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(Slate)   Could you pass the 1964 Louisiana voter literacy test? Could you even pass the first question?   (slate.com) divider line 226
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2013-06-28 05:32:31 PM
Trayvon's girlfriend damn sure wouldn't be allowed to vote.
 
2013-06-28 05:48:52 PM
I think I would fail because I can't write that fast.
 
2013-06-28 05:48:58 PM
I passed. Got a 65.
 
2013-06-28 05:49:20 PM
WTF?  What am I reading here?
 
2013-06-28 05:51:22 PM
"...  a single wrong answer meant a failing grade. "  Major fail right there.
 
2013-06-28 05:52:42 PM

JerseyTim: I passed. Got a 65.


FTA: a single wrong answer meant a failing grade.
 
2013-06-28 05:54:08 PM
The only winning move is not to play.
 
2013-06-28 05:54:47 PM
The "single wrong answer" criteria would probably have gotten a lot of people who just brain-farted on something.
 
2013-06-28 05:54:59 PM
Oh yah, that wasn't racist. What the fark?
 
2013-06-28 05:55:09 PM

JerseyTim: I passed. Got a 65.


Where is the answer key so I can see how smart or how farked I would be.
 
2013-06-28 05:55:58 PM
Yes. Then again, I'm white.
 
2013-06-28 05:57:27 PM
I failed on Q10.  Could somebody please restore my voting rights?

So this was test was required only for people who hadn't progressed beyond fifth grade?

I guess they had a target audience.  Sickening.
 
2013-06-28 05:58:03 PM
That sucks as a voter literacy test but it isn't that hard. It's like one of those critical thinking exercises you got in school.
 
2013-06-28 05:58:06 PM

Intrepid00: JerseyTim: I passed. Got a 65.

Where is the answer key so I can see how smart or how farked I would be.


Are you white, and can you tell the difference between a rooster symbol, a donkey symbol and an elephant symbol?

If so, congratulations, you've passed.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-06-28 05:58:15 PM
Some of those seemed like a written version of a sobriety test, not a literacy test.

"Say the alphabet backwards."

"Z... A... Officer, I can't do this sober."
 
2013-06-28 05:58:55 PM

NotoriousW.O.P: Yes. Then again, I'm white.


Ooooh, I get it now. They don't grade them by looking at your answers.
 
2013-06-28 05:59:14 PM
It's not that difficult, but I do logic puzzles for fun.
 
2013-06-28 05:59:21 PM
I don't know I kind of like this idea. Maybe would could cut out some of these no talent ass clowns that keep getting reelected, because they promise "free" stuff.
 
2013-06-28 05:59:52 PM

ZAZ: Some of those seemed like a written version of a sobriety test, not a literacy test.

"Say the alphabet backwards."

"Z... A... Officer, I can't do this sober."


I've memorized the ZYX's. I can rattle them off with a BAC in excess of .10
 
2013-06-28 05:59:58 PM

JerseyTim: I passed. Got a 65.


FTA: single wrong answer meant a failing grade
 
2013-06-28 06:00:59 PM
FARK Quiz for next week?
 
2013-06-28 06:01:20 PM
Clearly the answer is to give the government more power, rather than less, over our daily personal and commercial activities.
 
2013-06-28 06:02:18 PM
As illustrated by the last election, nobody should be allowed to vote unless they are 35 or in the military.
 
2013-06-28 06:02:53 PM
1. Draw a line around the number or letter of this sentence.

I assume this one is supposed to make you run out the clock, while you scratch your head, saying WTF.
 
2013-06-28 06:02:54 PM

To The Escape Zeppelin!: That sucks as a voter literacy test but it isn't that hard. It's like one of those critical thinking exercises you got in school.


You have to do all of that, in 10 minutes, with no mistakes and under pressure.  There's a decent amount of questions there, they're worded awkwardly at best and the end looks super tedious.  There's no way the pass rate would be even 50%, especially if the test giver doesn't want you to pass.
 
2013-06-28 06:04:18 PM
One thing that had me wondering on this test is that it sometimes says draw a line around and sometimes says draw a circle around. What is the difference between the two and if there is no difference why state it two different ways? Then I read this in the article and it cleared that up for me.

The (white) registrar would be the ultimate judge of whether an answer was correct.

I guess in the questions that asked to draw a line around something he would determine if drawing a circle around it, or something else, was the correct response.
 
2013-06-28 06:04:54 PM
Oh, good.  Another one for the collection.

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2013-06-28 06:05:10 PM
FTFA: "Draw five circles that one common inter-locking part."

Bzzt. Sorry, Mr. Test Author, but you fail the test and are not allowed to vote. You missed a word between "that" and "one", and interlocking is not hyphenated.

/Now fark off, you illerate, racist Farkhole
 
2013-06-28 06:05:24 PM
My brain hurts
 
2013-06-28 06:06:47 PM
I'm a little annoyed with this particular post, history under Rebecca Onion being one of the very few things  Slate has done competently lately. And, in fact, until now, it's been GREAT.

But the  Slate post links to a page on the Civil Rights Movement Veteran webpage which contains  this page which in turn contains two links. One, marked "circa 1964?" is the one shown in the article. Here's what it looks like:

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The other link is marked "circa 1963" (note, no "?") and looks like this:

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Notice how one looks like it was typed or printed in 1963, and the other looks like it came off a mid-1990s word processor?

Now, literacy tests existed. Tests about the Constitution, etc., existed. And they were used in exactly the way you'd think--there's no controversy about that whatsoever. But it's entirely possible that the thing shown in this  Slate article isn't even a transcription of a real document--it smells a bit wrong, and (argument from authority alert) I'm a twentieth-century American historian. It's almost too cute, and the white registrar turning black voters away from the polls in 1964 Louisiana didn't need to be cute.

So, this is dangerous--because if this one fishy document gets debunked, all of a sudden the AM radio dial is going to light up with people talking about how  blacks never had any trouble voting AT ALL, and the VRA was just those damn liberals trying to mess with honest folks' constitutional rights, etc. etc.
 
2013-06-28 06:07:04 PM
I farking hate racists.
 
2013-06-28 06:07:28 PM
Question #30: What is this I don't even.
 
2013-06-28 06:07:50 PM
One way that test could be worse would be if in the last instruction said "Now that you've read through all of the questions, do not answer any of the questions on this test, fold up the paper and hand it to the official."
 
2013-06-28 06:08:23 PM

ongbok: I guess in the questions that asked to draw a line around something he would determine if drawing a circle around it, or something else, that whatever the prospective voter didn't do was the correct response.


FTFY.
 
2013-06-28 06:09:18 PM
Oh please, most people on Fark don't even read linked articles, much less possess the reading comprehension to pass a test.
 
2013-06-28 06:09:32 PM

netweavr: The "single wrong answer" criteria would probably have gotten a lot of people who just brain-farted on something.


You're starting to understand.  The person grading might miss an error by a white voter while making sure to find any technical error by a black voter.  It's not the test, it's the grader.
 
2013-06-28 06:09:39 PM

semiotix: It's almost too cute, and the white registrar turning black voters away from the polls in 1964 Louisiana didn't need to be cute.


That was my impression as well.

But it is an adorable little test, isn't it?  I'm enjoying taking it.
 
2013-06-28 06:09:47 PM
I failed #6. If there are three circles, using 'The other' implies but two circles.
 
2013-06-28 06:12:37 PM

Paris1127: One way that test could be worse would be if in the last instruction said "Now that you've read through all of the questions, do not answer any of the questions on this test, fold up the paper and hand it to the official."


Snap, Mr. Lewis. Ohh snap.
 
2013-06-28 06:12:38 PM

thamike: Oh, good.  Another one for the collection.
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Seriously, get a life.

If you don't like a poster, ignore them or flag them as a troll. If you're planning on reposting every instance of JWP saying something idiotic, you'll be here all day.
 
2013-06-28 06:13:23 PM

semiotix: I'm a little annoyed with this particular post, history under Rebecca Onion being one of the very few things  Slate has done competently lately. And, in fact, until now, it's been GREAT.

But the  Slate post links to a page on the Civil Rights Movement Veteran webpage which contains  this page which in turn contains two links. One, marked "circa 1964?" is the one shown in the article. Here's what it looks like:

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The other link is marked "circa 1963" (note, no "?") and looks like this:

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Notice how one looks like it was typed or printed in 1963, and the other looks like it came off a mid-1990s word processor?

Now, literacy tests existed. Tests about the Constitution, etc., existed. And they were used in exactly the way you'd think--there's no controversy about that whatsoever. But it's entirely possible that the thing shown in this  Slate article isn't even a transcription of a real document--it smells a bit wrong, and (argument from authority alert) I'm a twentieth-century American historian. It's almost too cute, and the white registrar turning black voters away from the polls in 1964 Louisiana didn't need to be cute.

So, this is dangerous--because if this one fishy document gets debunked, all of a sudden the AM radio dial is going to light up with people talking about how  blacks never had any trouble voting AT ALL, and the VRA was just those damn liberals trying to mess with honest folks' constitutional rights, etc. etc.


Not saying it proves it to be real, but two seconds on Google finds the exact same document in print as a real test in "Gateways to Democracy: An Introduction to American Government , 2nd ed.", published byCengage Learning:

http://bit.ly/13cPgmN

That makes it a bit more believable than a random blog.
 
2013-06-28 06:13:28 PM

jehovahs witness protection: Trayvon's girlfriend damn sure wouldn't be allowed to vote.


Look at you being all relevant. How cute. Isn't he cute, everybody?
 
2013-06-28 06:14:32 PM

12349876: JerseyTim: I passed. Got a 65.

FTA: a single wrong answer meant a failing grade.


A 65 is normally passing either unless your school was shiat.
 
2013-06-28 06:15:22 PM
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33. Draw a square, then write whether ACLU says yes, Star-Telegram Looking for chads -OR- "hello, I am kids not responsible and wait for again".
 
2013-06-28 06:15:30 PM
I strongly suspect that the correct answer is "Nigra Nigra Nigra!!!"
 
2013-06-28 06:16:19 PM

Intrepid00: 12349876: JerseyTim: I passed. Got a 65.

FTA: a single wrong answer meant a failing grade.

A 65 is normally passing either unless your school was shiat.


Isn't, oh god I can't vote now.
 
2013-06-28 06:16:21 PM

Krieghund: thamike: Oh, good.  Another one for the collection.
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[i915.photobucket.com image 850x186]
[i915.photobucket.com image 850x390]
[i915.photobucket.com image 850x543]
[i915.photobucket.com image 850x390]

Seriously, get a life.

If you don't like a poster, ignore them or flag them as a troll. If you're planning on reposting every instance of JWP saying something idiotic, you'll be here all day.


Drama and butthurt is the entire point of Fark.

You do everything you can to belittle or harass others, but not to the point where you get b&.
 
2013-06-28 06:17:11 PM

Krieghund: thamike: Oh, good.  Another one for the collection.
[i915.photobucket.com image 850x394]
[i915.photobucket.com image 850x186]
[i915.photobucket.com image 850x390]
[i915.photobucket.com image 850x543]
[i915.photobucket.com image 850x390]

Seriously, get a life.

If you don't like a poster, ignore them or flag them as a troll. If you're planning on reposting every instance of JWP saying something idiotic, you'll be here all day.


This.  If you're going to do that, at least just link to them.  There's a reason I have him on ignore, I don't care what he has to say.  I certainly don't want a confusing threadshiat of his past idiocy that I have to scroll past.

/ at the very least, quote him so your post will get ignored as well
 
2013-06-28 06:17:30 PM

Spanky McStupid: "...  a single wrong answer meant a failing grade. "  Major fail right there.


Yeah.  The test is mostly just a matter of whether you can understand English and as such is a reasonable test in areas lacking substantial foreign language communities.  If you don't understand English how can you be an informed voter?  (These days, though--my wife would certainly fail this test but she reads multiple newspapers--just not in English.)

Failing the test for one wrong answer, though, is far too harsh.
 
2013-06-28 06:17:47 PM
My proposed test for the 2012 Presidential Election

1.  Are you planning on voting for Romney because Obama is black?

2.  Are you planning to vote for Obama because he will give you a phone?

If you answer "Yes" to either of the above you shouldn't be allowed to vote.
 
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