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Super Crooks
In 1869, he forced all contractors in New York City to add 100 percent to their bills and pay these overcharges to his Tammany Hall ring. Name this political boss who defrauded the city of millions of dollars.
Government Employees
Which person was involved in both the planning of the Cuban invasion under Kennedy and the Watergate break-in under Nixon?
A. Robert Bork
B. Douglas Wilder
C. E. Howard Hunt
D. Brent Scrowcroft
E. William F. Buckley
Special Prosecutors
Kenneth Starr was the special prosecutor appointed to investigate what controversial topic reminiscent of the rapids in a river?
Diplomatic Incidents
In 1797, when French agents attempted to solicit bribes from American negotiators in Paris, the public outcry back home nearly caused a war. This diplomatic incident is known as the ...
A. XYZ Affair
B. Dreyfus Affair
C. Spoliation Claims
D. Teapot Dome Scandal
E. Robespierre Manifesto
Sports Scandals
When players from the Chicago White Sox emerged from the grand jury hearing about improprieties in the 1919 World Series, the following plea was made to what team member by a disappointed young fan?
Say it ain't so, Joe.
Olympian Imbroglios
Who was head of the scandal-ridden International Olympic Committee at the outset of 2000?
A. Kofi Annan
B. Rudolph Giuliani
C. Slobodan Milosevic
D. Benjamin Netanyahu
E. Juan Antonio Samaranch
Vigorous Denials
Name the vice presidential candidate who made a speech in which he denied that he had misused campaign funds and stated that his daughter's cocker spaniel, Checkers, was not a political gift.
Old Blood and Guts
Which general was criticized for slapping a soldier he felt was malingering?
A. Omar Bradley
B. George Patton
C. George Marshall
D. Douglas MacArthur
E. Dwight Eisenhower
Al Pacino played a real-life police officer named Frank Serpico in the 1973 movie of the same name. Serpico is remembered for exposing widespread corruption in the police department of what city?
Robber Barons
The "Black Friday" panic of 1869 was a consequence of the attempt by James Fisk and what other railroad financier to corner the gold market?
A. Jay Gould
B. J. P. Morgan
C. Leland Stanford
D. Cornelius Vanderbilt
E. Edward H. Harriman
Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, Steve Jobs, Candice Bergen, Chevy Chase, Judy Collins, Richard Dreyfus, Neil Simon, and Ted Turner are among those contributors who spent a night in what room at the White House?
Arms Sales
Who was involved in the scandal through which profits from sales of arms to Iran were given to the Contras?
A. Gary Hart
B. Robert Bork
C. Oliver North
D. Jesse Jackson
E. Harold Washington
You're Out!
Who was excluded from election to the Hall of Fame by a ruling in 1991 prohibiting any player who had been banned from professional baseball?
Which names are associated with the "Pumpkin Papers" of 1949?
A. Chambers and Hiss
B. Sacco and Vanzetti
C. Welch and McCarthy
D. Philby and Mata Hari
E. Julius and Ethel Rosenberg
Tainted Titles
To what type of drug was Ben Johnson referring in this statement he made after being stripped of his Olympic gold medal in the 100 meters?
I wanted to be the fastest and my coach told me
the only way I'd get better was if I took these drugs.
Contract Corruption
The Credit Mobilier scandal involved the construction contracts for which railroad?
A. Santa Fe
B. Union Pacific
C. Central Pacific
D. Great Northern
E. Baltimore & Ohio
With what scandal are these names associated?
Presidential Affairs
FBI records show that what woman had simultaneous affairs with a U.S. president and a Mafia leader?
A. Rachel Carson
B. Babe Didrikson
C. Kay Summersby
D. Jean Kirkpatrick
E. Judith Campbell Exner
Finger Pointing
A Treasury Department report issued in 1993 stated that field commanders of what federal agency mishandled the raid on the Branch Davidian cult in Waco and then tried to cover up their mistakes?
Dirty Dancing
A Syrian dancer named Little Egypt introduced what dance, scandalous at the time, during the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago?
A. fan dance
B. toe dance
C. belly dance
D. break dance
E. round dance
Video Victims
This quote from 1992 refers to whom?
For more than a year he had been a writhing
body, twisting on the ground under kicks
and blows, in what is perhaps the most
endlessly replayed videotape ever made.
European Scandals
The Dreyfus Affair was a French political scandal involving ...
A. gold bullion
B. anti-Semitism
C. economic espionage
D. an assassination plot
E. control of the fishing fleet
In 1998, Monica Lewinsky and her mother shared an apartment in what Washington building that was directly related to another scandal years earlier?
Teapot Dome
The Teapot Dome scandal during Harding's presidency related to ...
A. naval oil reserves
B. a presidential hideaway
C. international espionage
D. sites for military bases
E. government industrial contracts
High Profile Harassment
Many were outraged by the highly publicized incidents of sexual assault and harassment at the 1991 Tailhook convention in Las Vegas. These incidents involved aviators from which branches of the armed forces?
Lasting Questions
A question repeatedly asked of Richard Nixon and other Watergate conspirators was "What did he know and when did ..."
Gone Astray
Who was harshly critical of the transgressions of fellow evangelist, Jim Bakker, until he himself was caught leaving a motel room in the company of a prostitute?
A. Jerry Falwell
B. Billy Graham
C. David Koresh
D. Pat Robertson
E. Jimmy Swaggert
Aborted Ambitions
He promoted the Voting Rights Act, the Freedom of Information Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and the Act for Better Child Care. Name this senator who might have been president were it not for the accidental death of Mary Jo Kopechne.
Quiz Shows
Name the Columbia University instructor who lost his job when it was revealed that he had been given the answers to the questions he was asked on "The $64,000 Question."
A. Alex Trebek
B. Linus Pauling
C. James Earl Ray
D. Walter Brennan
E. Charles Van Doren
Great Graft
Jay Gould tried to corner the gold market, Congressman Oakes Ames was the pay-off man for Credit Mobilier, Boss Tweed stole millions in New York City, and White House secretary Orville Babcock cashed in on a $2.5 million whisky tax fraud. Who was president during this era of chicanery and corruption?

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Answers to Scandals
1. William "Boss" Tweed
2. C
3. Whitewater
4. A
5. Shoeless Joe Jackson
6. E
7. Richard Nixon
8. B
9. New York City
10. A
11. Lincoln Bedroom
12. C
13. Pete Rose
14. A
15. steroids
16. B
17. Watergate
18. E
19. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms
20. C
21. Rodney King
22. B
23. The Watergate
24. A
25. Navy, Marine Corps
26. he know it
27. E
28. Ted Kennedy
29. E
30. Ulysses Grant
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