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Trivia Quiz - Colin Powell - "The Reluctant Warrior"


Colin Powell has led a life full of heady success in the military and government of the United States, finishing with his appointment as the first African-American Secretary of State. Test your knowledge of this inspiring man.

Quiz Number: 5835
Date Submitted: February 24, 2021
Quiz Categories: American History
Quiz Type: General Quiz
Author: grant228
Average Score: 100 percent
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1. Born in New York City on April 5, 1937, Colin Powell was the son of immigrants from what nation?
  A.   Kenya
  B.   Jamaica
  C.   Bahamas
  D.   Algeria

2. Serving with distinction in the Vietnam War, which of the following is not true of Colin Powell's time there?
  A.   He received a Purple Heart when wounded by a booby trap.
  B.   He received the Soldier's Medal for rescuing soldiers from a burning helicopter.
  C.   He was assigned to the unit that had attacked the My Lai village.
  D.   He felt the military was let down by ineffective leadership from the White House.

3. Which of the following powerful positions has Colin Powell not held?
  A.   Secretary of Defense
  B.   National Security Advisor
  C.   Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  D.   Commander of the US Army Forces Command

4. Which US President appointed Colin Powell as Secretary of State?
  A.   Ronald Reagan
  B.   George H W Bush
  C.   Bill Clinton
  D.   George W Bush

5. Which of the following is not one of Colin Powell's philosophies when considering military intervention?
  A.   use of overwhelming force to ensure success and minimize casualties
  B.   opposition to any military operations that did not involve U S interests
  C.   War is too important a business to be left to soldiers.
  D.   diplomacy and containment before direct military involvement

6. In August 1989, Parade magazine published Colin Powell's "Rules of Leadership" which contained how many of his maxims?
  A.   3
  B.   5
  C.   10
  D.   13

7. What did Colin Powell describe as a "blot" on his record?
  A.   Being a member of the unit responsible for the My Lai tragedy
  B.   The 1989 invasion of Panama
  C.   Operation Desert Storm - the 1990 invasion of Iraq
  D.   His 2003 speech to the UN Security Council on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction

8. Which of the following has Colin Powell not done?
  A.   Endorsed Barack Obama in his 2008 presidential campaign
  B.   Considered running against Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential campaign
  C.   Reversed his opposition to gays in the military in 2010
  D.   Stated he is no longer a Republican following the January 6 attack on the Capitol

9. How many times has Colin Powell been married?
  A.   0 - he claimed he was married to the military.
  B.   1
  C.   3
  D.   6

10. Which of the following is not true of Colin Powell?
  A.   He and Condoleezza Rice have teamed on the speakers circuit, presenting a special series titled "Get Motivated".
  B.   His middle name is Luther.
  C.   He can speak Yiddish.
  D.   He worked in a baby furniture store.


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