December 15th, 2013
12:44 AM ET

How much do you know about the world?

The following three questions all come from the Gapminder Foundation, started by Swedish Professor Hans Rosling. He runs a series of “ignorance tests.” Essentially, his point is that people understand the world by “generalizing personal experiences.” And so they often miss major trends.

Try the three questions below or follow the link below for the full quiz.

What is the average life expectancy in the world today?

A) 70 years

B) 60 years

or C) 50 years

What percentage of adults in the world today are literate?

A) 80%

B) 60%

C) 40%

What percentage of the world's one-year old children are vaccinated against measles?

A) 20%

B) 50%

C) 80%

For more questions, take the full quiz at CNN here. (And for those wondering, the answers to the first three questions are A, A and C).

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©

    Does Professor Rosling'# definition of literacy include the ability to recognize one's own name when it is written in italic or cursive script?

    December 15, 2013 at 5:37 am | Reply
    • banasy©

      I would imagine so. I have never met a person who couldn't. Ever.
      Who are you hanging around with?

      December 15, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Reply
  2. Dan Brazell

    Career:
    On the subject of U.S. student performance your guests all spoke about important aspects of where our education system I'd failing. Perhaps the single most important issue was totally missed; poverty, yes poverty. When parents are not involved with their kid's education and when children go to school without adequate clothing and without a real BREAKFAST they simply NOT going to learn.

    December 15, 2013 at 11:00 am | Reply
    • banasy©

      With many children, the only meals they receive are the free breakfast/ lunches they get in school. They often go hungry on the weekends. This, I have witnessed first-hand.

      Agree completely with the lack of parental participation.

      December 15, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Reply
    • bertie

      I agree. Poverty is the greatest scourge in the world – we ignore it at our peril – you only have to look at the Arab and African nations – caused by poverty – if they had jobs, money and food on the table they wouldn`t want to fight.

      May 24, 2014 at 11:03 am | Reply
  3. Peter Crookshank

    1) A 2) B 3) A I believe ... :c)

    December 31, 2013 at 10:30 am | Reply
    • Thomas

      I would tend to believe this also...

      March 23, 2014 at 5:54 pm | Reply

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