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Harvard students take the 1964 Louisiana Literacy Test

Harvard students take the 1964 Louisiana Literacy Test

(5:19) The Louisiana Literacy Test was full of confusing pointless questions that was used to stop black citizens from voting. To be allowed to vote, you had 10 minutes, 30 questions, no mistakes allowed. Take the test yourself at: http://goo.gl/UMDRv7

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MyName MyName (1092 days ago)

I followed the link to look a the test.

Jeez, I think most people (80-95%?) would fail it, confusingly worded questions.

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I followed the link to look a the test.

Jeez, I think most people (80-95%?) would fail it, confusingly worded questions.

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WalterEgo WalterEgo (1092 days ago)

I was stumped by the first question: Draw a line around the number or letter of this sentence.

I don't even understand the question, but I would have circled the word "a", and hoped for the best.

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I was stumped by the first question: Draw a line around the number or letter of this sentence.

I don't even understand the question, but I would have circled the word "a", and hoped for the best.

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MyName MyName (1092 days ago)

Yeah, that stumped me for a bit. I think they meant to circle the 1) at the beginning of the question.

I think given time a lot of people could have managed most of them but in 10 minutes, no way and some of them really made no sense.

A test designed to fail you, with ambiguous answers for some, so the assessor could decide whatever he liked.

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Yeah, that stumped me for a bit. I think they meant to circle the 1) at the beginning of the question.

I think given time a lot of people could have managed most of them but in 10 minutes, no way and some of them really made no sense.

A test designed to fail you, with ambiguous answers for some, so the assessor could decide whatever he liked.

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WalterEgo WalterEgo (1092 days ago)

Since the 1 has a stop after it, I thought of it as a different sentence. But you could be right.

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Since the 1 has a stop after it, I thought of it as a different sentence. But you could be right.

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iknowlessthanyoudo iknowlessthanyoudo (1089 days ago)
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Disenfranchising the disenfranchised of their voting is as virulent today as it was 50 years ago and not because of votor ID laws.

1) Tuesday voting with inadequatee staffing before and after work hours forcing wages earners to sacrifice already meager earnings to vote.

2) Imprisoning three times as many African-Americans as whites for drug officenses despite equal ratios of drug use amongst both.

3) Using religious bait and switch agenda of abortion and gay rights to distract the poor from having their wealth funneled to the wealthy with government subsidies such as guaranteed profits for utility, phone and toll road operators and government defense contractors and double depletion for the oil and utility companies and bail outs with out any jail time for bankers that rob the uneducated public.

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Disenfranchising the disenfranchised of their voting is as virulent today as it was 50 years ago and not because of votor ID laws.

1) Tuesday voting with inadequatee staffing before and after work hours forcing wages earners to sacrifice already meager earnings to vote.

2) Imprisoning three times as many African-Americans as whites for drug officenses despite equal ratios of drug use amongst both.

3) Using religious bait and switch agenda of abortion and gay rights to distract the poor from having their wealth funneled to the wealthy with government subsidies such as guaranteed profits for utility, phone and toll road operators and government defense contractors and double depletion for the oil and utility companies and bail outs with out any jail time for bankers that rob the uneducated public.

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