May 2016

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Think of the Children

The challenge of caring for and raising children in the United States has become a renewed topic of presidential election campaigns. Which of the following statements about U.S. childcare are true?

A. In every U.S. state, childcare now costs families more than rent.
B. Childcare costs hit low-income families harder.
C. The United States does not guarantee paid family and medical leave.
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America’s One Percenters

During the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, a lot of attention has been paid to the 1% of Americans at the top of the nation’s income pyramid. But what about other “one-percenters” in U.S. society? Which of these four groups is the only one that accounts for more than 1% of the U.S. population?

A. Muslim-Americans
B. Online gig-economy workers
C. Current U.S. military personnel
D. U.S. women who have ever served in the U.S. armed forces
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Press Freedom in the G-20

Freedom in the 21st century relies upon an independent media that is diverse enough and unconsolidated enough to report a range of news and present various perspectives. It must be able to do so without interference, censorship or threats from business, government or non-state actors. We wonder: Which G-20 country performs worst when it comes to freedom of the press?

A. China
B. Turkey
C. India
D. South Africa
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Asian-American Heritage Month

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month in the United States. On May 7, 1843, the first Japanese immigrants to the United States arrived, beginning a wave of Asian migration. Over 170 years later, Asian-Americans account for about 6.1% of the U.S. population (19.4 million people). We wonder: Which of the following statements about Asian-Americans are true?

A. Asian-Americans are better educated than the overall U.S. population.
B. They have a higher median income than the average U.S. household.
C. They hold relatively limited political power.
D. Asian-Americans include a diverse array of heritages.
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