Intermediate History & Politics Quiz 1 (20 Questions)

1.) Marilyn Monroe sang “Happy Birthday” to then-president John F. Kennedy on May 19th, 1962 even though his birthday wouldn’t actually occur until 10 days afterward. Kennedy turned what age that year?

2.) Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a Statehood Act into law on July 7th, 1958; this law allowed what U.S. state to join the Union?

3.) The ratification of the North Atlantic Treaty brought what intergovernmental military alliance into existence?

4.) The Roswell UFO incident occurred in what year?

5.) Who became the first left-handed person to serve two terms as President of the United States?

6.) What group decides whether a case heads to trial?

7.) Who led the army that conquered Afghanistan in 300 BCE?

8.) One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Pharos of Alexandria served what practical purpose?

9.) French president Charles de Gaulle once claimed that “no one can simply bring together” what country “because it has 265 kinds of cheese”?

10.) Richard Nixon passed what man to Gerald Ford as United States Secretary of State?

11.) Mehmet Ali Agca attempted to assassinate what figure in 1981?

12.) Famous through the ages for its mercenary soldiers, what country supplies a guard for the Pope?

13.) What Egyptian queen allegedly died following a bite from an asp?

14.) Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize in what year?

15.) What country resulted from the union of Tanganyika and Zanzibar in 1964?

16.) What Soviet leader approved the construction of the Berlin Wall?

17.) Commoners could only drive into Israel from what country in 1979?

18.) The liberation of what country stood as the primary cause of the Persian Gulf War?

19.) John Wilkes Booth used what type of gun to assassinate Abraham Lincoln?

20.) Listed as a California Historic Landmark, many historians proclaim that the California Gold Rush began at whose mill?

Answers
1.) 45 years old
2.) Alaska
3.) NATO
4.) 1947
5.) Bill Clinton
6.) a grand jury
7.) Alexander the Great
8.) lighthouse
9.) France
10.) Henry Kissinger
11.) Pope John Paul II
12.) Switzerland
13.) Cleopatra
14.) 1964
15.) Tanzania
16.) Nikita Khrushchev
17.) Jordan
18.) Kuwait
19.) Philadelphia Deringer pocket pistol
20.) John Sutter’s mill

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