The Theodore Roosevelt Quiz

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The Theodore Roosevelt Quiz
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He lived the kind of epic and sprawling life that seems like the stuff of Hollywood fiction. How much do you know about the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt?
Roosevelt won the Medal of Honor for leading a charge in which battle?
Battle of Fajardo
Battle of Tayacoba
The Battle of San Juan Hill
He led a charge even though he lacked clear orders from his superiors.

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Which oil company did Roosevelt help break up through the use of antitrust laws?
Pure Oil Company
Standard Oil
It took more than 400 witnesses and 12,000 pages of testimony, but the case shattered Standard into 34 smaller entities.
Union Oil Company

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Which two relatives of Teddy Roosevelt died on the same day?
His wife and mother
After they passed he wrote, "The light has gone out of my life."
His mother and daughter
His daughter and wife

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Roosevelt was the first president to do what?
Punch a man who offended him in the Oval Office
Leave the country while in office
He was also the first to fly in an airplane.
Attack a sworn ally

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Which federal organization did Roosevelt create?
Forest Service
As an agency of the Department of Agriculture, it watches over U.S. national grasslands and national forests.
Department of the Interior
Bureau of Land Management

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With which health problem did Roosevelt struggle as a child?
Polio
Asthma
He took up a very active lifestyle in an attempt to shake off his breathing problems.
Pigeon toes

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How did Roosevelt's son Quentin die?
Tractor accident
Shot down in WWI
He died over France in 1918.
In a car race

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Roosevelt was a commissioner of which city's police department?
New York City
He worked to reform the department, which was considered one of the nation's most corrupt.
Toledo
Santa Rosa

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Which national park did Roosevelt NOT help create?
Yosemite
His efforts to preserve majestic landscapes helped him become known as "the conservation president."
Crater Lake
Wind Cave

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Which president was assassinated, resulting in Roosevelt taking the helm?
Grover Cleveland
William McKinley
McKinley was shot and killed by an anarchist in Buffalo, New York.
Howard Taft

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How old was Roosevelt when he became president?
42
He was the youngest president in the country's history.
49
52

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Which one of these was NOT a part of the Square Deal?
Conservation of natural resources
Consumer taxation policies
The Square Deal was meant to protect consumers and businesses alike, leveling the playing field for everyone.
Control of corporations

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What injury did Roosevelt suffer in a boxing match?
Broken nose (four times)
Blinded in one eye
He challenged other men during his time in the White House … until a hard punch nearly took all of the sight in one eye.
Four broken teeth

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In which kind of military unit did Roosevelt serve?
Cavalry
His unit served in the Spanish-American War in 1898.
Infantry
Marines

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What was the nickname of Roosevelt's cavalry unit?
The Four Horsemen
Teddy's Toughest
Rough Riders
Roosevelt led his unit in battle during a campaign across parts of Cuba.

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Roosevelt was shocked at the backlash that followed after he hosted a White House dinner for which guest?
Booker T. Washington
Citizens of the south, in particular, thought Roosevelt had crossed a racial line by inviting a black man into the White House.
W.E.B. Dubois
Mary Ovington

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Following the deaths of his wife and mother, where did Roosevelt take up cattle ranching?
Dakota Territory
Two years later he returned to the political arena and began his ascent.
California
Nevada

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At a salary lower only than the president's, Roosevelt put John Wallace in charge of which project?
Taking down ruthless monopolies
Completing the Panama Canal
Wallace guided a sanitation effort to improve working conditions, which in turn helped the project succeed.
Creating the national park system

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Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace Prize for orchestrating the end of which conflict?
Anglo-Aro War
Herero Wars
Russo-Japanese War
He helped mediate the Treaty of Portsmouth, ending a conflict that killed tens of thousands of people in 18 months.

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Roosevelt was governor of which state?
Maine
New York
He leveraged his war hero status to win the governorship, which then helped him climb the political ladder.
Connecticut

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Which moniker did Roosevelt prefer people use when addressing him?
Teddy
Colonel
He hated the nickname "Teddy" but once the name took hold he couldn't stop it.
Theodore

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What's the purpose of the Antiquities Act, which Roosevelt signed into law in 1906?
To save the elderly from being evicted after foreclosures
To preserve buildings of great historical value
To create national monuments from public lands
The Act has been used more than 100 times since its inception, not always without controversy.

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How many antitrust cases did Roosevelt open against corporations?
about 20
about 40
He gained a reputation as a "trust-buster" due to his active enforcement of antitrust laws.
about 60

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How did "teddy bears" come to be named after Roosevelt?
He famously refused to shoot a bear tied to a tree, thinking it wasn't fair to the bear.
As if he wasn't famous enough already, he had to have a toy named after him, too.
He singlehandedly beat a bear to death when it charged him in Montana.
He loved cute plush animal toys.

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What was the subject of Roosevelt's first book?
Insect life on the East Coast
Animals of the American West
The War of 1812
He completed the book when was 23 and immediately gained respect for his work.

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How many books did Roosevelt publish?
35
And he still found time to be a war hero and, you know, become a United States president.
13
7

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Why did Roosevelt push for the formation of the Boone and Crockett Club?
To safeguard large game animals and their homes
The club still exists and is partly known for ending commercial market hunting.
To protect homesteaders from Native American raids
To stop the building of dams on every Western river

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What did Roosevelt do during his honeymoon with his first wife?
Adopted a wild wolf
Climbed a 15,000-foot mountain
Even during his honeymoon he stayed busy with adventures.
Parachuted over the English Channel

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What caused the death of his first wife, Alice?
Kidney failure
Her pregnancy caused the problem to go undiagnosed until it was too late; she died two days after giving birth.
Brain aneurysm
In childbirth

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What prompted Roosevelt to give up ranching and return back East to resume his career?
A severe winter
The winter of 1886-87 killed many of his cattle (and those of other ranchers), and he decided it wasn't the life for him.
A smallpox outbreak
A friend insisted that he run for office.

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