Software for the finest computer – The Mind


Posted by Tim Bryce on February 3, 2011

I have found comedian Jay Leno’s “Jay-walking” segments entertaining particularly when he asks simple questions pertaining to the United States. The ignorance regarding how our government is organized and its history is brutally embarrassing. So much so, I wanted to find out for myself just how smart the American public really is when it comes to our history and government. Consequently, I devised the following little quiz to test your knowledge. Please take a moment to answer ten multiple choice questions.

PLEASE, this quiz is being implemented on the honor system; only U.S. citizens should respond. I don’t need your e-mail addresses, comments, or anything else. I just want to see if you personally know the answers to these questions without looking them up.

There are no winners or losers here. I’ll compile and summarize the results next week. You have until midnight on Monday, February 7th to respond. Any answers received following the deadline will be ignored.

Good luck. It should be interesting.


1. Signed in 1620, it is the first governing document of Plymouth Colony as written by the colonists, later known to history as the Pilgrims. It was in essence a social contract in which the settlers consented to follow the document’s rules and regulations for the sake of survival.

1. Magna Carta
2. Mayflower Compact
3. Pilgrim Declaration
4. Plymouth Compact
5. Standish Consent and Decree

2. How many “separate but equal” branches are there in the U.S. Federal Government?


3. What is the following quote from?
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

1. Bill of Rights
2. Declaration of Independence
3. Gettysburg Address
4. Oath of Office
5. US Constitution

4. Which U.S. President was NOT impeached?

1. Bill Clinton
2. Andrew Johnson
3. Richard Nixon

5. What is the following quote from?
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity,…”

1. Bill of Rights
2. Declaration of Independence
3. Gettysburg Address
4. Oath of Office
5. US Constitution

6. What U.S. President served as commander-in-chief during World War I ?

1. Calvin Coolidge
2. Warren Harding
3. Theodore Roosevelt
4. William Howard Taft
5. Woodrow Wilson

7. What is the following quote from?
“…and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

1. Bill of Rights
2. Declaration of Independence
3. Gettysburg Address
4. Oath of Office
5. US Constitution

8. What is the following quote from?
“…that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

1. Bill of Rights
2. Declaration of Independence
3. Gettysburg Address
4. Oath of Office
5. US Constitution

9. It stated that further efforts by European countries to colonize land or interfere with states in the Americas would be viewed as acts of aggression requiring U.S. intervention. It asserted that the Western Hemisphere was not to be further colonized by European countries but that the United States would neither interfere with existing European colonies nor meddle in the internal concerns of European countries.

1. Emancipation Proclamation
2. Kansas-Nebraska Act
3. Kennedy Doctrine
4. Monroe Doctrine
5. NATO Accord

10. Which U.S. President was NOT directly involved with the Vietnam War?

1. Dwight Eisenhower
2. Gerald Ford
3. Lyndon Johnson
4. John Kennedy
5. Richard Nixon

Look for the results next week.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M. Bryce & Associates (MBA) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at

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