Civics test: are you more knowledgeable than the average citizen? - Jay Maynard

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Saturday, 6 December 2008


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0844 - Civics test: are you more knowledgeable than the average citizen?

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute has a civics test online. (They call it a quiz, but it's a little too much for that, I think.) The average score over the 2508 Americans they gave the test to was 49% - and the 164 of those who said they've held elected office averaged 44%.

I only missed one question, mainly because I didn't read it thoroughly.

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From:d_l_leonine
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I took that sometime last month and as I recall got somewhere around 29-30 right. Some of the questions hit historical subjects that I'm still weak on (but learning). Even with my deficiencies...I am, sadly, still WAY above the curve.
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From:ekatarina
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I think I did pretty well. Just over 81% correct. I missed a lot of the more "technical" ones. I also missed a few that I had thinned out to a 50/50 guess.

I have never taken an American Civic course of any sort, I am happy with my score.

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From:n5red
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So, you should run for office!
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From:thecanuckguy
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I agree, you complain about politicians (well Democrats anyways) enough but dono't do anything about it? Put up or shut up. :)
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From:khrister
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I missed one as well. I was shaky on two more, but managed to get them right.

So I guess I can be an american...
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From:foolscap001
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I missed one, but I could argue that the answer they claimed is right on that question needs to be qualified with "average".
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From:ddelony
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I scored 84.85%. That may be because I have a shorter interval between history, political sciene, and civics courses that you.
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From:woody_whistler
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I got 24 right. Some I just didn't know, a few I should have gotten but I either misread the question or misread the answers.

72.73% isn't bad, but I think I should have done better. :-(
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From:kazriko
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You answered 29 out of 33 correctly — 87.88 %

Average score for this quiz during December: 74.9%
Average score: 74.9%

I didn't remember a few things like the gettysberg address and such. The rest are a tad misleading.

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