- The Washington Times - Monday, January 19, 2009

Are you a student of presidential inaugurations? Test your knowledge of this quintessentially American quadrennial event with the second part of our inaugural quiz, which is at a slightly more advanced level than yesterday’s.

1. Who is the only president to serve nonconsecutive terms?

2. Whose inauguration is the first known to be have been photographed?

3. Who was the first president to be inaugurated for a term limited by the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution?

4. Which president was blatantly drunk as he delivered his inaugural address?

5. Whose inauguration was the first to be televised?

6. Whose mother was the first to attend her son’s inauguration?

7. Which president was the first to ride to and from his inauguration in an automobile?

The answers:

1. Grover Cleveland, whose served from 1885 to 1889 and again from 1893 to 1897. Benjamin Harrison was president in 1889-93.

2. James Buchanan’s, in 1857.

3. Dwight D. Eisenhower

4. Andrew Johnson, in 1865.

5. Harry S. Truman‘s, in 1949. (Yes, we know that Mr. Truman once said the “S” didn’t stand for a name and thus did not need a period. Later, though, when asked his preference concerning the period, he said, “It makes no difference to me.” So, the newspaper’s style is to use a period.)

6. James Garfield’s, in 1881.

7. Warren G. Harding, in 1921.

Your score:

• 7 correct: You’re at the head of the class.

• 5-6 correct: You pass with honors.

• 3-4 correct: You get a sticky bronze star on your quiz paper.

• 0-2 correct: You have four years to study for the next inaugural quiz.

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