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    Looks like I beat you all! A big fat 40%. Oh yeah!

    But I wonder what the significance of knowing the exact year the constitution was written, declaration of independence adopted, etc. is. I never liked memorizing dates..

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    You don't need to know the exact year the constitution was written. My guess would have been earlier if it were a fill-in-the-blank question, but it was a multiple choice question and the year clearly couldn't have been any of the other possible choices. I knew the Declaration of Independence was 1776 but, again, someone with even a rudimentary knowledge of US history should have been able to pick it out of the four choices.

    I'm not big on memorizing numbers either, but 1776 (like 714), is a number central to being American. Anyone who doesn't immediately know the significance of each should immediately go to INS and register as a resident alien. Even ignoring the number questions, I agree that a lot of questions are just trivia. Some are important, such as who has the power to declare war and who selects Supreme Court justices. But I think it's less important that people know how many Supreme Court justices there are than that they understand the travesty of the Supreme Court's decision to halt the 2000 Florida vote recount.
    Bruce in CT

    Madness is something rare in individuals but in groups, parties, peoples, ages it is the rule. Friedrich Nietzsche

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