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1) Fossil fuels are renewable in a human lifetime.

2) The earth has existed for more than 10,000 years.

3) Republican Representative from Texas, Joe Barton said, “Wind is a finite resource”. Is it true or false that the top donor to Barton's re-election campaigns is Anadarko Petroleum?

4) The Tyrannosaurus Rex walked the earth with Jesus.

5) All radioactivity is caused by humans.

6) The scientific method is a system for acquiring new knowledge or correcting/integrating old knowledge. Which of the following is NOT included in the scientific method?

7) Which of the following gases is most prevalent in Earth's atmosphere?

8) Hydraulic fracturing is the process of doing what?

9) In the last 20 years, US taxpayers have spent over 100 billion dollars subsidizing corn and soy farming. What is one way to diversify the US farm market?

10) As of the writing of this test, the Environmental Protection Agency does not require gas companies involved in fracking to publicly list the chemicals they are injecting into the shale beds to extract natural gas. Would you and your family drink well water from these sites based on the assurances by the gas companies that the water is safe?

11) The Internet is the property of the United States government.

12) Former US Senator, Ted Stevens of Alaska, said the internet is "a series of tubes.” What exactly is the internet?

13) The National Security Agency collects data on US citizens without a warrant.

14) "Dynamic" websites are written using a range of different coding languages. Which of the following is NOT one of them?

15) As reported by the Nielsen Company, how many hours per week does the average American spend watching TV?

16) If you are arrested in the United States, the police do NOT have the right to search your cell phone without a warrant.

17) Bitcoin is a digital currency used by millions around the world. Who controls the Bitcoin network?

18) As of September 2014, which one of the countries listed below has the slowest broadband internet speed?

19) In 1983, 90% of the US media was owned by 50 companies. How many companies own 90% of the US media in 2014?

20) According to Enerdata’s “Global Energy Statistical Yearbook”, the US consumed less total energy in 2013 than it did in 2000.

21) The US government does not have an official national language.

22) "Dark money" is a term that refers to funds used to pay for an election campaign that are not disclosed to voters prior to voting.

23) From 2008 - 2013, approximately how often has the US bombed Pakistan?

24) The following passage: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." is found in which of the texts below?

25) What are TWO ways that US citizens can participate in their democracy?

26) Who does a U.S. Senator represent?

27) The United States of America is a:

28) A government that is an "oligarchy" is defined as:

29) The American Bar Association's Lobbying Reform Task Force conducted research in 2013 that suggested the number of working lobbyists in Washington DC is approximately 100,000. There are 535 members of Congress. Approximately how many lobbyists per member of Congress does that equal?

30) Of the following in the list below, which President has used executive orders the LEAST per year?

31) What is the official religion of the United States government?

32) Halliburton’s Pentagon contracts jumped from $483 million in 2002 to over $6 billion in 2006.

33) Donald Rumsfeld, George W. Bush, Paul Wolfowitz, and Philip Condit have all been accused of being war profiteers. The Merriam-Webster definition of a “profiteer” is the following:

34) Is woman’s suffrage generally considered good or bad for women?

35) Despite historic gains for minority representation in Congress, what percent of the Senate is still white?

36) A 2012 UNICEF study ranked 35 economically advanced countries according to the percentage of children living in poverty. What was the percentage of children in the US living in poverty and what is the rank of the US in this study?

37) The "Citizens United" legislation actually does more to unite corporations than citizens.

38) Which of the following is a right of every American citizen?

39) Todd Aiken, Republican and former US Representative from Missouri, said that when a rape is "legitimate", a woman's body has "ways to try to shut that whole thing down". When is rape "legitimate"?

40) As of March 2014, how many times have House Republicans voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act?

41) Which of the following is not part of a female’s reproductive organs?

42) The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the law that the US government is using to prosecute internet activists like Aaron Swartz, was enacted by Congress in what year?

43) As of September 2014, how many States still define marriage as only between a man and a woman?

44) Discrimination is the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things on the grounds of race, age, or gender.

45) What percentage of the new income created in the United States between 2009 and 2012 went to the wealthiest 1% of the population?

46) In the 1992 hit single, “Baby Got Back”, what does Sir Mix-a-Lot mean when he uses the word “Back”?

47) In a May 2014 Gallup Poll, what percentage of AMERICANS believe that “God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so”?

48) In a poll from Angus Reid Strategies, what percentage of CANADIANS believe that “God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so”?

49) The Common Core State Standards Initiative claims to “prepare America’s students for success”. Which of the four choices below is NOT mentioned in the Common Core Standards?

50) In March 2013, the “Harlem Shake” video hit 1 billion views on YouTube in just 40 days. Translated into English, what are the opening lyrics in the song?

51) The NRA’s annual revenue of over $200 million dollars is largely tax exempt under their 501(c)4 status. True or False: The IRS specifies that 501(c)4 organization are “operated exclusively for the promotion of social welfare”.

52) Shortly after the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, Wayne LaPierre, the Executive Vice President of the National Rifle Association, said “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun.”

53) The second amendment underscores several reasons for the right to bear arms. Paranoia is one of them.

54) Military veterans who fought in combat are offered free lifetime healthcare through the Veteran’s Administration.

55) Multiple independent studies have shown changes in students’ SAT scores when they take more courses in the arts during high school. Which of the following is true?

56) Mitch McConnell, Republican Senator from Kentucky, said America “has the finest healthcare system in the world.” The Commonwealth Fund ran studies on this in 2014, 2010, 2007, 2006, and 2004. Out of the ten developed nations they studied, which place did the US rank in all 5 studies?

57) How many federally recognized Native American tribes are there in the US today?

58) The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index is an international study of the state of democracy in 167 countries. In 2012, the US was ranked between South Korea and Costa Rica. Which place was this in the rankings?

59) According to the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, in the federal No Child Left Behind Act, “the arts share equal billing with reading, math, science, and other disciplines as “core academic subjects,” which can contribute to improved student learning outcomes.”

60) Wall Street financial traders use “OPM” as an acronym that stands for what?

61) The 2008 US Financial Bailout was more expensive than the Marshall Plan, Louisiana Purchase, Race to the Moon, S&L bailout, Korean War, New Deal, Iraq War, Vietnam War, and NASA’s lifetime budget combined.

62) Since World War II, the United States’ measure of gross domestic product (GDP) during Democratic administrations compared to that of Republican administrations has been what?

63) The International Labour Organization’s “Global Employment Trends 2013” report shows that over 206 million people were unemployed in 2013. If this was a country, it would be the 5th largest country in the world.

64) In March of 2007, just months before the sub-prime mortgage crisis and subsequent US financial collapse, executives at Morgan Stanley sarcastically suggested which of the following as names for one of their sub-prime CDOs?

65) According to US employers, which of the following is a top three personality trait most important to career success?

66) The US Bureau of Economic Analysis reported in 2013 that 3.2 percent of GDP ($504 billion) was attributable to the Arts and Culture sector. Is it true that this is more than the US Travel and Tourism sector?

67) The People’s Commission for an Educated Government feels that, “At no other time in our history has it been more important for the People to maintain a standard level of intelligence in our elected officials.”

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