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Think you're smart, do you?

Even though you are reading a blog written by one of Stalin’s stooges who put out the pinko Baltimore Sun, there is a chance that some of you are among those proud Amurricans furious over those illegal immigrants who are swarming into this country to pick vegetables for us.

And as proud native-born Amurricans, you derive much of that pride from knowing so much more about this nation and its greatness than those teeming hordes, etc.

So try this: There is a civic literacy test put out by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute that you can take online. If you are like a majority of your fellow citizens, you won’t do all that well. (Thanks to my colleagues at the Sun blog InsideEd for pointing the test out.) You can also read the institute's dispiriting report on its findings.

If you have not learned some humility after that, have a look at the sorts of questions and answers that are now being required of people seeking naturalized citizenship.

As for me, I’m in this country because a couple of centuries ago some Scottish landlord decided that it was more profitable to have sheep on the land than McIntyres. He was probably right.



Posted by John McIntyre at 1:17 PM | | Comments (2)


I'm not surprised most people wouldn't do well. It requires a knowledge of European philosophers, American history, the organization of the U.S. government and economics.

Shoot, I only scored 91.67%. Now I gotta go read up on Edmund Burke and the Monroe Doctrine.

I share disappointment in the result with the report authors.
I suspect that those of us reading this blog will be able to correlate our scores with the number of years having passed since our latest matriculation.
My personal weakness was on the impact of government pourchase of bonds. Thank goodness for finacial advisors and personal finace managers.

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John McIntyre, mild-mannered editor for a great metropolitan newspaper, has fussed over writers’ work, to sporadic expressions of gratitude, for thirty years. He is The Sun’s night content production manager and former head of its copy desk. He also teaches editing at Loyola University Maryland. A former president of the American Copy Editors Society, a native of Kentucky, a graduate of Michigan State and Syracuse, and a moderate prescriptivist, he writes about language, journalism, and arbitrarily chosen topics. If you are inspired by a spirit of contradiction, comment on the posts or write to him at
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