The White House
The White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States. Located at 1600
Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C., the house was designed by Irish-born James Hoban, and built between 1792 and
1800 of white-painted Aquia sandstone in the Neoclassical style. It has been the residence of every U.S. President since John
1. Save this file on your computer so you do not need to access the website every time you need this sheet.
2. Open a word document.
3. Put your heading in the “header” section on the page (double click the top of the page).
4. You must save your assignment with the following name:
5. Save your word document as a 97-03 version (File, Save As, Word 97-2003 Word Document).
6. Title your assignment the same as I have done at the top of this page.
7. Follow the steps on this page in the order that they appear, answering the questions on your word document.
8. MAKE SURE YOU USE THE NUMBERS THAT ARE SHOWN ON THIS PAGE (not the ones in the book)
SO I KNOW WHICH QUESTION YOU ARE ANSWERING.
9. Answer all questions in complete sentences.
Due: Wednesday, October 6 for a DOUBLE DAILY grade
Submission: To submit this assignment open the “I” drive on your laptop, open the “Correa” folder, copy/paste your
assignment into the appropriate class folder
In your textbook, read page 180.
Choose ONE to read:
o The John Adams letter on page 181
o The Abigail Adams letter on pages 182-183
1. On page 185, answer #2 OR #3 (based on which letter you read).
Look at the floor plan of the White House on pages 184-185.
2. Do Latrobe’s notes on pages 184 and 185 focus on the weaknesses of the house or its strengths? Why do you
think this (provide evidence)?
3. How do you think Americans of the time might have felt about an “entirely unfinished” public audience chamber
in the leader’s residence (think about who lives there and what the house represents)?
4. On page 185, answer #4.
Open the following website:
Use this website and the textbook to answer the remaining questions
5. List 3 interesting facts about Air Force One.
6. What State Reception room has furniture that dates back to President James Monroe?
7. What is the function of the State Dining Room?
8. In which style was the Green Room furnished?
9. What is significant about the Blue Room, Green Room, and Red Room?
10. What is vermeil?
11. List (no sentence needed) three rooms that are not a part of the White House Tour?
12. Comparing and contrasting the floor plan in your textbook and the floor plan on the website, what floor (or level)
do you think the textbook depicts? (the website shows 3 floors, choose one of these floors)
13. What notable difference do you see between the textbook floor plan and the one on the website?
14. The most common vision associated with the White House is the South Portico. Is this the front or back of the
15. What is the South Portico used for?
16. What is Marine One?
17. How many rooms and bathrooms are in the White House?
On your own, find the answers to the following questions:
18. What is the purpose of the President’s cabinet?
19. Name (no sentence needed) 3 departments that are represented by cabinet members.
20. How did the White House receive its name?
21. What are two secrets/urban legends that exist about the White House?