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(Some Guy)   Tuesday morning American Civics quiz. Can you beat the average American citizen's score of 49%? Or the average college educator's score of 55%?   (scaredmonkeys.com) divider line 375
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2012-04-24 09:44:28 AM
Yes.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-04-24 09:48:10 AM
I missed the question about the Puritans. I was thinking Quakers when I picked the answer.
 
2012-04-24 09:50:45 AM
You answered 29 out of 33 correctly - 87.88 %

/Not even American.
 
2012-04-24 09:52:24 AM
30 out of 33 correctly - 90.91 %

I missed:
What was the main issue in the debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas in 1858?
Your Answer: Is slavery morally wrong?
Correct Answer: Would slavery be allowed to expand to new territories?

Question: What was the source of the following phrase: "Government of the people, by the people, for the people"?
Your Answer: U.S. Constitution
Correct Answer: Gettysburg Address

Question: Name one right or freedom guaranteed by the first amendment.
Your Answer: Due process
Correct Answer: Religion
 
2012-04-24 09:53:24 AM
What are the three branches of government?

*executive, legislative, judicial
*executive, legislative, military
*bureaucratic, military, industry
*federal, state, local


Wait, do they mean on paper, or in practice?
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-04-24 09:55:55 AM
Lurking Fear

I guessed on the Lincoln-Douglas debates, but I guessed right after narrowing it down to the first two. I knew expansion of slavery to new territories was one of the greatest political issues of the decade or two before the war.
 
2012-04-24 09:56:41 AM
22/33 - 66.67%

/Canadian
 
2012-04-24 09:58:07 AM
You answered 31 out of 33 correctly - 93.94 %

Can't believe I screwed up Rowe V Wade.
 
2012-04-24 09:58:40 AM
This was posted at some other point, I got 32/33, if I recall. In any case, it should be noted that the "American Civics" quiz is written (and heavily skewed) for a relatively conservative audience.
 
2012-04-24 09:59:45 AM
You answered 29 out of 33 correctly - 87.88 %

Lincoln Douglas, Puritans, antifederalists got me.
 
2012-04-24 10:04:23 AM
30/33 (90.91%). Missed the following:

Question: Business profit is:
Your Answer: cost minus revenue
Correct Answer: revenue minus expenses

Question: A flood-control levee (or National Defense) is considered a public good because:
Your Answer: insurance companies cannot afford to replace all houses after a flood
Correct Answer: a resident can benefit from it without directly paying for it

Question: Sputnik was the name given to the first:
Your Answer: animal to travel to space
Correct Answer: manmade satellite

I'm sure there are a few questions in there that will have people up in arms, especially the one about how decreasing taxes and increasing spending is the best fiscal policy for economic stimulus.
 
2012-04-24 10:05:24 AM

Lurking Fear: 30 out of 33 correctly - 90.91 %

I missed:
What was the main issue in the debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas in 1858?
Your Answer: Is slavery morally wrong?
Correct Answer: Would slavery be allowed to expand to new territories?

Question: What was the source of the following phrase: "Government of the people, by the people, for the people"?
Your Answer: U.S. Constitution
Correct Answer: Gettysburg Address

Question: Name one right or freedom guaranteed by the first amendment.
Your Answer: Due process
Correct Answer: Religion


30/33 here as well. Got the same first two wrong, and I ALMOST answered like you did, because I thought the bolded portion said "Bill of Rights".

Also missed the second New Deal question.

Not bad for having half-slept through the only American History class I've ever taken!
 
2012-04-24 10:07:17 AM

Serious Black: I'm sure there are a few questions in there that will have people up in arms, especially the one about how decreasing taxes and increasing spending is the best fiscal policy for economic stimulus.


Yeah, I noticed some commie/fascist trap questions.

Serious Black: Question: Sputnik was the name given to the first:
Your Answer: animal to travel to space
Correct Answer: manmade satellite


Wasn't Laika the first animal (dog) in space?
 
2012-04-24 10:08:22 AM
You answered 28 out of 33 correctly - 84.85 %

And I'm a f*cking Canadian.
 
2012-04-24 10:08:27 AM
Dammit, blew it on the last question.

You answered 32 out of 33 correctly - 96.97 %.

Incorrect Answers

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

Pretty neoliberal with the questions there.
 
2012-04-24 10:09:22 AM
32/33

Missed the Plato question. That guy has cost me in about 5 different subjects.
 
2012-04-24 10:10:37 AM

GAT_00: Question: If taxes equal government spending, then:
Your Answer: government debt is zero



Government could still take on new debt even if they never ran a deficit. As long as the debt level was sustainable with the tax revenue available, they would have perfectly balanced budgets, but still have debt.
 
2012-04-24 10:10:57 AM

RexTalionis: it should be noted that the "American Civics" quiz is written (and heavily skewed) for a relatively conservative audience.


GAT_00: Pretty neoliberal with the questions there.


Pick one.
 
2012-04-24 10:12:49 AM

mr_a: 32/33

Missed the Plato question. That guy has cost me in about 5 different subjects.


I was glad they threw in the other guys. It was easier trying to find the answer I thought they'd agree on rather than trying to pin down what just one of them actually wrote on.
 
2012-04-24 10:13:25 AM

GAT_00: 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


The thing is, your answer is true.

Bad question.
 
2012-04-24 10:14:34 AM

kingoomieiii: RexTalionis: it should be noted that the "American Civics" quiz is written (and heavily skewed) for a relatively conservative audience.

GAT_00: Pretty neoliberal with the questions there.

Pick one.


Neoliberal is conservative for the most part. Go read up on it sometime.

Rev.K: GAT_00: Question: If taxes equal government spending, then:
Your Answer: government debt is zero


Government could still take on new debt even if they never ran a deficit. As long as the debt level was sustainable with the tax revenue available, they would have perfectly balanced budgets, but still have debt.


Yeah, but there are quite a few idealized answers in there, so I took that one too.
 
2012-04-24 10:15:19 AM

hillbillypharmacist: GAT_00: 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

The thing is, your answer is true.

Bad question.


See above. It's true if you live in an idealized world, and all the other economic questions were idealized.
 
2012-04-24 10:15:56 AM

Serious Black: I'm sure there are a few questions in there that will have people up in arms, especially the one about how decreasing taxes and increasing spending is the best fiscal policy for economic stimulus.


If this was a reading comprehension test, you failed:

Which of the following fiscal policy combinations has the federal government most often followed to stimulate economic activity when the economy is in a severe recession?

It was in no way a normative question.
 
2012-04-24 10:17:10 AM

kingoomieiii: RexTalionis: it should be noted that the "American Civics" quiz is written (and heavily skewed) for a relatively conservative audience.

GAT_00: Pretty neoliberal with the questions there.

Pick one.


I lost respect for you, man. There's a lot of ignorance in that statement.
 
2012-04-24 10:18:34 AM

hillbillypharmacist: GAT_00: 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

The thing is, your answer is true.

Bad question.


If you reach tax/spending parity WITH debt, or acquire debt after, it will remain forever and ever if you don't increase revenue and decrease spending.
 
2012-04-24 10:19:22 AM

RexTalionis: kingoomieiii: RexTalionis: it should be noted that the "American Civics" quiz is written (and heavily skewed) for a relatively conservative audience.

GAT_00: Pretty neoliberal with the questions there.

Pick one.

I lost respect for you, man. There's a lot of ignorance in that statement.


Ah, fark, I didn't read.
 
2012-04-24 10:24:02 AM
I got a 30/33, but I had to put on my derp cap for a couple of those questions. Mainly the depression question.
 
2012-04-24 10:24:25 AM

kingoomieiii: RexTalionis: kingoomieiii: RexTalionis: it should be noted that the "American Civics" quiz is written (and heavily skewed) for a relatively conservative audience.

GAT_00: Pretty neoliberal with the questions there.

Pick one.

I lost respect for you, man. There's a lot of ignorance in that statement.

Ah, fark, I didn't read.


I was wondering dude.
 
2012-04-24 10:28:08 AM

RexTalionis: it should be noted that the "American Civics" quiz is written (and heavily skewed) for a relatively conservative audience.


Yeah, I got to the "free-market rulez all!!" section and realized this wasn't really about Civics knowledge.
 
2012-04-24 10:32:21 AM
You answered 24 out of 33 correctly - 72.73 %

I had a hard time taking some of these questions seriously. Such as the following:

"Which of the following fiscal policy combinations has the federal government most often followed to stimulate economic activity when the economy is in a severe recession?"

And

"International trade and specialization most often lead to which of the following?"
 
2012-04-24 10:34:10 AM
In fact, you can easily tell how much of a liberal I am by some of these ridiculous questions:

Question: Which of the following fiscal policy combinations has the federal government most often followed to stimulate economic activity when the economy is in a severe recession?
Your Answer: increasing both taxes and spending
Correct Answer: decreasing taxes and increasing spending

Question: International trade and specialization most often lead to which of the following?
Your Answer: a decrease in a nation's economic growth in the long term
Correct Answer: an increase in a nation's productivity
 
2012-04-24 10:37:11 AM

Cythraul: Question: International trade and specialization most often lead to which of the following?
Your Answer: a decrease in a nation's economic growth in the long term
Correct Answer: an increase in a nation's productivity


If you think of the textbook example of comparative advantage in international trade, typically the country with the advantage will ramp up production, theoretically leading to the increase in productivity.

That's the happy answer, which is what I thought they were probably going for here.
 
2012-04-24 10:46:41 AM
That website is an abortion
 
2012-04-24 10:47:20 AM

Brontes: That website is an abortion


Was that an answer to one of the questions?
 
2012-04-24 10:48:30 AM
33/33
whatever...
 
2012-04-24 10:50:02 AM
I would like to demonstrate a fundamental problem with tests. Not just this one, tests in general. Shiat happens at the college level all the time. It happens before college but whatever, I'm not gonna go there. Tests like to ask straight memorization crap. Memorization is quite literally the lowest form of intelligence.

www.nwlink.com

Who gives a shiat if you can memorize something? That's what the googles are for. But many questions go one step more retarded. They go into the territory of remembering irrelevant crap. See for instance this question:

In 1933 Franklin Delano Roosevelt proposed a series of government programs that became known as:

the Great Society
the Square Deal
the New Deal
the New Frontier
supply-side economics

Who gives a flying fark what the series of government programs was named? Wouldn't it be slightly better to ask what those government programs actually did or attempted to achieve?
 
2012-04-24 10:50:52 AM

GAT_00: Dammit, blew it on the last question.

You answered 32 out of 33 correctly - 96.97 %.

Incorrect Answers

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

Pretty neoliberal with the questions there.


Exactly this.

/poli sci finally paying off
 
2012-04-24 10:51:04 AM
32 out of 33.

Thanks Fark!

I missed the last one.
 
2012-04-24 10:51:46 AM

RexTalionis: This was posted at some other point, I got 32/33, if I recall. In any case, it should be noted that the "American Civics" quiz is written (and heavily skewed) for a relatively conservative audience.


I noticed that.
 
2012-04-24 10:52:05 AM
It's funny, I got 87% due to simple american cultural osmosis, I wonder how europeans did.

Also i'd love to see a test where the correct answer is based around what the US Gov't actually does rather than what it's supposed to be doing.
 
2012-04-24 10:52:11 AM
Well I go them all right, but I will admit that on a few of them I was projecting what I thought they were looking for as the right answer based on their conservative viewpoint.

Since 1953 the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) has been teaching future leaders the timeless principles that make America free and prosperous-the core ideas behind the free market, the American Founding, and Western civilization that are rarely taught in the classroom.

Today ISI has more than 10,000 student members on some 1,500 campuses across the country. The Institute reaches these and thousands of other young people through an integrated program of campus speakers, conferences, seminars, publications, student groups, and fellowships and scholarships, along with a rich repository of online resources.

ISI was the brainchild of journalist Frank Chodorov. In two articles written in the early 1950s, he called for a "fifty-year project" to revive the American ideals of individual freedom and personal responsibility "by implanting the idea in the minds of the coming generations." In 1953 Chodorov founded ISI expressly for that purpose. He chose a young Yale University graduate, William F. Buckley Jr., as ISI's first president.

Through six decades ISI has a proven record of developing principled leaders in all corners of American society, including higher education, public service, the media, and business and finance. President Ronald Reagan said, "By the time the Reagan Revolution marched into Washington, I had the troops I needed-thanks in no small measure to the work with American youth ISI had been doing since 1953.
"
 
2012-04-24 10:53:08 AM

RexTalionis: This was posted at some other point, I got 32/33, if I recall. In any case, it should be noted that the "American Civics" quiz is written (and heavily skewed) for a relatively conservative audience.


Funny that you say that. I ran across this quiz on another board that I frequent. All of the people on that board that scored under 80% on the quiz were the hardcore right wingers who are always screaming about the constitution and what the founding fathers would do. They also all complained about the quiz being filled with "trick questions".

29 out of 33. 87.88%. A few of those things I just flat out forgot from years of not even thinking about them.
 
2012-04-24 10:53:24 AM
Interesting "Civics" test that suddenly veers off into questions about "the free market".

Uh huh.
 
2012-04-24 10:53:31 AM
93.94
 
2012-04-24 10:53:56 AM
90.91 3 wrong

I missed:

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.
Yeah I wasn't reading that one clearly

Question: Which of the following are the unalienable rights referred to in the Declaration of Independence?
Your Answer: life, liberty, and property
Correct Answer: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
I confused Locke with the declaration there, at least I knew the source material.

Question: What was the source of the following phrase: "Government of the people, by the people, for the people"?
Your Answer: U.S. Constitution
Correct Answer: Gettysburg Address.
Meh. I bet a lot of people get that one wrong
 
2012-04-24 10:54:15 AM
You answered 31 out of 33 correctly - 93.94 %

Got bored, barely even read the last three, and missed two out of three of them.
 
2012-04-24 10:54:39 AM
33/33, but I'm an attorney and a big nerd when it comes to the crap in the questions.
 
2012-04-24 10:54:43 AM
82.82%
 
2012-04-24 10:54:45 AM
You answered 33 out of 33 correctly - 100.00 %

Booya.

/teacher
//not a history teacher
 
2012-04-24 10:55:30 AM
I got the "wall of separation" question wrong, the Puritan question wrong, and FDR's battle with the Supreme Court wrong, for 30/33 correct.

I'm a lie-beral.
 
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