|"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." -- Thomas Jefferson, 1816.|
The BBHQ Great American Civics Quiz tests your knowledge of the foundation and fundamentals of our government. We firmly believe it is your responsibility to be knowledgeable about the government that offers you the greatest opportunity in the world for freedom and individual success.
Most of the exams and quizzes at BBHQ are based on trivia. This quiz is different. If it were trivia, among other things, we would ask for the name that appears last on the Declaration of Independence.
This quiz is for boomers, their parents, children... and even the gen-Xers and today's kids. Please pass it up and down the line. You should all know this stuff... except for our non-American visitors; this quiz is not primarily for you. We think it would be nice if you knew these things... but we are not so self-centered that we think you should.
According to polls taken in 2004, 70% of the U.S. population is unaware
that a massive drug benefit has been added to the Medicare program. At
least 58 percent say they have heard "nothing" or "not much" about the
Patriot Act, notwithstanding the enormous amount of coverage the
controversial law has drawn. In 1996, The Washington Post reported that
67 percent of Americans could not name their congressman, and 94 percent
had no idea that William Rehnquist was the Chief Justice of the Supreme
Court. Only 26 percent knew the length of a term of a U.S. senator, and
73 percent didn't know that the federal government spends more on
Medicare than on foreign aid. In January 2000 the Gallup organization
found that while 66 percent of the public could name the host of "Who
Wants to be a Millionaire?" only six percent knew the name of the speaker
of the House. In 2003, a survey found that 58 percent of Americans could
not name a single federal cabinet department.
"The ignorant can be found in the highest reaches of academe. Of more than 3,100 Ivy League students polled for a University of Pennsylvania study in 1993, 11 percent couldn't identify the author of the Declaration of Independence, half didn't know the names of their U.S. senators, and 75 percent were unaware that the classic description of democracy -- 'government of the people, by the people, and for the people' -- comes from the Gettysburg Address." -- Jeff Jacoby.
This is appalling!
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