Mrs. Newmark's Page of History, Government, and Politics

Contents

Home Page

Homework

Question of the Week - APUSH and GoPo

Question of the Week - Euro

Amazon Page

Class Information

GOPO AdvUSH
APUSH C & E
AP Euro America at War

AP United States Government and Politics

Lesson Units

Links on Government and Politics

Quizzes

AP United States History

Lesson Units

Links on United States History

Quizzes

AP European History

Lesson Units

Links on European History

Quizzes

America at War

Lesson Units

Links on the Revolution and Civil War

Quizzes

Advanced United States History

Lesson Units

Links on United States History

Quizzes

Civics and Economics

Lesson Units

Links for C & E

Quizzes

Talk to Me

E-mail betsynewmark @ gmail.com

Guestbook

More Information

Quiz Bowl Page

SLA

My Background

More on History

Quotations About History

What Historians Do

This Day in U.S. History

 

 

Question of The Week

Go to This Week's Question

If you need to buy anything at Amazon, please use this link here as your portal and, as an Amazon Associate, I will get a small commission.

Each week I will ask a question relating to either American history or politics. You should e-mail me the answer to get extra credit. Please put QOW in your email subject line. Try your luck at guessing or researching the answers to this week's question. Answers will be posted after I have posted the answer at school on the following Monday. No answers will be accepted after 6:00 AM on that Monday morning. Please put QOW in the heading of your email and be sure to tell me what period you are in.

Go to This Week's Question - By Monday morning, this link will take you to the new question for next week, so be sure you answer the question for the correct week. If your answer comes in after I've already posted the answer, you will not get credit. I will always let you know if you've gotten the answer right so if you don't hear back from me within 24 hours, I probably didn't receive your email. If you're wrong, you can try again and again until you're successful.

 

Week of August 11 - 21

As President Trump goes on vacation for a couple of weeks, let’s visit the history of presidential vacations.

1) Which president was assassinated at the train station as he began what was to be a vacation in New Jersey? James Garfield

2) Which president vacationed in Grand Teton National Park because his pollster found that people wanted to see him hiking and camping out?  However, he spent more time golfing which negated some of the positive feedback on his vacation.   So the president preferred to go to Martha’s Vineyard instead of camping. Bill Clinton

3) Which president had enjoyed a vacation in Custer State Park in the Black Hills in South Dakota?  While there the sculptor, Gutzon Borglum, who was carving Mount Rushmore nearby, decided to invite the president to a ceremony to dedicate the site by flying over the the lodge where the president was staying and air-dropping an invitation to the ceremony. Calvin Coolidge

Week of August 21 - 28

In honor of the solar eclipse, here are three questions on events that followed a precise schedule just as the eclipse has done.

1. In 1883, November 18 became known as the “Day of the Two Noons” when people had to stop and set their watches and clocks to certain times meaning that some locales experienced noon twice that day.  What was established in the United States as a result of this scheduled clock setting? Time Zones

2. What American invented a device called a “tasimeter” to measure minute changes in heat emitted from the Sun’s corona during a solar eclipse for the total eclipse of 1878? Thomas Edison

3. What famous American was born just after Halley’s Comet had appeared and predicted that he would “go out with it” when it came again writing, “It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don't go out with Halley's Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: "Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together."  He indeed did die one day after it appeared at its brightest that year. Mark Twain

Week of August 28 - September 4

Name these Founding Fathers based on what they did before they became famous.

A. This man, son of a deacon who was also a farmer, first worked as a Latin teacher at Boston Latin School, the oldest public school in America, in Worcester, Massachusetts before deciding to study law at Harvard because, as he wrote his father, he perceived that lawyers were capable of “noble and gallant achievements.” John Adams

B. This man attended Boston Latin School but had to leave at the age of ten because his family didn’t have money for him to complete his education.  He was apprenticed to his older brother, James, who published the first independent newspaper in the colonies.  After quarrelling with his brother he ran away to another city where he would attain both wealth and fame. Benjamin Franklin

C. This man was born in England and was apprenticed to his father, a corsetmaker, at which profession he worked for several years until he became an excise officer responsible for collecting duties on alcoholic drinks, tobacco and other goods.  He protested to Parliament that excise officers should be paid more which was his first venture into public affairs.  Later, in debt and in trouble for his writings, he left for America just in time to become involved in the battle for independence. Thomas Paine

Week of September 4 - 11

Since we’ll be discussing the founding documents this week in APUSH, answer these questions about those documents..

1) Who was only man to sign all four of the great documents of the founding period: the Association of 1774 which established a trade boycott of Great Britain, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution? He played a crucial role at the Constitutional Convention.  He was a distant relative of one of the greatest generals of the Civil War. Roger Sherman

2) Which amendment was one of the original ones proposed by James Madison for the Bill of Rights but was only ratified by six states.  The amendment languished for a long, long time until a college student started researching it and then began a letter-writing campaign to get it ratified.  In the long period between when this amendment was first proposed and its eventual ratification, North Carolina actually ratified the amendment twice. 27th Amendment

Week of September 11 - 18

Answer these questions about powerful leaders in Congress for whom buildings in D.C. have been named.

1) Name the famous and powerful Texas representative who was the longest-serving Speaker of the House.  He was known for his hideaway office in the House called “Board of Education” where he’d play poker and drink bourbon while discussing politics with other House leaders.  Vice President Harry Truman was there when he got the phone call summoning him to the White House to learn that Franklin Roosevelt had died. One of the House office buildings is named after him. Sam Rayburn

2) Name this Republican who served as Senate Minority Leader and key in getting the Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed by rallying Republican support when the Southern Democrats tried to block the bill.  One of his more famous quotes was when he reportedly said about the federal budget, "A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon, you're talking real money."  There is a Senate office building named for him. Everett Dirksen

3) Which man who served as a powerful Speaker during the 1920s was married to the daughter of Teddy Roosevelt?  His support of William Howard Taft in the 1912 election instead of Teddy Roosevelt caused a rift in his marriage and she actually supported a candidate running against her husband.  Another one of the House office buildings is named for him. Nicholas Longforth

Week of September 18 - 25

Answer these questions about the history of the White House

A. Who was president when the White House was burned down by enemy troops? James Madison

B. Who was president when the White House was expanded for the construction of the West Wing which houses much of the Executive Office of the President? Teddy Roosevelt

C. Who was the president that had the first Oval Office added to the West Wing? William Howard Taft

D. Which president, when told that the White House was in danger of collapsing, moved out of the White House for over two years while the entire interior of the White House was reconstructed and air conditioning, basements, and bomb shelters were added? Harry Truman

Week of September 25 - October 2

From now on, you will not receive a second chance if you get the answer of any part of the question wrong. So double-check your answers and make sure you "Answer the Question!"

Since we talked about presidential debates in GoPo, here are two questions about the history of such debates.

A. What provision of the law was used to block having a presidential debate between 1960 and 1976?  It was suspended to allow the 1960 debates, but Lyndon Johnson kept Congress from suspending it in 1964 and Nixon did the same in 1972.  It wasn’t until a reinterpretation of the law in 1976 that presidential debates resumed and we’ve had them every election since.

In 1960, Congress suspended Section 315 (the “equal time” law) of the Federal Communications Act so as to make possible the nation’s first presidential debate. 



B. Give the year and two candidates for the televised presidential debate in which the audio went out and the two candidates stood there for 27 minutes without speaking until it was fixed.

1976 between Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter

Week of October 2 - 9

From now on, you will not receive a second chance if you get the answer of any part of the question wrong. So double-check your answers and make sure you "Answer the Question!"

Answer these questions about presidential dogs.

1. Which president had a dog famed for his loyalty who reportedly howled for the three days prior to that president’s death?  Paperboys gathered 19,134 pennies to pay for a statue of the dog which now is owned by the Smithsonian. Warren G. Harding

2. Which president’s Scottish terrier starred in an MGM film about a typical day in the White House?  The President also used the dog in a presidential speech to make fun of his opponents who had alleged that he had supposedly spent millions of dollars to retrieve the dog when it was left behind in the Aleutian Islands.  The dog also acted very strangely when the President died. FDR

3. Which president was deeply criticized for lifting his two beagles by their ears to make them bark? LBJ

Week of October 9 - 16

From now on, you will not receive a second chance if you get the answer of any part of the question wrong. So double-check your answers and make sure you "Answer the Question!"

We’ve been talking about the temperance movement in APUSH so here are some questions inspired by the history of presidents and alcohol. 

1. Which president’s wife earned the nickname “Lemonade Lucy” because she was a big supporter of the temperance movement and her husband had banned alcohol from being served in the White House? Rutherford B. Hayes

2. During Prohibition, which president, who had actually voted for Prohibition as a senator, ignored the law and would kick back with friends to drink alcohol and smoke during regular poker games in the White House ?  One story has that a guest brought a pet monkey to the gathering and the monkey poured a bottle all over that president’s white suit. Warren G. Harding

3. Which president campaigned for the White House promising to repeal federal Prohibition laws and the 18th Amendment, partly to bring in new tax revenues, saying “What America needs now is a drink.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

Week of October 16 - 23

From now on, you will not receive a second chance if you get the answer of any part of the question wrong. So double-check your answers and make sure you "Answer the Question!"

Since we’ve been discussing interest groups in AP Government, it seems appropriate to ask questions about the history of some prominent groups.

1) Which famed interest group was founded in 1871 with its first president a former Civil War general sadly famed for his bungling leadership at the battles of Antietam and Fredericksburg, but who had had before the war designed and patented a breech-loading carbine that bears his name?  Name both that group and that Civil War general who was such a failure. 

National Rifle Association and Ambrose Burnside

2) Which group was founded in 1892 by a Scottish-born man who had become famous earlier when he’d published a book about walking from Indiana to Florida, A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf?  Later, living in California and exploring Yosemite, he turned down an offer of a professorship at Harvard from Ralph Waldo Emerson because he could not bear to give up “God’s big show for a mere profship.”   Name both the group and its famous founder.

Sierra Club and John Muir

3) Which present-day interest group, founded in 1909, grew out of what was called the “Niagara Movement” which had begun from a meeting in a hotel on the Canadian side of the Niagara River? The NAACP

Week of October 23 - 30

From now on, you will not receive a second chance if you get the answer of any part of the question wrong. So double-check your answers and make sure you "Answer the Question!"

Of the 55 men who attended the Constitutional Convention, several returned home before the Constitution was finished. Of those remaining, three men present refused to sign. Name those three men. Two were from Virginia and one was from Massachusetts.

Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts
Edmund Randolph and George Mason of Virginia

Week of October 30 - November 6

From now on, you will not receive a second chance if you get the answer of any part of the question wrong. So double-check your answers and make sure you "Answer the Question!"

In honor of Halloween, these questions are about First Ladies and the Occult.

1. Name the president whose wife was so distraught after their son was killed in a train accident that she never recovered from her grief and tried to contact her dead son by inviting two famed spiritualists, the Fox sisters, to hold a séance at the White House. Franklin Pierce

2. Another president and his wife also lost their son in tragic circumstances when he died of typhoid fever.  Name this president whose wife invited mediums to the White House to conduct séances to help her contact her dead son. Abraham Lincoln

3. Several First Ladies also believed in astrology.  Name this First Lady about whom the president’s former Chief of Staff revealed that she used an astrologist to approve the President’s schedule after he had survived an assassination attempt.Nancy Reagan

4. Name this First Lady who claimed that she had held conversations with Eleanor Roosevelt when she was in the White House.  She claimed that Eleanor Roosevelt had advised her to “grow skin as thick as a rhinoceros,” and so she tries to do this whenever she is attacked. Hillary Clinton

Week of November 6 - 13

From now on, you will not receive a second chance if you get the answer of any part of the question wrong. So double-check your answers and make sure you "Answer the Question!"

In honor of Veterans’ Day, answer these questions about presidents who were and were not veterans.

A. In the period from 1868 – 1901, there was only one president who was not a veteran of the Civil War.  Name this president who paid for a substitute to take his place when he was drafted. Grover Cleveland

B. Who was the first president who in the period starting with Eisenhower had not served in some way in World War II? Bill Clinton

C. Only one president has received the Medal of Honor.  Name that president whose Medal was awarded posthumously. Teddy Roosevelt

Week of November 13 - 20

From now on, you will not receive a second chance if you get the answer of any part of the question wrong. So double-check your answers and make sure you "Answer the Question!"

Answer these questions about an assassination attempt on a presidential candidate.  Before a speech in Milwaukee, one candidate was shot in an assassination attempt.   Despite being shot in the chest, he went on to deliver his campaign speech and spoke for over an hour with the bullet lodged in his chest.  He was saved by the folded copy of his speech and eyeglass case in his breast pocket which slowed the bullet down.

  1. Name that presidential candidate. Theodore Roosevelt
  2. In that campaign year, there were a total of three former or future presidents on the ballot.  One was the answer for #1.  Name the other two. William Howard Taft and Woodrow Wilson
  3. What year was that election? 1912
  4. The man attempting to assassinate that candidate said that the ghost of a former president visited him and told him to kill that man.  Name the former president whose ghost supposedly led to this assassination attempt. William McKinley

Week of November 20 - 27

From now on, you will not receive a second chance if you get the answer of any part of the question wrong. So double-check your answers and make sure you "Answer the Question!"

Name these cabinet officials who were involved in scandals.

1. Name this Secretary of War under President Ulysses Grant who had to resign for taking bribes in return for appointing contracts for trading posts on Native American land. William Belknap

2. Name this Secretary of the Interior under President Warren G. Harding who had accepted bribes for leasing to drill on federal land at Teapot Dome, Wyoming.  He became the first cabinet officer sentenced to prison. Albert B. Fall

3. Name this former Attorney General under Richard Nixon who was sentenced to prison after having been found guilty of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and perjury for his role in the Watergate scandal.  John Mitchell

Week of November 27 - December 4

This will be the last set of QOW’s for the semester.  Check back over break for next semester’s first question.

Name these presidents who won awards that were not the Nobel Peace Prize which several presidents have won.

1. Name this president who won an Emmy award in recognition for his use of television with his televised press conferences and appearances on popular TV shows.  Dwight D. Eisenhower

2. Name the three presidents or former/future presidents who have won a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album/Recording for books they had written.  This question doesn’t include posthumously awarded Grammy Awards for recordings of a president’s speeches. Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama

3. Of the presidents who a Grammy in Question 2, name the one who also received a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for Children. Bill Clinton

Week of January 1 - 8

We have had some quite brainy presidents.  Answer these questions about accomplishments by presidents that had nothing to do with politics.

1. Which president’s book, The Naval History of 1812, is still considered today as one of the most respected works on the military history of that war? Theodore Roosevelt

2. Which president published a proof of the Pythagorean Theorem? He could also, reportedly write Latin with one hand and Greek with the other?

James Garfield

3. Which president and his wife learned Mandarin Chinese during the time that they spent in China, including being there during the Boxer Rebellion. This brainy couple also published a well-respected English translation of a 16th century work, "De Re Metallica" that had been written in Latin.

Herbert and Lou Hoover

4. About which president did John F. Kennedy tell a gathering of 49 Nobel Prize winners that “this is the most extraordinary collection of talent and of human knowledge that has ever been gathered together at the White House -- with the possible exception of when [this president] dined alone.”

Thomas Jefferson

Week of January 8 - 15

Last week, a prominent senator announced that he would be retiring from the Senate.  Having been first elected in 1976, he is the longest serving Republican senator in history.

1. Name this senator.  Orrin Hatch

2. As the longest serving Republican senator, he serves as the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, the longest serving member of the majority party.  When he retires, if the Republicans maintain control of the Senate, who would succeed him as President Pro Tempore, assuming that this man, who has been sick, remains in the Senate? Thad Cochran

3. If the Democrats regain control of the Senate, who would be the new President Pro Tempore?  This senator served in that position from 2012 to 2015 and first became a senator in 1975. Patrick Leahy

4. Name this Democratic senator who was the longest serving senator from either party.  He served for over 51 years. Robert Byrd

Week of January 15 - 22

Since last week, I asked about the age of some senators, I thought I would ask some questions about the age of presidents this week..

1. Which president, born in 1790, has grandsons who are still alive today?  Think of how amazing that is – he was born when Washington was president and his grandsons are alive in Trump’s presidency.  He was 63 when one of his 15 children was born in 1853 and that son had two sons when he was in his 70's.

2.  Who was the oldest man to be elected president in his first election?

3. Which president is the one has had the longest lifespan – living to be the oldest man to have been president? (Warning: be careful researching this to get the most recent information.)

4. Which president lived or has lived the longest after his presidency?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You should e-mail me the answer to get extra credit. Try your luck at guessing or researching the answers to this week's question. Answers will be posted after I have posted the answer at school on the following Monday. No answers will be accepted after 6:00 AM on that Monday morning.