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Trivia Quiz - U.S. Presidential Assassination Attempts
Foiled assassination attempts against US Presidents.
September 19, 2011
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1. In 1835, a house painter attempted to shoot President Jackson when armed with two percussion pistols. How did Jackson survive?
A. The Secret Service interposed themselves between Jackson and the assassin
B. Both pistols failed to fire
C. Jackson fled the scene, and the assassin escaped
D. Jackson was wounded, but survived
2. How was Jackson's attacker apprehended in the 1835 assassination attempt on his life?
A. Jackson beat the man with a cane, and he was captured
B. He was caught by the Secret Service agents
C. An Army Officer captured the assassin as he fled the scene
D. He wasn't - he escaped, and fled to Mexico
3. What was the punishment meted to Richard Lawrence, the man that attempted to kill President Jackson in 1835?
A. Hung by the neck until dead
B. Not guilty by reason of insanity
C. Killed by a firing squad
D. Killed in prison by angry prisoners
4. In 1912, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, John F. Schrank, a saloon-keeper from New York, shot Theodore Roosevelt once with a .38 caliber revolver. What saved former-President Roosevelt from serious injury or death?
A. A speech and his glasses case
B. Defective ammunition
C. The bullet hit a button on Roosevelts jacket
D. Roosevelt was shot in the butt when he ran away
5. How did Theodore Roosevelt respond to the wound he received from the assassination attempt in 1912?
A. Roosevelt rushed to the hospital, and espoused free healthcare
B. Roosevelt pummelled the assassin to unconciousness
C. Roosevelt spent five months recovering
D. Roosevelt stated, "It takes more than one bullet to bring down a Bull Moose"
6. Why didn't Roosevelt allow the doctor's to remove the bullet lodged in his body he received in a 1912 assassination attempt?
A. He recalled McKinley died of the surgery rather than the bullet wound
B. Roosevelt was an hemophiliac and could not have surgery
C. The wound was so shallow, the bullet fell out on it's own
D. No doctor would operate, for fear of killing him
7. What happened to John Shrank - the barkeep that shot Teddy Roosevelt in 1912 assassination attempt - as punishment?
A. Shrank was executed in the electric chair
B. Shrank was found insane, and was institutionalized for 30 plus years
C. Shrank was pardoned by FDR, as a gesture of contempt against his cousin
D. Shrank was beaten to death by the crowd during Roosevelt's speech
8. Where was an assassination attempt made on FDR in 1933?
A. Miami, Florida
B. Miami, Ohio
C. Chicago, Illinois
D. Hyde Park, NY
9. What happened to Giuseppe Zangara, the man that shot at Roosevelt in 1933?
A. Executed in Old Sparky, the electric chair
B. Pardoned by FDR, and became a life long Democrat
C. Locked up in a mental institution until his death in 1973
D. Shot by a firing squad in the Marine Barracks, Eighth and I Streets
10. Two Puerto Rican pro-independence activists, Oscar Collazo and Griselio Torresola, attempted to kill Truman in 1950. The Secret Service killed Torresola in a gun battle; what happened to Collazo?
A. He was killed in prison
B. President Carter ultimately released him from prison
C. He died by firing squad
D. He killed himself when he was on trial
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