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An election year is one in which all four numbers are evenly divisible by four (1944, 1948, etc). Since 1840, American presidents elected in years ending in zero have been destined to die in office. William H. Harrison, the man who served the shortest term, died of pneumonia 5 several weeks after his inauguration.
Abraham Lincoln was one of four presidents who were assassinated. He was elected in 1860, and his untimely death came just five years later.
10 James A. Garfield, a former Union army general from Ohio, was shot during his first year in office (1881) by a man to whom he wouldn't give a job.
15 While, in his second term of office (1901), William McKinley, another Ohioan, attended the Pan-American Exposition at buffalo, New York. During the reception, he was assassinated while shaking hands with some of the guests.
20 Three years after his election in 1920, Warren G. Harding died in office. Although it was never proved, many believe he was poisoned.
Franklin D. Roosevelt had been elected four times (1932, 1936, 1940 and 1944), the only man to serve so long a term. He had contracted 25 polio in 1921 and died of the illness in 1945.
John F. Kennedy, the last of the line, was assassinated in 1963, only three years after his election. Will 1980's candidate suffer the same fate?
1. Which of the following was not an election year?
2. Which president served the shortest term in office?
(A) Abraham Lincoln
(B) William McKinley
(C) Warren G. Harding
(D) William H. Harrison
3. Which of the following is true?
(A) All presidents elected in years ending in zero have died in office.
(B) Only presidents from Ohio have died in office.
(C) Franklin D. Roosevelt completed four terms as president.
(D) Four American presidents have been assassinated.
4. How many president elected in years ending in zero since 1840 have died in office?
5. In this reading what does inauguration mean?
(B) acceptance speech
(C) swearing-in ceremonies
6. Who of the following was not assassinated?
(A) John F. Kennedy
(B) Franklin D. Roosevelt
(C) Abraham Lincoln
(D) James A. Garfield
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