Fri. Apr 12th, 2024

Drop your pretenses and grab your pencil and paper, here comes a multiple-choice quiz to test your political savvy.

Who said the following?

1. “Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.”

a. Karl Marx
b. Franklin D. Roosevelt
c. Barack Obama
d. Abraham Lincoln

2. “Wise men don’t need advice. Fools don’t take it.”

a. Barry Goldwater
b. Ronald Reagan
c. Benjamin Franklin
4. Winston Churchill

3. “Will you tell those dumbasses at the Tea Party to stop asking questions about birth certificates while I’m on the camera.”

a. Karl Rove
b. Bill O’Reilly
c. John Boehner
d. Ken Buck

4. “Don’t believe the right-wing ideologues when they tell you the left still controls the media agenda. It does not any longer. It’s a fact.”

a. Bill O’Reilly
b. Roger Ailes
c. Al Franken
d. Alan Grayson

5. “The thing that attracts people to ‘The Sopranos’ is the family element. It shows that America still has a longing for that traditional upbringing.”

a. Carl Paladino
b. Sharron Angle
c. Glenn Beck
d. Christine O’Donnell

6. “The New York Times is for us what Pravda was for the Soviets.”

a. Ronald Reagan
b. Antonin Scalia
c. Gore Vidal
d. Sean Hannity

7. “The Republicans have lost their standards, they’ve lost their principles. Really, that’s why the machine in the Republican Party is fighting against me.”

a. Barack Obama
b. Sharron Angle
c. Harry Reid
d. Christine O’Donnell

8. “Counterinsurgency in operation did not live up to the high-minded zeal of the theory. All the talk was of ‘winning the allegiance’ of the people to their government, but a government for which allegiance had to be won by outsiders was not a good gamble.”

a. Bob Woodward
b. Gen. Wesley Clark
c. Barbara Tuchman
d. Bernie Sanders

9. “Why don’t you write books people can read?”

a. George W. Bush to wife Laura.
b. Sean Hannity to Newt Gingrich.
c. Glenn Beck to Arianna Huffington.
d. Nora Joyce to husband James.

10. “Am I too conservative? They probably said that about Thomas Jefferson and George Washington and Benjamin Franklin.”

a. Rush Limbaugh
b. Sharron Angle
c. Jim DeMint
d. Christine O’Donnell

11. “You cannot preach the Bible if you cannot preach God’s hate.”

a. Mike Huckabee
b. Pat Robertson
c. Jerry Falwell
d. Fred Phelps

12. “There was no assignment of political points of view when we were making the film … I thought it was really about the onset of a kind of life where the corporate people are trying to tell you how to live, what to do, how to behave. And you become puppets to these merchants that are somehow turning individuals into victims.”

a. Michael Moore on “Capitalism: A Love Story”.
b. Oliver Stone on “Wall Street”.
c. Paul Newman on “Cool Hand Luke”.
d. Kevin McCarthy on “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”.

Answers below the fold.

Here are the answers:

1. d. Abraham Lincoln, from his First Annual Message to Congress, December 3, 1861.

2. c. Benjamin Franklin.

3. d. Ken Buck, Tea Party Republican candidate for US Senate from Colorado.

4. a. Bill O’Reilly, July 26, 2005.

5. d. Christine O’Donnell on ‘Hardball with Chris Matthews,’ June 20, 2003.

6. c. Gore Vidal, Observer magazine, August 12, 2001.

7. b. Sharron Angle, from a surreptitiously-recorded tape.

8. c. Barbara Tuchman on our failure in Vietnam.

9. d. Nora Joyce to husband James, author of “Ulysses.”

10. b. Sharron Angle again.

11. d. Homophobic, anti-American Baptist Minister Fred Phelps.

12. d. Kevin McCarthy, from his Los Angeles Times obit, by way of Planet Proctor 2010-17. (The actor died Sept. 11, 2010 at the age of 96.)

© 2010 RS Janes.


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