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Presidential Quiz Reprised

2007-06-13

Category: politics

In my previous post, I presented some sample questions for the quiz I believe presidential hopefuls should be required to take. There was nothing terribly hard about the questions, but one must have encountered the information at some time in one?s life. I think that a presidential candidate should have had such encounters. For those not running, I present the answers here.

Recite or paraphrase the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America.

The Powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Explain the difference between ?Absolute Advantage? and ?Comparative Advantage?.

This is a question from the field of Economics. In the most simple of terms, Absolute Advantage is when Party A can do a task more efficiently than Party B. Comparative Advantage is when Party A can do a task with a lower opportunity cost than Party B. Opportunity cost is the value of the best thing you could have done if you hadn?t chose what you are doing.

What this means is that, for comparative advantage, Party A may be able to do both Task 1 and Task 2 better than Party B. However, it may be more efficient for Party A to do Task 1 and let Party B do Task 2 than the other way around.

Who has the greater military expertise?

Obviously, the general has much more expertise than the politician. The implication is that, though the politician may be the one who decides to go to war, the military should be allowed to execute the war without interference from the politician.

What is Wahhabism and how does it compare to related sects?

Wahhabism is a radical form of Islam. It has been around a while. They consider most other Muslims to be idolaters. They really hate everyone else. It is the official religion of the Taliban and al Qaeda. Understanding the difference between Wahhabism and other forms of Islam is an important part of maintaining peaceful relations with the Muslim world.

There you go. How did you do in the quiz? I hope you did well. More importantly, I hope our next President could have done well.


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