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Friday, February 5, 2010
A little history quiz
Here's little quiz made of questions posed by Dr Clyde Wilson. I added a few of my own, just to round things out. Check them out to test your knowledge of American Presidential history.
History Quiz: American Presidents
by Dr. Clyde Wilsony Cly
What American President launched a massive invasion of another country that posed no threat, and without a declaration of war?
What President raised a huge army at his own will without the approval of Congress?
What President started a war of choice in violation of every principle of Christian just war teaching?
What President said that he had to violate the Constitution in order to save it?
What President declared the elected legislatures of thirteen States to be "combinations" of criminals that he had to suppress?
What President said he was indifferent to slavery but would use any force necessary to collect taxes?
What President sent combat troops from the battlefield to bombard and occupy New York City?
What President sent the Army in the middle of the night to arrest thousands of private citizens for expressing their opinions? And held them incommunicado in military prisons with total denial of due process of law? And had his soldiers destroy newspaper plants?
What President was the first ruler in the civilized world to make medicine a contraband of war?
What President signed special licenses for his cronies to purchase valuable cotton from an enemy country even though he had forbidden such trade and punished other people for the same practice?
What President refused medical care and food to his own soldiers held by the enemy country?
What President presided over the bombardment and house-by-house destruction of cities and towns that were undefended and not military targets?
What President’s forces deliberately targeted women and children and destroyed their housing, food supply, and private belongings?
What President’s occupying forces engaged in imprisonment, torture, and execution of civilians and seizing them as hostages?
Under what President did the Army have the largest number of criminals, mercenaries, and foreigners?
Who was the first American President to plot the assassination of an opposing head of state?
Who had the least affiliation with Christianity of any American President and blamed God for starting the war over which he presided?
What President voted for and praised a law which forbade black people from settling in his State?
What President said that all black people should be expelled from the United States because they could never be full-fledged citizens?
What President was the first to force citizens to accept as legal money pieces of paper unbacked by gold or silver?
Who was the first President to institute an income tax?
Who was the first President to pile up a national debt too vast to be paid off in a generation?
Who is considered almost universally as the greatest American President, indeed as the greatest American of all times and as a world hero of democracy?
What predecessor is President Obama most often compared to?
What president ordered the arrest of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court for deciding contrary to him in his habeas corpus decision?
What president was Hitler and Mussolini's favorite president above all others?
What President single-handedly, without the messy inconvenience of Constitutional processes, changed the Federal Government the Founders had designed into a consolidated, National one?
For extra credit, why did Hitler like this president so much?
When America accused the Chinese government of human rights violations because of their response to the events in Tianamen Square, what president's actions did the Chinese point to as justification for their actions?
This is a take-home quiz. Please grade yourself–––and don't cheat!