Sunday, November 23, 2008

Are You Smarter Than An Elected Official?

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US elected officials scored abysmally on a test measuring their civic knowledge, with an average grade of just 44 percent, the group that organized the exam said Thursday.

Ordinary citizens did not fare much better, scoring just 49 percent correct on the 33 exam questions compiled by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI).

"It is disturbing enough that the general public failed ISI's civic literacy test, but when you consider the even more dismal scores of elected officials, you have to be concerned," said Josiah Bunting, chairman of the National Civic Literacy Board at ISI.

"How can political leaders make informed decisions if they don't understand the American experience?" he added.
Before you read the whole article, take the test and see how you do. Note that the article contains some of the answers, so to be fair take the test then read the article.

I did and I scored 81.82% or 27 out of 33, so at least I know that I am smarted than an elected official.

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