When I found this old 1954 Civics test, I thought it would be interesting to see if people today can still pass it.
How about eighth graders in 2015? Is it still a requirement for eighth graders to know the meaning of every constitutional amendment, or to recite the Preamble by memory?
Personally, I was able to answer most of the constitutional questions and questions about the structure of our government, but I’m embarrassed to admit I couldn’t list everyone in the president’s current cabinet…and, obviously, the cabinet positions have changed considerably since 1954.
This is a copy of eighth grader Kenny Hignite’s test. Back in 1954, he did very well — scoring a 98.5. (He answered “Who regulates inter-state [sic] commerce?” incorrectly. Kenny said state government, though the answer is Congress. He also said the president can make treaties if the Senate approves the treaty, but he left out “by 2/3 approval,” so he only got half a point.)
If you want to take the test yourself, we’ve included the questions at the bottom of the post without the answers. You can also just skim through Kenny’s answers if you prefer.
Does this seem too easy, too hard, or appropriate for an eighth grader? Let us know your opinion in the comments.
Let us know how you do, then challenge a friend to see if they’d still be able to pass the test by SHARING it with them.