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74% of polititians fail Civics test on the Constitution ! TAKE THE QUIZ!

 
Anonymous Coward
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It has nothing to do with the Constitution. I wonder if gov't is secretly conducting a study to see how much we know and adjust education according to dumb us down more.
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Is there a limit? I seem to recall that the Constitution isn't specific on what the SC is meant to do and how is is specifically constructed.
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Answering my own question it appears that Congress sets the limit and Roosevelt tried to change the law via Congress to appoint another judge for each current judge over 70.
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You answered 26 out of 33 correctly — 78.79 %
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5a

The results here are incredible. Of the 30+ questions only 4 were answered more accurately by the politicians. This means on 26+ of the questions the aggragate score of the people taking the quiz was higher than those by whom they are governed. Perhaps a potential politician should be required to take a test like this only far more comprehensive in nature in order to even enter a primary. One chance per election with a required score of 85% or higher in order to enter the primary.
Ebenezer Munroe

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01/15/2011 07:38 PM
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You answered 27 out of 33 correctly — 81.82 %

...Not great...but not horrible either.
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67% Yes, I was taught in a dumbed down American school in the deep south no less.
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30 of 33... 91%

Damn..... I need more study !


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84,85% (28 of 33), which is very embarrassing, but considering that I left the US when I was 18 and haven't lived there for about 35 years, it really isn't all that bad.

I'm just sorry to see that my countrymen are voting shit-for-brains into office. I guess you get what you deserve.
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do any of you know that the original language for question number 1 was the first answer

1) Which of the following are the inalienable rights referred to in the Declaration of Independence?
A. life, liberty, and property
B. honor, liberty, and peace
C. liberty, health, and community
D. life, respect, and equal protection
E. life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness

I missed 6 questions

I am a full retard
 Quoting: aVian



Not as full as me.
OMG I felt so smart when I started it but I feel so dumb now:
You answered 21 out of 33 correctly — 63.64 %

Average score for this quiz during January: 74.9%

Answers to Your Missed Questions:
Question #1 - E. life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness
Question #4 - B. Would slavery be allowed to expand to new territories?
Question #6 - D. establishing an official religion for the United States
Question #7 - D. Gettysburg Address
Question #8 - C. appoint additional Supreme Court justices who shared his views
Question #10 - C. Religion
Question #13 - E. certain permanent moral and political truths are accessible to human reason
Question #14 - B. stressed the sinfulness of all humanity
Question #15 - E. Thomas Jefferson’s letters
Question #22 - A. Congress
Question #23 - B. missiles in Cuba
Question #24 - A. president


But I have an excuse, I was on a phone call while taking the test.
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This test should be manditory for anyone running for national office. We have to certify farmers why not politicians?
Anonymous Coward
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I'm just sorry to see that my countrymen are voting shit-for-brains into office. I guess you get what you deserve.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1231476


Hey, if they give you 2 monkeys to choose from and they both have shit-for-brains, what you gonna do?
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5a

The results here are incredible. Of the 30+ questions only 4 were answered more accurately by the politicians. This means on 26+ of the questions the aggragate score of the people taking the quiz was higher than those by whom they are governed. Perhaps a potential politician should be required to take a test like this only far more comprehensive in nature in order to even enter a primary. One chance per election with a required score of 85% or higher in order to enter the primary.
 Quoting: ANNONYMOUS 825313

Great idea! But it wouldn't leave a lot of politicians.... GREAT IDEA!
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67% Yes, I was taught in a dumbed down American school in the deep south no less.
 Quoting: Bloom

When I was in elementary school, in the 50s and 60s, I went to school in Alabama, and Louisiana, in Alabama, I took a class called civics. We learned about the Constitution and how the government worked. Kids don't get that any more. I'm not too sure they ever did out side the deep south. I'm sad to say, where I work I try to educate my coworkers who seem to know nothing of the Constitution. I have a small copy of it on my desk, and it is getting worn out from all the people reading it. They want to learn, but who is teaching?
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84,85% (28 of 33), which is very embarrassing, but considering that I left the US when I was 18 and haven't lived there for about 35 years, it really isn't all that bad.

I'm just sorry to see that my countrymen are voting shit-for-brains into office. I guess you get what you deserve.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1231476

You are over-qualified to be a politician, but you would make a good citizen!
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Mine:

You answered 27 out of 33 correctly — 81.82 %

Average score for this quiz during January: 74.9%



From the article:

"Overall, 74 percent of officeholders failed the exam, compared to 71 percent of those who had not held office."

My Gosh... FAILED? Like less than 60% score? 3/4 of them failed?

MY GOD, no wonder we have unconstitution CRAP going on called 'law'...

They should be removed from office if they cannot pass a civics examination. I have to take a big-ass test to have my State professional license and if I fail, no license.

And I have decision to spend maybe $250k a year.

They have decision to spend $4 TRILLION a year.

WTF?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1047074

One of those stupid fucks said a few months ago, "most of what we do in unconstitutional". And for that we pay that worthless piece of shit $178,000 a year. TIME FOR A CHANGE!
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static void

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75%

I missed some of them because I read them wrong. :|
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01/15/2011 08:22 PM
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75%

I missed some of them because I read them wrong. :|
 Quoting: static void


LOL
I seriously thought a couple of them were 'trick' questions.
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I got 23 out of 33 correct.. a 69.something Percent...

But I believe there is a lot of bullshitting going on in this thread... after reading many many posts on this site, I find it hard to believe many of you are smarter than me.

I noticed the scores on the 3rd page seemed more honest than the first 2 though... Maybe many of us with lower scores didn't report our results, and only the brainy smurfs of the bunch posted theirs, but the site average seems a bit high to me...

To that end, all of you who did well, congrads.. some of the questions were a bit tricky. I also don't see what relevance the actions of Franklin Roosevelt did in the 30s has on the issues of today.

Other than getting duped by the Federal Reserve, screwing all Americans, and permanently selling us all in to indentured servitude... However, I did notice that wasn't on the test.

They might as well have asked What Role the Barbie Doll did for US economic relations in the 50s for all it matters... it has about the same relevance as some o the questions.
 Quoting: Himie 1177014

If you study FDR you will find it is very relevant today. FDR was very popular, but he laid the ground work for a lot of very bad things that have come to fruition in the last 3 decades. He was not the first "big government progressive", but, he took it to a whole new level. If you understand history, you may not have to repeat it. We are just now reaping what FDR sowed. Knowing the history of America is almost as important as knowing the Constitution. Everyone needs to tell their reps in Washington that the Constitution is a literal, not a "dynamic" document. Please don't make us repeat history to learn that.
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See how smart we all are! lols stupid people running the country!
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if I did not feel so sad as I look at them. Sad because they do not know the truth and I do know it. Oh, how hard it is to be the only one who knows the truth! But they won't understand that. No, they won't understand it."
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87.8% :/
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84.85% and I'm not even a US citizen. I guess some of us deserve it more than others...
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these are the questions I got wrong..

Answers to Your Missed Questions:
Question #4 - What was the main issue in the debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas in 1858?
I answered C. Do Southern states have the constitutional right to leave the union? The supposed correct answer is B. Would slavery be allowed to expand to new territories?


Question #7 - What was the source of the following phrase: “Government of the people, by the people, for the people”?
I answered C. U.S. Constitution, the supposed correct answer is D. Gettysburg Address

Question #14 - The Puritans: I answered E. were Catholic missionaries escaping religious persecution, the supposed correct answer is B. stressed the sinfulness of all humanity.

Question #19 - The Scopes “Monkey Trial” was about: I answered C. prayer in the schools; The supposed correct answer is B. teaching evolution in the schools.

Question #33 - If taxes equal government spending, then: I answered A. government debt is zero; the suppoed correct answer is D. tax per person equals government spending per person.


Some stupid mistakes....
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84.85%
I thought I'd do better, but the questions I missed weren't directly about the Constitution.
I got all of those right.
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You answered 32 out of 33 correctly — 96.97 %


I missed #7, weirdly.
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Ditto. same score, same missed question.
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93.2% missed two
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got 25 out of 33. I am not even a citizen, did not study here, and know not much about American history. Prolly, I should run for office.
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score 88.5 pct
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84.85%
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84.85%
 Quoting: Mayor of Simpleton

I misread 2, and flat missed 3.

MoS
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I got one wrong. No. 7. Memorization was out of fashion by the time I got to school! I am sure my parents would have known the answer to that question.

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