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Mini-Quiz: When Kennedy and Nixon Swore (1960s)

by Ron Kurtus (revised 22 June 2008)

Take this Mini-Quiz to check your understanding of the lesson material.

1. How did Kennedy's aristocratic upbringing affect the acceptance that he swore?

Most journalist want to be aristocrats

Most aristocrats never learn swear words

It made him more like a regular person

2. Why wasn't it acceptable for Nixon to swear?

It might make him likeable

It just didn't fit his image

Since journalists don't swear, no one else should either

3. Why was the press critical of Nixon?

He had developed poor relations with members of the press

He looked like he never shaved very well

He had broken into the Watergate complex

If you got all three correct, you are on your way to becoming a Champion in History. If you had problems, you had better look over the material again.

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Resources and references

Ron Kurtus' Credentials


X-Rated Expletives - Time Magazine article stating that various U.S. Presidents used profanities while in office.

Biography of John F. Kennedy - from the White House site

John F. Kennedy Library site

Biography of Richard M. Nixon - from the White House site

Nixon Library and Birthplace

History Resources


Top-rated books on John F. Kennedy

Top-rated books on Richard Nixon

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