Do you remember when the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12) and George Washington (Feb. 22) were national holidays? This eventually gave way to Presidents' Day, which we will celebrate Monday. To commemorate the occasion, you are invited to take another quiz. Just for fun, see how many of the presidents you can identify from the clues given. Over two sessions, all 43 presidents will be covered, some more than once. While we have all studied American History, don't worry about your score, this is a teaching exam. As usual, the answers are at the end of the column, but first, see how you can do.
(1) This leader in the American Revolution was our first vice president and second president. (2) He is blamed in many quarters for the Great Depression. (3) His administration has been identified with Camelot. (4) A famous doctrine from American History carries the name of the fifth president. (5) He opened trade with China. (6) He was the first president to die in office, living barely a month. (7) The Iran hostage crisis occurred during his administration. (8) This was the first Democrat to be elected after the Civil War, the first to be married in the White House and the only one to have his two terms in office interrupted.
WARTIME PRESIDENTS (9) The British burned the White House in the War of 1812 during his presidency; (10) He called the Korean War a police action. (11) The war during his administration was prosecuted in a matter of weeks. (12) He aspired to create a Great Society during the Vietnam War. (13) This man was president during the Spanish American War. (14) During World War II, they ran off and left his little dog, Fala, in Alaska. (15) According to the president, this war was to end all wars. (16) Motivated by Manifest Destiny of the 1840s, he was one president who delivered on his promises.
GENERALS (17) Old Rough and Ready, a hero of the Mexican War, became president in 1849. (18) He won a stunning victory over the British in the Battle of New Orleans. (19) His army was victorious at Yorktown to win our independence. (20) Our system of interstate highways was instituted during his administration. (21) He led the Union Army to victory during the War Between the States.
(22) He gave a famous speech dedicating a Civil War battlefield. (23) The last name of the man who became president in 1881 following the assassination of James Garfield is the same as the famous World War II General Mc_____. (24) He was the son of the former president, but his name is not Bush. (25) The University of New Hampshire Law School is named in honor of this president, who was elected in 1852. (26) He came from Hope, Ark.
Answers: (1) John Adams (2) Herbert Hoover (3) John F. Kennedy (4) James Monroe (5) Richard Nixon (6) William H. Harrison (7) Jimmy Carter (8) Grover Cleveland (9) James Madison (10) Harry S. Truman (11) George H.W. Bush (12) Lyndon B. Johnson (13) William McKinley (14) Franklin D. Roosevelt (15) Woodrow Wilson (16) James K. Polk (17) Zachary Taylor (18) Andrew Jackson (19) George Washington (20) Dwight D. Eisenhower (21) Ulysses S. Grant (22) Abraham Lincoln (23) Chester A. Arthur (24) John Q. Adams (25) Franklin Pierce (26) Bill Clinton.
Page 2 of 2 - The second half of the test will follow on Feb. 27.
Roy Shaver writes a weekly column for the Daily News.