Can You Match These Presidents to Their Major Accomplishments?
By: John Miller
About This Quiz
Just because you ascend to the American presidency doesn't make you a political superstar -- just ask John Tyler. But many U.S. presidents accrue major accomplishments while office. Can you match these men to their feats?
President Harry Truman made which fateful decision?
He adopted the metric system.
He freed all slaves.
He dropped the bomb.
After Roosevelt's untimely death during WWII, Truman took control of the country. He opted to drop the atomic bomb on Japan, the only time that nuclear weapons have ever been deployed in battle.
Which president led an invasion of Iraq and deposed ruler Saddam Hussein?
George W. Bush
After the 9/11 attacks, George Bush and his administration decided that Saddam Hussein was a potential threat to America. He launched an invasion, captured, and killed Hussein, and triggered a civil war.
Dwight Eisenhower is noted for which major engineering accomplishment?
The World Trade Center
Interstate highway system
Eisenhower led the building of the 48,000-mile Interstate highway system. Construction took more than three decades but made it easier for America to move military forces and cargo from coast to coast.
After years of post-9/11 neuroses, Barack Obama set aside America's anxieties and embraced hope and peace. His optimism earned him the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, even though at the time he hadn't really accomplished much in office.
Ulysses Grant took steps to clamp down on violence created by which group?
Ku Klux Klan
Following the Civil War, groups like the KKK responded with violence out of frustration. Grant took measures to reduce violence and protect former slaves ... even though he'd been a slaveholder himself.
James Monroe is known primarily for his work on which issue?
Monroe is famous for the "Monroe Doctrine," which guided foreign affairs. It essentially formalized America's opposition to European countries attempting to seize further territory in North and South America.
Who was the first vice president to assume leadership after a president's death in office?
President William Harrison gave a long-winded inauguration address in cold, wet weather ... and a month later he was dead from pneumonia. John Tyler stepped into his place and served four contentious years in office.
Which president commissioned the Lewis and Clark Expedition, which explored America's vast and unknown West?
After the Louisiana Purchase, the U.S. doubled in size, but no one really knew much about the frontier. Jefferson cobbled together the funds for the famous Expedition, which revealed many of America's riches and guided new government policies.
In 1791, the federal government was hurting for money and resorted to new taxes, like those on whiskey. The taxes were opposed by violence, but George Washington gathered the military to put down the revolt, establishing order in the newly formed country.