• Are You Smarter Than a Bible School-Educated Louisianan?

    Thanks to legislation signed by Louisiana governor and potential Mitt Romney running mate Bobby Jindal,  beginning this fall, thousands Louisiana schoolkids will receive taxpayer funded vouchers covering the full cost of tuition at private religious schools, some of which are reputed to be excellent alternatives to the state's under-performing public schools and some of which are fly by night operations relying on the hilarious-in-a-cry-yourself-to-sleep-kind-of-way curriculum contained in textbooks published by A Beka Book and Bob Jones University Press.

    Mother Jones did yeoman's work of highlighting the wackiest facts these textbooks teach, which leads us to this quiz: Are You Smarter Than a Bible School-Educated Louisianan?

    1. Which of the following is a true statement about the Trail of Tears?
    a) It was a God-ordained event that brought Native Americans closer to Jesus Christ
    b) It was a Department of Agriculture program designed to increase cotton production
    c) All of the above
    d) None of the above

    2. Paleontologists have have found large chambers in certain dinosaur skulls. These chambers likely allowed the creatures to do what…?
    a) Encase a larger brain
    b) Maintain balance while walking
    c) Shoot fire from their mouths or nostrils, like dragons
    d) Store food near their energy-hungry brains

    3. Which word or phrase best describes the way most slave-masters treated their slaves?
    a) "Well"
    b) "Poorly"
    c)  "With ironic detachment"
    d)  "Clumsily"

    4. What works of propaganda have been used by left-wingers to exaggerate the woes of the Great Depression?
    a) The Grapes of Wrath
    b) Economic unemployment statistics
    c) False rumors of mortgage foreclosures
    d) All of the above

    5. Which is a possible mode of transportation for a human being living 5,500 years ago?
    a) A friendly dinosaur
    b) A steamboat
    c) An automobile
    d) An airplane

    6. The works of Mark Twain can best be described as…
    a) Humorous
    b) Anti-imperialist
    c) Idealistic
    d) Self-centered and ultimately hopeless

    Answers: A, C, A, D, A, D

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    Tags: 30 Rock, Bobby Jindal, Christianity, Education, Evolution, Louisiana, Science & Technology


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