George W. Bush And Memoir Quiz

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Delve into the political legacy and personal reflections of the 43rd President of the United States with our "George W. Bush and Memoir Quiz." This quiz is designed to explore the memoirs and impactful moments of George W. Bush's presidency. Test your knowledge on key decisions, global events, and the inner workings of the Bush administration. Whether you're a history enthusiast, a political buff, or someone keen on understanding the complexities of the post-9/11 era, this quiz offers an engaging exploration of the memoirs penned by George W. Bush. Challenge yourself with questions that span his presidency, his reflections on Read morecritical moments, and the insights shared in his written works. Immerse yourself in the political landscape of the early 21st century and assess your familiarity with the memoirs of George W. Bush in this informative and enlightening quiz.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    In his piece, George Packer says that “what’s remarkable about ‘Decision Points’ is how frequently and casually it leaves out facts, large and small,” including which of the following?

    • A.

      That Bush was wrong about there being weapons of mass destruction in Iraq

    • B.

      That Bush lost the popular vote in the 2000 election

    • C.

      That Bush was an alcoholic

    • D.

      That there was immediate criticism of the Patriot Act

    Correct Answer
    B. That Bush lost the popular vote in the 2000 election
    Explanation
    The correct answer is that Bush lost the popular vote in the 2000 election. This is not mentioned in the book "Decision Points" according to George Packer.

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  • 2. 

    Who said that "memoir means when you put down the good things you ought to have done and leave out the bad ones you did do."

    • A.

      Mark Twain

    • B.

      Will Rogers

    • C.

      Gore Vidal

    • D.

      Frank McCourt

    Correct Answer
    B. Will Rogers
    Explanation
    Will Rogers said that "memoir means when you put down the good things you ought to have done and leave out the bad ones you did do." This quote suggests that memoirs often focus on the positive aspects of a person's life and may omit or downplay their mistakes or flaws. Will Rogers, a renowned American humorist and social commentator, was known for his witty and insightful remarks on various topics, including memoir writing.

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  • 3. 

    Where was Bush born?

    • A.

      New Haven, Connecticut

    • B.

      Midland, Texas

    • C.

      Houston, Texas

    • D.

      Andover, Massachusetts

    Correct Answer
    A. New Haven, Connecticut
    Explanation
    Bush was born in New Haven, Connecticut.

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  • 4. 

    What does the “W” stand for?

    • A.

      Walker

    • B.

      White

    • C.

      Winston

    • D.

      Wilson

    Correct Answer
    A. Walker
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Walker" because the question is asking for the meaning of the letter "W" and out of the given options, "Walker" is the only one that starts with the letter "W".

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  • 5. 

    Bush is the only President to hold an M.B.A.  Who is the only President to hold a Ph.D.?

    • A.

      Calvin Coolidge

    • B.

      Harry Truman

    • C.

      Woodrow Wilson

    • D.

      William Howard Taft

    Correct Answer
    C. Woodrow Wilson
    Explanation
    Taft, like both George Bushes, attended Yale University as an undergraduate. While Barbara was pregnant with George, she used to watch her husband play first base for the Yale baseball team from a double-wide seat designed for Taft.

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  • 6. 

    Which of the following does George W. Bush mention on the first page of “Decision Points”?

    • A.

      Karl Rove, “Apollo 13,” and Ulysses S. Grant

    • B.

      Dick Cheney, “Caddyshack,” and Abraham Lincoln

    • C.

      Beer, bourbon, and brandy

    • D.

      BBQ, hunting, and football

    Correct Answer
    A. Karl Rove, “Apollo 13,” and Ulysses S. Grant
    Explanation
    Rove encouraged him to write his memoirs; “Apollo 13” was an example someone gave him of how you can be on the edge of your seat even if you know the ending of a story; and Grant provided Bush with a model of an “enduring” Presidential memoir. He does mention beer, bourbon, and brandy (as well as martinis) on the first page of the first chapter.

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  • 7. 

    Who, according to “Decision Points,” said “I voted for George W. Bush, even though he fired me”?

    • A.

      Lawrence Lindsey

    • B.

      Dan Bartlett

    • C.

      Karl Rove

    • D.

      Bobby Valentine

    Correct Answer
    D. Bobby Valentine
    Explanation
    In the book "Decision Points," Bobby Valentine is quoted as saying "I voted for George W. Bush, even though he fired me." This statement suggests that despite being fired by Bush, Valentine still supported him and voted for him in the elections.

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  • 8. 

    When Bush was considering running for President, who told him to “get over it. Make up your mind, and move on”?

    • A.

      His father, George

    • B.

      His mother, Barbara

    • C.

      His wife, Laura

    • D.

      Ronald Reagan

    Correct Answer
    B. His mother, Barbara
    Explanation
    Barbara Bush, the mother of George W. Bush, told him to "get over it, make up your mind, and move on" when he was considering running for President. This suggests that Barbara Bush was encouraging her son to make a decision and not dwell on his indecisiveness.

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  • 9. 

    After Harriet Miers, who one critic said “isn’t qualified to play a Supreme Court justice on ‘The West Wing,’ ” withdrew from the running, whom did Bush nominate to fill Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s seat?

    • A.

      Sonia Sotomayor

    • B.

      Priscilla Owen

    • C.

      Samuel Alito

    • D.

      John Roberts

    Correct Answer
    C. Samuel Alito
    Explanation
    After Harriet Miers withdrew from the running for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's seat, President Bush nominated Samuel Alito to fill the vacancy.

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  • 10. 

    Whose memoir just won the National Book Award?

    • A.

      Keith Richards

    • B.

      Patti Smith

    • C.

      Condoleezza Rice

    • D.

      Nelson Mandela

    Correct Answer
    B. Patti Smith
    Explanation
    Read Sharon DeLano's 2002 Profile of Smith.

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  • 11. 

    Match the memoir to the First Lady behind it: “Living History”; “My Turn”; “The Times of My Life”; “Spoken from the Heart”

    • A.

      Nancy Reagan; Hillary Clinton; Laura Bush; Betty Ford

    • B.

      Nancy Reagan; Hillary Clinton; Betty Ford; Laura Bush

    • C.

      Hillary Clinton; Nancy Reagan; Betty Ford; Laura Bush

    • D.

      Betty Ford; Hillary Clinton; Nancy Reagan; Laura Bush

    Correct Answer
    C. Hillary Clinton; Nancy Reagan; Betty Ford; Laura Bush
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Hillary Clinton; Nancy Reagan; Betty Ford; Laura Bush. "Living History" is a memoir written by Hillary Clinton, "My Turn" is a memoir written by Nancy Reagan, "The Times of My Life" is a memoir written by Betty Ford, and "Spoken from the Heart" is a memoir written by Laura Bush.

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  • 12. 

    In his book, Bush recounts how, when he was a teen-ager, his mother had a miscarriage and handed him a jar with the fetus inside before he drove her to the hospital. What does Barbara Bush say?

    • A.

      The story is completely true

    • B.

      She actually drove herself to the hospital

    • C.

      She didn’t hand him the jar; the housekeeper did

    • D.

      She has no memory of this at all

    Correct Answer
    C. She didn’t hand him the jar; the housekeeper did
    Explanation
    Read more.

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  • 13. 

    Whose memoir makes the following statement about Bush: “I was asked recently which of the political leaders I had met had the most integrity. I listed George near the top. Some people were aghast... thinking I was joking.”

    • A.

      Karl Rove

    • B.

      Bill Clinton

    • C.

      Tony Blair

    • D.

      Laura Bush

    Correct Answer
    C. Tony Blair
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Tony Blair. The statement suggests that the person who wrote the memoir had a positive opinion of George Bush's integrity, which caused some surprise or disbelief among others. Tony Blair, as a former British Prime Minister, is likely to have met and interacted with George Bush during their time in office, making him a plausible author of the memoir.

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  • 14. 

    What does Bush describe as “the worst moment of my presidency”?

    • A.

      The September 11th attacks

    • B.

      Making a speech about Iraq in 2003 in front of a banner that said “Mission Accomplished”

    • C.

      Learning about the torture at Abu Ghraib

    • D.

      Kanye West and others implying that his response to Hurricane Katrina was racist

    Correct Answer
    D. Kanye West and others implying that his response to Hurricane Katrina was racist
    Explanation
    Seymour M. Hersh revealed details of what soldiers did to prisoners at Abu Ghraib in The New Yorker in 2004.

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