Are you an out-of-touch elitist or a student of "Real America"? Take this quiz and find out how well you know the people you share this country with.
Charles Murray has been the academic of the moment since the release of his latest book, "Coming Apart," which looks at the growing divide among the classes in America. Part of his argument centers on the idea that not only are we moving away from each other economically, but that upper-class Americans are becoming increasingly ignorant of those who aren't like them. As Murray suggests, “It is not a problem if truck drivers cannot empathize with the priorities of Yale professors. It is a problem if Yale professors, or producers of network news programs, or CEOs of great corporations, or presidential advisers cannot empathize with the priorities of truck drivers." That's because there are more truck drivers than Yale professors, but it's the Yalies who are more likely to influence public policy. If they don't understand what it's like to be part of the mainstream, then everyone pays the price for that. We don't all have to be alike, but we should at least be aware of how others live.
Murray's book even contains a 25-question quiz that allows you test your personal knowledge and experience of those "other" Americans, which as John Carney of CNBC showed us, is available as a sample chapter on Murray's website. The goal is not tp find out how rich you are, but whether you know anything about the people who live a different lifestyle.