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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Civic Literacy Exam

Take the test HERE (hat tip to Bunkerville).

About the test:
Full Civic Literacy Exam (from our 2008 survey)
Are you more knowledgeable than the average citizen? The average score for all 2,508 Americans taking the following test was 49%; college educators scored 55%. Can you do better? Questions were drawn from past ISI surveys, as well as other nationally recognized exams.
My results: 31 out of 33 correct — 93.94%.

How did you do on the test?


  1. I suspect I should have paid more attention to the Lincoln Douglas debates... ;)

  2. 100%- ..and I was still half asleep!

  3. I think that a passing score on this test should be one criterion to obtain a VOTER REGISTRATION CARD.

  4. 28 out of 33 (ouch!) or 84.85 percent.

    Legitimately, I shouldn't have missed any of them- they were fairly simple questions. (2 were miss reads, 2 were lack of knowledge of history, 1 I had no clue.)

    But 50 percent is AVERAGE? That's absurd! Even if you don't know exactly the answer, its fairly easy to limit it down to the LIKELY answer. Do these people have a clue about our government or history? Granted, missing a few, I get. But half? When there are softball questions?

    I would love to see what the average missed questions were! It may be a laugh.


  5. FT,
    Well done!

    One that I missed, I should have gotten correct. The other one that I missed, well, I flat out did not know.

  6. Well then, Ducks, you should have gotten 33 out of 33 the second time around then. Why didn't you?

  7. "You answered 30 out of 33 correctly — 90.91 %"

    Dang! :(

    Free markets typically secure more economic prosperity than government’s centralized planning because:
    Your Answer: property rights and contracts are best enforced by the market system
    Correct Answer: the price system utilizes more local knowledge of means and ends

    Which of the following fiscal policy combinations has the federal government most often followed to stimulate economic activity when the economy is in a severe recession?
    Your Answer: increasing both taxes and spending
    Correct Answer: decreasing taxes and increasing spending

    If taxes equal government spending, then:
    Your Answer: government debt is zero
    Correct Answer: tax per person equals government spending per person on average"

    I could quibble, but ... *sigh*

  8. Benning!

    Did you give up blogging? You have posted at your site in quite a while -- over a year.

  9. AOW, I just ain't had much to say! ;)


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