Government Literacy

They say that I missed 3 questions, but I’m going to argue with them about one answer.  The other two though, I blew fair and square.

Try it yourself  — American Civic Knowledge Survey

My results are below:

I’m going to argue that I only missed TWO.
The one in RED below is NOT WRONG – dammit.
My comments are in BLUE*

  • You answered 30 out of 33 correctly — 90.91 %If you have any comments or questions about the quiz, please email americancivicliteracy@isi.org.You can consult the following tableto see how citizens and elected officials scored on each question.(Be sure to check out the table to see how you compare with your elected officials)

Incorrect Answers

  • Question: What was the source of the following phrase: “Government of the people, by the people, for the people”?
    Your Answer: Declaration of Independence
    Correct Answer: Gettysburg Address
    Blew This One For Sure

  • Question: If taxes equal government spending, then:
    Your Answer: government debt is zero
    Correct Answer: tax per person equals government spending per person on average
    What pray tell, is the difference? 
    *Uh oh… I get it… Deficit isn’t the same as DEBT.  So I missed TWO.

  • Question: A flood-control levee (or National Defense) is considered a public good because:
    Your Answer: citizens value it as much as bread and medicine
    Correct Answer: a resident can benefit from it without directly paying for it
    All residents pay for National Defense and even levees.  Even residents who live in another county or state pay for levees.  This is BS!

I need to do some more studying.  How about you?

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