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Toward the beginning of this chapter we reported some survey data showing very low levels of knowledge among youth concerning the constitution, rights, and civic knowledge in general (see Table 5.1). These results are consistent with other surveys of civic knowledge in the United States (e.g., Milner, 2002). According to in the authors of the classic study What Americans Know About Politics and Why It Matters, political scientists Michael Delli Carpini and Scott Keeter convincingly argue that "democracy functions best when its citizens are politically informed" (1996: 1). Here are two activities where you can test level of awareness:

  1. Take the Intercollegiate Studies Institute Civic Quiz online and see how you fare:
  2. See how well you do with the "100 Typical Questions Asked by Immigration and Naturalization Service Examiners" for U.S. citizenship:

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