Jimmy Carter Trivia Quiz Questions and Answers
Who was the 39th President of the United States?
A: Jimmy Carter.
During what period was he in office?
A: January 20, 1977 – January 20, 1981
Who was Jimmy Carter's Vice President?
A: Walter Mondale.
Who preceded Jimmy Carter as President of the United
A: Gerald Ford.
Jimmy Carter was succeeded by whom?
A: Ronald Reagan.
What was Jimmy Carter's birth name?
A: James Earl Carter, Jr.
When was he born?
A: On October 1, 1924.
Where was President Carter born?
A: At the Wise Sanatorium in Plains, Georgia.
Who was Jimmy Carter's father?
A: Carter's father, James Earl Carter, Sr., was a successful local business man who ran a general store and had begun to invest in farm land.
Who was his mother?
A: Bessie Lillian Gordy, was a nurse at the Wise hospital.
Jimmy was the first of how many children?
What were the names of Jimmy's siblings?
A: Gloria, Ruth, and Billy.
What high school did Jimmy Carter attend?
A: The Plains High School from 1930, first grade, to 1941.
Carter was a diligent student with a fondness for what?
A: For reading.
Carter long dreamed of attending what?
A: The U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.
Carter enrolled at what college in nearby Americus?
A: Georgia Southwestern College.
In 1943, after taking additional
mathematics courses at
Georgia Tech, he was finally admitted to the what?
A: Naval Academy.
With his short, slim stature, Carter barely met the what?
A: The minimum physical requirements for entry.
He was a good student but was seen as reserved and quiet,
in contrast with what?
A: The academy's aggressive hazing culture.
While at the academy, who did Jimmy fall for?
A: Ruth's friend Rosalynn Smith.
When did Jimmy Carter graduate from the academy?
Carter graduated 59th out of how many midshipmen?
Jimmy and Rosalynn got married shortly after what?
A: After Carter graduated.
From 1946 to 1953, where did Carter and Rosalynn live?
A: Temporarily in Virginia, Hawaii, Connecticut, and California, as he served deployments in the Atlantic and Pacific fleets.
Promoted to a full lieutenant, he completed qualification
for command of a what?
A: A diesel-electric submarine.
Carter applied for the US Navy's fledgling what?
A: Nuclear submarine program.
On December 12, 1952, an accident with the experimental NRX
reactor at Atomic Energy of Canada's Chalk River Laboratories caused a what?
A: A partial meltdown.
Carter was sent to Chalk River, where he was the officer in
charge of the U.S. team assisting in the what?
A: The shutdown of the Chalk River Nuclear Reactor.
Each team member, including Carter, had to don protective
gear, and be lowered individually into the reactor to do what?
A: Disassemble it for minutes at a time.
Carter's experience at Chalk River shaped his views on
A: Nuclear power and nuclear weapons, including his decision not to pursue completion of the neutron bomb.
When his father died Carter was urgently needed to what?
A: To run the family business.
Resigning his commission, he was honorably discharged from
the Navy on what date?
A: October 9, 1953.
For a year, due to a limited real estate market, Jimmy,
Rosalynn, and their three sons lived in what?
A: Public housing in Plains.
Carter is the only U.S. president to have lived in what?
A: Housing subsidized for the poor.
Knowledgeable in scientific and
Carter took over the what?
A: Family peanut farm.
Though they barely broke even the first year, Carter
managed over the following years to expand and what?
A: Become quite successful.
Racial tension was inflamed in Plains by what?
A: The 1954 U.S. Supreme Court's anti-segregation ruling in Brown v. Board of Education.
Carter was in favor of what?
A: Racial tolerance and integration.
The local White Citizens' Council boycotted his peanut
warehouse when he refused to what?
A: Join them.
By 1961, Carter was a prominent member of the community and
chairman of the Sumter County school board, where he began to speak more loudly
in favor of what?
A: School integration.
A state Senate seat was opened by the dissolution of
Georgia's County Unit System in 1962, and when did Carter announce his run for
A: 15 days before the election.
Carter was re-elected in 1964 to serve a what?
A: A second two-year term.