McArdle is smarter than I am – or she knows more, at least. Apparently
she got 60 out of 60 questions right on this
quiz; I got 50 out of 60 and was pleased with that. I blame the fact that
I am not an American and did not receive an American education: I had no idea
there even was a president named Andrew Johnson, let alone what his fight with
the Radical Republicans might have been about. That said, the average Harvard
senior got fewer
than 42 questions right, so maybe it’s just a really hard test, or maybe
Harvard seniors aren’t as clever as everybody seems to think they are.
I’d be fascinated to find out the scores of the various presidential candidates
if this test were sprung on them. It would almost certainly tell us more than
any number of interminable debates. Interestingly, nearly all of Megan’s readers
(who revealed their score) got at most two or three questions wrong. I guess
they’re smarter than me, too.