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Can You Pass a Civics Quiz?

Posted September 18, 2007

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute's National Civic Literacy Board (what a name!) released a new report today about how poorly college students did on a recent test of civic literacy.

The 60-question test asks all kinds of questions about our history, government, economy and foreign relations.  The report shows that the 14,000 freshmen and seniors who took it last year earned a paltry average score of 53 percent.

Click here to take the quiz and post your results below.  It's a tough one!  I got an 85.  I'll be sure to include that little fact in my upcoming presidential campaign.

Take the quiz -- don't Google anything -- and brag on yourself below.



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  • Iron Man Sep 20, 2007

    Server error did not produce a score

  • Steve Crisp Sep 20, 2007

    96.6 Missed numbers 2 and 9 cause I am rather weak on American pre-Revolution history and the War of 1812 always bored me.

  • lilybell Sep 20, 2007

    I also did about 85%. Some of the questions and answers were poorly worded and reflected opinion, not fact.

  • Lone Voice in the Wilderness Sep 20, 2007

    I got an 85%. I missed 9 questions, mostly due to my lack of economic theory.

  • murdock Sep 20, 2007

    I got 63% but this was not civics. There was a lot of history, political science, and basic economics on it. I don't remember learning half of it in our Freshman civics class in high school.

  • bpjamesncsu Sep 20, 2007 did you score?

  • kritik Sep 20, 2007

    given the source of this test (a right-leaning think tank that is rather uncritical and unapologetic re: its ideological biases), high scores are not a measure of how much one "knows" about american culture, history, and politics. rather, it's a measure of how much one has absorbed a particular version of "the facts" and can regurgitate them verbatim. some of the questions on this "quiz" are, indeed, more objective than others (i.e. what does x document say? in what order did these events occur?). however, the questions about free market economics mask their own biased investments (now there's a pun) in a neoclassical, non-keynesian model ... to which i say, harumph! check out james loewen's "lies my teacher told me" and for a little horizon-expanding fun.

  • cholmes6 Sep 20, 2007

    Scored a 95 on the test. I guess I had a advantage by teaching high school World History, Government, and Economics for 30 years. Pretty good test though.

  • jratt700 Sep 20, 2007

    85% correct. Not too bad for 50 years out of college. Some of the ones I got wrong were guesses after narrowing down the choices to two though. Some of the economics were obscure. I never took an economics course but read Paul Krugman faithfully.

  • jchalmersnc Sep 20, 2007

    I had fifty correct, but a few of the questions had very bad wording.




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