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2013-06-28 07:27:28 PM  

lordargent: Johnson: It is quite simple:
Put your pencil point down at any spot around the selected object.
While applying light pressure, draw a line AROUND the object.
Lift pencil.

A line is a straight one dimensional figure with no width that extends to infinity. From a geometrical standpoint, it is technically impossible.


Unless they intend for you to solve it using non-Euclidean geometry.
 
2013-06-28 07:29:12 PM  

Anderson's Pooper: JAGChem82: Anderson's Pooper: 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.

1. No, I voted for Obama because Romney's a damn fool.

2. I didn't need a free phone from the government because I wanted a cooler one for myself, so I bought my own.

Now, a question for you: Do you think that sucking up to your rich Republican overlords will get you a blowjob from them?

Read #1 again.  If you answer "Yes" you are a racist twit who shouldn't be voting.  The test is designed to eliminate single issue numbskulls who don't think past 1.  Don't vote for the black guy and 2. Vote only for the guy who will give you the most stuff.

As for the blowjob, I'll take 'em where I can get 'em.


You must be the densest person alive. Do you criticize trailer dwelling white hayseeds whey they vote for Romney because "I ain't voting' for that thar nigra Hoosein!" No, because as they're on "your team" and you need them to be useful idiots for your vote count.

Besides, in 2004, blacks voted about 91% for Kerry, probably the pastiest white guy EVER to run for president. We didn't write in Jesse or Al at 91%, did we.

Lastly, they ain't giving you a BJ anytime soon. Maybe a sympathy tug at best.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-06-28 07:29:36 PM  
Which states? In Texas, I (a registered Independent; go ahead and make your jokes) can choose which primary to vote in.

The terms are "open primary" (includes unenrolled voters) and "closed primary" (members only). With that you can find lists. I don't know the figures offhand.
 
2013-06-28 07:33:11 PM  
JAGChem82:

You must be the densest person alive. Do you criticize trailer dwelling white hayseeds whey they vote for Romney because "I ain't voting' for that thar nigra Hoosein!" No, because as they're on "your team" and you need them to be useful idiots for your vote count.

Besides, in 2004, blacks voted about 91% for Kerry, probably the pastiest white guy EVER to run for president. We didn't write in Jesse or Al at 91%, did we.

Lastly, they ain't giving you a BJ anytime soon. Maybe a sympathy tug at best.


fark you're stupid. Go away.
 
2013-06-28 07:33:46 PM  

JAGChem82: Anderson's Pooper: 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.

1. No, I voted for Obama because Romney's a damn fool.

2. I didn't need a free phone from the government because I wanted a cooler one for myself, so I bought my own.

Now, a question for you: Do you think that sucking up to your rich Republican overlords will get you a blowjob from them?


Closety middle-aged guys desperately offer me furtive blowjobs all the time.
 
2013-06-28 07:34:50 PM  
Well, considering the fundamental impossibility of "writing a line around" something, I didn't pass the first question.
 
2013-06-28 07:35:42 PM  

JAGChem82: You must be the densest person alive. Do you criticize trailer dwelling white hayseeds whey they vote for Romney because "I ain't voting' for that thar nigra Hoosein!" No, because as they're on "your team" and you need them to be useful idiots for your vote count.


WTF are you on about?  I didn't vote for Romney.  My team consists of people who actually know something beyond the sound bites they get from either the D's or the R's.
 
2013-06-28 07:36:02 PM  
FTFA: "Draw five circles that one common inter-locking part."

I think the guy who wrote this test was a tad bit drunk.
 
2013-06-28 07:36:51 PM  

bwilson27: JAGChem82:

You must be the densest person alive. Do you criticize trailer dwelling white hayseeds whey they vote for Romney because "I ain't voting' for that thar nigra Hoosein!" No, because as they're on "your team" and you need them to be useful idiots for your vote count.

Besides, in 2004, blacks voted about 91% for Kerry, probably the pastiest white guy EVER to run for president. We didn't write in Jesse or Al at 91%, did we.

Lastly, they ain't giving you a BJ anytime soon. Maybe a sympathy tug at best.

fark you're stupid. Go away.


Cry moar.
 
2013-06-28 07:37:11 PM  
i am for testing all people before we let them vote, why oh why do we care what idiots want?

make a test (this has to be more dificult than the GED please) no pass no vote have it taken on a computer in a proctered testing center.

1) name all nine memebers of the supreme court
2) the first 4 people in line of sucession to the office of president
3) what does seperation of powers mean?
4) why is jury duty important
5) who has the power to delcare war and isssue letters of marqe
6) what is the role of the federal reserve
7) what is the oldest law enforcement agency in the US
8) who founded the postal service
 
2013-06-28 07:42:25 PM  
I bet that "Paris in the the spring" would get a lot of people.
 
2013-06-28 07:42:47 PM  

Anderson's Pooper: JAGChem82: You must be the densest person alive. Do you criticize trailer dwelling white hayseeds whey they vote for Romney because "I ain't voting' for that thar nigra Hoosein!" No, because as they're on "your team" and you need them to be useful idiots for your vote count.

WTF are you on about?  I didn't vote for Romney.  My team consists of people who actually know something beyond the sound bites they get from either the D's or the R's.


Sure you didn't vote for the R's.... why would you first accuse black voters of voting to get free stuff and Obamaphones? Because NO other white voter EVER voted against a black guy because he was black?
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-06-28 07:43:50 PM  
1) name all nine memebers of the supreme court

The three conservatives, the conservative racial quota, the liberal racial quota, the swing vote, and the three liberals.

2) the first 4 people in line of sucession to the office of president

The mouth, the conservative partisan leader, the liberal partisan leader, and radioactive dust.

3) what does seperation of powers mean?

The people have the right to complain when one branch usurps power from another.

4) why is jury duty important

Juries lend an element of surprise to timing of street riots, and when televised jury trials can be great entertainment.

5) who has the power to delcare war and isssue letters of marqe

The president, subject to notification to Congress and a 30 day time limit, unless the President declares the war to be a minor police action or you're a pre-Cold War constitutionalist nitpicker.

6) what is the role of the federal reserve

Its obscure announcements provide an opportunity for talking heads to sound intelligent.

7) what is the oldest law enforcement agency in the US

The street gang.

8) who founded the postal service

Some pony lover.
 
2013-06-28 07:43:54 PM  

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


Humm. This is the test that my native state employed to deny its black citizens access to the ballot box when I was a child. Glad you find it amusing.

I understand English is the third language of the young woman you are mocking. How many of the good white folk Louisiana deemed clever enough to bypass this idiotic exercise do you suppose spoke three languages?
 
2013-06-28 07:44:03 PM  

Duke_leto_Atredes: i am for testing all people before we let them vote, why oh why do we care what idiots want?

make a test (this has to be more dificult than the GED please) no pass no vote have it taken on a computer in a proctered testing center.

1) name all nine memebers of the supreme court
2) the first 4 people in line of sucession to the office of president
3) what does seperation of powers mean?
4) why is jury duty important
5) who has the power to delcare war and isssue letters of marqe
6) what is the role of the federal reserve
7) what is the oldest law enforcement agency in the US
8) who founded the postal service


You might want to edit your post or reconsider whether you are eligible to vote.
 
2013-06-28 07:44:27 PM  
JAGChem82:

WTF are you on about?  I didn't vote for Romney.  My team consists of people who actually know something beyond the sound bites they get from either the D's or the R's.

Sure you didn't vote for the R's.... why would you first accuse black voters of voting to get free stuff and Obamaphones? Because NO other white voter EVER voted against a black guy because he was black?


fark you're stupid. Go away.
 
2013-06-28 07:45:14 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."


Had a professor do something similar on a final. The last instruction was "I'm only grading the odd questions on this test"

/he had a hard-on for "read the test before you take it!"
//read the test
///ate my lunch outside the room laughing at the gasps and groans as people got to the last page.
 
2013-06-28 07:50:41 PM  

leonel: No way you can do this in 10 minutes! 24 would take me a minute alone to think up words that look the same back and forth! RACECAR would probably disqualify me since it could be interpreted as two words.


"I" Is a word
 
2013-06-28 07:51:59 PM  

bwilson27: JAGChem82:

WTF are you on about?  I didn't vote for Romney.  My team consists of people who actually know something beyond the sound bites they get from either the D's or the R's.

Sure you didn't vote for the R's.... why would you first accuse black voters of voting to get free stuff and Obamaphones? Because NO other white voter EVER voted against a black guy because he was black?

fark you're stupid. Go away.


Shed some more emo tears, buddy.
 
2013-06-28 07:52:36 PM  

BraveNewCheneyWorld: leonel: No way you can do this in 10 minutes! 24 would take me a minute alone to think up words that look the same back and forth! RACECAR would probably disqualify me since it could be interpreted as two words.

"I" Is a word


Everybody knows the Bird is the word.
 
2013-06-28 07:52:45 PM  

Thingster: 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."

Had a professor do something similar on a final. The last instruction was "I'm only grading the odd questions on this test"

/he had a hard-on for "read the test before you take it!"
//read the test
///ate my lunch outside the room laughing at the gasps and groans as people got to the last page.


Mind you, that was a stupid move in a lot of my classes.  Most tests were designed to be unfinishable, so reading the entire test would have cut a significant portion of your class time.

If I knew that THAT professor had a hard-on for "Read the whole test because he pulls stuff", yeah, I'd at least skim the test.

But in the average class, where no one had ever pulled that before, uh no, I'm blasting through as much of the test as I can, and stop wasting my time.
 
2013-06-28 07:55:38 PM  
 Study it real hard if you live in a red state. Given the recent Supreme Court decision I think you can expect to see it real soon. Since their always whining about voting being a privilege rather than a right.
 
2013-06-28 07:57:32 PM  

Krieghund: 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.


Or the mods could, you know, do their farking jobs with the obvious trolls instead of banning people for posting Anne Hathaway side boob or calling trolls out.
 
2013-06-28 07:58:23 PM  

HypnozombieX: Study it real hard if you live in a red state, and you happen to be some kind of minority. Given the recent Supreme Court decision I think you can expect to see it real soon. Since their always whining about voting being a privilege rather than a right.

 
2013-06-28 07:58:30 PM  

NutWrench: 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.


No, a bunch of questions like this were most likely pre-written and sent to different states, who would then select the questions they wanted to add to their forms.  It would be written like this to account for either of the 2 numbering systems (i.e 1. 2. 3. or A. B. C.) the list would use.

The only really hard one here was #10, because no one knows what dictionary (if any) they used in the south back then.  The others are just word/counting tricks that anyone in (modern) grade school can complete.
 
2013-06-28 08:00:03 PM  

Skirl Hutsenreiter: Johnson: How does one "1.  draw a line around the number or letter of this sentence" when they ask you to "circle" something later on?  (examples #4 and #5 are good...)

If you circle the "1." you fail because you did not follow the directions, you drew a circle, not a line.
If you draw a line THROUGH it you fail because you were supposed to draw that line AROUND it.
If you draw a square around it, you fail because you drew a square, not a line.

/no voting for you no matter what you put down.
//repeat WarGames reference mentioned already

Plus you'd fail anyways. The 1 isn't in the sentence. The only "number or letter" as I see it is the a.


I think the answer is to circle either the word "number" or the word "letter".
 
2013-06-28 08:00:21 PM  
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2013-06-28 08:03:18 PM  

MarkEC: Variable-width font plus hand drawn circles does make it seem to be a fraud. The font says a professional typesetter would have been used to get the variable width. The hand drawn circles and the random spots suggest a mimeograph was used. Both at the same time? Unlikely.


"Fraud" is nowhere close to being proved, whereas I'll bet my voting rights that it's not an image of a document original to the mid-1960s.

My beef is that if there's an original version of this, a historian should use that instead, and if there's some weird reason it can't be (e.g., it's in an archive with a real persnickety photocopying/photography policy) then a transcription should be labeled as such, and the existence of the original attested to. It's sloppy work for a public historian, is all, because it potentially creates doubt on a larger subject about which there should be none.
 
2013-06-28 08:08:45 PM  
So this is where "are you smarter than a 5thgrader?" came from?
 
2013-06-28 08:09:39 PM  

ZAZ: Which states? In Texas, I (a registered Independent; go ahead and make your jokes) can choose which primary to vote in.

The terms are "open primary" (includes unenrolled voters) and "closed primary" (members only). With that you can find lists. I don't know the figures offhand.


I know in Florida, I couldn't vote in the primary until I joined one of the major parties...I think they would have accepted like 5 or 6 total, including tea, green, etc. But I was told it HAD to be a registered party, not just 'independent'.

So, I registered, joined, voted, and promptly left said party.
 
2013-06-28 08:16:50 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."



It never ceases to amaze me when some retard creates a multiple choice test with 5 possible answers, the 4th of which is 'none of the above' and the fifth is 'all of the above'.

Pet pieve.
 
2013-06-28 08:20:34 PM  
mithras_angel: Unless they intend for you to solve it using non-Euclidean geometry.

But that would be mad.

"He had said that the geometry of the dream-place he saw was abnormal, non-Euclidean, and loathsomely redolent of spheres and dimensions apart from ours."
 
2013-06-28 08:22:59 PM  
Christ, this looks like bad early 90's software copy protection.
 
2013-06-28 08:25:43 PM  
And I thought my DUI exam was tough.

//pass me another beer.
 
2013-06-28 08:27:38 PM  
One wrong answer to fail and questions that are open to interpretation.... such as 'draw a cross' Well what sort of cross? Draw any type and the grader says it was supposed to be a different type. Automatic fail.

Why can't people see the same nonsense happening today in many things government does?
 
2013-06-28 08:36:04 PM  

JAGChem82: bwilson27: JAGChem82:

WTF are you on about?  I didn't vote for Romney.  My team consists of people who actually know something beyond the sound bites they get from either the D's or the R's.

Sure you didn't vote for the R's.... why would you first accuse black voters of voting to get free stuff and Obamaphones? Because NO other white voter EVER voted against a black guy because he was black?

fark you're stupid. Go away.

Shed some more emo tears, buddy.


The point people are trying to get across is that you misunderstood Anderson's Pooper's original statement. He wants to weed out idiots from both sides. You just seem to want to defend your point so bad that you completely disregard what he said.

In other words : fark you're stupid. Go away.
 
2013-06-28 08:42:52 PM  
Here's how it really went down, regardless of what the actual test was.

Step 1: Fill out your answers
Step 2: Hand them to the white male 'test checker', who will evaluate your test.
Step 3: Test checker looks at you. If you are a white male, go to step 5.
Step 4: You failed the test. No, they won't tell you which one you missed. No, you can't have the test back. Test checker calls security.
Step 5: Congratulations, you passed!
 
2013-06-28 08:44:41 PM  
Way to fail Slate...the source on the article doesn't know WHEN that literacy test you posted is from. They are assuming 1964, but really don't know and have it noted with a ?
The 1963 (confirmed) one is up thread.
Yea, that one is pretty hard too.
 
2013-06-28 08:49:03 PM  

BolshyGreatYarblocks: I strongly suspect that the correct answer is "Nigra Nigra Nigra!!!"


Yea, I think the only correct answer is to write "I'm White" at the top of the test.
 
2013-06-28 08:49:57 PM  
Was anyone confused by this test?  I mean besides subby.  Does anyone feel that one particular political party has intelligence issues and would be disenfranchised by this test?
 
2013-06-28 08:51:31 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.


Since it's so easy, please answer question one for us.  Bonus prize: Answer question ten.

Reminder, question one is:  "1. Draw a line around the number or letter of this sentence."
Hint: Drawing a circle around the number "1" is an automatic fail.  That's a circle, not a line.
And question ten is: "10. In the first circle below write the last letter of the first word beginning with 'L'." (followed by the numbers 1-5, each inside a circle)

If you can answer either one of those questions correctly, +10 Internets.

I probably don't recognize this as a critical thinking exercise from school because I never attended "school" in Louisiana.
 
2013-06-28 08:52:04 PM  

MagicBoris: JAGChem82: bwilson27: JAGChem82:

WTF are you on about?  I didn't vote for Romney.  My team consists of people who actually know something beyond the sound bites they get from either the D's or the R's.

Sure you didn't vote for the R's.... why would you first accuse black voters of voting to get free stuff and Obamaphones? Because NO other white voter EVER voted against a black guy because he was black?

fark you're stupid. Go away.

Shed some more emo tears, buddy.

The point people are trying to get across is that you misunderstood Anderson's Pooper's original statement. He wants to weed out idiots from both sides. You just seem to want to defend your point so bad that you completely disregard what he said.

In other words : fark you're stupid. Go away.


Hey, did bwilson get tired of me and sent someone from the minors to deal with me? Congrats for the call up.

Anyway, if he really wanted to weed out idiots from both sides, he wouldn't be so quick to jump on Obama voters for getting largesse or voting "cause he's black". Were there blacks voting for Obama just because he's a brother? I'm sure that number is greater than zero, yes. But it doesn't explain Kerry's number of black voters in 04, does it? Or Gore's in 00?

And if he's really concerned about weeding out idiots, he'd really want to avoid all those white voters out there who didn't want to vote for no black guy either. How many white guys do you think voted for Romney because of that? Pretty sure that number was greater than zero as well. I mean certainly, we don't want anybody out there, black, white, Latino, whatever, voting as something stupid as skin color, right?
 
2013-06-28 08:54:43 PM  
Not to mention the fact that if this rule had been recently created or a voter moved in from out of state, how the hell do you prove an educational level above fifth grade in the first place without your high school diploma?  Have your mom send you a report card from sixth grade?
 
2013-06-28 08:54:47 PM  
semiotix:
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.

While I think you're worrying too much, the point must be conceded.  Truth doesn't need embellishment.
 
2013-06-28 08:55:32 PM  
25 is farking bullshiat. Watched this Brain games show just the other day that did this exact "trick" and everybody got it wrong the first time the read it and most would get it wrong reading it out loud over and over again. 
/the the
 
2013-06-28 08:55:35 PM  
MagicBoris:
I think the answer is to circle either the word "number" or the word "letter".

bzzzzzt.
FAIL
You were asked to draw a LINE around it.  Not a circle.
no vote for you!
 
2013-06-28 08:58:34 PM  
Everybody knows the Bird is the word.

fingerfood.typepad.com

/Hot like 19-9, 2.34 ERA in '76
 
2013-06-28 08:59:09 PM  

Ambivalence: Oh yah, that wasn't racist. What the fark?


Read the test. Came in, read the comments. You are completely right. I didn't see:

because it was white text and white background.
 
2013-06-28 09:03:20 PM  

JAGChem82: Anderson's Pooper: 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.

1. No, I voted for Obama because Romney's a damn fool.

2. I didn't need a free phone from the government because I wanted a cooler one for myself, so I bought my own.

Now, a question for you: Do you think that sucking up to your rich Republican overlords will get you a blowjob from them?


Actually, Anderson, I did reread your original post, and on point #1, I do conceed, that you admonished racist Romney voters. My bad to you on that one. There were too many people I've heard claim that black people ONLY voted for Obama because he's black.

To your second point, every politician provides "free stuff" to their constituents. Tax cuts, fewer regulations, etc. But people don't consider those gifts - only cheap phones are gifts.

So I offer you an apology, you don't seem to be a FARK troll.
 
2013-06-28 09:04:08 PM  
Question #6: (Written next to my accompanying sketch of an archery target) They're called "concentric circles", thou leathern-jerkin, crystal-button, knot-pated, agate-ring, puke-stocking, caddis-garter, smooth-tongue Spanish pouch.
 
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