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Can You Pass This 33-Question Civics Test? (Most Americans Cannot.)

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The average score for all 2,508 Americans taking the following test was 49%; college educators scored 55%!

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Missed one

Misread the question.

WOW dailypaul community is

WOW dailypaul community is smart.
We should also participate in a iq test, i bet some would have very high scores.

79%

79%

I scored 100% correct,

I scored 100% correct, however, as mentioned by others the choices offered to some questions were not as clear as I would have liked. Where I was uncertain I answered according to what I believed the quiz authors were looking for even when another answer appeared (to me) equally valid.

marlow

marlow

1 wrong....

It was the one about business profit.

Man, that test was easy.

You answered 27 out of 33 correctly — 81.82 %

You answered 27 out of 33 correctly — 81.82 %

Not thrilled about the results... but if it wasn't good enough, it wouldn't be called the minimum.

97%

I shouldn't have missed that one. I was too paranoid about a trick question.

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96.97%

I missed one; I'm embarrassed about the one I missed; it was carelessness really; the answer was obvious. In fact, that one (and I'll guess about half of them) were really questions testing if you know how to read and think. About half (I'll guess) have little to do with knowledge of government.

I just got 93.94%, but

I just got 93.94%, but questions 13, 14, 16, and 17 are irrelevant to government. They would be more appropriate questions in a game of "Trivial Pursuit".

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Thanks for posting

too busy to do it today...tomorrow perhaps.

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You answered 29 out of 33 correctly — 87.88 %

I picked A. for # 33 and I still think it is correct. They wanted D. I think they are both correct answers.

bilgepumper

I agree.

How can "A" on #33 be incorrect? It can't be, unless the specifics of the hypothetical are laid out. It can potentially be incorrect, but only potentially.

"D" is probably the best answer, but not the only correct one.

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ambiguous?

Actually, I think D could either mean that:

(Given that the taxes paid is equal to the spending)

(i) The taxes paid by each person are the the same as the amount of spending on each person.

(ii) The taxes paid divided by the number of people is the same as the amount of spending divided by the number of people.

Of course, there could be other mix and match possibilities, but to be linguistically consistent, these are perhaps the main two.

The first one is clearly false/not correct. The second one is tautological. Either way, given that this is supposed to be the correct answer, it's a poorly worded question.

#33 is tricky

Yes I missed that one too. 32 out of 33.

The key word is "debt", which most of us RP'ers jumped on. I certainly did. But they see "debt" as meaning more than just that year and rightly so,...for just a year they would use "deficit" or "annual deficit".
So, D then becomes true and the better choice.

In peace & liberty,
Treg

PS.... Has someone gone to the trouble to put together a real test for the Presidency? You know we have SATs, MCATs, the Bar Exam,....etc

So it would be really interesting to have a standardized Office Holder/Presidency exam. Call it the OHP Exam. The Exam could be used for anyone seeking elected Office, from State governments to the Federal Government. The danger of course would be if the "wrong" questions and or answers get in there and even worse, the test became law, as a legal requirement. But if it could remain free from that (BIG IF) it would prove interesting.

Take question #30 "Which of the following fiscal policy combinations would a government most likely follow to stimulate economic activity when the economy is in a severe recession?"

I had to read it over twice, focus on the phrase, "most likely follow", and realize that it was not "should follow" or "most likely work". I had to take into account what bad action they would take. For that answer it was clear that the "Obama dance" would be the most likely followed course, reduce taxes AND increase spending.

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26/33

I was always an 'average' student...

I may not know the truth, but I know when I'm being lied to...

I may not know the truth, but I know when I'm being lied to...

too easy! 31/33

Someone on here ought to post a question every day for us to answer. Here are 2 to ponder...

How many of the original signers of the Declaration of Independence were born in the USA?

What was the significance of the Teapot Dome Scandal?

(I was asked these questions by a US Customs Officer!)

h-daddy

Really?!

I hope you got them right!

I'm gonna say '0' to the first one,

and I don't think I've ever heard of the teapot dome scandal... :(

I think I'm getting deported...

It was way back in the early '70's and I was

coming back to USA from Canada. I had lost my wallet and had no ID whatsoever. The agent took me into a dimly lit back room and proceded to ask me a series of civics questions. Presumably questions that any real US citizen would know the answers to. Needless to say I didn't get them all right but they let me back in anyway.

You got the 1st one right :)

Teapot is an obscure scandal during Grant admionistration (?) I actually knew what it was back then but being nervous gave him a long winded answer about some other thing I had learned in 10th grade. Good enough!

h-daddy

You answered 30 out of 33 correctly — 90.91 %

I missed an abortion question... yikes. I also missed questions regarding, government taxing and spending, and foreign policy powers... stuff I should know... Bah! >:(

Still in the top .8% of the people who took the test, except i had to answer some questions with knowledge of flawed policies.

That was my score, too

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You answered 24 out of 33 correctly — 72.73 %

You answered 24 out of 33 correctly — 72.73 %

Lame. Thought i'd do better.

90.91% Some of those

90.91%

Some of those questions are not very well written.

That's true.

I would also argue that Socrates and the Puritans are irrelevant on an American Civics test.

How many questions were there on the history of the Founders or pre-20th century American History? Four? Five?

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Considering the roll they played in Jefferson's thinking

as well as other founding fathers, I would not. Further, I would add lots of stuff about the Roman Republic

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Some should be

doing pretty well by now since this is the second time around for this test.

this is the 2008 test

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the other one was the 2007 test. Some questions were the same, but in my opinion, this test was easier.

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79%

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28 out of 33

Great little quiz...I want to thank the Daily Paul for helping me get an 84.85%. I feel pretty good about this that I better than the average person.

Paula

96.97%.

I missed #15.

I wonder if there is a correlation between scores and voting habits?

"Bend over and grab your ankles" should be etched in stone at the entrance to every government building and every government office.

27 of 33 for 82% I'm not

27 of 33 for 82%

I'm not happy with a couple that I missed.

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