November 6, 2006


Should you vote? I guess that these people want to tell you how informed you are. I got a 343 out of 350 - I got one of the people’s names wrong. But it counts for an 98% and an “A” and I have their blessing to vote. Wheee!

Well, anyhow I think its a decent quiz regarding how many people you can recognize and who you think they might be.

Post your score if you like, and your opinion about the role of being informed in exercising your vote.

Thanks to B.O.B. in the comments and Karen at verbatim for the link.

Posted by James at November 6, 2006 3:20 PM
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You scored 310 out of 350 possible points, or 88.57%: B+ You should update your knowledge and then vote.

Questions I got wrong:
- I did not recognize the Majority Leader of the United States Senate from his picture.
- I did not recognize the Secretary General Designate of the United Nations from his picture.
- I had Nancy Pelosi's job title incorrect.

Posted by: Chuck S. at November 6, 2006 3:54 PM

I got 3 wrong (for a score of 238/250). STill an A. I got one name wrong and also got his job wrong (both were semi-wild guesses); and there was one person whose name I got right, but got her job wrong. (Only a little bit wrong.) Yay, I can vote!

Posted by: Julie at November 6, 2006 3:54 PM

As far as whether or not it is a proper indication of how informed I am... well...

There's some attempt to weight the answers, but if I said that Harrison Ford was the president and George W. Bush was an actor, and got everything else correct, I'd still have scored a B, so clearly the weights aren't correct.

But with respect to recognizing someone from their picture. Well some of these people I have read many news stories about, or heard interviewed, and whatnot, without ever seeing a picture of them. There's no pictures on the ballot!

Connecting the job title with the name would probably be a little better way to tell how informed one is.

Also, I'm not sure why the celebrities enter into the score at all. If I mix up two celebrities I would lose points, but why? What difference does that make?

Anyway, it was an interesting test.

Posted by: Chuck S. at November 6, 2006 4:01 PM

Yeah. And what if you're blind? But still.

I think everyone who I know personally is qualified to vote.

Posted by: James at November 6, 2006 4:06 PM

I believe my score was 328/350 for 93.7%. Not bad. I had never heard of Ban Ki-moon but I should have known Nancy Pelosi after reading an article about her and congressional committees the other day.

Posted by: Mike at November 6, 2006 4:11 PM

It was interesting (and obviously flawed). I had to guess on quite a few but I think their point is just to say you should have some basic understanding of who these people are. You could usually puzzle out who someone was by the jobs that showed up. I think the inclusion of celebrities was to see if people know celebs better than they do their leaders.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at November 6, 2006 4:26 PM

I too failed on Ban Ki-moon and guessed it was nancy Pelosi and not Dianne Feinstein. Scary that 45% of people are failing their test. You'd have to be pretty out of it to fail (See Mike I could have said youd need to be a moron). unless it was on purpose. i was tempted to assign people silly titles.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at November 6, 2006 4:28 PM

Yes - Ban Ki-moon was my mistake as well.

Posted by: James at November 6, 2006 4:38 PM

If you get all the questions wrong, they suggest that you should move to France instead of voting.

Posted by: Chuck S. at November 6, 2006 4:47 PM

I got an A - You should definitely vote - but I don't know what a lot of these people look like! I can match names to job titles, but not names to pictures to job titles... oh, well, I shouldn't whine.

I wanted write-in answers for some of them... :-P

Posted by: Maggie at November 6, 2006 4:59 PM

Ban Ki-moon is also who I got wrong... and I guessed that Nancy was a Senator and not a Rep. Oops.

Since I read most of my news, I probably wouldn't have recognized as many faces if I didn't also watch the Daily Show. Jobs-to-names yes, but faces-to-names no.

Posted by: Julie at November 7, 2006 8:37 AM

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