US Presidents: 10 questions

  1. Who was the only US President not to have English as a first language (no, it’s not Donald Trump, though it often sounds like it might be)
  2. What did the M in Richard M. Nixon stand for?
  3. How many ex-presidents are alive (as of October 2018)?
  4. Calvin Coolidge was a man of few words. Once, a woman said to him at a party “My friends bet me ten dollars I couldn’t get you to say three words to me this evening.” What was Coolidge’s famous response?
  5. What were the first names of the two President Harrisons there have been?
  6. Who was the only Catholic president?
  7. The US doctrine of opposing European colonialism in Africa in the 19th century was named after which US president (who became the only President to have an African capital named after him as a result of his efforts)?
  8. Aaron Burr was Vice President under Thomas Jefferson. He achieved notoriety for killing a man in a duel during his term of office. Which man, later the subject of a famous musical?
  9. Who was the tallest US President?
  10. John F. Kennedy famously announced the US aim to put a man on the moon by the end of the 1960s. But who was actually in office when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon?

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  1. Who was the only US Prime Minister not to have English as a first language (no, it’s not Donald Trump, though he often sounds like it might be the case)
    A: Martin van Buren
  2. What did the M in Richard M. Nixon stand for?
    A: Milhous
  3. How many ex-presidents are alive (as of October 2018)?
    A: 5 (Bush Senior, Bush Junior, Obama, Clinton, Carter)
  4. Calvin Coolidge was a man of few words. Once, a woman said to him at a party “My friends bet me ten dollars I couldn’t get you to say three words to me this evening.” What was Coolidge’s famous response?
    A: You lose
  5. What were the first names of the two President Harrisons there have been?
    A: William and Benjamin
  6. Who was the only Catholic president?
    A: John F. Kennedy
  7. The US doctrine of opposing European colonialism in Africa in the 19th century was named after which US president (who became the only President to have an African capital named after him as a result of his efforts)?
    A: James Monroe
  8. Aaron Burr was Vice President under Thomas Jefferson. He achieved notoriety for killing a man in a duel during his term of office. Which man, later the subject of a famous musical?
    A: Alexander Hamilton
  9. Who was the tallest US President?
    A: Abraham Lincoln (6 feet 4 inches)
  10. John F. Kennedy famously announced the US aim to put a man on the moon by the end of the 1960s. But who was actually in office when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon?
    A: Richard Nixon

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