WASHINGTON (AFP) – US elected officials scored abysmally on a test measuring their civic knowledge, with an average grade of just 44 percent, the group that organized the exam said Thursday.
Ordinary citizens did not fare much better, scoring just 49 percent correct on the 33 exam questions compiled by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI).
"It is disturbing enough that the general public failed ISI's civic literacy test, but when you consider the even more dismal scores of elected officials, you have to be concerned," said Josiah Bunting, chairman of the National Civic Literacy Board at ISI.
"How can political leaders make informed decisions if they don't understand the American experience?" he added.
Bite me Washington: You answered 31 out of 33 correctly — 93.94 %
Have to say that one answer was definitely wrong, I haven't read the Gettysburg Address since I memorized it for a Boy Scout merit badge at twelve. The other was a crappy definition of a public good and I had to guess between two bad definitions.