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Students at many of the country's most prestigious colleges and
universities are graduating with less knowledge of American history,
government, and economics than they had as incoming freshmen, with
Harvard University seniors scoring a "D+" average on a 60-question
multiple-choice exam about civic literacy.

According to a report released yesterday by the Intercollegiate
Studies Institute, the average college senior at the 50 colleges and
universities polled did not earn a passing grade.

The quiz is here. I scored 100%. Take the quiz yourself; if incoming Harvard students are really scoring in the sub-70% range, I'd be shocked. Although it is heavy on economics, so I might be biased.

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Megan McArdle is a columnist at Bloomberg View and a former senior editor at The Atlantic. Her new book is The Up Side of Down.

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