Friday, April 01, 2011

A Civics Test

I got 3 out of the 33 questions wrong on this civics test. My mistakes were the ones on the Lincoln/ Douglas debates (right answer would have been my second choice), the Puritans and the "wall of separation" quote. I thought I might have gotten some of the other ones wrong, too, so I'm happy. Let's see how you do.

I found the link on Richard Rider's blog. He has more information on the test and how various people do on it, specifically, holders of public office.


At 11:23 PM, Anonymous skippy said...

You did well, Fred. Not as good as you, yours truly was 28 out of 33. Got hung up on some economic questions and remembering the specifics of our early documents. Sigh. It's been a long time since Civics class. Should have paid more attention. Thanks, Fred, that was fun and dusted off a few brain cells, too.

At 11:38 PM, Blogger Ernie Branscomb said...

I got 79%. I was ashamed of myself until I read that college educators averaged 55%

At 12:06 AM, Anonymous Dave Gray said...

I only missed two. Coincidentally, they were 2 you also missed: The Lincoln Douglas Debate question - I answered that the debates were about the morality of slavery; and The Puritans question - I answered they were for complete religious freedom.

I didn't think the test was very difficult, and feel a little lame for missing the two I missed. Oh,well.

I was rather surprised that college educators scored so poorly at 55%.

At 7:08 AM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

Skippy:You did well, Fred..

Thanx. I did ok but, to be honest, there were other questions I'm surprised I got right. I don't know if it's the same as getting a question right if I just made the right guess.

Dave:I answered that the debates were about the morality of slavery; and The Puritans question - I answered they were for complete religious freedom..

I believe I answered the debates were about the right of secession. That's probably because I'm one who doesn't feel the War of Secession was about slavery.

I also answered the Puritans were against war for moral reasons (was that the answer?). While true, I guess it wasn't the answer they wanted.

The question about the "wall of separation between church and state", I had no idea about. First time I'd heard that one.

At 5:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry Fred but I beat you. I got 31 out of 33 right.

I missed the question about the philosphers and the first amendment.

High Finance.

At 8:43 PM, Anonymous Dave Gray said...

Fred: Although we both missed the correct answer to those two questions, your reasoning was better than mine.

I visited the old IL state legislative building in Springfield a couple of years ago. For some reason I forgot those debates were for the US Senate race rather than a state election. Based on my erroneous assumption, I chose what I thought was the most logicsal answer. I totally screwed up the Puritan question. LOL ! Anyway, as Skippy said, it was a fun exercise.


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