Take a Quiz on U.S. History

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - 06:18 PM

It's easy to criticize politicians for getting their facts wrong about history and civics. Now it's time to test your own knowledge! Take this short quiz so we can get a small glimpse of what you do and don't know. We won't name and shame you, so please don't go Googling for answers.

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Adell

Hurrah, that's what I was seeking for, what a data! existing here at this website, thanks admin of this web site.

Mar. 07 2013 05:55 AM
chantelle from new york

thats was good ...love it

Jan. 07 2011 11:59 AM
robert chadis from oslo, norway

the most egregious flouting of the first amendment was the vietnam war, which served catholic missionary special interest against godless communism --- no usa national interest suffered by usa defeat --- the real defeat was usa starting it. and good relations with ho chi min would probably have prevented pol pot cambodian horror.

Oct. 29 2010 10:26 PM
erin

the declaration of independence was signed on july 4, 1776 by john hancock. most of them signed it on aug. 2, but hancock did indeed sign it on july 4

Oct. 26 2010 01:33 PM
Tucker from 58203

Isn't this what actually happened?:

In a debate at the Widener University Law School, Ms. O’Donnell interrupted her Democratic opponent, Chris Coons, as he argued that the Constitution does not allow public schools to teach religious doctrine.

Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?” Ms. O’Donnell asked him, according to audio posted on the Web site of WDEL 1150 AM radio, which co-sponsored the debate.

The audience at the law school can be heard breaking out in laughter. But Ms. O’Donnell refuses to be dissuaded and pushes forward.

“Let me just clarify,” she says. “You are telling me that the separation of church and state is in the First Amendment?”

When Mr. Coons offers a shorthand of the relevant section, saying, “government shall make no establishment of religion,” Ms. O’Donnell replies, “That’s in the First Amendment?”

It seems to me that she was asking her opponent if he thought he phrase was in the Constitution, or amendments, which we all know that it is not.

Oct. 22 2010 08:56 AM
Charles

Hey kids! Let's add one question to the Quiz!

We start with this statement, taken as a direct quote from The Takeaway's home page:

"Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell was criticized for not knowing whether the separation of church and state was in the First Amendment."

Question - Is "separation of church and state" mentioned in the First Amendment?

Answer - No. As regards the subject of religion, the First Amendment says only this; "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion..."

The oft-quoted phrase "separation of church and state is not in the First Amendment, a fact which is highly significant in Constitutional interpretation, wherein individula words in the document are given the closest possible scrutiny known to the law.

The phrase, "a wall of separation between church and state" is most commonly regarded as having come from a private letter, by Thomas Jefferson (who did not author the First Amendment) to a committee of the Danbury (CT) Baptist association in 1802.

The phrase "separation of church and state," while historically interesting, has no force and effect in Constitutional interpretation.

Oct. 21 2010 12:10 PM
Charles

Celeste Headlee just Tweeted this message this morning:

"CelesteHeadlee: Ppl remember Detroit for the 1970s black riot .But in history, it was almost always whites rioting & beating up blacks.Know your history."

Uh, Celeste. The Detroit riot was in 1967. Know your history.

Oct. 21 2010 11:25 AM
Steven from Brooklyn

This is a meaningless quiz. It is not significant to know whether July 4th is the day the Declaration of Independence was signed or the wording approved. We need to underdstand what it means and why it was important. Who is credited with the first American flag, who cares? I want to know about Abigail Adams, Betsy Ross, Eleanor Roosevelt or Martha Washington. Multiple choice questions like this are what's wrong with the teaching of U.S. history.

Oct. 21 2010 10:14 AM
Jim Steichen from Minnesota

Read "The Dirty Dozen, How Twelve Supreme Court Cases Radically Expanded Government and Eroded Freedom", ISBN: 978-1-935308-27-0. It contains important information that ALL citizens should know about!

Oct. 21 2010 07:19 AM

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