Quiz about James Madison Little Big Man
Quiz about James Madison Little Big Man

James Madison: Little Big Man Trivia Quiz


Soft-spoken James Madison is one of the most adroit politicans to ever occupy the Oval Office. He had talent that belied his timidity. And his wife makes some pretty good snack cakes, too! Test your knowledge of "Little Jemmy."

A multiple-choice quiz by trammgr. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
trammgr
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
144,625
Updated
Dec 03 21
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1. Known as the "Father of the Constitution," how many children did Madison actually have? Hint

1
0
3
5

2. One of America's first professional politicians, Madison never held a job that was out of the public eye before his retirement from the presidency. He did, however, consider a career in the private sector. What was it? Hint

Farmer
Soldier
Lawyer
Professor

3. Madison lost only one election in his entire political career.

True
False

4. As Jefferson's secretary of state, Madison whole-heartedly supported the president's Embargo Act of 1807. What was the goal of the embargo? Hint

To lower the cost of foreign imports.
The protection of the price of goods exported from America.
The protection of U.S. neutral rights at sea.
The end of the war between England and France.

5. What was unique about Madison's vice-presidents? Hint

Both were from Massachusetts.
Both served as vice president under a president other than Madison.
Both also served as Treasury secretary under Madison.
Both died in office.

6. How many times did Madison serve as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates? Hint

3
4
2
5

7. The War of 1812, or the Anglo-American War, was the most significant event during Madison's tenure as U.S. president. When he asked Congress for a declaration of war with England, Madison gave a host of reasons why war was necessary. Which of the following was NOT a declared reason for war? Hint

Impressment of American sailors to serve on British ships.
The annexation of Canada.
British blockades which prevented American ships from safely sailing with goods to foreign ports.
Indian hostilities in the West that the British had instigated.

8. After the British burned much of Washington, D.C., President Madison moved Congress to Philadelphia to carry on the business of government.

True
False

9. After leaving the public eye in 1817, Madison stayed active in the local political scene. Much of his time was spent fighting the extension of slavery. What organization did Madison help organize that was devoted to the ending slavery in America? Hint

The Freemasons
The American Colonization Society
The Underground Railroad.
The Abolitionist Society of Virginia.

10. When Madison died on June 28, 1836, who delivered his eulogy? Hint

John Payne Todd
Albert Gallatin
John Quincy Adams
Daniel Webster


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Known as the "Father of the Constitution," how many children did Madison actually have?

Answer: 0

James and Dolley never had any children of their own, although Dolley did have a son by her first husband, John Todd, a lawyer who died of yellow fever in 1793. Ironically, another famous American "father," George Washington, also had no biological children.
2. One of America's first professional politicians, Madison never held a job that was out of the public eye before his retirement from the presidency. He did, however, consider a career in the private sector. What was it?

Answer: Lawyer

Madison, after graduating from Princeton University in 1772, briefly considered a career as a member of the bar but soon abandoned that course. He was elected to the Orange County (VA) Committee of Safety in 1774, which was chaired by his father. After leaving the White House in 1817, Madison served on the board of regents for the University 0f Virginia, succeeding his life-long friend Thomas Jefferson as rector in 1826.
3. Madison lost only one election in his entire political career.

Answer: True

In his long public life, Madison lost only ONE election. That came in 1777, when he was defeated for reelection to the Virginia House of Delegates. The main reason given for his defeat was that Madison refused to utilize the then=-common practice of providing whiskey to the voters. He apparently learned his lesson, for he never lost another election, a time period of 40 years.
4. As Jefferson's secretary of state, Madison whole-heartedly supported the president's Embargo Act of 1807. What was the goal of the embargo?

Answer: The protection of U.S. neutral rights at sea.

Both sides of the Napoleonic Wars treated the U.S. as a pawn. France was seizing America ships and their cargo bound for England, while the British, desperate for men, regularly boarded ships flying the American flag and impressed, or seized, sailors from those ships and pirated them to serve on theirs.

In retaliation, and to assert America's right as a neutral to deal with all belligerents of the war, President Jefferson, with the full backing of Secretary of State Madison, enacted the embargo. The hope was that the economies of France and England would be so severely damaged that they would be more than happy to respect America's neutrality.

It turned out that the economy that suffered the most was America's, as $16 million in customs revenues was lost from the inception of the embargo until its partial repeal in 1809, just before Jefferson left office.
5. What was unique about Madison's vice-presidents?

Answer: Both died in office.

George Clinton, Madison's first V.P., and Elbridge Gerry, his second V.P., died in office. Clinton, former governor of New York and nemesis of Alexander Hamilton, had also been Jefferson's vice-president. He died shortly before the end of his term in 1812. Gerry was one of the American representatives during the XYZ Affair that occurred during John Adams' presidency, and had served as governor of Massachusetts before being elected to the vice presidency.

He died midway through his term, in 1814.
6. How many times did Madison serve as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates?

Answer: 3

As a delegate to the Virginia Convention of 1776, Madison was automatically a member of the first House of delegates, as this was one of the provisions of the state constitution of Virginia adopted at the convention. He was returned to the House in 1784, where he led the fight against the reestablishment of the Episcopalian church as the state-sanctioned church of Virginia.

After serving in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1789-1797, he once again was elected to the Virginia House, were he campaigned for Thomas Jefferson's presidential bid in 1800.

As a reward, and as they were close friends, Jefferson rewarded Madison with what was then the "stepping stone" to the White House, secretary of state.
7. The War of 1812, or the Anglo-American War, was the most significant event during Madison's tenure as U.S. president. When he asked Congress for a declaration of war with England, Madison gave a host of reasons why war was necessary. Which of the following was NOT a declared reason for war?

Answer: The annexation of Canada.

Although it was a goal of Madison's to bring Canada into the American fold, it wasn't one stated in his war address to Congress. Madison believed that Canada could be taken before England had a chance to react, to then be used as a bargaining chip ion peace talks.

The U.S., however, was plagued by an inadequate army and inept commanders and was never able to capture the key cities of Montreal and Quebec.
8. After the British burned much of Washington, D.C., President Madison moved Congress to Philadelphia to carry on the business of government.

Answer: False

Rather than have the government on the run, as it was during times of the Revolutionary War, and risk the demoralization of the country, Madison thought it important that it should be "business as usual," or as close to usual as possible. Not all government buildings had been burned and Congress soon resumed meeting, transferring their offices to the Post Office and Patent building. Things didn't work out so well for the President and First lady however, as they were never able to return to the White Houses.

The repairs were not completed until after Madison had left office.
9. After leaving the public eye in 1817, Madison stayed active in the local political scene. Much of his time was spent fighting the extension of slavery. What organization did Madison help organize that was devoted to the ending slavery in America?

Answer: The American Colonization Society

Madison had believed for many years that slavery was a cancer upon America that would eventually lead to its dissolution, if allowed to spread unabated. He favored the idea of resettling freed blacks back in Africa. The American Colonization Society, founded in 1819, was the organization that founded the country of Liberia in Africa, whose capitol was named for then-President James Monroe.
10. When Madison died on June 28, 1836, who delivered his eulogy?

Answer: John Quincy Adams

Adams, in reviewing Madison's career, studied, among other items, the correspondence between Madison and his old friend Thomas Jefferson. John Q. wasn't quite as forgiving of Jefferson as his father had been, feeling that Jefferson, at the least, was a user of people. Madison, Adams believed, did much to blunt some of Jefferson's sharp edges.

In studying their relationship, Adams wrote, "Madison moderated some of his (Jefferson's) excess....He was in truth a greater and far more estimable man."
Source: Author trammgr

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