Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of Presidential ‘Losers’

BY Beth Summers  September 1, 2011 at 1:35 PM EST

On Thursday’s broadcast, Gwen Ifill talks to historian and NewsHour regular Richard Norton Smith and journalist Carl Cannon about failed presidential candidates who still managed to change political history. The subject is explored in a C-SPAN series starting this month called “The Contenders.”

We decided to test what you know about some of these famous “losers” with a quiz.

Tell us how you did in the comments section — and if you want to try and stump us with your own history question on failed candidates, leave that question in the comments as well or on our Facebook page.

1. Who served as Secretary of State under two presidents, and served on the Supreme Court twice?

A. Hubert Humphrey
B. Charles Evans Hughes
C. Eugene Debs

2. Who won the Alabama Golden Gloves Bantamweight Championship in 1936 and boxed professionally to support himself through law school?

A. George Wallace
B. George McGovern
C. Ross Perot

3. Who argued the case against teaching Darwinism and evolution in schools in 1925 at the so-called “Scopes Monkey Trial,” after his failed bid for the presidency?

A. Adlai Stevenson
B. Charles Evans Hughes
C. William Jennings Bryan

4. Who was the first Catholic to win a major political party’s nomination for president?

A. Al Smith
B. George Wallace
C. Thomas Dewey

5. Which third party candidate garnered 18.9 percent of the popular vote in the national presidential election — after having dropped off the ballot?

A. Eugene Debs
B. Ross Perot
C. Ralph Nader

6. Who was known as “The Great Compromiser”?

A. Henry Clay
B. Al Smith
C. Hubert Humphrey

7. Who was not nominated three times by a national political party?

A. Henry Clay
B. William Jennings Bryan
C. Eugene Debs

8. This candidate’s grandfather was vice president under President Grover Cleveland from 1893-1897.

A. Adlai Stevenson
B. Wendell Wilkie
C. Henry Clay

9. Who triggered the formation of the Dixiecrat Party with his speech at the 1948 Democratic National Convention?

A. Hubert Humphrey
B. Adlai Stevenson
C. Al Smith

10. His nicknames in his 1884 presidential campaign included “The Magnetic Man,” for his charisma, and “The Continental Liar From the State of Maine,” for his alleged involvement in unethical business deals.

A. Henry Clay
B. William Jennings Bryan
C. James G. Blaine

11. After his death in 1944, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt wrote that he was a “man of courage [whose] outspoken opinions on race relations were among his great contributions to the thinking of the world.”

A. Wendell Wilkie
B. Al Smith
C. Hubert Humphrey

12. Who took part in the first nationally broadcast political debate in 1948? (There was only one topic: whether the American Communist Party should be outlawed.)

A. Al Smith
B. Thomas Dewey
C. Adlai Stevenson

13. Who, when asked in 1963 by journalist Stewart Alsop what it might feel like to wake up as president some day, replied, “Frankly, it scares the hell out of me”?

A. Ross Perot
B. Barry Goldwater
C. George Wallace

14. Who delivered his nomination acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention at approximately 3 a.m.?

A. George McGovern
B. Adlai Stevenson
C. William Jennings Bryan

Answers are after the jump (no cheating!).

#1 | B. Charles Evans Hughes

2 | A. George Wallace

3 | C. William Jennings Bryan

4 | A. Al Smith

5 | B. Ross Perot

6 | A. Henry Clay

7 | C. Eugene Debs

8 | A. Adlai Stevenson

9 | A. Hubert Humphrey

10 | C. James G. Blaine

11 | A. Wendell Wilkie

12 | B. Thomas Dewey

13 | B. Barry Goldwater

14 | A. George McGovern

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