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74% of polititians fail Civics test on the Constitution ! TAKE THE QUIZ!

 
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Got 90%. But I disagree with a couple of the answers. Especially the one regarding international trade.

Seems that GLPers are far ahead of the average peeps.
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I GOT 30 OUT OF 33 BUT I AM CANADIAN.
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You could be president of the USA. No, wait. I think next election they will check citizenship.
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70 percent and I do also disagree some questions had opinions for answers, rather than facts.
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I got a 96.97%. Which was good. There were a lot of questions I was unsure of and my instincts were right.

I got #27 wrong. I'm sure it is right, but the answer would have to be explained to me for me to understand how that works exactly. (Don't worry, you don't have to. I may not be back to read this thread)
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93.94
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Got 90%. But I disagree with a couple of the answers. Especially the one regarding international trade.

Seems that GLPers are far ahead of the average peeps.
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interesting take as i too stumbled on the int'l trade question. i got 2 wrong and that's not acceptable. you can believe i'll never forget the correct answer to the one i missed.

OP, awesome post.
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A nation ruled by men not by the law(Constitution)
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I failed it. I can't say the ones I missed were covered well enough in middle school. I aced civics in middle school.

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You answered 25 out of 33 correctly — 75.76 %

Average score for this quiz during January: 75.1%

You can take the quiz as often as you like, however, your score will only count once toward the monthly average.

If you have any comments or questions about the quiz, please email americancivicliteracy[email protected]

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

Where to from here?

Answers to Your Missed Questions:


Question #4 - B. Would slavery be allowed to expand to new territories?
Question #7 - D. Gettysburg Address
Question #8 - C. appoint additional Supreme Court justices who shared his views
Question #10 - C. Religion
Question #26 - C. revenue minus expenses
Question #29 - B. a resident can benefit from it without directly paying for it
Question #30 - C. decreasing taxes and increasing spending
Question #33 - D. tax per person equals government spending per person
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I can already tell this thread is going to be right wing nonsense. All the conspiracy forums have been flooded with right wingers the bast couple years. It used to be a non-partisan thing. Now you rarely see someone on these forums coming from a leftward point of view.
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The Intercollegiate Studies Institute polled 2500 people including 164 elected officials. 74% of Elected officials, and 71% of the general population failed the test. You can read the story here. [link to www.wnd.com]
You can take the test here. [link to www.americancivicliteracy.org]
I am embarrassed to say I only got 88%. Please take the test and post your scores to see how much smarter GLPers are than the Elected officials that are supposed to support the document they know so little about. You can take the quiz as many times as you want, but please post your first score hear.
To simplify the posting here is a poll.
 Quoting: Epic Beard Guy


It was not untill I got to question 25 that I realized that this so called quiz is not so much a quiz, as it is a right wing peice of bullshit propaganda !

So called ''free enterprise'' would never work without fascist polocies which favor corporations and buisneses over consumers.The original American ''consumers''were the Native Americans and they derived their needs,''consumed''from the natural commons.This form of consumption could not be allowed to continue by the capitalists, because such consumption fails to deliver profits to the capitalists.The early US capitalists would have never risen to power absent the implimentation of government polocies which demanded the removal of the original American ''consumers''.

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wtf was sputnik on the thing for?????????????????????????

lol AMERICAN civics.

I'm surprised they didn't ask about Yuri Gagarin, and Valentina Tereshkova.
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A nation ruled by men not by the law(Constitution)
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Exactly the point. It is supposed to be a nation of laws. Who sits behind the big desk is irrelevant. Unless you are a socialist usurper.
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The Intercollegiate Studies Institute polled 2500 people including 164 elected officials. 74% of Elected officials, and 71% of the general population failed the test. You can read the story here. [link to www.wnd.com]
You can take the test here. [link to www.americancivicliteracy.org]
I am embarrassed to say I only got 88%. Please take the test and post your scores to see how much smarter GLPers are than the Elected officials that are supposed to support the document they know so little about. You can take the quiz as many times as you want, but please post your first score hear.
To simplify the posting here is a poll.


It was not untill I got to question 25 that I realized that this so called quiz is not so much a quiz, as it is a right wing peice of bullshit propaganda !

So called ''free enterprise'' would never work without fascist polocies which favor corporations and buisneses over consumers.The original American ''consumers''were the Native Americans and they derived their needs,''consumed''from the natural commons.This form of consumption could not be allowed to continue by the capitalists, because such consumption fails to deliver profits to the capitalists.The early US capitalists would have never risen to power absent the implimentation of government polocies which demanded the removal of the original American ''consumers''.
 Quoting: jamesofthecommons

I guess that means you failed. Probably a socialist politician! Just kidding, what ever country you are in probably doesn't have enough freedom to tolerate socialist politicians. Who's ass do you kiss when you are bowing in public?
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A nation ruled by men not by the law(Constitution)

Exactly the point. It is supposed to be a nation of laws. Who sits behind the big desk is irrelevant. Unless you are a socialist usurper.
 Quoting: Epic Beard Guy


Men,make the laws,and many of the laws men make are stupid !
Since laws can not judge their own usefullness,or stupidity,having a nation of men who can judge laws based upon the merits of those laws,is preferable to a nation ruled by law.

If a law is unjust,or stupid,then all men should be above that law.
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You answered 32 out of 33 correctly — 96.97 %

The question which required knowledge of Jefferson's letters threw me. The Jeffersonian letters was the right answer and I think I marked Gettysburg Address as a guess because I did not know that answer. The rest of them, somehow and for some strange reason, I knew! Much to my surprise. I was expecting a 70-ish score. This was not my long suit in high school or in Junior High when I had two years of American Government and Civics classes in order to graduate into high school (way back in the 1960's and I was in a private school in NYC.

The fact that I would do better than the majority of our legislators comes as no shock or surprise. I think we are electing the scum of the earth for those jobs because no one who is not a crook and out for themselves wants the damned jobs any longer!
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The Intercollegiate Studies Institute polled 2500 people including 164 elected officials. 74% of Elected officials, and 71% of the general population failed the test. You can read the story here. [link to www.wnd.com]
You can take the test here. [link to www.americancivicliteracy.org]
I am embarrassed to say I only got 88%. Please take the test and post your scores to see how much smarter GLPers are than the Elected officials that are supposed to support the document they know so little about. You can take the quiz as many times as you want, but please post your first score hear.
To simplify the posting here is a poll.


It was not untill I got to question 25 that I realized that this so called quiz is not so much a quiz, as it is a right wing peice of bullshit propaganda !

So called ''free enterprise'' would never work without fascist polocies which favor corporations and buisneses over consumers.The original American ''consumers''were the Native Americans and they derived their needs,''consumed''from the natural commons.This form of consumption could not be allowed to continue by the capitalists, because such consumption fails to deliver profits to the capitalists.The early US capitalists would have never risen to power absent the implimentation of government polocies which demanded the removal of the original American ''consumers''.

I guess that means you failed. Probably a socialist politician! Just kidding, what ever country you are in probably doesn't have enough freedom to tolerate socialist politicians. Who's ass do you kiss when you are bowing in public?
 Quoting: Epic Beard Guy


I bow to no one,in public,nor in private.

The country I am in does ''tolerate'' socialist poloticians,however most of the people of this country do not know what socialism is.

The native Americans were not socialsts,they enjoyed an economic system based upon the use of the natural commons,''kind of like when we breath today''those commons were not owned by anyone,but yet were ''accsessed'' by all.

I guess it is you who have failed !
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wtf was sputnik on the thing for?????????????????????????

lol AMERICAN civics.

I'm surprised they didn't ask about Yuri Gagarin, and Valentina Tereshkova.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1090353


The Russians inspired the space race that the US spent billions on. Duh!
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Missed 3. And I agree an argument could be made that a few questions more than one answer could be right
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I failed it. I can't say the ones I missed were covered well enough in middle school. I aced civics in middle school.

My head is a rice bowl
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taking a chance you'll see this.....
listen man, it's never too late to educate yourself. grab some books and dig in to America's real history. do it for yourself.
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As others have pointed out, a lot of the questions are bullshit.

"13) Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and Aquinas would concur that ..."

- Has nothing to do with America, or civics.

"14) The Puritans: "
"16) In his “I Have a Dream” speech, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: "
"17) Sputnik was the name given to the first: "
"19) The Scopes “Monkey Trial” was about: "
"21) Name two countries that were our enemies during World War II."


- Nothing to do with civics. Many other questions also have nothing to do with civics.



"30) Which of the following fiscal policy combinations would a government most likely follow to stimulate economic activity when the economy is in a severe recession?

"Correct" answer : C. decreasing taxes and increasing spending.


- Bull fucking shit.

And the "correct" answers for 31 and 33 are bullshit, as others have said.
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good point!
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Fuck 33

absolute bullshit.

There is no fuckin way that metes out.
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75.76%


:3
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30 out of 33. 90.1 %.

I missed the following three:

#4 - What was the main issue in the debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas in 1858?

(I don't remember ever learning about this)

#7 - What was the source of the following phrase: “Government of the people, by the people, for the people”?

(Well, Know I know!)


#14 - The Puritans:

(I am not sure that I agree with this.)
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I object to the following questions and answers:

#27 is questionable - What do they mean by "means and ends?" If they mean using slave labor in China to bring down prices, then that does not secure more economic prosperity in our nation. Property rights and the rule of law have done more to secure economic prosperity in this nation than anything else IN THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF THE WORLD!

#29 is wrong - Citizens pay for EVERYTHING; the government doesn't have any money!

#32 is wrong - The Federal Reserve does not have the authority to buy or sell government securities.

#33 is flat-out wrong - If the government taxes Person A for $100 and spends $100 on Person B, then the net result is zero. But that most certainly does NOT mean that the tax per person = spending per person!


Beware quizzes with manipulative questions and FALSE answers!
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I can already tell this thread is going to be right wing nonsense. All the conspiracy forums have been flooded with right wingers the bast couple years. It used to be a non-partisan thing. Now you rarely see someone on these forums coming from a leftward point of view.
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There is no right or left to this quiz. It's just facts. If you don't know the Constitution, you don't do well on the quiz. But, most lefties don't think the Constitution is relevant, so you could call that a prejudice, although they had the same opportunity to learn in school. It is not the prejudice of the quiz, but that of the left wing "big government" progressives that makes it a right leaning quiz.
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You answered 32 out of 33 correctly — 96.97 %

The question which required knowledge of Jefferson's letters threw me. The Jeffersonian letters was the right answer and I think I marked Gettysburg Address as a guess because I did not know that answer. The rest of them, somehow and for some strange reason, I knew! Much to my surprise. I was expecting a 70-ish score. This was not my long suit in high school or in Junior High when I had two years of American Government and Civics classes in order to graduate into high school (way back in the 1960's and I was in a private school in NYC.

The fact that I would do better than the majority of our legislators comes as no shock or surprise. I think we are electing the scum of the earth for those jobs because no one who is not a crook and out for themselves wants the damned jobs any longer!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 642285

I wish I, and everyone else had been taught that way in school. I got a public education, and have been trying to overcome it for 40 years. Our politicians are there for the money. They don't give a shit about us or America. It is time for a change in DC.
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87.8%. 29 out of 33. I missed the MLK question and FDR question. Go figure, I missed questions about a Maoist and a closet Marxist.
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You answered 27 out of 33 correctly — 81.82 %
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me, too. And that last one is certainly debatable!
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You answered 25 out of 33 correctly — 75.76 %

Answers to Your Missed Questions:

Question #7 - D. Gettysburg Address
Question #8 - C. appoint additional Supreme Court justices who shared his views
Question #13 - E. certain permanent moral and political truths are accessible to human reason
Question #14 - B. stressed the sinfulness of all humanity
Question #15 - E. Thomas Jefferson’s letters
Question #30 - C. decreasing taxes and increasing spending
Question #31 - A. an increase in a nation’s productivity
Question #33 - D. tax per person equals government spending per person
Sounds about like mine.. What does any of that have to do with the Constitution.

I got all the Constitution stuff.
 Quoting: NightWisp



Yeah, exactly...trick questions...and ya can't get
the answers right thinking honest, cause appointing
SC Justices who shared his views isn't honest...
politicians don't think honest...trick questions.

I've been watching "Frost Nixon"...well,
the kettle is black, no doubt about it.





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