Maybe all voters should take this test

**Posted by Phineas

Yeah, I know. Requiring tests in order to vote is an old trick from Jim Crow days to deny people their right to vote. The idea, having been thus spoiled, will never fly again, even if applied without discrimination to all.

Still, I have some sympathy for saying one can’t vote until getting at least a 75% score on this Civic Literacy Exam. Here’s a sample question:

“What are the three branches of government?”

  • executive, legislative, judicial
  • executive, legislative, military
  • bureaucratic, military, industry
  • federal, state, local

What scares me is how many voters would fail.

My results? 31 out of 33. I missed the Lincoln-Douglas question and one of the economics questions. I hang my head in shame.

How about you?

via Moe Lane

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

13 thoughts on “Maybe all voters should take this test

  1. 32/33. And it was one of the econ questions! That really torques me.

    And not only to graduate from high school, but to become a citizen, too.

  2. Aced it. :d

    Most questions (like Phineas’ example above) were obvious (unless you’re an OWS parasite or average Obamabot), but for the others you could toss out three of the five choices and then make an educated guess on the remaining two.

  3. 31 of 33. It has been known for a long time the average graduating high school senior could not even pass the test required for citizenship. But we can teach Obama jingles, can’t we. BTW, I’m a retired teacher.

  4. My son, who is 12 and in 7th grade, got 26 of the 33 right with no prodding from me. :) Not too bad for a padawan.

  5. Question for you, Chris: Is your son home-schooled, private schooled or indoctrination-camped?

    And another BTW, I also used to teach, many lifetimes ago, back when the movement to let students teach themselves was just getting started.

  6. I got 30 out of 33 and I am very embarrassed. I got the first amendment question wrong because I didn’t read it. The other 2 questions I genuinely didn’t know.

  7. 32/33 :((

    I protest the question about capitalism. Responsiveness to local circumstances in pricing is not a necessary feature of a market economy. An iPad cost the same in Bangor as it does it New York City. Private property rights and contracts are inherent in a market system, and contribute to the general prosperity. >:p

  8. 32/33

    I protest the question about capitalism. Responsiveness to local circumstances in pricing is not a necessary feature of a market economy. An iPad cost the same in Bangor as it does it New York City. Private property rights and contracts are inherent in a market system, and contribute to the general prosperity.

  9. A couple of those questions were worded poorly and I went gut instinct on. It worked but I can see why a few “wrongs” for others are probably not really wrongs.

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