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How’s Your Civic Literacy?

How well do you know the Bill of Rights? Can you rattle off the separation of powers? Are you pretty sure that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech wasn’t about this one time where he was flying, and then he started falling, and then, right before he hit the ground, he woke up?

Well, prove it by taking the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) Civics Quiz. The test comprises 33 basic-function-of-government questions ranging from the laughable to the tricky. (Sadly, in a recent ISI survey, the average score among test-takers was just 49 percent.)

I managed to pull in (warning: nerd bragging ahead) a 90.91 percent. In fairness, though, that should have been a 93.94, as I damn well know the three branches of government aren’t “bureaucratic, military, industry.” I just clicked the wrong button!