While Winston Churchill might have said that “Politics is not a game, but serious business”, we think politics is a game; well, it’s definitely fodder for a quiz that is! With that in mind, we’ve pulled together this epic list of 100 politics quiz questions and answers; perfect for the amateur politics enthusiast or even an aficionado.
So gather round your friends, your family or even your politically-inclined colleagues. And, whoever they support in the next election, this quiz could be a leveller to see who really knows their stuff!
Easy Politics Quiz Questions and Answers
Need to kick-start this quiz with some more popular, simple questions that won’t stretch your political trivia repertoire? The first round is all about easy quiz questions about politics:
1. Which US President give his name to the Teddy Bear?
2. What title was given to the rulers in Ancient Egypt?
3. What was Ronald Reagan’s profession before taking up politics?
4. Who famously declared ‘a week is a long time in politics’?
5. What animal is the symbol of the US Democratic Party?
6. Which Southern Hemisphere country was the world’s first to allow women the vote?
7. Who was Ban Ki-moon’s predecessor as UN Secretary-General?
8. Who became Cuba’s Prime Minister in 1959?
9. To which president did Marilyn Monroe sing ‘Happy Birthday’ in 1962?
10. Which dangling bits of paper were of great interest in Florida in 2000?
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Easy Politics Quiz Answers
- Theodore ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt
- He was an actor
- Harold Wilson
- The Donkey. This is due to Andrew Jackson’s critics calling him a ‘jackass’ due to his populist views.
- New Zealand
- Kofi Annan
- Fidel Castro
- John F. Kennedy. She sang it to him on May 19 1962 even though his birthday wasn’t until ten days later.
- Chads. As well as ‘hanging chads’, ‘pregnant chads’ were a matter of debate.
US Presidents Quiz Questions and Answers
Whether it’s trivia about President Donald Trump or harking back to the origins of the USA and it’s first ever president, George Washington, every self-respecting quiz about politics has to have at least ten questions about American Presidents, right? Here are ours:
1. Who is the longest serving US President, the only one to have served more than two terms?
2. Where did Richard Nixon hold his famous “I’m Not a Crook” press conference?
3. In 2017, President Trump tweeted “Despite constant negative [XXXX]”, sparking a series of memes. What ‘word’ did he use?
4. Which President successfully ran for election with the slogan “A chicken in every pot and a car in every garage”?
5. Which President was the first to hold a televised news conference?
6. Under which President did Alaska join the Union in 1958?
7. True or False. The first President to visit Europe while in office was Harry Truman in 1946?
8. What does the ‘S’ in ‘Harry S Truman’ stand for?
9. What condition left Woodrow Wilson incapacitated during his second term and stopped him running for a third?
10. Saving more than seventy lives, which US President was a lifeguard during high school?
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US Presidents Quiz Answers
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
- The Contemporary Resort at Disney World, Florida
- It was the ‘word’ covfefe. He deleted the tweet six hours later and implied that its wording was intentional. The word now has its own Wikipedia page.
- Herbert Hoover, in 1928
- JFK, in 1961. He read a prepared statement about the famine in Congo, the release of two airman from Russian custody and forthcoming talks on an atomic test ban treaty, before taking questions.
- False, it was Woodrow Wilson in 1918
- It doesn’t stand for anything, which is why there is no period after the S.
- A stroke
- Ronald Reagan
Fun Fact: In the 1860s, George Francis Train ran for President with one policy: to introduce a new calendar based on his date of birth.
British Parliament Quiz Questions
From the US to the UK, another stalwart of the international politics scene is all about the British parliament and all its idiosyncrasies. So, for this round, we dedicate it to UK politics quiz questions!
1. All MPs in 1981, Roy Jenkins, David Owen, Shirley Williams and Bill Rodgers were collectively known as what?
2. “First Lord of the Treasury” is engraved on what address’s letterbox?
3. Who said, “The spread of knowledge and education is itself a danger and cannot eliminate gaps in wealth and power created partly by unequally distributed heritable characteristics”?
4. What was Maggie Thatcher’s maiden name?
5. What happens if an MP is named in the house of commons by the Speaker?
6. What colour are the seats in the House of Commons?
7. Whose ‘day’, from 2011, has been celebrated on 28th April each year?
8. For what did Gordon Brown apologise to Labour supporter Gillian Duffy?
9. Which party did Sir James Goldsmith establish in order to contest the 1997 election?
10. Who was the first British Prime Minister to move into 10 Downing Street without a spouse?
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British Parliament Quiz Answers
- The Gang of Four. They left labour and founded the SDP in March 1981.
- 10 Downing Street
- Dominic Cummings
- They must leave the house
- Ed Balls
- He called her a ‘bigoted woman’
- The Referendum Party
- Boris Johnson. However, he was technically still married at the time, but had been separated from his (second) wife for some time. His girlfriend soon moved in with him.
Did you know? The First Lord of the Treasury is the head of the commission exercising the ancient office of Lord High Treasurer in the United Kingdom, and is by convention also the Prime Minister. This office is not equivalent to the usual position of the “Treasurer” in other governments; the closer equivalent of a Treasurer in the United Kingdom is Chancellor of the Exchequer, who is the Second Lord of the Treasury.
General Knowledge US Politics Quiz Questions
How much do you and your quizzers know about politics in the US, beyond who has graced the desk of the Oval Office? Let’s test your theory with ten of the best more general questions about US politics.
1. Where did the U.S. Senate first meet, before moving to Philadelphia and then to Washington, D.C.?
2. In 2003 two items in the US House of Representatives’ cafeteria were renamed ‘freedom fries’ and ‘freedom toast’ in protest against which country’s opposition to the war on Iraq?
3. Around what did the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial revolve?
4. Whose faces are depicted on Mount Rushmore?
5. What phrase is used to refer to areas that, seriously or otherwise, are considered candidates to become a US State?
6. Who was the only candidate to run for President unopposed?
7. What did members of the Clinton administration do to numerous computer keyboards just prior to leaving their White House offices?
8. Which State operated as its own independent nation for a decade during the 19th century?
9. Which governmental official typically swears in a new President?
10. Which is the ‘First State’?
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General Knowledge US Politics Quiz Answers
- Federal Hall in New York City
- The teaching of evolution in schools. John Scopes was tried for violating the Tennessee’s Butler Act, which prohibited its teaching in Tennessee schools. He was fined $100.
- George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln
- 51st State.
- George Washington
- Remove the W keys. (Think who was taking Clinton’s place in the Oval Office.)
- The Supreme Court Chief Justice
- Delaware, being the first of the original 13 states to ratify the US constitution. The second was Pennsylvania.
Interesting Fact: Republican Bob Ney said the change in the cafeteria to rename the food was “a small but symbolic effort to show the strong displeasure of many on Capitol Hill with the actions of our so-called ally, France.” Democrat Jose Serrano suggested it was “petty grandstanding” and questioned “Should we ban French wine, Belgian waffles, or Russian dressing? If Mexico votes no, should Mexican restaurants also be banned?”
Historical Politics Quiz Questions
You’re at the halfway mark of this slightly challenging but definitely satisfying politics quiz. So, to really test your mettle (and that of your quizzing contestants), it’s worth going back in time. Yup, below we’ve put some of the best historical politics quiz questions, to really separate the politics buffs from the buffoons.
1. Finish the following quote by Plato: “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by…”
2. What did the US buy from France for $15 million in 1803?
3. Which country declared independence from Spain in 1816?
4. Who was the last of the ‘Five Good Emperors’ of Rome?
5. What was Julius Caesar’s first name?
6. In order to finance the Civil War, the United States government taxed what at $1 per barrel?
7. What moniker was given to the German Otto von Bismarck?
8. From Babylonian times, which code is the earliest known set of laws?
9. Montezuma II fatally welcomed Hernan Cortés in what ancient Aztec city?
10. Introduced to England and Wales in 1696 (and later seen in France, Scotland and Ireland), what tax was designed to charge according to the relative prosperity of the individual but without the controversy of an income tax?
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Historical Politics Quiz Answers
- ….your inferiors
- Marcus Aurelius
- Iron Chancellor. He was Germany’s first Chancellor!
- The Code of Hammurabi
- Tenochtitlan, leading to the fall of the Aztec Empire
- The window tax
European Politics Quiz Questions and Answers
From France to Finland, Slovenia to Spain, the European continent has definitely had it’s fair share of political milestones over the centuries. Worth diving into the European politics trivia? Start below:
1. What is the name of the political party founded by Emmanuel Macron?
2. Who was 1938’s Time Magazine’s Man of the Year?
3. Who was the head of state of Spain between 1939 to 1975?
4. Which European Country’s parliament is formed of the Senate of the Republic and the Chamber of Deputies?
5. What country did Winston Churchill describe as “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma”?
6. The President of which country once claimed that “no one can simply bring together a country because it has 265 kinds of cheese”?
7. Who was the first democratically elected Russian President?
8. Which country was added to the G7 in 1997 to form the G8?
9. The European Parliament is based in which city?
10. Which city is host to the European Council of Ministers and the European Court?
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European Politics Quiz Answers
- En Marche
- Adolf Hitler
- Francisco Franco
- France. It was French president Charles de Gaulle in 1951…
- Boris Yeltsin, in 1991
- Russia. They were suspended in 2014.
- Luxembourg City
Hard Politics Quiz Questions
Perhaps the preceding rounds have been too pedestrian. Or you just really want to see who the real politics enthusiasts are? Regardless of your motivation, this round is all about fiendishly difficult politics questions. Let’s see how you fare…!
1. According to legend, through which English city did Lady Godiva ride naked on a horse in protest against the oppressive taxation imposed by her own husband?
2. in 1952, which non-politician was offered the Israeli Presidency?
3. Typically used in first past the post electoral systems, what term is given to the practice of manipulating the boundaries of districts in order to create a political advantage?
4. What is Boris Johnson’s full name?
5. Which South American country has had nearly 200 governments since 1825?
6. Richard Nixon triumphed the 1972 presidential election by a landslide. How many states did Democratic nominee George McGovern win?
7. Who was as Britain’s longest serving party leader until he hung himself in June 1999?
8. The construction of the Berlin Wall was sanctioned by which Soviet leader?
9. What is the name of the first colony settled and built by the pilgrims arriving on The Mayflower in November 1620?
10. In addition to the Security Council, name three of the other five ‘principle organs’ of the UN.
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Hard Politics Quiz Answers
- Albert Einstein, who said “I am deeply moved by the offer from our State of Israel, and at once saddened and ashamed that I cannot accept it. All my life I have dealt with objective matters, hence I lack both the natural aptitude and the experience to deal properly with people and to exercise official functions.”
- Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson
- Two, gaining just 17 electoral votes via D.C. and Massachusetts
- The Monster Raving Loony Party’s David ‘Screaming Lord’ Sutch
- Nikita Khrushchev
- Plymouth Colony
- General Assembly, Economic and Social Council, Secretariat, International Court of Justice, United Nations Trusteeship Council.
Worldwide Politics Quiz Questions and Answers
It’s finally time to go global, and delve into some of the most interesting international facts and figures, with these ten world politics quiz questions.
1. What country is the world’s largest democracy?
2. Which country had its first democratic elections in January 2005?
3. Formed in 1975, who were the original G6?
4. What country was added in 1976, to form the G7?
5. In 1964, what country was created with the unification of Zanzibar and Tanganyika?
6. Which Indian Prime Minister was assassinated by two Sikh bodyguards?
7. Which past leader’s first name was Rolihlahla?
8. Which leader went into a newly created office in 1945 and remained until his death in 1976?
9. The Japanese word meaning ‘to publicly vomit’ was created using which US president vomited threw up on the Japanese Prime Minister?
10. What does NATO stand for?
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Worldwide Politics Quiz Answers
- France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
- Indira Gandhi
- Nelson Mandela
- Mao Zedong. The office of Chairman of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party was created in 1945 and abolished in 1982.
- President Bush Snr. The word ‘Bushusuru’ was created.
- North Atlantic Trade Organisation
Names of Parliaments Quiz Questions and Answers
Been waiting for more quirky politics quiz questions? Then this round has your name written all over it. After all, who really is adroit in parliamentary expertise? Let’s see which of your quizzers know the names of famous parliaments from all corners of the globe.
1. Which country’s parliament is called the National Assembly of People’s Power?
2. Which country has Congress as its legislative body?
3. The National People’s Congress is the parliament of what country?
4. Which country’s parliament is named Sansad?
5. In which country is the Supreme People’s Assembly?
6. Where would one find the Bundestag?
7. In which country is the Riksdag?
8. Where can one find the Senedd?
9. The Hellenic Parliament is the legislative body of which country?
10. Which country’s parliament is the Dáil?
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Names of Parliaments Quiz Answers
- United States
- North Korea
Political Speeches Quiz Questions
Last, but definitely not least, it’s all about oration. The dynamically delivered, incredible addresses that have made the history books. In this final round, we count down the most famous political speeches, through the art of quiz questions of course!
1. Considered one of the finest pieces of oratory in human history, whose 1963 speech begins with the words “Five score years ago…”?
2. Which famous speech is just 275 words long?
3. In 1987, William Wilberforce spoke to British Parliament, beginning with the following words: ‘When I consider the magnitude of the subject which I am to bring before the House – a subject, in which the interests, not of this country, nor of Europe alone, but of the whole world, and of posterity, are involved’. What was the aim of the bill he was proposing?
4. What did JFK ask his fellow Americans?
5. Whose 1913 speech in Hartford, Connecticut included the line “We women, in trying to make our case clear, always have to make as part of our argument, and urge upon men in our audience the fact – a very simple fact – that women are human beings.”?
6. On January 28 1986, Ronald Reagan addressed the nation in the aftermath of what tragedy with a speech that included the line ‘The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave.’?
7. In his ‘Apology’, who made a defence against the charges brought against him of corrupting the Athenian youth by teaching that ‘an unexamined life is not worth living’?
8. Who demanded “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”?
9. Complete the line from Winston Churchill’s 1940 speech praising the heroism of the British Royal Air Force: “Never was …”
10. What was JFK said “that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too”, what was he referring to?
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Political Speeches Quiz Answers
- Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech.
- Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
- The abolition of the slave trade.
- Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.’ It should be noted that at the 1916 Republican convention President Warren G. Harding declared “We must have a citizenship less concerned about what the government can do for it, and more anxious about what it can do for the nation.”
- Emmeline Pankhurst
- When the space shuttle Challenger was consumed by a fireball 73 seconds after take off. It was watched live by millions of Americans, including school children.
- Ronald Reagan at Brandenburg Gate in 1987. Even members of the President’s own team were unsure about the speech, but two years later the Berlin Wall fell.
- “Never was so much owed by so many to so few.”
- Going to the moon.
No way! Lincoln’s speech humbly included the line, “The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here.” He couldn’t have been more wrong.
So, who came up trumps? Did everyone brush up on their political know-how? We hope you enjoyed this politics quiz, from the easiest to the most difficult of rounds.
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