The Ronald Reagan Quiz

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How much do you know about the 40th president of the United States? Ace this Ronald Reagan quiz to see if you can win one for the Gipper!

When was Ronald Reagan born?

Ronald Reagan was born on Feb. 6, 1911, to John "Jack" and Nelle Reagan in Tampico, Illinois.

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What was Ronald Reagan's childhood family nickname?

Ronald Reagan's father nicknamed him "Dutch," a name that stuck for most of his childhood.

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Ronald Reagan attended Dixon High School in which state?

Dixon High School is in Dixon, Illinois.

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What job did Ronald Reagan work during summer breaks from high school?

Ronald Reagan worked as a lifeguard in his hometown of Dixon, Illinois.

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True or false: Ronald Reagan attended the University of Illinois on an athletic scholarship.

Ronald Reagan attended Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois, on an athletic scholarship.

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Ronald Reagan said, "In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem," during which speech?

Ronald Reagan said this line during his first inaugural address.

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In 1937, Ronald Reagan signed a contract with which Hollywood studio?

Reagan signed a seven-year contract with Warner Bros. Pictures.

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How many feature films did Ronald Reagan appear in?

Ronald Reagan appeared in more than 50 feature films and numerous television series over the course of his acting career.

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Which famous actress did Ronald Reagan marry in 1940?

In 1940, Ronald Reagan married fellow Warner Bros. contract actress Jane Wyman. The couple had three children together — Maureen, Michael and Christine — before divorcing in 1948.

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What was Ronald Reagan's middle name?

Ronald Reagan's middle name was Wilson.

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Which military unit did Ronald Reagan serve in during World War II?

When Ronald Reagan reported for active duty in 1942, vision problems excluded him from overseas service. Reagan was classified for limited service and assigned to the 1st Motion Picture Unit in Burbank, California. When Reagan was separated from active duty in 1945, his units had produced about 400 training films for the Army and Air Force.

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How many terms did Ronald Reagan serve as president of the Screen Actors Guild?

Ronald Reagan served a total of seven terms as president of the Screen Actors Guild.

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What year did Ronald Reagan marry actress Nancy Davis?

Ronald Reagan married actress Nancy Davis on March 4, 1952, in Los Angeles at the Little Brown Church in the Valley. The couple had two children, Patricia and Ronald.

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Which 1957 World War II movie featured Ronald and Nancy Reagan as co-stars?

Ronald and Nancy Reagan costarred in the 1957 World War II film "Hellcats of the Navy."

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Ronald Reagan won the governorship of California in 1966 as a member of which political party?

In 1966, Reagan won the governorship of California as a member of the Republican Party.

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True or false: Ronald Reagan was not re-elected to a second term as governor of California.

Ronald Reagan was re-elected to a second term as the governor of California in 1970.

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When Ronald Reagan said, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall," what was he referring to?

On June 12, 1987, President Ronald Reagan spoke at the Brandenburg Gate of the Berlin Wall. He concluded with the line, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"

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How many unsuccessful bids for the Republican presidential nomination did Ronald Reagan make?

Ronald Reagan made two unsuccessful bids for the Republican presidential nomination in 1968 and 1976 before receiving the nomination in 1980.

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Which incumbent president did Ronald Reagan run against in the 1980 general election?

In the 1980 general election, Ronald Reagan ran against incumbent President Jimmy Carter. Reagan was elected as the 40th president of the United States, with an electoral margin of 489 to 49.

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How many days had President Ronald Reagan been in office when he was shot by John Hinckley Jr. in an assassination attempt?

President Reagan had been in office for 69 days when John Hinckley Jr. shot him in an assassination attempt on March 30, 1981. The assassination attempt was not fatal, and Reagan would go on to fulfill his presidency.

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Ronald Reagan appointed this woman as the first female to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 1981, Ronald Reagan appointed Sandra Day O'Connor as the first female to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Which Democratic presidential candidate did Ronald Reagan run against in the 1984 general election?

In the 1984 general election, Ronald Reagan ran against Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale. Reagan defeated Mondale in 49 out of 50 states and won the election with 525 out of 538 electoral votes.

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Which country was the U.S. pitted against during the Cold War?

The Cold War, which peaked during Reagan's presidency, pitted the U.S. against the communist Soviet Union.

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When did Ronald Reagan finish his second term as the president of the United States?

Ronald Reagan finished his second term on Jan. 20, 1989. Reagan's vice president, George H.W. Bush, was sworn in as the 41st U.S. president the same day.

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What nickname did Ronald Reagan acquire due to his public speaking ability?

Ronald Reagan earned the nickname "the Great Communicator" from his ability to deliver powerful speeches.

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What is the title of Ronald Regan's autobiography?

In 1990, Ronald Reagan published his autobiography, "An American Life."

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Where is the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum located?

The Ronald W. Reagan Presidential Library and Museum is located in Simi Valley, California.

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True or false: After leaving the White House, former President Ronald Reagan returned to Berlin and knocked down a remaining fragment of the Berlin Wall.

In September 1990, Reagan returned to Berlin and took several sledgehammer swings at the Berlin Wall.

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During which speech did Ronald Reagan say, "I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life. I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead"?

On Nov. 5, 1994, Ronald Reagan released a letter announcing his diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. This is the last line of the letter.

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What year did Reagan die?

Former President Ronald Reagan died at home in Los Angeles on June 5, 2004, at age 93.

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