The White House is as much an American symbol as the flag and the bald eagle. Legends and myths abound about the presidential residence and home of the government's executive branch. Take this quiz to see if you can separate fact from fiction.
Who picked the location for the White House?
When did construction on the White House begin?
How long did it take to build?
Who was the first president to live in the White House?
How many fires has the White House withstood?
Dolley Madison famously saved a painting of this president from the 1814 fire.
It took three years to rebuild the White House after that fire. Which president moved in next?
John Quincy Adams
Which president officially gave the White House its name?
Which president built the Oval Office?
How many rooms does the White House have?
Which of these people claimed to have seen Abraham Lincoln's ghost in the White House?
What caused the White House fire of 1929?
The White House is the biggest residence in the United States.
The White House's first computer was installed during this president's administration.
Which president is responsible for the bowling alley in the White House basement?
There's a secret door in the Oval Office. Where does it lead?
to the Capitol
to the president's residence
to the Situation Room
The president often addresses the press and public from this outdoor space by the Oval Office.
the Rose Garden
the South Lawn
the Kennedy Garden
This presidential daughter got married in the Rose Garden.
How many presidential babies have been born in the White House?
The White House grounds do not include facilities for this sport.
This president caught a lot of flak when he wanted to add a balcony to the south face of the White House.
This underground bunker beneath the White House was built during the FDR administration.
the Presidential Emergency Operations Center
the Presidential Defense Center
the Underground Command Center
This person was NOT in the PEOC all day on Sept. 11, 2001.
George W. Bush
Which president installed the outdoor swimming pool by the West Wing?
The previous White House pool was inside the West Wing and built for this president.
In 1970, this room was built above the old pool.
the Situation Room
the Press Room
Which first lady held a séance in the White House?
Mary Todd Lincoln
Where in the White House did Lincoln sign the Emancipation Proclamation?
What "situation" necessitated the construction of the White House Situation Room?
the Bay of Pigs invasion
Sept. 11, 2001
Is there really a red phone by the president's bed with a direct line to the Kremlin?