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Pre-presidential Obama: Test how much you know about his early life

President Barack Obama speaks as he hosts military fathers and their children for a screening of the Disney/Pixar movie, 'Cars 2,' in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex, Wednesday, June 15. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

You see him on television, hear him on the radio, and read about him in the papers. But how much do you really know about Barack Obama and his fast-track path to the White House? Test your knowledge of the man who became America’s 44th president – the fifth youngest ever elected – with our quiz on his life before taking office.

- David Karas, contributor

1. In his youth, what career did Barack Obama aspire to?

Obama has said he would have become an architect if not for his decision to become an attorney and a community organizer.

Obama has said he would have become an architect if not for his decision to become an attorney and a community organizer.

Obama has said he would have become an architect if not for his decision to become an attorney and a community organizer.

Obama has said he would have become an architect if not for his decision to become an attorney and a community organizer.

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Social worker

 

Architect

 

Doctor

 

Novelist

 
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