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1. Even if you don't remember him, it is true that James K. Polk was the 11th president of the United States. But which of the following odd bits about Polk is NOT true?
2. Peanut farmer Jimmy Carter became the 39th president of the United States, defeating Gerald Ford, a sitting president who had never won a national election. Don't you be a non-winner, but tell us which of the following unusual facts about Carter is not true.
3. If you know anything about Andrew Johnson, the 17th President of the United States, you likely know little more than that he became president when Abraham Lincoln was assassinated and that he was later unsuccessfully impeached. However, three of the following facts about Johnson are interesting enough for you to know as well. Which one is not interesting because not true?
4. The 26th President, Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt, had the reputation of being an unusually vigorous president, charging up hills, trust-busting, and carrying a big stick. His daughter Alice was a big part of Teddy's image. She became such a celebrity that hit songs (i.e. "Alice, Where Art Thou?") were written about her. What did President Roosevelt have to say about Alice?
5. President George H. W. Bush had an unusually varied number of experiences preparing him for his term as the 41st President, including winning the Distinguished Flying Cross as a Navy pilot in World War II. The following lists just three of these. Which of the following is the only experience he did not have?
6. You probably expected to see Grover Cleveland as one of the "odd bits" presidents because he was the only president to serve two non-consecutive terms, making him both the 22nd and the 24th US President. While in US politics that certainly is odd, there are so many odd--and interesting--bits about Cleveland that I didn't need to use that obvious one. In fact, three of the following odd multiple choice answers are true. Which is the only "odd bit" that is not true?
7. James Garfield, the 20th US President, is one of the least-known, probably because he died only 80 days after he was sworn in. In fact, he performed only one official act, signing an extradition paper. Unlike other questions in this quiz, therefore, your job is to spot the only true "odd bit" about Garfield.
8. Martin Van Buren became the 8th President of the United States after serving as Andrew Jackson's Secretary of State and Vice-President (not at the same time). One fictional odd bit about Van Buren is that the historical novel "Burr" (by Gore Vidal, usually meticulously factual) called him Aaron Burr's illegitimate son. Which of the following four facts about Van Buren is also fictional?
9. William Howard Taft was the 27th President of the United States, winning because of the strong support of Teddy Roosevelt, and losing four years later because of the strong opposition of Teddy Roosevelt. He achieved lots of interesting distinctions, though. You too can achieve distinction: just answer the question "which is the erroneous item below?"
10. The fourth US President, James Madison, is the last in our odd quiz. To me, the oddest thing about Madison is how much we have forgotten about him. Madison was either directly responsible for, or an important part of, much of the creation of the United States. Which of the following was Madison not significantly responsible for?
Source: Author NormanW5
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