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Baudouin - On November 2, 1959, Charles admitted to a United States Congress subcommittee that he had been given questions and answers in advance of the show.After 14 appearances and $129,000, Columbia history professor Charles Van Doren finally lost on "Twenty-One" when he couldn't answer this. "Who is the King of Belgium?" What was the right answer?

       a. Leopold
       b. Albert
       c. Baudouin
       d. Elvis

Theodore Roosevelt - In 1901, Roosevelt became President at the age of 42 when President William McKinley was assassinated.In terms of percentage of the popular vote, who was the most successful third-party presidential candidate?

       a. Ross Perot
       b. Theodore Roosevelt
       c. Ralph Nader
       d. George Wallace

John Kerry - Although not well known, The Electras put out about half a dozen singles from 1965-67.What hockey playing presidential candidate strummed his bass for a rock band called the Electras?

       a. Bill Clinton
       b. Al Gore
       c. John Kerry
       d. George W Bush

James Polk - John Polk was the 11th President of the United States.Just 49 when he became president, what workaholic sliced Mexico in half and died in Nashville, just 103 days after leaving office?

       a. James Polk
       b. Millard Fillmore
       c. Zachary Taylor
       d. John Tyler

Donald Rumsfeld - Rumsfeld was vital in planning the United States' response to the September 11, 2001 attacks, which included the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.Of Iraq, who said this? "There are known unknowns. That is to say, we know there are some things we do not know. But there also unknown unknowns, the ones we don't know we don't know."

       a. George W Bush
       b. Donald Rumsfeld
       c. Condoleeza Rice
       d. Dick Cheney

Grover Cleveland - Grover Cleveland is the only president to serve two non-consecutive terms (1885–1889 and 1893–1897).Despite admitting to having fathered an illegitimate son, I became president anyway, largely because my Republican opponent, Maine's James Blaine, had taken $100,000 in railway bribes. Who am I?

       a. Grover Cleveland
       b. Benjamin Harrison
       c. Ulysses Grant
       d. Rutherford Hayes

Warren Harding - Warren Harding was the 29th President of the United States.The first sitting president to visit Canada may have contracted the food poisoning that later killed him in Vancouver, while en route from Alaska on a whistle-stop tour to salvage his scandal-plagued presidency. Who?

       a. Franklin Roosevelt
       b. John Taylor
       c. Warren Harding
       d. WH Harrison

Menachem Begin - Menachem's most noteworthy achievement as Prime Minister of Israel was the signing of a peace treaty with Egypt in 1979.What future world leader once led a terrorist/freedom fighter group called Irgun Zvai Leumi?

       a. VI Lenin
       b. Jawaharlal Nehru
       c. Menachem Begin
       d. Nelson Mandela

Baghdad - Baghdad has often faced severe infrastructural damage and civilian deaths, most recently due to the American-led foreign occupation in March 2003 that lasted until December 2011.Once a mighty capital, Babylon was on the Euphrates, just 55 miles south of what less mighty modern capital on the Tigris?

       a. Tehran
       b. Istanbul
       c. Baghdad
       d. Jerusalem

Japan - Japan is an archipelago of 6,852 islands.Until the 1940s, what Asian nation had gone since the 1270s without being invaded?

       a. Philippines
       b. Thailand
       c. Japan
       d. China

San Marino - San Marino is also known as the Most Serene Republic of San Marino.According to tradition, Marinus, a Christian stonecutter, founded the world's oldest republic in AD 301. What is it?

       a. Monaco
       b. Luxembourg
       c. San Marino
       d. Liechtenstein

Franjo Tudjman - During his youth, Franjo fought during World War II as a member of the Yugoslav partisans.Which of these was not an NHL star, but was a president of Croatia?

       a. Franjo Tudjman
       b. Pavol Demitra
       c. Milan Hedjuk
       d. Zigmund Palffy

France - According to the bible, Mary Magdalene was the first person to see Jesus after his Resurrection.Conspiracy theorists claim that Jesus faked the crucifixion, married Mary Magdalene and was the ancestor of which country's Merovingian kings?

       a. Spain
       b. France
       c. Scotland
       d. Sweden

Eleanor of Aquitaine - Eleanor has been featured in a number of screen versions of the Robin Hood story and Ivanhoe.Talk about marrying well! Who is the only woman to marry men who became kings of both France and England?

       a. Eleanor of Aquitaine
       b. Catherine de Medici
       c. Catherine of Aragon
       d. Mary, Queen of Scots

Alaska - Zhirinovsky once said he was dreaming of a day 'when Russian soldiers can wash their boots in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and switch to year-round summer uniforms'.The rather crazy Russian nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky once vowed to recover which formerly Russian territory, which it sold off in 1867?

       a. Alaska
       b. Finland
       c. Iran
       d. Sakhalin

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