Presidential Trivia

A Multiple Choice American Presidents Quiz

Think a multiple choice presidential trivia might be easy? Think again!

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American Presidents Animaniacs Music Video

Even with a fun little refresher course on the American Presidents a la the above Animaniacs' music video, we're sure you'll find the questions below challenging.

Use this presidential trivia in the classroom or add it to an inauguration party or Fourth of July event. Omit the multiple choice answers and it's perfect for a game of Jeopardy or a pub night trivia competition too.

Did you know that three U.S. presidents died on the 4th of July?
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1826. Five years later to the day James Monroe died.

Do you know which president was BORN on the 4th of July? Do you know which presidents had unusual pets? How many presidents faced impeachment?

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Enjoy using this presidential trivia to discover how well you and your guests know the historical facts of the men who've held the highest office in the United States of America.

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Presidential Trivia Questions

01. Which President had an alligator as a pet?
a. James Madison 
b. Quincy Adams 
c. John Tyler 
d. Andrew Johnson

02. Which President served the shortest term? 
a. William Harrison 
b. Zachary Taylor 
c. James Garfield 
d. Richard Nixon

03. Who was the oldest President to be elected? 
a. Zachary Taylor 
b. William Harrison 
c. Ronald Reagan 
d. Gerald Ford

04. Who was the youngest President to be elected? 
a. John F. Kennedy 
b. William Clinton 
c. James K. Polk 
d. Grover Cleveland

05. Who was the shortest President? 
a. Benjamin Harrison 
b. Martin Van Buren 
c. James Madison 
d. John Quincy Adams

06. The term "First Lady" was first used in reference to which Presidential wife? 
a. Dolley Madison 
b. Lucy Ware Webb Hayes 
c. Priscilla Cooper Tyler 
d. Jane Appleton Pierce

07. How many presidents were assassinated in office? 
a. 5 
b. 4 
c. 7 
d. 3

08. How many Presidents had unsuccessful assassination attempts on their lives? 
a. 6 
b. 5 
c. 10 
d. 8

09. Which President was born on July 4? 
a. John Quincy Adams 
b. Gerald Ford 
c. Lyndon B. Johnson 
d. Calvin Coolidge

10. What was George Washington's Presidential salary? 
a. $15,000 
b. $25,000 
c. $50,000 
d. $40,000

11. Who said, "We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers"? 
a. Thomas Woodrow Wilson 
b. Abraham Lincoln 
c. George Washington 
d. Ulysses S. Grant

12. Who is credited for this famous quote: "A man is known by the company he keeps, and also by the company from which his is kept out." 
a. Ronald Reagan 
b. Theodore Roosevelt 
c. Harry S. Truman 
d. Grover Cleveland

13. Which president had the most children?
a. Theodore Roosevelt 
b. Benjamin Harrison 
c. John Tyler 
d. Rutherford B. Hayes

14. Who was the only unmarried president? 
a. Thomas Woodrow Wilson 
b. Abraham Lincoln 
c. James Polk 
d. James Buchanan

15. Who was referred to as the "Teflon President"? 
a. William Clinton 
b. Ronald Reagan 
c. James E. Carter 
d. Herbert C. Hoover

16. Only one Vice-President served a President due to a resignation. Who was he? 
a. Gerald Ford 
b. Calvin Coolidge 
c. Chester A. Arthur 
d. Lyndon B. Johnson

17. Which President served two non-consecutive terms? 
a. Thomas Jefferson 
b. Ulysses S. Grant 
c. James Madison 
d. Grover Cleveland

18. George Bush said that this President was "known to receive guests in his bathrobe and slippers." 
a. Thomas Jefferson 
b. John Adams
c. James Madison 
d. Martin Van Buren

19. Which First Lady had the very first bathtub with running water installed in the White House? 
a. Emily Ellison Taylor 
b. Abigail Fillmore 
c. Jane Appleton Pierce 
d. Priscilla Cooper Tyler

20. Who was the first President to wear trousers instead of knee breeches?
a. Thomas Jefferson 
b. James Monroe 
c. James Madison 
d. John Q. Adams

21. Who was the first President to be born a U.S. citizen? 
a. Andrew Jackson 
b. William Harrison 
c. John Adams 
d. Martin Van Buren

22. Besides President Clinton, who was the only other President to be impeached? 
a. Richard Nixon 
b. Lyndon Johnson 
c. Andrew Johnson 
d. Harry S. Truman

23. Which President was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize? 
a. Ronald Reagan 
b. Theodore Roosevelt 
c. Franklin D. Roosevelt 
d. William McKinley

24. Which President is credited with the creation of the phrase "OK" or "Okay"? 
a. Martin Van Buren 
b. John F. Kennedy 
c. Zachary Taylor 
d. James Buchanan

25. Which President was famous for his cooking? 
a. James Carter 
b. James Garfield 
c. Dwight D. Eisenhower 
d. Calvin Coolidge

26. Which President played saxophone in a high school jazz trio? 
a. William Clinton 
b. Ronald Reagan 
c. Gerald R. Ford 
d. Harry S. Truman

27. Who was the 35th American President? 
a. Dwight D. Eisenhower 
b. Lyndon B. Johnson 
c. Richard Nixon 
d. John F. Kennedy

28. What is the most common presidential first name? 
a. John 
b. Andrew 
c. James 
d. William

29. Which president had pet elephants? 
a. Millard Fillmore 
b. James Buchanan 
c. Martin Van Buren 
d. John Quincy Adams

30. Whose presidential campaign slogan was "A chicken in every pot, a car in every garage"? 
a. Ronald Reagan 
b. Herbert C. Hoover 
c. William Clinton 
d. Woodrow Wilson

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01. b. Quincy Adams (Adams kept his unusual pet in the East Room of the White House.) 

02. a. William Harrison (President Harrison died on April 4,1841 of pneumonia, after only 30 days in office.)

03. c. Ronald Reagan (President Reagan was 69, only a few days short of his 70th birthday at inauguration.) 

04. a. John F. Kennedy (President Kennedy was 43 years old at his inauguration, making him the youngest elected president; however, Theodore Roosevelt was actually the youngest to become president (42) when he succeeded President McKinley who had been assassinated.) 

05. c. James Madison (President Madison was 5'4" making him the shortest president in history. Benjamin Harrison and Martin Van Buren followed closely at 5'6".) 

06. a. Dolley Madison (This term was first used in 1849 by Zachary Taylor at the state funeral of Dolley Madison. The term was later popularized in 1877 when the title was given to Lucy Ware Webb Hayes.) 

 07. b. 4 (Presidents Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley, Kennedy were all assassinated while in office.)

 08. a. 6 (Presidents Jackson, T. Roosevelt, F. Roosevelt, Truman, Ford, Reagan all had unsuccessful attempts on their lives.) 

09. d. Calvin Coolidge (President Coolidge was born on July 4, 1872.) 

10. b. $25,000 (President Washington received $25,000 a year for his duties compared at the current presidential salary of $400,000.) 

11. a. Thomas Woodrow Wilson 

 12. d. Grover Cleveland

13. c. John Tyler (President Tyler had fifteen children from two separate marriages, fathering his last child when he was 70 years old, just two years before his death.)

14. d. James Buchanan (After a broken engagement and the subsequent death of his former fiancee, Buchanan vowed to never marry.)

15. b. Ronald Reagan (It is said that President Reagan earned this nickname due to his ability to avoid blame during scandals.) 

16. a. Gerald Ford (Ford was appointed vice-president when Spiro Agnew resigned. He was the first person ever to be appointed to the vice presidency. He later became president when Richard Nixon resigned his office on August 9, 1974.) 

17. d. Grover Cleveland (President Cleveland served his first term from 1885-89 and his second term from 1893-97, following President Benjamin Harrison's stint in office.)

18. a. Thomas Jefferson(President Bush made this comment at a ceremony commemorating the 265th birthday of President Jefferson.) 

19. b. Abigail Fillmore(First Lady Fillmore had the bathtub installed during her husband's 1850-53 term in office.) 

20. c. James Madison

21. d. Martin Van Buren (President Van Buren was born December 5, 1782 in Kinderhook, New York. He was the first president to be born an American citizen. He was also the first president to have Dutch, rather than English, as his first language.)

22. c. Andrew Johnson (President Johnson was impeached twice. The first was in 1867, which was simply a list of complaints. In 1868, the accusation was that President Johnson had violated the Tenure of Office Act when he removed Edward Stanton as Secretary of War and replaced him with Lorenzo Thomas. In both cases, the Senate could not come up with the two-thirds majority needed to convict so Johnson was acquitted of all charges.) 

23. b. Theodore Roosevelt (President Roosevelt was given the prize in 1906 for arbitrating the end of the Russo-Japanese War.) 

24. a. Martin Van Buren (President Van Buren was nicknamed "Old Kinderhook" after his hometown. This was later shortened to O.K. and the phrase "It's OK" was born. This eventually evolved to the official work "okay".) 

25. c. Dwight D. Eisenhower (President Eisenhower loved to cook and is known for his recipe for vegetable soup which can be found online if you wish to try it.) 

26. a. William Clinton (President Clinton played in a trio called "Three Blind Mice".) 

27. d. John F. Kennedy

28. c. James (Six Presidents had the first name James including: Presidents Madison, Monroe, Polk, Buchanan, Garfield, and Carter (although inaugurated officially using the name "Jimmy"). The next most common name is "John" with four presidents bearing this name including: Adams, Quincy Adams, Tyler and Kennedy.) 

29. b. James Buchanan (President Buchanan received a herd of elephants as a gift from the King of Siam. He also had a pair of bald eagles and a dog.) 

30. b. Herbert C. Hoover 

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