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I got 13 of 13 right... no guessing or even pausing. It's sad that only 8% of Americans can get them all correct.

How did you do?

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by Anonymousreply 12704/18/2013


by Anonymousreply 103/16/2013

13/13 as well wasn't sure about the flag of China

by Anonymousreply 203/16/2013

I got 12 right. I'm horrible at geography and am sure I got that question wrong.

by Anonymousreply 303/16/2013

It was the one in the most upper west corner of its page. That's how I remember a lot of things: where they were on the page.

by Anonymousreply 403/16/2013

You answered 12 of 13 questions correctly along with 11% of responders.

I think I missed the Elizabeth Warren question.

by Anonymousreply 503/16/2013

Yawn. 13 / 13.

by Anonymousreply 603/16/2013

13 of 13 here. Wonder what the demographic of the 8% is?

by Anonymousreply 703/16/2013

12 out of 13, pretty good for an Aussie I think.

by Anonymousreply 803/16/2013

13 of 13

by Anonymousreply 903/16/2013

13/13. And I'm not even close to the newshound I used to be.

This nation is pathetic.

by Anonymousreply 1003/16/2013

13/13. The only tough one was the Attorney General pic. But a process of simple elimination gave me a 50% chance of guessing correctly.

I'm not even a news junkie. It's frightening that anyone wouldn't get at least 10 of those.

by Anonymousreply 1103/16/2013

13/13. I sort of guessed on one, though. I know Eric Holder is the attorney general, but I frankly had no idea what he looked like.

by Anonymousreply 1203/16/2013

The questions respondents did most poorly on -- geography and Elizabeth Warren.

I can forgive someone in Ohio not knowing what Elizabeth Warren looks like, but Middle Eastern geography? The flag of China? Those should be no-brainers.

by Anonymousreply 1303/16/2013

R13, Elizabeth Warren has had such a high profile and has been a national figure for years. I don't think being from Ohio has anything to do with knowing who she is.

by Anonymousreply 1403/16/2013

I only got 12 right, I am a loser. Don't know which question I missed.

by Anonymousreply 1503/16/2013

12 of 13. I missed the one with the secretary of education/head of the federal reserve/nra guy.

by Anonymousreply 1603/16/2013

You answered 10 of 13 questions correctly along with 12% of responders.

Why does no one else's answer list the percentage? Hmm.

by Anonymousreply 1703/16/2013

[quote]Don't know which question I missed.

Well, why didn't you look?

by Anonymousreply 1803/16/2013

Mine was 8%, R17. I got 13/13.

by Anonymousreply 1903/16/2013

13 of 13. To see what you got wrong, when you get to the page with the bar chart, there are three tabs above the chart. The middle tab is 'question by question'. That's where you find out what you got wrong.

by Anonymousreply 2003/16/2013

R17, OP mentioned that 13 out of 13 is 8%. Most of us got 13.

by Anonymousreply 2103/16/2013

12/13. Missed the senator question.

by Anonymousreply 2203/16/2013

r19/r21, thanks!

by Anonymousreply 2303/16/2013


Missing one is one thing. Missing more is an indication both of lack of basic knowledge of current events OR reasoning skills.

by Anonymousreply 2403/16/2013

12/13 is pretty fucking good. Don't act smug if you got 13/13, it is really unattractive.

by Anonymousreply 2503/16/2013

...unless you missed the flag one.

by Anonymousreply 2603/16/2013

R25, it'd be "smug" if this were a challenging quiz. But it's not. It's a trivially easy quiz.

It's good that nobody got a 0 out of 13, but the fact that there are people out there that only gone 1, 2, or 3 questions right is very, very scary.

by Anonymousreply 2703/16/2013

I got 13/13,

I was a bit unsure about the flag and the country, Not smug.

by Anonymousreply 2803/16/2013

13/13. Very easy quiz.

by Anonymousreply 2903/16/2013

Another Ohioan here, didn't know who Warren was either. 12 out of 13.

Amazing stat, 50% of the people that took the quiz couldn't identify Syria. Come on folks they are having a civil war, been on tv non stop for the last year.

by Anonymousreply 3003/16/2013

12/13. I missed the Attorney General one. Not bad.

by Anonymousreply 3103/16/2013

13/13 with 8% of respondents.

Although, to be fair, I held my breath to see if I could answer all of the questions before I lost consciousness.

by Anonymousreply 3203/16/2013

13/13...Syria was shaky.

by Anonymousreply 3303/16/2013

13/13, but I hesitated on China's flag.

by Anonymousreply 3403/16/2013

11 of 13 for 13%. I got the geography & currency questions wrong. YES I AM AMERICAN.

by Anonymousreply 3503/16/2013

Same as r12. I don't feel smug that I got 13/13, but I am surprised that I would do better than 92% of test-takers. I don't consider myself particularly intelligent or up on current events.

by Anonymousreply 3603/16/2013

13/13. This was a very easy quiz. Frightening that there are people who missed so many.

by Anonymousreply 3703/16/2013

13/13 and I am Canadian. Thought it was very easy.

by Anonymousreply 3803/16/2013

12/13 I was thinking is that Turkey or Syria. I saw Israel and I thought I saw a country between the one highlighted and Israel so I selected Turkey.

by Anonymousreply 3903/16/2013

China = our main rival in the world and the only other 'super-power' ... no real excuse for not knowing their flag. Come on, it's in tons of movies, and we just had the Olymics in Bejing!

And the Euro is the main world currency next to the Dollar... it's in the news tons, how can you not know what it's symbol looks like?

by Anonymousreply 4003/16/2013

It's not a fair news test OP. Too easy. There are more challenging things out there to post.

by Anonymousreply 4103/16/2013

I believe that's Lebanon, r39.

by Anonymousreply 4203/16/2013

R41, that's almost entirely the point. A quiz this easy and only 8% of Americans can get all the questions right.

I'll wager there weren't many Republicans in that top 8% though.

by Anonymousreply 4303/16/2013

Missed the middle eastern country... that part of the world has never interested me.

by Anonymousreply 4403/16/2013

Dang I missed the money symbol one

by Anonymousreply 4503/16/2013

Nailed it!

I am an 8%-er!

I am a mega-genius.

by Anonymousreply 4603/16/2013


And I don't really consider myself that smart or knowledgeable about current events. I thought I'd do poorly, but the questions were so damn easy. I'm really sad so many people got fewer than 11 right.

by Anonymousreply 4703/16/2013

13/13! And inebriated!

by Anonymousreply 4803/16/2013

LOL [R48] !

13/13...8% Also guessed on Syria.

by Anonymousreply 4903/16/2013

I didn't know what Elizabeth Warren looked like. 12/13.

by Anonymousreply 5003/16/2013

12/13. Couldn't identify the Arab country on the map. My second guess would be Syria.

by Anonymousreply 5103/16/2013

I wish had checked which 1 I got wrong...I guessed at 6 of them.

by Anonymousreply 5203/16/2013

13/13. I thought these questions were pretty easy.

by Anonymousreply 5303/16/2013

I got them all, and their graph was incorrect.

If you click on the other tab, it's interesting that on every question at least 50% of the test-takers got the right answer. (Except the Warren photo.)

You don't have to know everything if the people around you know the parts you don't.

Which, perhaps, is the problem with the freepers.

by Anonymousreply 5403/16/2013

I got 13 out of 13 too, and I'm not a news junkie or anything like that.

by Anonymousreply 5503/16/2013

12/13 I missed the Elizabeth Warren question.

by Anonymousreply 5603/16/2013

12/13. Geography of other countries is not my biggest strength.

by Anonymousreply 5703/16/2013

I only got the "what is your gender" question wrong.

by Anonymousreply 5803/16/2013


But if you'd given me a similar panel a year ago, I'd've missed a few. I got so tired of TV news I quit watching it altogether and got all my news over the web. I know Sen. Warren's face from watching her lately on the tube.

by Anonymousreply 5903/16/2013

That was fun OP, I got 13/13 - I thought I'd missed a couple.

by Anonymousreply 6003/16/2013

I'm in the 13/13 club. Also hesitated for a second on the Chinese flag and Syria. Yes, an easy quiz. Americans as a bunch are not well-informed...but you knew that.

by Anonymousreply 6103/16/2013

12/13 I'm sure I screwed up the map question.

by Anonymousreply 6203/16/2013

It was Syria? I just guessed at that. Then I must have gotten the flag wrong.

Those where the only two where I had to guess other than the male or female question.

by Anonymousreply 6303/16/2013

13 of 13. The only one I almost blew was the logo. I guessed twitter, but it would have been a good logo for JetBlue too.

by Anonymousreply 6403/16/2013

13/13 and I'm not even American.

by Anonymousreply 6503/16/2013

How are so many of you missing Elizabeth Warren?? Not only has she been everywhere for five years, but she's a complete hero... fighting for you and me, against all that is corrupt in congress and society.

Hers was one of the most high profile senate runs last year!

by Anonymousreply 6603/16/2013

Elizabeth Warren:

by Anonymousreply 6703/16/2013

12 of 13, I missed the Elizabeth Warren one too.

by Anonymousreply 6803/16/2013

Seriously, how the FUCK do you now know who Elizabeth Warren is?

Jesus. Feel ashamed of yourself.

by Anonymousreply 6903/16/2013

13/13 and I NEVER EVER watch news or political programs on TV.

by Anonymousreply 7003/16/2013


Your score is better than 92% of responders.

by Anonymousreply 7103/16/2013

Learn more from, and about, Elizabeth Warren:

by Anonymousreply 7203/16/2013

11/13, I'm from Europe and didn't know who John Boehner is and got the graph question wrong.

by Anonymousreply 7303/17/2013

I believe there are many people in America who probably don't even know who our president is. People are incredibly ignorant.

by Anonymousreply 7403/17/2013

[quote]Seriously, how the FUCK do you now know who Elizabeth Warren is? Jesus. Feel ashamed of yourself.

Sorry if 12 out of 13 wasn't good enough for you.

Nobody really cares how ignorant most Americans are; they just want to make fun of the people slightly less informed than themselves.

by Anonymousreply 7503/17/2013

13/13. I thought I might struggle because I get most of my news from NPR and the quiz relied heavily on photos. Still, it wasn't challenging.

It's sad that so few people recognize Elizabeth Warren, since she's one of the very few senators who actually gives a shit about the human being she represents.

by Anonymousreply 7603/17/2013

I got 13/13 and was within the top 8 percentile, like apparently 80% of other dataloungers.

by Anonymousreply 7703/17/2013

13/13, but I guessed at the Euro symbol. it may be in the news tons, R40, but I've never seen it before.

by Anonymousreply 7803/17/2013

14/13. Every one of you missed the extra point question!!

by Anonymousreply 7903/17/2013

No, R75, but it's pretty inexcusable for anyone here to miss Elizabeth Warren. It's not about me feeling better about myself by trashing you. It's about me being rather incredulous that anyone would miss THAT question. It sort of drives home the point about how people are ignorant about things that matter, but everyone seems to know who the fucking Kardashians are.

So stop being defensive, and take this as a cue to pay more attention and educate yourself. Especially about an amazing woman like Elizabeth Warren.

by Anonymousreply 8003/17/2013


by Anonymousreply 8103/17/2013

12 -- had no idea what a woman Senator from Massachusetts looked like.

by Anonymousreply 8203/17/2013

Question for those who missed Elizabeth Warren:

Did you instead pick the photo of Nancy Pelosi (the nation's first female House Majority Leader) or Tammy Baldwin (America's first out gay Senator)?

by Anonymousreply 8303/17/2013

If I had to do it for another country, I would probably get them all wrong. Occasionally I'll catch the news on the BBC but not often.

by Anonymousreply 8403/17/2013

Please read up on Elizabeth Warren and all the good work she's done, and is trying to do:

[bold]Elizabeth Warren Goes After NRA, Big Banks, GOP[/bold]

Since joining Congress, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has been fighting to penalize bad banks, expand consumer protections, and confirm Richard Cordray as Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which she helped create in 2011. Yesterday she took her message to the Consumer Federation of America. "I know I’m preaching to the choir," Warren told the group's members, "but it is time for Washington to stop protecting a handful of the big guys."

Warren said the 43 Senate Republicans who sent a letter to President Obama demanding a change of structure at the CFPB were trying to weaken the agency, and she called the NRA's attempts to limit data gathering on gun violence "dangerous."

Watch a portion of the speech, and read her full prepared remarks below.

(see link)

by Anonymousreply 8503/18/2013

I got Syria and the attorney general wrong. I suck at geography, but if they showed a bigger map I may have gotten it. Attorney General, not sure. I guessed between AG and Dept of Education, and guessed wrong.

by Anonymousreply 8603/18/2013

13/13 - but even at the end of January 2013, these questions were hardly current or in depth. I don't even live in the States and I know these. Oh well.

by Anonymousreply 8703/18/2013

12/13 Ditto on the map thing

by Anonymousreply 8803/18/2013

FWIW, I was one of the ones who couldn't recognize Elizabeth Warren. The reason is pretty simple. I don't watch TV news. Can't stand the shit. I read the local paper. And I read the NYT, the WP and various new sources online. I am WELL aware of Elizabeth Warren and everything she's done and believes. I am a fan. Still don't know what she looks like.

(I'm embarrassed to say I only knew what John Boehner looked like because I'm from Ohio and his sobbing, orange face is on the front page of the paper every day.)

by Anonymousreply 8903/18/2013

12/13, which is not bad considering I'm not American and don't live in the States. A couple of answers (like the Elizabeth Warren one) were lucky guesses and the only one I got wrong was the attorney general question.

by Anonymousreply 9003/18/2013

I got 13/13 but I admit to guessing on the Elizabeth Warren picture. Recognising her face has nothing to do with knowing about the amazing things she has accomplished. I watch very little television and do not even have cable. I do, however, read at least two newspapers every day. Had they asked a more in-depth question about her work, I would have had no problem at all but it was not easy to pick her picture out of those of four other blonde women of the same approximate age range.

by Anonymousreply 9103/18/2013

Yeah, I say give people who missed Elizabeth Warren's pic a break. Before the DNC this past year, I had no idea what she looked like, but certainly knew all about her. I live in LA and get my news from the paper and NPR. That was her first big national TV coverage and if you happened to miss it, then chances are you missed what she looked like.

I actually think it's sort of sad that the quiz relied more on pics than a person's policy initiative or platforms. Says more about the veracity of our collective knowledge than I care to admit.

by Anonymousreply 9203/18/2013

I noticed Elizabeth Warren for the first time exactly ten years ago, when I saw her book THE TWO-INCOME TRAP. It had become obvious to me sometime before then that dual-income families were risking an awful lot by buying as much house as TWO incomes could buy, essentially trapping both partners into having to work to pay the mortgage.

What if the wife wanted to be a SAHM?

When I saw this book at Olsson's, I stood and skimmed a few chapters the next few times I went in. I never forgot the logic and intelligence and, apparently, the face of the woman who wrote the book.

by Anonymousreply 9303/18/2013

More reason why you need to know who Elizabeth Warren is:

by Anonymousreply 9403/28/2013


by Anonymousreply 9503/28/2013

13/13. Very easy, yet only 8% of respondents answered all of the questions correctly. God, so many people are uninformed.

by Anonymousreply 9603/28/2013

Yes, R96... by design. It's how Republicans get their voters.

by Anonymousreply 9703/28/2013

Is this a Republican fishing expedition?

No 13 is statistically in correct.

by Anonymousreply 9803/28/2013

13 but it was iffy about Elizabeth Warren. I had never seen her with that severe hairstyle. Her hair was usually like the woman in the photo over her. Who is the woman in that photo? I've seen her but can't recall.

I wasn't sure of Boehner since I detest him and look away when he's around. The photo isn't quite orange enough.

My work took me all around the globe so geography and flags are easy, famous people sort of blend together. I was once walking down a street in Germany and easily spotted the Chancellor and the guy with him looked familiar. I thought he could be a U.S. Senator. Instead he was the P.M. of Canada.

by Anonymousreply 9903/28/2013

Questions should have been phrased like this:

1.Who is the person/thing in this photo?

A.John Boehner B.A big fat orange

2.Who is the person/thing in this photo?

A.Chris Christie B.Jabba the Hut

by Anonymousreply 10003/28/2013

Well I got 11 out of 13 and that was bad but I am Australian in Adelaide so some of the who are u I was lost on No 1 I had no idea of but hey I don't feel that bad :)

by Anonymousreply 10103/28/2013

I think it's only US citizens that should be ashamed of themselves for not getting 13 out of 13...

by Anonymousreply 10203/28/2013

A U.S. citizen who doesn't watch TV news could be up on politics and news from NPR, BBC-radio, and Internet news without knowing what all those people look like.

by Anonymousreply 10303/28/2013

I think it's inexcusable not to know most of these, but I am aghast at how many people feel it's a disgrace not to know what little rectangle on the map is Syria. You can know a lot about what is going on in the world and in particular in Syria without having to identify it on a blank map! What does that prove?

by Anonymousreply 10403/28/2013

Below is a sample news test that is decidedly more challenging than the Pew Research exam. If you can answer all 10 of these questions, you should consider yourself a well informed citizen. In fact your elected/appointed officials should be worried that you know the answers to some of these questions. I am willing to bet no one will be able to answer all 10 questions correctly without a little research. I will post the answers in a separate post.

Answer the following questions:

1. Who is the current President of Mexico? 2. Who is the current Prime Minister of Canada? 3. What country did former President Hugo Chavez lead and what is its capital city? 4. What other historic event occurred on Sept 11 in US history? (not the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks) 5. What is the total number of Congressional Representatives in Congress?(US House & Senate combined) 6. What is a 501(c)3 organization? 7. How many reactors experienced a meltdown at the Fukushima, Japan nuclear plant on March 11, 2011? 8. What life preserving facility is in Svalbard, Norway? 9. How many Fed Reserve Banks are in the US and what is the largest? 10. What is the annual dividend payed by the Fed to its member banks?

by Anonymousreply 10503/28/2013

Oh I tried that at the time of the thread and got 11, only 2 wrong. Not bad since I'm not American, I must have lucked out with some of the guesses because I won't know some of the local politicians. John Kerry, yes.

by Anonymousreply 10603/28/2013


by Anonymousreply 10703/28/2013

r105, some of those questions are ridiculous. It's a matter of opinion what is important to know. I would argue it's more important to know the difference between the Senate and the House than to memorize exactly how many Congressmen there are. And why is the prime minister of Canada important to know? He isn't in the news very often in the US.

by Anonymousreply 10803/28/2013

[quote]I am aghast at how many people feel it's a disgrace not to know what little rectangle on the map is Syria.

You sound as if you're doing a scene in "The King & I" when the king sees a world map for the first time and finds out how small Siam is.

Syria has been a major player in world news for a thousand years so it seems people could recognize it on a map.

Ten centuries ago, the Emir of Syria, Tutush I, died so his holdings were divided between his sons Fakhr al-Mulk Radwan who inherited Aleppo and Duqaq who inherited Damascus. Both emirs were very antagonistic toward each other, as well as toward Kerbogha, in nearby Mosul. Could you find any of those places on a map, R104? Could you trace the route of the First Crusade, an event that caused great upheaval all along the route ten centuries ago?

by Anonymousreply 10903/28/2013

12/13 right. I thought it was fairly simple.

by Anonymousreply 11003/28/2013

The Syria one was easy. You should know it's not Egypt, the shape of Saudi and that Turkey is further north. Believe me I'm shit at geography, but it's a process of elimination.

by Anonymousreply 11103/28/2013

The test is visual not based in any type of theory or discerned learning. I bet a Kardashian would score well.

by Anonymousreply 11203/28/2013

R105 Here are the correct answers for those that may be curious.

1. Enrique Peña Nieto 2. Stephen Harper 3. Venezuela - Caracas,Venezuala 4. Sept 11, 1789 marked the appointment of Alexander Hamilton as the USA's 1st Treasury Secretary. His appointment, the creation of the Bank of US, and his debt servicing schemes were so controversal, yet successful that his actions splintered the 1st congress and those divisions marked the origins of the party system in the US. Many FED programs have been named after places and events in Hamilton's life. Maiden Lane - FED bailout for Citicorp and other big banks in 2009 named after the street Hamilton lived on in NYC in colonial times. 5. 525 - 425 house 100 senate 6. A type of tax free non-profit organization that doesn't require federal disclosure of the identities of its contributors. Most of the lobbying money in Washington comes from these entities. 7. 3 nuclear reactors melted down with a 4th's fuel pool was structurally compromised. 8. An underground seed vault constructed with funding from Bill Gates, Monsanto, and the Norwegian gov. to preserve existing seeds from all native plant species on planet. The contents of this facility represent a 'Plan B' of sorts that will become critical after for-profit GMO seeds contaminate the planet and alter existing species through cross pollination. This facility's existance tacitly acknowledges that the GMO experiment will end badly but at least they had the forsight to build it and preserve what is here now. These are the types of outcomes that occur when science falls under corporate control. Humanity suffers. 9. 12 banks - New York Fed is the largest with a net income of $25.858 Billion dollars in 2009. 10. 6% dividend on each share of FED stock owned (FED shares are not publicly traded) + interest earned on excess reserve bin deposits.

by Anonymousreply 11303/28/2013

{quote} The Syria one was easy. You should know it's not Egypt, the shape of Saudi and that Turkey is further north. Believe me I'm shit at geography, but it's a process of elimination.

Well that's all well and good , but what does this have to do with important knowledge of world affairs?

by Anonymousreply 11403/28/2013

[quote} Both emirs were very antagonistic toward each other, as well as toward Kerbogha, in nearby Mosul. Could you find any of those places on a map, [R104]?

Please, this is child's play. Couldn't you ask me something more challenging?

by Anonymousreply 11503/28/2013

The questions weren't very relevant and were hardly IQ or about news and it was more general knowledge, yes R114. If it were genuinely about news I wouldn't have got a good score.

I wonder if someone deliberately tried to get them all wrong. When I played it the lowest score was 1. And you'd have to be messing about to get that low a score.

by Anonymousreply 11603/28/2013

[quote] Sept 11, 1789 marked the appointment of Alexander Hamilton as the USA's 1st Treasury Secretary

That's hardly anything someone would know or need to know. One of my majors was history and I doubt many advanced history students would know that. What's important are Hamilton's policies and history and what they meant to a fledgling nation.

by Anonymousreply 11703/28/2013

You answered 5 of 13 questions correctly.

I don't know how I went so wrong. Can I still type in the place?

by Anonymousreply 11803/29/2013

13/13 without thinking or hesitation even though I live in Nairobi,Kenya. I get and enjoy MSNBC, though.

by Anonymousreply 11903/29/2013

It's sad anyone in the US doesn't know who Elizabeth Warren is. She's kicking ass.

by Anonymousreply 12004/16/2013

R94 and R120, we do know "who Elizabeth Warren is." We do know her views. We know she's doing a good job.

Why do you think it's important for us to know what she looks like? Why does that matter?

by Anonymousreply 12104/16/2013

I know who Elizabeth Warren is, but her picture looked like Gabby Gifford to me.

by Anonymousreply 12204/16/2013

You answered 13 of 13 questions correctly along with 8% of responders.

by Anonymousreply 12304/16/2013

Seriously, R121? You should probably think before asking questions like that.

by Anonymousreply 12404/16/2013

I donated to Elizabeth Warren's campaign but had to guess at the photo in this test. It's easy to know her policies and positions without keeping up with her latest hairstyle. The hairstyle on the woman in the photo above her is the way that Warren used to wear her hair. I got all the answers right, but guessed at Warren's pic.

by Anonymousreply 12504/18/2013

12 of 13. I did not know the corporate logo for Twitter.

by Anonymousreply 12604/18/2013

12/13 missed the Liz Warren question too.

by Anonymousreply 12704/18/2013
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