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Found the quiz interesting and I am shocked at the averages that the table displays. For the record: "You answered 27 out of 33 correctly — 81.82 %"

http://www.americanc...urces/quiz.aspx

The ISI civic Literacy survey was not designed to test the civic knowledge of elected officials, but it did discover evidence of an interesting pattern that may merit further exploration.

Are You Smarter Than a Politician? Of the 2,508 People surveyed, 164 say they have held an elected government office at least once in their life. Their average score on the civic literacy test is 44%, compared to 49% for those who have not held an elected office. Officeholders are less likely than other respondents to correctly answer 29 of the 33 test questions. This table shows the "knowledge gap" for each question: the difference between the percentage of common citizens who answered correctly and the percentage of officeholders who answered correctly.

Theme of Question Citizens Elected Politicians Knowledge Gap

1. U.S. – Soviet Tension in 1962 70.09% 56.51% -13.58%

2. Declaration of Independence 83.09 69.78 -13.31

3. Sputnik 74.1 62.82 -11.28

4. Definition of Free Enterprise 41.45 32.08 -9.37

5. M. L. King's "I Have a Dream" 80.5 71.5 -9

6. Electoral College 65.88 57.31 -8.57

7. Scopes "Monkey Trial" 67.76 59.21 -8.55

8. Susan B. Anthony 80.84 72.98 -7.86

9. Power to Declare War 53.6 45.82 -7.78

10. Business Profit 49.11 41.38 -7.73

11. International Trade 37.47 30.45 -7.02

12. FDR's Government Programs 66.63 59.73 -6.9

13. Abortion 50.77 43.94 -6.83

14. Federal Branches and Foreign Policy 54.71 48.39 -6.32

15. First Amendment Freedoms 79.58 73.32 -6.26

16. Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas 29.49 23.29 -6.2

17. FDR and the Supreme Court 25.07 19.24 -5.83

18. Taxes and Government Spending 27.7 22.12 -5.58

19. Free Markets vs. Centralized Planning 16.25 10.71 -5.54

20. Action Prohibited by the Bill of Rights 26.41 21.24 -5.17

21. Commander in Chief 79.04 74.46 -4.58

22. Anti-Federalists and the Constitution 38.22 33.82 -4.4

23. Source of phrase "a wall of separation" 18.92 15.07 -3.85

24. Policy Tool of the Federal Reserve 43.12 40.48 -2.64

25. Powers of the Federal Government 75.01 72.69 -2.32

26. World War II Enemies 68.76 66.58 -2.18

27. The Puritans 19.1 17.32 -1.78

28. Definition of a Progressive Tax 51.26 49.97 -1.29

29. Three Branches of Government 49.65 49.32 -0.33

30. Definition of a Public Good 27.6 28.03 0.43

31. Gettysburg Address 21.06 22.95 1.89

32. Fiscal Policy for Economic Stimulus 36.07 39.93 3.86

33. Lincoln–Douglas Debates 19.06 23.62 4.56

Sorry, my table formatting is ugly. Here's a Link to the online prettier version.

And here are my missed questions. Ugh.

  • Question: Under Our Constitution, some powers belong exclusively to the federal government. What is one power of the federal government?
  • Question: In 1935 and 1936 the Supreme Court declared that important parts of the New Deal were unconstitutional. President Roosevelt responded by threatening to:
  • Question: What was the source of the following phrase: "Government of the people, by the people, for the people"?
  • Question: If taxes equal government spending, then:
  • Question: Which of the following statements is true about abortion?
  • Question: Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and Aquinas would concur that:

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Clearly, ABF members are more suited to run this country. Woe be unto all for the end is nigh.

:lol::lol::lol:

That is pretty scary. We'd probably get a lot done, solve most of the world's problems, then someone would start a thread about Mike Vick versus Matt Ryan and it would be WWIII.

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I completely guessed, but got the Socrates, Plato, etc. question right.

You answered 32 out of 33 correctly — 96.97 %

If you have any comments or questions about the quiz, please email americancivicliteracy@isi.org.

You can consult the following table to see how citizens and elected officials scored on each question.

Incorrect Answers

Question: The Puritans:

Your Answer: opposed all wars on moral grounds

Correct Answer: stressed the sinfulness of all humanity

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