Thursday, January 6, 2011
Born In The USA.
Today's Christian Science Monitor has the test that immigrants have to pass (among other things) in order to qualify for U.S. Citizenship. To pass, they have to answer 58 of 96 questions correctly.
Now, immigration is always a hot-button topic, so let's not get into that. I've got another idea. I'm thinking, if you're born in the U.S., you should have to take the test when you turn...oh, 18 or so. And if you can't pass it, you should be evicted.* Voted off the island! If you grew up in the U.S. and haven't, somehow by osmosis, managed to absorb the answers to the vast majority of these questions...well, I suppose institutionalization might be an acceptable excuse.
Go ahead and take the test. I'll warn you, though; the website's a pain in the ass. You have to click the on your answer, wait for the next page to load showing whether or not you got it right, and then click again to move on to the next question. It'll take you about 10-15 minutes with a decent internet connection.
I got 95 of 96 right. I'm convinced that I actually got 96 right and that the test has a wrong answer. (I'll say which one in the comments so I don't give it away here.) Also; Clue #1: the post went up today, so if one answer was correct on January 3rd and a different one is correct today, go with being up to date. Clue #2: There are a couple of times where the answer could be considered debatable; stick with the common simple answer.
*I haven't worked out where we should send these people but I should think it wouldn't be that hard to think of some country that's pissing us off and we could just air-drop them there, right? We could even have a rotating roster of who we pawn them of on -- just to keep things fair, ya'know?
Posted by Nathan at 1:05 PM