Difficult History & Politics Quiz 1 (20 Questions)

1.) John F. Kennedy announced on May 25th, 1961 before a special joint session of Congress his goal to initiate a project to put a man on the moon before the end of the decade. What spaceflight program began to take shape after this address even though its concept originated under the Eisenhower administration?

2.) What former President of the United States married while serving as President?

3.) Nicknamed “Old Ironsides”, what ranks as the oldest floating commissioned naval vessel?

4.) The 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States established African-American citizenship and what principle?

5.) The first self-adhesive United States postage stamp appeared in what decade?

6.) The Canadian national flag first featured the red maple leaf in what year?

7.) What former President of the United States began carrying a gun in public after his predecessor – William McKinley – died due to a successful assassination?

8.) What happened to Benjamin Franklin on April 17th, 1790?

9.) Romans referred to what country as “Hibernia”?

10.) In order to finance the Civil War, the United States government taxed what at $1.00 per barrel?

11.) What illness incapacitated Woodrow Wilson during his second term?

12.) The Incas primarily utilized what method of food preservation to store potatoes?

13.) The Stonewall Riots – a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations against a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28th, 1969 – occurred at the Stonewall Inn in what city?

14.) What man led a fleet of armored Rolls-Royce automobiles into battle in Turkey during World War I, capturing an entire Kurdish regiment in its desert garrison?

15.) What European nation holds the most seats in the European Parliament as of January 2012?

16.)The Library of Congress announced its first 50 entries in the National Recording Registry in January 2002.  Given in 1895, what dominant African-American figure first orated the oldest speech preserved?

17.) What country elected a television celebrity chef as its prime minister in 2008 and later ousted him for hosting his cooking programs while in office?

18.) What ruler brought the whole of Greece together following the internal struggles between Athenians and Spartans?

19.) What country became the world’s first independently black-led republic in 1825?

20.) What organization shared the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize with Kofi Annan?

Answers
1.) the Apollo mission
2.) Grover Cleveland
3.) USS Constitution
4.) due process
5.) the 1960s
6.) 1965
7.) Theodore Roosevelt
8.) he died
9.) Ireland
10.) beer
11.) a stroke (cerebral hemorrhage)
12.) freeze-drying
13.) New York City
14.) T.E. Lawrence/Lawrence of Arabia
15.) Germany
16.) Booker T. Washington
17.) Thailand
18.) Alexander the Great
19.) Haiti
20.) the United Nations

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