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Test Your Knowledge

By Staff | Aug 12, 2009

As you may haven’t noticed, I like trivia. Found this one on the History Knowledge Web site and must admit I didn’t get an A. In this format it is easy to see the answers. So it may not be a real test of your knowledge.

Question one of 10: Who was the only President to be elected to two

nonconsecutive terms?

Grover Cleveland is the only President who was elected to two discontinuous terms. He served as the nation’s 22nd President from 1885 to 1889 and the 24th President from 1893 to 1897. Cleveland was also the only President to be married in the White House. He married 21-year-old Frances Folsom in a White House ceremony on June 2, 1886.

Question two of 10: Who was the first President to take office in the middle of a war? The answer is Harry Truman.

Harry Truman took office in the midst of World War II after Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s death on April 12, 1945. The nation and the world wondered how he would fill Roosevelt’s shoes. Truman was the first President in 50 years without a college education. But he was also one of the most knowledgeable students of history ever to enter the White House. After the Allied victory in World War II, Truman successfully shifted the country from war to a peacetime economy.

Question three of 10: What has been the average age of the Presidents upon taking the oath of office? The answer is 54.

The youngest to become President was Theodore Roosevelt, who took office at the age of 42 after the assassination of William McKinley. But the youngest to be elected President was 43-year-old John F. Kennedy. The oldest to be elected to the White House was Ronald Reagan, who was 69 when first elected and 73 when reelected.

Question four of 10: Which President was called “the Great Communicator” for his natural public speaking ability?

The first actor to be elected President, Reagan spoke about his famous nickname during his farewell address to the nation on Jan. 11, 1989. “I never thought it was my style or the words I used that made a difference. It was the content. I wasn’t a great communicator, but I communicated great things.”

Question five of 10: Who was the only President to reach the White House without having been elected President or Vice President? The answer is Gerald Ford.

In 1973, Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned after being accused of tax evasion. President Richard Nixon appointed Ford as Vice President to replace Agnew. In 1974, Ford became President at the climax of a constitutional crisis over the Watergate scandal that caused Nixon to resign in disgrace. Upon being sworn in, Ford promised that “our long national nightmare is over.”

Question six of 10: Which Constitutional amendment implemented Presidential term limits? The answer is The 22nd Amendment.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt is the only President to have been elected to more than two terms. Roosevelt served from 1933 to 1945. He died in office after being elected to a record fourth term. Six years later, in 1951, the 22nd Amendment was ratified, limiting Presidents to two terms.

Question seven of 10: Who was the first President to win the Nobel Peace Prize?

The Russo-Japanese War had been going on for more than a year when Theodore Roosevelt began efforts in 1905 to act as a mediator. He succeeded in bringing representatives of the two nations together in August in Portsmouth, N.H., where an agreement was reached on terms for peace. In 1906, Roosevelt was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his role as peacemaker.

Question eight of 10: George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush were the second father and son to serve as President. John Adams and John Quincy Adams were the first. What years did the first father and son begin serving as President?

John Adams served as the nation’s second President from 1797 to 1801. He was the first President to live in the White House. His son, John Quincy Adams, served as America’s sixth President from 1825 to 1829. John Quincy Adams was the first President to be photographed.

Question nine of 10: Which two Presidents signed the Constitution?

The answer is James Madison and George Washington.

James Madison, the “Father of the Constitution”, and George Washington were the only two American Presidents to sign the Constitution. Thomas Jefferson, the main author of the Declaration of Independence, did not sign the Constitution. During the Constitutional Convention, Jefferson was in France serving as a U.S. minister. John Adams was serving as a U.S. minister to Great Britain and also did not attend the Convention.

Question 10 of 10: Who was the first President to give a press conference on television?

Harry Truman was the first President to give a speech on television, but John F. Kennedy was the first President to hold a press conference on television.

Even before he took office, Kennedy understood the power of television. The highlight of Kennedy’s Presidential campaign against Richard Nixon was a series of four televised debates.

It was the first time that most of the American people could see and hear both candidates speak face-to-face.