Here's the current exam. And here's the new exam.
Now:Ya hear that, current administration?
Q: How many branches are there in the United States government?
A: There are 3 branches.
Q: Why do we have three branches of government?
A: So no branch is too powerful.
Of course, it's good that this question from the old exam is being changed, since it conflicts greatly with the way Bush seemed to characterize the First Branch's relationship to war in this morning's news conference:
Question 71. What group has the power to declare war?And the Federalist Papers get a question (well, maybe, since they are still deciding on the final 100 questions out of a larger list of contenders). That should make a good Stag or Athena smile appreciatively. I'd like to see a fill in the blank: "Ambition must be made to counteract ______________."
A71. Congress has the power to declare war.
And I want to know if inventor of the bifocal and Franklin stove count for this question:
95. Name one thing Benjamin Franklin is famous for.
A:Oldest member of the Constitutional Convention
A:First Postmaster General of the United States
A:Writer of "Poor Richard's Almanac"
The new version doesn't seem vastly different, but it certainly aims more toward indoctrination over mere facts. That's not a wholly bad thing - though since political philosophy nuances will get lost in the shuffle, it makes this gov major wince a bit every now and again. Like this one:
26. Who does a U.S. Representative represent?Were the answer only that simple!
A: All people of the district