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Topic: Are you a smart global citizen
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (May 25, 2009 08:00PM)
In response to the "Dumb American" quiz, I have made up my own little set of questions. I'll only post the questions for now and I ask that you say how many you think you know (no googling until after you are done) and maybe comment on easy and hard questions. I'll post what I believe to be the correct answers once activity settles down.

Here goes:
[list=1]
[*]Who is the current secretary-general of the United Nations as of May 25, 2009)?
[list=a]
[*]Ban Ki-moon, South Korea
[*]Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Egypt
[*]Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, Peru
[*]Kofi Annan, Ghana
[/list]
[*]Who was the world’s first elected president or prime minister?
[list=a]
[*]Golda Meir, Israel
[*]Indira Gandhi, India
[*]Margaret Thatcher, Great Britain
[*]Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike, Sri Lanka
[/list]
[*]Who will host the 2010 Winter Olympics?
[list=a]
[*]Lillehammer, Norway
[*]Sochi, Russia
[*]Turin, Italy
[*]Vancouver, Canada
[/list]
[*]What treaties set the standards for international law for humanitarian concerns?
[list=a]
[*]The Geneva Conventions
[*]NAFTA
[*]The Wanfried Agreement
[*]The Yalta Agreement
[/list]
[*]Who of the following has [b]not[/b] won the Nobel Prize for literature?
[list=a]
[*]Doris Lessing, United Kindom
[*]J. M. G. Le Clézio, France
[*]Jorge Luis Borges, Argentina
[*]Orhan Pamuk, Turkey
[/list]
[*]In what country would you find the famed “Terracotta Warriors”?
[list=a]
[*]China
[*]India
[*]Japan
[*]Mongolia
[/list]
[*]Which is an Australian state?
[list=a]
[*]East Timor
[*]Northern Territory
[*]South Island
[*]Tasmania
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[*]Why is November 11, 1918 important?
[list=a]
[*]The armistice between Germany and the Allies was signed.
[*]The first person died of the Spanish Influenza, marking the start of the pandemic.
[*]The first mass produced automobile left the assembly line.
[*]Penicillin was first isolated in the laboratory.
[/list]
[*]China and India are the two most populous countries in the world. Who is third?
[list=a]
[*]Brazil
[*]Indonesia
[*]Pakistan
[*]United States of America
[/list]
[*]Who successfully invaded Russia from 1237 to 1240 CE?
[list=a]
[*]The Chinese
[*]The Japanese
[*]The Mongols
[*]The Ottomans
[/list]
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John
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (May 25, 2009 08:02PM)
What is "CE"?
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (May 25, 2009 08:06PM)
"Common Era"---It's secular for A.D.

John
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (May 25, 2009 08:06PM)
Never mind... That's what folks use so they don't have to acknowledge the possibility of the existence of God...
Message: Posted by: balducci (May 25, 2009 08:16PM)
Question 2: you mean first elected FEMALE, don't you?
Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (May 25, 2009 08:49PM)
I thought the same thing Balducci...shame, if they can't ask the question right what value can one give to the answers? If it helps I know pretty much all of the answers including number 2 if you mean female. I don't know number five.

I'm not a citizen of the world by the way, no one is.
Message: Posted by: Jonathan Townsend (May 25, 2009 09:07PM)
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On 2009-05-25 21:16, balducci wrote:
Question 2: you mean first elected FEMALE, don't you?
[/quote]

I did not know one could be elected female.
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (May 25, 2009 09:40PM)
Yes, I did mean the first elected female president or prime minister. Sorry.

But how about the questions? How are we doing in our knowledge of the world outside our own borders?
Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (May 25, 2009 09:40PM)
My niece elected to go male....
Message: Posted by: RicHeka (May 25, 2009 09:57PM)
Global? I am a proud citzen of the United States...and an enquiring traveler of the Cosmos.
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (May 25, 2009 10:07PM)
It's amusing how many non-Americans are willing to take the "America" quiz. So far, Santa and Balducci the only ones who indicate that they've given the questions any consideration. And only Santa estimates his score.

Curious.

John
Message: Posted by: balducci (May 25, 2009 10:28PM)
I guess my score was 7 out of 10. I was in the dark on two of the questions. The other, it was between 2 choices. But I should get a bonus mark for first identifying the mistake in Q2. :)
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (May 25, 2009 11:01PM)
OK 8/10 for Balducci. (Pending review, of course.)

John
Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (May 25, 2009 11:04PM)
Actually it wasn't difficult and I think it is a very fair test at least to me. Remember I spent 20 years in international trade so I kept track of what was going on and I remember the most useless information but if I meet someone I'll likely have no clue what their name is 20 minutes later. At two of the answers were found by elimination, such as the state in Australia.
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (May 25, 2009 11:26PM)
Thank you. I was trying to match the difficulty of the "Smart American" quiz.

John
Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (May 26, 2009 12:00AM)
Ha! you did it!
Message: Posted by: Scott Cram (May 26, 2009 12:06AM)
[quote]
On 2009-05-25 21:06, ClintonMagus wrote:
Never mind... That's what folks use so they don't have to acknowledge the possibility of the existence of God...
[/quote]

Really? When Jewish people refer to the Gregorian calendar, they use CE and BCE, and last time I checked, they professed a belief in the same god as Christians.

Since we're discussing smart global citizenry here, I should point out that the CE/BCE scientific notation is more widely used terms than BC/AD, which is probably why the question was phrased as it was.
Message: Posted by: Destiny (May 26, 2009 12:10AM)
I think 8 unless my slightly educated guesses for 3 and 5 pay off.
Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (May 26, 2009 12:57AM)
I say the Nobel Prize sucks!
Message: Posted by: Scott Cram (May 26, 2009 03:22AM)
...especially when they call you to tell you you've won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry at 3 AM, and you're still struggling with college science!

(Speaking from personal experience, anyway)
Message: Posted by: Mr. Mystoffelees (May 26, 2009 07:20AM)
[quote]
On 2009-05-25 22:07, Jonathan Townsend wrote:
[quote]
On 2009-05-25 21:16, balducci wrote:
Question 2: you mean first elected FEMALE, don't you?
[/quote]

I did not know one could be elected female.
[/quote]

Good one, Jonathan! If so, I elect Perez Hilton...
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (May 26, 2009 08:17AM)
[quote]
On 2009-05-25 22:40, MagicSanta wrote:
My niece elected to go male....
[/quote]

She had an addadikontome?

I didn't take either test and think they are both a waste of time so I guess that proves me American huh?

Although as I write this I am watching Rush. One of my favorite bands and they are from Canada, and just before them was a special on The Who, whom I really like and are from England. So maybe I am a citizen of the world after all.
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (May 26, 2009 08:25AM)
[quote]
On 2009-05-26 09:17, Dannydoyle wrote:
[quote]
On 2009-05-25 22:40, MagicSanta wrote:

I didn't take either test and think they are both a waste of time so I guess that proves me American huh?

Although as I write this I am watching Rush. One of my favorite bands and they are from Canada, and just before them was a special on The Who, whom I really like and are from England. So maybe I am a citizen of the world after all.
[/quote]

You're going global Danny. Might as well take the next step and answer the questions...
Message: Posted by: abc (May 26, 2009 11:53AM)
I am certain of 7 can offer educated guesses on 2 and have never had any interest in the nobel prize winners for literature or have never been able to recall their names.
Much more interesting than the other quiz so Kudos Mr John.
Message: Posted by: spatlind (May 26, 2009 12:30PM)
I reckon I'm good for 8 of 10
Message: Posted by: spatlind (May 26, 2009 12:44PM)
7 as it turns out
Message: Posted by: cfrye (May 26, 2009 02:51PM)
I think I know 9 of 10, missing out the Literature Nobel.

Truth in advertising: 8. Missed the female president/prime minister and Nobel in Literature questions.


Curt
Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (May 26, 2009 03:30PM)
Yes, my ugly niece is now my studly nephew and he got married to a lovely lesbian. I was speaking to the wife, she is my pal and a complete doll, and asked her if she considered my 'nephew' to be a guy since it would kind of be odd since the wife is into women. The wife told me she considers him to be a reallllly butch woman. All I know is they are both really nice kids and we love 'em both (I think we like the wife more than the nephew!) but the family on the other side, nephews mothers side, completely rejected them both.

My nephew could pass the test.

Oh, speaking of women world leaders I would like to submit that the first unofficial female president was Woodrow Wilsons wife Edith (Wilson was one of our greatest presidents by the way). I say this because Wilsons health was so bad toward the end of his second term it was pretty clear Edith was making the decisions on his behalf. A salute to Edith!
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (May 28, 2009 02:29PM)
I suspect that most people who did the quiz checked their own answers, but here are the responses that I believe to be correct.

Here goes:
1. Who is the current secretary-general of the United Nations (as of May 25, 2009)?
[url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ban_ki_moon]Ban Ki-moon, South Korea[/url]
2. Who was the world’s first elected female president or prime minister? [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sirimavo_Bandaranaike]Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike, Sri Lanka[/url]
3. Who will host the 2010 Winter Olympics?
[url=http://www.vancouver2010.com/]Vancouver, Canada[/url]
4. What treaties set the standards for international law for humanitarian concerns?
[url=http://www.icrc.org/Web/Eng/siteeng0.nsf/html/genevaconventions]The Geneva Conventions[/url]
5. Who of the following has [b]not[/b] won the [url=http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/]Nobel Prize for literature?[/url]
[url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jorge_Luis_Borges]Jorge Luis Borges, Argentina[/url]
6. In what country would you find the famed “Terracotta Warriors”?
[url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terracotta_Army]China[/url]
7. Which is an Australian state?
[url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_states]Tasmania[/url]
8. Why is November 11, 1918 important?
[url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armistice_Day]The armistice between Germany and the Allies was signed. [/url]
9. China and India are the two most populous countries in the world. Who is third?
[url=http://www.worldatlas.com/aatlas/populations/ctypopls.htm]United States of America[/url]
10. Who successfully invaded Russia from 1237 to 1240 CE?
[url=http://www.indopedia.org/Mongol_invasion_of_Russia.html]The Mongols[/url]


John
Message: Posted by: Destiny (May 28, 2009 04:14PM)
Educated or not, my guesses were wrong.

8/10.

It would have only been 7 if I hadn't swallowed my reluctance to admit Tasmania was part of Australia.

We've been trying to make it West New Zealand for decades.
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (May 28, 2009 11:27PM)
No need to take the test, I can show what sort of global smarts I have with one example from Destiny's post.

The use of the word Tasmania automatically started me wondering if those creatures actually spin about in order to get from place to place and grunt and spit like that.

How much more global can I be?

(If you do not get the reference, you probably ARE a smart global citizen!)