CFIF History &
Civics Quiz

Question of the week CFIF Presidential Inauguration Quiz

In testing your knowledge of the history behind U.S. Presidential Inaugurations, click on the buttons (a,b,c or d)* below each question for the correct answers.

 (Posted January 19, 2005)



What does the President swear to "preserve, protect and defend" when he takes the Oath of Office?

A United States of America

B American people

C Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

D Constitution of the United States

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Which President began the tradition of adding the words "So help me God" to the end of the Oath of Office?

A George Washington

B Thomas Jefferson

C James Madison

D Abraham Lincoln

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Who was the first President to have the Oath of Office administered by the Chief Justice of the United States?

A George Washington

B John Adams

C Thomas Jefferson

D James Madison

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Which Chief Justice administered the Oath of Office to the most Presidents?

A William Rehnquist

B Earl Warren

C Roger Taney

D John Marshall

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Who was the only former President to administer the Oath of Office to another President?

A George Washington

B John Adams

C William H. Taft

D George H.W. Bush

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Who was the only woman to administer the Oath of Office to a President?

A Sarah T. Hughes

B Sandra Day O’Connor

C Ruth Bader Ginsburg

D Eleanor Roosevelt

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Which President had the Oath of Office administered by his father?

A John Quincy Adams

B Calvin Coolidge

C John F. Kennedy

D George W. Bush

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On what date was the first presidential inauguration?

A June 21, 1788

B January 20, 1789

C April 30, 1789

D March 4, 1790

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Who was the first President inaugurated on January 20th?

A Woodrow Wilson

B Herbert Hoover

C Franklin Delano Roosevelt

D Harry S. Truman

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Who was the first President inaugurated for a term limited by the Constitution?

Harry S. Truman

Dwight D. Eisenhower

John F. Kennedy

Lyndon B. Johnson

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Who was the oldest President ever to be inaugurated?

Ronald Reagan

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt

Warren Harding

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Who was the youngest President ever to take the Oath of Office?

George W. Bush

William Jefferson Clinton

John F. Kennedy

Theodore Roosevelt

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Which President took the Oath of Office aboard an airplane?

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Harry S. Truman

Lyndon B. Johnson

George H.W. Bush

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Which First Lady was a member of the press for the Inauguration of one of her husband’s presidential predecessors?

Jacqueline Kennedy

Patricia Nixon

Rosalynn Carter

Nancy Reagan

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Which President died just a month after his inauguration?

William McKinley

James Garfield

Abraham Lincoln

William Henry Harrison

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Which President gave the shortest Inaugural Address in history?

George Washington

John Quincy Adams

William H. Taft

Lyndon B. Johnson

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Which President gave the longest Inaugural Address in history?

Thomas Jefferson

Andrew Jackson

William Henry Harrison

William Jefferson Clinton

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The inauguration of which President was the first to be televised?

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Harry S. Truman

Dwight D. Eisenhower

John F. Kennedy

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Which President was the first to have an inaugural ball held on the day of his inauguration?

Thomas Jefferson

James Madison

James Polk

James Buchanan

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Who was the first President to be inaugurated at the Capitol in Washington, D.C.?

Thomas Jefferson

James Monroe

John Quincy Adams

Andrew Jackson

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