Wednesday, September 19, 2007

How Much Do You Know About Civics?

The quiz

My score, of which I'm quite proud:

You answered 55 out of 60 correctly — 91.67 %
Average score for this quiz during September: 75.1%
Average score since September 18, 2007: 75.1%

Update, 9/20/07: Here's a USA Today article about the quiz. The following two snippets caught my attention:

In general, the better a college's U.S. News & World Report ranking, the less its civic literacy gain. Yale, with the highest-scoring freshmen (68.94%), along with Princeton, Duke and Cornell, were among eight schools with freshmen outscoring seniors.

"Several of the colleges at the lower end of our survey are some of the most prestigious in the country, with average tuition, room and board somewhere north of $40,000 a year," Bunting says. "These are the schools, although their stated mission is to help prepare active citizens, that are the most derelict in their responsibility."

10 comments:

gbradley said...

I got a "B"
These are the ones that I missed.
Question #9
Question #19
Question #21
Question #24
Question #33
Question #34
Question #35
Question #39
Question #50
Question #53
At least I was above average this Month.
Nice work Darren.

Darren said...

I didn't record the questions I missed, but I wasn't ashamed of the ones I missed. Political theorists and federal reserve economics--I can forgive myself those.

Chanman said...

Ouch! I got a 56/60... edged you by one.

I missed #'s:
19,36,54,56

I'm actually surprised that I missed that few, because on a couple others, I was hiding my eyes as I clicked the mouse.

Darren said...

Muy bueno!

Sandy said...

I got 50/60- an 83.3%. And, unfortunately, not all of the ones I missed were on economic theory... I actually guessed well on some of those :-). Is there a new quiz every month? I'd take it! I still get the Korean War people and events confused with early Vietnam war (if truth be told, I can't remember half of what I used to know anyway), and I learned terms I can't remember running across before, such as a "just war" which, I assume, would be the subject of much debate at the military academies? Fascinating stuff.

Darren said...

Interestingly enough, I got the just war question wrong. We discussed just wars, but in the context of (leftie) Michael Walzer's Just and Unjust Wars.

As I recall, Walzer posited 6 scenarios for a just war: you're attacked, a pre-emptive attack on someone who's clearly going to attack you, to avert human catastrophe--I don't recall the others right now.

MikeAT said...

54 out of 60...not bad for a Lousisiana pubic edumecation graduete!

Foobarista said...

57/60. I missed Jamestown (pretty bad), the Fed, and one other econ question...

Darren said...

It's nice to know such smart people read my blog =)

Ryan said...

I'm pulling down the class average: 47/60. The philosopy questions killed me.