As for the born in Massachusetts question, that could have been any of the Presidents to me.
I also managed to miss two easy ones. I thought of one of the answers for the alliterative question but some how after thinking of it I just decided to move on to the next question and not bother to type the answer in. Genius.
plus interest makes a big difference, if have no interest in sport and politics but more in the science area. So I am not gonna look stuff like that up, and even IF you are exposed to certain things you wont retain the information.
Well that was it basicly. If they would have added, who wears a tophat. Has a toy named after him. Had (allegedly?) wooden teeth (and something with an appletree???) I would have known a few more. That is about as far as my knowledge of the presidents go. I can name quite a lot of them, cause sometimes you see the names and some of them stick. But a lot of the extra knowledge you only know if you look it up/read something specefically about the subject
And the arboreal and apocryphal story I think you are referencing is the one in which George Washington chopped down a cherry tree, not an apple tree.
Even if you only get 10/18 you can use those answers to guess others you don't know. I couldn't think of an alliterative one for example, but I saw one in a different category that I got. A few other ones I got just by literally guessing the names in the other categories.
Not the most honourable strategy but hey ho.
"Using names as they appear on the U.S. Presidents Quiz"