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Congressional Aptitude Test

posted at 12:01 pm
on Apr. 16, 2003

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I found this on the Web recently.

It’s an interactive quiz that checks to see if you can identify the countries of North Africa, the Middle East and southwest Asia.

I got my butt kicked, though I could identify Iraq and Kuwait, among others, so that’s not shameful.  Syria gave me trouble.  Western Ethiopia is a complete mystery, and Bahrain?  Don’t get me started.  I wonder how many of the protesters against the war could correctly label 33% of these countries, or for that matter how many of the soldiers who died in this Iraq war could.

It’s a darn shame, and it’s also a tremendous example of what news on the Web could be doing—educating people, instead of pandering to them.



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