: Warren G. Harding
C: Calvin Coolidge
D: Franklin Roosevelt

14) How many sitting presidents have won a Nobel Peace Prize?
A: 1
B: 2
C: 3
D: 4

15) How many presidents attended Ivy League schools as undergraduates?
A: 9
B: 11
C: 15
D: 16

16) Who was the first president who was a college graduate?
A: John Adams
B: Thomas Jefferson
C: James Madison
D: Millard Fillmore

17) Which U.S. president attended two Ivy League schools as an undergraduate?
A: James Madison
B: Woodrow Wilson
C: Theodore Roosevelt
D: John F. Kennedy

18) How many U.S. presidents enrolled in law school but never graduated?
A: 2
B: 4
C: 6
D: 8

19) How many presidents have had tattoos?
A: 0
B: 1
C: 2
D: 3

20) Which president negotiated a treaty to annex the Dominican Republic?
A: James Buchanan
B: Ulysses S. Grant
C: William McKinley
D: Theodore Roosevelt

Click here to see the answers.

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