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.
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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.
While College Fails to Adequately Transmit Civic Knowledge, It Influences Opinion on Polarizing Social Issues
Compared to College, Civic Knowledge Exerts a Broader and More Diverse Influence on the American Mind
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:
- America’s ideals: He or she will be less likely to agree that America corrupts otherwise good people.
- America’s Founding documents: He or she will be less likely to agree that the Founding documents are obsolete.
- American free enterprise: He or she will be more likely to agree that prosperity depends on entrepreneurs and free markets, and less likely to agree that global capitalism produces few winners and many losers.
- The Ten Commandments: He or she will be less likely to agree that the Ten Commandments are irrelevant today.