Friday, February 12, 2010

History Quiz: American Presidents by Clyde Wilson

History Quiz: American Presidents by Clyde Wilson

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 to arrest in the middle of the night 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 for his cronies special licenses 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?

This is a take-home quiz. Please grade yourself.

December 21, 2009

Clyde Wilson was a professor of history but is recovering nicely, thank you. His most recent book is The Papers of John C. Calhoun.

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Zion's Paladin said...

If I'm not mistaken, I think it's Lincoln for all of the above.  I'll need to check to be sure.

JACIII said...

Right in one, ZP!

Wendy said...

<span>This is a take-home quiz. Please grade yourself.</span>

I got an A!

JACIII said...

I think this way is so much better than Voxiversity.

Michael Maier said...

Dang it, I was gonna post this for Prez Day weekend on my blog.

I still plan to urinate on some pennies though.

WaterBoy said...

Which president was a really horrible mystery writer?

Darlin' Joy said...

Can I grade the author?  All those Whats should be Which.

Mikesbo said...

Being located on this blog, I knew the answer as soon as I read the words "which American president"...

Zion's Paladin said...

Wow.  I knew some of them were definitely Lincoln from The South was Right, but I had no idea it was this extensive.  Some of 'em almost sounded like FDR, which is why I needed to check to be sure.

As much as I want to hate Lincoln for destroying the Republic he was trying to save (or at least claiming to save), I can't do so when I think about what kind of greeting he'll receive from Jesus.

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Wes said...

Great stuff, JAC.

bob said...

I'm not looking forward to getting into this with my dad... he thinks Lincoln is great.

Any good resources to start out with in my research?

JACIII said...

The South Was Right is pretty much the Source for starting a serious look into the perspective of the defeated nation. The bibliography in the back will yield  much in the way of expanding scope and recommended reading.

bob said...