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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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This is a basic but difficult Civic Literacy Exam. The questions have been discussed many times here, so I would predict that FRs will do better on the average vs other Americans esp our politicians. In fact, at the end of the exam are the results of politicians in office.

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

1 posted on 04/15/2012 11:10:36 PM PDT by nikos1121
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I scored 26 out of 33. I’d like to see if anyone on FR can score a perfect 100%. Read the answers carefully. Have fun.


2 posted on 04/15/2012 11:21:15 PM PDT by nikos1121
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To: nikos1121

Bfl


3 posted on 04/15/2012 11:24:53 PM PDT by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!)
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To: nikos1121

I got 27 out of 33 - 81.82%.


4 posted on 04/15/2012 11:28:24 PM PDT by Pinkbell (Rick Santorum For President (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N89LGhm-Ztc))
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To: nikos1121

You answered 30 out of 33 correctly — 90.91 %


5 posted on 04/15/2012 11:29:10 PM PDT by TheWriterTX (Riding the Long-Wave Economic Contraction, Baby!)
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To: nikos1121

It told me;

You answered 33 out of 33 correctly — 100.00 %


6 posted on 04/15/2012 11:31:34 PM PDT by ALPAPilot
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To: nikos1121
This is the question I got wrong with the explanation:

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

How can this be correct when the government receives money from taxes which are not taxes on individuals? If the government is receiving taxes from corporations, for example, it's expenditures per person far exceeds its revenues from those persons.

I understand the "on average" modification but I do not read it to mean that all taxes from all sources averaged by dividing it by the number of people even though not derived exclusively from people.

In considering my (wrong) answer I understood that it seemed to apply better to "deficit" rather than to "debt" but there was no time limit so one can assume that taxes equal expenditures from the beginning of time and therefore there would be no debt.


7 posted on 04/15/2012 11:33:24 PM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: nikos1121

I scored 31 out of 33. Darn puritans and freak philosophers got me.


8 posted on 04/15/2012 11:34:51 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: nikos1121
You answered 32 out of 33 correctly — 96.97 %

Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and Aquinas would concur that: Your Answer: all moral and political truth is relative to one’s time and place
Correct Answer: certain permanent moral and political truths are accessible to human reason

heheh I'm need to work on my philosophy studies I guess.

9 posted on 04/15/2012 11:35:48 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: nikos1121

90.01%
But it’s late and I’m tired.


10 posted on 04/15/2012 11:37:29 PM PDT by tumblindice (Our new, happy lives.)
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To: nikos1121

Fun quiz to do - scored 28 of 33 - since I’ve personally lived through some of these, thought I would do better. I was amazed at the wide gap between citizens and politicians on some things. Would appear that citizens know more history than those we elect. Maybe they should have to take a quiz before they can hold office. Thanks for doing this.


11 posted on 04/15/2012 11:42:01 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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“You answered 25 out of 33 correctly — 75.76 %”


12 posted on 04/15/2012 11:43:17 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: nikos1121

You answered 25 out of 33 correctly — 75.76 %


13 posted on 04/15/2012 11:45:46 PM PDT by GOPBiker (Thank a veteran, with a smile, every chance you get. You do more good than you can know.)
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32 out of 33. I missed the last one. ?????


14 posted on 04/15/2012 11:50:00 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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Seventy-four percent. Jeez, that’s a D! Barely!


15 posted on 04/15/2012 11:50:16 PM PDT by Mugwump
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29 out of 33. Wood like two no wich wons I mist.


16 posted on 04/15/2012 11:55:17 PM PDT by DaiHuy (One Big Assed Mistake America)
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To: nikos1121

29 out of 33. Wood like two no wich wons I mist.


17 posted on 04/15/2012 11:55:34 PM PDT by DaiHuy (One Big Assed Mistake America)
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To: nathanbedford

I stumbled on that question as well...and answered the same.

I also didn’t answer the Plato, Aquinas question correctly.

Oh well, 31 out of 33.


18 posted on 04/15/2012 11:57:25 PM PDT by berdie
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To: nikos1121

You answered 28 out of 33 correctly — 84.85 %


19 posted on 04/16/2012 12:00:24 AM PDT by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: nikos1121

You answered 28 out of 33 correctly — 84.85 %


20 posted on 04/16/2012 12:00:28 AM PDT by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: Pikachu_Dad

Incorrect Answers
Question: The Puritans:
Your Answer: believed in complete religious freedom
Correct Answer: stressed the sinfulness of all humanity
Question: What was the source of the following phrase: “Government of the people, by the people, for the people”?
Your Answer: Declaration of Independence
Correct Answer: Gettysburg Address
Question: Which of the following fiscal policy combinations has the federal government most often followed to stimulate economic activity when the economy is in a severe recession?
Your Answer: decreasing both taxes and spending
Correct Answer: decreasing taxes and increasing spending
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
Question: If taxes equal government spending, then:
Your Answer: government debt is zero
Correct Answer: tax per person equals government spending per person on average


21 posted on 04/16/2012 12:01:42 AM PDT by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: nathanbedford

I got the same 32 out of 33 you did. Still don’t understand the explanation.


22 posted on 04/16/2012 12:02:12 AM PDT by Catmom
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To: nikos1121

96.97% but I disagree with the answer regarding “policy and economic productivity”

Whut do hi know?


23 posted on 04/16/2012 12:09:59 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: nikos1121

29 out of 33 correctly — 87.88 %


24 posted on 04/16/2012 12:11:32 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: ALPAPilot

You lie! /S LOL

I missed the stimulate economy question .... still thinly I’m right though ...


25 posted on 04/16/2012 12:11:49 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: nathanbedford
The only thing is, gov’t debt = 0 would mean this scenario had been forever. Heck, with investments maybe it would even be in the black? But it is an awkward question and answer.

I only missed the Puritan's one. I was going to put the sinful thing in, but then figured it might be a trick question.

I'll have to see how my kids do on this!

26 posted on 04/16/2012 12:16:51 AM PDT by 21twelve
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To: nathanbedford

That’s the one I missed too.


27 posted on 04/16/2012 12:19:32 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again.")
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To: nikos1121

You answered 32 out of 33 correctly — 96.97 %

Question: In 1935 and 1936 the Supreme Court declared that important parts of the New Deal were unconstitutional. President Roosevelt responded by threatening to:
Your Answer: impeach several Supreme Court justices
Correct Answer: appoint additional Supreme Court justices who shared his views


28 posted on 04/16/2012 12:21:20 AM PDT by Explorer89 (And now, let the wild rumpus start!!)
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96.97%

I got one wrong, because I read the flood levee question wrong.


29 posted on 04/16/2012 12:26:46 AM PDT by Politicalmom
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To: nikos1121
32 out of 33 (...and I was not born in the USA)
30 posted on 04/16/2012 12:27:27 AM PDT by PieroC (pieroc)
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ARE you serious?


31 posted on 04/16/2012 12:30:32 AM PDT by nikos1121
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Just as Ithought. The FRs are smarter than most people in this country esp smarter than most of journalists. We should post this during the day time.


32 posted on 04/16/2012 12:31:53 AM PDT by nikos1121
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To: nathanbedford
In considering my (wrong) answer I understood that it seemed to apply better to "deficit" rather than to "debt" but there was no time limit so one can assume that taxes equal expenditures from the beginning of time and therefore there would be no debt.

Agreed. That was the one I missed and my thinking too.
33 posted on 04/16/2012 12:35:55 AM PDT by PA Engineer (Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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To: nikos1121

You answered 30 out of 33 correctly — 90.91 %


34 posted on 04/16/2012 12:50:05 AM PDT by An.American.Expatriate (Here's my strategy on the War against Terrorism: We win, they lose. - with apologies to R.R.)
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32 out of 33 correct. I have taken this quiz before.


35 posted on 04/16/2012 1:02:53 AM PDT by thecodont
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I have too - and suppose even with my bad memory I remembered some of the answers. Found the following link with a whole bunch of questions - for immigrants. God bless them! (I might see how I fare after some sleep!)

http://www.testimmigration.com/Sample_Test_Online.html


36 posted on 04/16/2012 1:09:11 AM PDT by 21twelve
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30 out of 33 correctly — 90.91 %


37 posted on 04/16/2012 1:09:43 AM PDT by LucyT
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“You answered 33 out of 33 correctly — 100.00 %”


38 posted on 04/16/2012 1:24:48 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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I got 36 out of 33 correct!

I got the three bonus questions right.

President Obama was born in Hawaii? True or False

Hillary Clinton did make $100,000 trading cattle futures.

True or False

Tomorrow is the deadline to file your federal income tax extension request.

True or False

39 posted on 04/16/2012 1:38:51 AM PDT by urbanpovertylawcenter (where the law and poverty collide in an urban setting and sparks fly)
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To: nathanbedford
". . . so one can assume . . . "

We know: Tax = Spending

Therefore: Tax/population = Spending/population

No assumption necessary.

I missed one also.

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

Of course, property rights and contracts are best enforced by rule of law.

yitbos

40 posted on 04/16/2012 2:12:41 AM PDT by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds." -- Ayn Rand)
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I scored 33 out of 33. Overall I did not think it was that hard although on one or two I had to use process of elimination.

The quiz did point out to me some things that perhaps I should know more about. And I liked the fact that it doesn't take too long. Thanks for posting.

41 posted on 04/16/2012 2:17:02 AM PDT by wideminded
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Kind of a dumb question. Don’t see the point.

But total spending divided by number of people = total revenue divided by number of people only if accounts balance.


42 posted on 04/16/2012 2:27:03 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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You answered 27 out of 33 correctly — 81.82 %


43 posted on 04/16/2012 2:27:08 AM PDT by verga (Party like it is 1773)
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To: nikos1121

You answered 27 out of 33 correctly — 81.82 %


44 posted on 04/16/2012 2:32:00 AM PDT by verga (Party like it is 1773)
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28 out of 33.


45 posted on 04/16/2012 2:32:48 AM PDT by Conservative4Ever (Waiting for the new tagline to download)
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I got 32 right. Missed the last question, failure to think! LOL


46 posted on 04/16/2012 2:52:23 AM PDT by Islander7 (There is no septic system so vile, so filthy, the left won't drink from to further their agenda)
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You’re right read carefully. Of the 6 I missed 3 were dumb errors on my part for not paying attention, but I’m old.


47 posted on 04/16/2012 3:56:21 AM PDT by Recon Dad (Gas & Petroleum Junkie)
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Thirty out of 33. Not bad. Actually pretty easy.

Incorrect Answers


48 posted on 04/16/2012 4:01:58 AM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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Results

  • You answered 33 out of 33 correctly — 100.00 %


49 posted on 04/16/2012 4:06:11 AM PDT by aruanan
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31 out of 33 - thanks for posting this - it was fun.
Can't fathom how the Libtards view themselves as having superior knowledge when you know they they get 40% - 50% scores on these things.
50 posted on 04/16/2012 4:12:41 AM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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