Thursday, 27 November 2008

American Civil Test

Via Yahoo! News I just read about this online test of American history, economics and civics. Apparently, out of some 2,500 people who answered the quiz, ‘ordinary’ Americans scored an average of 49%; while elected officials scored only 44%. That’s pretty embarrassing, and the additional findings raise some interesting issues.

Out of curiosity—or arrogance—I decided to have a go at the test myself. And I go stuck on a few things, such as the main issue in the debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas in 1858. Had to guess a couple. But there are only 33 questions, and not all of them are quite so esoteric.

I scored 67%.

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