Quiz about The Great Communicator  Ronald Reagan
Quiz about The Great Communicator  Ronald Reagan

The Great Communicator - Ronald Reagan Quiz


Ronald Reagan was one of the most popular Presidents the US has seen. This quiz is mostly about his witticisms, his quotable quotes! All multiple choice - enjoy this tribute to a truly great man of the 20th century!

A multiple-choice quiz by Engadine. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
Engadine
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
182,398
Updated
Mar 11 22
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Tough
Avg Score
6 / 10
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1. Reagan introduced economic policies to reverse the 'Carter Recession' and brought about possibly the best decade of American economic progress, the 1990s. Which of the following Reagan quotes is applicable to his economic policy? Hint

Trees cause more pollution than automobiles.
I am not worried about the deficit. It is big enough to take care of itself.
It's true hard work never killed anybody, but I figure, why take the chance?
All the waste in a year from a nuclear power plant can be stored under a desk.

2. Reagan was, according to his family, the eternal optimist. Which of the following Reagan quotes is applicable to his optimistic outlook? Hint

Above all we must realise that no arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the world is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.
You can tell a lot about a fella's character by whether he picks out all of one color or just grabs a handful.
My fellow Americans. I'm pleased to announce that I've signed legislation outlawing the Soviet Union. We begin bombing in five minutes.
The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.

3. About whom did Ronald Reagan make the following statement? "I want you to know that also I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's youth and inexperience." Hint

George Bush
Jimmy Carter
Bill Clinton
Walter Mondale

4. In March 1983 Reagan referred to which of the following as an 'evil empire'? Hint

The Soviet Union
Germany
Cuba
Iraq

5. About whom did Ronald Reagan say, "What makes him think a middle-aged actor, who's played with a chimp, could have a future in politics?" Hint

Ed Asner
Clint Eastwood
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Michael Jackson

6. What was named after Ronald Reagan in March 2001? Hint

An aircraft carrier
A type of missile
An airport
A mule

7. To whom, of the following, did Ronald Reagan once say, "Oh, I didn't recognise you?" Hint

Nancy Reagan
George Bush
Jimmy Carter
Mike Reagan

8. Reagan set a record in October 2001 - what was it? Hint

Youngest serving American President
Longest living American President
Longest serving American President
Shortest serving American President

9. Which of the following quotes did Reagan make in reference to Nancy Reagan? Hint

Never had any interest in politics or anything else.
Her heart is full; her torch is still golden, her future bright.
The lamp beside the golden door.
Delegate authority, and don't interfere.

10. When Reagan said, "Facts are stupid things" at the 1988 Republican National Convention he meant to say, what? Hint

Facts are stubborn things
Facts are staggered things
Facts are solid things
Facts are startling things


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Reagan introduced economic policies to reverse the 'Carter Recession' and brought about possibly the best decade of American economic progress, the 1990s. Which of the following Reagan quotes is applicable to his economic policy?

Answer: I am not worried about the deficit. It is big enough to take care of itself.

Other quotes on an economic theme, from Ronald Reagan include: "Recession is when your neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his"; "We do not have a trillion dollar debt because we haven't taxed enough. We have a trillion dollar debt because we spend too much." (Address to the National Association of Realtors, 28 March 1982); and, "A friend of mine was asked to a costume ball a short time ago.

He slapped some egg on his face and went as a liberal economist." (11 February 1988)
2. Reagan was, according to his family, the eternal optimist. Which of the following Reagan quotes is applicable to his optimistic outlook?

Answer: Above all we must realise that no arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the world is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.

The given quote was from Reagan's first Inaugural Address in January 1981. Reagan's son Michael said, "Ronald Reagan was the eternal optimist, an optimism that grew from love of country, love of freedom, and love of God". Reagan once said, jokingly, prior to a radio broadcast, "My fellow Americans. I'm pleased to announce that I've signed legislation outlawing the Soviet Union. We begin bombing in five minutes". Explaining why he kept a jar of jelly beans for important meetings, Reagan said, "You can tell a lot about a fella's character by whether he picks out all of one color or just grabs a handful." Reagan also said "I have been described as an undying optimist, always seeing a glass half full when some see it as half empty. And, yes, it is true - I always see the sunny side of life. And that's not just because I've been blessed by achieving so many of my dreams. My optimism comes not just from my strong faith in God, but from my strong and enduring faith in man."
3. About whom did Ronald Reagan make the following statement? "I want you to know that also I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's youth and inexperience."

Answer: Walter Mondale

Ronald Reagan said this during a 1984 Presidential debate with Walter Mondale.
4. In March 1983 Reagan referred to which of the following as an 'evil empire'?

Answer: The Soviet Union

Many credit Reagan with winning the 'Cold War', while others say the collapse of communism was due to the economic crisis in the Soviet Union and Mikhail Gorbachev's failure. Reagan once said, "How do you tell a communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin."
5. About whom did Ronald Reagan say, "What makes him think a middle-aged actor, who's played with a chimp, could have a future in politics?"

Answer: Clint Eastwood

Ronald Reagan said this upon hearing about Clint Eastwood's bid to become Mayor of Carmel. Reagan also said, "How can a president not be an actor?" when asked, "How could an actor become president?" and, "What does an actor know about politics?" in criticism of Ed Asner for opposing America's foreign policy.
6. What was named after Ronald Reagan in March 2001?

Answer: An aircraft carrier

The nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) was named in March 2001, one of very few United States naval ships named after a living former President. In February 1998, Washington National Airport was renamed Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. And, Reagan once said, "I'm afraid I can't use a mule. I have several hundred up on Capitol Hill" when he refused a gift of a mule.
7. To whom, of the following, did Ronald Reagan once say, "Oh, I didn't recognise you?"

Answer: Mike Reagan

After delivering a prep school address, Reagan was purported to have had said the following, "My name is Ronald Reagan. What's yours?" The individual replied, "I'm your son, Mike," to which Reagan gave the given quote, "Oh, I didn't recognise you."
8. Reagan set a record in October 2001 - what was it?

Answer: Longest living American President

Reagan held the record for the longest living American President, the previous record was 90 years and 247 days, held by John Adams. Reagan was 93 years and 119 days when he died on 5 June 2004. Reagan was also the oldest elected President at the age of 69 years and 349 days. He once said, "Politics is just like show business. You have a hell of an opening, you coast for awhile, you have a hell of a closing."

President Gerald Ford beat his record when he died in 2007. He was 93 years and five months old, a mere month older than Reagan when he died. Jimmy Carter subsequently passed this record, and reached his 97th birthday in October 2021.
9. Which of the following quotes did Reagan make in reference to Nancy Reagan?

Answer: Never had any interest in politics or anything else.

The complete quote was, "As a matter of fact, Nancy never had any interest in politics or anything else when we got married." In August 1984, Reagan made the following speech; "The poet called Miss Liberty's torch, 'the lamp beside the golden door.' Well, that was the entrance to America, and it still is . . . . .

The glistening hope of that lamp is still ours. Every promise, every opportunity is still golden in this land. And through that golden door our children can walk into tomorrow with the knowledge that no one can be denied the promise that is America.

Her heart is full; her torch is still golden, her future bright. She has arms big enough to comfort and strong enough to support, for the strength in her arms is the strength of her people.

She will carry on in the eighties unafraid, unashamed, and unsurpassed. In this springtime of hope, some lights seem eternal; America's is." And, in 1986 Reagan was quoted in 'Fortune' as saying, "Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere." Reagan also said about his beloved wife; "Nancy, in front of all your friends here today, let me say, thank you for all you do. Thank you for your love. And thank you for just being you."
10. When Reagan said, "Facts are stupid things" at the 1988 Republican National Convention he meant to say, what?

Answer: Facts are stubborn things

In an attempt to quote John Adams, who had said, "Facts are stubborn things" Reagan made this gaffe. But, in a final salute, Reagan said most prophetically in 1992; "Whatever else history may say about me when I'm gone, I hope it will record that I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears; to your confidence rather than your doubts. My dream is that you will travel the road ahead with liberty's lamp guiding your steps and opportunity's arm steadying your way."
Source: Author Engadine

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