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The Inauguration

Print the quiz below and complete the matching and fill-in-the-blank questions.
Match the questions to the correct answers.



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The Inaugural Address On what day of the year is Inauguration Day?

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20th A president whose successor has been elected is a _____ president.

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January 20 Which Amendment set Inauguration Day as January 20?

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lame duck Which event on Inauguration Day is not described in the Constitution?
Match the president and the phrase from his inaugural address.



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Thomas Jefferson "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country."

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Abraham Lincoln "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

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Franklin Roosevelt "Every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle."

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John F. Kennedy "With malice toward none, with charity for all..."
Why did supporters of the 20th Amendment wish to shorten the "lame duck" period?
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RESOURCE: http://www.c-span.org/questions/week165.asp

Find out why Inauguration Day was originally set for four months after Election Day. What changes in our society allowed it to be moved to an earlier date?
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RESOURCE: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/inauguration/history.html

RESOURCE: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/mar04.html
Presidents usually take the oath of office on the steps of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. There have been some exceptions, though. Where did Lyndon B. Johnson take the oath of office?
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RESOURCE: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/pihtml/pi052.html
 

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Originally, Inauguration Day was held on March 4, giving the next administration enough time to get up and running. But in 1933, with the country facing a huge economic crisis, the four months in between Election Day and Inauguration Day seemed too long. The 20th Amendment was ratified on January 23, 1933, fixing Inauguration Day as January 20.

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