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The U.S. Generals Quiz
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In a dog-eat-dog world, these soldiers take the helm in fighting foes of freedom. How much do you know about United States generals?

In the history of the U.S. Army, how many service members have ascended to four-star general?

  • 172
  • 189
  • 230

The father of which general served as mayor of Los Angeles?

  • George Patton
  • Omar Bradley
  • Jacob L. Devers

How many U.S. generals later became president?

  • 12
  • six
  • four

In which war did George Washington first serve?

  • American Revolution
  • French and Indian War
  • King George's War

Which general never led troops in battle?

  • George Patton
  • George C. Marshall
  • Omar Bradley

How many U.S. generals emerged from West Point's 1915 graduating class?

  • 12
  • 36
  • 59

Which general served as the director of the CIA?

  • Maxwell D. Taylor
  • Walter B. Smith
  • John R. Hodge

Which general won fame for his leadership during the Mexican-American War?

  • Philip Sheridan
  • John J. Pershing
  • Zachary Taylor

Which general came out of retirement to serve as secretary of state?

  • George C. Marshall
  • Alexander Haig
  • Colin Powell

Which general was famous for carrying handguns with ivory handles?

  • John Hines
  • George Patton
  • George C. Marshall, Jr.

Why was George Washington selected as general of the army at the beginning of the American Revolution?

  • There was no one else qualified.
  • His peers elected him.
  • He lobbied for the position knowing the British would be attacking soon.

Why was Andrew Jackson known as "Old Hickory?"

  • He liked smoked pork.
  • Because of his toughness
  • He sometimes carried a hickory staff.

How many Silver Star medals did Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. earn?

  • two
  • three
  • four

During WWII, about how many men did Omar Bradley have under his command?

  • 350,000
  • 1.3 million
  • 2.7 million

Which general earned the nickname "Old Rough and Ready?"

  • Peyton C. March
  • Zachary Taylor
  • Tasker H. Bliss

Before his rise to fame, Ulysses S. Grant served under which general?

  • Zachary Taylor
  • William Sherman
  • Philip Sheridan

Gen. Douglas MacArthur won the Medal of Honor during which WWII campaign?

  • Gilbert and Marshall Islands Campaign
  • Guadalcanal Campaign
  • Philippines Campaign

Why was Douglas MacArthur relieved of duty during the Korean War?

  • A battlefield error needlessly cost 200 soldiers their lives.
  • He criticized the president.
  • He was running a political campaign on the side.

Which general rode his military credentials to the governorship of New Hampshire?

  • Andrew Johnson
  • Rutherford B. Hayes
  • Franklin Pierce

How did the British media treat George Washington during Revolutionary times?

  • They insisted that he be executed once the revolution was over.
  • The lauded his skills.
  • They called him a "scoundrel" and a traitor.

How many times was Rutherford B. Hayes wounded during the Civil War?

  • seven
  • six
  • five

Which general was nicknamed "The Bear?"

  • Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr.
  • Malin Craig
  • Douglas MacArthur

Which general was famous later in life for his hatred of squirrels?

  • Maxwell D. Taylor
  • Lucius D. Clay
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower

Why was George Patton forced to repeat his first year at West Point Academy?

  • He had a hard time with his classes.
  • He was rebellious.
  • His health was failing.

Which general is known partly for being the only U.S. president who was the grandson of another president?

  • James Garfield
  • Benjamin Harrison
  • Grover Cleveland

Which general later became the first U.S. president to ride in a helicopter?

  • Harry Truman
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Teddy Roosevelt

Which general earned the nickname "Old Fuss and Feathers?"

  • Matthew B. Ridgway
  • Winfield Scott
  • John J. Pershing

How old was James A. Garfield when he became a major general?

  • 30
  • 28
  • 26

How long did Winfield Scott serve in the U.S. military?

  • 53 years
  • 42 years
  • 33 years

John J. Pershing led a famous chase after which person?

  • Pancho Villa
  • Billy the Kid
  • Clay Allison