All about John F. Kennedy Quiz!

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Handsome, young, glamours, and filled with idealism, John F. Kennedy was beloved throughout the world. But how much do you know about the unfortunately short life of one of the most promising American figures? Test your knowledge with this quiz!

What was John F. Kennedy's middle name?

John F. Kennedy's middle name was Fitzgerald. Rose Kennedy's maiden name was Fitzgerald.

John F. Kennedy is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.

On Nov. 25, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on the slope just below Arlington House.

John F. Kennedy enlisted into which military branch in 1941?

In 1941, John F. Kennedy enlisted in the U.S. Navy, embarking on a military career that would eventually lead him to the highest office in America.

What was the name of the commission appointed to investigate the assassination of John F. Kennedy?

President Lyndon Johnson, Kennedy's successor, established a commission to investigate the assassination of President Kennedy. The commission was led by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren and was called the Warren Commission.

What childhood illness resulted in the hospitalization of John F. Kennedy?

John F. Kennedy was hospitalized for nearly a month with scarlet fever when he was nearly 3 years old.

John F. Kennedy authorized 1,500 CIA-trained refugees to invade which country?

On April 15, 1961, John F. Kennedy authorized 1,500 CIA-trained Cuban refugees to invade Cuba at the Bay of Pigs. By all accounts, the mission was a failure.

What was Jacqueline Kennedy's maiden name?

Before marrying John F. Kennedy on Sept. 12, 1953, Jacqueline Kennedy's maiden name was Bouvier.

In October 1962, John F. Kennedy successfully negotiated the removal of what from Cuba?

In October 1962, John F. Kennedy successfully negotiated the removal of Soviet ballistic nuclear missiles, bringing a peaceful end to the Cuban Missile Crisis.

What was the title of the book authored by John F. Kennedy?

John F. Kennedy's senior Harvard thesis titled, "Appeasement at Munich," was published as the book, "Why England Slept," in 1940.

In April, 1943, John F. Kennedy took command of which naval vessel?

John F. Kennedy took command of the naval vessel PT 109 in April 1943.

What severe injury did John F. Kennedy suffer as a result of the sinking of PT 109?

John F. Kennedy suffered a severe back injury as a result of the sinking of PT 109, a malady that would cause him discomfort for years.

John F. Kennedy was born in Boston, Massachusetts.

John F. Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts. Brookline borders the city of Boston and was incorporated as an independent city in 1705.

How many siblings did John F. Kennedy have?

Joseph and Rose Kennedy had nine children --four sons and five daughters -- thereby giving John F. Kennedy eight siblings.

What legislation did John F. Kennedy introduce to congress in June 1963?

In June 1963, John F. Kennedy introduced a civil rights bill to Congress. Kennedy's bill was passed as the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The passage came shortly after his death.

Which nickname was not used to refer to John F. Kennedy?

The nickname "Johnny" was not used to refer to John F. Kennedy. He was, however, often referred to as "Jack." Following his presidency, "JFK" also became a popular moniker.

Which East Coast private boarding school did John F. Kennedy attend?

John F. Kennedy attended The Choate School in Wallingford, Connecticut, which was a private college-preparatory boys' boarding school.

When did John F. Kennedy graduate from Harvard University?

John F. Kennedy graduated from Harvard University with a degree in international affairs in June 1940.

John F. Kennedy's brother Joseph Jr. died flying which plane during World War II?

John F. Kennedy's older brother Joseph Jr. died flying a B-24 Liberator during World War II.

Which year was John F. Kennedy elected to the U.S. House of Representatives?

John F. Kennedy was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1946.

Which potentially fatal illness was John F. Kennedy diagnosed with in 1947?

John F. Kennedy was diagnosed with Addison's disease in 1947. Patients with Addison's disease can develop a potentially fatal disorder called adrenal crisis.

In his 1952 bid for the U.S. Senate, John F. Kennedy appointed his younger brother Robert as campaign manager.

John F. Kennedy appointed his younger brother Robert as campaign manager during his 1952 bid to become a U.S. senator. One journalist called the campaign "…the most disciplined and smoothly working statewide campaign in Massachusetts history -- and possibly anywhere else."

When was John F. Kennedy born?

John F. Kennedy was born on May 29, 1917, to Joseph and Rose Kennedy.

Who was the incumbent U.S. senator from Massachusetts that John F. Kennedy defeated in the 1952 election?

John F. Kennedy defeated the incumbent Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. for the Senate seat in Massachusetts in the 1952 election.

How many children did John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy have?

John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy had three children: Caroline, John Jr. and Patrick. Patrick was born prematurely and died just 39 hours after birth. The cause of death was a respiratory disorder.

What was the title of the book John F. Kennedy wrote while recovering from back surgery?

While recovering from back surgery, John F. Kennedy wrote the book "Profiles in Courage." Kennedy was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the book in 1957.

Which presidential candidate nearly selected John F. Kennedy as his running mate in 1956?

In 1956, presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson nearly selected Kennedy as his running mate for vice president. Stevenson instead chose Sen. Estes Kefauver of Tennessee, and the pair lost the election.

Which presidential candidate did John F. Kennedy face in the first-ever televised presidential debate in 1960?

On Sept. 26, 1960, presidential candidates John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon faced-off in the first-ever televised presidential debate.

On Jan. 20, 1961, John F. Kennedy was sworn-in as which president?

On Jan. 20, 1961, John F. Kennedy was sworn-in as the 35th president of the United States.

Which organization did John F. Kennedy create to provide aid to people of impoverished foreign countries?

John F. Kennedy created the Peace Corps by executive order on March 1, 1961, to provide aid to people of impoverished foreign countries.

How old was John F. Kennedy when he died?

John F. Kennedy was 46 years old when he died as the result of an assassination on Nov. 22, 1963.

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