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Didn't do too good. 69.7%

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79% i am not sure how some of the questions were really civics related, i.e. the one about thomas aquinas et al.

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88% -- would've been higher if I went with my first instinct about Roosevelt and the Supreme Court, but gave him too much credit and second guessed myself.

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72.9 below the monthly average.

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Hey, I fell 2pts under CVC. I need to brush up on my 1850-1940 history.

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"You answered 28 out of 33 correctly — 84.85 %"

Not too shabby.

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The question about the philosophers is because the idea that all people hold similar ideas regarding basic rights and freedoms is the basis for Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights etc.

I never learned all of Ghettysburg address and it didn't seem to fit.

Also taxes and balancing the budget, they seemed to be saying the money goes back to the person that paid it in praportion.

And one more which I've forgotten.

87.8 or somthing.

A lot more usefull than Biden's copycat or Palin's kid.

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Thanks for sharing the link civet.

Did you folks read this link?

http://americancivicliteracy.org/2008/additional_finding.html

Based on the scores posted here, we are more civics literate than most.

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You answered 31 out of 33 correctly — 93.94 %

Huzzah!

the only reason i got that many right is i studied for (and passed) the test for US citizenship in 2006

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civetcat wrote:
The question about the philosophers is because the idea that all people hold similar ideas regarding basic rights and freedoms is the basis for Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights etc.

I never learned all of Ghettysburg address and it didn't seem to fit.

Also taxes and balancing the budget, they seemed to be saying the money goes back to the person that paid it in praportion.

And one more which I've forgotten.

87.8 or somthing.

A lot more usefull than Biden's copycat or Palin's kid.

The Gettysburg (note spelling) address is the most famous speech ever uttered by a political leader in this country. In something like two minutes -- only ten sentences -- Lincoln captured what was so important that a nation would tear itself apart in such a brutal maner, and refocus the nation on its goals.

Edward Everett, the most famous orator of his day, spoke for two hours before Lincoln -- and his words are now trivia reserved for scholars willing to dig deep enough. Many didn't even hear Lincoln, and his words have echoed like thunder through our country for 125 years.

Its presence in that quiz is entirely appropriate, because it's stamped on our DNA.

As for the philosopher question, the philosophical underpinnings of Greek democracy became the framework of democratic (small "D") principles throughout history and figured strongly in the minds of classically-educated founding fathers.

I really didn't get a sense that it was advocating proportional return of taxes, though -- just the idea that when taxes spent match taxes collected the amounts match. I missed that because for one thing, when income equals outgo, you don't have debt. For another, the 1:1 answer is deceptive -- in general, the people that pay the most taxes don't reap the same amount of tax dollars in return as those that pay little -- which is the whole point of a progressive tax structure.

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