Creative Destruction

November 2, 2006

Beat that!

Filed under: Content-lite,Navel Gazing — Daran @ 3:40 am

You paid attention during 100% of high school!

 

85-100% You must be an autodidact, because American high schools don’t get scores that high! Good show, old chap!

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19 Comments »

  1. Er…91%. All those religion questions killed me. How is a secularly educated person supposed to know what the immaculate conception refers to anyway?

    Comment by Dianne — November 2, 2006 @ 11:46 am | Reply

  2. Argh, 97 %. I suppose it was the “dangling modifier”. Never heard of the whole damn thing.

    The statement

    because American high schools don’t get scores that high!

    amuses me greatly.

    Comment by Tuomas — November 2, 2006 @ 11:55 am | Reply

  3. 97%. It had to be that geometry question. Clearly I am American, though. I could have answered it if I had felt like doing the math in my head.

    Comment by toysoldier — November 2, 2006 @ 12:04 pm | Reply

  4. NOTE: THIS COMMENT CONTAINS A “SPOILER.”

    IF YOU WANT TO TAKE THE QUIZ, YOU SHOULD PROBABLY DO SO BEFORE READING THIS COMMENT.

    BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, IF YOU ACCIDENTLY GET AN ANSWER, THAT WOULD BE TRAGIC.

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    97%. I experimented with changing my answers afterward, and it turns out that – like Dianne – I answered “Jesus” to the “immaculate conception” question, when the answer the quiz wanted was “Mary.”

    Looking it up on Wikipedia, I see that I’ve confused the virgin conception – which is Jesus’ – with the immaculate conception, which is Mary’s.

    The Immaculate Conception is a Catholic dogma that asserts that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was preserved by God from the stain of original sin at the time of her own conception. Specifically, the dogma says she was not afflicted by the lack of sanctifying grace that afflicts humankind, but was instead filled with grace by God, and furthermore lived a life completely free from sin. It is commonly confused with the doctrine of the incarnation and virgin birth, though the two deal with separate subjects. According to the dogma, Mary was conceived by normal biological means, but her soul was acted upon by God (kept “immaculate”) at the time of her conception.

    If they had asked trick questions about Judaism instead, I might have gotten 100%. Clearly, this quiz was written by anti-Semites.😛

    Comment by Ampersand — November 2, 2006 @ 12:37 pm | Reply

  5. Amp: I also didn’t know the three largest religions in the world (hence my low score.) That one I really can’t blame on the test, it was a fair question. I’m afraid I really didn’t pay that much attention in the social science classes in HS. Now if they’d asked something about the Krebs cycle, that I could have gotten.

    Comment by Dianne — November 2, 2006 @ 12:42 pm | Reply

  6. Dianne:

    Er…91%. All those religion questions killed me. How is a secularly educated person supposed to know what the immaculate conception refers to anyway?

    By having a High Anglican ex-girlfriend who went on to marry a Catholic.

    Didn’t the ‘three most common religions’ come up recently here on CD?

    Tuomas:

    Argh, 97 %. I suppose it was the “dangling modifier”. Never heard of the whole damn thing.

    “Piano for sale suitable for children with wooden legs”

    Toysoldier:

    97%. It had to be that geometry question. Clearly I am American, though. I could have answered it if I had felt like doing the math in my head.

    That’s just shameful.

    Losers, the lot of you. 🙂

    Comment by Daran — November 2, 2006 @ 12:57 pm | Reply

  7. 100%. I mock all of you for your ignorance, except for Daran. (I mock Daran for being named after an ineffectual sitcom character, and having spelled it wrong.)

    I must confess, however (being a good Catholic, and thus having no difficulty with the Immaculate Conception question) that I guessed on the dangling modifier one. I just picked the sentence that wasn’t grammatically correct. I could never bring myself to care what the label was for grammatical errors; I could just see they were wrong. Drove my teachers nuts.

    I should also note that the Darwin question is wrong. Darwin did not know what genes were, and thus Darwin’s theory cannot “posit that organisms with favorable genetic traits are more likely to survive…” Darwin could only posit that organisms with favorable traits PERIOD were more likely to survive; it’s modern biologists who understand that genes are the playing field where this happens.

    I apologize for the pedantry, but you know how it is, when you’re rolling with that 100%. You gotta share your wisdom with the sad 91s and 97s. Be brave, little ignorati. I’m here for you.

    I could have answered it if I had felt like doing the math in my head.

    (3 * 4) / 2 a bit much for ya?

    Comment by Robert — November 2, 2006 @ 4:10 pm | Reply

  8. (3 * 4) / 2 a bit much for ya?

    Sadly, yes.

    Comment by toysoldier — November 2, 2006 @ 4:33 pm | Reply

  9. And yet your vote counts as much as mine. Hrrmph!

    Comment by Robert — November 2, 2006 @ 4:34 pm | Reply

  10. Wlel, I canont do mtah, but at lesat I can splel🙂

    Comment by toysoldier — November 2, 2006 @ 4:47 pm | Reply

  11. Well, that’s OK. Democracy is for everyone. Don’t forget to vote on November 8!

    Comment by Robert — November 2, 2006 @ 4:53 pm | Reply

  12. 97% for me, and I’m betting it was the same dangling sentence structure that got me.

    My participles have been dangling since the second grade.

    Comment by Off Colfax — November 2, 2006 @ 5:04 pm | Reply

  13. *sigh*

    I got 74%.

    Who really cares about dangling modifiers and virgin conceptions?

    Comment by SBW — November 3, 2006 @ 10:30 pm | Reply

  14. Robert:

    100%.

    Can’t you read? The challenge was to beat my score, not just equal it.

    Loser!

    Comment by Daran — November 3, 2006 @ 11:13 pm | Reply

  15. Curses! Foiled again.

    Ah, but wait – I graduated from an American high school! That means I started from a disadvantage, and could expect a score somewhat lower than my true performance. This indicates that my actual ability is beyond even the 100% mark.

    Comment by Robert — November 3, 2006 @ 11:22 pm | Reply

  16. Snark point to Bob.

    Comment by Off Colfax — November 4, 2006 @ 2:06 am | Reply

  17. Sorry, Bob, There’s no affirmative action here. If you can’t make it on merit…

    Comment by Daran — November 4, 2006 @ 3:22 am | Reply

  18. Racist!

    Comment by Robert — November 4, 2006 @ 3:43 am | Reply

  19. Liberal whiner!

    Comment by Daran — November 4, 2006 @ 11:22 am | Reply


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