Proud members of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy. We strongly believe in personal freedom, responsibility, and gun rights. We also believe in the 90/10 theory. That means that 10% of the people have 90% of the talent. Unfortunately, we are not in the 10% category. However, the rest of us are still better than 90% of the politicians.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Civic Literacy Exam

My Results

  • You answered 31 out of 33 correctly — 93.94 %

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

Per the site college educators scored 55%. Not funny. The average score was 49%. Less funny. The average score for elected officials was 44%. Downright distressing.

Go here, try it yourself.

In 2006 and 2007, ISI administered a sixty-question multiple-choice exam on knowledge of American history, government, foreign affairs, and market economics to over 14,000 college freshmen and seniors nationwide. In both years, the average freshman and average senior failed the exam.

In 2008, ISI expanded the field of study to measure the average independent impact of college on the acquisition of civic literacy among Americans of all ages.

Major Finding 1:

While College Fails to Adequately Transmit Civic Knowledge, It Influences Opinion on Polarizing Social Issues

Major Finding 2:

Compared to College, Civic Knowledge Exerts a Broader and More Diverse Influence on the American Mind

Major Finding 3:

Civic Knowledge Increases a Person’s Regard for America’s Ideals and Free Institutions

Gaining civic knowledge—as opposed to merely graduating from college—increases a person’s belief in American ideals and free institutions. If two people otherwise share the same basic characteristics, the one with greater civic knowledge will be more likely to support:

Declaration of Independance When you've finished the test, RTWT.

H/T Right-Winger


  1. 32/33, and I'm not even supposed to know anything, being a white middle classed public schooled early twenties male...

  2. I missed: Declaration of Independence for the Correct Answer: Gettysburg Address

    I'm surprised I got 32 out of 33 96.97% right?

  3. bluesun, you mist be the exception that proves the rule...but did you learn it in school?

    DirtCrashr, I missed two, although with one I knew the right answer, but liked the other response better. Stubborn, I am.

  4. Heh. 78% (26/33). Not surprising, considering how badly I did in economics/socialstudies/history in school....and considering how long ago that was. Still, makes me feel a bit less like the proverbial village idiot, when I compare my score to that of those who run this shipwreck of a country.

  5. Tink's Mom, my blogging partner, scored slightly above a college educator. Of course, that's what she is, but in a real science so I'm surprised at her score. On top of that she agreed with Zeroman 4% on that test.

    Hmmm, she may not be the woman I've always thought her to be.