Your Civics IQ

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute cooked up a 60-question quiz it says proves U.S. college students are a bunch of dolts and ignoramuses when it comes to knowing basic American history and civics. You can’t take the full quiz, apparently, but there’s a five-question sample version online. Go take it. Then report back: How did you do? (Grading scale is as follows:

5 of 5 correct: You’re Ben Franklin, coolest, smartest American ever and inventor of the $100 bill.

4 of 5: You’re James Madison, main man of the Constitution who let the Brits burn the White House.

3 of 5: You’re Al Gore: Way smart, inventor of Internet and “Love Story” model, but haunted by failure.

2 of 5: You’re Warren G. Harding, and your biggest accomplishment is dying in office.

1 of 5: You’re George W. Bush, and you have never liked quizzes.

0 of 5: You’re just you, and we love you for it.

10 Replies to “Your Civics IQ”

  1. Well, I’m worse than James Madison. I’m a James Madison dolt, having missed the one real constitution question. Damn. I always thought that was a joke.
    P.S. Love the grading scale. That was your doing, I take it.

  2. I’m a Ben Franklin braniac but I had to guess on number 5 because “The average cost of a luxury car ad during primetime reality TV shows” was not a possible answer.
    And Marie, Constitution, Declaration of Independence… It’s like “rights”? We’re guarateed rights? Is that a trick question?

  3. Okay, these are very easy questions. But just walk into a shopping mall in “Anytown, USA” and lay some of these questions on the random sampling.

  4. Easy is all relative and based on what we are taught. The only one I got wrong was the NATO one and I argue this is because the origins of NATO are not talked about to those who didn’t reach high school before “The End of Communism.”

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