Alex Massie

Are you smarter than a Harvard student? Probably...

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God knows how reliable this sort of sillyness really is (not very, probably) but:

Students at many of the country's most prestigious colleges and universities are graduating with less knowledge of American history, government, and economics than they had as incoming freshmen, with Harvard University seniors scoring a "D+" average on a 60-question multiple-choice exam about civic literacy.

According to a report released yesterday by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, the average college senior at the 50 colleges and universities polled did not earn a passing grade.

You can take the test yourself here. I confess I did so with much trepidation. It turns out that I don't know much about judicial review or how the bond market works. More embarrassingly I could do with revisiting just war theory. Still, 57/60 or 95% seems a satisfactory score for a foreigner. Leave your scores in the comments, if you dare...

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Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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