The Ultimate Pentagon Quiz
by Staff
It is one of the most iconic (and perhaps ominous) buildings in the world. How much do you know about the Pentagon?

How many office workers were employed in the Pentagon during the WWII era?

  • About 13,000
  • About 30,000
  • About 41,000

What was the Phoenix Project?

  • A project that emptied one entire side of the Pentagon and then rebuilt it
  • The code name for the Pentagon's construction
  • A program that repaired damage caused by the 9/11 attacks

Where is the Pentagon located?

  • Annandale, Va.
  • Alexandria, Va.
  • Washington D.C.

How many concentric pentagons make up the Pentagon?

  • three
  • four
  • five

At maximum, about how long does it take to walk from any one point of the building to another?

  • 27 minutes
  • 18 minutes
  • 7 minutes

With regard to the Pentagon, who is John McShain?

  • He led the campaign to build the Pentagon.
  • He was the building's general contractor.
  • He was the building's architect.

McShain's company was also responsible for the construction of what other structure?

  • Jefferson Memorial
  • Washington Monument
  • Lincoln Memorial

How long did it take to complete renovations, which were finished in 2011?

  • 16 months
  • 17 years
  • four years

How long did it take to complete the Pentagon's original construction?

  • 16 months
  • five years
  • A decade

In addition to overseeing the Pentagon's construction, Lt. Gen. Leslie Groves was also responsible for what project?

  • Chemical warfare program
  • Manhattan Project
  • Panama Canal

Who selected the site for the Pentagon?

  • President Truman
  • President Eisenhower
  • President Franklin Roosevelt

How many acres of land does the building cover?

  • 13
  • 29
  • 38

How many families did the government evict to make room for the Pentagon?

  • More than 100
  • More than 1,000
  • More than 5,000

In relationship to its size, the Pentagon has how many toilets for its occupants?

  • Half as many as it needs
  • Twice as many as it needs
  • About a third of what it really needs

How many acres of parking lots does the facility have?

  • 12 acres
  • 67 acres
  • 83 acres

What event transpired on the 60th anniversary of the Pentagon's groundbreaking?

  • 9/11 attacks
  • Attempted assassination of President Reagan
  • Start of the Gulf War

How many workers toiled to build the Pentagon as quickly as possible?

  • 13,000
  • 23,000
  • 33,000

After a renovation effort, how many elevators are there in the Pentagon?

  • 13
  • 38
  • 70

About how many miles of corridors does the Pentagon contain?

  • About 17 miles
  • About 32 miles
  • About 81 miles

What did a group of radical protesters manage to do inside the Pentagon in 1972?

  • They set off a bomb.
  • They started a large fire.
  • They stole tens of thousands of classified files.

The Pentagon is the headquarters for which federal agency?

  • Department of Transportation
  • Department of Defense
  • National Forest Service

Why didn't the Pentagon have elevators when it was first built?

  • Steel shortage
  • Elevators were vulnerable to attacks
  • Stairs made people healthier

How many stories make up the Pentagon?

  • five stories
  • seven stories
  • 12 stories

What's one reason the height of the building is limited to five above ground levels?

  • To make the building more accessible to helicopters
  • To conserve steel
  • To thwart bomb attacks

How much did it cost to construct the Pentagon?

  • About $40 million
  • About $80 million
  • About $120 million

How many ZIP codes does the Pentagon have?

  • two
  • three
  • six

Before the Pentagon, the offices of the War Department were strewn through how many different facilities?

  • 32
  • 17
  • eight

How many restaurants does the Pentagon have?

  • one
  • eight
  • 12

Why did Franklin Roosevelt initially want a building that didn't have windows?

  • To protect against air raids
  • To keep workers focused on the war
  • To prevent espionage

How many miles of telephone cable run through the building?

  • 100,000 miles
  • 280 miles
  • 13 miles