Monday, November 24, 2008

Civic Literacy

Do you have it? Take this quiz to see what the Intercollegiate Studies Institute thinks.

More important to me than your score (I got a B) is how well you can argue any of these points. I have a problem with multiple choice questions asking Why does _X_ work? or What's most likely to happen if…?

via Jon


The Ridger, FCD said...

Sputnik? Sputnik is on a civics test? And is this civics or economics? Plus, I don't really agree with a couple of those econ answers... Like "If taxes equal government spending, then: D. tax per person equals government spending per person". Or maybe I just don't understand what that means.

fenhopper said...

the taxes/spending question confused me too. if taxes equal spending then the 0-debt answer should work too. unless we say that the gov't is somehow spending money that doesn't count as spending.

but then that gets into an argument about what spending means. and the more reasonable that argument is, the less reasonable it is to offer it as multiple choice.

Casey said...

I got 30/33: 90.91%. Which means you have to start listening to me about how to fix the economy!!!

Seriously: those questions like "The free market is better because..." are probably debatable. Or, "What would the gov't probably do in a serious recession?" -- when "Bailout everybody" wasn't one of the possible choices.

I missed 7, 29, 33. Missing 7 is embarrassing.

Casey said...

Did you notice that it said an average score for college educators was 55%...?

That seems disappointingly low.

fenhopper said...

well since i got 29, if we have a disagreement on 30 points i'll grant you one of them.

i think a lot of people would be confused about #7. other than the beginning of the Gettysburg address how many people can name other ideas in it?

The Ridger, FCD said...

ps - I got 96.97% hahahaha. (Granted, I cheated by trying to give the answer I figured the ISI wanted to hear towards the end there.) And I had to memorize the Gettysburg Address in school (It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.)