Presidential History Quiz
(1901–2016)

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Question 1
Which president implemented the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy in the Department of Defense?

A
George W. Bush
B
George H.W. Bush
C
Bill Clinton
D
Barack Obama
Question 2
Which president pledged to land a man on the moon within a decade?

A
Richard Nixon
B
Lyndon B. Johnson
C
John F. Kennedy
D
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Question 3
Which president withdrew US ground troops from the Vietnam War?

A
Gerald Ford
B
Lyndon B. Johnson
C
Richard Nixon
D
Jimmy Carter
Question 4
Which president signed the No Child Left Behind Act?

A
Barack Obama
B
George W. Bush
C
Bill Clinton
D
George H.W. Bush
Question 5
Which president signed the Federal Reserve Act in 1913?

A
Woodrow Wilson
B
William Howard Taft
C
Theodore Roosevelt
D
William McKinley
Question 6
Which president initiated the “New Deal” in an effort to end the Great Depression?

A
Herbert Hoover
B
Harry S. Truman
C
Franklin D. Roosevelt
D
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Question 7
Which president won the Nobel Peace prize in 2002 for his efforts to promote peaceful solutions after leaving the White House, making him the third president to receive the award?

A
George H.W. Bush
B
Jimmy Carter
C
Gerald Ford
D
Ronald Reagan
Question 8
Which president initiated the “Good Neighbor Policy” and pledged not to intervene in the affairs of Latin American countries?

A
Franklin D. Roosevelt
B
John F. Kennedy
C
Theodore Roosevelt
D
Woodrow Wilson
Question 9
Which president made the decision to drop atomic bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima?

A
Harry S. Truman
B
Dwight D. Eisenhower
C
Woodrow Wilson
D
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Question 10
Which president escalated the Vietnam War by deploying large numbers of conventional ground troops following the Gulf of Tonkin incident?

A
Harry S. Truman
B
Lyndon B. Johnson
C
Dwight D. Eisenhower
D
John F. Kennedy
Question 11
Which president convened the Washington Naval Conference in 1921 to limit battleship construction?

A
Herbert Hoover
B
Warren G. Harding
C
Woodrow Wilson
D
Calvin Coolidge
Question 12
Which president was criticized for his “court packing” scheme — an attempt to appoint six new justices to the Supreme Court?

A
Franklin D. Roosevelt
B
Richard Nixon
C
Theodore Roosevelt
D
Lyndon B. Johnson
Question 13
Which president was elected to the White House four times?

A
Abraham Lincoln
B
Grover Cleveland
C
Theodore Roosevelt
D
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Question 14
Which president appointed Thurgood Marshall, the first African American justice, to the Supreme Court?

A
Jimmy Carter
B
Barack Obama
C
Franklin D. Roosevelt
D
Lyndon B. Johnson
Question 15
Which president implemented the policy of “dollar diplomacy”?

A
Woodrow Wilson
B
William McKinley
C
Theodore Roosevelt
D
William Howard Taft
Question 16
Which president won the Nobel Peace prize in 2009 for his efforts to encourage nuclear non-proliferation, making him the fourth president to receive the award?

A
Bill Clinton
B
George W. Bush
C
Barack Obama
D
George H.W. Bush
Question 17
Which president appointed Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic Justice, to the Supreme Court?

A
George W. Bush
B
Barack Obama
C
George H.W. Bush
D
Bill Clinton
Question 18
Which president signed the Defense of Marriage Act?

A
George H.W. Bush
B
Ronald Reagan
C
George W. Bush
D
Bill Clinton
Question 19
Which president was implicated in the Watergate scandal?

A
Bill Clinton
B
Richard Nixon
C
Ulysses S. Grant
D
Warren G. Harding
Question 20
Which president was the second to have been successfully impeached by the House of Representatives?

A
Gerald Ford
B
Richard Nixon
C
Bill Clinton
D
Andrew Johnson
Question 21
Which president led the nation throughout most of World War II?

A
Franklin D. Roosevelt
B
Woodrow Wilson
C
Harry S. Truman
D
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Question 22
Which president implemented the North American Free Trade Agreement?

A
George H.W. Bush
B
George W. Bush
C
Ronald Reagan
D
Bill Clinton
Question 23
The energy crisis of the late 1970's occurred during which presidential administration?

A
Richard Nixon
B
Jimmy Carter
C
Ronald Reagan
D
Gerald Ford
Question 24
Which president approved the Bay of Pigs invasion and confronted the Soviet Union in the Cuban Missile Crisis?

A
Harry S. Truman
B
Lyndon B. Johnson
C
Dwight D. Eisenhower
D
John F. Kennedy
Question 25
Which president signed the Patient and Affordable Care Act which required all Americans to have health insurance?

A
Barack Obama
B
Bill Clinton
C
George H.W. Bush
D
George W. Bush
Question 26
Which president led the nation for almost the entire duration of the Korea War?

A
John F. Kennedy
B
Harry S. Truman
C
Lyndon B. Johnson
D
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Question 27
Which president led the nation during the Iran hostage crisis?

A
Jimmy Carter
B
Gerald Ford
C
Richard Nixon
D
Ronald Reagan
Question 28
Which president ended 25 years of hostility by opening relations with Communist China?

A
Dwight D. Eisenhower
B
Richard Nixon
C
Lyndon B. Johnson
D
John F. Kennedy
Question 29
Which president is the only leader to have served in both the White House and Supreme Court?

A
William Howard Taft
B
Franklin D. Roosevelt
C
John Quincy Adams
D
John Adams
Question 30
Which president signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964?

A
Richard Nixon
B
Lyndon B. Johnson
C
Dwight D. Eisenhower
D
John F. Kennedy
Question 31
Which president won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the Russo-Japanese War in 1905?

A
Theodore Roosevelt
B
Woodrow Wilson
C
Warren G. Harding
D
William Howard Taft
Question 32
Which president implemented the Great Society and the War on Poverty?

A
John F. Kennedy
B
Richard Nixon
C
Lyndon B. Johnson
D
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Question 33
Which president gave the “Day of Infamy” speech?

A
George W. Bush
B
Franklin D. Roosevelt
C
Theodore Roosevelt
D
Abraham Lincoln
Question 34
Which president implemented the policy of containment against the Soviet Union in the Cold War?

A
Franklin D. Roosevelt
B
Harry S. Truman
C
Dwight D. Eisenhower
D
John F. Kennedy
Question 35
Which president added a “corollary” to the Monroe Doctrine that stated the US could intervene in order to end unrest in another country?

A
William McKinley
B
William Howard Taft
C
Woodrow Wilson
D
Theodore Roosevelt
Question 36
Which president was criticized for cracking down on the “Bonus Army” in 1932 — a group of WWI veterans who sought financial aid during the Great Depression?

A
Calvin Coolidge
B
Warren G. Harding
C
Herbert Hoover
D
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Question 37
Which president advocated the adoption of the Kellogg-Briand Pact which sought to outlaw war in 1928?

A
Warren G. Harding
B
Woodrow Wilson
C
Herbert Hoover
D
Calvin Coolidge
Question 38
Which president repealed the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy in the Department of Defense?

A
Bill Clinton
B
George W. Bush
C
George H.W. Bush
D
Barack Obama
Question 39
Which president guided the nation through the end of the Cold War into a “new world order”?

A
George H.W. Bush
B
Ronald Reagan
C
Bill Clinton
D
George W. Bush
Question 40
Which president proposed the 14 Points at the Treaty of Versailles in 1919?

A
Warren G. Harding
B
Woodrow Wilson
C
Harry S. Truman
D
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Question 41
Which president initiated a period of “peaceful coexistence” with the Soviet Union and negotiated the Strategic Arms Limitation and Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaties in the 1970s?

A
Jimmy Carter
B
Richard Nixon
C
Lyndon B. Johnson
D
Gerald Ford
Question 42
Which president implemented supply-side economics during the 1980s?

A
George H.W. Bush
B
Ronald Reagan
C
Gerald Ford
D
Jimmy Carter
Question 43
Which president was known as the “trust-buster” for his aggressive prosecution of anti-competitive business practices?

A
Benjamin Harrison
B
William McKinley
C
Theodore Roosevelt
D
Grover Cleveland
Question 44
Which president created the Peace Corps?

A
Dwight D. Eisenhower
B
John F. Kennedy
C
Harry S. Truman
D
Lyndon B. Johnson
Question 45
Which president initiated the “War on Drugs”?

A
Richard Nixon
B
John F. Kennedy
C
Jimmy Carter
D
Lyndon B. Johnson
Question 46
Which president began to normalize the US-Cuban relationship after more than 50 years of hostility?

A
Bill Clinton
B
George W. Bush
C
George H.W. Bush
D
Barack Obama
Question 47
Which president was known as the “conservation president” for his expansion of the national park system?

A
Woodrow Wilson
B
William Howard Taft
C
William McKinley
D
Theodore Roosevelt
Question 48
Which president won Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to negotiate a peace treaty following World War I, making him the second president to receive the award?

A
Warren G. Harding
B
Theodore Roosevelt
C
Woodrow Wilson
D
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Question 49
Which president led the nation to victory during the first Gulf War in the 1990s?

A
Ronald Reagan
B
George H.W. Bush
C
Bill Clinton
D
George W. Bush
Question 50
Which president was in office at the start of the Great Recession?

A
George H.W. Bush
B
George W. Bush
C
Barack Obama
D
Bill Clinton
Question 51
Which president appointed Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female justice, to the Supreme Court?

A
Jimmy Carter
B
Lyndon B. Johnson
C
Barack Obama
D
Ronald Reagan
Question 52
Which president’s administration was marred by scandals including the Teapot Dome scandal and extramarital affairs?

A
Calvin Coolidge
B
Ulysses S. Grant
C
James Garfield
D
Warren G. Harding
Question 53
Which president stepped up the “War on Drugs” in order to counter “crack” cocaine during the 1980s?

A
Jimmy Carter
B
George H.W. Bush
C
Ronald Reagan
D
Gerald Ford
Question 54
Which president created the interstate highway system?

A
Theodore Roosevelt
B
Dwight D. Eisenhower
C
Franklin D. Roosevelt
D
Herbert Hoover
Question 55
Which president introduced the Cold War concept of the “Domino Theory?”

A
John F. Kennedy
B
Harry S. Truman
C
Lyndon B. Johnson
D
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Question 56
Which president ordered federal troops to enforce desegregation at Little Rock, Arkansas?

A
Harry S. Truman
B
John F. Kennedy
C
Franklin D. Roosevelt
D
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Question 57
Which president was the first to throw out a ceremonial first pitch at a baseball game?

A
Calvin Coolidge
B
Woodrow Wilson
C
Warren G. Harding
D
William Howard Taft
Question 58
Which president initiated the War on Terror following the 9/11 attacks?

A
George H.W. Bush
B
George W. Bush
C
Barack Obama
D
Bill Clinton
Question 59
Which president ended a period of “détente” with the Soviet Union by adopting a more confrontational stance and trying to “rollback” communist influence during the 1980s?

A
Jimmy Carter
B
Ronald Reagan
C
George H.W. Bush
D
Gerald Ford
Question 60
Which president hosted peace talks, known as the Dayton Accords, which led to peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina?

A
Bill Clinton
B
George H.W. Bush
C
Barack Obama
D
George W. Bush
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