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Ronald Reagan Quiz
Presidents of the USA

Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911- June 5, 2004) was the 40th President of the United States of America; he served from 1981 until 1989. Reagan's Vice-President was George H. W. Bush. Both Reagan and Bush were Republicans. Reagan served two terms as President.

Ronald Reagan was born in Tampico, Illinois. He spent many summers working as a lifeguard and saved 77 people from drowning. After graduating from Eureka College (in Illinois), where he played college football, Reagan became a radio sports announcer (in 1932). In 1937, he acted in his first movie. Altogether, Reagan was in 53 movies; his final movie was filmed in 1964. In 1940, Reagan and the actress Jane Wyman were married; they had two children, Maureen and Michael. They were divorced in 1948.

In 1947, Reagan became president of the Screen Actors Guild (the union for movie actors). Although he had been a liberal in his youth, Reagan became a conservative during this time. Reagan and the actress Nancy Davis were married in 1952; they had two children, Patricia Ann and Ronald Prescott.

Reagan was elected governor of California in 1966; he was re-elected governor in 1970.

During Reagan's presidency, the American hostages in Iran were freed, communism in the Soviet Union was defeated without a shot having being fired (symbolized by the eventual fall of the Berlin Wall separating communist East Berlin and democratic West Berlin), and US taxes were lowered. Reagan was shot in a 1981 assassination attempt in Washington, D.C.; he recovered fully.

Reagan died at home in California at the age of 93; he had Alzheimer's disease.

1. When did Ronald Reagan become President of the US? _____________________

2. What was the name of Reagan's Vice-President? ____________________________________

3. How many terms did Reagan serve as US President? ________________

4. Before he was President, Reagan was governor of which state? __________________________

5. In what year was Ronald Reagan born? ____________________

6. On the map above, color Illinois green and California yellow. If you are in the continental US, mark where you are with an X.

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