Quiz: Are you smarter than Barack Obama?

By: Elizabeth Beasley

Quiz: Are you smarter than Barack Obama?
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About This Quiz

The 44th U.S. president graduated from Harvard Law School and won the Nobel Peace Prize, but there's a chance you might know something he doesn't. A slight one. Take this quiz to find out.
What is Hawaii’s state bird?
nene goose
The nene goose is the Hawaiian state bird. Barack Obama would probably know this since he was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on August 4, 1961.
Pacific loon
Hawaiian petrel

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Which country is home to more Baskin-Robbins ice cream shops than the United States?
India
France
Japan
Rumor has it that Barack Obama lost interest in ice cream after scooping it all day during his job at Baskin-Robbins as a teen. He probably didn’t visit one of the 850 Baskin-Robbins stores in Japan during his last visit, but he may have noticed how numerous they were.

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Which Hawaiian varsity basketball team won the state championship in 1979?
Punahou School
Punahou School was the big winner when Barack “Barry” Obama helped his team win the title during his senior year of high school.
Pohukaina School
Iolani School

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When was Harvard Law School founded?
1902
1876
1817
Barack Obama didn’t enroll at Harvard Law School until 1988, though the school has been around since 1817 and is the oldest continuously operating law school in the U.S.

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In what year did the Harvard Law Review elect its first black president?
1988
1990
At the end of his first year of law school, Barack Obama was selected to serve on the Law Review as an editor. In February of 1990, he moved up the ranks and was elected to be the first black president of The Harvard Law Review. It was just one of his many firsts.
1992

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During which presidential campaign was the Rock the Vote movement launched?
Ronald Reagan
William J. Clinton
The Rock the Vote organization was founded in 1992, the same year that Obama was rallying potential voters during Bill Clinton’s first campaign.
Barack Obama

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What is the capital of Illinois?
Champaign
Chicago
Springfield
Springfield is the capital, which Barack Obama must know since he was elected to the Illinois State Senate in 1996.

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What does the name Malia mean?
perhaps, probably
The Obamas' first daughter, Malia, was born in 1998. Her name is of Hawaiian origin, meaning “perhaps, probably.”
defender, protector
resembles God

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What audiobook won a Grammy for Best Spoken Word in 2006?
“My Life”
“Dreams from My Father”
In 1995, Barack Obama published his autobiography, “Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance.” It won a Grammy for Best Spoken Word in 2006, just one year after Bill Clinton won a Grammy in the same category for the audiobook version of his 2004 autobiography, “My Life.” Politicians really know how to tell a story!
“A Song Flung Up to Heaven”

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Which American Kennel Club (AKC) group does the Portuguese water dog belong in?
sporting
herding
working
Being the President of the United States is hard work, which must be why Barack Obama chose a dog from the AKC working group. Bo and other Portuguese water dogs tend to be better than many other breeds for people (like Malia) with pet allergies.

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Where was the 2009 Major League Baseball All-Star game held?
Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo.
Barack Obama was front and center during the 2009 MLB All-Star Game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. He threw out the first pitch wearing a White Sox jacket to honor his favorite team.
U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Ill.
Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisc.

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How many people in the United States suffer from smoking-related lung and heart diseases?
4.2 million
8.6 million
According to the American Cancer Society, 8.6 million people in the U.S. suffer a smoking-related lung or heart disease. It's a good thing Obama finally called it quits in 2010 and abandoned his smoking habit.
10.3 million

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How many albums have The Rolling Stones recorded?
29
33
39
The Rolling Stones have recorded 29 studio albums and 10 live albums. According to an interview with Marie Claire in 2008, Obama prefers to rock out to the Rolling Stones over the Beatles.

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Who is the main villain in the “Harry Potter“ book series?
Lord Voldemort
Obama must know that Lord Voldemort is the baddest of the baddies, since he read the entire series of books to his oldest daughter.
Severus Snape
Bellatrix Lestrange

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What is Africa’s largest slum?
Zawadi
Buruburu
Kibera
Kibera is Africa’s largest slum and is located in Nairobi, Kenya. The Obamas first visited in the early 1990s before they were married, and they continue to work to provide assistance to the people living in Kibera.

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What year did Spike Lee's movie "Do the Right Thing" hit theaters?
1988
1989
It was 1989 when Barack did the right thing by taking Michelle to see “Do the Right Thing” on their first date.
1991

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Who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008?
Liu Xiaobo
Al Gore, Jr.
Martti Ahtisaari
You thought it would be Obama, right? Actually, Martti Ahtisaari won in 2008 -- Barack Obama won in 2009.

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How do you say "toilet" in Indonesian?
taman
kamar kecil
Obama would have surely known how to ask to use the kamar kecil, which means toilet in Indonesian. Barack Obama lived in Jakarta from age six to 10.
bemo

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What do you call it when a Scrabble player uses all seven tiles in one play?
turkey
bingo
It’s called a bingo! There’s no record of Barack Obama playing a bingo at the White House, but he does love playing Scrabble.
scrabble

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How tall is David Letterman?
6 feet, 2 inches
Dave is 6 feet, 2 inches, and Barack Obama was seeing eye to eye with him on Sept. 21, 2009, when he became the first U.S. President to appear on “Late Night with David Letterman.”
6 feet, 4 inches
6 feet, 5 inches

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