No Turning Barack! The Obama Biography Quiz!

POLITICS

Sarah Crozer

4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Time to say farewell to our beloved current president. With Barack Obama's presidential terms coming to an end, what better time to test your knowledge on this iconic president's life biography? Challenge yourself now with this quiz!

Where was Obama born?

He was born on August 4th, 1961, in Honolulu on the island of Oahu. He lived in Indonesia for four years before returning back to live with his grandparents!

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What is his full name?

Barack means “one who is blessed” in Swahili. His father is Kenyan and also named Barack!

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He is talented in what sport?

He was very skilled at basketball in high school and his teammates nicknamed him “O'bomber.” His famous play was dunking the ball!

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What is another language he can speak?

Obama can speak Indonesian and some Spanish! He lived for a few years in Indonesia when he was young, immersing himself in the language.

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What is the name of his wife?

He met Michelle while working as a summer associate in a Chicago law firm. She was his supervisor at the time!

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How many children does he have?

Barack and Michelle have two daughters, Malia and Sasha. They grew up in the national spotlight, since their dad was elected to the White House when they were 10 and 7 years old. Their dad frequently mentions that he is proud of the two!

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The national health insurance plan put into effect by Obama is called what?

This is a United States federal statute, enacted by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010! It has helped countless Americans obtain medical coverage!

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Before becoming the president, Obama was senator for which state?

Obama lived in Chicago for many years. He was the senator there for over three years before resigning so he could run for president!

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Obama is the _____ president of the USA.

President Obama is the 44th man to hold the office. He will have served two terms, meaning he will have been in office for 8 years. He won two different elections against Republican presidential nominees.

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Obama was the first ________ to become president.

Barack Obama is the first African-American U.S. president. He took the oath of office on January 20th, 2009. He ran against John McCain. He was only 47 years old, making him the fifth-youngest president in history!

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Who is Obama's vice president?

Joe Biden was been elected twice with President Obama. Before that, he represented Delaware in the U.S. Senate for 36 years!

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What is the title of his book?

The full title is, “Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance.” Obama has written three books! This one is a memoir.

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Obama was addicted to what?

He smokes cigarettes. Barack promised he would quit smoking before running for president, but he was unable to kick the habit. In 2010 it was reported that he quit. He doesn't drink coffee and very rarely drinks alcohol!

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He is the first U.S. president to do what?

The name of his account is @POTUS (or @BarackObama) and he currently has over 41 million followers! Future presidents will probably follow this new trend of online presence in the years to come!

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In 2008, "Time" Magazine named him what?

"Time" named Barack Obama their Person of the Year in 2008. He was featured on the cover of the magazine. Then he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize!

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He is the first president to endorse what?

Obama supports equal rights for same-sex marriages. However, he does state that he thinks this is a legal issue that should be left up to the individual states.

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Which celebrity added his book, “The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream” to her book club?

Oprah Winfrey's endorsement increased the popularity of Obama's book tremendously! The sale of his book helped him pay off his student loans in 2004.

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Following the event of 9/11, Obama was an early opponent of President Bush’s plan to ________.

Obama was one of the first people to step up and criticize the idea of going to war with Iraq. The war has since taken a very heavy toll on America.

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What is his favorite dish to eat?

His favorite meal, Shrimp with Linguine, is made by his wife! However, he does cook quite a bit, and reported that his best dish is chili.

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He collects these.

His favorite thing to collect while growing up was comics! He collected Spider Man and Conan the Barbarian.

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He has how many half siblings?

The U.S. president has a total of 10 half siblings! They are from his mother’s two marriages, his father’s four, and another two from his former stepfather, Lolo Soetoro.

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After graduating from Columbia University, he did what?

Obama took a break from school to work - for five years at that! He took the time before going to Harvard to work as a market researcher and then as a community organizer.

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When was Obama elected senator?

During his time in the Senate, he sponsored a bill that required police to videotape interrogations in capital crime cases! He sponsored 137 bills, two of which became law.

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During his presidency, Obama made many efforts to close ______.

Obama attempted to close Guantanamo, which is located in Cuba. Due to the fact that the inmates are detained for an unknown period of time without trial (and several inmates were badly tortured) this camp is considered to be a major breach of human rights by many citizens of the world.

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In 2009, he was awarded what prize?

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to President Obama for his "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between people!” The Nobel Prizes are awarded by Swedish and Norwegian institutions.

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In 2008, the audio version of his book won ______ for Best Spoken Word Album.

He won the Grammy for the audio version of “The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream.” He was also named "Time" magazine’s “Person of the Year” twice - in 2008 and 2012!

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When he took the oath of office in 2013, he used _____ Bibles.

He used the Bible that belonged to his wife Michelle’s family. The next day he used the Bible once used by Abraham Lincoln, and also the Bible that belonged to Martin Luther King, Jr.

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What is the Affordable Care Act?

The Affordable Care Act is commonly known as Obamacare. Obama’s health plan has aided 5.6 million seniors and those with disabilities so far. It made healthcare coverage available to everyone!

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Where is one of Obama's favorite places to visit for Christmas?

Obama often visits his former home island of Oahu! He stays at a beach house in Kailua. However, Obama reported that he will spend his final presidential Christmas in the White House.

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Obama refers to his large family as what?

Obama uses the phrase "Mini United Nations" to describe his family because he has relatives all over the world! He is distantly related to Dick Cheney and Brad Pitt!

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At one point, Obama worked as a _____.

After graduating from Harvard, Obama taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992-2004. The jury is still out on his janitorial and culinary skill.

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Who did Obama run against in the 2012 presidential race?

The second time around, Obama ran against Mitt Romney! He won and was sworn in for his second term, and another four years, on January 20th, 2013.

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Between 2010 and 2016, Obama drastically reduced _____.

Between 2010 and 2016, the unemployment rate dropped from about 10 percent to about 5 percent. He cut the rate in half!

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Obama greatly improved the ________.

The economy under the Obama administration has experienced, on average, 2 percent annual GDP growth! And the stock market tripled!

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Obama once had what unusual pet?

During his time in Indonesia, as a child, Obama had a pet ape named Tata! He mentions this memory in his memoir, “Dreams from My Father.”

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