Saturday, February 20, 2010

Presidential Addresses, Part 2 - Random Trivia Questions

From whose inaugural addresses are the following quotes? All of the answers to Part 2 are U.S. presidents sworn in from 1937 to 2009.

Presidential Addresses, Part 2 Questions

  • Q1) "A person can be expected to act responsibly only if he has responsibility. This is human nature. So let us encourage individuals at home and nations abroad to do more for themselves, to decide more for themselves. Let us locate responsibility in more places."
  • Q2) "And so my fellow Americans: Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country."
  • Q3) "Give us, we pray, the power to discern clearly right from wrong, and allow all our words and actions to be governed thereby, and by the laws of this land. Especially we pray that our concern shall be for all the people regardless of station, race, or calling."
  • Q4) "In the face of great perils never before encountered, our strong purpose is to protect and to perpetuate the integrity of democracy. For this we muster the spirit of America, and the faith of America. We do not retreat. We are not content to stand still. As Americans, we go forward, in the service of our country, by the will of God."
  • Q5) "It is time to check and reverse the growth of government which shows signs of having grown beyond the consent of the governed."
  • Q6) "Justice requires us to remember that when any citizen denies his fellow, saying, 'His color is not mine', or 'His beliefs are strange and different', in that moment he betrays America, though his forebears created this nation."
  • Q7) "My fellow citizens, our nation is poised for greatness. We must do what is right and do it with all our might. Let history say of us, 'Those were the golden years - when the American Revolution was reborn, when freedom gained new life, when America reached for her best.'"
  • Q8) "Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends - hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism - these things are old. These things are true. This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed - why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent Mall, and why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath."
  • Q9) "Our democracy must be not only the envy of the world but the engine of our own renewal. There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America."
  • Q10) "Our public interest depends on private character, on civic duty and family bonds and basic fairness, on uncounted, unhonored acts of decency which give direction to our freedom."
  • Q11) "We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus, and nonbelievers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace."
  • Q12) "We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution. Let the word go forth from this time and this place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans - born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage - and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world. Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and success of liberty."

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