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Are You Smarter Than Your Congress? Prove It!
Grand Rants ^ | 01-14-11 | Stoutcat

Posted on 01/14/2011 9:38:50 AM PST by Stoutcat

Looks like our elected officials are failing at all sorts of things. Latest on the FAIL list is knowledge of the Constitution. Since many are required to swear (or affirm) an oath to uphold that document, you’d think that they’d know a bit about it. But then again, you might also think that most U.S. citizens would know at least a bit about what’s in the Constitution, right?

But you’d be wrong on both counts, of course. As HotAir reports:

“The bad news: the general public gets an F, with just a 49% average on the 33-question civics test. The worse news: those who identified themselves as public officeholders scored an average of five points worse than the general public…”

But before you scoff too hard at our officials, here’s a warning: it’s actually a challenging quiz! I zoomed through and expected to get 33 out of 33 correct. To my mortification, I missed three questions!

Here’s the link. You take the quiz and then see how smart you feel. On the other hand, you’re sure to do better than our elected officials.

You could hardly do worse.


TOPICS: Education; Government; History; Politics
KEYWORDS: civics; constitution; idiots; quiz
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1 posted on 01/14/2011 9:38:51 AM PST by Stoutcat
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To: Stoutcat

Direct link.

http://www.americancivicliteracy.org/resources/quiz.aspx


2 posted on 01/14/2011 9:39:59 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Larry Lucido

Whoops! Sorry, I forgot to include the html for the link. I’d be interested to see how folks here do on the quiz.


3 posted on 01/14/2011 9:41:47 AM PST by Stoutcat (I aim to misbehave)
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To: Stoutcat

I scored 100%.

Should I run for something or am I, as I believe, unelectable?


4 posted on 01/14/2011 9:45:06 AM PST by Bigun ("It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." Voltaire)
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To: Larry Lucido

I missed #10, 30 and 33.

Or so they say.


5 posted on 01/14/2011 9:49:05 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Larry Lucido
30) Which of the following fiscal policy combinations would a government most likely follow to stimulate economic activity when the economy is in a severe recession?

I disagree with their answer here. The only other one I got wrong was because I moved too fast and made a dumb mistake.

6 posted on 01/14/2011 9:51:02 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: Stoutcat

29 of 33


7 posted on 01/14/2011 9:54:38 AM PST by ProudFossil
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To: Stoutcat

Yes, yes I am.

You answered 33 out of 33 correctly — 100.00 %

And its not really very challenging.


8 posted on 01/14/2011 9:54:43 AM PST by Little Ray (The Gods of the Copybook Heading, with terror and slaughter return!)
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To: Bigun

LOL!

You’re a threat to national security.

Janet’s gonna be watching you.


9 posted on 01/14/2011 9:54:55 AM PST by Califreak (November 2008 proved that Idiocracy isn't just a movie anymore)
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To: Stoutcat

You answered 33 out of 33 correctly — 100.00 %

Average score for this quiz during January: 73.7%


10 posted on 01/14/2011 9:55:34 AM PST by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Agreed regarding #30. I guess I was thinking more “what would I do” than “what is a government likely to do.”


11 posted on 01/14/2011 9:56:54 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Stoutcat

87.88%


12 posted on 01/14/2011 9:57:51 AM PST by bt579 ("I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction." ~Barack 0bama)
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To: Stoutcat

31 of 33. Missed the Plato one and, a free market one. Had the right answer and changed it. Kinda like back in school.


13 posted on 01/14/2011 10:00:31 AM PST by tnlibertarian (Hey D. C., tax increases are not spending cuts. Nor do tax cuts constitute increased spending.)
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To: Bigun

You ARE UNELECTABLE. As quickly as possible, RUN FOR THE CANADIAN BORDER then charter a rocket to the moon as “they” will soon come for you because you KNOW TOO MUCH. :-))


14 posted on 01/14/2011 10:00:54 AM PST by Dick Bachert (2012 CAN'T COME SOON ENOUGH FOR ME. HOW ABOUT YOU?)
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To: ClearCase_guy

That’s one I got wrong, too. And I disagree, too.


15 posted on 01/14/2011 10:01:53 AM PST by Stoutcat (I aim to misbehave)
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To: ClearCase_guy

That’s one I got wrong, too. And I disagree, too.


16 posted on 01/14/2011 10:02:02 AM PST by Stoutcat (I aim to misbehave)
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To: Califreak
Janet’s gonna be watching you.

She will tire of that very quickly I'll assure you!

17 posted on 01/14/2011 10:02:48 AM PST by Bigun ("It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." Voltaire)
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To: Larry Lucido

Got 31 right. I, too, answered #30 on the basis of what they SHOULD do vs. what the current crop of cretins (the new pubbies excepted — for now) WOULD do!!


18 posted on 01/14/2011 10:02:52 AM PST by Dick Bachert (2012 CAN'T COME SOON ENOUGH FOR ME. HOW ABOUT YOU?)
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To: Larry Lucido

You answered 31 out of 33 correctly — 93.94 %

Average score for this quiz during January: 73.8%


19 posted on 01/14/2011 10:03:01 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (0bamanomics: Punish Success, Reward Failure. Destroying America is the point.)
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To: Larry Lucido

I missed 30 and 33 too. Would like an explanation. Not too bad for an unbalanced conservative who listens to talk radio.


20 posted on 01/14/2011 10:03:05 AM PST by aliquando (A Scout is T, L, H, F, C, K, O, C, T, B, C, and R.)
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To: Larry Lucido; Stoutcat
Overall, I thought the quiz was better than average, but it becomes very problematic to phrase a question "what is government likely to do ..."

The safest answer is "the wrong thing", but that wasn't one of the choices.

21 posted on 01/14/2011 10:03:38 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: Stoutcat; All

I too missed 3 questions, but I had been debating between the answer I gave and the right answer. In fact I even changed one from the right to the wrong answer. I was pleased to find there was no effort to sell me something as there are on some of these quizes.


22 posted on 01/14/2011 10:03:48 AM PST by gleeaikin
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To: ClearCase_guy

The answer is which combination is MOST LIKELY TO BE TAKEN by a government, not which combination is MOST LIKELY TO WORK.

Therein lies the trick.


23 posted on 01/14/2011 10:04:58 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (0bamanomics: Punish Success, Reward Failure. Destroying America is the point.)
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To: Uncle Miltie

(Public choice theory, continuous application of failed Keynesianism, etc.)


24 posted on 01/14/2011 10:05:34 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (0bamanomics: Punish Success, Reward Failure. Destroying America is the point.)
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To: Stoutcat
You answered 33 out of 33 correctly — 100.00 %

Average score for this quiz during January: 73.8%

You can take the quiz as often as you like, however, your score will only count once toward the monthly average.

Yes... I am smarter than my Congress.

25 posted on 01/14/2011 10:05:55 AM PST by pgyanke (Republicans get in trouble when not living up to their principles. Democrats... when they do.)
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To: Stoutcat

The real problem is not that they don’t have the correct answer during a test.

Both politicians and pajama posters have excellent resources to verify or research questions about the Constitution in the course of making decisions.

It’s that THEY don’t want to follow what it says.


26 posted on 01/14/2011 10:06:19 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: ClearCase_guy; All

Do you disagree because you think that solution would not work, or because you don’t think a government would be most likely to follow that policy?


27 posted on 01/14/2011 10:06:54 AM PST by gleeaikin
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To: Stoutcat

96.97% I missed one.


28 posted on 01/14/2011 10:07:22 AM PST by Waryone (RINOs, Elites, and Socialists - on the endangered list, soon to become extinct.)
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To: Bigun

Any score over 60% proves unelectability.

You wouldn’t be able to delude yourself and the public sufficiently to get elected. The other guy will.


29 posted on 01/14/2011 10:10:26 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (0bamanomics: Punish Success, Reward Failure. Destroying America is the point.)
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To: Stoutcat

Missed the Puritans question and the final question.
I know I’m smarter than Congress, but am I smarter than a 5th grader?


30 posted on 01/14/2011 10:11:14 AM PST by astyanax (Liberalism: Logic's retarded cousin.)
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To: Stoutcat

28 OF 33. 84.85% Not too shabby.


31 posted on 01/14/2011 10:11:59 AM PST by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: gleeaikin
Honestly, I can see it two ways. Decreasing taxes seems like a no-brainer, so I got that half of the answer correct. Now, should government increase spending or decrease spending?

A keynesian would want to see increased spending. I would not. I recognize that "pumping money into the economy" would seem like a good thing, but I believe that this would block successful entrepreneurs from solving problems in a better, more market-friendly manner. For long-term growth of productive industries, and for a decrease in the national deficit, I would oppose a Stimulus.

I would want taxes and spending decreased. But that's apparently incorrect.

32 posted on 01/14/2011 10:12:12 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: Stoutcat

Here is my score:

You answered 27 out of 33 correctly — 81.82 %

Average score for this quiz during January: 73.8%


33 posted on 01/14/2011 10:12:20 AM PST by Bronzy (We Remembered In November.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

I think enough of us missed No. 30 to lodge a complaint. And like you I made a dumb mistake on one other.

You answered 31 out of 33 correctly — 93.94 %

Average score for this quiz during January: 73.8%


34 posted on 01/14/2011 10:13:32 AM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: Stoutcat

Missed 4.


35 posted on 01/14/2011 10:21:22 AM PST by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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To: Stoutcat

Gee, you’d think they understand what they promised to protect.


36 posted on 01/14/2011 10:21:46 AM PST by Fido969 ("The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax." - Albert Einstein)
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To: Uncle Miltie

My thoughts exactly!


37 posted on 01/14/2011 10:23:29 AM PST by Bigun ("It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." Voltaire)
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To: Stoutcat
Missed #33 and disagree with the correct answer.

33) If taxes equal government spending, then: Their correct answer:

D. tax per person equals government spending per person.

But government taxes and spending can be equal without tax and spending "per person" being equal in any given year. The question assumes that governments can only raise funds through taxes which excludes interest and rents, etc.

38 posted on 01/14/2011 10:26:07 AM PST by CharacterCounts (November 4, 2008 - the day America drank the Kool-Aid)
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To: ClearCase_guy; gleeaikin

The question was not what SHOULD they do but what WOULD they be most likely to do.

It should be evident to anyone paying any attention at all that what they are most likely to do is NOT what they should do!


39 posted on 01/14/2011 10:28:21 AM PST by Bigun ("It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." Voltaire)
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To: Stoutcat

30 out of 33.


40 posted on 01/14/2011 10:33:05 AM PST by Redleg Duke (We didn't limit out, but we nailed a bunch of RATS!)
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To: ClearCase_guy

That was exactly my reasoning...


41 posted on 01/14/2011 10:34:52 AM PST by Stoutcat (I aim to misbehave)
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To: Stoutcat
31 out of 33. One I did get wrong (Shoulda read the answers more carefully!), but they're wrong about #27. Property rights and contracts are best enforced by the market system.
42 posted on 01/14/2011 10:48:57 AM PST by Redcloak (What's your zombie plan?)
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To: Redcloak
Property rights and contracts are best enforced by the market system.

The statement is true, but not the correct answer to the question.

A common test trick is to provide true statements for answers which are not the correct response.

43 posted on 01/14/2011 10:57:09 AM PST by CharacterCounts (November 4, 2008 - the day America drank the Kool-Aid)
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To: Larry Lucido

I got a 27 out of 33. Some of the questions at the end I don’t think should have been there. At any rate I scored an 82% when the average of quiz takers was 73.


44 posted on 01/14/2011 11:01:28 AM PST by Sprite518
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To: Stoutcat

I missed 6. I guess I am a dumb ass but smarter than congress!


45 posted on 01/14/2011 11:06:31 AM PST by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: Stoutcat

32 out of 33. I went too fast on #33. I said that the government debt would equal 0. The deficit would equal zero, not the debt. D was the correct answer.

Mark


46 posted on 01/14/2011 11:09:08 AM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: pgyanke
Yes... I am smarter than my Congress.

I believe that it was Theodore Sturgeon who said that the IQ of a mob (in this case, Congress) can be determined by taking the average IQ of each member of the mob, then dividing that by the number of people in the mob.

Frankly, I'm convinced that the ferret that chewed off the fingers of the toddler in KC is smarter than Congress.

Mark

47 posted on 01/14/2011 11:14:39 AM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: CharacterCounts
Property rights and contracts are best enforced by the market system.

The key to this one is the wording. Property rights and contracts are best excercised in the market system but enforced by government. This is a legitimate purpose of government, primarily in the court system.

48 posted on 01/14/2011 11:31:08 AM PST by pgyanke (Republicans get in trouble when not living up to their principles. Democrats... when they do.)
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To: Stoutcat

29 out of 33


49 posted on 01/14/2011 11:50:12 AM PST by yuleeyahoo
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To: Stoutcat

32 out of 33.

I will take it.

Missed the government spending and taxes question.

I thought the question meant deficit instead of debt.


50 posted on 01/14/2011 12:03:21 PM PST by radpolis (Liberals: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy)
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