Monday, November 24, 2008

The Civic Literacy Quiz

Hello everyone!

Take the Civic Literacy Quiz. Surely, you'll score better than the average US elected official at 44%. Sorry for calling you "Shirley." That joke works much better when spoken than written.

Anyway, I scored a 93.94% (31 correct out of 33). It's not 100%, but it's still an "A," so I'm satisfied enough to brag about it. Feel free to report your score in the comments. If you do poorly, you can always lie about your score. It's not like anyone can check to find out.

In the meantime, I'm kicking around the idea of adding an exciting new feature to Rob Dow's World. But that will probably have to wait until the next two weeks of hell are over--when I'll officially have a bachelor's degree from a real college, not even one of those crappy online ones. Stay tuned.




Anonymous Greg said...

I only got 28 of 33. I thought the question about the Puritan's was a little weird. 32 questions about our government and economy and one random religious question. And I guessed wrong. Oh, I hate the Puritans!!!!

8:45 AM, November 24, 2008  
Blogger Rob said...

Hello Greg!

I got the one about free markets (which I personally feel is a loaded, bogus question) and the last one about taxes wrong.

I agree that the Puritan question was weird. But then again, most things about the Puritans were weird.


9:03 AM, November 24, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got 30 out of 33 for a 90.91. The chap with barely more than a measly little junior college degree scores an A. booya!

Oh, and I hate the puritans too. Hateful little buggers.

9:31 PM, November 24, 2008  
Blogger Rob said...

Hello Anon!

It's nice to see that at least one "chap" reads my blog. Really, that's all I've ever wanted.

Yes, the Puritans were bad. But they can't compare with the Mormons, or at least all the Mormons who led the campaign for bigotry this election season.

You'd think that after being stereotyped as polygamists for so long, the LDS church of all religions would be open to different types of marriage. Maybe this is really just an elaborate ruse to get people talking about gays instead of that crazy Mormon cult in Texas with the 40-year-old men and their nine teen-aged wives. Remember them?

Sorry to any Mormons who actually care about civil rights. But your church and too many of its followers unfortunately gave y'all a bad name this election season.


10:21 PM, November 24, 2008  
Blogger Leif Brecke said...

I took this before reading your blog.
I got something like 89%. I "missed" the very loaded economic questions and the Gettysburg Address statement. I haven't read the GA in 12 years.

11:31 PM, November 24, 2008  
Blogger Rob said...

Hello Leif!

Yes, the economic questions are pretty loaded. I wonder if the Cato Institute commissioned the quiz?


11:51 PM, November 24, 2008  
Anonymous Leif Brecke said...

This was published by the "Intercollegiate Studies Institute" which seeks to "identify, educate and promote the next generation of right-wing leaders, primarily through its funding of college newspapers, its speakers programs and its promotion of conservative professors and journalists". Its funding comes from a who's who of right wing foundations, including many of the top funders of the Cato Institute. See:

11:32 PM, June 16, 2010  
Blogger Rob said...

So if you score high on it, does that mean you don't qualify to be one of "the next generation of right-wing leaders"?

8:00 AM, June 17, 2010  

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