Friday, December 05, 2008

American History

Are you more knowledgeable than the average citizen? After being forwarded one of those ubiquitous internet quizzes, I found this one to be more substantial than most. Instead of discovering whether I was more like a cinnamon raisin bagel or sesame seed, this one is designed to discover how ignorant I am (or am not) to the construct and governance in my own country. More information here.

The quiz contains 33 questions designed to measure knowledge of America’s founding principles, political history, international relations, and market economy. Americans from all age groups, income brackets, and political ideologies fail the test of civic literacy.
  • Americans age 25 to 34 score an average of 46% on the exam; Americans age 65 and over score 46%.

  • Americans earning an annual income between $30,000 and $50,000 score an average of 46%; Americans earning over $100,000 score 55%.

  • Liberals score an average of 49%; conservatives score 48%.

  • Americans who go to church once a week score an average of 48%; Americans who never go to church score 50%.

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

I know those are a lot of percentages and measures, but here is one more: I personally answered 26 out of 33 correctly — 78.79 %. It's a good thing I am in college, then. Can you do better?



Jen F said...

I surprised myself, and got a 75.76% so either I know my "stuff" or I am good at guessing. ;-)

The first few questions weren't too bad but there were definitely some head-scratchers. "Free markets typically secure more economic prosperity than government’s centralized planning because" ... huh?

Little Things said...

I'm proud of me!

You answered 28 out of 33 correctly — 84.85 %

Wendy said...

You answered 26 out of 33 correctly — 78.79 %