Civics lesson


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.

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11 Responses to Civics lesson

  1. Tiny Tim says:

    I call shenanigans. In what sense was the war of 1812 a “stalemate”? Britain achieved none or almost none of its objectives; the US achieved all or almost all of its objectives.

  2. mike d says:

    I had no idea there even was a president named Andrew Johnson,

    Felix, do you have a twenty-dollar bill in your pocket?

  3. mike d says:

    Excuse me, I read “Jackson”, not Johnson. But following the Clinton impeachment should have tipped you to the latter.

  4. Stefan says:

    I got 48 right — including a couple of embarrassing wrong ones that I’ll put down to rushing it.

  5. Matthew R. says:

    56. And I made some stupid mistakes.

  6. Taos says:

    54. You’re still wicked-smart in my book, Salmon. Besides, how many of those 100% cats can write with even 50% of the panache that you do?

  7. birgit helmchen says:

    46 (European MD, spend 3 years in the US)

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