If you want your
AZ high school diploma, you gotta' answer this: What is the
"capital" of the U.S.?
stand Alec Trabek. Smug, more than slightly pompous, stiffer than a
Norwegian flag pole on a calm day. But what buggers my goat is the
way he delivers the answers to those Jeopardy questions as if he knew all
the time. He's from Canada, fer' chris-sake, how much can he
know? His degree is in philosophy -- he doesn't know squat, and I
think that's true of most of the smug people asking the questions around
But Trabek probably
knows more than the Arizona legislature, which just sent a bill to the
governor requiring high school students to pass a test equivalent to the
one the feds give immigrants to assess their qualifications for living in
the US. Arizona says: No pass - no diploma. And I'm not sure
it's such a bad idea.
But who writes the
questions? Hint: Think of a 6-letter plural word in which the middle
letters "o-r-o" are preceded by an "m" and followed by
an "n". You have 15 seconds beginning . . . now.
Times article by Michael Muskal on the mandatory
Arizona civics test included a sampling of the questions that will be
asked, and I am absolutely not punking you, this is question
But that semantically
incompetent interrogatory is not the funny part. And it's not the
fact that Muskal missed the goof and is, apparently, not qualified for
immigration or a high school diploma, either. No, the funny part is
that while the legislators passed the law requiring HS students to pass
the test in order to get a diploma, they voted down the amendment to the
bill requiring lawmakers to pass the same test in order to serve in the
That would be like
asking Alec Trabek to throw away his notes and answer those questions he
asks contestants. Ha, ha, ha . . . I don't think so.