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Inauguration History Quiz

1. Which multiple-term president holds the record for both the warmest January inauguration and the coldest?

A. Franklin Delano Roosevelt
B. Richard Nixon
C. Ronald Reagan
D. Bill Clinton

2. Who contracted pneumonia after his one hour and 40 minute inaugural address and died one month into his administration?

A. Franklin Pierce
B. James K. Polk
C. James Buchanan
D. William Henry Harrison

3. Which president took the oath of office aboard Air Force One?

A. John F. Kennedy
B. Richard Nixon
C. Dwight Eisenhower
D. Lyndon Johnson

4. Who was the first president to ride in an automobile to his inauguration?

A. Woodrow Wilson
B. Warren G. Harding
C. Herbert Hoover
D. Franklin Delano Roosevelt

5. In his inaugural address, which president said, "There are times when the future seems thick as a fog; you sit and wait, hoping the mists will lift and reveal the right path. But this is a time when the future seems a door you can walk right through to a room called tomorrow"?

A. George Bush
B. Bill Clinton
C. Abraham Lincoln
D. John F. Kennedy

6. After a harsh and fractious election settled finally by the House of Representatives, which president attempted to heal the national wounds by saying, "We are all Republicans. We are all Federalists."

A. Abraham Lincoln
B. Theodore Roosevelt
C. Thomas Jefferson
D. Ulysses S. Grant

7. Which president's inaugural ball was reported to be so rowdy an affair that the new president was forced to escape the White House in secret?

A. Theodore Roosevelt
B. John F. Kennedy
C. Bill Clinton
D. Andrew Jackson

8. Which president took the oath of office in Buffalo, N.Y.?

A. Theodore Roosevelt
B. Woodrow Wilson
C. William McKinley
D. Grover Cleveland

9. Whose inauguration was the first to be photographed?

A. Abraham Lincoln
B. James Buchanan
C. Zachary Taylor
D. Ulysses S. Grant

10. After winning the presidency by just more than 29,000 votes, who said in his inaugural address, "The best results in the operation of a government ... depend upon a proper limitation of purely partisan zeal"?

A. John F. Kennedy
B. Abraham Lincoln
C. Thomas Jefferson
D. Grover Cleveland


Compiled by Tammy Kennon with contributions from Ben Abramson

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