Test---Are you more knowledgeable than the average citizen?
Full Civic Literacy Exam
Are you more knowledgeable than the average citizen? The average score for all 2,508 Americans taking the following test was 49%; college educators scored 55%. Can you do better? Questions were drawn from past ISI surveys, as well as other nationally recognized exams.
I can't believe the low scores tallied, I'm not all that scholarly, and I scored:
You answered 32 out of 33 correctly — 96.97 %
I missed the free market question :( I was going to take it again but feared that I would get a lower score...it's multiple choice.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||03/20/2013|
31 of 33. I also missed the free market question as well as the one on anti-federalism.
I'm skeptical of those scores myself; it seems that tests like this boast about their difficulty to encourage people to take them and prove themselves better than average. On the other hand, given the state of politics and discourse in this country (not to mention our education system) 49% seems rather high...
|by Anonymous||reply 1||03/20/2013|
You answered 30 out of 33 correctly — 90.91 %
BA in history and MA in international affairs--I should be slightly ashamed for getting 3 wrong actually...
|by Anonymous||reply 2||03/20/2013|
66.67% and I don't pay much attention to these things...
|by Anonymous||reply 3||03/20/2013|
31 out of 33 - I thought it was a hard test, especially some of the more advanced economic theory ones. I've never studied free enterprise, but guessed on those.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||03/20/2013|
32/33 I missed the one about taxes equalling government spending.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||03/20/2013|
I quit halfway through. Too fucking long. Felt like I was back in school taking a real social studies quiz.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||03/20/2013|
You answered 32 out of 33 correctly — 96.97 %
And I'm not even Amerikan
|by Anonymous||reply 7||03/20/2013|
Wow - I missed four questions. That's a great test!
|by Anonymous||reply 8||03/20/2013|
31 of 33. Heavy conservative bias in the question. The public goods answer was flat out wrong. So was the international trade question.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||03/20/2013|
Business profit is:
cost minus revenue assets minus liabilities revenue minus expenses selling price of a stock minus its purchase price earnings minus assets
Free markets typically secure more economic prosperity than government’s centralized planning because:
the price system utilizes more local knowledge of means and ends markets rely upon coercion, whereas government relies upon voluntary compliance with the law more tax revenue can be generated from free enterprise property rights and contracts are best enforced by the market system government planners are too cautious in spending taxpayers’ money
|by Anonymous||reply 10||03/20/2013|
I missed two and would argue with the tax=spend means everyone gets the same benefit on average. That's just stupid. A disabled vet benefits more than a healthy 25 year old regardless of the debt situation. The "correct" answer has ZERO to do with the question:
Question: If taxes equal government spending, then: Your Answer: government debt is zero Correct Answer: tax per person equals government spending per person on average
|by Anonymous||reply 11||03/20/2013|
"Free markets typically secure more economic prosperity than government’s centralized planning because:
the price system utilizes more local knowledge of means and ends markets rely upon coercion, whereas government relies upon voluntary compliance with the law
more tax revenue can be generated from free enterprise
property rights and contracts are best enforced by the market system
government planners are too cautious in spending taxpayers’ money
|by Anonymous||reply 12||03/20/2013|
72.73 % for me. I missed one by accidentally clicking the wrong answer. I lost most in the business part. I'm better in history.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||03/20/2013|
28/33 - 84.85 %, but I'm not American.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||03/20/2013|
I got 25 out of 33 or 75.76%
3 of the questions, I just flat out didn't know. The Socrates, the Puritans, and the Roosevelt questions. The other five, I just over thought the questions.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||03/20/2013|
I took a wild guess on the Socrates one and got it right. I, of course, ruled out the christianity answer immediately. The Puritans and Roosevelt I got right.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||03/20/2013|
You answered 29 out of 33 correctly — 87.88 %
Professor? May I do a re-test?
|by Anonymous||reply 17||03/20/2013|
30/33 and I'm not American so I had to take an educated guess on about half of them...
|by Anonymous||reply 18||03/20/2013|
Question: International trade and specialization most often lead to which of the following?
Your Answer: a decrease in a nation’s standard of living
Correct Answer: an increase in a nation’s productivity
I think it's kind of debatable.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||03/20/2013|
oh nos! we are being hypnotized!
|by Anonymous||reply 21||03/20/2013|
28/33 and I'm a fucking lawyer.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||03/20/2013|
That was just a tads biased OP.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||03/20/2013|
I got 29/33...and agree with R20. Strange, strange test.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||03/20/2013|
About the co. that offers that online test:
"ISI is a strongly conservative organization with an explicit political agenda. According to a synopsis on People for the American Way’s Right Wing Watch (www.pfaw.org/pfaw/general/default.aspx?oid=16247), ‘ISI’s mission is to combat the supposed left-wing indoctrination on college campuses by organizing lectures, conferences, publication, and fellowships for students and faculty, “ISI seeks to enhance the rising generation’s knowledge of our nation’s founding principles – limited government, individual liberty, personal responsibility, the rule of law, market economy, and moral norms.”’
ISI’s chair is Edwin Feulner, who is head of the right-wing Heritage Foundation. "
|by Anonymous||reply 25||03/20/2013|
R25 you beat me to it.
Don't waste your time on op's link
|by Anonymous||reply 26||03/20/2013|
31/33. The questions are progressively more right-wing, and some of them involve judgments I think are wrong. (They don't understand accounting, for instance.) But it was fun. In both cases where I missed the right answer, I seriously considered it as an alternative.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||03/20/2013|
None the less, I found the test to be a good check on my political history and find that it is good to know where some of our current political abominations are derived from.
Of course, the questions are cherry-picked to fit the ISI version of history. That is no secret, the links at the test show the mission. White people, morals, blah, blah, blah. Read between the lines, unethical bullshit.
Know thy enemy!
|by Anonymous||reply 29||03/20/2013|
"This online quiz is so obviously libertarian propaganda"
Precisely - got too far into it, then thought "WTF?"
Probably scored more than many "US citizens" - apart from their moronic reading of the 2nd Amendment...which may involve the freedom to shag chickens, as far as I am concerned...
|by Anonymous||reply 30||03/20/2013|
I rejoice to have gotten most of the economic questions "wrong."
|by Anonymous||reply 31||03/20/2013|
I got 32 out of 33, but it was lucky guesses on most of the economic questions. I goofed on the Puritans -- was probably thinking of Quakers. They all look alike to me.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||03/20/2013|
The international trade answer is wrong.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||03/20/2013|
You aren't wrong R32. The Mormons are lineal descendants of the Puritans, also being collectivist busybodies of a violent type.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||03/20/2013|
Bunch of liars! You're trying to tell me Dataloungers are way smarter than average Americans? Pffft.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||03/20/2013|
30 out of 33. I think I got three wrong because I didn't attend school in the US until high school. I wasn't sure about a few of the history questions.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||03/20/2013|
Anyone else having trouble advancing the test beyond the first page? I've answered the first four questions and click on next - says submitted - but does not advance to the next page.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||03/20/2013|
That happened on the 3rd page for me r40. So I hit refresh and it went on to the next page and everything worked right to the end.
[quote]You're trying to tell me Dataloungers are way smarter than average Americans?
Maybe it's because we're better guessers.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||03/20/2013|
Poor me--63.4%!!! You guys is smart!!! LOL! Well, I guess my focus on DL should be spent on civics! I don't care what the agenda of the website--the test was interesting!
|by Anonymous||reply 42||03/20/2013|
69.7% I missed all the finance/taxation related questions. I miss the FDR question. I missed what does the Bill of Rights prohibit, I read it incorrectly. I missed the flood control levee question, the Lincoln/Douglas debate question.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||03/20/2013|
I have an M.A. in Government, but I hated economics with a passion.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||03/20/2013|
Multiple-guess tests were always my strong point!
|by Anonymous||reply 45||03/20/2013|
You answered 31 out of 33 correctly — 93.94 %
Missed Plato and the Lincoln-Douglas Debates.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||03/20/2013|
29/33 And I'm a fucking stewartriss.
But I love taking tests. Thank you OP.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||03/20/2013|