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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 Anonymousreply 4703/20/2013

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 Anonymousreply 103/20/2013

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 Anonymousreply 203/20/2013

66.67% and I don't pay much attention to these things...

by Anonymousreply 303/20/2013

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 Anonymousreply 403/20/2013

32/33 I missed the one about taxes equalling government spending.

by Anonymousreply 503/20/2013

I quit halfway through. Too fucking long. Felt like I was back in school taking a real social studies quiz.

by Anonymousreply 603/20/2013

You answered 32 out of 33 correctly — 96.97 %

And I'm not even Amerikan

by Anonymousreply 703/20/2013

Wow - I missed four questions. That's a great test!

by Anonymousreply 803/20/2013

31 of 33. Heavy conservative bias in the question. The public goods answer was flat out wrong. So was the international trade question.

by Anonymousreply 903/20/2013

Questions

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 Anonymousreply 1003/20/2013

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 Anonymousreply 1103/20/2013

"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 Anonymousreply 1203/20/2013

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 Anonymousreply 1303/20/2013

28/33 - 84.85 %, but I'm not American.

by Anonymousreply 1403/20/2013

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 Anonymousreply 1503/20/2013

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 Anonymousreply 1603/20/2013

You answered 29 out of 33 correctly — 87.88 %

Professor? May I do a re-test?

by Anonymousreply 1703/20/2013

30/33 and I'm not American so I had to take an educated guess on about half of them...

by Anonymousreply 1803/20/2013

32/33

I missed

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 Anonymousreply 1903/20/2013

oh nos! we are being hypnotized!

by Anonymousreply 2103/20/2013

28/33 and I'm a fucking lawyer.

by Anonymousreply 2203/20/2013

That was just a tads biased OP.

by Anonymousreply 2303/20/2013

I got 29/33...and agree with R20. Strange, strange test.

by Anonymousreply 2403/20/2013

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 Anonymousreply 2503/20/2013

R25 you beat me to it.

Don't waste your time on op's link

by Anonymousreply 2603/20/2013

36...this test is hard!

by Anonymousreply 2703/20/2013

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 Anonymousreply 2803/20/2013

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 Anonymousreply 2903/20/2013

"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 Anonymousreply 3003/20/2013

I rejoice to have gotten most of the economic questions "wrong."

by Anonymousreply 3103/20/2013

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 Anonymousreply 3203/20/2013

Naive OP.

by Anonymousreply 3303/20/2013

The international trade answer is wrong.

by Anonymousreply 3403/20/2013

You aren't wrong R32. The Mormons are lineal descendants of the Puritans, also being collectivist busybodies of a violent type.

by Anonymousreply 3503/20/2013

Bunch of liars! You're trying to tell me Dataloungers are way smarter than average Americans? Pffft.

by Anonymousreply 3603/20/2013

I got a negative 4.

by Anonymousreply 3703/20/2013

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 Anonymousreply 3803/20/2013

Capitalist bias.

by Anonymousreply 3903/20/2013

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 Anonymousreply 4003/20/2013

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 Anonymousreply 4103/20/2013

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 Anonymousreply 4203/20/2013

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 Anonymousreply 4303/20/2013

31/33

I have an M.A. in Government, but I hated economics with a passion.

by Anonymousreply 4403/20/2013

Multiple-guess tests were always my strong point!

by Anonymousreply 4503/20/2013

You answered 31 out of 33 correctly — 93.94 %

Missed Plato and the Lincoln-Douglas Debates.

by Anonymousreply 4603/20/2013

29/33 And I'm a fucking stewartriss.

But I love taking tests. Thank you OP.

by Anonymousreply 4703/20/2013
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