Posted by: Chris Sandel | November 25, 2008

Civic Literacy Test

Yahoo has an article up now about dumb Americans.  You wouldn’t think it would still be news but I guess even this is surprising.  I guess a bunch of people were given a 33 question, multiple choice test about history, economics and civics.  On average people only managed 49% on the test but even worse, people reporting to have served in some capacity as an elected official only managed 44%.  On the high end, college educators scored 55%.

One of the questions was “name two countries that were our enemies during World War II.”  Thankfully sixty-nine percent of respondents correctly identified Germany and Japan.  Among the incorrect answers were Britain, China, Russia, Canada, Mexico and Spain.

If you’re curious you can take the quiz here.  It isn’t exactly easy but still 44% on average?  I managed 30 of 33 for 90.91%.  (Missed 4, 7, 29)



  1. Wow, that was hard! I still was well above the national average, but only at an 80%…

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