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  • Posted by  $  allosaur 1 year, 9 months ago
    Amendments, me dino pondered. Are there 28 or 27? 27 or 28? Hmmm . . I've gotten everything else right and I just know I'm in the ball park
    So I picked up my pocket sized paperback book of The Declaration and the Constitution of the United States of America that's always within reach of my PC, turned to the back of the book and read XXVII.
    Yay! I aced the test! I aced the test! Why? Me dino can read Roman numerals, that's why.
    Hooray for me dino! I aced the test!
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  • Posted by  $  Dobrien 1 year, 9 months ago
    23/24. I was wrong on the number of Supreme Court justices 8 was my wrong answer instead of nine.
    If the answers were not multiple choice. I probably would not have remembered Roberts as Chief Justice
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    • Posted by  $  blarman 1 year, 9 months ago
      Actually, the number of Supreme Court Justices is currently nine but has been as little as three. There is nothing in the Constitution which dictates the magical number of nine. I almost wish it were an even number so that decisions were more clear-cut. Of course, if we had an objective Supreme Court rather than an ideologically biased one it probably wouldn't matter...
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    • Posted by 1 year, 9 months ago
      Same here on Roberts. I got the number of justices in part because I knew it had to be an odd number (so there are no tie votes.)

      Those were two questions that I would not have included if I wanted to determine an applicant's suitability as a potential productive American who values free markets and individual liberty.
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      • Posted by Lnxjenn 1 year, 9 months ago
        I remembered Chief Justice Roberts because that's what most people refer to him as in reports or whatnot... ANd I remembered 9 because we've had 8 for the last year... now we're back to
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  • Posted by Jstork 1 year, 9 months ago
    My wife just took her Canadian Citizenship test. It is nice to know some of the general ideas and concepts, but it made me realise that there are many who pass the test and are a drain on society. There are also many born citizens that are a drain on society. I would rather see people make a positive contribution to the economy, mankind, and society than have them pass the test and make a negative influence.
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    • Posted by 1 year, 9 months ago
      Are you suggesting a qualification of productivity and self reliance in order to be an American?
      What a quaint and objective idea. ;^)
      Perhaps a loss of privileges (including voting) and published lists for anyone receiving benefits from the state of any as well.
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      • Posted by Jstork 1 year, 9 months ago
        That is a good point. How would we determine eligibility for citizenship? The idea of self reliance and not receiving benefits would be a good start. Criminal record is an obvious one. As for being objective: this is Galt's Gulch which follows the principal philosophy of the lady who wrote the book thus spawning all of this. As for voting: if you are on the dole, your votes can be bought by those who provide the money. If I was receiving benefits, I would certainly vote for the government who would give me the most.
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  • Posted by NealS 1 year, 9 months ago
    I wonder how many congressmen and/or senators today could pass this test. I'd bet there are some that couldn't, in fact I could name a few right now. Today Watters World kids can't even answer a few of these questions. How would they ever be expected to hold a government position of any authority and maintain our freedoms, the laws, and our constitution? It very well could/will become the end of this country as we know it today. Have we ever asked a candidate for office to take and pass even a basic citizenship exam? I'd think someone that thinks Guam might actually turn over might also night think that each star on our flag represents two senators.
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  • Posted by Lnxjenn 1 year, 9 months ago
    24/24 for me as well! I could debate a couple of those ;) But I know the general answer they want. I passed the UK citizenship test with flying colors as well! (I'm not a citizen, but I have my permanent residency. I'm here for my other half and work...) But history on both countries are very rich and interesting!
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  • Posted by  $  MikeMarotta 1 year, 9 months ago
    100% - I learned the basics from my grandparents' citizenship book.

    I had some quibbles with the test, of course. The "first President" was John Hanson, president of the Continental Congress. He is honored on a USPS stamp. Jefferson's draft of the Declaration was edited by the Congress. He did mostly write it, but he was not the sole author.

    The number of Amendments was close for me... I was afraid that I might have missed a recent one. But, no: I guessed right.
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    • Posted by 1 year, 9 months ago
      I agree there were some that technically had different answers, Mike. I probably would have chosen some different questions to encourage understanding of liberty and free markets instead of the "who was the first president" type of question.
      I doubt I'd have scored as well if the "right" answers weren't given in multiple choice form.
      Is knowing how to rationally reduce choice to one best choice a valid selection criteria?
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  • Posted by CircuitGuy 1 year, 9 months ago
    I got 21/24. I missed chief justice, number of justice (I thought it was 7), and the president during WWI.
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    • Posted by NealS 1 year, 9 months ago
      You probably just forgot. It's gotta have something to do with age, I missed two but already forgot which ones. The other day I almost went out for coffee without my shoes. My wife thinks I'm losing it, but I don't.
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  • Posted by preimert1 1 year, 9 months ago
    23/24 I thought it was 26 amendments and that
    overturning Citizen United would make it XXVII.
    ( I know, I know... but I live in CA and don't think corporations are people, although they are made up of people, each of whom can vote (except for undocumented aliens.
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