Quiz created: 1999/9/4, Revised 2010/7/29

Presidential Quiz (1)

Instructions: Answer the multiple choice questions, guessing if necessary; then click on the "Process Questions" button to see your score. The program will not reveal which questions you got wrong, only how many points you have. Go back and change your answers until you get them all right. (The message box will rejoice at that point and the page will change color in delight.)

Points to note: (1) Questions with only one possible answer are one point each. (2) Questions with one or more possible answers (represented by check boxes) give a point for each correct answer, but also subtract a point for each wrong answer! (3) The program will not attempt to score your efforts at all if you have not tried at least half of the questions. (4) This quiz is for your own use only. No record of your progress is kept or reported to anyone.


1. George Washington's hair is always shown as white because
he was always old 
he wore a white wig 
he powdered his hair to make it white 
old paintings are discolored 
No Answer
2. The area of the United States nearly doubled due to the "Louisiana Purchase" under President
Grant  Hayes  Jefferson  Lincoln  Madison  Polk  No Answer
3. Alexander Hamilton never became president, but often sought to influence who would. Like his son two years later, he died
in war 
in a duel 
in bed 
in a carriage 
in a theatre 
when he was abducted by space aliens 
No Answer
4. Although there is a structure known as "Grant's Tomb" in Riverside Park in New York City, most presidents have been buried in Washington. Who is actually buried in "Grant's Tomb"?
No-one; it is a joke name for an Egyptian sarcophagus brought to New York in 1912 
Jeffrey Grant, who contributed the park land to the city of New York 
Isaac Grant, inventor of the bagel 
Susan B. Anthony 
No-one; it is only a cenotaph in honor of President Grant 
President Grant 
No Answer
5. The White House was set afire by the
British  Russians  French  Poles  Mexicans  Spanish  Canadians  No Answer
6. The White House was set afire during the administration of President
Adams  Harrison  Jackson  Jefferson  Madison  Polk  Taylor  Van Buren  Washington  No Answer
7. The Civil War (1861-65) broke out during the administration of President
Harrison  Jackson  Johnson  Lincoln  Polk  Taylor  Van Buren  No Answer
8. The Civil War (1861-65) ended during the administration of President
Harrison  Jackson  Johnson  Lincoln  Polk  Taylor  Van Buren  No Answer
9. Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederate States of America, had formerly been (check as many as apply)
a bootlegger 
a U.S. senator 
a carnival manager 
a famous general 
the British ambassador to the United States 
a printer 
the American ambassador to France 
the U.S. Secretary of War  
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This consummately cool, pedagogically compelling, self-correcting,
multiple-choice quiz was produced automatically from
a simple text file of questions using D.K. Jordan's
dubiously original, but publicly accessible
Think Again Quiz Maker
of February 7, 1999.