What did I get wrong?You answered 57 out of 60 correctly — 95.00 %Average score for this quiz during September: 75.3%
Average score since September 18, 2007: 75.3%
Answers to Your Missed Questions:Question #19 - C. philosopher kings.
Question #54 - D. can be reversed by government spending more than it taxes.
Question #58 - B. An increase in the volume of commercial bank loans.
Here are the questions and all possible answers (including my wrong ones) for the ones I missed:
All in all, I was surprised I did so well, frankly. While some are arguing the test is unfair because it doesn't adequately deal with big concepts, a knowledge of basic historical facts is necessary to support the "big picture" takeaway that colleges aim to teach. Besides, many of the questions do deal with concepts. For instance:
19) In The Republic, Plato points to the desirability of:
That was a classic brain f**t on my part.
54) Keynesian economists conclude that the recession phase of a business cycle: Eh. Economics ain't my strong suit...I suspect most historians can relate.
58) What is a major effect of a purchase of bonds by the Federal Reserve?
There is a lot of reading that goes into answering these questions, no?
31) Which author’s view of society is presented correctly?
39) The question of why democracy leads to well-ordered government in America when disorder prevails in Europe is central to:
Or how about:
Doesn't understanding the "Monroe Doctrine" or why Johnson and the Radical Republicans were fighting display more than just knowing facts and figures. Aren't these the sort of historical concepts that many say should be tested?
35) The Monroe Doctrine:
13) The struggle between President Andrew Johnson and the Radical Republicans was mainly over:
44) The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution (1964) was significant because it:
And then there's question about the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. Heck, they even give the date to help you make an educated guess!
I can only surmise that the historians who take a negative view multiple choice tests--thinking "only" facts and dates can be tested--have probably not read the actual test. Maybe they should.