Quiz: How to Sell a President: Political Advertising Quiz
How to Sell a President: Political Advertising Quiz
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About This Quiz

Political advertising has exploded into a lucrative industry, and modern presidential campaign operations devote millions to producing pro-candidate commercials and vicious attack ads to take down opponents at the polls. Are you savvy enough to sell a president?

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Who was the first U.S. president to appear on television?
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Who was the first U.S. president to launch an election ad campaign?
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The commercial recognized as the first attack ad promoted the re-election of which president?
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The first televised political ad was bought by someone seeking what kind of political office?
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Which vice presidential running mate successfully used a television appearance and his dog to quell allegations of fraud?
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Whose presidential campaign was referred to critically as "The Selling of the President"?
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How many times does a viewer need to see a political commercial in a week for it to have an impact?
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What year was the most expensive political campaign in terms of cost per vote cast?
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The iconic presidential ad originally titled "Prouder, Stronger, Better" quickly became better known as what?
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The highly controversial "Willie Horton" attack ad stoked racist fears on behalf of what presidential candidate?
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What 2012 Republican primary contender financed a commercial complaining that "there's something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military?"
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True or false: Federal law requires television stations to sell commercial slots to political campaigns at the lowest possible rate during primary season.
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Whose best-remembered presidential campaign slogan declared "It's the economy, stupid!"?
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True or false: Negative political ads are more effective than positive ones.
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Which of the following demographics is the least bothered by political attack ads?
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Whose presidential campaign slogan urged the electorate "don't swap horses midstream"?
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True or false: Political campaigns routinely mine people's social media data to target advertising to them.
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In 2012, American political campaign spending was estimated to reach how high?
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Shepard Fairey became a hugely popular artist for his creative rendering of which presidential candidate?
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Seeking re-election in 2012, President Barack Obama's campaign decided on which single-word slogan?
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