How well of a genius are you?

It’s a frequent Boomer lament: “Kids these days don’t know much about ____ “ (fill in the blank: geography, culture, science, art, history). In bad news for Millennials, a new study suggests that those annoying Boomers might be right.

Boomers might be right. Kent State University professors John Dunlosky and Katherine Rawson compared the general knowledge of 671 college students in 2012 versus a cohort tested by Thomas Nelson and Louis Narens back in 1980. By using Nelson and Narens’ same 300 questions, Dunlosky and Rawson were interested in establishing new norms for general knowledge that could be used by other researchers (e.g., those studying memory loss). For example, it’s perfectly logical that most college students today don’t have a clue about era-specific pop culture trivia, such as the identity of the cartoon character Popeye or Lone Ranger’s sidekick Tonto.

Created by: K the 1,000,000

  1. What is your age?
  2. What is your gender?
  1. What is the highest mountain in South America?
  2. Was was the name of the largest Confederate military prison during the Civil War?
  3. What is the last name of the author of The Brothers Karamazov?
  4. What is the last name of the first person to run a mile in under four minutes?
  5. What is the name of the mountain range that separates Europe from Asia?
  6. What was the last name of the U-2 spy plane pilot who was shot down over Russia in 1960?
  7. What is the last name of the person who allegedly said, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country”?
  8. What was the last name of the captain of the British ship “Bounty” when the mutiny occurred?
  9. What is the last name of the Cuban leader whom Fidel Castro overthrew?
  10. What is the last name of the man most responsible for photographing the U.S. Civil War?

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