Know your history & civics? Quiz

The USA Weekend for April 11-13, 2008 reported how poorly 14,000 seniors and freshmen at 50 institutions of higher education performed on a quiz about basic U.S. history and civics: the average score was a mere 52%, which probably included a lot of guesswork. Well, I could have told you how history-challenged we are from watching Jaywalking on The Tonight Show. I once watched as Mr. Leno asked someone when the War of 1812 took place–and the person got it wrong!

Take the civics quiz yourself. I did, and I scored considerably better than Harvard’s average of 69.6%, but not as well I would have liked.

Don't Know Much About History coverA People's History of the United States coverBrush up with books like Don’t know much about history (3rd-floor Main Collection, E178.25 .D37 1990) or A people’s history of the United States (Main Collection, E178 .Z75 2003). It could be a summer project! That way you won’t embarrass yourself if Jay Leno asks you questions from his little blue cards.

About Barbara

I am a Reference & Instruction librarian, head of that department in Andersen Library, an associate professor, and a member of the General Education Review Committee and Faculty Senate. I've been working at UW-W since July 1, 1990.
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