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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
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2012-04-24 11:34:17 AM  

Cinaed: 30 out of 33.

I suppose it's good to be in the top 10%.


i guess that's a private joke you're making? you know that if everyone else got a 33/33, that you're in the bottom 10%? and that even if the average was 16/33, that scoring 30/33 in no way guarantees that you're in the top 49%, let alone 10%...
 
2012-04-24 11:34:28 AM  
You answered 30 out of 33 correctly - 90.91%
 
2012-04-24 11:34:41 AM  

rebelyell2006: The only one that I don't instantly understand why I am wrong is the business profit one, the others seem to be no-brainers with a bit of research. And I misread that "most often followed" phrase.


I think your answer is what a company's worth might actually be.

Liabilities may, or may not, incur expenses. Assets may assist in creating revenue, but are not themselves counted as such.
 
2012-04-24 11:35:42 AM  

eraser8: rebelyell2006: The only one that I don't instantly understand why I am wrong is the business profit one, the others seem to be no-brainers with a bit of research. And I misread that "most often followed" phrase.

Revenue is the money coming into the firm. Expenses are the monies flowing out.

The difference between the two is profit.


OK, that makes sense. I had total liabilities and assets stuck in my head from an administration class I took a while back.
 
2012-04-24 11:36:00 AM  
You answered 30 out of 33 correctly - 90.91 %

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

I should have known this one.

Question: Which of the following is a policy tool of the Federal Reserve?
Your Answer: raising or lowering income taxes
Correct Answer: buying or selling government securities

I didn't read the answer completely; I thought it said interest rates.

Question: Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and Aquinas would concur that:
Your Answer: all moral and political truth is relative to one's time and place
Correct Answer: certain permanent moral and political truths are accessible to human reason

I had no chance on this one.
 
2012-04-24 11:36:19 AM  
You answered 29 out of 33 correctly - 87.88 %

I'm okay with this.
 
2012-04-24 11:36:59 AM  
79%
 
2012-04-24 11:38:08 AM  

rebelyell2006: The only one that I don't instantly understand why I am wrong is the business profit one.


Eh, that one's straight out of Accounting 101. Literally, it's a textbook definition.

Assets will always equal Liabilities plus Equity.
 
2012-04-24 11:39:00 AM  
27/33 correct. 81.81%

I'm a bit disappointed in myself. I expected to do a bit better.
 
2012-04-24 11:39:15 AM  

rebelyell2006: I got 29/33, but then again I slept through philosophy classes and I am a bit weak on economics.

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: Business profit is:
Your Answer: assets minus liabilities
Correct Answer: revenue minus expenses

Question: Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and Aquinas would concur that:
Your Answer: all moral and political truth is relative to one's time and place
Correct Answer: certain permanent moral and political truths are accessible to human reason

Question: International trade and specialization most often lead to which of the following?
Your Answer: an increase in a nation's import tariffs
Correct Answer: an increase in a nation's productivity

The only one that I don't instantly understand why I am wrong is the business profit one, the others seem to be no-brainers with a bit of research. And I misread that "most often followed" phrase.


Assets are what the company owns (mostly). Liabilites are the debts they carry (mostly). That equation would give you what the company is worth (mostly).

Whereas "profit" is all about what they make from year to year, minus how much it cost them to make.

Solon Isonomia: historycat: You answered 33 out of 33 correctly - 100.00 %
Anyone have any job suggestions for me?

Disability examiner - your boss will encourage you to deny benefits to special snowflakes left and right.


LOL, thanks sounds perfect for me, and my students would probably agree!

StopLurkListen: historycat: Damn, you have my sympathy. Hope you can find another (better!) job soon!


Thanks, I'm hoping to figure out some way to pay for a PhD in Political Science or History so I can teach in college, and maybe write some books.

Just haven't figured out a way to pay for it and not be homeless at the same time. (Not that being homeless would be that aweful if I could get a PhD and an Oprah Book Club book out of it.)

Just feel like I wasted my masters in Education and 12 year career though.
 
2012-04-24 11:39:26 AM  

Lando Lincoln: All of you people believe that average Americans got a 49% and college educators got a 55%?

Man, you guys are gullible.


I feel in my gut that those percentages are true.

/ 31/33
/Collage educatur
 
2012-04-24 11:39:30 AM  
I worry that you people aren't all getting 30+. I wasn't expecting to be one of the highest scorers. It's pretty easy to see from the question wording what they want the answer to be, and the rest is just history.
 
2012-04-24 11:40:19 AM  
You answered 32 out of 33 correctly - 96.97 %

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


As a U. S. citizen, and someone planning on being a college educator, this makes me sad. 49% and 55%? WTF people.
 
2012-04-24 11:40:40 AM  

Galloping Galoshes: 100%. Y'all go to hell. And take your average citizens and educators with you.


And if I'm already there?
 
2012-04-24 11:40:43 AM  

Rev.K: You answered 28 out of 33 correctly - 84.85 %

And I'm a f*cking Canadian.


So you've benefited from a better education that most of us 'muricans.

/30 out of 33 correctly - 90.91%
//Solid C student for the vast majority of my high school/collegiate career.
 
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2012-04-24 11:40:45 AM  
Stile4aly

I got the public good question right because I had recently read about the economic definition of a public good. By definition, people can not be denied the benefit of a public good on grounds of non-payment. National defense is the standard example of a public good. There was no line item in Reagan's defense budget to protect Colorado from Soviet bloc paratroopers.

In everyday English a public good is anything done for the benefit of the public. Vague definitions lead to ambiguous answers.
 
2012-04-24 11:40:47 AM  
You answered 31 out of 33 correctly - 93.94 %

Meh.
 
2012-04-24 11:40:58 AM  
The table and summary linked at the end that shows lower scores among survey respondents who self-identified as elected officials is interesting.
 
2012-04-24 11:41:12 AM  
31/33

Oddly enough, both of the questions I missed were the Lincoln ones (the Gettysburg Address one and the Lincoln-Douglas debates).


I lol'd on this answer: "the Supreme Court ruled in Plessy v. Ferguson that underage women must notify their parents of an impending abortion"
 
2012-04-24 11:42:07 AM  

GAT_00: I worry that you people aren't all getting 30+. I wasn't expecting to be one of the highest scorers. It's pretty easy to see from the question wording what they want the answer to be, and the rest is just history.


Give me a test that has no economic questions on it, and I'll give you your near perfect score.
 
2012-04-24 11:42:48 AM  
97%; only one wrong - the source of "Government of the people, by the people, for the people."
 
2012-04-24 11:42:51 AM  
You answered 32 out of 33 correctly - 96.97 %

Question: Free markets typically secure more economic prosperity than government's centralized planning because:
Your Answer: more tax revenue can be generated from free enterprise
Correct Answer: the price system utilizes more local knowledge of means and ends

I'm guessing "price system" is some kind of economic jargon?

\liberal arts major
 
2012-04-24 11:44:09 AM  

The Third Man: I'm thinking a lot of people didn't do well on the test because they gave up halfway through. I almost did myself. Biased questions and opinionated answers don't make for a great test.


It would be a simple script to not include incomplete tests. I don't think the test was biased but it did have more economics then you would expect in a civics test IMHO.
 
2012-04-24 11:44:25 AM  
Average as of 11:42 am 90.82%

Damn furriners are averaging over 80%, where the hell did they find the people that didn't know the answers to half of these questions? ESL students?

Or are all of those who haven't submitted a score really low?
 
2012-04-24 11:44:50 AM  
That was about as down the middle as you see from these sorts of polls. Almost every other one I've seen has a clear idealogical bent. The only question I found distasteful was the one about FDR adding people to the SCOTUS. Not really historically relevant, and is designed to highlight a negative aspect of an individual president's term. They didn't do that with any other president. It would be like if they had a question about who Reagan and Iran Contra.
 
2012-04-24 11:44:58 AM  
You answered 25 out of 33 correctly - 75.76 %

/Canadian
 
2012-04-24 11:45:00 AM  

apoptotic: The table and summary linked at the end that shows lower scores among survey respondents who self-identified as elected officials is interesting.


I was surprised to see how poorly the elected politicians scored, then I remembered that Sarah Palin was a Governor and Vice President candidate.
 
2012-04-24 11:45:33 AM  
You answered 25 out of 33 correctly - 75.76 %, but I found I just read one of the questions wrong so my score would be more like 79%, C+ or B-....sounds about right.
 
2012-04-24 11:46:11 AM  

Jekylman: You answered 32 out of 33 correctly - 96.97 %

Question: Free markets typically secure more economic prosperity than government's centralized planning because:
Your Answer: more tax revenue can be generated from free enterprise
Correct Answer: the price system utilizes more local knowledge of means and ends

I'm guessing "price system" is some kind of economic jargon?

\liberal arts major


arguable both answers were right. If free enterprise increases GDP then it also increases tax revenue. The other answer (real answer) is correct also.
 
2012-04-24 11:46:47 AM  

Solon Isonomia: Edsel: Results

You answered 32 out of 33 correctly - 96.97 %

If you have any comments or questions about the quiz, please email americancivicliteracy[[nospam-﹫-backwards] image 7x13]isi[* image 7x13]org.

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

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


Frakking taxes - how do they work?

The question did not address current government debt.


In addition, that answer is a tautology. Mathematically, if X = Y, then X/Z = Y/Z.
 
2012-04-24 11:47:22 AM  
28 out of 33, missed two because of misreading the question. The weasel words ("usually," etc.) in the economic section irritated me.

/Engineering student, haven't taken a civics or American history course since 2007
 
2012-04-24 11:47:26 AM  
You answered 30 out of 33 correctly - 90.91 %

Is it just me or did some of those have little or nothing to do with American Civics?

Sputnik? Really?
 
2012-04-24 11:48:52 AM  

HeartBurnKid: You answered 31 out of 33 correctly - 93.94 %

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

Now this, on the other hand, is a rather subjective question. I'd argue that, while there is indeed a short-term increase in productivity, it will cause a decrease in economic growth in the long term if and when the market for the specialized product dries up or somebody else gains the ability to compete (discovers natural resources/creates a better process/just plain exploits the fark out of their workers). We're seeing that here, with all the manufacturing jobs shipping off to the third world.


The thing to remember about this one is they ask about "specialization" If we were the best nation in the world at making widgets, and we specialized in making widgets then it would lead to an increase in productivity since we would be the only one making widgets.

Everyone would need to get their widgets from us, we would get really good at making widgets, Our workers could demand higher wages and widget companies could demand higher prices for widgets since we were the best at it.

Any other country that discovers better widget ore or grows great widget molds should, in theory specialize in that, thus profiting off the widget market themselves. Everybody wins.

In practice we don't specialize so people buy slightly less good widgets from 3rd world countries screwing everyone from the widget producer to the widget buyer in the name of higher corporate profits and better market saturation or some such crap.

tl;dr: You're right in practice, but not in theory.
 
2012-04-24 11:49:42 AM  
Nice. Look at the brains on you Farkers.

90.91%

Missed:

Free markets typically secure more economic prosperity than government's centralized planning because:

If taxes equal government spending, then:

What was the source of the following phrase: "Government of the people, by the people, for the people"?
 
2012-04-24 11:50:05 AM  
You answered 32 out of 33 correctly - 96.97 %

What I missed:

Question: Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and Aquinas would concur that:
Your Answer: all moral and political truth is relative to one's time and place
Correct Answer: certain permanent moral and political truths are accessible to human reason
 
2012-04-24 11:50:10 AM  

balloot: That was about as down the middle as you see from these sorts of polls. Almost every other one I've seen has a clear idealogical bent. The only question I found distasteful was the one about FDR adding people to the SCOTUS. Not really historically relevant, and is designed to highlight a negative aspect of an individual president's term. They didn't do that with any other president. It would be like if they had a question about who Reagan and Iran Contra.


I think it highlights something many people may not be aware of: the fact that the number of SCOTUS justices is not specified in the Constitution.
 
2012-04-24 11:52:51 AM  
31 of 33

Quakers and Profit.

/centrist
 
2012-04-24 11:53:46 AM  

HeartBurnKid: You answered 31 out of 33 correctly - 93.94 %

Incorrect Answers

Question: Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and Aquinas would concur that:
Your Answer: all moral and political truth is relative to one's time and place
Correct Answer: certain permanent moral and political truths are accessible to human reason

Fair enough, I never claimed to be a student of ancient philosophy.

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

Now this, on the other hand, is a rather subjective question. I'd argue that, while there is indeed a short-term increase in productivity, it will cause a decrease in economic growth in the long term if and when the market for the specialized product dries up or somebody else gains the ability to compete (discovers natural resources/creates a better process/just plain exploits the fark out of their workers). We're seeing that here, with all the manufacturing jobs shipping off to the third world.


This is Econ 101 - Comparative Advantage. International commerce is not a zero-sum game; each party doing what it's best (most efficient) at, and trading with each other, results in both parties being better off.

What this is doing in a Civics test is another question...
 
2012-04-24 11:54:17 AM  

Serious Black: 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.


Does not ask or say that it is the "best" fiscal policy. It states that it is the policy most often implemented.
 
2012-04-24 11:55:59 AM  
78.79%, and I wish I knew less given our current state of affairs... :p
 
2012-04-24 11:58:29 AM  
32 out of 33. Missed the free markets question.

/got a 5 on her US History AP exam
//hopes to go into government
///One of those 'stupid' liberal arts majors.
 
2012-04-24 11:59:13 AM  
32/33

Puritans? Really?

/j.d.
 
2012-04-24 12:00:15 PM  
You answered 31 out of 33 correctly - 93.94 %

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

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 12:02:01 PM  

Hurricane Flippy: You answered 32 out of 33 correctly - 96.97 %

What I missed:

Question: Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and Aquinas would concur that:
Your Answer: all moral and political truth is relative to one's time and place
Correct Answer: certain permanent moral and political truths are accessible to human reason


keitholbermannisevil.files.wordpress.com
MORONS!
 
2012-04-24 12:02:57 PM  

mrshowrules: Jekylman: You answered 32 out of 33 correctly - 96.97 %

Question: Free markets typically secure more economic prosperity than government's centralized planning because:
Your Answer: more tax revenue can be generated from free enterprise
Correct Answer: the price system utilizes more local knowledge of means and ends

I'm guessing "price system" is some kind of economic jargon?

\liberal arts major

arguable both answers were right. If free enterprise increases GDP then it also increases tax revenue. The other answer (real answer) is correct also.


The question isn't asking about increasing tax revenue though. The question asks about the reason for more economic prosperity. Free enterprise can increase tax revenue, that isn't a given, nor is it what the question is asking for.

Free enterprise also doesn't automatically create more tax revenue than a command economy. There are too many variables in the free enterprise (purely free enterprise would have no taxes BTW) vs command economy regarding tax revenue to say that's always a true statement anyway.

And yes "price system" is a specific term, but not anything that should fool someone out of that answer.

/sorry for all the corrections I'm in "AP Government - get the kids ready to analyze the test for unfamiliar choices" mode.
//And it's my lunch break, before my lunch meeting.
 
2012-04-24 12:03:09 PM  
Forgot to post the four questions I got wrong:

Question: Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and Aquinas would concur that:
Your Answer: all moral and political truth is relative to one's time and place
Correct Answer: certain permanent moral and political truths are accessible to human reason

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

Question: What was the source of the following phrase: "Government of the people, by the people, for the people"?
Your Answer: Declaration of Independence
Correct Answer: Gettysburg Address

Question: Free markets typically secure more economic prosperity than government's centralized planning because:
Your Answer: markets rely upon coercion, whereas government relies upon voluntary compliance with the law
Correct Answer: the price system utilizes more local knowledge of means and ends
 
2012-04-24 12:03:18 PM  
93.94%

Missed these two:

Question: In 1935 and 1936 the Supreme Court declared that important parts of the New Deal were unconstitutional. President Roosevelt responded by threatening to:
Your Answer: override the Supreme Court's decisions by gaining three-quarter majorities in both houses of Congress
Correct Answer: appoint additional Supreme Court justices who shared his views

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
 
2012-04-24 12:03:41 PM  
90.91%, 30 out of 33.

Missed three silly ones, but that's what happens. I'm a US citizen, a naturalized one. Didn't take the test, but studied for it, two decades ago.
 
2012-04-24 12:04:46 PM  
You answered 26 out of 33 correctly - 78.79 %

/meh
 
2012-04-24 12:06:55 PM  
30/33

Puritans
Lincoln/Douglass debates
Plato et al
 
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