Survey of College Seniors

Knowledge of History and Literature
Conducted for the National Endowment for the Humanities
October 1989

You probably heard all about this test when the news media grabbed the results and shocked the nation with the average college student’s lack of knowledge. Here are some of the questions relating to early history and literature. See how you compare. The number after the answer is the percentage of correct answers on the original test.

Okay, these two aren’t exactly early period, but I love them.

Answers…The remaining answers were split almost exactly among the other three options.

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