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American Civic Literacy
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This article was in the local paper (News and Observer) talking about how kids can program ipods but can't tell you what state the battle of Yorktown was fought.  60 questions, takes about 30 minutes I would guess.  If interested great, if not, oh well.
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#5 | 2481 days ago

(Edited by Shrugging Atlas)
Mike0513 wrote:
i couldnt  tell you where the battle of yorktown took place because i havent been taught that stuff since i was in elementary school. It doesnt make me any dumber not knowing where a pre 1900's battle took place. I would take my knowledge about how a computer works or how to fix a car engine than where prissy englishmen faught a long time ago.

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

-- George Santayana

 

I don't agree with anybody that would call you "dumber" for not knowing your history.  You make a valid point regarding focusing on more practical knowledge.  However, the study of history does have it's place.  It's the people who don't know their "pre 1900's" history that think 09/11/2001 was the first time America was ever attacked by Islamofascists...it wasn't...

  
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#1 | 2481 days ago

42/60  Interesting/educational at the least.
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#2 | 2481 days ago

i couldnt  tell you where the battle of yorktown took place because i havent been taught that stuff since i was in elementary school. It doesnt make me any dumber not knowing where a pre 1900's battle took place. I would take my knowledge about how a computer works or how to fix a car engine than where prissy englishmen faught a long time ago.
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#3 | 2481 days ago

It is spelled fought.  Just saying.

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#4 | 2481 days ago

I got 34 out of 60.  My high school history teacher would be disappointed in me.  Sorry Mr Mello.
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#5 | 2481 days ago

(Edited by Shrugging Atlas)
Mike0513 wrote:
i couldnt  tell you where the battle of yorktown took place because i havent been taught that stuff since i was in elementary school. It doesnt make me any dumber not knowing where a pre 1900's battle took place. I would take my knowledge about how a computer works or how to fix a car engine than where prissy englishmen faught a long time ago.

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

-- George Santayana

 

I don't agree with anybody that would call you "dumber" for not knowing your history.  You make a valid point regarding focusing on more practical knowledge.  However, the study of history does have it's place.  It's the people who don't know their "pre 1900's" history that think 09/11/2001 was the first time America was ever attacked by Islamofascists...it wasn't...

#6 | 2481 days ago
nykmac (+)

45 out of 60
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#7 | 2481 days ago

That's 51/60, for 85% (not sure which number we were supposed to answer the poll with).
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#8 | 2481 days ago

51/60...not bad at all
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#9 | 2480 days ago

I was perfect through 57, but I got 58 and 60 wrong, the latter only because in my haste to finish I clicked (c) where I meant (b).  I can't, though, defend my answer to 58; I said picked "an increase in interest rates" as a major effect of the purchase of bonds by the Federal Reserve, but such a purchase, of course, tends to result in a decrease in interest rates--I can only imagine that my mind fixed on "interest rates" and didn't bother to read the complete choice.  
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#10 | 2478 days ago

37 out of 60
61.67  
#11 | 2473 days ago

LOL

 

39/60

65%

and i have a bachelor's degree in History.

 

though i must say multiple guess tests are the worst way to determine anything, and in all my years as a history student 80% of the tests and 100% of them at the junior and senoior level were essay questions.

 

interseting though thanks for the link.

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#12 | 2473 days ago

the buisness/ economy questions saved me lol
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#13 | 2453 days ago

29/60 .  I never was good at History.
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