Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Civics & History Pop Quiz, Use a #2 Pencil Please

How well did you do in high school civics? Did you take any history courses in college? Well if so, this challenging test will STILL kick your butt!

2008-2009 Intercollegiate Studies Institute Civics Exam

It consists of 33 questions and is NOT easy. It'll make you think and rack your brain. My advice? Take your time, consider each answer, rule out the obvious wrong choices, and trust your gut.

When you're finished, go to comments and tell us how you did. Remember: Be honest. I made one embarrassingly stupid mistake, and another that was... regrettable because I didn't consider all the answers to choose from. I'll let you know how dumb I was.

And don't feel bad if you do bad. The average score nationwide is about 16 correct out of 33... even less if you're a politician who should know your civics!

Good luck!


Blogger Howard said...

I majored in architecture in college, but I minored in history. So I did alright by getting 30 of 33 correct. Which questions did I miss? #7 (Gettysburg Address), #14 (Puritans), and #31 (International Trade).

I missed the Gettysburg Address question because I answered it before seeing that the Gettysburg Address was one of the choices. Dumb, but understandable because I was impatient. By the way, did you notice that they misquoted the Gettysburg Address? It's not "Government of the people, for the people, by the people." -- "By the people" comes before "for the people."

I missed the Puritans question because I somehow confused the Puritans with the Pilgrims. Dumber and embarrassing.

I missed the International Trade question because I have no clue about that stuff despite taking Macroeconomics and Microeconomics courses in college. I now know why C was wrong and A is right. But at the time...

1:13 PM, November 25, 2008  
Anonymous dvgmacdonald said...

Good find Howard. I scored one better than you. I also missed #7 (I guess years out of school cause one to forget the details of what comes from what document). I missed #33, however, mostly because I wasn't reading the answers very closely, and thought that the correct answer "tax per person equals government spending per person" meant something more like "the government spends the same on each person as it gets in tax from that person".

Oh well.

1:32 PM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger WheelDancer said...

Great post!

I also got 30 out of 33 missing #7, #8 & #27. I thought answers to #27 were worded pretty badly but otherwise thought it was an interesting test.

2:53 PM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Mike Busch said...

27 of 33. Guess I slept through too many high school history classes :(.

3:24 PM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger Howard said...

Hey, at least we're all smarter than average. That's something, right? RIGHT?!

Apparently, #33 (balanced budget question) is the most commonly missed, even for smart folks, because of the subtle distinction between the [national] debt and a [budgetary] deficit. Lots of people jump on answer A.

But the problem with that question is that the government also receives revenues from corporations and use taxes and other forms of revenues that are difficult to trace back to "tax per person."

Oh yeah, and the ISI is a right-leaning advocacy group, which is why there are a good handful of economic questions about capitalism, which, like everything else, is more complicated than some like to exclaim.

4:32 PM, November 25, 2008  
Blogger culimerc said...

Apparently this is a tough crowd. I got a 27/33 and was ok with that considering it was 4 point above the national average and I've been out of sk00l for way too long.

I missed #7, #14 (its the Quakers that opposed all war not the Puritans) #15 (Im from Virginia, we believe everything Jefferson wrote in in the Declaration)#26 (not a business major)#29 (I should've read the answers more thoroughly), #33 ( I didnt attribute corporate taxes to individuals)

Good quiz tho, I liked it.

8:50 AM, November 26, 2008  
Anonymous Pansy Palmetto said...


My EXCUSE is: I moved many, many, MANY times during my entire skOOl years-----including at least 5 moves in the middle of a given school year.

All that moving [plus General Mental Illness--hahaha] contributed to what I have always felt resulted in a very substandard, half-ass for sure [since a lot of the schools were in TEXASS and I can say that because I'm a Genuine Native Texan]education since I missed much of many subjects.

I "repeated" many classes since all too often whatever subject I had just finished studying was just then being begun at the new school.

All that blathering aside, my score was 26 correct. Interestingly, the MOST missed question (amongst us here) is #7.

I missed: 7; 8; 14; 15; 22; 29; 33.

OBVIOUSLY, if I had moved even 1 time less I would have scored a Perfect 33. Agree with me or die. Because the 17th Amendment guarantees me that right.

6:28 PM, November 26, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#7--no Southerner worth their salt would pay any fucking attention to the Gettysburg Address. They STILL don't take no damn Yankee President Lincoln holiday down there.

#8--another fucking damn Yankee president.

#14--Puritan and Pilgrim both start with that fucking "p". Who WOULDN'T get them confused?

#15--Jefferson? Not a TEXAN, by God.

#22--well then why did Bush get to personally declare his war in Iraq? [haha/whimper]

#29--please send Pansy some money for the levee repairs going on near her house.

#33--wtf? Taxes/schmaxes. I know that Obama dude is going to raise mine! Joe Plumber said so! (I only wish I made that much money.)

6:39 PM, November 26, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i got 30/33. i missed the last one because the dogs were distracting me. i also missed tj's letters as 'the wall' question. i don't remember the other one but it was money-related. there's no excuse for missing the gettysburg address question, howie. and i haven't taken a history class since high school, nor did i ever take a civics class. i own you howie.

9:05 PM, November 26, 2008  
Blogger Howard said...

Yeah, you and your 30/33 own me and my 30/33. Congratulations genius, hahaha!

11:14 AM, November 27, 2008  

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