Monday, November 24, 2008

Americans Fail Civics Test

By Michael P. Tremoglie, The Bulletin
11/20/2008


A new study reveals that most Americans, including some politicians, cannot pass a basic test on American history and economics. The third annual survey by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI), Wilmington Del., indicates that there is "an epidemic of historical, political, and economic ignorance in America."

More than 2,500 randomly selected Americans took ISI's basic 33-question test on civic literacy and more than 1,700 people failed, with the average score 49 percent, or an "F." Elected officials scored even lower than the general public with an average score of 44 percent.

Only 0.8 percent (or 21) of all surveyed earned an "A."

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Click here to take the civics test and see how you ranked (I scored 81.8%, getting 6 questions incorrect)



2 comments:

Fred Baldwin said...

Since the compilers chose questions I happened to know, I scored 32 out of 33 so naturally think it's a fine quiz. I've protested the accuracy of the final acceptable answer (#33). That sounds arrogant, but the "book answer" is clearly incorrect as stated -- just a problem of faulty wording, I think.

TrekMedic251 said...

I got 84.4% or 27 out of 32!

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