Thursday, September 20, 2007

What's Important to You? or, Are You an Average American?

Quiz One

1. To whom does "TomKat" refer (two people)? Bonus point: what is their child's name?

2. This season will be the --th season of America's Next Top Model.

3. What's the name of the rehab facility where Britney Spears stayed most recently?

4. Justin Timberlake's first solo single was ...?

5. Paris Hilton's little dog is named -----.

6. Name three famous members of the Coppola family.

7. Where was the first season of Survivor filmed? Who won?

Quiz Two

1. How many millions of Americans are uninsured (to the nearest ten million)?

2. Name three infectious diseases that could be easily treated in the developing world if cheaper drugs were made available.

3. Name one of your state's senators.

4. Name the current president or prime minister of three foreign countries.

5. True or false: When prisoners are put to work in department of corrections shops, they must be paid state minimum wage.

6. This is the court decision that legalized contraception in the United States.

7. True or false: the United States is the only country in North America AND Europe to allow the death penalty.

ANSWERS:
Quiz 1
1. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. Daughter, Shiloh.
2. 9th. I think.
3. Promises--wasn't it?
4. I honestly don't know.
5. Tinkerbell.
6. Sofia Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola, Jason Schwartzman
7. I really don't know. Didn't Richard Hatch win?

Quiz 2
1. 40 million (43 million).
2. Malaria, AIDS, Dengue fever
3. For me, Claire McCaskill.
4. Vladimir Putin, Russia; Angela Merkel, Germany; Felipe Calderon, Mexico
5. False. Most make about 60 cents a day.
6. Griswold vs. Connecticut
7. True. Other death-penalty countries include the likes of China, Cuba, Nigeria, and North Korea: ie, countries with histories of atrocious human rights violations.

So...how'd you do? And how do you think the average American would do? Keep in mind that more people voted in the last season of American Idol than voted in the 2000 presidential election, almost twice as many people can identify Arnold Schwarzenegger as can identify Nancy Pelosi, and ONE IN FIVE people couldn't name the current vice president. For real: look here.

In other interesting news, people who watched the Daily Show or the Colbert Report were among the best informed of all citizens; Fox News watchers (ha!) among the worst. Draw your own conclusions. I, for one, feel ill.

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