Monday, November 24, 2008

Are we really this dumb?

Q: What's worse than Americans averaging a score of 49% on a simple civics test?

A: Their elected officials averaging a score of 44%.

I managed a score of 84.85% (28 correct out of 33). See how you fare.


  1. Hey, I feel better about my score now! I got "27 out of 33 correctly — 81.82 %" this morning and was feeling like I should really know more.

    This article offers a look at what "elected officials" means in an unscientific study:

  2. Of course most "elected officials" are not US Senators and Congressmen. And heaven knows, we shouldn't expect school board members to be an educated lot. After all, they're only in charge of... oh, wait.

  3. also 28 correct. missed #7, 8, 14, 27, and 29 -- none of which i feel particularly bad about, since the one i really feel i should have gotten right I was torn and almost went with the right answer... and #27 is arguably biased, IMO.

    Question #7 - D. Gettysburg Address
    Question #8 - C. appoint additional Supreme Court justices who shared his views
    Question #14 - B. stressed the sinfulness of all humanity
    Question #27 - A. the price system utilizes more local knowledge of means and ends
    Question #29 - B. a resident can benefit from it without directly paying for it