Quiz: Test your State of the Union knowledge

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  • 1. Who was the first president to announce a special guest to the State of the Union address?

    • A. Ronald Reagan

    • B. Thomas Jefferson

    • C. Bill Clinton

    • D. John Tyler

  • 2. Which of these famous quotes and policies were not first mentioned in a State of the Union address?

    • A. The War on Poverty

    • B. The Monroe Doctrine

    • C. "Axis of Evil"

    • D. The New Deal

  • 3. Who delivered the first official State of the Union response from the opposing party?

    • A. Sen. Everett Dirksen (R-Ill.) and Rep. Gerald Ford (R-Mich.)

    • B. Sen. Mike Mansfield (D-Mont.)

    • C. Reps. George H.W. Bush (R-Texas) and William Steiger (R-Wisc.)

    • D. Sen. Edmund Muski (R-Maine)

  • 4. Who delivered the longest spoken State of the Union address?

    • A. Barack Obama: 2009

    • B. George W. Bush: 2004

    • C. Bill Clinton: 2000

    • D. Lyndon B. Johnson: 1967

  • 5. Two presidents never gave a State of the Union address: Which of these is one of those executives?

    • A. James Madison

    • B. James Garfield

    • C. Zachary Taylor

    • D. Andrew Jackson

  • 6. Who was the first president to broadcast their State of the Union address over the radio?

    • A. Calvin Coolidge: 1923

    • B. Franklin D. Roosevelt: 1935

    • C. Herbert Hoover: 1928

    • D. Warren G. Harding: 1922

  • 7. Which of these lawmakers has never delivered the opposing party's State of the Union response?

    • A. Al Gore Jr.

    • B. Trent Lott

    • C. Elizabeth Dole

    • D. Joe Biden

  • 8. Which of these individuals was never a presidential guest during the State of the Union address?

    • A. Rosa Parks

    • B. Hamid Karzai

    • C. Steve Jobs

    • D. Sammy Sosa

  • 9. Who delivered the longest written State of the Union address?

    • A. William Taft: 1912

    • B. Harry Truman: 1946

    • C. Richard Nixon: 1973

    • D. Jimmy Carter: 1981

  • 10. Who was the first president to refer to the address as the 'State of the Union'?

    • A. Franklin D. Roosevelt: 1934

    • B. Abraham Lincoln: 1864

    • C. William McKinley: 1899

    • D. Dwight D. Eisenhower: 1955

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