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Full Civic Literacy Exam
Intercollegiate Studies Institute - Educating for Liberty ^ | Intercollegiate Studies Institute - Educating for Liberty

Posted on 04/15/2012 11:10:29 PM PDT by nikos1121

Full Civic Literacy Exam (from our 2008 survey) Are you more knowledgeable than the average citizen? The average score for all 2,508 Americans taking the following test was 49%; college educators scored 55%. Can you do better? Questions were drawn from past ISI surveys, as well as other nationally recognized exams.


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To: nikos1121

You answered 28 out of 33 correctly — 84.85 %


51 posted on 04/16/2012 4:17:53 AM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: nikos1121

“You answered 33 out of 33 correctly — 100.00 %”!

I have to admit that I guessed on two of them. I don’t dare tell my wife who already thinks I spend way too much time on this “politics and government stuff”.


52 posted on 04/16/2012 4:22:02 AM PDT by FairWitness (Everything is easy, once you've done it once)
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To: nathanbedford
uestion: If taxes equal government spending, then: Your Answer: government debt is zero Correct Answer: tax per person equals government spending per person on average

If taxes equal government spending at the moment, that does not mean that debt will be zero, if government spending was greater than taxes in the past. It would just mean that debt would not be growing.

How can this be correct when the government receives money from taxes which are not taxes on individuals?

The question just says "taxes", which would include taxes on individuals, corp taxes, etc. It still would not include, for example, government revenue from leasing government land for cattle grazing, sale of offshore drilling rights, etc.

The question writer decided to be cute about the definition of "average".

53 posted on 04/16/2012 4:27:20 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. - George Orwell)
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To: nikos1121
I got a 32 out of 33. Can I continue to freep?

Here is the question I got wrong:

Question: Free markets typically secure more economic prosperity than government’s centralized planning because:

Your Answer: property rights and contracts are best enforced by the market system

Correct Answer: the price system utilizes more local knowledge of means and ends

To me all the choices were bad.

54 posted on 04/16/2012 4:38:10 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: nikos1121

You answered 30 out of 33 correctly — 90.91 %

When I saw what I missed I was PO’d


55 posted on 04/16/2012 4:38:40 AM PDT by jmckay8497 (VA Health Care)
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To: nikos1121

You answered 30 out of 33 correctly — 90.91 %

When I saw what I missed I was PO’d


56 posted on 04/16/2012 4:38:49 AM PDT by jmckay8497 (VA Health Care)
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To: nikos1121

You answered 30 out of 33 correctly — 90.91 %

When I saw what I missed I was PO’d


57 posted on 04/16/2012 4:38:56 AM PDT by jmckay8497 (VA Health Care)
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To: nikos1121

You answered 30 out of 33 correctly — 90.91 %

When I saw what I missed I was PO’d


58 posted on 04/16/2012 4:38:56 AM PDT by jmckay8497 (VA Health Care)
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To: nikos1121

Gee. 100%
They’re gonna have to work a little harder to stump me...


59 posted on 04/16/2012 4:41:55 AM PDT by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: nikos1121

100% 6 minutes.


60 posted on 04/16/2012 4:45:36 AM PDT by Jim Noble ("The Germans: At your feet, or at your throat" - Winston Churchill)
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To: nathanbedford

Me too. I agree.


61 posted on 04/16/2012 5:01:34 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGS Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: nathanbedford

That’s the one question I missed as well. We’re right, the test administrators are wrong.


62 posted on 04/16/2012 5:46:01 AM PDT by Texas Mulerider (Rap music: hieroglyphics with a beat.)
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To: nikos1121

“You answered 31 out of 33 correctly — 93.94 %

If you have any comments or questions about the quiz, please email americancivicliteracy@isi.org.

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


63 posted on 04/16/2012 5:59:08 AM PDT by texson66 (In the words of Kent Brockman, "As for myself, I welcome our new commie overlords...")
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To: Jim Noble

Congrats! It would be nice if they’d post this on the side bar don’t you think?


64 posted on 04/16/2012 5:59:10 AM PDT by nikos1121
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To: nikos1121

read


65 posted on 04/16/2012 6:01:24 AM PDT by sauropod (You can elect your very own tyranny - Mark Levin)
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To: nathanbedford

Think of the semantic difference between DEBT and DEFICIT. There is Government Debt even if (such as during the Gingrich Congress) we actually run an annual surplus (which would mean no deficit for a given year).


66 posted on 04/16/2012 6:05:35 AM PDT by GreenAccord (Bacon Akbar)
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To: nikos1121

32 out of 33. I would have got them all right if I left Jefferson’s letters checked. I knew it was Jefferson on separation of church and state and somehow I allowed myself to click Washington’s Farewell Address.

I have to reexamine my way of thinking while taking exams.

This is a pretty good exam and I can understand why the general public would score so badly. How many of us have read Plato? However, I cannot understand how educators scored so poorly.


67 posted on 04/16/2012 6:20:21 AM PDT by Poser (Cogito ergo Spam - I think, therefore I ham)
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To: nathanbedford

To answer the question on government debt and taxes:

If government spending exactly equals tax payments, the budget is balances. That does not speak for the continuing debt of the country which might have been accumulated in the past. So... The only correct answer is that the average collected per citizen is the average collected per citizen.


68 posted on 04/16/2012 6:23:40 AM PDT by Poser (Cogito ergo Spam - I think, therefore I ham)
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To: Poser

Yes.. I see the mistake in my last post. Duh...


69 posted on 04/16/2012 6:28:54 AM PDT by Poser (Cogito ergo Spam - I think, therefore I ham)
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To: nikos1121

75.76%. Woodshed for me.


70 posted on 04/16/2012 7:07:45 AM PDT by Free in Texas (Member of the Bitter Clingers Association.)
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To: nikos1121
You answered 32 out of 33 correctly — 96.97 %

Screwed the pooch on the last question. Suckage.

 

71 posted on 04/16/2012 7:14:58 AM PDT by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: nathanbedford

I missed the same one. I too thought the answers did not quite fit the question.


72 posted on 04/16/2012 7:17:36 AM PDT by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: nikos1121

33 out of 33. 100%. But I guessed on the philosopher question.


73 posted on 04/16/2012 7:18:01 AM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: nikos1121
I got 30 out of 33. Ones I got wrong.

Question: Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and Aquinas would concur that:

It's been too many years since I read Plato and Socrates.

Question: Free markets typically secure more economic prosperity than government’s centralized planning because:

I thought more like an attorney and not like the actual economic system there.

Question: If taxes equal government spending, then:

I misread one word in the answers. Trick Question.

74 posted on 04/16/2012 7:51:51 AM PDT by Darren McCarty (Time for brokered convention)
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To: BykrBayb

I got 28/33. Turns out I’m an economics illiterate.


75 posted on 04/16/2012 7:57:55 AM PDT by Ax
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To: bruinbirdman

I got those two wrong. Contracts make capitalism work was drilled in my head in law school so I reverted back to it. I read debt=deficit and knew I blundered as soon as I saw my answer. If I took my time I would have only missed the Plato question because I haven’t touched those books (outside Aquinas) since undergrad.


76 posted on 04/16/2012 7:59:16 AM PDT by Darren McCarty (The Republican Party is bigger than the presidency)
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77 posted on 04/16/2012 8:07:40 AM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: 21twelve

On the Puritan one, remember the Puritans were Protestants and held to Reformed theology. Many came from England, where after the reign of Queen Mary (Catholic) (Bloody Mary) many of the Anglican Church were charged with heresy and burned at the stake. Queen Elizabeth, who followed circa 1559, was Protestant in upbringing, but still had many questions on theology. Her primary concern was ending the bloodshed between Christian denominations. The Church of England then adopted an Reformed theology, an Episcopal ecclesiology, and retained Roman Ritual in worship ceremony.

The Puritans didn’t believe this went far enough. In order to preach in the Anglican Church, the pastor had to be licensed by the Bishop (Episcopal ecclesiology). They sought to “PURIFY” the Church of all Roman Ritual. When this was denied them, many sought to establish colonies elsewhere, first in the Netherlands, then to Virginia, but were blown off course landing at Plymouth Rock.

So “Puritans” aren’t some group of dour do-gooders, but instead sought freedom of speech and religion to “PURIFY” their worship of God from all Roman Ritual.

The Puritans themselves were split between non-separatists and Separatists, who removed themselves from the Anglican Church. Later, Separatists would also divide in Presbyterian and Baptists. (Not to mention Dunkers, Forward Dunkers and three times backwards Dunkers....)

Foxe’s Book of Martyrs was written by Anglicans who were Protestant in theology, but had been thrown out of power during the reign of Bloody Mary. It was used to document the antiChristian slaughter of believers by the RCC when Queen Mary placed the Church of England back under their power. When Queen Elizabeth came to the throne in 1559, several years later, the Book of Martyrs was published, followed by the persecution of the Huguenots in France by the RCC for 30-100 years.

In summary, the Puritans were essentially Reformed English Protestants, Calvinist in theology, who sought to live by the laws of God and the laws of man, but believed the Church needed to be purged of all Roman Ritual.

For some further study of Church History, here is a fairly well written article from a Baptist perspective.

http://www.swbts.edu/resources/swbts//From_Christological_Ecclesiology_to_Functional_Ecclesiasticism.pdf and upstream to form Rhode Island. About the time of the


78 posted on 04/16/2012 10:15:09 AM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Cvengr

Thanks for the insight on the Puritans. Will try to remember to look up the whole “dunkers” thing!


79 posted on 04/16/2012 11:56:20 AM PDT by 21twelve
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To: Darren McCarty
"Contracts make capitalism work was drilled in my head in law school "

Russkies, ChiComs = no democratic free enterprise capitalism under rule of law.

Spy vs. Spy? Crook vs. Crook.

This is also why Democrats hate The Constitution. It etches in stone "The Rule of Law".

yitbos

80 posted on 04/16/2012 1:29:56 PM PDT by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds." -- Ayn Rand)
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To: tomdavidd; Freeper; Gvl_M3; Flotsam_Jetsome; Berlin_Freeper; Hotlanta Mike; Silentgypsy; ...
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Full Civic Literacy Exam

http://www.isi.org/quiz.aspx?q=FE5C3B47-9675-41E0-9CF3-072BB31E2692

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81 posted on 04/18/2012 4:29:39 PM PDT by LucyT
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To: DaiHuy
29 out of 33. Wood like two no wich wons I mist.

You answered 29 out of 33 correctly — 87.88 %

Spill chuck is knot yore fiend :)

82 posted on 04/18/2012 4:59:35 PM PDT by AZ .44 MAG (Repeal Obama)
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To: nikos1121

You answered 32 out of 33 correctly — 96.97 %

Missed the “decreasing taxes and increasing spending”

I said decrease both taxes and spending which is more logical but I’m nothing but a voter.


83 posted on 04/18/2012 5:21:31 PM PDT by bgill
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To: urbanpovertylawcenter
I got 36 out of 33 correct! I got the three bonus questions right.

President Obama was born in Hawaii? True or False

No way you got that one right. He wasn't born. He was created by Soros.

84 posted on 04/18/2012 5:25:47 PM PDT by bgill
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To: LucyT

I just wish all voters could pass a basic literacy test.


85 posted on 04/18/2012 7:23:26 PM PDT by Rushmore Rocks
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86 posted on 04/18/2012 8:11:10 PM PDT by Bikkuri
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To: wideminded

I agree.. there were 2 or 3 that I had to sit on and think about for a moment :p


87 posted on 04/18/2012 8:16:33 PM PDT by Bikkuri
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To: LucyT; tomdavidd; Freeper; Gvl_M3; Flotsam_Jetsome; Berlin_Freeper; Hotlanta Mike; Silentgypsy
Freepers, myself included, are mortally embarrassed to have gotten 2 or 3 "wrong." However, on average, our fellow voters got MORE THAN HALF of the answers "wrong." On average, college "educators" missed 45% of the answers ... an "F" in anybody's book.

Voilà, nous avons Obama!

88 posted on 04/19/2012 12:45:34 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (So, Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and Roberts can't figure out if Obama is a Natural Born Citizen?)
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To: nikos1121

bttt


89 posted on 04/22/2012 5:24:45 AM PDT by petercooper (The one difference between Obama & Romney: Obama is only half white.)
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To: nikos1121

You answered 27 out of 33 correctly — 81.82 %


90 posted on 04/22/2012 5:58:36 AM PDT by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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