it’s not “life, liberty, and free government cheese.”


Check your American Civics knowledge here.  (Via Lissa.)

In order to defend your rights, you first have to know what those rights are.  If the current trend continues, nobody will have a freaking clue about the Constitution and our system of government in fifty years.  (Anyone who gets less than a C on that test–that’s 70%–should think long and hard before publically ranting about “activist judges”, the Bill of Rights, or civil liberties in general.)

24 thoughts on “it’s not “life, liberty, and free government cheese.”

  1. lenf says:

    87.88% Not bad for a 1971 High School graduate that had 45 days absent in his senior year. Of course, this has less to do with High School, or college for that matter, than it does with perception, observation, reasoning and purpose.

  2. theflatwhite says:

    100% :neener:

  3. Paul Simer says:


    Question #7 – What was the source of the following phrase: “Government of the people, for the people, by the people”?
    Question #8 – In 1935 and 1936 the Supreme Court declared that important parts of the New Deal were unconstitutional. President Roosevelt responded by threatening to:

    Not too terrible for someone who hasn’t had any formal civics training since third grade.

  4. Tony says:

    “You answered 26 out of 33 correctly — 78.79 %

    Average score for this quiz during November: 78.1%
    Average score: 78.1%”

    I am a native Finn who has never visited the USA, has no relatives in the USA, nor any other obvious connection to the USA.

    (And the questions I missed dealt mostly with US political history. Like #7 – heard the phrase before but damned if I could remember right then where it came from.)

  5. Kilgor says:

    29 out of 33 correctly — 87.88 %

  6. Crucis says:

    I got 31 of 33. Those two were tossups depending on how you read it. Never could remember what Susan Anthony was known for…

  7. Michael G. says:

    Born in Slovakia, living in Italy, never visited the USA: You answered 27 out of 33 correctly — 81.82 %

  8. 30) Which of the following fiscal policy combinations would a government most likely follow to stimulate economic activity when the economy is in a severe recession?

    There is no telling what our government will do — except that it will probably be wrong.

  9. LabRat says:

    I got the same score- wonder if we missed the same two questions…

  10. Stingray says:

    “There is no telling what our government will do — except that it will probably be wrong.”

    Fixed that for ya.

  11. Joat says:

    You answered 30 out of 33 correctly — 90.91 %

    30) Which of the following fiscal policy combinations would a government most likely follow to stimulate economic activity when the economy is in a severe recession?

    I miss read it, I read “What policy combination would most likely help to stimulate economic activity” and answered: D. decreasing both taxes and spending

    Government spending doesn’t stimulate the economy but politicians think they will get votes trying it.

    I graduated in 1991, most of the questions I didn’t learn in school, just out of high school I would have most likely scored in the 60’s or lower.

  12. Tam says:

    32 of 33.

    Their vote counts as much as mine…

  13. Anghara says:

    Dang it! Missed one 😦

  14. Oana says:

    30 out of 33 – 90.something percent correct. I missed three! 😦 (Though in my defense, I missed the same question as Joat, and for the same reason. The others were the FDR/Supreme Court question, and one on free enterprise. I was *about* to answer the right way. That count?)

    Scary. Just downright scary.

  15. MarkHB says:

    Missed a few. Not bad, given how long I’ve spent on the outside.

  16. Joat says:

    We’ve got a talk show host up here that likes to talk about the new deal and FDR packing the court, “A switch in time that saved nine.” which is the only reason I got that one right, I don’t remember learning anything about the new deal in school.

    I’ve read so much since high school that I have a hard time remembering where quotes come from, Heinlein, Rand, Jefferson, Goldberg, Kloos, Ringo … with as many creative and entertaining writers on the correct side how is this country going 180 degrees in the wrong direction? Oh yea nobody reads any more.

  17. MarkHB says:

    Many read, Joat. Few think. That’s the problem.

  18. took the tack of a quick read of questions and first-impulse on answers…3 minutes start to finish, but answering what should be rather than what “is” correct did not bode well for my score…missed five.

  19. divemedic says:


  20. Martini says:

    I missed the last one.
    yup their vote counts too. I always thought the slogan from the revolutionary war was great, No Taxation Without Representation. I think that it is time for a new one, No Representation Without Taxation. I am really tired of getting out voted by people that don’t pay taxes.

  21. crankylitprof says:

    32/33 for me, as well.

    Wish I could give it to my students, but I don’t think my liver could handle the alcohol it would take to block their scores from my consciousness.

  22. sasu says:

    Another 78% from Finland. Sorry, guys, I have not studied enough.

  23. williamthecoroner says:

    32 out of 33 for me as well.

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