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Old 08-14-2010, 06:39 PM
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Default Background information on Jlarsen's Knowledge of American History Poll Series

I started this poll series to test PW's knowledge on American History trivia. My plan is to trip people up by questioning them on commonly held misconceptions after watching a documentary which dispelled a misconception I had about the creator of the flag known as "The Star Spangled Banner," which was apparently a quite commonly held misconception and was even taught in schools for quite some time.

Some of these I knew the correct answers to prior to posting them, though I may have once been misinformed about them in the past.

You may or may not be able to rely on what was taught in the school history books, as false answers to some of these were taught in the past.

Some I did not even know the correct answers to myself until I researched the answers immediately prior to posting the questions.

Some of the commonly held misconceptions are with regard to very straight forward questions, but some of the questions are a bit tricky, so pay attention to the wording. For example, I asked who was the youngest person to "serve" as U.S. president - not to be confused with the youngest person "elected" president.

Have fun with these, but please don't use wikipedia or google to find the answers to the sites, try to answer them to the best of you knowledge without any help - I'd really like to know how widespread some of these misconceptions about our history really are - I know I'd have gotten some of them wrong myself.
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