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Old 11-23-2008, 02:21 PM   #21
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Apologies to anyone on the forum who scored below 50% - unless you area an elected US official - then SHAME ON YOU, YOU IDIOT!
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That's okay. I'm used to failing tests. There aren't many I passed after age 14. 48.48% was about my average.
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Old 11-23-2008, 02:33 PM   #22
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93.94% - Missed questions 7 and 33...
Same score. I missed the one about Puritans, and the anti-federalists influence.

I am not so sure I agree with their interpretation of what the Puritans were about. I think they wrote their question based on the popular use of the word Puritanical, not on the actual histroy of the Puritans. I believe they were more about religious freedom than "the sinfulness of all humanity".

After all, sinfullness was a pretty strong concept everywhere back then. The Puritans got their start in England over dissatisfaction with established religions, and in fact left England to escape the Church of England. They formed the intellectual elite of New England, founded most the great universities, were governors and divines and scientists.

he Puritan movement was a broad trend toward a militant, biblically based Calvinistic Protestantism -- with emphasis upon the "purification" of church and society of the remnants of "corrupt" and "unscriptural" "papist" ritual and dogma -- which developed within the late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Church of England. Puritanism first emerged as an organized force in England among elements -- Presbyterians, Independents, and Baptists, for example -- dissatisfied with the compromises inherent in the religious settlement carried out under Queen Elizabeth in 1559. They sought a complete reformation both of religious and of secular life, and advocated, in consequence, the attacks upon the Anglican establishment, the emphasis upon a disciplined, godly life, and the energetic evangelical activities which characterized their movement. The Presbyterian wing of the Puritan party was eventually defeated in Parliament, and after the suppression in 1583 of Nonconformist ministers, a minority moved to separate from the church and sought refuge first in the Netherlands and later in New England .

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Old 11-23-2008, 02:36 PM   #23
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That's okay. I'm used to failing tests. There aren't many I passed after age 14. 48.48% was about my average.
Working 12 hour shifts of manual labor earns a lot more respect from me than most of our politicians earn, so good for you!

Some people have problems with written tests, or retaining certain types of info. The important thing is to keep looking for something you can excel at and work it to your advantage.

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100% !! (and no one is more surprised than am i)

guess i'm not surprised, however, by the "achievement" of our elected officials as it seems consistent with their "achievement" in office.
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Old 11-23-2008, 04:35 PM   #25
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I am not so sure I agree with their interpretation of what the Puritans were about. I think they wrote their question based on the popular use of the word Puritanical, not on the actual histroy of the Puritans. I believe they were more about religious freedom than "the sinfulness of all humanity".

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Roger Williams and Anne Hutchinson might have had a rather different view about the Puritans' commitment to religious freedom.
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Missed 26 and 29. 26 because I was going to fast and 29 on the fence on the answer.

Really thought I scored 100%.
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Old 11-23-2008, 06:04 PM   #27
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87.88% (-4). I thought that I got them all correct. Hubris?
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Old 11-23-2008, 07:13 PM   #28
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I got the same, but I'm an Aussie, so my excuse is.......errrrmmmmm.....have no clue what conclusion to draw from that

Most of my failures were in the US historical areas, not surprising since I have no clue about who said what, when and why in the 'mercan context

But a lot of the questions related to fundamental, self-evident matters of democracy and decency, so my Aussie-ness at least counts a bit

Cheers (wondering how well other non-US peeps did)
Im impressed, mbooth -- I doubt I would do anywhere near as well as you did, on a test written for Australians.

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Missed #11 and #13, better than I thought. I am usually good with tests, and guessed quite a few right.
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Old 11-23-2008, 07:42 PM   #30
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You answered 29 out of 33 correctly 87.88 %

Worse than I should have, but better than I expected.

I too disagree with
#33. If taxes equal government spending, then:
A. government debt is zero.

I think it means the budget is balanced, but the government can still have a huge debt from the previous administration, as in our present state of affairs.
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I scored a 30/33.

I wasn't a fan of question 27:

27) Free markets typically secure more economic prosperity than government’s centralized planning because:
A. the price system utilizes more local knowledge of means and ends
B. markets rely upon coercion, whereas government relies upon voluntary compliance with the law
C. more tax revenue can be generated from free enterprise
D. property rights and contracts are best enforced by the market system
E. government planners are too cautious in spending taxpayers’ money

I was not thoughtful enough and answered D, but C seems like a true statement. But I guess the causality is slightly circular, which nullifies it. Centrally planned economies have lower growth rates, which means they can take in less taxes over time, leading to its demise.
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You answered 28 out of 33 correctly 84.85 %

Is that OK for a citizen/resident of Canuckistan?
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Old 11-24-2008, 06:19 PM   #34
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You answered 28 out of 33 correctly 84.85 %

Is that OK for a citizen/resident of Canuckistan?
Hell kumquat, you left the average US citizen in your dust. Move down -- we clearly need smarter voters.

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84.85%. Interesting test. Think I will pass it along. Was it all civics or was there a little history in there, too. Cuban missle crisis is one of the questions I question.

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You answered 24 out of 33 correctly 72.73 %

history was always my worst subject. we were taught with timelines and regurgitation, not through any kind of real thinking.
i love to watch History Channel today.
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29/33.

heh heh heh - And they are of course wrong - not me cause I have a Curmudgeon certificate and being retired I don't let silly facts confuse me.
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Got 32/33 but missed:

33) If taxes equal government spending, then:A. government debt is zeroB. printing money no longer causes inflationC. government is not helping anybodyD. tax per person equals government spending per personE. tax loopholes and special-interest spending are absent

I must be very tired!

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There is a link in the first post...
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