The other day we were doing Presidents in practice and I wrote a few questions for the occasion. People at practice found these were pretty tough; I followed a general trend of making 6’s so that you have to know a president in depth to answer, 4’s you have to know the major events, and 2’s obvious if you know the basics.
6 point clues:
Q1: During my presidency we passed the Defense of Marriage Act, defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman. This act allowed states to not recognize gay marriages performed in other states. I was criticized for this being an attempt to gain more votes for my upcoming election.
Q2: As president I pursued a foreign policy of detente with the Soviet Union, meaning a relaxing of tensions. One of our methods of achieving my policy was by building a relationship with China’s new communist government.
Q3: I was sent on a diplomatic mission after my presidency to North Korea to meet Kim Il-Sung. Being a strong advocate of peace, I exceeded my orders and proposed a treaty, much to the chagrin of the current president.
Q4: You could say I followed Thomas Jefferson’s doctrine of limited government. In my first inaugural address I stated, “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problems; government is the problem.”
Q5: My influential father was one of the most important leaders of my campaign. He did a lot of work behind the scenes fundraising, strategizing, and securing support for my bid. Because he had a controversial public reputation, his activeness in my campaign had to be downplayed.
Q6: I had a very dominant personality while president. I would invite other heads of state to go skinny dipping with me so I could assert myself as the alpha male. This attitude had helped me be successful while I was a whip in the Senate.
Q7: My goal was not originally to become president, it was to become Speaker of the House. After World War II, I started towards accomplishing that goal by defeating the local party machinery to claim my seat in the house.
4 point clues:
Q1: During my first and second elections, I faced a strong third party candidate, Ross Perot. He argued against the North American Free Trade Agreement and for budget deficit reduction. At times during my presidency, the budget was balanced.
Q2: I had a meteoric rise to fame culminating with my election as Vice President. I was best known for my involvement in the House Committee of Un-American Activities.
Q3: Lacking experience in Washington D.C., during my presidency i had difficulty getting legislation passed because of differences with my political party’s congressional leadership. People say I’ve accomplished more after my presidency than during it.
Q4: I used to be a Democrat in my younger years, supporting FDR’s New Deal. I once said, “I didn’t leave the Democratic Party. The party left me.”
Q5: During my first year of office, a plan of my predecessor to overthrow the Cuban government was executed. I would not allow American troops to be used in the effort. The plan ended in complete failure.
Q6: During my presidency, the Gulf of Tonkin incident occurred. It is unclear who fired first and there were no US causalities, but the incident was used to escalate US involvement in the region.
Q7: As the South Vietnamese government collapsed during my presidency, we conducted a large scale airlift in Saigon to save American still in the area and South Vietnamese refugees.
2 point clues:
Q1: There’s a strong possibility that I will become the first male presidential spouse in 2017.
Q2: I not only lost my first election to become president, but subsequently lost a race to become governor of California, my home state.
Q3: During the last year of my presidency, I was faced with the challenge of securing release of the 52 US citizens held hostage in Iran. They were released the day of my successor’s inauguration.
Q4: As a younger man, I was president of the Screen Actor’s Guild. Despite that experience, I had no sympathy for the striking air traffic controllers during my presidency; I fired over 10,000 of them.
Q5: I gave the vision of Americans landing on the moon which would be realized 6 years after my death.
Q6: As I signed the first major civil rights bill since the 1800s, I predicted the Solid South would soon turn from blue to red.
Q7: I was drafted by the Green Bay Packers, but decided to go to law school instead to pursue a more lucrative career.