The Ultimate White House Quiz
by Staff
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?

  • Thomas Jefferson
  • George Washington
  • Benjamin Franklin

When did construction on the White House begin?

  • 1778
  • 1784
  • 1792

How long did it take to build?

  • two years
  • eight years
  • 11 years

Who was the first president to live in the White House?

  • John Adams
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • James Monroe

How many fires has the White House withstood?

  • two
  • four
  • six

Dolley Madison famously saved a painting of this president from the 1814 fire.

  • George Washington
  • John Adams
  • Thomas Jefferson

It took three years to rebuild the White House after that fire. Which president moved in next?

  • John Quincy Adams
  • James Monroe
  • Andrew Jackson

Which president officially gave the White House its name?

  • Andrew Jackson
  • James Buchanan
  • Theodore Roosevelt

Which president built the Oval Office?

  • Taft
  • Coolidge
  • McKinley

How many rooms does the White House have?

  • 96
  • 114
  • 132

Which of these people claimed to have seen Abraham Lincoln's ghost in the White House?

  • Winston Churchill
  • Mother Teresa
  • Princess Diana

What caused the White House fire of 1929?

  • faulty wiring
  • an arsonist
  • lightning strike

The White House is the biggest residence in the United States.

  • TRUE
  • 0

The White House's first computer was installed during this president's administration.

  • Ford
  • Carter
  • Reagan

Which president is responsible for the bowling alley in the White House basement?

  • Nixon
  • Eisenhower
  • Ford

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.

  • Amy Carter
  • Tricia Nixon
  • Susan Ford

How many presidential babies have been born in the White House?

  • none
  • one
  • three

The White House grounds do not include facilities for this sport.

  • bowling
  • basketball
  • baseball

This president caught a lot of flak when he wanted to add a balcony to the south face of the White House.

  • Johnson
  • Eisenhower
  • Truman

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
  • Condoleezza Rice
  • Dick Cheney

Which president installed the outdoor swimming pool by the West Wing?

  • Ford
  • Reagan
  • G.W. Bush

The previous White House pool was inside the West Wing and built for this president.

  • LBJ
  • FDR
  • JFK

In 1970, this room was built above the old pool.

  • the Situation Room
  • the Press Room
  • the kitchen

Which first lady held a séance in the White House?

  • Nancy Reagan
  • Mary Todd Lincoln
  • Jacqueline Kennedy

Where in the White House did Lincoln sign the Emancipation Proclamation?

  • Lincoln Bedroom
  • Oval Office
  • Situation Room

What "situation" necessitated the construction of the White House Situation Room?

  • D-Day
  • 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?

  • yes
  • no