• How well do you know America? Where does America stand in the world today?

    A lot of mythology about America is circulated, both positive and negative. Which parts of it are true? Which are exaggerated?  

    This quiz will test your knowledge about how America compares to the rest of the world.

    If you answer a question correctly, you'll score 3 points. Some questions have one answer which is close to the correct answer, for which you'll score 1 point.



  • 1

    America is the only OECD nation where freedom of speech is explicitly protected by the constitution.

  • 2

    America likes to see itself as a beacon of democracy. What is America's rank on The Economist's Democracy Index (2007)?

  • 3

    The Heritage Foundation/ Wall Street Journal Index of Economic Freedom measures things like business freedom, trade freedom, and freedom from government. 

    In 2006, Ireland came second on this index. Germany came 19th. What is America's rank?

  • 4

    America is the only OECD nation where the right to own firearms is protected by the constitution.

  • 5

    America has a higher homicide rate than Argentina.

  • 6

    According to The Times World University Rankings (2007), how many of the top 10 universities in the world are located in America?

  • 7

    In the US, there are more Times Top 50 Universities per capita than in the UK.

  • 8

    In 2007, the US economy was bigger than the EU economy, acording to IMF data.

  • 9

    Between 1992 and 2005, America's GDP per capita grew faster than the United Kingdom's.

  • 10

    What is America's rank on the World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report (2007)?