Thursday, October 21, 2004

Pop Quiz 

1.) In 1981, when the national debt first passed a trillion dollars, President Reagan memorably described that "incomprehensible" sum as the equivalent of a stack of thousand-dollar bills 67 miles high. Assuming Reagan's calculations were correct, how high would our current debt reach?

A. 81 miles
B. 116 miles
C. 244 miles
D. 495 miles

Answer here (via Zemblan patriot J.D.)

2.) How many military veterans have no access to health care (i.e., no health insurance and no access to government hospitals or clinics)?

A. 0
B. almost 250,000
C. almost 900,000
D. almost 1.7 million

Answer here (via Rorschach at No Capital).

3.) A private analysis of government data found that, as of 2002, the median net worth of white households in America was ____ times that of Hispanic households, and ____ times that of African-American households.

A. 1.8, 2.2
B. 3, 7
C. 6, 6.5
D. 11, 14

Answer here (via Harper's).

4.) The government allocates X dollars for research into vaccines for flu and other communicable diseases, and Y to the development of vaccines for potential bioweapons such as anthrax and botulism. What is the approximate ratio of X to Y?

A. 2:1
B. 1:2
C. 1:8
D. 1:20

Answer here.

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