How much do you know about President John F. Kennedy? Take our quiz.

Over fifty years after his assassination in Dallas, John F. Kennedy remains one of the most famous and admired Americans of the 20th century. US voters routinely rank him among the best of the nation’s presidents, though historians remain split over the import of his thousand days in the Oval Office. Revelations about his philandering and health problems have darkened his image but not dimmed public fascination with him and his family, if the steady stream of JFK books, movies, and other media material is any guide. Today it is clearer than ever that his murder was a hinge of history. At dusk on Nov. 22, 1963, America was a different country, less innocent than it had been at sunrise.

Do you think you know John F. Kennedy, what’s real about him and what’s myth? Match wits with D.C. Decoder and rate your knowledge of the 35th president of the United States.

1. What crisis did President Kennedy face within weeks of taking office?

The Bay of Pigs failed invasion of Cuba by US-backed anti-Castro Cubans.

The Cuban Missile Crisis standoff with the Soviet Union.

Riots over racial integration at the University of Mississippi.

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