If Abraham Lincoln were alive today, he'd be 212 years old and probably pretty cranky about how some things are going throughout the country and here in Illinois.

I won't bore you here with the standard rundown of his many achievements, as you've already learned about all the big ones like being the 16th President, guiding the nation through the Civil War, ending slavery, being the first President to be assassinated.

Instead, let's focus on some of the lesser known aspects of Honest Abe. I'll hit you with a few multiple choice questions, and we'll see how you do.

1) Half the states in the United States have a county named after Lincoln. Which state, surprisingly enough, does not?

a) Illinois

b) Illinois

c) Illinois

d) All of the above***

2) Abraham Lincoln is the only American President to obtain this:

a) Black belt in karate

b) A Master's Degree

c) A patent*** (Lincoln got a patent for designing a way to keep vessels afloat while they were traversing shallow water)

3) What did Lincoln call the Lincoln Bedroom while living in the White House?

a) My bedroom

b) The Man Cave

c) The Break Room

d) The office*** (according to History.com, "...the 16th president used the current Lincoln Bedroom as his personal office. It was there that he met with Cabinet members and signed documents, including the Emancipation Proclamation.")

4) Which unusual Hall of Fame was Lincoln inducted into?

a) Baseball

b) NASCAR

c) Wrestling*** (AllThatsInteresting.com says "of approximately 300 wrestling matches, Lincoln only lost one. In 1992, he was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.")

5) Abraham Lincoln is often named as the greatest ever American president by a wide variety of historians. How much formal education did Lincoln receive to rise to the absolute peak of the political world?

a) Kindergarten through high school

b) High School and college

c) Less than 12 months*** (AbrahamLincolnOnline.org says "Abraham Lincoln enjoyed a successful legal career in Illinois spanning nearly 25 years. Like most lawyers of his time, he did not attend law school. It was customary to study under established lawyers, but he lived in a rural village and taught himself.")

 

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