How much do you know about the U.S. presidents? See if you can answer the following trivia questions! The correct answers to both sets of questions will follow at the end of this article! (See also Sets #1 and #2: Presidents George Washington through John Tyler, and Sets #3 and #4: Presidents James Polk through James Garfield.)
Set #5 – Chester A. Arthur, Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt:
- This president was the grandson of the 9th President of the United States.
- Who was the only president to serve 2 non-consecutive terms in office?
- “Yellow Journalism” ran rampant during this man’s presidential administration.
- This man is best known as the president who put an end to the “spoils system.”
- Who was the only president to be married in the White House?
- During this man’s presidency, a network of railroads began to transform the United States, and railroad families like the Stanfords, the Harriman’s, and the Vanderbilts were in their heyday.
- The massacre of Native Americans at Wounded Knee, South Dakota took place under this president’s administration.
- Which president considered the Panama Canal his proudest accomplishment?
- Forced by public opinion and Congress, which president declared war on Spain, after the American battleship Maine exploded in the harbor at Havana, Cuba?
- Who was the first American (also president) ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize?
Set #6 – William H. Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover:
- Formerly a newspaper publisher, this president’s administration was riddled with graft and corruption – said to be the most dishonest administration in all of U.S. history.
- Historians have dubbed this president along with Thomas Edison as the two greatest engineers in U.S. history.
- Who was the only president to also serve as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court?
- During an age of wild speculation and free-wheeling values (the Roaring Twenties), this president reduced both taxes and the national debt.
- Once thought to be a “slow learner,” he was our most educated president, having earned a doctorate degree from Johns-Hopkins University.
- Name the president whose motto was “The business of America is business.”
- Which president died in office on a cross-country “good will” tour explaining his administration’s policies?
- This president was mischaracterized as “insensitive” to the average working American, and incorrectly blamed for the “Great Depression.”
- While serving as president, he was our first U.S. president to travel abroad.
- This president’s most significant victory was dismantling the monopoly of the Standard Oil Company which controlled over 90% of U.S. oil refining.
Set #5 Answer Key:
(1. B. Harrison, 2. Cleveland, 3. McKinley, 4. Arthur, 5. Cleveland, 6. Arthur, 7. B. Harrison, 8. T. Roosevelt, 9. McKinley, 10. T. Roosevelt.)
Set #6 Answer Key:
(1. Harding, 2. Hoover, 3. Taft, 4. Coolidge, 5. Wilson, 6. Coolidge, 7. Harding, 8. Hoover, 9. Wilson, 10. Taft)
For Presidential Trivia Set #1 and Set #2, click here!
For Presidential Trivia Set #3 and Set #4, click here!
This lesson from “PRESIDENTS, Politics and the Process,” copyright by CJHatcher & Associates.
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