September 2016

How Many Passports?

Since the 9/11 attacks in 2001, increased security at airports and borders has prompted an ever-greater number of Americans to obtain passports. We wonder: What percentage of U.S. residents today have a U.S. passport?

A. Less than 3%
B. 18%
C. 39%
D. 60%
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The World’s College King

For decades, the U.S. educational system was the envy of the world. It was a key factor in explaining the post-WWII economic success of the United States. In particular, the United States was noted for its high number of college graduates. We wonder: Which country now has the highest share of college graduates among its young adults?

A. United States
B. Germany
C. South Korea
D. United Kingdom
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Metropolitan Vs. Rural United States

The United States is a large country, both in terms of geography and population size. Despite its vast expanse, more than 50% of the U.S. population of 319 million lives in just 144 of the country’s more than 3,000 counties. We wonder: Which single U.S. state is almost equal to the combined land area of the 144 major U.S. metropolitan areas?

A. Alaska (largest U.S. state)
B. Texas  (2nd largest)
C. California (3rd largest)
D. New Jersey (one of the smaller states)
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U.S. Hispanics: On the Rise

Hispanics have been the largest minority group in the United States since 2001. We wonder: Of the following four statements, which is the one that is not true?

A. U.S. Hispanics are a growing demographic force.
B. U.S. Hispanics do not yet fully use their political power.
C. Unemployment among Hispanics is significantly higher than among the overall U.S. population.
D. The Hispanic birth rate has dropped significantly in recent years.
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