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Don’t Know Much About History

by @ 8:15 am on November 23, 2008. Filed under History, Politics

Apparently, American politicians know even less about civics that the American people:

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US elected officials scored abysmally on a test measuring their civic knowledge, with an average grade of just 44 percent, the group that organized the exam said Thursday.

Ordinary citizens did not fare much better, scoring just 49 percent correct on the 33 exam questions compiled by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI).

“It is disturbing enough that the general public failed ISI’s civic literacy test, but when you consider the even more dismal scores of elected officials, you have to be concerned,” said Josiah Bunting, chairman of the National Civic Literacy Board at ISI.

“How can political leaders make informed decisions if they don’t understand the American experience?” he added.

The exam questions covered American history, the workings of the US government and economics.

Take the quiz yourself and see how you do.

I did better than the average politician:

You answered 31 out of 33 correctly — 93.94 %

Average score for this quiz during November: 77.6%
Average score: 77.6%

4 Responses to “Don’t Know Much About History”

  1. Matt says:

    29 out of 33…seriously how can elected officials average 44%?

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  3. David Wilson says:

    You answered 30 out of 33 correctly — 90.91 %

    Not so bad; I don’t even have an undergrad yet…but it wasn’t really all that hard. I can’t believe elected officials did so poorly, but I’m sure most were local officials anyways.

  4. tfr says:

    OMG… I got 100%!
    I actually had to think about a few, but it’s really not that difficult.

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